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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....

10/01/19: Foggy First Day of October
The chilly air last night brought fog over the mountain this morning from the past couple of days of temps in the 70s.

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By late morning, Nature added a light rain to really bring the chill out in the air. Our friend Gail had driven over from Londonderry, and she and Sue went up to explore the Meredith area for picture opportunities and some shopping. The Beau Dog and I held the fort down until Sue got back to assure him that all was well.

10/03/19: Beautiful Fall Weekend Activities
Sue and I took The Beau Dog with us Thursday 10/03/19 on a short Fall foliage excursion. We followed a couple of the back roads off of Route 28 along the Eastern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee.

Sue got this beautiful picture of the leaves starting to turn at a park in Alton, NH.

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Autumn colors along the creek in Alton.

This was late apple picking season and the tress were pretty sparse when we stopped at Butternut Farm. But we got 2 pretty full bags, grabbed a few decorative pumpkins, and were off.

Sunday, we drove up to Ossipee to just be there for Joanne. She was staying at her daughter's house, and her brother Alan, and some other family members were there as well.

There was a chill in the air when we got home, and so I got a small fire going in the wood stove.

10/07/19: Damp Monday
It was a damp, and slightly chilly Monday morning when we got up. Well, when I got up. I think I overdid things just a little bit Sunday: I slept, and not so soundly, almost 10 hours. I felt fine, but I just have to take it a little easier, like not hauling a full load of firewood 3 times from the wood pile.... Ya think?

As soon as Sue got back from walking Beau, she was out playing in the dirt in her garden getting that cleared up for winter.

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Sue got this terrific Fall foliage picture while walking Beau in the woods.

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Sue getting one of her gardens ready for winter.

Around noon, Beau and I followed her to the auto service garage as she wanted to have her rear breaks done. On the way back home, we stopped to pick up some copy suey for lunch at a market near the auto service garage. And then after that, and a few final chores, she hopped into the bathtub for a warm soak.

We had invited our friends Steve and Cathy over for a quick "Drive By Dinner". They were both working 6 days a week, and Sue thought it'd be nice to fix dinner for them. While everyone relaxed, I got going on fixing a nice Fall dish: chicken, apples and pearl onions in a great apple cider and thyme based broth served over a bed of basil infused barley with a side of balsamic vinegar roasted Brussels sprouts.

The wine, however — a $13 bottle of Kendall-Jackson Sauvignon Blanc Vintner's Reserve — was a bust; not so good. And surprising for Kendall-Jackson.... One review I read said that it was: "... pleasantly acidic and juicy". Really? We all thought it more harsh, and sharp along with being just a little thin.

10/08/19: Joann Passes Away
Sadly, Sue's brother Alan's wife Joann passed away this morning. Thankfully, her illness took her quickly with little discomfort.

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Joann and Alan visiting us 04/08/17.

We've lost a wonderful, loving person. She will be missed by many.

10/11/19: Foliage Excursion
It was a beautiful Friday 10/11/19 when Sue and I headed out for a Fall foliage excursion.

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Backyard Fall colors have really matured just in the last several days.

Our primary purpose was to get Sue's Aunt Carol out for a nice ride. After winding through Freedom, Sue asked Carol if she remembered the way to the Thurston cemetery. Carol doesn't forget a thing, and took us winding through the back roads, some gravel, to the site where some of her distant relatives were buried.

After running Carol home, and making sure she was okay, we came back to Alan's. Sue had made up a memorial wreath for Alan to hang on his door — a nice Southern tradition he had heard about.

10/13/19: 2nd Anniversary
Sunday 10/13/19 Sue and I celebrated our 2nd Anniversary with a foliage drive and a nice dinner at home.

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We headed out for our drive after lunch. We didn't want to go too far, so set a goal of no more than 45 minutes away. That worked out great because we had a wonderful drive through many of the back roads to the south of us. We even found some really spectacular color areas we hadn't been through before.

We got back home on schedule at 4:00 pm, and played some backgammon sipping on a relatively expensive bottle of Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir I had picked up earlier in the week before we started cooking our special celebration dinner.

10/14/19: Columbus Day
Well, look - being retired I really had forgotten that this was Columbus Day weekend. Gad, no wonder the traffic had been so heavy on all of the main roads!

Sue was up early Monday morning, Columbus Day, and shot up to the ridge to get this great picture of the moon setting.

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Hunter's Moon dropping toward the horizon over the trees.

After I got up and had a cup of coffee, I drove Sue and Beau over to Cathy's. They were going to go on some hiking adventure with Beau, and Cathy said she'd bring them home after they got done. As we crested the top of the ridge, I was stunned by the beautiful canopy of dense fog that completely filled the valley below. I had never seen it so thick or massive.

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Fog fills the valley below us.

Sue sent me the following shot that she took from the trail they were hiking on. Man, that's colorful!

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New England at its best!

10/16/19: Chuck Visits
Chuck came out for a fall foliage visit 10/16/19. Denise and the boys had planned to come as well, but no one could get off of work. Sue had family concerns, and she thought it would be nice for just Chuck and me to have some time alone.

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10/20/19: 2nd Anniversary Dinner Celebration
Chuck took the whole family out Sunday evening 10/20/19 to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary.

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We went to one of our favorite restaurants, The Lodge At Smith Point, in Alton, NH, and, as usual, not only had great meals, but a wonderful time.

10/21/19: Sue Birthday Celebration
We did a lot of really fun stuff Monday 10/21/19 to celebrate Sue's birthday.

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10/23/19: Jim and Chris Nancarrow Visit
My long time disciple and friend Jim Nancarrow and his wife Chris were up in New England from Florida on a visit recently and stopped by the house for lunch 10/23/19.

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10/24/19: Sue's Brother Comes For Dinner
Sue's brother Alan drove down from Ossipee, NH to have dinner with us Thursday 10/24/19. It was just a little chilly out, and so I got a fire going in the wood stove for us.

We had a wonderful visit, and look forward to seeing him in a just a couple of days at his great grand daughter Bristol's 5th birthday party!

10/25/19: Colin Begins Roof Work
Though the air was crisp with the threat of rain, Colin started replacing the roof on his house Friday 10/25/19 with the help of some of his friends.

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10/26/19: To Ossipee For Birthday Party
Saturday 10/26/19 Sue and I headed up to Ossipee, NH to celebrate her great niece Bristol's 5th birthday party.

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It was terrific seeing everyone at the party, which was held at the community center where some of their family live. We packed the place, and there were little ones running all over the place.

10/28/19: Ocean Storm Photography Adventure
Sue and I headed out Monday 10/28/19 to photograph the high King Tide down along the coast in the Rye area.

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10/29/19: Time to Get That Generator Installed....
So, today 10/29/19, I had a generator delivered! I'll post updates to this process as we go, but the full story and pictures will be found by selecting the link.

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10/31/19: Halloween!
Nothing special going on for Halloween, but I wanted to watch The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I used to watch that as a kid all the time, but haven't seen it, or any later version of it, in probably 40 years. And Sue had never seen it. So, that was what we did! How exciting!

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!

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Wednesday 10/30: Beautiful late Autumn colors with some leaves having fallen.

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Thursday 10/31: Winds have striped the leaves from many of the trees.

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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!

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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.

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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.

We're ready!

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 and asked if we'd be interested in joining her and Steve for dinner at The Governor's Inn in Rochester Friday. Sounded like a marvelous plan, and we all had a great time.

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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, 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.

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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.

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Backgammon and dinner by the wood stove.

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