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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....

04/01/18: Easter In Ossipee
Sue and I drove up Sunday 04/01/18 to her niece Tracy's home in Ossipee, NH to celebrate Easter. Great to see everyone, and share wonderful food and stories.

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Sue's sister-in-law, Joann, guarding the food!

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Sue unwrapping Beau's Easter gift from Tracy.

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Marissa posted this picture of Mia all set for Easter Sunday!

04/06/18: April Snow Flurries!
It began spitting snow during the early Friday morning hours! In April!

We woke up to a light dusting, and it kept up all day. By late afternoon there was almost an inch of snow covering the ground and bushes.

I got a fire going in the wood stove just after 4:30pm, poured a glass of wine for Sue and me, and we had just the nicest, and relaxing time taking it all in and playing a few sets of backgammon.

04/07/18: Home Depot Run and Early Dinner Out
Sue had some plants that she wanted to pick up at Home Depot in Rochester, and we decided to combine that with dinner at Revolution Taproom & Grill just a little further down the road in town. Unfortunately, I didn't find the dinner there to be very good. My Yelp! review follows:

This is my first review on Yelp, though I've wanted to contribute as we go to so many restaurants. I had to comment on Revolution Taproom & Grill as I was so looking forward to giving it a try based on the reviews, the website, and menu selections which sounded so good.

Unfortunately, our food experience 04/07/18 was mediocre at best, though the atmosphere is super. And service was fine for us at the early dinner time that we were there. This is just about the dinner food.

But unless it's for lunch, I won't go back for dinner or order anything other than a burger or other sandwich fare. I feel all the rave reviews were about the pub food, and so I'd be willing to try that sometime. But, in my opinion, this is not the place to get a well prepared, tasty dinner meal.

I had the Spaghetti Squash Bolognese. I've eaten a lot of spaghetti squash and a lot of meals with Bolognese sauce. In fact, I do a lot of cooking, and I've made meals with these recipes many times. My meal was awful. That's harsh, but the Bolognese was not anything like a Bolognese. It was so far off of what a Bolognese sauce would be that it shouldn't be called one for this dish. But regardless of what it was called: the 'sauce' was awful. If a meal I had made had come out tasting like that, and many have, I would, and have, thrown it out.

My wife had the Gnocchi Mac & Cheese, and though cautioned by the server that it wasn't supposed to be what most would expect for a standard Mac & Cheese, she said that it was delicious. Though my wife thought it was fine, I failed to find it anything but relatively bland other than when you got a bite of the sausage in your mouth. So much could have been done to make that dish shine. I was more than disappointed with the taste (couldn't even taste the parsley, and it's listed in the meal description!). My wife disagrees, and insists that she liked it, but she wasn't beaming with enjoyment over it and sort of shrugged her shoulders when I had her read my comments here.

Regardless of my poor dining experience with the taste of the food we ordered, I'd think this would be a wonderful place to come for standard pub fare, their terrific selection of beers, and great pub atmosphere. We enjoyed ourselves, thought the service was fine, and carefully noted how attentive they were to a large party with kids celebrating someone's birthday. Now, if they could just make the meal food a bit tastier the place would be, again in my opinion, a real gem.

04/08/18: Sunday Hike At Beede Falls
Sue grabbed Beau and me Sunday morning 04/08/18 to drive up to Beede Falls in Sandwich, NH.

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Beau had soooo much fun running around in the snow drifts.

Even though it's well over an hour to get there, she had wanted to see it and to take some pictures. So, off we all went!

On the way back, we stopped off at the grocery store to shop for dinner. I wanted to try to do a wonderfully sounding Ethiopian Chicken Stew called, Doro Wat in a spicy Berbere sauce.

When we got home, I did all the major food prep work so that we could relax in front of the wood stove, and play a few sets of backgammon. To complement the meal, I selected a really nice bottle of Apothic Red Winemaker's Blend, and we sipped that as we played.

