2021 Rose Family Archives...
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01/01/21: New Year's Eve and Day
Sue and I just had a low key New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

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Sue got an early start making her special lasagna for our New Year's Eve dinner.

New Year's Eve Day, Sue and I took Beau and met up with Steve and Cathy up on Birch Hill in New Durham. When we got back home, Sue got all the prep work done on her lasagna dinner, and we spent the rest of the day just relaxing.

New Year's Day, we were off again on another hike, this time up Sheepboro Road. Dinner was wonderful pot roast leftovers with a bottle of Robert Mondavi Chardonnay. It had been a long day, and so it was a relatively early shutdown for the evening.

01/03/20: Carol Passes
After so many years suffering from the effects of a lifetime of smoking, Current Picture Sue's 84 year old aunt Carol passed away Sunday 01/03/21 in her sleep after being admitted to the hospital for phenomena.

Sue had always been close to Carol, and we had gone up many times to either just visit with her, or get her to doctor appointments. Up until a couple of years ago, Carol had been actively working on genealogical research on her family.

In fact, based on that research Sue and I headed out on Saturday 08/13/16 for an 8 day vacation and genealogical research project to Nova Scotia. Our guide for that trip was a huge and intricate family tree diagram Carol had created.

When Sue found out that Carol was a descendant of the landing of the Mayflower, she got the paper work together and paid for Carol's membership in the Mayflower Society, which she was so proud of.

We'll miss her a lot.

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Carol indicating she was enjoying the ride we took her on.

The picture was taken on Sunday 09/20/20 when Sue and I took Carol on another foliage driving adventure through the mountains.

01/04/20: First Trading Day of the New Year
Monday January 4 I was back on the boards at my first day of trading in the New Year.

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Chuck snapped this picture of me on his tv while watching my YouTube channel video, First FOREX Trades Of The New Year. That video is actually the 64th one I've recorded since starting the channel early last year. It was a busy year for sure.

01/06/20: Late Arrival Christmas Present!
Somehow in all of the mess of holiday postal deliveries, Chuck's Christmas present to us just arrived: Rose Family 2020: A Connection, and we couldn't have been more tickled to receive it!

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In it is a compilation of pictures of all of us over the past year. Thanks so much for the time and effort it took to put this great memory together!

01/10/20: Just a Relaxing Sunday
Sue and I just had a relaxing Sunday to wind down from a busy week.

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Pork Chops With Apple and Arugula

The highlight of the day was a special dinner we fixed: Pork chops with apple and arugula. What a great time we had fixing that. We did it in a rosemary, shallot and wine sauce over basil infused rice, and a side of sauteed carrots and shallots in a balsamic vinegar and garlic reduction sauce complemented with a nice bottle of Chardonnay while we listened to Neil Young's classic Old Man. Just doesn't get much better than that!

01/16/20: Sleet and Rain Storm Sweeps Over the Mountain
Though it snowed about a half inch during the night, we woke up to sleet and rain pelting against the side of the house driven by an angry wind.

But that didn't stop Sue from taking The Beau Dog out for his walk. I caught this picture of them heading for the car, with Sue proclaiming something about, "I'll hurt you if you post that!" Too good of a shot to worry about that....

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Sue and The Beau Dog heading off in the storm for a walk in the woods.

01/19/20: Sunday Dinner Party For Two
Sunday 01/19/24 Sue and I had a wonderful day relaxing, and then working together while sipping a smooth bottle of Cabernet to prepare baked barbecue chicken with potato and mixed vegetables for dinner.

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Sue caught this wonderful picture out of the kitchen window of sunrise through the trees.

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We're very fortunate to be able to share a wonderful dinner, a bottle of wine, and a great fire going in the wood stove to take the chill out of the air.

01/24/20: Sunday Dinner Party For Two
After a relatively busy week of both of us doing "stuff", Sunday 01/24/21 I got an early fire going in the wood stove. The wind had been howling through the trees for a couple of days now, causing the temperature to dive to a blustery 9 degrees.

After popping a bottle of white bordeaux to have with some snacks Sue had prepared, we settled into the living room listening to music, and playing too many sets of backgammon to the point both of us were exhausted, though I ended up 9 down for the series, so I was the more worse off for it all.

For dinner I fixed Pan Roasted Chicken With Rosemary, Garlic, and White Wine from Marcella Hazan's classic Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking which Sue had given me for Christmas. I served that over a bed of parsley and thyme brown rice, and man was that good!

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Pan Roasted Chicken With Rosemary, Garlic, and White Wine

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Chuck sent this picture of him and Denise using our dinner gift card Christmas present to them.

01/28/20: Birthday Outing For Graham
Chuck sent me this picture of the family out for dinner pre-celebrating Grahams's birthday.

