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Peter Rose and family

Peter Rose
Peter, January 2014

I started this website back in the late 1990s as a way for friends to keep up with our activities. Since then, it has expanded in many ways beyond a few, simple pages of content.

The web has grown into a real global community. It's a great place to gather and keep up with what's happening in each others lives. I've met a lot of great folks from all around the world because of this site, and look forward to meeting many more. And no, I do not have, nor do I intend to have, accounts with: Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, etc.

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. I enjoy writing, and so this is more of a relaxing escape for me from my busy work life than it is to provide witty entertainment for casual visitors. On the other hand, if you are looking for truly sleep inducing reading, then you might find these ramblings helpful....

On a technical note, the newer parts of this site use display formatting that old browsers may not like. Thus, if you find yourself thinking something like, "Gee, what a crummy site...." try it on a decent browser or higher browser version. Because Microsoft doesn't feel it important enough to build their browsers to acknowledged industry coding standards but rather tries to create their own rules, you might do as I have and move to FireFox.

Getting Around...

Latest Events...
Special 2017 Note: I have recently caught up on some of the activities from October through December 2016. These have now all been swept onto the 2016 page. Of particular note is the 10/14/16 entry: Sue's Aunt Carol Accepted to Mayflower Society! In addition, since the purchase of our new home in New Durham, NH I have created a separate page that has links and pages to all of our activity with this house. It can be found at: Home on the mountain.....


What's Happening...
      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....

02/28/17: Dusk at the New House
Sue caught this great picture of the new house at dusk on Tuesday night 02/28/17 when we went up to check on how the interior painting was going.

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03/02/17: Airport Run!
It was a really cold Thursday night 03/02/17 for Colin and Ren to return from their weeks vacation in Punta Cana, DR. After waiting for just a little while in the cell phone lot at Logan International Airport in Boston, MA, Colin called around 10:45pm and said they had their bags, but to hurry as they were freezing!

Sue and I couldn't help but to razz them about it, though it was pretty cold even for us at something like 15 degrees F! But that's what you get when you send pictures of yourselves basking in the sun on the beach with Pina Coladas raised high in toast!

03/06/17: Floor Restoration Begins at New Durham House
David Bourcher of Boucher's Wood Floor Care had completed quite a bit of the repairs to the original wide board pine floors at the New Durham house, he still had some remaining work to do Monday 03/06/17 before he could start the process of sanding.

Sue and I had decided to restore all of the floors in the house from their painted state to their natural color. Because of their age, David said he'd need to put at least 4 coats of polyurathane down.

By the time I got to the house just after noon on Monday, David had just begun to strip the floors in the library. It was so exciting to see the contrast of the old floors with what was appearing after the sanding.

03/13/17: Floor Restoration Completed
David of Boucher's Wood Floor Care had requested that no one enter the house until Monday to allow the last coat of poly to completely dry. I could hardly wait to get up to the house to see them!

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Sue got home not long after I did, and was so excited about the pictures of the floors that I had sent to her. She was so about to burst that I told her to jump in the car, and I'd run her up to the house before dusk so that she could see them.

03/16/17: Moving Day!
Tony and Eli from Burke Moving out of Somersworth, NH had come over for about 4 hours yesterday (Wednesday) to pack everything they could. Both of them and 2 others arrived today at 8:30 am with 2 trucks to start loading.

It was more than a hectic day... It took them almost 5 hours at the condo to load the trucks, and then several hours more at the New Durham house to unload.

While the movers were packing up the condo, Mike and Dennis were up at the house installing the shutters they had build for us in each of the 12 main windows. They came out just super! Thanks Mike and Dennis! Skills far beyond just being great painters!

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But man... when the movers left, there were boxes everywhere! Sue and I were like traffic cops trying to be sure everything got routed to the correct location. But you can only imagine how that went....

Despite our work in thinning things out before the move, it was easy to see that we still have way too much stuff. Not only are we going from a 1450 square foot space to 1250 square feet, the pitch of the roof in old homes like this totally eliminates wall space in the entire upstairs.

03/17/17: Friday Dinner Party
Friday 03/17/17 Sue's friend Jen and her boyfriend Butch brought a great Indian inspired crock pot dinner and enough wine to get us through the evening!

Thursday after the movers left, and then all day today, Sue and I had worked to at least put some order to the chaos. It's so important to get things into a reasonably livable state after an ordeal like this. Otherwise you just feel like you're living in a bus terminal.

By the time Friday evening came, I lit my first fire in the woodstove and Sue made some final adjustments to furniture placement and organizing the kitchen area. It was great to then let it all go when Jen and Butch arrived.

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We had a wonderful evening, but made it an early night because we were both exhausted.

03/18/17: More Box Management and Colin Visits
After a hot cup of coffee, Sue and I were off into the barn to see if we could find some things that were missing which should have showed up in boxes the movers had brought into the house.

We were totally horrified that the entire huge left side of the barn was packed floor to almost ceiling with stuff... Sue climbed through the maze and across the top of the mountain, opening boxes and searching for missing items. And it was cold in there!

We did find some things, but others remained a mystery. While waiting for Colin to come over - as he had called and said he'd be up in Farmington helping a friend and wanted to see the after construction and floor renovation - Sue threw herself into a kitchen organizing frenzy.

Colin was amazed as the last time he had seen the house was just after the stairs had been torn down. He and Ren couldn't even see the upstairs then. But now, the transformation was huge for him to marvel at.

I had been whining about having to figure out how to hook up the 52 Inches of LCD Viewing Joy, with associated 5.1 surround sound system, Blu-ray player, and Roku box, and so before he left he got us all hooked up. What a relief that was! If left to do all of that on my own, I would have probably had to been put on Prozac....

