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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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Special 2017 Note: 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.


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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....

05/04/17: Sue Displays Photography At New Durham Library
Shortly after moving into our new home, Sue and I went down to the local library to meet with the director, Cathy Allyn. Sue and I both view the local library as one of the key elements of a community, and wanted to introduce ourselves.

We hit it off just great with Cathy, and as soon as she learned of not only Sue's love of photography (Susan Lyndes Photography - www.SusanLyndesPhotography.com), but also Sue's recent 3 month exhibit of her work at the Dover Public Library, she asked if Sue would be interested in displaying her work in New Durham.

Sue was honored with Cathy's interest, and so she elisted my picture hanging expertise and we hung up a selection of some of Sue's Spring and Summer collections on the afternoon of 05/04/17.

Cathy took the below picture of Sue placing her works, and posted it in the local newspaper. How exciting is that! I'm soooo proud of Sue and of the thoughtfully composed work that she does.

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The caption says: "Photography has been called science and art. The latest display featureed at the New Durham Public Library, Seasonal Images by Susan Lyndes Photography, proves the practice to be a skillful combination of both. Here, the scientist/artist adjusts one of her pieces. The exhibit will be at the library throughout the Summer."


05/10/17: Wishing Ren Surgery Success
Sue took this selfie of us on Wednesday 05/10/17 to wish Ren success in her surgery down in New York.

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05/13/17: First Grass Cut by City Boy!
Look.... it's been about 14 years now since I've had to cut grass.

I had looked at this with some trepidation because our new home sits on 2.7 acres, much of which is open grass.

The former owner, Carl, came over at 9:00am to give me the operating instructions for the Cub Cadet riding lawn mower that I had bought from him.

Not too complex, and it wasn't long before I was in the seat tear-assing around the lawn.

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And the results weren't bad for a city-boy who'd never cut more than a normal size yard or even been up close to a riding mower.

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05/14/17: Mother's Day Dinner for Sue
Well, Mother's Day got off to a great start with Sue playing in the puddles in her new garden boots....

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Sue had been down to visit with her daughter, Jill, in Westerly, RI last weekend for a pre-Mother's Day, and then had a pre-Mother's Day lunch with her son Lucas Saturday.

To further her celebration for having such great kids, for dinner Sunday evening, I cooked up a special Scallops Wrapped in Prosciutto on a bed of Belgian Endive, Radicchio, and Red Cabbage, with a marvelous bottle of William Hill Cabernet.


05/16/17: New Wood Stove
Bob from Top of the Ridge Chimney Service delivered and installed our new Jotul F 500 Oslo wood stove.

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This is going to be a terrific stove for us. It's rated at 70,000 BTU/hr, and should lay out a nice, even tempered heat to overcome some of the older and more drafty original windows in the house.

Thanks so much to Bob for finding the stove for us, and walking us through all the pros and cons of either keeping our Lodi Leyden or investing in a new and more up-to-date stove.


05/18/17: Garrison Condo Sold
Sue and I drove down to Portsmouth, NH Thursday morning, and met up with Tom Toye of Arthur Thomas Properties, our friend and real estate agent, at 10:00am for the closing on the sale of our condo in Dover.

After the closing, we drove into downtown Portsmouth to meet up with Tom's wife Nicole at the Durbar Himalayan restaurant for a celebration lunch. What a great meal that was! First time for Tom and Nicole, second for Sue and I, though we had gone many times to the owner's former restaurant, Cafe Mo Mo in Manchester, NH.

Because we had such a huge, wonderful lunch, we decided not to go out to dinner, but to rather stay in, play some backgammon, have a light salad for dinner, and watch a movie.

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Well, because I was really in the mood for Wall Street, Sue was a good enough sport to watch it with me. For what must be the third time for her. But she says she enjoys it, even though high drama finance is not her most favorite thing. It is probably my favorite movie.


05/21/17: Beau Arrives!
A friend who owns a mini Australian Shepard sent us an ad for one he saw for sale.

Denise brought Beau over on Sunday to see if he'd fit in, and we just fell in love with him.

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He's almost 3 years old, and 31 pounds of energy. He's got 2.7 acres now to burn around, and he's just a joy to have.

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05/27/17: Beau and Sue Off On An Explore
Sue walked Beau down the road to the 44 acre parcel of land that our friends Jen and Butch just purchased. It was a beautiful day, and Sue got this great shot of Beau on the ridge.