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Graham, Denise, Braden, and Chuck

01/29/21: Barking At The Wolf Moon
There's a story as well as a few of Sue's great pictures behind me barking at the full Wolf Moon....

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Me barking at the full Wolf Moon

01/31/21: Getting Ready For A Nor'easter
We had a Nor'easter barreling down on us Sunday 01/31/21, and so we just had to fix a meal to match it!

And, man — did it come out great! Pork chops and sage cooked in plumb tomatoes and butter with a side of oregano steamed asparagus over a bed of brown rice.

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Everything cooking away, and it won't be long....

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It was as great tasting as it looks!

02/02/21: Snowshoeing in a Nor'easter
So, Sue took The Beau Dog and me for a 2 mile snowshoeing trek through about 8 inches of snow off trail through the woods behind the house just as the Nor'easter was blowing itself out.

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Sue and The Beau Dog lead the way out into the woods.

02/04/21: Hike Out to Rail Trail Waterfall
Thursday morning 02/04/21 Sue and I took Beau out for a walk to the waterfall along a branch of the local Rail Trail.

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Massive frozen waterfall.

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Great hand placed stone foundation for water wheel.

Though we could see the small streams flowing under the snow and ice, the waterfall itself was a massive, frozen icicle.

02/06/21: Cold and Snowy Saturday Beef Stew Dinner
First thing Saturday morning Saturday morning 02/06/21 Sue was at it cutting up vegetables, potatoes, beef, and all the other ingredients for a hearty winter beef stew for dinner.

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Great New England winter evening for such a hearty meal and a little wine!

02/07/21: Snowshoeing on a Stormy Sunday
Sue and I went snowshoeing on a stormy Sunday out through the woods behind the house with Beau leaping through the drifts.

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Heading out into the woods

02/09/21: Snowshoeing In Another Winter Storm
With a winter storm blowing down on us Tuesday 02/09/21, Sue took this picture of the house as we headed off into the woods to do some off the path snowshoeing with The Beau Dog.

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Wood stove roaring during winter snow storm.

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The Beau Dog up to his shoulders in the deep snow.

02/14/21: Relaxing Valentines Day
It was a pretty chilly Valentines Day Sunday 02/14/21, and so we had the wood stove going all day.

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The height of the day was working together to fix a special dinner that we enjoyed with a wonderful bottle of wine.

02/17/21: Frosty Morning After Snow Storm
After sleeting and snowing all day Tuesday, we got up Wednesday morning to a bright and sunny, but frosty winterscape which Sue captured through the kitchen window.

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02/21/21: Stormy Sunday Dinner Party For 2
Sue and I had a wonderful stormy Sunday dinner party for 2 02/21/21.

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Dinner prep in full swing.

It had been a rough few days with bitter cold, and then a heavy sleet storm left a half inch of ice everywhere. And then it snowed again!

But that didn't interfere with getting our meal going!

02/28/21: Windy And Cold Days
Despite having a wonderful Dinner Party For Two, Sunday began a series of days with high winds and plunging temperatures.

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Sue braving the wind and cold getting to work on her 'Snow Mia' sculpture.

03/03/21: Sue's New Ride
Wednesday 03/03/21 I drove Sue down to Exeter Subaru to pick up her new ride: a 2017 Subaru Impreza. Really nice car with only 46,000 miles.

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03/07/21: Sunday Dinner Celebration
For our Sunday dinner, I made a special Chicken Bechamel for Sue. I served it over parsley infused pasta with asparagus sauteed in herbs and butter, and all was just wonderful.

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Wood stove took the chill out of the air from the hard winter wind blowing against the side of the houe.

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Warming ourselves by the wood stove before getting into some late afternoon backgammon.

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Starting to serve up dinner.

The meal was not only to celebrate our 03/08/13 engagement, but also the first time we had a Bechamel sauce, which was during our Belfast, ME Trip 04/18/14.

03/12/21: Maybe Spring Is Starting? Maybe?

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Friday 03/12: Just in the last couple of days has at least 4 inches of snow melted away, but in some places we've lost 6. Spring must be close!

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Saturday 03/13: Waiting in line to get our first COVID-19 vaccination shot.

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Sunday 03/14: Sue and I took Beau for a walk in woods out behind the house, I fixed sauteed scallops in a fresh ginger root, cilantro, and rosemary sauce, and capped off the night with the 2020 cute true story, Penguin Bloom, for our movie of the night.

03/15/21: And So The Furnace Goes Out For Some Reason
Monday morning 03/15/21, we woke up to a pretty cold house. The temperature had dropped into single digits overnight, and the 35 mph winds had brought that down below zero. Of course: just a perfect time for that to happen, right? Right.

