For this year's events from January to now, see this year's archive page
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....
11/02/19: November Wind Storms Bring Stick Season
Well, we've had really high winds and cold night temperatures. That all makes for bringing the fall leaf colors to full deep brown. That makes the stems brittle and so the winds have just knocked most of them off the trees. We're officially into "Stick Season" now!
Interestingly, I took pictures of the view of the woods in the back yard for the last several days: 10/30, 10/31, and today 11/02. Look at how fast we got to full Stick Season!
Wednesday 10/30: Beautiful late Autumn colors with some leaves having fallen.
Thursday 10/31: Winds have striped the leaves from many of the trees.
Saturday 11/02: Just 2 days later all the leaves are down, and we're in stick season!
Sue and I decided to take a run up to Wolfeboro for lunch and to just catch the last of the leaves on the trees up there. We stopped off at the town docks, and the white caps were racing toward shore to greet us. The wind was so tough that I was glad I had my stocking cap on because a ball cap would have been blown off and to Pluto.
From the docks area, we drove over to the Bayside Grill & Tavern. We just had coffee for our drink as we were both chilled from the winds. Food was great, and we headed off for home to get some yard work done.
While Sue worked on cleaning out more brush and plants from the brook, I threw a ladder against the back side of the barn and climbed up to replace a broken pane of glass. Some bird had bashed into it a week ago, and knocked it to pieces.
Those windows are really in tough shape so I had to caulk around many of the other panes. I have little ability in such things, and so there's caulking all over the place. Perhaps in the Spring, I can find someone with some skill in such things and make it look nice. But, for now, all I wanted to do was get everything sealed up for the winter. At least I accomplished that!
But after then fixing the tarps covering the wood piles that the wind had blown all over the place, and carrying in a few arm fulls of wood (it's supposed to get down into the mid 30s tonight), I called it a day.
It was after 4:00 pm before I got the fire made in the wood stove, and other stuff squared away. Time to raise "The Flag"e;, and get on with having some wine while playing backgammon. We can raise The Flag at 4:00 pm because we're retired; others have to wait until 5:00 pm....
11/05/19: Scrambling To Get Ready For Snow!
Sue and I were out most of the day yesterday raking leaves off the grass, and bagging them up. I don't know how many bags we packed, but I made 2 runs to the dump with my car stuffed to the roof.
I was out last evening until 5:00 pm as darkness and a hard chill started to fall all around me raking up the last of several huge piles of leaves. I was pretty tired and sore by then, and figured I'd bag them up in the morning.
It's been clear, but cold the last few days, though today, Wednesday 11/05, it not only was supposed to rain, but it did! So, Sue beat me out the door this morning by 20 minutes to start bagging those last piles of leaves to beat the rain. Between the two of us, we quickly loaded up another 4 bags, beating the rain by just about an hour!
Sue getting the yard ready for winter.
I snapped the above picture of Sue loading one of the bags up. She threw her hands up exclaiming, "No pictures! I haven't brushed my hair or teeth yet! Go away!" Not real sure why brushing her hair, let alone teeth, has to do with bagging leaves, but that's what she said. But she has just been a whirlwind of work around the yard the last couple of weeks getting everything ready for winter. Without her hard work, things would just be left pretty grim. Thanks for everything, Sweetie. And don't worry about 'hair and teeth', okay?
Right after we went back in the house, Eastern Propane arrived to install our 2 new tanks for the generator.
Beau investigating the new propane tank installation area.
It didn't take them long, and soon after they left, it started to drizzle with the forecast indicating possible snow on Friday.
11/06/19: Beau to the Vet, Some Shopping, and Lunch Out!
After dropping Beau off at the vets in Alton Wednesday morning, I met up with Sue where Colin works in Dover. I left the car with Colin to do some repairs on it and get my winter snow tires on, and jumped in with Sue to head to Newington.
We stopped off at Trader Joes and bought some wine and cheese, and put that into the trunk before going to the Olive Garden for lunch. Had a really nice time.
