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Peter Rose
Peter, February 2020

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....

06/14/20: Mia Visit!
Sue and I thought we'd give Marissa and Gary a break by having Mia over Sunday 06/14/20 for a few days.

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Mia in the kitchen helping me with the dinner prep.

Sue started her day tie-dying a tee shirt, then we all took a walk along one of the local streams set back in the woods, and pretty busy for the rest of the day.

Monday Sue took Mia and Beau for a hike up Pine Mountain, and fixed a lunch for her that they ate up in the tree house. Later after finishing up doing some watercolor painting, Mia helped me grill some hot dogs that we then ate out by the fire pit.

I drove her back home Tuesday morning after we had breakfast. What a nice but too short visit.


06/16/20: Birthday Drive and Party!
Sue and I just had a really nice, and relaxing birthday celebration for me.

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It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the low 80s. After Sue got back from her walk with Beau, we had some lunch, and then jumped in the car for a scenic drive, and then came home to fix a wonderful dinner of scallops in pesto sauce.


06/20/20: Beau Has A Tough Day
Unfortunately, Beau got injured pretty badly on his walk with Sue Saturday morning 06/20/20.

They were out in the woods on one of the trails when Beau started yelping loudly. He came flying over to where Sue was, and she said he just howled in pain.

She helped him back to the car, and when she got him home, we could see a huge hole in his skin exposing the muscle on the inside of his back right leg by his belly.

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Sue trying to comfort Beau as he struggles with the pain, and having the protective cone around his head.

He must have run full force into a stick laying on the ground to cause that bad of an injury. After I called the emergency line at VCA Capital Area Veterinary Emergency and Specialty we helped him into Sue's car, and headed off to Concord, NH.

The wound was bad enough that they had to knock him out to do the repair surgery. When we got him home, he was in really tough shape, whimpering every time he even tried to sit down. It was a long day for us all, so I just grilled up some hot dogs for dinner.


06/21/20: Father's Day
It was already really hot by the time I got up Sunday morning, Father's Day, 06/21/20.

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Short Father's Day walk in the woods with Beau.

Parts of the grass had been browned out, but other parts had grown so much that I decided to get out early after a nice breakfast Sue prepared, and cut the grass before the temperature got as high as they were predicting. I was soaked and beat by the time the grass was done, and couldn't wait to cool off in a nice shower.

Other than taking Beau for a cooling walk up through the woods behind the house, the day was a comfortable, and peaceful day. Just right!


06/23/20: Beau To Vet To Pull Drain Tube
I took Beau over to the vet today to have the drain tube removed. He goes back in a week to have the stitches out.

It was a fairly quick procedure, and we were back home just after 2:00 pm. But, man was it hot. It was in the upper 90s but the 'real feel' was 103!!!

We decided to grab some wine, books, and take Beau up to the Adirondack chairs by the screen house to see if there was any breeze up there.


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Afternoon reading up by the screen house — for awhile....

That didn't last long! I threw a flag on the field after only about 10 minutes it was so hot in the sun. We retreated down the hill into the Adirondack chairs in the shade by the fire pit. That was a little better.

We didn't really get much of a breeze until really late in the afternoon as we were sitting in the screen porch playing backgammon. Tough day for The Beau Dog as he just lay there curled up on the deck in the corner.

For dinner, Sue just made up some great mixed greens, mushrooms, cucumber, cheese, etc. salads for us.

Just before we went to bed, I slipped the protective cone onto Beau's neck so he couldn't lick the wound. He was basically pissed off about that. But I gave him some drrrrrrrugs to smooth his little brain out so he should be circling the rim anytime now.....


06/24/20: Mia's 5th Birthday!
Sue and I gently loaded Beau into the car Wednesday morning 06/24/20 to go pick up Mia and celebrate her 5th birthday with her.

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Gramps sharing a fry with Mia at the park.

Sue dropped me off at the shop so I could put Mia into Marissa's car, and we drove up 108 to the Willand Pond Park lot where Sue was waiting for us.

We had a really nice time with Mia, and enjoyed our little lunch on a bench just off one of the trails by the pond.


06/26/20: Take Out Dinner Party
Going just a little stir crazy here not being able to go out to dinner, so Steve and Cathy suggested we have a take out dinner party at their house Friday evening 06/26/20.

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Texting Chuck as he sent me a picture of him wearing the birthday socks that he had sent to me that I had sent back to him for his birthday - which is Sunday.

Steve and I drove down to Alton Bay to pick up our take out meals from Shibley's At The Pier.

After dinner, Sue and Cathy drove up the road to the ponds to take some pictures of the sunset, and Sue caught some spectacular views over the pond. A really nice evening with good food, and friends.


06/27/20: Pine Mountain
Sue and I loaded Beau into the car to come with us for a hike up Pine Mountain Saturday morning 06/27 to see the views.

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Beau was pretty good about not haul-assing around the area. Sue even got him to pose slightly with the lake and mountains as her backdrop.

When we got home, Sue and I did some yard work, I hauled some crap off to the dump, and we finished off the day with a Pizza Party out in the screen porch while we finished up a set of backgammon.


06/28/20: Love And Best Wishes To Chuck On His Birthday!
Chuck and I had quite the texting discussion back and forth on his birthday about a pair of socks that he had sent to for my birthday which I had sent back to him for his birthday.

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06/30/20: Beau Gets His Stitches Out
I drove Beau over to the vet today to get his stitches out. Pretty smooth, though he had a real face on him. The vet came out to the car, flopped him onto his side, and gently removed them all the while getting the evil eye from The Beau Dog.

