The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

Charmed, I’m Sure!

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This afternoon, after Nat returned from his golf game, we went into town to do a couple of errands. Nat did the drug store while I went to the Post Office for an extra stamp for Natalie’s card. As I was approaching the steps a sweet older lady was walking towards me and holding an opened envelope. With a silly grin on her face, she remarked “I opened this by mistake, it belongs to someone else”.  I laughed, and said “I’ve had days like that!”. “No one’s going to know it was you, so you should be safe”, I quipped. I followed her into the Post Office whereupon she promptly asked the Clerk “I opened this by mistake thinking it was mine, now what do I do?”  I couldn’t help it, but added “just scotch tape it”.   “That’s pretty much what I’ll do”, replied the Clerk. “Only I’ll add a new date stamp”, she added. We all laughed and away the sweet lady went. I then asked to buy an international stamp and while giving me my change, she queried “Is there anything else?”, I added “Yes, give me a packet of international stamps”.  “The Christmas ones are going to be in next week”, she replied. It’s as if she read my mind – I was in fact thinking of getting the stamps for our Christmas cards!!!

It’s not a big thing – but it’s a nice thing!! To be able to walk into a Post Office, laugh with another customer and have the Postal Clerk know exactly what you’re thinking.

I then headed down the street to the drug store to see how Nat was getting on. Naturally, he was wandering the small aisles looking for one of the items on his list. The new local pharmacists have been in the process of re-organizing the store and poor Nat was lost – and there’s only 3 aisles to the whole place!! The store clerk spotted him looking a bit bewildered, asked what he was looking for and promptly directed him to the right area. I found the additional items on the list, and we checked out, again with a smile on our faces. “They’ve changed everything”, he said. “Yes, dear“, I replied.

This little errand just confirmed to Nat and I that we chose the right area to live in. It will be a year in November since we moved and we still have no regrets. The friendly locals, the charm of downtown once the tourists have cleared your view and around every corner there’s nature and wild 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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