Unfortunately, when we got home I discovered that I had accidentally set the valet latch (as I later found out) on Sue's trunk. Terrific. I could not get it to budge, and so took her car down Thursday morning to Alton Auto to have it opened. They said it's pretty common, but still a real pain in the butt....
Picked Beau up at the vets around 3:30 pm, and he seemed to be feeling pretty good. They had to knock him out to work on his teeth, so he was a little woozy for most of the evening.
11/08/19: Dinner at Governor's Inn
Cathy had called Sue Friday 11/08/19 and asked if we'd be interested in joining her and Steve for dinner at The Governor's Inn in Rochester. Sounded like a marvelous plan, and we all had a great time.
It had been spitting snow most of the day, though nothing had accumulated around the house. But Sue had been out hiking with Cathy and Beau, and had taken some pictures of the snow clouds sweeping through the valley below. So, when Steve and Cathy had picked us up to go to dinner, they said they were surprised that there was no snow here as they had a dusting. And Route 11 was an icy mess; we saw 2 cars that had skidded off the road and into the ditch.
It had been several years since we had been to dinner at the Governor's Inn, and were really looking forward to to it. Service and food was terrific, and both Sue and I spotted a couple of other entrees on the menu that will be worth another visit. After dinner, we came back to our place, I lit a fire in the wood stove to take the chill out of the air, and Sue served up a great cherry crisp that she had made earlier for us all.
11/09/19: Down to the Ocean!
While Sue took Beau for a walk, I hauled enough wood in to fill up the log rack on the porch. After lunch, we headed off for the beach in search of neat rocks and sea glass.
We started out at Bass Beach in Rye, and found quite a few stones of the size that Sue was looking for. But it was so damp and cold that we didn't linger. We had a nice drive along the shore road, 1A, and made a couple of other quick stops before heading for home.
11/13/19: Frigid Sunset Over The Ridge
Tuesday night 11/13/19, the sunset was looking to be really neat, and so Sue proclaimed that I should load The Beau Dog and myself into the car for a photography event just up the hill on the ridge.
Frigid sunset over the ridge.
Well, it was so cold, and the wind was blowing like a banshee that Sue took just a few shots and then wanted to scoot back home to the warmth of the wood stove. That, with spaghetti, a little wine, and some backgammon made for a relaxing evening.
Backgammon and dinner by the wood stove.
11/14/19: What a start to the Weekend....
Wednesday afternoon I had felt a really large lump in Beau's neck, and called for an appointment at the vet for this morning, Thursday 11/14/19.
Fortunately, it was a treatable infection. Sue was soooo relieved because Friday morning she headed off to Rhode Island to visit Jill for the weekend. So, The Beau Dog and I enjoyed movie marathons Friday and Saturday all afternoon, evening, and night.
Friday, I succumbed to some sci-fi, and an actually pretty good zombie flick. Saturday, though, was 2001: A Space Odessey. That just puts Sue to sleep, and so I spare her by watching it when she's gone. And then later that evening I did Boiler Room. Both nights were really chilly, and so the wood stove kept me and The Beau Dog snug and warm.
Sunday 11/17/19 I was out mid morning to head to the store to shop for a special dinner I was fixing for Sue's return. On the way, as I crested the ridge, I just had to pull over and take this spectacular picture of the view to brilliantly snow capped Mt. Washington far in the distance.
Snow capped Mt. Washington in the distance from the top of the ridge.
11/19/19: Visit to Master Tim House's Karate Club
Tuesday evening 11/19/19 I drove down to Exeter, NH to visit my karate disciple Master Tim House's club, Tai Chien Dojo.
It had been the first time I had seen his new location. It's a terrific small space, just right for a small club of dedicated students. Thanks for the invitation, Master House! I enjoyed it, and look forward to more visits in the future.
11/20/19: Mia Comes For A Visit
I drove down to Dover Wednesday 11/20/19 to pick Mia up to stay with us for a couple of days. Marissa and Gary are headed off tomorrow to a business event, and we are thrilled to have Mia stay with us.
Mia helping Sue make dehydrated fruit Christmas tree ornaments.