On the way down the mountain to the vets, the clouds and fog just obliterated the mountains across the valley. So, as I came back up, I called Sue to get her camera out, and meet me to see them.


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Thick fog and clouds obscure the mountains across the valley.

Not much of a picture from the top of the ridge, but that's how thick it was. From there, I drove us down through town, and out Merrymeeting Road to the boat ramp. Sue wanted to see if the fog was low in the valley, or if there were any eagles to photograph.

There was no fog, but she did get a cool picture of a mother duck and her little ducklings at the shore.


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A mother duck and her ducklings at the Merrymeeting River boat ramp.

It's unfortunate, but this whole area won't be available again this year for use due to contamination from invasive plants, and from run-off from the Powder Mill NH State Fish Hatchery.

Sue thought the rain might hold off for awhile, and that it would be a treat for Beau if we took him for a short hike over at the Coldrain Pond Wildlife Management Area which has "...an 18 acre pond with a shoreline made up predominantly of floating bog that transforms into red maple swamp.


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Sue and Beau heading for the Coldrain Pond trail.

The black flies were fierce, and Beau spent most of the time snapping at them, though he did get quite a bit of running up and down the trail. But it was really muggy in the woods, so we just headed back home. Nice mile or so hike, though.


07/04/20: 4th of July Kayaking
We headed out around 11:00 am Saturday morning on the 4th of July to go kayaking up at Gilman Pond in Alton, NH.

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Getting ready to launch.

Steve and Cathy were meeting us up there, and they drove into the parking area just as we were setting up to launch. After paddling around for awhile, we stopped in a shaded spot for lunch.

Steve and I headed back early, with the girls joining us at our house later just as Steve and I were finishing up a deserved beer.

They went home for dinner, but came back later to sit around the fire pit with us while the fireworks popped all around us.


07/05/20: Drive to Northfield
Late Sunday morning, after I climbed out of bed from kayaking yesterday, Sue and I took a leisurely drive over to Northfield, NH. It was such a lovely day for just getting out we couldn't resist it.

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Farmers market just outside of Gilmington.

We stopped at a nice farmers market just outside of Gilmington on our way home. We met some nice folks, and picked up some fresh Swiss Chard at one of the stands.


07/08/20: Beautiful Sights
Sunset from the top of the ridge —

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Sue got this terrific shot toward Mt. Washington from the top of the ridge.

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But a dense fog had settled in through the night into the morning of the 9th.

07/12/20: Relaxing Sunday Dinner
Nice weekend finishing off with a great dinner out on the screen porch!

Bottle of Apothic Winemakers Blend with wine and herbed marinated slow cooked ox joints over parsley mashed potatoes and fresh green beans.


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Mah-vo-loose dinner!


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Distorted 'Through The Looking Glass', but having a great time!

07/15/20: Blue Job Blueberry Picking Hike
Wednesday 07/15/20 Sue and I took advantage of the great weather and did a Blue Job blueberry picking hike.

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It was also Abbie's 90th Birthday, and so we called her. Had just the nicest chat. She was headed over later to Scott's to celebrate.


07/18/20: Hamburgers and Comet Search
Saturday 07/18/20 was a fun mixed day of hamburgers and comet search.

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The orange day lilies in the front of the house are starting to give way to the next bloomers.

It was such a beautiful, but hot, day that we had just hung around the house trying to keep cool. After fixing hamburgers on the grill for dinner, we headed up the mountain on the other side of the valley from us to the ponds to see if we could spot the NEOWISE comet.


07/19/20: Bookcase Antiquing Project
Because it was such a lovely Summer day Sunday 07/19/20 Sue decided it would be a grand time to do her Bookcase Antiquing Project.

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Starting in on changing the look of ugly black bookcase we had bought.

07/24/20: Full Bloom Day Lilly

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One of Sue's day lilies in full bloom

07/25/20: Smores Over Fire Pit Party
David and Lainey joined us Saturday night 07/25/20 for a 'Smores Over Fire Pit Party'.

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The set up...


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And the finish!


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And this spectacular shot of the Big Dipper over the house she took on Saturday night 07/25/20

07/26/20: Hunt For Day Lilies
Sue wanted to check out a day lily business in another town west of us, and so off we headed just after lunch.

We took the back roads as it was such a beautiful day that we just wanted to enjoy the drive over. In fact, we stopped off at the same outdoor farmer's market in Gilmington during our 07/05/20: Drive to Northfield entry.

Sue just wanted to check out one of the vendors for information, so I stayed in the car keeping it cool as the temperature was well into the 90s.

We only picked up one day lily at the place because he had sold out of just about every currently blooming plant. He might have a batch of late bloomers later next month, so perhaps another road trip then....

It was so hot that neither of us had much motivation for anything when we got home, though Sue did go out to take care of the new plant, and do some simple garden work. We got together out on the screen porch just after 4:00 to play some backgammon before we went into the kitchen to fix dinner.

I cooked up my best yet Shrimp Fra Diavolo, a wonderful mix of stir fried herbs and shrimp in petite diced tomatoes served over couscous, and a side of cardamom steamed asparagus with a pretty nice bottle of Woodbridge Sauvignon Blanc.


07/26/20: Sun Set Fire Sky Across the Valley
Sue couldn't stand it, and swept me and The Beau Dog into the car for a picture shoot up on the ridge Sunday night 07/26/20.

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Nothing more needs to be said....

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