So, of COURSE, with the wind chill at 0 the furnace goes out during the night. Got up and pressed reset and it comes back on but not really staying on and not really heating the baseboards up enough to get the temp up to the called for temp on the thermostat. So, I called the oil company, and the service guy is on the way.

And to compound things, sue has doctor appointment this morning, so she was out early with beau. I get a sort of breathless call from her that beau spotted bunch of Turkey's, and took off after them through the woods. She's been calling for him, and afraid that his travels could put him out on a road. So, she needs me to come help try to find him. Fortunately as I was walking through the woods calling for him, sue called and said he had returned. Little shit.....

To compensate for all of these mini disasters, we decided that dinner should then be Taco Monday!

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03/17/21: Happy St. Patrick's Day From The Mountain!
With all that's going on in the world right now, Sue and I just had a quiet day celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

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Mia all decked out for St. Patrick's Day!

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Our St. Patrick's Day celebration was a ham dinner that I made up a brown sugar, ground cloves, deli mustard, thyme, and port wine glaze for, and Sue fixed some potatoes. Simple, and in the spirit of things.

03/21/21: Spring Melt Walk Along Mad River
Sunday 03/21/21 Sue took Beau and me for a nice walk along the dirt road running parallel to Mad River. The river was just churning around its many bends, and was so nice to hear.

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Beau leading the way ahead for Sue.

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The Mad River churning around still ice crusted bankings.

It's just short of a mile to the bridge, but it took what seemed forever because of the ice on the road. There were areas where the snow had melted, but many where the ice was really slippery. Sue had her tracks on, but I didn't as I had figured the ice would have cleared by now. It hadn't, and the going was pretty tough for much of the hike.

We turned around at the bridge, and headed back. Not far, there's a trail off the road that we took, and hiked up to the first ridge. Sue showed me a snowmobile trail that runs along the ridge which goes back to our starting point. We could catch glimpses of the river as we walked, but could hear the rushing of the water all the time. There were some icy patches, but not as many as down on the road.

03/22/21: Short Vacation Break For Chuck and Denise
Chuck sent the following picture of them just after arriving in Longboat Key, Florida for a few days of respite from the harsh Illinois winter.

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03/23/21: Spring Starting To Spring

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03/24/21: First Contact
Sunday 03/24/2019 I got Chuck's email, and it's been quite the experience since!

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Denise, Sue, Me, and Chuck during his first visit out 04/25/19 having dinner at the waterfront in Portsmouth, NH.

03/25/21: Spring Still Springing!

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03/26/21: Spring Springing In The Fog....

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03/28/21: Just 1 small patch of snow left!

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In preparation for Easter, Sue wanted to try to paint Easter Eggs in a traditional Slovenian manner.

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Slovenian Easter Eggs Patterned With Onion Skins

She took several red onions, peeled off the outer skin layer, and cooked them in boiling water to form the dye. The technique is to then wrap the eggs in pine branches, or other small leaves, wrap it in a paper towel, and then secure it all somehow together.

It was the securing part that we just didn't have down because the next step was to cook the eggs in the dye. Well, we'll give it another try again at some point because we know what not to do now!

04/01/21: April Fools Day Snow Dusting
We woke up Thursday morning 04/01/21 to an April Fools Day snow dusting! Yup. April First....

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April Fools Day Snow Dusting

04/02/21: Beau Chases Bobcat
Not impressed with The Beau Dog today.

Sue was outside with Beau when she — and of course Beau — saw a bobcat dash out of the woods off the side of the house, and leap over the berm and into the woods across the road.

Beau took off on full tilt in hot pursuit.

I could hear Sue yelling for him to come back, but obviously he wasn't interested in that as he had the chase on his devious little cranium. He finally came back, but that was a close call for The Beau Dog....

As punishment, Beau didn't get any of our Friday Night Pizza! Of course, he's only a doggggg, and didn't grasp the connection between not getting some pizza with the bobcat chase, but he still wasn't getting any pizza!

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Friday night pizza!

04/04/21: Easter
Sue and I took Beau for an 04/04/21 Easter morning walk along the Mad River. Beautiful day, though chilly as temps had dropped into the upper 30s during the night.

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Still snow on top of Mt. Washington Easter Sunday!

04/10/21: A Winter Recap
It's been quite the winter up her on our little mountain, and so I thought I'd provide a quick look back at this past season.....

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12/05/20 First Nor'easter of the season.

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04/10/21 Spring Hath Sprung!

04/11/21: What Would A Raccoon And Bottle of Bordeaux Have In Common?
As Sue was on the way out the door this Sunday morning 04/11/21 she poked her head back in the door. She called out that a raccoon had got caught in a trap I had set for a porcupine that Beau had almost had an encounter with.

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A very pissed off raccoon.

