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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....

12/21/18: Fun Week Rolling Into Lots of Fog
It was a busy, but fun, week for us, ending with a heavy fog on Friday. It started out on Tuesday evening 12/18/18 actually when Sue caught a glimpse of the almost full moon, and captured so many great pictures of our screen porch up on the hill in the back yard.

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Our friend Gail drove over from Londonderry Wednesday 12/19/18 for a visit, spent the night, and in morning she and Sue headed off for a day of shopping in Newington, NH at the malls.

By the time we got up Friday morning, the fog had gotten really thick, and the wind blew it, and fine sheets of drizzle, against the side of the house. By late afternoon it was so thick that we couldn't even see out to the tree line in the back. It was so pretty that we decided to load Beau into the car, and take a short drive over as far as Barnstead to check it out, as well as to see if anyone had put seasonal light displays up.

We were starved by the time we got back home. While I got a fire going in the wood stove and poured out some wine, Sue turned on the oven for the pizza, and then ended up the evening watching the somewhat engaging 2006 film, Puzzle.

12/22/18: Lucas Comes For Visit
Saturday 12/22/18, Sue's son Lucas came over to be with us through Christmas Eve. He had flown in from L.A. several days before, planning to return after New Year's.

12/24/18: Christmas Eve
Sue's daughter Jill drove up from Westerly, RI Christmas Eve day 12/24/18 to be with us Christmas Eve. My son Colin also joined us at 5:30 pm, and after some appetizers while exchanging a few gifts, we all sat down at 7:00 for a wonderful meal.

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Colin relaxing Christmas Eve with our gift to him.

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Sue had found this really neat piece of art that we thought Colin would enjoy.

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Colin (front row, 2nd from left) with his Firefighter 1 class.

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Sue threw her boots and coat on and flew outside to get this really neat picture of the Christmas Day dawn through the trees.

It's a good thing that I had dome most of the prep work for this earlier in the day because it took me literally hours to do. But everything turned out great. I made a molasses, maple syrup, and ginger glazed pork loin that was served over basmati rice with olives and sweet red pepper, with a side of carrots sauteed in scallions, roasted red peppers, honey, ginger, and cardamon. And we finished off with terrific deserts that Sue had made: cardamon sugar cookies, and gingered fruit compote.

12/25/18: Christmas Day
Sue and I went to Marissa's house Christmas Day at 1:00 pm. We had a wonderful time, and Marissa had fixed a great meal for the 14 of us that were there. And Mia held up just great under all the excitement.

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Marissa had worked so hard to put a really nice Christmas Day together for everyone.

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Mia playing with her Aunt Sarah. Sue had found the gree tree card for Mia several weeks before Christmas. Marissa said that she had fun each day opening one of the little flaps.

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Hummm.... Maybe starting to get just a little tired with all the excitement?

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Yup. Looks like maybe a nap might be in order about now....

12/30/18: Sue Slips On The Ice
While out walking Beau Sunday morning 12/30/18, Sue took a bad fall on the ice. She called me, obviously in extreme pain, and said that she was having trouble just getting up.

I hopped into my car and drove down to find her. She had walked pretty far out on one of the ski mobile trails, and I didn't see her at first. I figured that was the one she had taken, and hurried as fast as I could. But it was all glazed over badly, and so I had to really take it slow so I wouldn't slip as well.

I finally saw her red jacket as a small dot in the distance, and raced toward her. Well, as soon as Beau saw me coming, he started barking like crazy and came charging down the trail toward me. By the time he got to me he was moving so fast that he couldn't stop. He slipped and his body just spun in a couple of circles on the ice past me. If he'd have clipped my legs, I would have gone down. Great....

Sue said she had broken her wrist and was in so much pain that she didn't think she could walk much farther. She fell to her knees a few times as I struggled to help her forward through the less slippery areas of snow on the side of the trail. I knew we'd have to walk out as I'd get stuck for sure if I pulled my car down there. So we plodded on.

We spent most of the day in the Emergency Department at Wentworth-Douglas Hospital in Dover. It was a bad break, and they had the on-call orthopedic surgeon come in to look at it. After stabilizing the bones, he said she'd need surgery. But she needed to wait a day or so to see what happened with the bones.

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Trying to figure out how to hold the popcorn bowl and eat with one hand incapacitated.

