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Peter Rose
Peter, January 2014

I started this website back in the late 1990s as a way for friends to keep up with my activities. The site has expanded since then in many ways beyond the few, simple pages of content I began with. I've met a lot of great folks from all around the world because of this site, and look forward to meeting many more.

The web in general has grown and changed considerably as well. Static personal web sites such as this one have mostly been replaced with interactive blogs, and other online social media and social networking sites such as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.

As a senior web based business applications software engineer, I watched all of this development over the years with great interest, seeing what a remarkable change this was for building communicative relationships on a huge scale. When I started this site, not only wasn't that possible, it was unheard of.

But I had, and still have, no interest in broadcasting my activities to the world through these social media venues. Rather, I simply chose to continue with this basic, straight forward format.

The businesses I have, and have had, as referenced here are not social media type entities, anyway. They're simply activities that I engage in. Clients find me either by stumbling onto (er... that would be referred to) this site, word of mouth, or through standard marketing and advertising methods.

This isn't a web blog with interesting things being written about. It's just a way for me to record the ordinary things going on in our lives, as well as a central listing of the other activities I'm engaged in. I enjoy writing, and so this was more of a relaxing escape for me from my busy work life, and now a relaxing enhancement for me in retired life, than it is to provide witty entertainment for casual visitors.

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      For this year's events from January to now, see this year's archive page

Pitiful Disclaimer....
I'm sorry, but many times I get far behind in creating and posting the detail page and corresponding pictures that go along with an event entry. Bear with me as I try to keep up with these postings....

03/04/19: Another Winter Storm
It started snowing Sunday night, and by Monday morning 03/04/19 it was a mess with about 8 inches.

I left a message on my neighbor's phone that I would go out and shovel the areas around the barn and car, and hoped he could come over either Monday afternoon, or Tuesday to plow the rest. I had just about finished up with my shoveling, and was really beat as the snow was pretty heavy when he called me back. He said that he would be out of commission for at least a few weeks from a recent hospital stay, and wouldn't be able to help me out.

It snowed just a little more during the night, but by Tuesday morning it was bright and sunny, though really cold. I was in no mood to go back out and wrestle with the huge piles of snow that I had created from what little clearing that I had done. I told Sue that I would just hope the sun would evaporate most of it. Good luck on that....

I had tried calling a couple of folks to plow me out, but no one was taking new customers; I was on my own. So, Wednesday afternoon I was back outside to deal with it. The snowblower didn't work the other day because the snow was just too wet. Because it had been so cold the last couple of days, I thought I'd give that another go as I was just not interested in pushing so much snow around with a shovel. Fortunately, the blower dug right in, and in just over an hour I had all of the driveway and out by the mail box cleared. Not sure what I'll do for the next storm that's supposed to roll in on Sunday....

03/09/19: Dinner At Steve and Kathy's
Even The Beau Dog was invited over to Steve and Kathy's for dinner! We loaded him into the car, and headed over to their house just after 5:00 pm. We had a really nice visit sipping wine (a nice Apothic Red Blend) while Kathy cooked dinner on her wood stove. Beau just hung out, and got lots of attention.

03/10/19: Sunday Snow
The prediction was for 5 to 8 inches of snow starting Saturday evening 03/09/19 through Sunday. And then there was a late revision that it wouldn't amount to more than an inch or so starting late morning Sunday. But there was nothing when we got up; it didn't start until around 10:30. But when it did start, it really came down heavy. Can't be much more snow coming this season....

03/16/19: Time With Mia
Sue and I picked Mia up for a few hours on Saturday morning 03/16/19. After taking her to her gymnastics class, we drove over to a local farm to see if they were sugaring yet or not.

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Though they were planning on starting later that weekend, because the temperatures hadn't been consistent enough til then, we were invited to walk around and look at the animals.

Mia had a great time patting the horses and seeing the chickens. She also had a wonderful time playing Frisbee with their farm dog Josie, who is a mini Australian Shepherd like our Beau.