While she was gone, I went out with heavy wood gloves to deal with him. Raccoons only come around looking for easy food, and will then wander off somewhere else, and are otherwise good neighbors. But if they get cornered, they can be extremely nasty, so I was going to have to be very careful with him.

I held the cage as far from me as I could while I walked back in the woods with the raccoon snarling at me the whole time as he tried to thrash his way out of the cage. I tried to explain the situation to him, but he was totally pissed off. And he stayed pissed off as he charged out of the cage and into the woods when I carefully opened the trap door.

Yeah, you just don't want to mess with a pissed off raccoon....

I had fixed up a nice baked ham for dinner, and when we sat down to eat we toasted him with an inexpensive Bordeaux that I had bought - which actually went quite nicely with the ham.

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A little bordeaux with dinner.

04/14/21: First Pizza Of The Season Around The Fire Pit
We had such a nice visit Wednesday 04/14/21 with Colin and Swayzie sitting around the fire pit for the first time, enjoying pizza and a couple of beers

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First pizza of the season around the fire pit

But as the sun started to drop to the horizon, the air became so chilly that we all decided to retreat inside. If they would have been able to stay later, I would have probably got a fire going in the wood stove, it was that chilly.

04/16/21: Late Spring Snow
Wow! Friday April 16th we woke up to several inches of wet, heavy snow that had fallen overnight.

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9:00am Friday morning snow.

It continued to snow lightly all day, leaving about 4 inches on the ground and in the woods all around us. If the temperature had been just a little lower, it probably would have been 6 or 8 inches.

04/17/21: Mia Comes For An Overnight Visit!
Sue, Beau, and I picked up Mia for an overnight visit Saturday morning 04/17/21.

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Sue getting Mia into her warm hiking gear.

We had told Marissa to get Mia bundled up for a walk in the snow and cold, but once we got down to the bottom of our little mountain the ground was bare of snow, and just soaked from a cold rain. But Mia would need that gear for the walk out to the waterfall on the rail trail we had told her we'd go on before heading for home.

We had a wonderful overnight visit with her, and look forward to many more.

04/20/21: New Surround Sound System Installed
Tuesday 04/20/21 was an exciting event: The Geek Squad came out to set up our new surround sound system, and it's a wonderful thing.

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Getting the system set up.

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Top Gun in 4k, 5.1 surround with the volume UP!

I'm glad I had it installed as I would not have been able to figure any of that out without an extreme amount of frustration. Rachel and Ben of the local Geek Squad made short work of it, and left us with a great system.

To celebrate, the movie of the night was the classic 1986 Tom Cruise action masterpiece, Top Gun turned up very, very loud, of course!

04/22/21: Late April Snow Squall
Winter just doesn't want to go away peacefully from our little mountain! We woke up to light snow showers that turned into a very brief, but pretty snow squall.

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Late April Snow Squall

04/24/21: Wood Delivered
Spring is a great time to get next year's wood delivered, and so I called Nate last week. He swung by today with 3 cords, dropped, and stacked it for me. And what a work of art his stacking was!

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It was just cut today, and so will season there until not this coming October, but the following. I have 3 cords he delivered before that will be used this year.

04/26/21: The Beau Dog Gets Buff
After taking The Beau Dog to the groomer to get a shampoo and trim for the summer, we headed off for a day trip up into the Ossipee lakes area, and a visit with Sue's brother, Alan.

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The buff Beau Dog sits tall in the saddle.

04/30/21: Friday Night and Homemade Pizza!
We haven't done a homemade pizza in a long, long time, and so when Sue mentioned it: it was like of course let's do that!

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Homemade pizza and a glass of wine. It really just doesn't get much better than that!

With great care and excitement, I helped Sue make up a pizza with sweet Italian sausage, pizza sauce, mixed cheeses, parsley, and her homemade zucchini pickles. That and some nice wine was all we needed for the perfect night.

Welllll, actually, it did get just a teeny-tiny-bittty-bit better.... She hadn't seen the 2016 movie, London Has Fallen, and so we did that with our new Yamaha 5.1 Dolby surround sound system up appropriately!

05/02/21: Busy Sunday
Sunday 05/02/21 was forecast to hit 69, and even though it was still below 50 from overnight, Sue and I took our breakfasts out onto the screen porch as the start to what would be a busy Sunday 05/02/21 for us.

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First breakfast of the season on the screen porch.

05/03/21: Tick check!
At the end of the day, Sue takes Beau out onto the screen porch, and tells him, "Tick check!" And down he goes onto the floor, rolls onto his side, and sticks his paws into the air. He loves it.

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Tick check!

05/05/21: Out To La Corona For A Cinco de Mayo Lunch!
Sue had a margarita on the brain, and so we went out to a local Mexican restaurant, La Corona, for lunch to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, which I understand is celebrated more here in the U.S. than it is in Mexico....