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Monday 12/31/18, New Year's Eve day, I took her into the doctor's office in Somersworth for more x-rays and an evaluation. Yup, she'd for sure need that surgery, so we got that scheduled for Wednesday.

12/31/18: New Year's Eve
We didn't get back from the doctor's office until late afternoon New Year's Eve day. It's a good thing that I had taken an hour or so that morning before taking Sue there to get all the prep work done for the dinner I was fixing: my mother's recipe for ox tails basted with a rich butter, garlic, and herb mix and then simmered for 4 hours in a red wine, beef broth, and rosemary sprigs.

Sue rested while I finished getting the ox tails simmering, and then she got set up for the garlic mashed potatoes she was fixing to go with dinner.

Our friends Cathy and Steve arrived around 5:00 pm, and after catching up with them over appetizers, they had brought salmon on crackers with parsley, we sat down and enjoyed our meal.

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Steve and Cathy scoping out the dinner cooking progress.

For desert, we had cheese cake that Sue had topped with cranberries. She had planned on making the cheese cake herself, but mashing up her wrist was not going to allow her to do that. Kathy and Steve could see that Sue was in pain and fading, and so they headed home around 10:00 pm. We went to bed after watching a short episode of House Hunters on HGTV that I had recorded. I recorded the ball dropping in Times Square, and we watched that the next day. Didn't miss a thing by not staying up.

01/01/19: Happy New Year!
Sue felt much better when she got up Tuesday 01/01/19, New Year's Day. The pain medication the doctor had given her was working really good, and so we had a lovely day just hanging out with a fire going in the wood stove, and watching movies.

01/02/19: Sue's Wrist Surgery
Wednesday 01/02/19, I took Sue over to the surgery center in Somersworth for her 11:00 am appointment. The doctor spoke with me after, and he said though she'd probably be in a lot of pain for a few days, the operation itself went really well, and that she should be feeling fine within the normal 6 to 8 weeks recovery period. That remains to be seen as she had to have a steel plate with 6 screws implanted in her wrist to put her back together again....

We had to stop off at the pharmacy on the way home to get her medications, but she was back home and on the sofa by around 3:00 pm. I got her some toast and soup to eat, and then she rested quietly on the sofa until early evening. We watched a couple of movies, and I tried the best I could to keep her arm stabilized and in the proper position to keep the swelling down.

The main pain blocker she was given for the surgery was supposed to last 10 hours or so, but she was feeling extreme pain by early evening. It came on pretty quickly, so it took awhile for the additional pain medication she took to start to do its thing. I snugged her into bed early, pillows and slings and all that sort of stuff to make sure she was comfortable and wouldn't slam her arm against anything during the night. She did sleep really well, and felt better - though sore - the next day.

01/05/19: Tai Chi Class
Though Sue was feeling pretty crummy from her surgery, she still went to our first Tai Chi class Saturday morning 01/05/19 taught by my karate disciple Master Russ Jones of Laconia. I had found out a few weeks before that he was holding 4 introductory class in Tai Chi in Alton at one of the yoga studios, and i had signed us both up to take them. Sue was way too weak to join in, so she sat on some cushions and just watched class.

My exposure to Tai Chi has been very limited, though I've practiced the principles in my karate work since the mid 1970s when I became aware of the depth of these arts. Even though I had never participated in any formal training, I have always advised anyone who didn't want to do karate to investigate Tai Chi.

01/06/19: Nineth Year Hip Replacement
I had a late Sunday night Dr. Jack Daniels toast to myself in memory of my hip replacement 9 years ago today. That was some experience.... er, that would be the hip surgery, not the Dr. Jack!

Fortunately, Sue was feeling so much better. She even felt strong enough to take Beau for a short walk this morning while I went food shopping. Later that afternoon, we both walked him up to the top of the ridge. Man, was it windy and cold! And you could see it snowing in places up in the White Mountains far in the distance. It even spat some snow as we walked back to the house.

For dinner, I baked broccoli and shrimp in a ginger, garlic, orange juice, and other spices sauce that I served over cardamom spiced basmati rice. A wonderful thing!

