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Peter Rose and family

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....

09/17/21: Around The Fire Pit
It had been soooo long since we had gotten together with Steve and Cathy that we invited them over Friday night 09/17/21 for home made pizzas. Cathy had brought a yummy pumpkin pie she had made that we enjoyed outside sitting around the fire pit and watching the stars.

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09/18/21: Mia Overnight Visit
We had Mia for another short overnight visit Saturday 09/18/21.

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Sue had wanted to get Mia onto the pottery wheel that she had bought her at Christmas before the weather turned too cold to do it out in the barn. Good thing she made it over because the weather over the next week was not only really chilly, but many - most - days were rainy.

Sue occupied her for most of the time, and they just had so much fun. Since Sue was so busy doing stuff with her, I was in charge of taking pictures.

09/19/21: Kayaking On Downing Pond
The days are starting to get crispy, many with rain, and so we took the opportunity Sunday morning 09/19/21 to go kayaking on Downing Pond.

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09/21/21: Harvest Moon Setting
When Sue headed out Tuesday morning 09/21/21 to take Beau for a walk, she pulled over at the top of the ridge to take this picture of the Harvest Moon setting behind her, and casting its glow across a very fogged in valley below.

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09/24/21: Dinner At The Ellacoya Barn & Grille
Sue caught this interesting shot out through the window where we were sitting at the Ellacoya Barn & Grille in Gilford, NH where we had gone to dinner Friday 09/24/ with Jen and Butch.

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We had thought it wouldn't be crowded not only because of how early we went at just after 5:00pm, but also because foliage season is still literally weeks away because of the current series of only mildly cool night temperatures.

We were surprised that the parking lot was packed by the time we got there, and told that there could be almost an hour wait for a table. However, it wasn't too long after we had gone into the bar area to get drinks and wait, that we got called to a table.

It had been a long time since our last time to the Ellacoya, and Jen and Butch's first visit. The food was great, service friendly and prompt, and they kept the number of people in the main restaurant areas to a reasonable level. It was only when we finished dinner and walked out through the waiting area that we encountered a huge back log of people that extended outside.

On the way out, I heard that the expected wait time was up to an hour and a half! Had it been like that when we arrived, we wouldn't have stayed.

09/26/21: Sunday Dinner Party For Two
We fixed an absolutely great, on-the-fly Sunday dinner of oven baled pork loin rubbed with ground black pepper, basil, cilantro, and garden picked fresh parsley on a bed of basmati rice cooked in parsley infused water, green peas, and garden tomatoes.

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09/26/21: Flight Night At Johnson's
Sue and I met up at Johnson's along Route 11 with our friends Butch and Jen for dinner, and to sample their "Local Brewery Flight Night."

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10/02/21: Cleaning Up Fallen Tree Limb
Took me a lot longer to drop, and then clean up all the smaller branches from a large tree limb that had fallen. We've had a few really windy and stormy days, and this big limb broke off, and got hung up in another tree's branches in a very dangerous position.

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So, the first thing I had to do was figure out how to get it untangled from the other tree because it was really a large, long limb. Thing caught me a little as I shoved it free, falling to the ground exactly where I thouhght it would with a tremendous thump.

Wore myself out trying to cut it up with my bow saw, so just got it into thirds along with all the other branches, and dragged it all over to the side of the barn to mess with later, or maybe in the Spring as I'll cut it and use it for the wood stove next year.

10/02/21: Colin Stops By
Colin was in the area Saturday 10/02/21 on his way to deliver propane somewhere, and stopped by for a short visit. Was really good to see him, and that he took the time to swing by.

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10/03/21: Surprise Birthday Party For Alan
Kathleen and Karen organized a surprise birthday party for Sue's brother Alan Sunday 10/03/21 up in Ossipee, NH.

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Couldn't have been a nicer day; just a little crispness to the air, but the sun was out. Karen set up tables and chairs in her backyard, and got her fire pit going as folks started arriving.

It was nice to see how surprised and happy Alan was when Kathleen pulled the car up out front and he saw everyone waiting for him.

Karen has only been living here for a couple of months after buying it from Sue who inherited it from her Aunt Carol. So nice to keep the place in the family where we had so many fond memories of being with Carol to now come and see it being enjoyed by Karen.

10/07/21: Morning Fog Over The Valley
I stopped around 9:30 am Thursday morning 10/07/21 at the top of the ridge to get this stunning shot of the thick fog blanketing the valley.

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I was on my way to meet Sue to change cars, and bring The Beau Dog back after she walked him, and just couldn't believe how beautiful it was. Though we're having a late start to the foliage season, it's finally here in all its spectacular beauty.

10/08/21: Fall Kayaking On The River
Sue and I met up with Steve and Cathy at 1:00 pm on Friday afternoon 10/08/21 at the launch area just off Route 11 to experience some wonderful Fall weather on the river.

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The last time Sue and I had been here was for a Kayaking Dinner On Merrymeeting River back in August, so it was nice to see the change to the Fall foliage.

We went pretty far up, about an hour or so, before heading back for the landing. On the way, we asked Steve and Cathy if they'd like to come back to our place around 5:30 at dusk, sit around the fire pit, and have some pizza with us.

It was just starting to get chilly when they arrived, so I got the fire pit going. Cathy had bought a mixed berry pie that we enjoyed later in the dark.

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On the way back from kayaking, we had stopped off at the store so I could get a bottle of wine to go with the pizza. I was surprised to find they had 1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel. I'd had their Cabernet, and it was really good for the price, so thought this was well worth trying, and bought a couple of bottles of it. And it was really a great wine for a $16 price point.

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