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05/28/17: Annual Memorial Day Kayaking Explore
Sue and I loaded the kayaks on top of the new Subaru Forrester that Colin had renovated for me, and headed over to Halfmoon Lake for our annual Memorial Day Kayaking Explore.

Before we left the house, Sue got these terrific pictures out of the kitchen windown of some deer that had wandered into the yard early that morning, before I had even gotten up.

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It was a beautiful day for our adventure, though it had been raining the day before and rain was threatened through the weekend. Sue shot this picture from the south east end of the lake toward the boat launch at the north west end.

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The lake is small, and fairly heavily populated. Because of the holiday, everyone was up getting their parties set up, lawn mowers roaring, kids screaming, and all sorts of distractions. There is some open wooded land at the south west end of the lake, but other than that not really our type of place.


05/30/17: Marissa's Lacrosse Team Ends Season In The Rain
Marissa is the Head Lacrosse coach for the Rochester, NH Spaulding High School team. Their fianl game was the other day in a pouring, cold mess. This picture was taken in a brief clearing.

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06/04/17: Beau Dog Driving To The Dump
And here's the Beau dog driving to the dump....

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06/05/17: My Dad's Employee's Favorites List
I'm still unpacking boxes from the move. I found an old leather bound book that my dad's former employees at the Chicago Housing Authority gave him when he retired. This is a picture of a list that they drew up of his favorite things.

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06/07/17: Sun Breaks Out Of Rain On The Mountain
It had been raining for days. Heavy at times, with pauses just to drizzle and be miserable. Well, the day before I headed out to St. Louis, a beautiful sun broke through the clouds and warmed everything up.

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06/08/17: Off to Illinois for 2017 Master Candidate Review
I had headed out mid afternoon Wednesday 06/07/17 for a hotel close to the airport in Manchester, NH. I had a 6:30am flight Thursday morning, and just didn't feel like getting up at 04-dark-thirty to drive down.

I was headed for St. Louis Lambert Field because I was on the C&S Self Defense Association examination board for the 2017 Master Candidate Review to be held in Mulberry Grove, Illinois.

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2017 Master Candidate Review, Mulberry, Illinois, 06/08/2017. From left to right: 5th Degree Black Belt Mantis Master Scott Petitjean, 5th Degree Black Belt Wind Lynx Master Carl D. Parker, 5th Degree Black Belt Spinning Dragon Master James S. Nancarrow, 7th Degree Black Belt Sun Leopard Grandmaster Joseph R. Larison, 6th Degree Black Belt King Snake Master Russell G. Jones, 9th Degree Black Belt White Cobra Grandmaster Peter M. Rose, 9th Degree Black Belt Storm Dragon Grandmaster David R. Landers, 5th Degree Black Belt White Tiger Master Dwayne Beccue, 7th Degree Black Belt White Crane Grandmaster Kerry D. Bushue, 6th Degree Black Belt Spirit Eagle Master Timothy A. House.

My disciple and 35 year student Master Tim House, met me at the hotel around 6:00pm, and we headed over to a local restaurant for a nice dinner and chat. But it was an early 4:00am call we'd have to make to catch the airport shuttle at 5:00am, so we closed up shop pretty soon after getting back to the hotel.

We had a couple hour layover in Orlando, FL before getting into St. Louis at 2:50pm. We were met by my 39 year student Carl Parker. Ironic because he was one of the candidates testing for his 5th Degree Black Belt Master level. He was also picking up another very long time student of mine with over 25 years in the martial arts with me, 5th Degree Black Belt Russell Jones. He had flown in earlier, and he and Parker were waiting for us in the baggage area.

The interesting dynamic here was that both Tim House and Russ Jones (along with James Nancarrow who was driving up from his home in Florida for this exam) had taken their 5th Degree Black Belt exams at a similar event at the 2013 Master Candidate Review. They were all feeling pretty good about sitting on the other side of the exam table for this one!

From there, it was a fairly straight forward hour and twenty minute drive to the Bear Grove Cabins on a 200 acre working farm in the beautiful southern Illinois cornfields of Mulberry Grove. The owner Sharon and her husband Van couldn't have been more accomodating for us as we jumped right into the work as soon as I got there.