Wow! the Doro Wat came out spectacularly, and the wine, though inexpensive, was a nice complement to the flavors bursting out of the meal. I want to make this again, but next time serve it over a bed of herb spiced brown rice rather than the egg shell noodles I used. The noodles were great with it, but I think the rice would better absorb the robust flavors of the Berbere sauce.

We finished off the night watching the terrific 2015 Robert Redford movie, Truth, about the unnecessary fall of Dan Rather, one of the greatest television journalists of all time.

04/09/18: Tree Dropped
During one of Nor'easters we had last month on the 8th, one of the big trees up by the stone wall lost a huge main limb. Sue's great niece's husband Ethan, and his dad came over today and took the whole tree down. What a mess....

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04/10/18: More Snow!
Sue and I drove over to Barnstead, NH late afternoon on Tuesday 04/10/18 to pick up a couple of wooden end tables for the bedroom. On the way down the mountain, we had a soft mix of misty rain and snow that turned into just sporadic light rain as we drove along Route 28.

But on the way back home as soon as we got closer to the Alton area, the misty rain became a light snow that increased as we climbed back up the mountain. By the time we got home, the snow was coming down pretty consistently such that there was a light dusting that had accumulated on the branches and ground.

It continued snowing through the evening, and actually became quite pronounced as we could see large flakes falling in the light from the back carriage lamp. We woke up Wednesday to probably just over an inch. It didn't last long on the ground, though, as the sun and warmer temperatures ate it all up.

That's got to be it for snow this season!

04/13/18: Power Company Takes Out Tree
While Ethan and his dad were working on taking that tree out back down last Monday 04/09, they had pointed out another one in front along the road that was rotted and in danger of falling on the power lines.

I had called New Hampshire Electric Co-op, our provider, about it, and they sent a truck out today, Friday 04/13. The crew dropped that one just fine, but it's a real mess out there....

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What's left of the rotted tree after the power company took it down.

Sue had left earlier this morning to head down to RI to celebrate Jill's birthday with her, so she missed the show. I'm sure she'll be impressed with the dead remains.... The company said they'd send another truck out within a week or so to take all the stumps away.

04/14/18: Yet Another Snow Storm!
Friday 04/13, The Great Plains got slammed with a huge snow storm, with some places in Nebraska getting 3 feet of snow, and then the midwest got up to 2 feet of lake effect snow in places. Ouch!

Before it started to get nasty around here Saturday 04/14/18, I took Beau for a short walk in the woods and snapped this picture of the back of the house through the trees.

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You can see the surrounding mountains in the distance over the tree line.

By mid afternoon, however, a cold, thick, and steady rain began falling. I let Beau out for a quick run just as it started as predictions were for it to get pretty bad as the evening came on. And it did, sleeting and snowing pretty heavily all night with a strong, blustery wind whipping sleet against the windows.

The storm continued all day Sunday, and into the evening. When we got up Monday morning 04/16/18 there was still a fairly steady snow and sleet mix being blown around by the wind.

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Because of the rain mix, there was just a small snow accumulation. The walkways and driveway, however, had about a half inch of mushy ice covering them that I had to chop through

Needless to say, we had the wood stove roaring from Friday night and through most of the week. In fact, it was so chilly with the intense wind sweeping against the house that we really had that stove pumping out the heat so much that we hit a new record temperature in the upstairs hall of 95 degrees! Past record was 91 back in January.

04/19/18: Dinner In Deerfied, NH
To celebrate the 8th anniversary of our first date, I took Sue to the The Nine Lions Tavern in Deerfield, NH for dinner.

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We had a great meal, and enjoyed the nice atmosphere there. Here's my review on Yelp!:

When we were driving around in Deerfield a couple of years ago, we had stopped at The Nine Lions Tavern for lunch. It was such a terrific time, and the food was just great that we've always wanted to come back. Even though it's now a 45 minute drive for us, it was well worth it. The atmosphere was great, and the food is super.

