The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

Where Did The Time Go?

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Was looking at the calendar this morning and soon realized it’s only been 3 weeks since we moved into our new home. Somehow seems like a couple of months. But I suppose Nat and I have been so busy each day that we’ve lost track of time. Not complaining, mind you, as our new little home is starting to look pretty darn good!

Our good neighbour, Nick, from St. Catharines came by this morning, along with his buddy Norm. (Remember the “Nick, Nat and Norm trio that go to the home shows!!) Nick was kind enough to come by and rekey our new door knobs and deadbolts. Ii guess we had some pretty powerful locks – as his keying maching kind of burst during the whole process! In our defence the machine is about 50 years old, so I think it’s had a pretty good run!! Anyway, we were able to at least get a couple keys made and will have to get some duplicates made at a later date. For now, however, we can at least get in and out of the place. I also had a chance to sit and talk with Norm for awhile. We’ve never had too much time to talk before and this time we had a chance to get to know one another better. It was nice!!

After lunch Nat and I then went into town – Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Staples, Zehrs, Linens ‘n Things. Nat’s decided it’s about time he finished painting the hallways, so we took our list of things to get along the way and make a whole afternoon of it. We managed to get most things – new kitchen sink faucet, a shelf for the living room, the hallway paint, some office supplies and door hook for the bedroom. Somehow managed to drop a couple hundred bucks, but we would have spent that money sooner or later, so it might as well be sooner and get it over with. Most of the stores were pretty busy – Wal-Mart was a zoo, so we just ran in and ran right out again!! But we also managed to get a good deal on the shelf at Linens ‘n Things, so I suppose the trip was worth it. That was another thing – had to fill up on gas again. That’s getting to be a bit expensive these days, but hopefully it will settle down once we don’t have to “go into town” too often. Ah, the country life!

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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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