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....
12/03/17: Christmas Tree and Decorating
Sunday 12/03/17 Sue and I went out to get our first Christmas tree here at the house.
Colin and Ren came over for breakfast at 9:00 am, and then we headed off down the road to the Neva Dun Farm in Center Barnstead where Sue and I found a nice, full, small tree first.
After cutting our tree down for us, Colin spotted a stand of larger trees in the field down the hill from us, cut it down, and loaded it onto their sled. Just a lot of fun!
When we got home, She had already brought the plastic tub of decorations in from the barn, and so we got right to it.
12/12/17: Winter Storm and Deep Freeze
Though not a major storm with only about 3 inches of snow on Tuesday 12/12/17, it was the second storm in just a few days. What happened with this one was that after turning to a wet sleet, the temperature then dropped into the 20s and stayed really cold for days after.
I spent about 2 hours blowing and shoveling snow and then hauling in a bunch of wood for the wood stove. I got most of the snow up, but just as I was finishing, it turned to sleet. By the time we got up Wednesday, it was all ice.
Long shot from the driveway Wednesday morning.
Sue got this spectacular picture with her camera.
Beau warming up after being out with me while I blew snow all over the place.
Sue took Beau up for a hike on Pine Mountain on Sunday 12/17/17 and got this spectacular picture of winter in full swing over Lake Winnipesaukee.
12/16/17: Visiting the NH Farm Museum
Sue and I drove out to the NH Farm Museum in Milton, NH late Saturday morning 12/16/17. She had seen an article in one of the local papers about tours of the house, and we thought it would be a great opportunity to visit as neither of us had been there before.
We're so glad that we dressed warmly because the temperature was around 15 F with a slight, but still penetrating, wind. Though the tour was inside the farm house, there was about a half hour before it began that we were able to wander around in the unheated barn and the country store building that was pretty frigid.
What a great place to visit. There's so much to see, and it's just a really nice experience. We both agreed that we'd have to go back again.
12/19/17: Sue's Birch Branch Star
Sue grabbed some of the birch branches she had scavenged in a few of her recent walks and created the frame of a star from them. After adding a little evergreen cluster to it, we hung it on the chimney in the kitchen.
12/22/17: Weekend Brings Back to Back Snow and Sleet Storms
Sue and I were out for over 3 hours Friday afternoon clearing the driveway and walks of about 2 inches of snow from a storm that had begun during the night.
It snowed all day and all through that night. By Saturday morning, the temperature had risen into the mid 30s F and the snow turned to a hard sleet. We were both out again snow blowing and shoveling for several hours to get things cleaned up as much as possible. With temperatures predicted to dip, we didn't want thick ice to build up for our Christmas Eve gathering.
After finishing up with shoveling, and Sue hauling in more wood for the stove, we jumped in my car with Beau and headed off for some final food shopping for Christmas. The roads were pretty snowy and slushy, particularly up here on the mountain.
On the way back from shopping, we were working our way up Ridge Road when Sue did one of her, "Stop—the —vehicle! Picture event!" The snow and then the light sleet had created now only a light fog over the mountain, but had coated the tree limbs with a glistening frosting of ice.
After putting the groceries away and getting a fire going in the wood stove, Sue maneuvered me into the kitchen to create a few dozen frosted cake bites. What a hoot that was! And a sticky mess! But great fun. We're now all set for our kids gathering here on Sunday 12/24 for Christmas Eve dinner.
It was great to have spent the day inside because the sleet just wouldn't stop. As the afternoon wore on, the temperatures began to fall, and standing on the back porch you could hear the ice on the branches creaking in the woods. We lit a fire in the wood stove, played some backgammon, and then watched another Hallmark Channel Christmas movie after dinner.
12/24/17: Christmas Eve
We woke up Sunday 12/24/17 Christmas Eve morning to a heavy coating of ice everywhere. We lost a few tree branches in the back, and the driveway and walks were just an ice rink.
Sue and Lucas Christmas Eve with the wood stove warming our home.
Sue wanted to go on a photography adventure as the sun was glistening off of the ice encrusted tree limbs and it was just calling out to her; "Hey, Susan! Get a move on with that camera of yours!" So, we stuffed Beau into the car and headed out.
So that I could visit with everyone instead of cooking, I started my food prep work around 2:00pm. Just as I was finishing up the major part of that, both Lucas and Jill arrived. And shortly after that, Colin and Ren drove in.