I had the Chicken Vesuvius, and it was outstanding in every way, right down to the perfectly prepared asparagus. The menu description said, "Marinated Grilled Chicken Breasts Topped w/ Roasted Tomatoes, Pancetta Bacon & Herbed Florentine Cream Sauce Served w/ Wild Rice & Asparagus." I could taste each component, and the sauce was so tasty and smooth that the whole meal couldn't have been any better.

Sue had the Salmon, described as: "Sweet Miso Glaze Served over Wild Rice & Vegetables." I'm not a salmon fan, so I didn't try it, but she loved it. Very impressive and our best regards to the chef for such wonderful food.

Though the wait staff is really friendly and knowledgeable, they do tend to focus a little too much on chatting with regulars they know. It took awhile a couple of times to get their attention because they don't really scan the room when they are off on another task.

And for folks who live closer than us, they appear to be very actively engaged in providing all sorts of customer activities such as trivial pursuit nights and entertainment. And that's a wonderful thing for sure.

Though we had an early dinner, I'd be concerned, however, with the comment another reviewer had about the live music being too loud; that would have been a HUGE negative for us. It's way too small to be a music venue and so I'd just like to add my thoughts here about that. I'd think that too much of that, and all you'd get is the tavern crowd and not a dinner focused customer such as us who spent around $80. It would have been fine to have someone, even a few musicians, playing nicely in the background, but if we would have walked in and been faced with loud music, I don't think we would have stayed. Just an opinion.

Having said all of that, it's easy to check their website for entertainment so that if that's not your thing you can work around it.

04/20/18: Gale and Grandson Ben Visit
Our friend Gale brought her grandson Ben with her for a quick visit Friday 04/20/18. He and Beau had a great time romping around in the yard.

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04/21/18: Agricultural Clinic At Prescott Farm
Sue and I attended a hands on Agricultural Clinic At Prescott Farm in Laconia, NH Saturday 04/21/18. She has been interested in growing her own mushrooms for years, and, when she saw this event advertised, she signed us up immediately.

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Sue sealing the spore plugs with melted beeswax.

The clinic leader, Sarah, was really wonderful in explaining to the 10 of us, gathered on benches in what used to be the farm's pigsty, the history of the farm, and of the importance of mushrooms in the overall forest ecosystem. I had no idea the vital role the mycelium of the mushroom plays in managing the ecology, and am interested enough to want to learn a bit more.

After the clinic, we wandered around the grounds of the farm for a few minutes, and then headed over to Route 3 to grab a bite to eat and get some coffee.

Before heading home, we stopped off at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton to check out the local rotary group's annual home and garden show. There were a lot of interesting exhibits, and Sue and I met some wonderful folks that we hope to stay in touch with.

04/24/18: Spring Hath Sprung!
It's 04/24/18 and it seems to be true! It appears that Spring really has sprung up here on the mountain.

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Sue's Daffodils flourishing over by the barn.

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Because the temperature reached 68 degrees, I put out the lawn chairs by the screen house. When Sue got back from visiting her brother in Ossipee, we sat out there sipping some wine and enjoyed watching the afternoon sun arch gracefully down toward the western tree line.

04/28/18: Spring Yard Work Day
Saturday 04/28/18 was Spring yard work day. When Ethan and his girls - his 'crew' - arrived at 9:30, it was still a little brisk out. But it didn't take long for the sun to warm everything up.

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Sue's nephew Derek arriving with the raised garden bed frames he had made for us as the 'crew' scatters.

05/05/18: Hell's Backbone Grill Trip_
Sue and I took a 9 day trip to Utah from May 4th through the 13th. The motivation for the trip, well... from my viewpoint, anyway, was to fulfill my current, one and only item on my "Bucket List": to have dinner at Hell's Backbone Grill in Boulder, UT.

I'm in the process of creating the narrative page and filtering through the 1,100 pictures that Sue took on the trip, so check back and see when the link opens up!

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