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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....

06/26/19: Lucas Comes For Visit!
After dropping Beau off with Cathy Wednesday 06/26/19, Sue and I headed out to pick Lucas up at the airport for a several week visit. Though that was our ultimate destination, his flight wasn't arriving at Logan International Airport in Boston, MA until 8:30 pm from L.A., we had decided to leave in the early afternoon to take a nice drive down along the coast, winding our way into Massachusetts. Once we got to the coast, however, we ran into a pretty thick fog.

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Fogged in along the coast on the way to Boston Logan airport to pick up Lucas.

06/27/19: Road Trip Around Lake Winnipesaukee
Thursday 06/27/19 Chuck and I took a leisurely drive in his Audi around Lake Winnipesaukee (read full discussion of his visit). We drove up the west shore through Alton Bay, Gilford, and down to see the Wiers Beach area. Since we were running just a little behind, we just drove through Meredith, and on toward Holderness, stopping at Walters Basin Restaurant for lunch. We got such a great table overlooking Squam Lake that we just sat there for well over an hour enjoying the views and just chatting.

06/28/19: Birthday Gathering for Chuck in Portsmouth
Friday 06/28/19 was Chuck's 50th birthday, and Colin and Marissa had organized a night out in Portsmouth at the Ferry Landing (read full discussion of his visit). Super surprise for Chuck, and us as we didn't know about it, was that Marissa had been conspiring with Chuck's wife Denise to fly out Friday morning from Illinois to be with him on his birthday. So, while we were sitting out on the deck at the Ferry Landing, in she walks! He was speechless for sure.

07/01/19: Chuck Heads Back to Illinois
When Chuck came over Monday morning, 07/01/19, he met Rachel who had come over Sunday with Lucas. Sue fixed a great late breakfast of fresh homemade lemon muffins with fried eggs over Rainbow Swiss Chard. We all enjoyed just sitting out on the screen porch chatting over a couple of cups of perked coffee. But, Chuck and I had work to do in the library, and so we disappeared until 4:00 pm.

While Sue and the kids chatted for awhile out on the porch, Chuck and I went into the library for our work. We had - well, I thought we had - a wonderful, though busy, discussion. But at 4:00 pm it was time to "Raise The Flag", as my brother Alan used to say, and get on with the party that we had planned for Chuck's final dinner with us before heading home in the morning (read full discussion of his visit).

I had bought a couple more bottles of the Revolution Cabernet-Merlot blend that we had enjoyed the first night Chuck had been with us, and popped one of those open. We just sat out on the porch and enjoyed the wonderful weather, sipping the wine and munching on some snacks that Sue had put out. Sue and I raised our glasses in celebration of our final dinner with him for this visit.

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Toasting to our final dinner for this visit.

We all transferred into the kitchen at 5:30 so I could get going with dinner prep work. I didn't have too much to do as far as chopping, but the recipe did have a lot of moving parts and steps. Doesn't seem to matter what I cook, could be boiling water, but it always takes me an hour and a half, even the complex meals.

After dinner, Chuck hadn't seen the wonderful 2000 Ed Harris movie, Pollock. We didn't get that late a start on it, but I keep forgetting how long it is; Chuck didn't get out the door until after 11:00 pm to head for Marissa's to sleep.

We said our final good-bys out on the walkway after gazing up into the star studded dark sky that we so much enjoy. And then he was off.

Tuesday morning, I texted him: "Happy trails to you, until we meet again... — Roy"

07/04/19: 4th of July
While Lucas worked, Sue and I took Beau up to Ossipee to visit with Sue's aunt Carol. We stopped along the way and got her favorite lunch: a lobster roll. She loved it! And she spoiled Beau to death with all the treats that she gave him.

We took Route 16 going up there, and it was so slow. Not sure what the issue was, but traffic was awful until we got about to Union when it just opened up. But we weren't taking any chances on that coming back. We came down through Tuftonboro along Route 109a, which I think is just one of the prettiest winding roads around.

When we got home, we sat out on the screen porch with the fan going full blast as it was probably in the low 90s and very humid. Very uncomfortable. We played several sets of backgammon until I went in to fix dinner for the 3 of us. Just simple 4th of July stuff: sausage dogs on buns with a side of beans. Yes, of course, I had to mess with the beans, but they came out really good.

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Deer visits us!

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Tiger Lillies in bloom!

07/06/19: Dinner Party With Lucas and Rachel
Saturday 07/06/19 Rachel was back with us, and I fixed an interesting Italian Lemon Chicken cooked in a sauce of capers, onions, oregano, fresh basil, diced herb tomatoes served over a bed of basil infused egg noodles with a side of sauteed asparagus, onions, ginger root, sweet red pepper, oregano, and water chestnuts. The bottle of Revolution Chardonnay that I opened really paired well with the meal. Great time.

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After dinner Saturday 07/06/19, Sue kept peeking out of the window at the tree line as dusk began to settle over the mountain. Finally, she couldn't take it anymore and announced that she just had to get up to the ridge to get some pictures of the sunset. Off we went, and glad we did as you can judge for yourself at the series of sunset pictures that she got.

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Summer sunset over the ridge.

07/07/19: Sunday Kayaking and Cookout
We were all up and moving around fairly early Sunday morning 07/07/19. Sue fixed a wonderful quiche for breakfast, and then Lucas and Rachel were off for Westerly, RI for a couple days with Lucas' sister Jill.

It was such a beautiful day that we decided we'd give our friends Steve and Cathy a shout to see if they wanted to join us on a Sunday kayaking adventure. While Sue took The Beau Dog for a short walk, I got the kayaks, and all the assorted gear out into the driveway so we could leave when she got back.

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Ready to load all the gear to go kayaking.

We had such a great time, that we invited Steve and Cathy over for a summer cook out. Got the grill fired up, and we just had a really nice visit and meal.

07/08/19: Chuck's Job Search Intensifies
This is Chuck Looking for a new job....

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He said: "So, I had planned on getting 'a lot' of shit done today... but it's 78 and sunny..."

I replied simply: "Think of this: when you're retired, you don't have to give a shit and can do whatever you want, whenever you want."

07/12/19: Tiger Lillies in Full Bloom!
Sue told me to check out the tiger lillies out front. They were spectacular, fully bloomed and swaying in the warm breeze.

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07/13/19: Strawberry Picking
It was supposed to get really hot and muggy today, and so we wanted to get an early start. Overall, the weather has been great for Sue's vegetable gardens by the barn. I got this picture of them as Sue was heading out to take Beau for a walk.

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We've got vegetables!

After Sue got back from walking Beau, we hopped into the car to go pick fresh strawberries at Butternut Farm in Farmington, NH. We really like Butternut, and come here several times a year for different harvests. Even though we got here fairly early, the strawberry fields were busy.

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Picture of Sue way in the distance picking her way up the rows.

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