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05/06/21: Spring Yard Clean Up
It had been a pretty brutal winter with lots of branches broken and down. Nick from A Sharper Image Landscape came over Thursday 05/06/21 for a spring yard clean up.

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Spring Yard Clean Up

05/08/21: Mia Comes For A Sleepover!
Saturday morning 05/08/21 Sue and I drove down to Dover to pick up Mia for a sleepover.

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Gramps and Mia waiting for Sue to finish taking a picture of the waterfalls along the Rail Trail.

We thought we'd give Marissa a break before Mother's Day to relax with Gary and maybe go out Saturday evening. We had a great visit with her!

05/11/21: First Grass Cut of the Season!
Nick from A Sharper Image Landscape swung by mid afternoon Tuesday 05/11/21 to do our first grass cut of the season as it was getting just a little long....

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First Grass Cut of the Season!

05/13/21: Overnight Snowfall On Mt. Washington
Sue got this terrific picture of a snow capped Mt. Washington. And it's the middle of May....

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View of the snowfall from last night on Mt. Washington.

05/14/21: Sue's Favorite Past Time — Diggin' In The Dirt
Sue has been chomping at the bit to get out into her gardens to dig in the dirt, and took the beautiful weather today to do just that!

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Wheelbarrow loaded and ready for action.

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Sue on the move.

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Tough work though with all of the stooping over every plant.... or so says The Beau Dog

05/15/21: Chuck And Family Visit
We had a marvelous week long visit with Chuck, Denise, and Graham starting 05/15/21 through 05/23.

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05/20/21: Relaxing In The Yard
It was such a nice day Thursday 05/20/21 that I took my current book, Jane Austin's Sense And Sensibility, and headed outside to enjoy reading in the warmth of the sun.

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Enjoying the day outside reading Jane Austin's Sense And Sensibility.

05/24/21: Kayaking Brindle Pond and Seeing Chuck Off
Chuck put his trip back home off a day, and so was able to come up for a couple of hours Monday afternoon. That worked out perfectly as we had planned to kayak Brindle Pond with Steve and Cathy late morning.

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Sue managing the launch process.

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What a perfect day!

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Sue totally in her element!

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Chuck took this picture of us waving good-by as he pulled the car out of the driveway.

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RDGS — Retired And Don't Give A Shit

05/26/21: Overdue Mowing!
Because of the recent rain, the grass just sprang up all over the place - some patches were 6 inches! Nick was amazed when he came to cut it, and suggested I go from every other week to once a week until things calmed down!

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Nick getting it done!

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Famous Snow Depth Chair

05/27/21: Roof Replacement
The crew from Armor Metal Roofing showed up early Friday morning 05/27/21 to pull all of the shingles off our roof, and replace it with a new standing seam metal roof.

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It didn't take long for the crew to get the drop tarps hung, and to start stripping off the shingles as Glenn, the owner of Armor Metal Roofing, checks the site at 8:50 am.

05/29/21: Memorial Day Weekend
Sue and I had a nice quiet Memorial Day Weekend. Friday evening we were invited up to Butch and Jen's new house for a cook out — slabs of meat on the grill with beer. Can't get much better than that!

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Sue really scrambled to get this picture when the sky lit up as the sun began to drop below the horizon!

As you'll see from the pictures on the linked page, sunset was spectacular.

06/05/21: Mia's Lacrosse Game
Sue and I were finally able to get to one of Mia's Lacrosse Games, which actually was the last one of the season.

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Mia on the move!

06/07/21: Afternoon At The Ocean
Late Monday morning 06/07/21 Sue and I headed off for an afternoon at the ocean.

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Sue foraging for 'stuff' along the shore at Bass Beach

06/09/21: Marissa Birthday Dinner Out
To celebrate Marissa's birthday, Sue and I met up with her, Gary, and Mia at an English style pub in Dover for dinner, and some fun playing keno.

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Marissa showing me how to play keno.

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Gary ran tickets all evening for us.

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Another spectacular sunset as we headed for home.

06/10/21: Mia's Kindergarten Graduation
Sue and I were so excited to watch Mia's Kindergarten Graduation Thursday afternoon 06/10/21.

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Proud parents Marissa, and Gary with Mia.

06/06/21: Sunday Fun
It was just a really relaxing Sunday. The weather was really nice, though on the warm side. But I did spend quite awhile reading outside, with just the faintest of cooling breezes around me.

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And we have large swaths of clover springing up around the yard again this year.

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You can just barley see the brook through all of the vegetation that's grown up.

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Marvelous Sunday dinner of ground Italian sausage, black trumpet mushrooms (which Sue had picked wild while on one of her walks), onions, and fresh ginger root over a bed of rice and side of steamed broccoli.

