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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 our activities. Since then, it has expanded in many ways beyond a few, simple pages of content.

The web has grown into a real global community. It's a great place to gather and keep up with what's happening in each others lives. I've met a lot of great folks from all around the world because of this site, and look forward to meeting many more. And no, I do not have, nor do I intend to have, accounts with: Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, etc.

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. I enjoy writing, and so this is more of a relaxing escape for me from my busy work life than it is to provide witty entertainment for casual visitors. On the other hand, if you are looking for truly sleep inducing reading, then you might find these ramblings helpful....

On a technical note, the newer parts of this site use display formatting that old browsers may not like. Thus, if you find yourself thinking something like, "Gee, what a crummy site...." try it on a decent browser or higher browser version. Because Microsoft doesn't feel it important enough to build their browsers to acknowledged industry coding standards but rather tries to create their own rules, you might do as I have and move to FireFox.

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Latest Events...
Special 2017 Note: I have recently caught up on some of the activities from October through December 2016. These have now all been swept onto the 2016 page. Of particular note is the 10/14/16 entry: Sue's Aunt Carol Accepted to Mayflower Society! In addition, since the purchase of our new home in New Durham, NH I have created a separate page that has links and pages to all of our activity with this house. It can be found at: Home on the mountain.....


What's Happening...
      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....

01/27/17: Renovation Progress
Sue and I went up to our new home today, Friday 01/27/17, to check on the renovation work. Our contractor Steve had told us that he had the stairs all ripped out, and we really wanted to see what that looked like.

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02/02/17: Beam Staining
Sue volunteered to stain the beams in the newly opened up living room ceilings, and so Thursday morning 02/02/17 we drove up to the new house.

Were it not for the fact that the beams in the original dining room had been stained over 30 years ago, Current Picture I would have loved to have kept the rough hewn look of the wood.

But the contrast between the stained beams and the newly exposed beams just seamed awkward.

It was a good day to do inside work; really bitter out. In fact, it spit snow a little bit while we were up there!

It took both of us 3 hours, but when done you could hardly tell the difference between the originally stained beams from over 30 years before to what we did. Not perfect, but at least it provides better continuity to the room.

02/04/17: Busy Week Celebration Dinner
Sue and I decided we'd have to celebrate our beam staining success with a nice dinner and fire.

We had a Home Depot trip to make to pick out carriage lamps to hang on each side of the front door in New Durham, and so ended that off with food shopping for the week.

To start the evening off after I had built a fire in the fireplace was to pick out another bottle of wine from my parents that I had saved way too long. My dad became quite the wine connoisseur after retiring, and would lay down bottles of the year's top wines. I had thus inherited a couple of cases when they passed.

Tonight, I pulled a bottle of 1978 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, hoping that the result would not be the same as the last 6 bottles I've pulled over the last 8 years: excruciating vinegar....

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Unfortunately, this one was bad as well. Not only is it really difficult to keep any wine a long time (20 years is about max), but when you don't have those really ideal storing temperatures to keep it cool, it's just certain that the wine will go bad. An expensive "bad" at an estimated retail price of $125.... Note in the upper right hand corner is "5.30" which is what my dad paid for the bottle.

Over the years since his death in the early 1980s, I've had many, many fine bottles of wine from his collection. I remember one bottle of 1974 Charles Krug Pinot Noir that was just spectacular when I had it in 2004. The folks I had over for dinner that night were quite experienced with 1000 bottle collection at their home, and loved it. At the time when I looked the retail price up it was around $400.

Too bad that these wines have just gone bad. I've only a few bottles left, but assume all are shot. Fortunately, my off the cuff menu of thyme sauteed shrimp and asparagus with onions, red pepper, garlic and sherry with a side of rosemary steamed cauliflower sprinkled with paprika came out much better. And the bottle of 2014 Bogle Merlot I had bought paired wonderfully with the food.

02/09/17: Blizzard Hits
The weather had been warning of a storm coming for days. Each day, the intensity predictions became greater until last night when the reports were that we'd be in blizzard conditions from early morning Thursday 02/09/17 through late night.

And did the snow fall! All day, visibility out of the library windows was just barely to the tree line behind the adjoining condo project.

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At times, the wind whiped the snow against the windows in 30 mph gusts so hard you couldn't see anything. However, it was spectacularly beautiful, just like out of a movie!

