The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

Getting There Was Half The Battle

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We keep having our ups and downs and today was one of those down days. We managed to make it to the house despite the winter storm that had blown in overnight. The roads weren’t too bad – the highway had already been plowed, along with the major routes to Ridgeway. So it only took us an extra 5 minutes driving a little slower than usual.    

We got started okay – Nat was putting the final coat of paint on in the dining room and doing the edging in the office while I decided to wash the living room floor, as it was now 99% done. But we kept going back to the dining room paint colour. Something just wasn’t right. The colour was looking a bit pinky in tint, despite the fact that it was suppose to be a couple shdes lighter than the taupe we had picked out for the living room. Along with that the trim around the window and doors started to fade into oblivion. The whole room was looking as if it had just been primed, but not painted. We kept discussing what to do, having bought a gallon of this colour we really didn’t want to just toss it aside. But this was nagging away at us, so in the end we just decided to finish up what we were doing and then head over to Home Depot and decide on another colour.

Nat then finished putting the first good coat of paint on the wainscotting, while I primed the fireplace. We grabbed a bite to eat (as I had packed a lunch, thinking we were going to have a good full day of it) and then packed up our gear and headed to Home Depot and then home.

Having arrived at Home Depot we were once again in a dilemma of what colour to choose. Both of us have a hard time trying to imagine the colour on the wall and we both knew we didn’t want something too outlandish. Standing in front of the full array of colours, we finally came across one we both liked, despite the fact that once it was mixed up, I thought it still looked a little pale. But one must remember that Home Depot has some pretty powerful lighting in there and I suppose any colour would look different under that sort of lighting. By this time we were really, really tired, so we grabbed the rug shampoo that we would still need and headed out the door for home, all by 2:00 p.m.

As we’ve got the lawyer’s in the morning, along with some little errands downtown, Nat has decided to head back to Ridgeway tomorrow afternoon to finish off, while I stay home and try to get on top of things here. It’s now getting down to crunch time and a lot of things are still left undone – here and at Ridgeway. Having sat around doing absolutely nothing before we received the keys to the new house, we are now making up for it!!! Tired, frustrated, aggravated, disappointed, and yet still somehow elated!!! Go figure that one out!!!

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Author: Twila

Born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada, with 5 sisters and a brother. Now retired, my husband and I travel, play golf and am slowly renovating our new (old) home. After my kidney transplant in 1999, we've learned to enjoy life to the fullest. Nat and I have driven across Canada, taken an Alaskan cruise and drove home via the Northern United States. We've also been to Mexico, the Caribbean, the East Coast of Canada and Cape Breton. We've done the "Snowbird" thing, having lived in Destin, Florida for a couple of months of the year. In 2007 we changed our travel plans in order to move into and renovate our new "old" home, but hope to someday get back on the road again. We also love returning to Scotland (Nat's origin of birth) to visit his family and tour the Highlands and surrounding Isles.

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