August 26, 2013
Farmers' Almanac Predicts 'Piercing Cold' Winter
As long as there is lots of snow so I can make use of the snowmobile, I'm okay with this. Of course, if there is little snow, I can snuggle by the woodstove and read, which is fine by me also.
August 19, 2013
I remember this well - Heavy rain meant WS was out in a yellow slicker digging a trench behind the house to get the water to divert to the side of the property. Huge winds, but the neighbor across the street wasn't there yet, so the trees broke the wind from hitting the house. That was way before we had done any landscaping, so at least we didn't have to worry about that.
July 07, 2013
New England Dragway has held drag races in Epping, NH for many years (as long as we have been here). We went to them once long ago, but these were the up and comers racing - not the big names. Nothing wrong with that, but we have always wanted to see the big names that we see on TV. You know, John Force, Robert Hight, Cruz Pedregon, Antron Brown etc.
This year, the Dragway had been upgraded to accommodate NHRA top legue racing, and of course we had to go! This track upgraded from holding a couple of thousand people, to selling 20,000 tickets to this event (plus over 10,000 for the qualifying runs on Friday and Saturday).
We were impressed once we got in the gates. All tickets got you access to the pits - which were right behind the grandstands. A lot of tracks have the pits seperate and you have to have pit passes (much like Sprint Car racing). Since we got there an hour before the final qualifying started, we took advantage to see some of our favorite drivers' rides and crews.
Naturally John Force and his whole slew of drivers were highlighted at the front. We got to see John Force, Courtney Force and Robert Height funny cars on display (I assume these are former cars, or back up cars).
Then the races started and that is when the fun begins. The started with eliminations for dragsters. The stands shake as the cars flash from the start line (we were about 2/3 of the way down the track) and the deep rumble can be felt thru your body as the cars get closer. Then as they go by, there is a rush of air as the cars puch their way down to the finish line.
The pre race burn outs creat quite the show themselves with the roil of smoke that comes up from the tires.
And the culmination of the day was that for the first time, John Force and his daughter Courtney Force, faced each other in the finals for funny cars. It was about the best outcome that anyone there could think of and they gave us quite the show as neck and neck they came barreling down the speedway in about 4 seconds. You can hear Jimmy yelling at the end of the race:
A great day of racing in New Hampshire - can't wait to go again next year!
July 03, 2013
Crews battle fire at paper mill in Bennington
This is where WS worked when we first moved to NH. Hope everyone made it out safely and return to work soon!
June 30, 2013
Sunset Over Deering
On the 21st of this month, I looked out the front window and told WS that I would be back in a couple of minutes. He was confused, but I left in a hurry, bacause I saw a photo oportunity. I had missed a similar opportunity a couple of weeks earlier, and I wasn't going to miss this one.
I headed down the hill to the Deering View and snapped a couple of pictures of the sunset.
Oh, and I turned around, and there was the full moon.
Sometimes you just have to stop and appreciate the beauty that is around you!
Bike Week 2013
We had a faily cold and rainy June. A lot of days in the 50's and 60's (and 40's) and even in the middle of June I was contemplating turning on the heat because we had no sun to help warm up the house.
Bike Week started the weekend before Father's Day and as usual it rained for most of it. I road to work 3 times that week and everytime at least one of the trips (to or from) was in the rain. Friday I got so wet in the morning, that I had to hang everything out to dry in the sun when I got home that evening.
From left to right: Chaps (both legs opened up and spread out), neck bandana, jacket, vest, jacket liner. My boots were the only things that stayed fairly dry.
However, we did have some nice days - and those days coincided with the last weekend of Bike Week. WS stayed at the pig roast Friday night thru Sunday, while I made trips up there both Saturday and Sunday. We spent about 2 hours at Weirs Beach,and we parked off the boulevard in a back lot.
We spent some time riding around the lakes region and over by Plymouthand enjoying the scenery and at a gas stop found they had put in a wind farm since the last time we had been in the area.
June 20, 2013
New England Nationals!!
WS and I are going to the finals on Sunday. When we lived in Kansas, we went to th eOklahoma races a couple of times. We moved to NH before the Kansas Speedway was built. Although NH has had minor races, they have never had the big names before (the ones you see on TV). The closest big races are in NJ and PA - not very close to us. So we are thrilled that John Force, his daughters and all the other competitors are coming to the state.
May 11, 2013
Picture Perfect Morning
The winds have been so calm the last week or so, the ponds and lakes have been like glass when I pass them in the morning on my way to work. I kept thinking that I should stop and take a picture, and I finally did, using my phone's camera.
May 02, 2013
There Goes the Neighborhood
One of our "neighbors" - okay, he lives a couple of miles from us, but he is from the same town and almost everyone here has had some sort of dealings with Burt.
March 17, 2013
Town Meeting 2013 and Some Potential Fun
Town meeting was fairly typical - it started with snow. Alright, so it was only about 1/2 and inch worth, but it was snow. The budget and almost all the warrant articles passed except the proposed noise ordinance.
The police chief was updating ordinances, and noticed we didn't have a nois ordinance, and thought maybe we should. the townsfolk felt differently, especially since this is a community that is entiryly zoned rural. If you need to bale hay before 6 aM (or aft 10 - hey, it needs to be done. Also, fireworks after 10 would not have been legal - Really? What about New Years and 4th of July? Anyway, we rejected that - but the whold meeting was done before 12:30.
Then WS and I went to look at a sled for me. I had been borrowing a sled that was pull start only. The pull was so hard I could barely get the rope to move (literraly), so I couldn't start it. It was also a stubborn starter that sometimes took up to 10 pulls to start, so I started looking for a cheap sled with electric start. Found one for a couple of hundred dollars so we went to the seacoast yesterday afternoon for a look. It ended up in the back of the truck and made its way home with us.
It is a 1998 Polaris Indy Classic (about a 600) with electric start (I need to get it a new battery though) and reverse. I may not get to use it at all this year, although we are expecting more snow on Tuesday. Even if it's not used this year, there is no way I could have found that kind of price at the beginning of next sledding season, so it's all good.