The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

Nail It Down

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Sunday and Monday were pretty much the same old, same old. While doing laundry on Sunday I’m now getting into the habit of watching Sunday Morning. Being a show I use to watch religiously before I met Nat, I’m realizing how much I missed it. While living in our St. Catharines home, the TV was downstairs and over time I had long forgotten about the show. In this new home everything is on the same floor and the TV is very handy so we’re getting into that habit of turning it on at certain times of the day to pass the time. Plus Nat’s able to watch a few more golf games on a rainy weekend, which he enjoys. I missed the show – it’s political commentary, it’s “life” stories and especially the interviews with authors, artists and celebrities. There is always something that that peeked my interest and you were always learning something new.

After lunch on Sunday Nat and I hopped on our bikes and went for a ride along the trail behind us that apparently goes from Fort Erie to Port Colborne. We headed towards Fort Erie and felt we could go for miles. The trail is long, flat and extremely easy to ride. Plus the scenery is great – all kinds of woodlands, ponds and a stream that is known for some local fishing. It was such a perfect day for a ride, Nat and I enjoyed it immensely. I was extremely proud of myself for the distance I went – after not being on my bike for close to a year now. This is definitely a trail I can ride and enjoy it while I’m doing it.

Monday was spent cleaning the house. Nat and his friend, Bill, had a golf game scheduled for Monday, but alas the rains came and the game was cancelled. So he was bound to find something else to while away the hours while I dusted and vacuumed. We also managed to get another bird feeder and it’s quite a success – red winged blackbirds, cardinals, small sparrows and others species (their names I don’t know). We’ll have to work on getting a bird book to educate ourselves. We’ve also discovered a rabbit in our backyard yesterday hovering below the feeder, I suppose to catch anything that may drop onto the lawn.

I’m also getting back into my old habits of moving things around!! I keep fiddling with the nick knacks on the shelves in the kitchen and dining rooms. Sometimes I think there’s too much there, other times there’s not enough and then sometimes the things that are there just aren’t right!!! God, I wish I could quit – poor Nat is going to have to nail things down or he won’t know where anything is anymore!!! He should be luckly I’m not shifting furniture – not that I haven’t thought about it!!!

This afternoon we headed down to look around the other shops at the Sobey’s plaza. We discovered the M & M Meat Shop and bought their beef and sirloin burgers. As we haven’t shopped at M & M Meats in years the clerk gave us some extra goodies – coupons, etc. Not too much else at this little plaza but the usual suspects – M & M Meats, Dollar Store, The Source, Bell Store, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sobeys and a Bank. It was enough to kill a few minutes before it was going to rain. Nat will be glad he’s golfing tomorrow.

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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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