The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

Our Little Corner of the World

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Had another day outdoors. Such a perfect day, Nat and I took the opportunity to do more yard work. Naturally, Nat did the bulk of it – mowing the lawn, assembling the new wheel barrow, etc. – but I managed to get a hold of those clippers again and did my thing. This time I trimmed the umbrella tree in the front. A lot of dead wood in the middle and it’s never been trimmed back for a more fuller growth. God, listen to me, you’d think I’ve done gardening before!!!! NOT!!!!

While waiting for Nat to finish cleaning out the air conditioner, I found some more brush along the stream that needed trimming. We did our thing and then grabbed a couple of lawn chairs, a beer and a drink, and we sat a spell!! Despite living on a major road, we could still appreciate the peace and quiet around us. The birds were singing, a slight breeze was blowing and the sun was shining – couldn’t ask for much more (maybe a few more bucks, but that’s a whole other story!!).

All in all a pretty good day and we’re starting to get a bit more of a positive feel about the place. Nat still has some worries about some of the things that need doing, but we’ll whittle away day-by-day and will get there eventually. Because we pretty much had everything done at our old place in St. Catharines, I think it can get overwhelming sometimes, especially at our ages. There are times we feel like we’re starting all over again wherein we really just wanted to buy a new home, settle in and maybe do the odd little update. Naturally, it didn’t turn out that way, but there are always compromises to make. I’m starting to convince Nat that there are a few things we can hire some people to do when time and money permits. We’re discovering that the lawn is all lumpy and bumpy and looks like it’s never been properly leveled when the house was originally built, and I think that’s one thing we can get quotes on. Plus we’ve still got a couple of trees that need chopping down. The list can go on and on, but owning a home is always never-ending from what I’m finding out. It’s worth it, however – I love our little corner of the world!!

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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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