03/18/19: Gail Comes To Watch Beau
Our friend Gail came over Monday evening 03/18/19 to stay for a few days to take care of Beau while Sue and I flew down to Maryland to see my brother Alan.

While I cooked up dinner, spicy shrimp and asparagus over a bed of coconut milk infused couscous with a side of sauteed squash, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, and herbs, she and Sue had a nice chat in the living room with the wood stove roaring.

We didn't stay up too late because we had to be out the door at 7:30 am Tuesday morning to catch our flight out of the Manchester, NH airport.

03/19/19: Visit With Alan
Sue and I flew out of the Manchester, NH airport Tuesday morning 03/19/19 for a visit to Maryland to see my brother Alan. His son Dean picked us up at BWI and drove us up to Parkville where Alan and Abbie live in the Erickson retirement community, Oak Crest.

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Sue captured this great shot of Alan, me, and Dean at Artifact Coffee in Baltimore on Wednesday.

We had rented a room in the community so that we could be close to them. After checking in, we relaxed there for awhile as Alan was taking his afternoon nap. Around 3:45 pm Sue and I walked over to one of the wooded pond areas on campus that we love, and then strolled back to their apartment.

We had a nice visit that evening, and Alan was even up for going out with us for an Italian dinner at a local restaurant. Wednesday was packed with us drving down to Baltimore for lunch, and then take out pizza for dinner. It was hard to head off that evening, but we had an early Thursday morning flight back home.

03/22/19: Spring Snow Storm
We caught a pretty good snow storm just a few days into Spring. It was a heavy, wet storm that started out as rain and ended after dropping several inches of snow into freezing sleet.

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Welcome to Spring in New England!

Not sure how well you can see the size of the snowflakes in the picture, but they are really, really big. Welcome to Spring in New England!

03/23/19: Birthday Visit to Sue's Aunt Carol
Sue and I went up to fix lunch for her Aunt Carol Saturday 03/23/19. It was her 83rd birthday, and Sue had told her we'd come up and cook a nice dinner for her.

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Sue and her Aunt Carol.

We took Beau with us, and as soon as I pulled the car onto her street, he started to go crazy in the back seat. He knew exactly where we were. When I let him out of the car, he just bolted for the door, barking his fool head off. Too smart....

After fixing a nice pan cooked ham dinner with a side of herb sauteed carrots, we headed out around 3:00 pm and were home by just after 4:00 pm. I got a fire going in the wood stove as it was getting pretty chilly out, and that gave a nice warmth to the living room while we played a few games of backgammon

We stuffed Beau in the car around 10:00 pm, and drove up to an area that had a clear view North to see if we could get a glimpse of the Northern Lights that were supposed to be visible from this far away tonight. Unfortunately, after about 40 minutes, we hadn't seen anything, and just headed back home.

03/24/19: Connecting With Chuck
I was so happy to get a wonderful email Sunday 03/24/19 from my son Chuck. We talked on the phone Wednesday, and had some nice banter going back and forth messaging Thursday eveing while Sue and I were out at dinner celebrating our connection with him.

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Chuck's sons, Graham and Braden, his wife Denise, and him.

03/30/19: Spring Thaw on the Mountain
Well, we had some pretty warm weather over the last couple of days, and that combined with some rain has caused a lot of snow melting. Not only has this brought the deer out, but the brook has overflowed so that we're now on water front property.

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Deer foraging for food.

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Overflowed brook.

03/30/19: Pasta Dinner Party
We had our friends Steve and Kathy over for a pasta dinner party Saturday night 03/30/19. We had been talking about doing this for quite awhile. Now, with our news about Chuck coming into our lives to share, Sue set it up.

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Ready to enjoy our dinner of home made tagliatelle pasta Bolognese.

Steve and Kathy came early at 4:15 as we had wanted to spend some time with them catching up before we got all absorbed in making the fresh pasta from scratch. I had planned to eat early, but that didn't work out because I had forgotten that the pasta had to sit for a half hour before we rolled it out for cutting into nice strips of tagliatelle. But that was okay as that spread out the wine drinking and just built the anticipation of the dinner to a more heightened level!

