The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

Falling Leaves And Juicy Birds

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We’ve had confirmation from Mother Nature that our decision to get the gas generator was a wise one. Last night She gave us a little surprise and decided to shower us with her presence for several hours. The rains came fast and furious after an advance warning of thunder and great bolts of lightning in our back yard. In our momentary boredom, we watched as the rain bounced down the road looking like a gazillion Chinese drummers from the Bejing Olympics. The satellite naturally had decided to fly the coup, so what else could we do. At least we had lights to watch the blackened screen!

So we’re now waiting for the actual installation after the cement base is laid on Friday. A few days after that the actual generator will arrive and all hook-ups, etc. should be completed. Nat and I will hopefully then rest in somewhat peace of mind over the winter months should there be any kind of power outage. We know this whole exercise won’t prevent the satellite from fading away, but again, at least we’ll have lights so we can watch the coloured pixels dance across the screen looking like an incomplete jigsaw puzzle.

The past fews days have now been filled with finalizing things around the house. The soil has been spread around the house and graded, the plastic covers have been installed over the exterior basement windows and Nat continues to climb his ladder to clean the constant falling leaves from the eaves trough. Next year we’ll invest in a system that prevents those leaves from clogging up the eaves, but for now the ladder is Nat’s best friend!!

I’ve stocked the freezer with cookies, bars and loaves for Thanksgiving. Sunday we’ll be off to Gail’s for what sounds like a quiet get together, and then Monday Nat and I will cook for our gang – not only for Thanksgiving, but for Laura’s birthday as well. It will be a tight fit in our smaller dining room but we’ll manage. There’s always that great tradition of sticking the four children at the kitchen table!!

Nat and I now have our “cooking in the kitchen” routine down pat. We know which steps to take and in which direction for the individual tasks we’re trying to complete. We’ve learned from past years that we’ll cook the turkey the day before. After brining, the bird is still just as tender and just as juicy the next day and even the day after that (if there is enough to last that long). We’re both looking forward to the whole weekend, which always comes and goes so fast. We still can’t believe that it’s getting close to our first anniversary in this new old house!

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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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