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Peter Rose and family

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.


What's Happening...
      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....

07/02/17: Hike at Knight's Pond, Alton, NH
Sue and I piled Beau into the car and went on an explore to find Knight's Pond in Alton. Sue had heard that it was a really pretty small pond.

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Beau had a blast charging up the trail ahead of us and then flying back down a million miles an hour. We bumped into just a few people along the way. Though Beau did his usual crazy charge and barking his eyeballs out of his little skull, as soon as he got to the people he was fine. We kept him on a tight leash when we heard someone, but one time he heard them first and was off.

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We only followed the trail to the top of the pond as one of the folks we had met said it would take about an hour and a half to circle the entire pond. That'll be for another day.

07/04/17: 4th of July Kayaking on the Merrymeeting River
Sue had also heard about a great boat access point to the Merrymeeting River and wanted to do a kayak adventure for the 4th of July.

We didn't get started until around 11:30am, but that was fine because we only planned to fix up some dogs on the grill for dinner. We didn't get home until around 4:30, so had a great day on the water.

Even though it was a holiday for us, the rest of the world was still active with the currency markets going full bore. Here I am, parked along the bank in the shade, checking my positions on my phone just before we stopped to have the lunch Sue had made up for us.

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07/06/17: Karate Class Outside on the Mountain
A little karate workout in the backyard on a nice summer's eve.

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07/10/17: Emergency Trip to Baltimore, MD
We had a startling call over the weekend from my nephew Scott that my brother Alan had been rushed again to the hospital. Indications were that this was more than just serious, but potentially life threatening.

We flew out of Manchester, NH on Southwest Airlines late Monday morning, arriving at Baltimore's BWI airport around 1:00pm. We rented a car at Dollar, and drove over to the Radison Cross Keys hotel on Falls Road before taking an Uber over to the MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. We met Scott and his daughter Aubrey, and my other nephew Dean on the 4th floor at around 4:30.

Though very weak, Alan was propped up in bed with his ball cap on to keep the light out of his eyes. I was so relieved to see that he was not only alive, but coherent and cherry despite the druuuugs he was on. We had some really nice chats with Alan, but could tell that he was tiring.

Because of his condition, we visited only sporadically over the next couple of days. It had been such a stressful and tough few days for Alan that by Thursday we all felt another visit from us would be counter productive. Since we had a flight out the next day, Friday, Sue and I opted to change hotels to the Holiday Inn at BWI so we wouldn't have to fight commuter traffic in the morning.

We picked Beau up at the kennel later in the afternoon, came back and sort of just collapsed on the porch. We played some backgammon to relax, but it wasn't until a little later that some of the stress and uncertainty of the last week began to let go.

07/20/17: Mia Enjoying the Day With Mom

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07/26/17: Beau Relaxing....

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07/29/17: Kayaking on Gilmans Pond
While Sue and her friend Jen walked Beau and then went blue berry picking, I mowed the grass and caught up on some trimming.

After Sue got back, we had a light lunch, and then threw the kayaks on top of the car. We drove up Route 28 about halfway between the Alton traffic circle and Wolfeboro to Gilmans Corner Road. There's an unmarked gravel road that takee you down to Gilmans Pond.

We were on the water by 12:15 and didn't pull until around 3:30. What a quiet and beautiful pond. There's a lot of plant growth in the water, though, particularly at the small dam where we put in. But once you get out past that stuff, it breaks into a wide open water area. We only saw one house the entire time, and that was at the far end of the pond which boarders on Drew Road.

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I got this picture of Sue taking a picture of some huckleberry bushes along the bank. There were quite a few of these, and I had never seen a huckleberry before, much less tasted one - and wild at that! They're really nice, small and black when ripe,and have a gentle sweet flavor. We harvested a small container of them to take home.

08/06/17: Lunch With Neal
Sue and I met Colin and Ren at the Longhorn Steak House in Newington, NH at noon on Sunday 08/06 to have lunch with our friend Neal.

Neal had arrived on his boat for the summer around Memorial Day, but this was the first chance we had to actually see him this year. It's been a busy time for him on his new boat, Puffin, a motor boat, after so many years on his 32 foot catamaran, Ming.

Neal moored Ming, and now his new boat, summers in Pomeroy Cove, off of Dover Point. Colin met him when he was only about 8 years old paddling around in the small bay off of the moorage. When the kids got their own small boats, they'd always ride out to Ming to visit with Neal. We have all kept up our special relationship with Neal through the years, though maybe only once or twice a summer now that we're no longer living on the water.

Anyway, it was so good to see Neal and to catch up on what he's been doing with the new boat. Sadly, it won't be long before he pulls the anchor on Puffin and heads back down the coast to winter-motering along the Florida coast on the intracoastal waterway. We'll try to catch up with him hopefully once more before he heads out, but it not then we'll just have to wait until next season. Good tides, Neal!

08/12/17: Family Gathering on Ossipee Lake
Sue and I drove up to her brother Alan and his wife Joanne's camp on Ossipee Lake Saturday afternoon 08/12/17 for a family gathering.

We had thought we'd be getting some rain, but the day turned out perfect. Sue's nephew and niece, and their kids, and some of their kids had also come over. And there was so much terrific food! Yeah, I stuffed myself to a little excess. But it was all so good.

I really enjoy just sitting out on the deck overlooking the small cove the camp sits on, just off the lake, a side finger lake to the big lake. I love listening to the wavelets slapping against the sandy beach as breaths of long past boats further out, the occasional call of a loon echoing in the distance, and the close rustle of leaves in the overhanging trees when the wind drifts off the water.

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Looking North East from the porch.

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I'm not much for Bingo, but everyone else was all over it.

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Me taking a picture of Sue and Tracy taking a picture of a couple of Loons that had just surfaced after ducking under the water mid cove in search of food.

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