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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....

08/15/20: Dinner Party For 2
Because Sue has a very early appointment on Monday morning, I figured we'd have our Dinner Party For 2 Saturday instead!

We had decided earlier in the week when we went shopping what I'd fix so we could get all of the ingredients. There were quite a few things we didn't have in stock that I needed for the Moroccan Chicken With curry steamed Broccoli and Naan Bread that we had decided to have.


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Moroccan Chicken with a nice bottle of Zinfandel

Before dinner we sat out in the screen porch playing backgammon with some cheese and crackers, and another bottle of that 1000 Stories Bourbon Aged Zinfandel that Chuck had recommended. I had opened it an hour before to let it breathe because the first bottle was just a little sharp for awhile after opening.

This did smooth the wine out a little, but it did continue to hold just the slightest bite to it. It's fine for under $20 (and we got it on sale for $16), but zins, like Pinot Noir, really do need to be priced around $25 to get what would be called 'good'. Under that, they're more like 'fine', but just don't have it to be 'good'....

For desert, Sue had made earlier during the day, a mah-vo-louse 'Peach Puddle Pie'. Not sure why 'puddle', but there were just a ton of great peaches covered over with a really nice hatched crust. Anytime, Sue.... Any... time.


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Peach Puddle Pie

08/19/20: Fast Recoup From Cataract Surgery
Monday 08/17/20 Sue had cataract surgery early that morning, and just wanted to come home and chill out, though on the way home she was reading signs 200 feet ahead that on the way down couldn't even tell it was a sign....

By Tuesday morning, however, she wanted to get outside for a short walk part way up Pine Mountain. So, we loaded Beau into the car and headed off.


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Wednesday 08/19 view of the lake and distant mountains.

And by Wednesday, she was all fired up, and wanted to go back to Pine Mountain, and hike up to the top.


08/23/20: Spanish Paella Dinner Party For Two
Sue thought having fish for our Sunday Dinner Party For Two 08/23/20 would be nice. So, I dug around in the recipe folder and found this great Spanish Paella suggestion that I hadn't fixed in years. Boom! That's what I fixed, and it was great!

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08/26/20: Kayaking the Cocheco Out of Rochester
Sue had learned of a new boat launch to the Cocheco River out of Rochester, NH, and decided to check it out Wednesday 08/26/20.

Our exploring goal was to go as far as the Route 202 bridge as Sue thought it would be about an hour paddle. Well, it took longer than an hour because the river has so many dead ends that are easy to get confused with because there is so much overgrowth river vegetation that it's tough to determine in many spots where a branch will take you.

If you're not as persistent a Sue is about ferreting out stuff like this, you'd probably have given up a long way back. But because she persisted, it was a great day for us!


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We followed the river north about an hour to the Route 202 bridge.

08/28/20: Finally, Dinner Out!
Marissa had been asking us to go out to dinner with them, but with the current COVID-19 situation we've been hesitant to do much of anything — mostly because of crowds.

But Marissa had mentioned how much concern one of their favorite places, The Roost, in Dover had about all of this by only taking reservations, not allowing walk-ins, mask, and social distancing that we agreed.

I'm glad that we did as it was not only as she had said, but the food was outstanding. It's a little pricey, but if you're a little more discriminating in your taste than a chain spot, or general local fare, then it's well worth the extra price for the value received. And it was soooo nice to see little Mia who, unfortunately, we won't be able to see again now for awhile because she will be heading back into her preschool classes soon.

Thinking about that on the drive back home that night, Sue suggested that maybe we could grab her for a quick overnight next week before she goes back to school. But after being more objective the next day about the current situation, we, unfortunately, decided that would not be a very wise option at this time.


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08/30/20: Memories in Ossipee and Moultonborough New Hampshire
Sue and I took her 84 year old Aunt Carol for nice drive around Ossipee and Moultonborough New Hampshire Sunday 08/30/20.

Because of all the COVID-19 restrictions, Carol had been wishing she could take a ride through the mountains to see some areas she hadn't been able to get to in many, many years.


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09/01/20: An Era Comes to an Wonderful End
The end of an era came on Tuesday 09/01/20 as I sold the last property in my Christian Shore Investment Company.

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After 40 years, it's been a good run, and a lot of fun.


09/02/20: Mia Overnight Visit
Wednesday 09/02/20, Mia came for an overnight visit! She's heading off to kindergarten after the Labor Day holiday, and so we wanted to see her before that.

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Mia had Sue working on a watercolor painting almost as soon as she got there.

It was a busy couple of days, but we all had so much fun. So glad that we invited her up. Great time for sure.


09/04/20: Chili On A Chilly Night
Steve and Cathy had us up for an outside dinner Friday night 09/04/20 of chili and corn bread that she cooked over an open fire.

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Though it was nice sitting outside by the fire for awhile, it didn't take long after the sun began to drop over the tree line that we all got bundled up, and moved closer to the fire.

Cathy cooked the entire chili and corn bread dinner over an open fire out in the back yard. That was something to watch. Very cool.


09/05/20: Chuck Comes Out For Quick Visit
Chuck came out Saturday 09/05/20 for a quick visit over the Labor Day holiday.

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09/09/20: Beau Visit to Vets
Ran Beau over to the vets for check up, oil, lube, tire change - all that sort of thing. They don't let you come in because of virus protocol issues, and so I caught this picture of Beau peeking out of the exam room window.

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Beau peeking out of vets window.

09/12/20: Kayaking On Lily Pond
Saturday 09/12/20 Sue got a lunch packed up for us and we headed off to go Kayaking On Lily Pond over in Barnstead, NH.

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We had a nice paddle around the pond, and then later that evening joined Steve and Cathy at their house for smores roasted over the fire pit.


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