03/19/17: Marissa, Gary, and Mia Bring Sunday Coffee and Muffins
Marissa had been wanting to see the house, but with her work schedule and her role as Head Lacrosse Coach for Spaulding High School, she just hadn't had the time to break away when I was up during the construction. But now that was done, she, Gary, and Mia brought Sunday coffee and muffins.

They stayed for several hours before heading out. It was such a great visit, and we hope to see more of them. But after they left, it was back to more unpacking and organizing. We're wondering if this "unpacking and organizing" is ever going to get done....

03/21/17: Unscrambling the Paperwork Mess....
So, now that some of the moving chaos has been organized, I had to start unscrambling the dozens and dozens of files for all of the stuff that I'm involved in. Witness below....

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After 2 days of wrestling with it all, I did manage to expose the wood on the top of my desk. But this is going to take a lot more work than a couple of days effort. And you can see the boxes of books stacked 4 high and lined up along one whole wall....

03/23/17: Dusk Settles Over New Durham
Sue caught this great shot 03/23/17 from the top of the ridge just as the sun was setting over the mountains in the distance.

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03/25/17: Caught in Winter Storm
With only a weather prediction for light snow showers, Sue and I headed out for the day. We had a couple of general stops to do first, but the focus was to grab lunch at KFC in Rochester, and then head up with it to Ossipee to share with Sue's Aunt Carol for her 81st birthday.

What started out to be a mix of light snow and rain quickly turned to snow as we got onto Route 16 and headed north. The further we went, the worse the snow got. Visibility was some of the worst that I've seen on 16 in a long time, and the roads were so slushy that I had to keep my speed to around 35 to maybe 40 mph.

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Sue snapped the above picture as we crept up Route 16.

And when we got to the turn-off for where Carol lives, I slid right past the first entrance. There was another entrance a little further up 16, and so I slowed way down. But I still slid just tapping the breaks. As there was fortunately no traffic coming, I just sort of broadsided across the road and into the entry road. Thrilling....

We had a great visit with Carol, but by 2:30 pm I said we'd better get going. The whole time we were there, the snow had kept falling. Though not too heavy, it was constant and had accumulated an additional inch or so on the car. I went outside and shoveled for Carol and got Sue's car warmed up.

Sue suggested that we come back home over Route 28 through Wolfeboro rather than mess with Route 16. Though less traffic, and more alert, paitent, and careful drivers, we still saw a few cars off the road; even 1 that had rolled over. It was a mess. Again, very slow and very careful.

I got a fire going in the woodstove as soon as we got home, shook off the chill, and settled into a nice late afternoon view of the snow falling outside the windows. What a surprise storm that was.

03/26/17: Winter Dusk From Inside
After tending to the woodstove, I flopped down on the sofa to see what was on tv. I happened to glance out the window toward the barn and just knew this was a picture Sue would love to capture.

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03/30/17: Wrought Iron Stairway Railings Installed
Wednesday 03/30/17 Ernie of Milton Fabrication installed the wrought iron stairway railings that he had designed for us.

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He did such a great job! When Sue got home from work she just couldn't believe how great they look.

03/29/17: Renovations Complete!
Well, all of the renovation work has been completed this week, and so we posted the house numbers on the door frame making it official! We're in!

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04/01/17: April Fools Blizzard
What a storm on the mountain Thursday 03/30 night and into Friday 03/31! It was beautiful. A real April Fools blizzard with about a foot of snow dropped on the mountain.

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I spent a couple hours snow blowing and shoveling Saturday morning, and pretty much ached all over that night. After comining in, a hot shower, and some advil I was all set, though stiff for sure.

But a little wine while cooking dinner — an off-the-cuff fresh rosemary, balsamic vinegar, scallion chicken dish with side of sauteed carrots, sweet red pepper, green peas, and onion in thyme served over rice cooked in fresh Italian Parsley — I was feeling pretty good.....

04/06/17: Rose School of Karate First Class New Durham
Though only having officially moved into our new home in New Durham, NH 04/01/17, I held my first Rose School of Karate class Thursday 04/06/17 out in the barn.

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Because of awful weather on the mountain, I was the only one attending. But that's fine. I ran all 10 of our karate forms, and capped it off with Rose Crane Spreading Wings at the Break of Dawn. It was a good class.

04/08/17: Family Visits
Sue's brother Alan and his wife Joann came by Saturday afternoon to see the house for the first time. We had a nice visit with them, and were so happy that they stopped by to see us.

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While Sue took them on an extended tour of the house, barn, and grounds, I started some preliminary food prep work in the kitchen as we were having Colin and Ren over for dinner.

Though the weather was relatively mild, I got a fire going in the wood stove. But by the time Colin and Ren came, it was so hot in the house that I greeted them with, "No, there no old f'n people living here!" They thought that was hysterical....

04/12/17: Happy 30th Birthday, Colin!
To celebrate Colin's 30th birthday, Sue and I took him and Ren out for dinner at his choice of The 99 Restaurant in Dover, NH.

We had such a great relaxing time. It was so nice to spend a couple of hours with them, catching up on everything going on in their lives.

04/16/17: Easter
We had planned to drive up to celebrate Easter with Sue's neice Tracy and the family in Ossipee, NH. But Sue's cold that had just been a minor irritation the last few days became a really bad cold last night.

So, it was a quite day on the mountain for us. The sun was so warm, and with a light rain last night there were so many terrific smells of Spring in the air, that Sue just couldn't resist. I got a lawn chair out of the barn for her, and after a short, slow walk around to see some of the flower buds just begining to open, she sat outside for awhile.

Sue had taken this picture at the top of the ridge on Friday of Mount Washington still snowcapped.

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