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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 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.



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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....

08/13/16: Vacation to Nova Scotia
Sue and I headed out on Saturday 08/13/16 for an 8 day vacation and genealogical research project to Nova Scotia. We sailed out of Portland, ME on The CAT ferry to Yarmouth where we picked up a rental car and spent the night at The Lakelawn Motel and Cottages.

We selected Nova Scotia for our first exploration of Canada because Prince Edward Island is just a little too pastoral for my taste, and we didn't have the time to really investigate north of Halifax. We would like to go back, though, and see Cape Breton and the Sydney area at some point; this trip was more for Nova Scotia genealogical fun than anything.

Over the whole trip, we both preferred the south shore of Nova Scotia over the north shore. Because we really enjoy the type of scenery along the coast of Maine north of Portland, we found it very similar to driving east along the south shore of Nova Scotia.

The northern shore is predominately French (whereas the south is Scottish) and is more sparse with relatively no "quaint" fishing villages for tourists. It's on the Bay of Fundy, which is a pretty rough place to make a living, and everything there reflects that.


08/26/16: Surprise Birthday Celebration for Neil
Colin had called earlier to invite us to go out on the boat and raft up with Neil's new boat Puffin and celebrate Neil's 80th birthday.

He picked us up at 6:15pm, and drove us down to Roger's. Ren was already there and had stopped and picked up subs and water to have later. Isaac was bringing a small cake so things were looking good! We had hoped to see Issac's mom and dad out there, but they didn't get back in time. However, Tom and Doreen pulled up in their boat to join us.

We had a great time, 3 boats rafted up in the cove with Neil's Puffin celebrating a great milestone with a great friend. When the Colin and Marissa were young growing up on the water, they used to hop off the end of our dock, swim out to Neil's boat Ming, and spend hours jumping off the bow and harassing Neil as he worked on some project.

It was so nice to see Neil. We had missed him last year when he was up with Ming. So, this was a really special visit so we could see his new boat. So glad Colin had called as Neil is heading south in the next couple of weeks.


08/27/16: Cirque du Soleil
Saturday 08/27/16 we headed out to see Cirque du Soleil Ovo in Manchester, NH. Sue had spotted this and organized a group outing for us, Lucas and Jill, Marissa and Gary, and my 1st Degree Black Belt student Eleanne Solorzano and her daughter Michaela. Colin and Ren weren't able to make it because as we were driving over to Manchester for the show, they were on their way to a wedding on Long Island.

Since we were all coming from different directions, Sue and I decided to head over early and just kick around Elm street for awhile. Sue spotted an ice cream shop, and that was a treat in the heat blanket that had settled over the area.

The show itself was wonderful. I think Michaela is all set to join up; she was full of questions about what you had to do to be a member. I'm sure that she'll be wanting to go to the next show that comes around.

After the show, most of us drove over to the terrific little Nepalese restaurant, Cafe Momo, on Hanover Street for dinner. Cafe Momo is one of Sue and my favorite 'different' restaurants. We all had a great time, and we got back home just after 9:00 pm. Great day!


09/01/16: Rod Stewart Concert
I had bought tickets as a surprise gift for us to see Rod Stewart at The Meadowbrook in Laconia, NH Thursday evening 09/01/16. My karate disciple Russ Jones and Heidi, who were going with us, offered dinner at their house before going over, and then to spend the night.

We left home about 4:15 pm, rushing out the door as soon as Sue got home from work, and got up to Russ and Heidi's at 5:30 pm. We had a great time seeing their house for the first time, and chatting over a glass of wine until dinner on the front porch.

At 71, Rod Stewart is still rocking it out. He sang for almost 2 hours with a short 20 minute break, and it was just terrific. We had hoped that he might sing some of his recent works from the American Songbook series, but he filled the night with old hit after hit.

Friday morning, after having a great breakfast with Russ and Heidi, we headed out to do some property drive-bys in Laconia, Sanbornton, and up to Meredith; about 6 places. What sounds good in a property description certainly has to be taken with a grain of salt. Once again, we were disappointed in all of them. But that's okay. It's all part of the process.

From Meredith, we drove to Sue's brother Alan's camp on Ossipee Lake. We had a great time visiting with Alan and Joanne, and had a wonderful cookout on the grill overlooking the lake. We stayed listening to the wavelets lapping on the beach, and the distant cry of a loon until dusk.


09/04/16: Muffins For Neal on Puffin
Sue and I drove over to the Great Bay Yacht Club and met up with Neal who rowed in to shore from his new boat Puffin. Sue had baked some muffins for him, and had gotten him a plant for the boat to keep him company.

While we stood chatting, we met many of the club members. What was so sweet was that when Neal introduced me as Colin's dad, they all commented on what a great guy Colin was, and how much they all respected him. And each one mentioned how they had enjoyed watching him, his sister Marissa, and all of the "River Rats", growing up and all charging around the river as a group in their small boats.

We're glad that we got a chance to see Neal before he heads off for the long trip in Puffin down along the coast and Inter-Coastal Waterway to Florida for the winter.


09/05/16: Labor Day Family Crisis
We got a call from Sue's brother Alan that their mom Joanne had been taken to Memorial Hospital in North Conway, NH. We jumped into the car and met them there after 2 hours battling through Labor Day traffic.

After a couple of days of tests, they finally determined that she had had a stroke. We all sort of guessed that from the start and were rather upset with what we felt was poor diagnostic care at the hospital. They're probably fine for stitches and broken arms, but not this sort of thing from our view point.

Regardless, they transfered her to Northeast Rehabilitation Center in Newington, NH; about 10 minutes from us. Over the next few days we we all took turns going to see her, encouraging her in her therapy progress in getting stronger, and keeping her company. And each day she seemed to get a little better.


09/12/16: A Sad Family Day
Sue got a call at 5:30 am Monday morning 09/12/16 from her niece Tracy that her mom Joanne had died. This came as a total shock because she seemed to have been doing so well.

After pulling ourselves together, Sue and I drove over to the center, collected Joanne's things, and drove up to Ossipee, NH to Alan's. From there, we went to Joanne's sister Carol's to tell her in person. That was a difficult thing for everyone as Carol herself is not well.

And from there, we all went up to Wolfeboro to meet with Rick Gagne of the Baker and Gagne Funeral Home to make arrangements. It was decided to have a simple graveside ceremony followed by a celebration of life gathering for all of her friends and family at the O.C.C hall in Ossipee where Joanne had spent so much time and has so many friends.

Sue and I drove back up to Ossipee on Tuesday to do what we could with the family. What can you do.... I've duplicated her obituary that Sue's niece Tracy wrote for reference.


09/14/16: Kayak For Jill
Wednesday was Sue's "meltdown day" from all of the natural and expected tensions and frustrations she'd been through. Her cousin Debi, who had been with the family throughout this ordeal, scooped Sue up and off they went for the afternoon to walk the beach and search for sea glass.

They had a beautiful day, with the rain holding off just until they stepped back in the door when it started to pour. Debi stayed for awhile chatting with us, and then headed off for her home in Tuftonboro, NH.

But despite her own pain, Sue still thinks of others. After sitting down at the computer to check emails after Debbie left, she spotted an ad for a used kayak and thought it was worth going to take a look at as a possible gift for her daughter Jill. And it was. A terrific deal with paddles, life jacket, and foam pads and lines for a roof carrying system.

By the time we got back, it was 7:00 pm. We fixed some left overs, watched a little tv, and then Sue headed off to bed as she was just exhausted. It's been a long and trying time for her with little I can do to ease any pain.


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