06/08/21: Stocking Up On Welmoed Chenin Blanc
Soooooo... awhile back I had stumbled onto a clearance sale of a South African Welmoed Chenin Blanc, and had bought several bottles as they were really inexpensive. Sue and I both thought it was a nice, smooth wine; nothing special or great, but just a nice wine.

And so the next week when we went back to the store we saw that the price had been reduced, and so we bought several more bottles. Terrific!

But then several days later Sue had to stop into the store to pick some things up, and not only were there some bottles left, but the price had been reduced again!

She said, "...it must be a sign," scooped up the last of them, and so we now have a dozen bottles racked and ready.

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Our stash of Welmoed Chenin Blanc

06/10/21: Pine Mountain Hike
I had to drop my car off at the shop to have the muffler pipe replaced, and so Sue and The Beau Dog followed me down in her car so we could continue on for a hike up Pine Mountain.

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Yeah, that muffler needs some love...

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Beautiful day at the top of Pine Mountain — not windy, cold, or hot; just right!

06/12/21: Mia Visit!
Late Saturday afternoon 06/12/21, I met Marissa in Rochester, and scooped up Mia for a 2 day visit!

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Mia helping Sue make the naan bread pizzas we were having for dinner.

06/15/21: A Rainbow And Sunset
Just a few great pictures Sue got of a rainbow and sunset....

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06/16/21: Birthday Celebration
Sue had asked what I wanted to do for my birthday celebration, and I said that I'd like to have a nice dinner out at Shibley's At The Pier in Alton Bay.

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Earlier in the day, Sue took me strawberry picking at Butternut Farm. It was a beautiful day, not too hot, and with just a touch of a nice breeze. Couldn't have been any nicer. And, we picked 5 containers of some of the best strawberries I think we've ever had from there.

Colin and Swayzie swung by the house around 4:30 before we all headed over to Shibley's at 5:30 to meet up with Marissa and Gary. We all had just the best time.

06/19/21: Gail Visits
Saturday 06/19/21 Sue's great friend Gail came for an overnight visit.

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06/20/21: Father's Day
The kid's had given me a large package of specialty meats from a local restaurant and deli, and I asked them over Sunday the 20th for a Father's Day cook out.

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06/23/21: Kayaking On The Salmon Falls River
Sue and I got a late start Wednesday 06/23/21 to go kayaking on the Salmon Falls River in Berwick, ME. I couldn't find a couple of my ratchet straps. I had one, and some other tie down gear, but once we got going we just didn't like it. So, we stopped at a local hardware store, and bought a set, re-did everything, and were on the water around 1:30pm for a late lunch.

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Passing old railroad bridge

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Bridge crossing into Berwick, ME.

06/26/21: Mia's 6th Birthday Party
We had a great visit with everyone celebrating Mia's 6th Birthday Party!

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Mia is 6!!!

07/04/21: 4th of July Weekend
We had a pretty low key 4th of July Weekend, and glad that we hadn't planned anything because it rained for literally days....

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Enjoying a great marinated steak, some early corn, and a nice glass of Cabernet Sunday the 4th.

07/06/21: Sunday Dinner Fish On The Grill!
It had been such a beautiful day that Sue thought we should grill out. She had stopped at the fish market, and based on a recommendation from the owner had bought some snapper cod.

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Ready to hit the grill!

Interesting, and it turned out just great, complemented with a nice bottle of white wine.

07/07/21: Early Dinner Out
Because it was such a beautiful Summer day, Sue and I decided that we'd get out of the house, and go out for an early dinner.

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Yup, this is nice.

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Thai spiced pork chop with bang-bang sauce over mashed potatoes.

07/10/21: Kayaking on Gilman Pond
After heavy thunder storms yesterday, Saturday 07/10/21 broke out into a bright sunny day so we went kayaking on Gilman Pond in Alton, NH.

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We had a nice lunch that Sue had packed up for us, resting our kayaks up against a fallen tree in the shade of other surrounding trees hanging out over the water from the rocky shore of the pond.

07/11/21: Beautiful Sunday and Great Dinner
Sunday 07/11/21 proved to be another spectacularly nice Summer day, and a terrific backdrop for my on-the-fly Sunday Dinner Party For Two!

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The little solar powered fountain has been spewing a geyser all day.

07/13/21: Alan And Kathleen Visit
Tuesday 07/13/21 Alan and Kathleen drove down to visit and ended up staying for dinner. We ended up having so much fun — Kathleen helped Sue recover one of our iron porch chairs — that because it was late afternoon, we asked them to stay for dinner.

Alan and I drove down to the local meat market and bought garlic and sesame marinated chicken, and a bottle of 1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel. Alan bought desert: a freshly baked caramel cheesecake to die for.

