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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....

06/03/18: Hike Up Blue Job
Sue packed Beau and me into the car Sunday morning 06/03/18 and headed us off to hike the backside trail to Blue Job Mountain in Farmington, NH.

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Looking at the backside trail to Blue Job.

It was a beautiful clear day with temps in the 50s as we headed out. The hike up on both the backside trail we took as well as the main trail is just enough to get you puffing a little. Beau loved it, running all over the place until we got almost to the top where there are some side looping trails where we had to put him on his leash.

We took a different route driving back home onto River Road. It had been a long time since I had driven that, and glad that we opted to do it as it's such a pretty ride. It's rough in spots, mostly gravel, but a surging stream, Mad River, runs alongside of it. We stopped at a small pull off by a bridge, and walked down to the water. Beautiful.


06/07/18: Sugar Hill Lupine Festival
Sue and I took a short 2 day vacation to see the Lupine Festival in Sugar Hill, NH.

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Field of lupines along the road in Sugar Hill.

On the way up, we stopped at The Flume Gorge State Park and spent a couple of hours waling the loop trail. I'm glad Sue had suggested it because it had been 20 years since either of us had been there.

After touring all around the Franconia and Sugar Hill areas, we drove to our hotel, The Inn At Sunset Hill. We relaxed in the inn's downstairs sitting room, chatted with the staff, and played backgammon until we decided to try their new chef's food in the pub restaurant. It was wonderful! We had such a good time.


06/13/18: Cookout at Marissa's
On Wednesday evening 06/13/18, Sue and I went to Marissa's at 5:30pm for a cookout to celebrate a late birthday with her as they were off to Mohegan Sun for the weekend. We had originally planned to take them out to dinner, but it had been such a hectic week for them that Marissa just wanted to stay home and have a cookout.

In the morning, Sue and I drove over to Butternut Farm and picked 4 small boxes of fresh strawberries. Going to Butternut is always a fun experience as it's such a lovely place.

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Sue pressing forward toward the huge strawberry picking field.

On the way home, we stopped at Home Depot and Walmart to get a bunch of things, though Sue couldn't wait to get home and had to grab a coffee at Dunkin Donuts. After putting the groceries away, Sue whipped up a super potato salad to take to the party.

It's still bike week, and the motorcycles are driving around all over the place, though the center for them is over in Laconia and the Weirs Beach area. But Route 11 is busy with not only them, but the general starting of summer traffic - even on a Wednesday.

Today is also my brother Alan's birthday - his 88th! To celebrate, he and the family went out to dinner at one of his favorite nearby restaurants, Vito Ristorante Italiano. Happy B-Day, Bro! From your bro what loves you despite your failings and abnormalities....

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Scott took this picture of Alan (again, hamming it up for the camera), Abbie, and Justin having Alan's 88th Birthday dinner at nearby Vito Ristorante Italiano.

And we had a lovely visit with Marissa, Gary, and Mia. Since it was a little chilly to sit outside by the pool as Marissa had hoped, we just relaxed in the porch and looked out at the pool instead.

Mia has become quite the chatter box, and kept Sue totally entertained. As the chicken and steak kabobs were cooking on the grill, we all went outside and sat around one of the tables out on the deck. But Mia wasn't interested in anything to do with dinner, and kept sliding out of her chair and wandering off, wanting Sue to find stuff for her.

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Mia and Marissa in the kitchen getting things ready to take outside for dinner.

And, when it was time for Mia to go to bed, she even wanted Sue to take her upstairs and read to her. After Sue came back down, we sat outside for a little while before heading inside where it was a little warmer. We didn't want to stay too late on a busy work week night for Marissa and Gary, and so we headed off around 9:00pm. Such a nice, relaxing visit.


06/16/18: Great Birthday!
For my 69th birthday, Sue orchestrated a wonderful day for me. It started with sausage, eggs, and home made croissants out on the screen porch. The day was supposed to be quite warm and sunny, and the morning was giving every indication that was in the works.

She drove us up to Wolfeboro where we wandered around the dock area until 11:45 when we boarded the Millie B.

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Waiting by the dock for our boat trip.

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The Millie B ready for boarding! Beautiful, just beautiful.