12/24/17: Christmas Day Blizzard
We got up Christmas morning to blizzard conditions and several inches of snow. After having a bite to eat and a coffee, we headed outside to clear the snow.
We were going to visit Sue's aunt Carol before heading over to her brother Alan's. It usually takes us about 50 minutes to get to Carols, going over Route 28 up through Wolfeboro, but it took us almost 2 hours. The roads were awful, and the blizzard was fierce all the way. The roads were full of snow, sometimes over 3 inches with just slippery tracks through the snow to follow.
By the time Sue and I headed home, the storm had pretty much blown itself out, and the road crews had been able to completely clear the roads. After picking Beau up, we took Route 28 back home, and this time the trip was just short of an hour. What a difference!
I bulldozed the car through about 4 inches of snow in the driveway when we got home, but just left it until morning as I was tired.
12/26/17: Lucas and Rachel Visit
It only took about an hour Tuesday morning to clear the snow, and then Sue took Beau out snowshoeing for awhile. Though the sun was out, it was pretty cold. She was glad to get back to a warm wood stove.
While she took care of some last minute things around the house, I went food shopping for our dinner. Lucas and Rachel were coming for dinner, though because she was coming down from New London, she wasn't going to arrive until probably 7:00 pm. Since we weren't sure of her exact arrival time, we had decided to fix a Mushroom Bolognese dish. That way, the sauce could just simmer until we were ready to eat.
With the classic 1946 movie, It's A Wonderful Life running in the background, I got all of the prep work done early, and Sue made up a pear over arugula salad with balsamic fig dressing.
By the time Rachel got here, we had a nice, warm fire going in the wood stove. I opened the bottle of Bordeaux that Lucas had given us Christmas Eve, and we sipped a little of that before sitting down to dinner. But it was an early night as everyone was beat.
When we got up Wednesday morning, it was only 10 degrees F! Sue got the wood stove going, and then fixed fried eggs over arugula and spinach with bagels for breakfast. And coffeeeeeee!
After breakfast, Rachel was off to join her brother to drive down to New York to visit relatives over the holidays. While Sue was out meeting a friend for lunch and running errands, Lucas and I held the fort down, though we were both working in different rooms.
Friday morning, Lucas headed off to New York to meet up with Rachel for New Years. We will hopefully see him again before he flies back to LA.
Later that morning, Sue showed me some research on cameras that she had been doing. I had told her when we got married that I wanted my gift to her to be a new camera upgrade from her current Nikon D90. She had found a new Nikon D7700 that was exactly what she had been thinking about. We scooped that up right away along with a terrific lens, and even a backpack! And to top that off, we got the order in just in time for next day delivery.
She was tough to deal with all day Saturday, biting her nails and staring out the window at every set of headlights that came down the road until the UPS truck beeped it's horn and backed into the driveway late that afternoon.
12/31/17: New Years Eve
Sue and I had a wonderful, but very cold, Sunday New Years Eve day and evening. With the wind chill, it was almost 20 below zero when we got up!
Our frosted kitchen windows!
After a detoured quick shopping trip that morphed into a picture taking adventure, when we got home I had to start dinner preparations work. Our friends Jen and Butch were coming over for an early New Year's Eve dinner as Jen had to be at work early New Year's Day.
01/01/18: Happy New Year 2018!
Sue was up earlier Monday morning New Year's Day than I was. I rolled out around 9:00 am, but felt pretty good. I hadn't eaten or drank too much, so it was more just being tired from a couple of busy holiday weeks. It still wasn't until after I had a cup of coffee and Sue's sausage and eggs, though, that I felt normal....
Sue caught this terrific shot of a snow capped Mt. Washington as we crested the ridge on our way out to walk Beau
I got a fire going in the wood stove, and then caught a half hour or so of the Rose Parade on tv before Sue, Beau, and I headed out for a picture taking quest, and hike in the woods.
After getting home, I got the wood stove going again, and then watched a little of the Rose Bowl. But I had little time to relax! I was cooking my mother's recipe for ox tails in a rich blend of tarragon, rosemary, onions, and almost a bottle of red Zinfandel.
We wound the evening down with the well done 2017 movie, The Glass Castle. But when it was finished, Sue was beat and so went up to bed, while I continued on for an hour or so with an episode of a series I had recorded.
01/02/18: 4:00 am Photography Call!
