Monthly Archives July 2018

Climbed Mountain number three on my Belknap Range Hiking Series, this time it was Gunstock Mountain. My wife and I traversed up the brook trail.  Once we found it, the trail was easy to follow but finding the "trail head" was slightly more of a challenge than we thought it should be. Thankfully the description on our trail map said it was to the left of the Panorama chair lift.  Which it was.  It was the other descriptor that made it more difficult:  Right next to the fire place. Fireplace?  I never saw a fireplace. But sure enough as we found the opening of the trail, just to the left of the trail head, buried behind tons of trees and…

So it's only been a week since I found the real estate investment of my dreams.  It was in the location I wanted - The historical district.  It has the brick walls, wood floors, all updated and new appliances and kitchen with a granite countertop.  The numbers worked...  It was a dream come true and I was ready to sign on the dotted line. Inspection?  I don't need an inspection.  I walked around and I'm a savvy home owner and I know my stuff... And walk around I did.  Everything looked great! Luckily, I was smarter and had an inspection with a home builder I knew and trusted.  All of a sudden, all of the issues started coming to light. …

So our first try at this fell through as I mentioned in a prior post This time, instead of a single family dwelling, I've decided to go with my gut and stop chasing every penny of profit and go with something I feel will be a good long term, no hassle purchase.  It's a townhouse but in the historic district of a growing city nearby.  Brick, all redone, and looks amazing.  There is a nominal monthly fee, but that covers water, sewer, outdoor maintenance and plowing (We northerners need to take that into account). I made an offer for only a little under.  They actually had three showings the next monday but offered to cancel if I wanted to pay…

We spent this past Fourth of July hiking.  It was still during this last heat wave, but we had water and it was much cooler in the woods.  We decided to pick Pack Monadnock as it is also on our list of mountains to hike.  This one in particular is due to its Fire Tower on top and we can check it off on our Fire Tower Quest. You can find the mountain list here:  http://4000footers.com/list_towerquest.shtml We had already gone up Belknap Mountain to the fire tower there, so it was time to check another one off of our list. Panoramic view from up the Fire Tower   On the way down we did a little Geocaching! We actually found 3 out…

For us, there is no better way to spend our time than hanging around the lake.   We had some new doors installed and they needed to be painted.  Some sort of a dark brownish grey.  Looks almost black in the photo, but they're not.  Matches our screen/storm doors.   I had to run back to the office - I replaced a few door knobs upstairs so they would match downstairs.  I only got around to doing three of them, and with two left to do, I let Cat (the Mrs) do the other two.  I told her she would fumble a bit but would figure it out.  This is the story I was retold when I got back up…

Ok, so the headline is a little alarmist...  But speaking of unwanted critters...   This guy showed up and just wouldn't leave: [video_embed url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZEIV40uRBw"]   Even as I was weeding, it just wouldn't leave...   Oh well.  I figured if it was going to be that brave and would have food over fear, I'd let her stay a bit longer and eat.  There's more lettuce there than I can eat at once so I didn't mind sharing.

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