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The story of Alan and Kathleen is really special: they met and dated 55 years ago, and then went their separate ways. Two weeks ago they found each other after such a long time, and have been inseparable since. They make movies about stuff like this! Sue and I are soooo happy for them.

07/16/21: Drive To Webster, NH
In Search of Special Day Lilies Sue and I set out late Saturday morning 07/16/21 to drive over to Webster, NH to see if we could find the Milkan Corner Farm.

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With 400 varieties of registered lilies, Sue was looking for a couple she had heard about. In addition to lilies, they also had PYO raspberries, blueberries, and currants, and so Sue picked a container of raspberries, and blueberries.

They also had a basket shop with so many artfully crafted hand woven baskets, each with a nice story that we enjoyed listening to the owner talk about. I bought a nice close weave one with early 1800s horseshoe handles.

07/18/21: Gail Comes For Overnight Visit
Sunday 07/18/21 Gail came for an overnight visit, and so we had to have a party!

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I grilled up a couple of pounds of marinated beef tips on the grill that we had with a terrific Mexican salad that Sue had made up.

After walking Beau Monday morning, Sue and Gail packed up and headed off for a 'girls gone wild' in Lincoln, NH. Tuesday, I drove over and swaped cars with Gail, and Sue and I drove back home in her car.

07/20/21: Flowers Blooming From Rain
I hadn't checked out Sue's front flower garden in several days, so I was shocked to see how many new day lilies had blossomed!

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07/22/21: Celebrating 100 YouTube Subscribers
I had just posted my 122nd Longwood Currency Trading video on line (FOREX Trading And Life Advice For 21 to 34 Year Olds) when the number of current subscribers to my channel hit 100! Who woulda-thunk....

On the spur of the moment, we decided that how many times is that going to happen, and so we decided to head off for an early dinner out on the outside deck of one of our local restaurants.

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After getting back from dinner, we were watching some tv when Sue jumped up onto the sofa, looked out the window, and announced, "Quick! To the car! Sunset in the making up on the ridge!" and she was in motion for the door. We just barely caught the end of it, but Sue took a few really nice shots.

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07/23/21: Cars To Louden For Underside Oil
Friday 07/23/21 Sue and I drove our cars to Louden, NH for underside oil preventative work.

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While each car was being worked on, we took the other car and went exploring around the area to a large flower distributor, and to visit Sue's friend Linda who has some beautiful day lily gardens.

07/24/21: Blueberry Picking Hiking Up Little Blue Job
Sue asked if I wanted to go with her and Beau blueberry picking hiking up Little Blue Job. It was a beautiful day, and so off we went!

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07/25/21: Lucas Arrives From Pasadena For Long Visit
I drove down to Boston's Logan International Airport Sunday to pick Sue's son Lucas up from his midnight flight in from Pasadena, CA for a few weeks visit back here.

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Don't see much in this picture do you? Yeah, well it's midnight so I got the best shot I could....

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A sleepy Lucas waiting in baggage claim for his things to arrive.

There was not only major work being done to 95 on the drive back, but there were heavy patches of fog in places, as well as both on Routes 16 and 11. On Route 11, as well as the road up the small mountain we live on, the fog was so thick in spots that I had to slow to 20 mph because visibility was only about as far as the front of the car.

We didn't get home until about 2:15 am. Beau must have woken Sue up because as Lucas and I walked into the screen porch, we could see her smiling face pressed against the glass of the kitchen door. Now, that was the picture I should have gotten!

Believe me that we were all crashed into bed not long after 2:30 am. I didn't get up until about 9:30 am Monday morning, and Lucas stayed down until noon. It's not only a long flight out, but just the scramble of getting to the L.A. airport is enough to wear you out.

So, Monday was just a basically lay low day, though I fixed up a marvelous dinner of garlic and oregano rubbed chicken in a creamy fresh garden basil sauce with butter and oregano steamed green beans, also fresh out of Sue's garden. We capped the evening off with the really good 2020 Chris Hemsworth action movie, Extraction.

07/30/21: Friday Night Home Made Pizza
Can't get much better than some off the cuff home made pizza for a Friday night dinner!

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Ready for the oven

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Lucas is all set to get on with it.

08/04/21: Sunset up on the ridge
So, Sue and I are sitting in the living room watching a movie when she jumps up on the sofa, looks out at the sky, and as she bounds off the sofa heading toward the door she exclaims: "Picture event! To the car!" Beau was first one out the door with her with me not far behind.

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08/07/21: Overnight Visit With Gail
Our friend Gail came for an overnight visit. And so for dinner I fixed a herb spiced chicken over Basmati rice.

