The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

Yuk! I’m Stuck!

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With all innocence I went to get the mail yesterday at noon. Dear Hubby was in town on an appointment and I did my duty while he was gone. Besides, my favourite magazine I subscribe to is due in any day, along with some books we ordered, so the trip was necessary. Being a gorgeous day, I donned my cardigan sweater, slipped on my loafers and treaded across the front lawn to the mailbox. Feeling kind of spry, I leaped across the ditch and whoooaaaa, suddenly my right foot and black loafer are knee deep in mud, muck and water. I missed my intended lumpy, stone-chipped target!! Stepping out of the now stuck shoe, laying my bare foot onto the stone chips that line the side of the road, I had to reach into the ditch and with a wee bit of force rescue my Rockport loafer.

Muck, mud and water inside I was left with no choice but to put my foot back into that shoe in order that I could at least re-jump that bloody ditch on my way back to the house. So oooohey, gooooey, my foot went squish and I was no longer bare-footed. I grabbed the mail – no magazine by the way – and with better resolve took a bigger leap across the moat!! I guess I’m not the jumper I use to be because I did it again. Only this time I was leaving a second foot print along with the left shoe!!!  Gee, what were the odds???  Now I’ve evened up the mess on both shoes, but with a bit of luck the left shoe wasn’t filled with mud and water. How nice for me!!!!

What the hell, I was now bare-footed heading back into the house, messy shoes in hand and dripping all over as I run for the laundry room, grabbed some paper towels and lay them down to dry. As I turned around I realized that my right foot was full of mud and muck from stepping back into my shoe and I left a brown muddy footprint from front door to laundry room!!!! It looked like a one-legged intruder had made a path down the hallway! Mud had also made its way up the back of my legs and I was now shower bound!! Naturally this happens after just completing my weekly house cleaning, including mopping the floors!!!

Settling down at the office desk after getting cleaned up  – I’ll do my shoes later when the mud dries – I looked out the window and realized I had forgotten to put down the mailbox flag! Ya think I was going back – not a chance!!! I’ll let Hubby get it when he gets home and after he’s finished laughing!!!

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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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