The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

Another Day In Paradise

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Well my mother would have been proud. Today, for the first time in my life, and with Nat’s help, I made rhubarb tarts. I always remember as a child being in the backyard of our Beamsville home and Mom and Nanny walking by the back garden and remarking that the rhubarb was almost ready. At the time I, of course, had no idea what they were talking about, but apparently there’s a window of opportunity during the months of April and May when rhubarb becomes ripe and ready for use.

When we moved into our new home Nat discovered some rhubarb growing along the back of the house. Nat loves the stuff apparently and always remember having rhubarb pie, rhubarb jam and everything else as a child. So he would make the odd remark now and again “I don’t know what to do with the rhubarb”. I’ve learned during my married years to Nat that this is his way of hinting “can you come up with something”. This kept going on for quite a few weeks, so I started to do some research on the internet and in my cook books for some recipes. I just happened to have some mini tarts in the freezer so, along with the little recipe I found, we baked up some little mini rhubarb tarts. They came out pretty good, if I do say so myself – or at least according to my taste tester!! I ain’t gonna try the stuff – it just looked red and gooey!! So now Nat is looking forward to his tea tonight – rhubarb tarts with ice cream. One way to keep your man happy, I guess!!

Before we began our little project, Claudia was in the area and dropped by to say hi. She’s been extremely busy, so it was really nice to see her even if it was for five minutes. Really pleased to hear how well Darby is doing working for Brock University. This girl is going places!!!! Plus it sounds like she’s starting to hobnob (or at least get to meet) some pretty good business people in the Niagara Region. I don’t know where she finds the time between her new job at Brock, the Red Cross, her mystery shopping job and trying to keep up with her classes. But she’s going to have one pretty good looking resume when the time comes!! Plus it sounds like she’s well sought after, having two or three people waiting in the wings to hire you. You go girl!!!! I’m kind of jealous as she’s now in a position where buying some great new clothes and fabulous shoes are a must. Darby’s always had a great flare for clothes. Oh to be that young and stylish again!!!!

Nat went to Niagara Falls this afternoon. He was getting extremely antsy and had to get out. Whew!!! I was glad. I love him dearly but he was starting to get on my nerves. When he gets like that he wanders around the house, follows me about (asking if he can help with anything) and doesn’t know what to do next. We’re still waiting for The Weed Man to come and do our yard and I think he’s getting impatient waiting for him. So off he went and returned an hour or so later with a new pole for the birdfeeder and some more seed. He’s now got it figured out how to deter those pesky squirrels. So he was a little pleased with himself and at least came home in a wee bit of a better mood.

While Nat was out I managed to make more headway on the uploading. God, it’s going slowly!!! But at least I’m closer than I was a week ago!! That’s my positive thought for the day!!

Tomorrow I’m going to buy some dirt. My little plants are starting to spread out in their basket already and they look so good I don’t want to ruin them. So I’m going to try and transplant them this weekend. Plus I want to get some good soil for the little spot around the bird bath. I’m hoping to make that my little garden project where I can experiment with some plants and see how well I can do. Speaking of plants, I suppose it’s about time Nat and I took a drive out to Beamsville to see how Mom and Dad’s cemetery plot is doing. Haven’t been out there since last Fall, so I can imagine it will need some help. Plus the geraniums will need to be checked. Sometimes I look forward to going out there – it’s a nice drive and it’s so peaceful and quiet. Yeah, yeah, it’s a cemetery – I get it!!!!

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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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