It was a great meal as we sat down at the table and toasted to now having Chuck and his family part of our family! By the end of the evening, I was totally stuffed. That could be because I had two big helpings (I couldn't help myself) as well as feasting on Sue's terrific desert, a wonderful Sweet Lemon Ricotta With Mixed Berries.

04/03/19: Surprise April Snow
Sue and I woke up this morning to a light blanket of fresh snow. The weather services had indicated a high probability of snow for the area due to the big storm that has been churning up the southern part of the East Coast over the last couple of days.

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Looking out the bedroom window.

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The brook is still running hard and flooding the yard.

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Another picture to the right showing the house.

04/06/19: Brook Clean Out
Sue's great-nephew Ethan had come over Saturday morning 04/06/19 to look at taking down a tree for us. He determined it would require a little more experise to drop it safely, and so spent a couple of hours cleaning out the brook.

The brook had overflowed several times in the last week or so with all of the rain and snow melt. One of Ethan's main tasks was to make sure all of the leaves that had collected around and in the brook from last Fall got raked out. We had such an early winter that we hadn't been able to get all of the leaves up before the snow came.

Once he got the leaves all pulled out, he went back and raked out all of the beds along the banks. Last year there was so much growth that you wouldn't even know that there was a brook there. He used a huge blower, and really cleaned everything out.

We'll have to compare the following picture with one this summer to see the difference.

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Cleaned out brook ready for Spring growth to start!

04/07/19: Sunday Event 1 — Mia Gymnastics Event
Sue and I headed off Saturday morning 07/07/19 to see Mia in her gymnastics event in Dover.

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04/07/19: Sunday Event 2 — Tree Removal
Sue's great-nephew Ethan came back with his friend John 04/07/19 to remove a tree for us.

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I was amazed with the process. John said that the tough part was thowing the line up into the tree to loop around a branch that he would use to climb. But he hit it on the second throw, and was springing up the side of the tree in no time! He was up there for about an hour until he had it down to about 20 feet. He and Ethan cut it around the base, and dropped it right where John said it would go. Done!

04/07/19: Sunday Event 3 — Marvelous Dinner Party For Two
For our Sunday Dinner Party For Two 04/07/19, I fixed a wonderful Italian Hunters Chicken in Rosemary. There was a damp chill in the air driven by a brisk winds that sometimes became quite strong.

But with the wood stove going, we enjoyed a glass of wine in the living room while playing several sets (3 games a set) of backgammon before moving into the kitchen. Food prep time went smoothly, and we sat down to eat just after 7:00 pm.

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04/09/19: Yet Another Snow Storm
This has been quite the Spring! And it's Tuesday the 9th, well into April.

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Sue caught this side of the house during the early start of the storm while heading out to walk Beau in the woods.

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I took this shot just about an hour later.

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And this one an hour or so after that, and you can see the difference in how the storm has gotten subtly worse.

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But what a change Sue caught when she went out to walk Beau Wednesday morning 04/10.

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Just spectacularly beautiful. How great is it to live up here! Love it!

04/13/19: Dinner Out to Celebrate Colin's Birthday
Sue and I took Colin out to dinner for his birthday 04/13/19 to the local 110 Grille. We had a great visit, as well as good food, and service by our server Linda, who made a special effort to make sure Colin had a good time.

Colin's brother, Chuck, had sent the following picture to Colin on his birthday. He was having a meeting with business associates, and they all toasted to his birthday.

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Chuck holding up the "Happy Birthday Colin" sign.

Our small gift to Colin was a custom designed plaque that we were so proud to give to him. He'll be finishing up his Firefighter II certification class in just a few more weeks!

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04/14/19: My Brother Alan's Passing
My brother Alan was taken into the hospice center Saturday the 13th after his health took a very sudden, and severe turn for the worse. By Sunday afternoon, it was clear that his time had run out. I was able to say goodbye to him as his son Scott held his phone to his ear. He passed peacefully just before 6:00 pm.

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Picture of Alan 02/03/19 taken just after he had been "sprung" from rehab.

You are loved, Bro, and you will be missed....

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