And the work kept up. It was constant, and referred to by one of the candidates as, "Information and questions coming at you like a firehose." I know no one got any more than the 4 hours of sleep a night that I got, so you can imagine the pace we were at.

Myself, Tim House, and Russ Jones were off early Sunday morning heading back to the airport in Carl Parker's car. Carl then continued to take a long drive back home to Albuquerque, NM. Russ Jones had a Delta flight, so we dropped him off first. Tim and I only had about an hour wait for our Southwest flight to Manchester, NH with a couple hour layover in Baltimore, MD at BWI.


06/15/17: Hiking Explore Up Pine Mountain
Sue and I took Beau on a hiking explore. We drove to Alton Bay, and took Rand Hill Road, and then up Alton Mountain Road looking for the .

We only had vague directions, just hearing that there was a hiking trail to the top of Pine Mountain. Alton Mountain Road ran out into a gravel road, then packed dirt, and then disintegrated into snowmobile trails. Not sure if I missed a turn off or something, but we got out of the car and took Beau down one of the trails looking for some signs.

The trails here were all in the woods, and two that we walked soon became washed out mud holes. One, however, led to a large clearing with what's known as The Silent People of New Hampshire, "... Life-size stick figures dressed with shirts and hair pieces!".


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Sue acting as one of the Silent People; Beau not a silent people....

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Informational sign about the history of The Silent People of Finland.

Back in the car to see where we might have missed some other sign along Alton Mountain Road. We ended up almost all the way back to Rand Hill Road when I said that it must have been that we should have turned onto Avery Hill Road, back about two-thirds of the distance to where Alton Mountain raod went to gravel. Back we went.

Sue spotted a sign on the side of Avery Hill Road announcing the Evelyn H. & Albert D. Morse, Sr. Preserve. There was a parking area there, and Sue saw a woman in a car and suggested we stop and ask her. Of course Beau went crazy when Sue got out of the car to talk with the woman. I had to roll all the windows up so the woman didn't think Beau would squeeze himself out and grab her.

The woman knew dogs and that Beau would be fine. So, out he goes like a flash and mugged the woman to death - after, of course, rasing absolute hell with barking and running around like a wild thing. She told us there was a trail head for the Pine Mountain Loop Trail just a little further down Avery Hill Road.

We left the car there, and walked the short distance to the sign makring the start of the Arlene Frances Morse and Dana and Arthur Morse Loop Trails. I unclipped Beau's leash, and he was off like a shot up the trail. But he'd only go just out of sight and then turn around and come storming back.

He did that all the way up to the top of Pine Mountain and back. So, though we might have done maybe 1.5 miles, he must have run 3. And when he got home, he did collapse onto the floor. The hike itself is one of the nicest I've been on. Not easy, but definately not hard.

Most of the trail is open so you can see several blueberry fields, and peek-a-boo views of the surrounding mountains and Lake Winnipesauke. And when you hit the top, there are just spectacular sweeping views of Winnipesauke and the Belknap Mountains.

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View of Lake Winnipesauke from the top of Pine Mountain.


06/16/17: Birthday Lasagna and Movie
For my 68th, Sue fixed a super lasagna that we had with a bottle of marvelous Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet. Movie pick of the night was The Matrix! Great day!

06/18/17: Father's Day
Marissa invited Sue and I out on Gary's lobster boat for a Father's Day putt up the river, and lunch on the anchor.

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The weather held out all day and was just terrific! The sun was hot, but the breeze on the river kept the humidity down so we could all sit comfortably in the sun and chat.

We headed back to shore about 3:00pm, and were met back at the house as soon as we got out of the car with Beau's howls of joy to have us back, though he does go totally spastic until settling down after a few minutes levitated off the ground.


06/21/17: First Day of Summer Celebration
It was a beautiful day, and when Sue got home from work we just parked it out on the porch. I poured a couple of glasses of wine, and we played backgammon for awhile, totally enjoying the breezes ruffling through the trees.

After watching the 2016 movie, Lion, we started to shut down for the evening, but Sue came in after taking Beau for a walk all excited about the clear sky and stars. She suggested that a small cordial of limoncello out in the backyard looking up at the stars would be a perfect end to the evening.

We stayed out there for quite awhile enjoying not only the stars, but the total quiet of the woods around us, other than the soft rustle of leaves in the light night air. It's exactly what we both envisioned our new home to be like. We're very fortunate, to say the least.


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