01/09/19: Winter Storm
When I got up Wednesday morning 01/09/19 at 7:00 am, the sleet and snow mix that had been falling lightly most of yesterday and through the night had dropped about 2 inches of crusty topped mix. But just as I was finishing up feeding Beau, the mix turned to a heavy snow. And, though really pretty, it really started to mount up.

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I went out and shoveled about 4 inches of really heavy snow off of the walkways, but called a neighbor to plow me out when he had a chance. There was no way my blower was going to get through that stuff. I might have tried it, but the tire chains I ordered the other day won't be here for another couple of days. I'm in absolutely no mood to wrestle with that machine through this stuff anyway....

By the time the storm had blown itself out, I would think we got well over 8 inches. But it would have been a lot more if the temperature had been colder. With it in the low 30s, it was such a heavy snow that it just compacted down almost into slush, which with much angst, I discovered as I shoveled out the areas that David couldn't get to with his plow truck.

After spending about an hour and a half of shoveling, I came in just as Sue was attempting to put her snow pants on. She just couldn't take sitting around looking at her cast with such a beautiful hiking day calling out to her. She agreed, thankfully, to keep her wanderings to the woods and field around our house.

There was no way she could have even gone out to get the mail, it was that slippery. She figured that even is she did fall, the snow was so deep that she'd be fine. I did tell her to keep her phone in a pocket easily reached with her good hand as she had wrapped her other arm in the sling and then tucked that inside her jacket.

She and Beau both came back covered with wet snow, but smiles across their faces - well, as good of a smile I guess a dog could have after going for a nice romp in the snowy woods!

01/13/19: Anniversary of Home Closing
Saturday 01/13/19 we celebrated the 2nd year anniversary of the closing on our wonderful new home on the mountain. To celebrate, I fixed a scallops in a rich pesto cream sauce with a side of sauteed sweet peas, dried tomato slices, scallions, and herbs. The roaring wood stove took the chill out of the air as we sat at the table sipping our wine and just enjoying being together and celebrating life.

01/14/19: Sue Follow Up Surgical Appointment
I drove Sue to the doctor's office in Somersworth Monday afternoon for her 2:00 pm surgical follow up appointment. The PA Christopher, who we had met for her initial evaluation after her accident, took another set of x-rays, and said the healing was going very well. He removed her cast, and sent us over to the physical therapy building where she had a removable cast put on. Jeff, the PT, then took her through about 10 exercises he wanted her to repeat 4 to 5 times a day. He made an appointment for the 22nd for her to return for her next evaluation and session.

01/15/19: Gail Visits
Our friend Gail arrived around 1:00 pm Tuesday afternoon 01/15/19 for an overnight visit. Though Sue has been taking Beau out for walks, they've been fairly brief and close to home. Gail was excited that she could help, and so off they went.

But it was just a short walk because our friend Sarah brought her son Liam over so he could play in the yard with Beau. Liam had helped us out after Sue's accident and surgery by coming over and walking Beau. But then he had gotten sick, and so this was the first time he had been back in a week or so. He enjoys Beau because Beau tear-asses all around the place whereas his dog is fairly sedentary.

To thank Gail for coming by, Sue and I fixed some great treats for us for dinner, and we popped what turned out to be a fairly nice bottle of Zinfandel. For dinner, I cooked a Tim Ferris meal from his book, The 4-Hour Chef: Sesame Ginger Chicken Over Bok Choy. It's quick to make, and has such great flavor. For a side, I sauteed sweet peas and Hen of The Woods Mushrooms that Sue had harvested this Fall in a butter, basil, and sherry sauce. For desert, Sue had made this great bread pudding that we really enjoyed as we watched the captivating 2014 indi movie, To Keep the Light.

After having scrambled eggs for breakfast Wednesday morning, Sue and Gail headed off for another walk with Beau, this time somewhere into the woods as Gail was there to make sure Sue didn't overdo it. The two of them had a nice visit after they got back from the walk while I worked on one of my projects in the library.

Gail left around noon, and Sue tried to catch up on some things she wanted to get done. But by around 4:00 pm, she was tired of all that and just wanted to relax with some backgammon before having an early dinner. We watched an interesting 2007 documentary movie, The Wild Horse Redemption, and an episode of HGTV House Hunters International before heading off to bed. We were both really tired, and it was good to see that Sue's discomfort level was less from the healing, and that she could get a good night's rest.

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