Sue was up at 3:30 am Tuesday morning 01/02/18 with the photography sirens calling out to her. Check the link out to see a few of the shots she took.
01/04/18: Slammed by Winter Storm Grayson
After Sue got back from walking Beau Thursday morning, we were 3 hours raking the roof, snow blowing, and shoveling about a foot of snow after Winter Storm Grayson pummeled the entire east coast.
Beau exploring an ice cavern of bent branches on the trail up to Pine Mountain.
And then Friday morning after the storm had passed, we did another two and a half hours of snow removal! My snow blower's auger control was frozen so I couldn't use it. It was a bitch hand shoveling out the 2.5 feet of thick snow piled up by the town plow at the end of the driveway.
01/10/18: Movie Night Out
Sue and I headed off Wednesday evening 01/10/18 to BarnZ's Cinema in Barrington, NH for the 6:45pm showing of the new movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Not only couldn't we resist going out to see this, but we had to anesthetize ourselves with too much butter popcorn. And the movie itself? Well, lots of action, and a better plot than most of these later ones have had, so we enjoyed it.
01/11/18: Lunch Explore
After finishing up with our eye check up appointments in Dover late Thursday morning 01/11/18, Sue and I stopped on the way home in Somersworth for lunch at the new Indonesian restaurant, Bali State House. Man, was that some nice food, though a little on the spicy side. And even if you ask for mild, as Sue did with her rice plate, it's still pretty sharp.
My chicken with kale had the greatest flavors, but again, when my lips burn then it's just a little too much for me. But the owner (I believe he was the owner) who took our order did tell me that I should get rice with it. I'm glad he did, because that knocked some of the heat down.
He came by the table later to ask how I liked it, chuckled, and basically said something to the effect of, "...and I bet you're glad I told you to get rice with it!" We had quite a laugh over that! We have to go back and try some of the other things on the menu. Terrific reviews on Yelp as well.
01/12/18: Photography Quest In The Fog
A dense fog had settled over the mountain when we got up Friday morning 01/12/18, and Sue was keen on taking a drive to see if there were any shots of interest.
Even heading out late morning, it hung so think in the air that not only was it difficult to see, but I had to hit the wipers every now and then. And there were times when it just flat rained!
We started out on Ten Rod Road into the Rochester area, and then winding our way over some really obscure back roads into Milton. The fog was so thick that we got screwed up on our directions and had to back track a couple of times. Unfortunately, it was so thick that Sue's camera couldn't focus on anything; most of the pictures were just blurred by the light reflected back through the lens off of the fog.
This is one of the cleanest of the pictures that Sue was able to get because of the denseness of the fog on our Photography Quest In The Fog 01/12/18, and it was in our own backyard!
01/13/18: The Great 2018 One Year At Berry Road Backgammon Tournament And Ice Melting Spaghetti Bolognese Party!
Sue and I held our first open house backgammon dinner party here in New Durham Saturday 01/13/18, The Great 2018 One Year At Berry Road Backgammon Tournament And Ice Melting Spaghetti Bolognese Party.
I fixed what I termed: Ice Melting Spaghetti Bolognese to push back the frigid temperatures that we had been having for the previous weeks, and Sue made up a bunch of Frosted Velvet Cake Balls as a special desert for us.
We closed the evening with the movie of the night: the 1972 Robert Redford classic, 'Jeremiah Johnson'. We were quick to bed after that as we had to get up Sunday morning at 4:30am to take Sue's daughter to the airport.
01/14/18: Airport Run To Boston Logan
Sue and I were up at 4:30am Sunday morning 01/14/18 as we had to pick up Sue's daughter Jill in Manchester, NH and then take her to Boston, MA to catch an international flight out that morning.
What a great trip Jill was going to have! She'd be gone almost 3 weeks to Australia and then New Zealand with two friends of hers. And for all that time, all she had was 2 bags and a carry-on. Amazing!
From our house to meet up with her in Manchester was about an hour (with no work traffic!), and then another hour down to the airport (again, with no work traffic). After dropping her off at the terminal, we headed back home via I95, though we stopped in Revere, MA at an IHOP for some emergency coffee, and breakfast.
When we got home, I made a fire in the wood stove as it was only about 15 degrees F, but really chilly because of the wind and all the moisture in the air. We're so fortunate that we didn't have to do this in that dense fog Friday! That would have been just an awful trip.
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