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08/11/21: Alan Comes Down
Sue's brother Alan came down to have a visit with Lucas and ended up staying for dinner. Great visit!

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Lucas, Sue, and Alan

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Beau finds a turkey feather

08/13/21: Sue Takes Lucas On A Book Explore
Sue and Lucas headed off to Lee, NH to visit the new location of the Avenue Victor Hugo Books, and had a great time.

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The shop has such a wonderful feeling among the tall wooden cases filled with interesting books.

08/16/21: Kayaking Dinner On Merrymeeting River
Late Monday afternoon 08/16/21, Sue and I loaded the kayaks on top of the car and headed off for a kayaking dinner on the Merrymeeting River.

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08/19/21: Final Dinner Out With Lucas
Thursday evening 08/19/21 Sue and I took Lucas out for a wonderful dinner at the 1793 historic Gilmanton Pub. Though we had a really enjoyable evening with wonderful food, it was sad that he'd be flying out of Boston Friday evening to Logan International airport to head back to L.A.

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08/22/21: Stormy Sunday Night
Because Sunday 08/22/21 was such a blustery and rainy night, Sue and I just hunkered down and enjoyed a wonderful evening together, though The Beau Dog was a little unsettled because of the weather.

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Beau at rest....

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For a cold and stormy night, a bottle of Josh Cabernet was in order.

08/24/21: Minor Effects From Hurricane Ida
After ripping through Louisiana, Hurricane Ida surged over land all the way up through the far north east doing huge damage along the way, particularly New York and New Jersey, let alone the destruction in Louisiana itself where it had made direct landfall.

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Shot of Sue's screen porch entry way flower garden in the bright sunny light of the day after the storm passed.

Fortunately for us, the brunt of the storm swung sharply eastward south of us, and out into the ocean.

08/27/21: Gail Comes For Overnight Visit
We were glad to have our friend Gail come and stay overnight with us Friday 08/27/21. A great excuse for a party, though we kept it fairly low key. Sue and Gail spent the afternoon pricing items they were going to display for sale way, way too early Saturday morning at a local antique shop they have a stall at.

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At work on the porch pricing some items.

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Homemade pizzas and fresh picked local corn for dinner with a nice bottle of Chardonnay.

08/28/21: Mia Comes For An Overnight Visit
When Sue finished up at the antique shop with Gail Saturday morning 08/28/21, she met up with Marissa to bring Mia back to the house for an overnight visit.

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Mia parked with a magazine in the kitchen window seat just like Sue does all the time.

08/31/21: Beautiful End Of August Evening
Sue took some lovely pictures of the beautiful end of August evening 08/31/21 we had up on the mountain.

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09/02/21: Chuck Visits
Sue and I were so happy to welcome Chuck back for a visit. I drove over to the airport in Manchester, NH to pick him up from his 3:00 pm flight in from Chicago, and had a great chat on the way over to the house. For dinner, Sue had made a delicious homemade lasagna that we enjoyed with what turned out to be a wonderful bottle of Omen Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Though he slept over at Marissa's in Dover each night, he was with us Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and then spent all day Sunday and Labor Day Monday with Colin, Marissa and all going out eating and boating. He rejoined up with us for a late brunch Tuesday, and then I drove him back over to Manchester for his early evening flight back to Chicago.

We missed him before he even got into the car to head for the airport.

09/08/21: Pizza Visit Up To Alan's Camp On Ossipee Lake
Wednesday afternoon 09/08/21 Sue and I took The Beau Dog with us up for a visit to her brother's camp on Ossipee Lake. He had asked us up as he and Kathleen would be there, and we said we'd bring pizza. Can't get any better than pizza at the lake!

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Alan, Kathleen, Sue, and The Beau Dog out on the porch overlooking Ossipee Lake.

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Sue got this great shot through the living room window of the little island just off their cove.

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View of the island from the outside porch.

09/10/21: Friday Night Backgammon And Wine On The Hill
Though bright and sunny late Friday afternoon 09/10/21, the wind was chilly enough that I wore my fleece jacket up to the sitting area on the hill out back. But once I sat down, the sun was so hot that I peeled it off, toasted Sue with my glass of wine, and dove into some serious backgammon.

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And serious it was because she beat me like a rug. I ended up 32 points down. That's just a shit-house full of bat-ju-ju to hang over me through the next 5 days until we played the final week's games out on Wednesday.

I was able to come back some, but still ended up 11 points behind for the week. That was 5 days of humiliating play for me for sure, and I believe a new daily session points down record.

Gotta get Sue drinking a little more wine I think. Or should it be less.... I dun-no-me-you, but surely a bad beat story that should bring tears to your eyes....

09/12/21: Apple Picking At Butternut Farm
It was such a beautiful September day that Sue and I went apple picking at Butternut Farm.

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