The Millie B is a 28-foot, mahogany, triple cockpit “woodie” that is a replica a 1928 Hacker-Craft. The boat is operated by the N.H. Boat Museum, and provides 45 minute tours around Wolfeboro Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee.

As soon as we cleared the dock area, the driver threw the hammer down, and away we went, spray blasting over the bow. As you can see from the picture of me with my hair flying around, we were moving out, crashing though the 6 inch chop created by the brisk breeze blowing across the lake.

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Do I look like I'm having fun, or what!

Lake Winnipesaukee is so beautiful. It can be dangerous, though, as you have something like a 13 mile open fetch that can build up some very treacherous waves. Even today with just about a 15 mph breeze blowing, the chop was enough to be sure the boat was kept into the swells. Not that it would tip over, but it certainly wouldn't be pleasant for the passengers to be caught broadside in a series of them.

But the wind had begun to abate even as we approached the dock at the end of our short adventure. The docks were packed with boats; there wasn't a slip open that I could see. And people were everywhere. Sue and I walked up onto North Main Street, and visited a couple of the galleries until I spotted a hot dog cart.

Sue could see the glimmer in my eye, and got me a terrific dog loaded with sauerkraut and all the works piled on. Loved it! I shared only a bite with her as she hadn't seemed interested in a dog, but rather ice cream. I was wrong on that one, as I came to find out later....

We wandered around a couple more shops and then stopped in at our favorite bookstore, The Country Bookseller. We enjoyed browsing the aisles for just a little while, and were then off to get Sue her ice cream. That's where I found out she had wanted more of my hot dog. She told me she'd buy me my own cone but wouldn't share hers with me.

I was stuffed from breakfast and my dog, but, sure, why not? I asked for a kiddie cone thinking I'd get a small serving that I could put right down. But no. A kiddie cone here was more like an adult size. It had three huge scoops with fudge and vanilla dripping down the sides of the cone from the heat, and onto my hand.

I was stuffed by the time I finished that ice cream cone off. At first I felt guilty, but it was my birthday. That's my excuse, and I'm sticking with it.

Then Sue drove me over to the N.H. Boat Museum. We had been wanting to visit there since last year. Not sure why we didn't make it because it was so much fun.

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One of the classic boats at the NH Boat Museum that we saw.

Before leaving the museum, I bought a really nice short sleeve, light gray, knit shirt embroidered with "N.H. Boat Museum" on it. We didn't want to go back home through Wolfeboro because it was graduation, and we knew with that as well as this was the final weekend of Bike Week, the traffic could be awful. Who wants to fight traffic....

Sue knew how to keep going on the road we were on, and then take the back roads south. We were having so much fun exploring that we ended up taking some really rutted roads around Lake Wentworth, then through Milton, and then winding around down and through Farmington.

When we were about 20 minutes away from the Alton Circle Store, I called Jack's Pizza, and ordered a large Chicken, Broccoli, and Garlic. As soon as we got home, Sue opened the pizza and cut it up while I grabbed a beer from the fridge. As she made some kind of drink for herself, I set up the backgammon board on the screened porch. We toasted to a wonderful day, and had a nice party.

By the time we had finished eating and running a few sets of backgammon (a set is 3 games), we went inside and watched the really interesting 2017 movie The Post. But after that was over, we just crawled up to bed and went right to sleep. I can't believe how tired I was. I was just gone....

Sue gave me a wonderful birthday: her terrific ideas of neat stuff she knew I'd enjoy, and her time sharing it with me.


06/17/18: Father's Day
It was so great that Colin came over Sunday morning for a Father's Day visit. He brought breakfast sandwiches for us, and we took them and cups of coffee up to the screen porch.

It was a beautiful day, and we sat in the Adirondack chairs enjoying the day and just talking.

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Sue yelled up at us from the house and snapped this shot of us waving back at her.

It was so thoughtful of him to call me, bring a card, and then spend his time with me. A true gift of my life.

And to top it all off, Sue and I worked together in the kitchen sipping a nice William Hill Sauvignon Blanc while fixing sautéed chicken breasts covered with a creamy tarragon and shiitake mushroom sauce. And for desert, Sue had made a wonderful Lemon Ricotta With Berry Compote.


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