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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....

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.

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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.


01/20/19: Brutal Winter Storm
Winter Storm Harper hit pretty hard overnight Saturday and has raged down on us through today, Sunday 01/21/19. Many areas of the country got hit much worse than us, but with 8 inches of snow dumped in such a short time, high winds, and now temperatures predicted to be very low with wind chills into negative numbers, it hasn't been insignificant.

Saturday morning after Tai Chi class in Alton, we drove up to Ossipee to visit with Sue's brother. There was little hint in the sky that a storm was coming, but the weather reports were filled with dire predictions of 12 to 18 inches of snow overnight, and a possible additional foot Sunday.

It was just starting to spit a little snow by the time we left Ossipee around 5:00 pm. By the time we got to the Alton circle, it was coming down pretty steadily with a strong wind. I got a fire going in the wood stove, and we had a nice quiet evening of pizza and movies.

Sunday morning, though, it was blowing pretty hard. We had about 3 inches down, so those worst case predictions for overnight didn't affect us. However, as we watched the Weather Channel, we could see that wasn't the case for much of the rest of the country as Harper was such a widespread event.

By 1:00 pm when I went out to run the snow blower and shovel, the storm had begun to taper down. It was tough to tell just how much snow had fallen because of the wind, but we figured around 8 inches overall. Because of the wind, I didn't need to rake the snow off of the roof, so that saved me some time.

I had waited a little too long, though, to get out for clean up because the snow had turned to sleet. I was afraid that would make the snow really heavy and overpower the blower, so I got right to it. Took me about 2 hours, but I got everything cleaned up as well as paths to and around the wood piles.

After changing into dry and warm clothes, I got the wood stove fired up, and we just relaxed in the living room watching a movie and listening to the wind driven sleet slam against the side of the house. To top things off was a terrific corn chowder for dinner that Sue had made earlier. It went down so great with garlic bread and a glass of wine.

Though the snow and sleet had stopped by Monday 01/21/19, 30 mph Arctic winds were rocking the trees in the woods through crazy angles and driving the temperature down to -22 degrees F. Sue waited until almost noon to see if things would quiet down. It didn't, and so I helped her bundle up so she could take Beau on a short walk in the woods behind the house. I knew that wasn't going to be a long walk....

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Sue and Beau heading off for a walk in the woods behind the house Monday morning 01/21/19 in the windy, -22 degree temperature aftermath of Winter Storm Harper.


01/27/19: Saturday Night Pizza Party For 3
We wanted to get together with Colin before he gets absorbed in his Fire Fighter Series 2 classes starting Wednesday. He came over at 6:45, arriving about 10 minutes before I got back with the pizza. We had decided to give Alton Village Pizza a try after a couple of not so good experiences with bland pizza at another place, and were really happy with the taste. It was a really nice visit, and we hope to catch up with him again even though he'll be hip deep in class work.

01/30/19: Mia Helping Cook Dinner
Marissa sent me this great picture of Mia helping her cook dinner. What a ham... er, hamburger!

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02/02/19: Visit With Ellie
Sue and I drove down to Concord, MA to visit with her good friend Ellie. I hadn't seen Ellie in years, and it was good to have such a nice visit with her.

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Sue and Ellie saying goodby as we got ready to head back home.

We took Beau with us, and after lunch we all went on a short walk through the fields out behind Ellie's house. Beau had a blast charging way, way ahead of us. But as soon as we called to him, he came flying back.


02/04/19: Snowshoeing With Mia
Sue and I bundled Mia up into her snow suit Monday morning 02/04/19 for a snowshoeing adventure to Wagon Hill Farm in Durham, NH, a 139-acre property owned by the Town of Durham.

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Mia leading the way for Gramps!

I used to take my kids sledding here 25 years ago, Sue and I have hiked all around it, and snowshoed there for years, and now, I can share this with my grand-daughter. How much better can it get?


02/06/19: Sick Day With Mia
I drove over to Marissa's to watch Mia for the day. She had come down with a bad cold during the night, so I went over to take care of her.

It was a long day watching endless episodes of the kids show, "The Octonauts", but between naps, Mia really enjoyed watching them with me.

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02/09/19: Saturday Visit to Ossipee
Sue and I took Beau with us up to her Brother's for dinner Saturday 02/09/19. We called ahead and stopped to pick up Chinese food in Wakefield, and had a great time with Alan and Joanne.

02/13/19: Winter Storm
It started snowing Tuesday evening the 12th, but only dropped about an inch by around 10:00 pm when Sue and I went to bed. However, we woke up Wednesday morning 02/13/19 to probably about 8 inches.

Even though the storm appeared to be over by around 9:00 am, I was in no mood to go out and shovel until I had checked trading positions and had a cup of coffee. Surprisingly, there was no accumulation on the roof, do I wasn't going to have to rake that.

I went out about 10:00 am and shoveled the walks, and areas around the wood pile, figured I'd leave the big stuff to be plowed, and headed inside around noon. Even though our neighbor David had serviced my snow blower, the snow was heavy and I was beat. He came around 12:15 pm and pushed it all into a huge pile over by the barn. Yeah, that would have been a tough job blowing all of that.

Glad I didn't mess with it. Instead, I helped Sue chop up all the ingredients for a Tuscan Sausage and Potato Soup she was making. That I enjoy; pushing snow around with a blower is way down on the list.


02/14/19: Quiet Valentines Day Dinner
Sue still can't drive because of the surgery on her wrist, and so I drove her and The Beau Dog over to Kathy's house Thursday 02/14/19 at 11:00 am. They were all going snow shoeing in the woods through the new snow that had fallen.

Even with plowing yesterday, there was still a lot of snow back at the house that had to be moved. Before going in, I spent about an hour shoveling snow away from the areas close to the barn and car so David would have clearance for his plow.

He came back with his front loader mid afternoon and not only cleaned up, but also moved all of the snow further back alongside the barn. That will give him room to put the snow for the next storm - and there will be a next storm for sure.

For Valentine's Day, I cooked an off the cuff dinner of sauteed shrimp, sweet red peppers, and scallions in a sherry, lime juice, and red pepper flake sauce that I served over a bed of basil infused basmati rice. Sounds weird, but it came out pretty good. I also prepared a side dish of skellet stir fried yellow squash, zucchini, roasted red peppers, and thinly sliced yellow onions. Sue surprised me with a marvelous vanilla ice cream covered cherry cobbler desert that she had made when I wasn't looking. Great evening!

As the day wore on, the temperature started to drop, and, because it had been such a sunny and relatively mild day, the fog started to engulf us. We were all cozy in the living room with a nice fire going in the wood stove, but soon you could barely see the barn through the walkway lights the fog got so thick. When we got up Friday morning, it still hung heavy in the air.

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Heavy fog blankets the woods Friday 02/15/19


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