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Mel in front of the Christmas Tree in PortsmouthIt has been a while since we updated the blog.  We have been busy settling into our new home and making repairs as well as exploring our new home state of New Hampshire.  We absolutely love it here. Anyway, our weekends are not the traditional Saturdays and Sundays that some lucky people enjoy.  We have Sundays and Mondays off.  Yes, it sucks but at least we have the same days off together; not everyone can say that.

This past Sunday we woke up to 1 foot of snow, so we spent some time getting acquainted with our snow blower. It was the first time we had a chance to use it. Mel volunteered me to be the guinea pig in front of the neighborhood, which I guess was okay since she has been known to hit the garage with the car before…I can only imagine how safe the neighborhood kids would be with her maneuvering a 200-pound machine down the sidewalk.

After a few passes and trying to keep it running (it wanted to keep shutting off before it got broke in good) as well as an extremely loud and an embarrassing pop that sounded like a gunshot, we finally finished in time for lunch. We then spent an hour or two watching Bria and Chrissy videos on YouTube. Those ladies are very talented and are making a positive difference in our community. We discovered them a few days ago by stumbling upon this video on Facebook.

Icicles at Hampton Beach

Icicles at Hampton Beach

Mel made us a nice spaghetti dinner and then we continued our American Horror Story marathon. We are almost finished with the first season and it is awesome. Mel believes in watching an entire season of a show in less than a week. We are able to watch the first and second seasons for free through Amazon Prime. That show is so crazy, but it is amazing and so addicting.

Monday we went to the beach to get some pics of the snow, but the high tide had completely covered the sand and we could only see water over the seawall. We got sprayed standing too close, which wasn’t pleasant with temps lingering in the teens. From there we drove into Portsmouth to walk around and see the huge Christmas Tree downtown.

Missy working up an appetite

Missy working up an appetite

We came home for lunch and then shoveled a path to the bird feeders in the backyard. We had to make sure they had enough seed. We have so many chickadees, blue jays, cardinals, woodpeckers, titmice, nuthatches, etc. The chickadees will even land on us while we are refilling their seed. Of course, we also have different types of squirrels and chipmunks. In the past we have had rabbits, deer, foxes, geese, and fisher cats.

We finally settled down after Mel made burgers and fries followed by a bowl of snow cream. Not a bad weekend…a little bit of relaxing and a little bit of activity. How was your weekend?

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Blizzard February 2013

February 11, 2013

We survived our first big New England snow.  We had a blizzard that left us with 2+ feet of snow with drifts of 4+ feet.  We were fortunate that we did not lose our power during that time like so many people in Massachusetts did.  We were prepared with a stockpile of food, batteries, flashlights, […]

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Weekend Update

January 28, 2013

We had a pretty successful weekend with getting things taken care of for our new house.  We had the fireplace service people come today and clean out our natural gas fireplace that probably hasn’t been cleaned in 15 years or more from the owners before us.  It is so clean and beautiful now with huge […]

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We Moved To New Hampshire

January 27, 2013

We finally found a house and moved to New Hampshire a few months ago.  We are still busy settling in after hitting some major issues after moving in.  We hired an inspector, but obviously he did not find everything.  However, what he missed resulted in expensive repairs in just a few months of living here. […]

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House Hunting From Afar

September 1, 2012

As you know, we finally sold our house this year.  We then signed up for a 5-month lease in an apartment not far from our house.  The buyers wanted a quick closing, so we did not have much time to find a place to rent.  This apartment also allowed us to have more than 1 […]

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We Got Married!!!

August 23, 2012

When we were in New England last May house hunting we got MARRIED!  We have been together for 16-1/2 years, so it was about time.  Nothing big and fancy.  No invitations.  Our families did not know about it…hell, we didn’t even plan it.  We joked about doing it on the drive up, but we didn’t […]

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Family Drama

August 19, 2012

On top of all the stress I am feeling from trying to buy a new home in another state, my father at some point during the past year decided he is no longer going to communicate with me.  We have never had a good relationship.  My mother died almost 9 years ago two weeks before […]

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Apartment 911

June 27, 2012

Continued from the last post…same night as returning from Lowes Hardware and deciding where to park the car… That night/early morning, we wake up around 1:30 in the morning to a loud noise.  We both sat up and we heard something else again.   It sounded like someone was breaking in downstairs.  Mel was closest […]

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We Sold The House!

June 20, 2012

We sold on our house and finally closed in March.  We were extremely busy trying to find either a house or a place to rent with only a few weeks to find something.  We stressed over whether to rent in NC or in New England.  It is very hard to find a place to rent […]

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