After picking her up, we drove up the back way to grab lunch at the Burger King in Rochester. My kind of day for a scenic drive! Foggy, with cold drizzle down in Dover, but up on the mountain it was snowing! We did lots of stuff together when we got home, and by the end of the evening, she was totally exhausted. I caught a great picture of her crashed out on her bed - check out the link to the page!
Thursday morning after pancakes, I drove Mia down for her gymnastics class in Dover. Later that afternoon, Sue's brother Alan joined us for dinner and finishing up a movie we had started Wednesday night. And Friday after breakfast I drove her down to Dover for her day school. It was a nice visit for sure!
11/25/19: Colin Comes Over For Dinner
Well, my total incompetence and patience dealing with anything motorized was brought to a head last week with the dual failures of me being able to start the rider mower to get it stuffed back in its winter area, and the snow blower which had started for me in September, but not with my recent attempts. All each one of them did was puke and click at me....
I was left with no alternative — other than drown myself in the toilet bowl in disgust — than to bribe Colin with dinner and the last of the Sam Adams October Fest I had left. Thankfully, he agreed, and came up late Monday afternoon to work his magic.
It only took him about 15 minutes to get both units humming. We came in, grabbed beers, and joined Sue in the living room to warm up by the wood stove. She had gotten some potatoes cooking when she had seen that we were wrapping up outside, so by the time we finished off the first beer, we headed into the kitchen so I could fix some pork chops - wonderful garlic and sage rub and then seared with a sherry glaze.
11/26/19: Afternoon View From The Ridge
Sue had gone to run some errands Tuesday afternoon 11/26/19, and stopped off at our friends Jen and Butch's new house being constructed. The post and beam framers had just got the shell put up yesterday, and Sue wanted to get a picture of it.
Post and beam frame in place.
This is going to turn out spectacular!
View from the house.
11/27/19: Sue Taking On-line Water Color Painting Class
Sue has been working through an on-line water color painting class. She's always wanted to investigate this medium more, and I'm glad she has!
One of Sue's first water color paintings.
Her artisticness carries over so well from her years of work in photography. And it's a lot easier to paint inside during the harsh New England winters than it is to be out with a camera! I've talked her into framing this painting so I can hang it in the library.
11/28/19: Happy Thanksgiving!
We were greeted Thanksgiving morning 11/28/19 with a blanket of snow!
Thanksgiving morning snow blankets the mountain.
We had a wonderful time visiting with everyone, though I did spend most of my time in with some of the guys watching the Bears and Lions battle it out. And soooo much food! I didn't get too carried away; only 1 modest serving rather than my sometimes "Round 2," and sometimes... "Round 3" episodes. Very well behaved.
Because we wanted to stop off at Sue's aunt Carol's on our way home, we bid everyone farewell at 4:00 pm. We had a nice visit with Carol, and then got home just at 6:00 pm. Beau was crazed when Sue walked through the door, and it took him awhile to calm down enough so that he'd go out and do his bid-ness.
And then Sunday, Colin, Marissa, Gary, and Mia gathered with us for another Thanksgiving Day celebration.
Sunday Thanksgiving gathering with Sue, Mia, Gary, and Marissa about to celebrate our dinner together. And then more when Colin arrived later!
12/02/19: Major Winter Storm Hits
A huge winter storm rolled over us both Monday and Tuesday. It basically brought everything to a stand still with some areas of the state (and entire Northeast) receiving record amounts of snow. We picked up at least a foot, possibly more here. It's tough to tell because the wind was something fierce. It was a massive Nor'easter.
Back yard Monday afternoon during a lull in the storm. At least 6 inches of new snow fell by evening.
Sue and Beau shoveling us out late Tuesday afternoon just as the storm was winding down.
Monday, I spent about an hour and a half shoveling paths to and around the oil fill line, propane tanks, generator, and both wood piles, as well as cleaning off piles of snow covering my car. What a mess! And the snow just kept coming!
Tuesday I was back out with Sue to do it all again. After raking the roof, I shoveled out everything again; another hour and a half or so. And the Wednesday morning I went back out to clean up areas the plow guy had left, and to carry in 6 loads of wood from the wood pile.
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