The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

My Hero

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Nat and I discovered today that we were very spoiled. This morning started off pretty good – we had no plans to go out anywhere, the snow was falling and made for a beautiful sight from every window in the house, and we had both gotten a pretty good night’s sleep. 

We started our day off by Nat working on the kitchen sink light and I started to organize the linen closet. Naturally, the light set-up wasn’t right. I’ve stated before the electrical wiring in this home is just weird and we plan to call in an electrician to try and figure it out for us. So Nat abandoned the light and took a rest as his shoulder was really acting up again. So I finished the linen closet and then we took a break for lunch.

Nat was taking a peak out of the front door window and lo and behold, we had mail!!! The little red flag was popping up on the side of our mail box perched in front of our house. We were so excited!!! BUT, how do we get to it? We can’t just open the door, lift the mail box lid and grab our mail anymore!!! Plus there was a foot of snow in our front yard and driveway!! My God, we’ll have to suit up and trek through that white stuff just to get a few envelopes that might contain junk or egad, a bill!!! So Nat found his knee deep boots, donned the old winter coat and away he went. But wait, which way should he go – across the lawn and jump the ditch or down and around the driveway and up the road? He was going to brave it and trek across the lawn and jump the ditch. My Hero!!!

He came back safely, no worse for wear and lo and behold he had a big bundle of mail, so the jump was worth it. What fun!!! There were even Christmas Cards amongst the pile. We were so excited we sat at the kitchen table to sort through it all. Naturally we dispensed with the business side first – but turned out nothing too, too important. And then we hit the Christmas Cards. We were so glad that our friends and family found us!!

After our day’s excitement, we organized the office which only took a wee while. It was just a matter of moving a couple of filing cabinets and a book case. I then spent the rest of the afternoon sorting through boxes of office supplies, CDs, DVDs, recipe books and all those other electronic doodads, wires, cables, etc. that you don’t know what to do with but if you throw them out you’ll need them!!!

I’m now a happy camper. I have my office back. Being an organizing freak, I get panicky when I can’t find something and my desk is messy and cluttered. That being pretty much the same with the whole house. I suppose that’s why I’ve been so tired and frustrated with this move. My life was in chaos and I couldn’t handle it. So now out of chaos comes organization and calmer heads prevail!!!

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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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