New York was supposed to get up to 18 inches, and I suspect most of the city just took the day off because there wasn't much activity in the stock or currency markets; I sat with an open position that didn't change much in value most of the day, the little quote boxes on my screen hardly flashing at all.

02/11/17: Full Moon Snow Shoeing Adventure
Saturday night 02/11/17 Sue and I hosted our last annual Full Moon Snow Shoeing Adventure here in the Seacoast area. Though just the third time we've done this, it seems that its always been either during or right after a huge storm!

This was no exception. The area had been hit the day before with the third pretty good blizzard in the last few weeks. At least it wasn't going on that evening!

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We met Colin and Ren, and Mike and Sheila for dinner 5:00 pm at Newick's Lobster House in Newington, NH, part of the tradition. Just a few folks this year because of the storms and approaching Valentine's Day on Tuesday. After dinner, Sue and I met up with Mike over at the Kingman Farm parking area on Route 155 in Durham, NH.

Because of the storms, the town hadn't plowed out the parking area; there was no way we'd get in there let alone get out! There was a wide swath on the side of the road that, though filled with snow, had obviously been used for parking.

We slid in there but decided to turn around and come in from the other direction so that when we had to drive out, we'd be facing the downhill slope for better exiting traction. And we needed every bit of that when we left! There was a deep slushy snow covering everywhere.

Rather than snow shoeing back into the woods along the main trail, Sue charged off into the fields to the right. The plan was to traverse along the side of the woods, and then take one of the side trails that would loop us back onto the main trail to the parking area.

It's a good thing Sue knows Kingman Farm so well. The trails were barely traveled, and though it was a full moon, the gray overcast muted the light so that once in the woods it was tough telling where you were going. Well..., it was tough for me to tell where we were going. But Sue knew right where to go, so Mike and I just followed, stopping every now and then to marvel at the deep quite of the woods.

When we got back home just after 8:00 pm, I called Steve to let him know we had arrived. He and Becca had not been able to go out with us, but said that they'd join us for the movie of the night. We chatted for awhile over a glass of wine and Finnish Blueberry pie Sue had made that afternoon, which was just the best you can imagine after trudging through the deep drifts in the cold woods.

The movie of the night was the classic 1972 Robert Redford movie, Jeremiah Johnson. Though long, what a spectacular film. And so fitting to the snow shoeing adventure we had just come from!

02/13/17: And The Blizzard Continues!
The first blizzard hit 20/09/17, took a brief breath after dumping around a foot on us. Then, it snowed the 10th and 11th for several inches more. But yesterday the 12th and today the 13th the storms have come back with a vengence.

Here's a picture out the front door this morning with 13 inches down and still snowing to compare with the one I took on the 9th when we got around a foot:

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And here's a shot of the driveway at the New Durham house where we got over 10 inches:

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Our contractor, Steve Chorba, took that shot, as well as well as this picture of the road, as he was pulling up to the house.

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And here's a picture of Mia playing on a snow hill that Marissa sent to me!

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02/14/17: Valentines Day Dinner
I drove up to the new house this morning to leave some boxes of books, and stopped off on the way home to food shop for tonight. I thought I'd cook in tonight because Friday evening we're going out to Dunbar Square, a Himalayan restaurant in Portsmouth, for dinner before heading over to the Seacoast Repertory Theatre for their production of Driving Miss Dasiy.

I didn't get back from running around until after 2:00 pm, and so I started the food prep work. I wanted to be freed up so Sue and I could enjoy a fire and play some backgammon before I had to do the actual cooking.

Before starting to chop up the onions, garlic, and ginger root, I popped open a bottle of 1978 Beaulieu Vineyard BV Georges de Latour Cabernet to see if maybe it was any better than the bottle of 1978 Louis Martini Cabernet I had tried back on 02/04. This was another bottle of the approximate case of wines I have remaining from my dad's collection.

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Unfortunately, this too had gone bad. I'm afraid they all have. What a shame for what is currently selling for $125 a bottle....

But we still had wine! I opened a bottle of organic Natura Chardonnay, and we sipped that while we watched the fire and played several sets of backgammon, of which I went down 23 points!

Well, maybe not so good tonight with the backgammon score, but my pork chops sauteed in onion, garlic, ginger root, thyme, tarragon, and sherry with paprika and thyme steamed kale.

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