The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

We Always Pick The Slow Line!!

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With our usual aplomb, Nat and I sat in our easy chairs, looking at each other with eyes glazed over. It’s Friday, it’s sunny and we have nothing to do!! Kind of a shame to waste a good day. So, taking a wee bit of a long sigh, Nat asks the usual question: “What are we gonna get up to today?” He wasn’t ready for my response, as I turned to him and replied: “I have an idea!!!”Why don’t we wander around Walden Galleria Mall for an hour or so? We can check out the new Macs at the Apple Store, asks all the questions we can think of and then wander around one or two of the other stores, like Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma.”

“Whooa, didn’t see that one comin”, he replies. “But not a bad idea.” So we decided to take our little jaunt right after lunch. Only a 20 minute drive and we can be back for supper in plenty of time.

Going across to the U.S. side is relatively easy, and we make it to the Mall within the half hour. We have our walk about, check out the new Mac Minis, iMacs and other doodads that razzle dazzle any techie. We asked our questions, test drove our two choices and pretty much knew where we were headed, but we still have plenty of time to decide. With that we headed out to the Mall and checked out a few other stores before heading home.

Somehow it never fails that whenever Nat and I cross the border into Canada, we tend to pick a slow-moving line. There weren’t too many choices, as most of the lines seemed to be the same length of cars, so, naturally, Nat drives into one of them and we wait. As usual, all of the other lines are moving fairly quickly and it seems like for every one car that leaves our line, two cars leave the others. There have also been times when we’ve picked the wrong line crossing into the United States, but with American paranoia, it’s understandable. It seems like the border guard on duty is taking his time and asking a gazillion questions of each car. We wait and we watch as other cars whiz by us. When we finally do arrive at the border guard’s station, we get asked the usual questions – Where were you born? How long have you been away? Are you bringing back any liquor or goods? We told this young man where we were and that we had no purchases; that we were only looking at computers. “So, are they any cheaper?”, he asks as he’s checking our passports. “No, not with the dollar the way it is”, we replied. And with that we were off. We didn’t want to know why he took so long with the other vehicles, we were only glad that it was a short stop for us.

While passing by the Fort Erie Leisureplexl on the drive home, we noticed a neon sign announcing that the H1N1 flu shots were being administered that afternoon for those on the priority list. So we headed home, grabbed a bite to eat and then headed back down the road for our shots. Being immune-suppressed I knew I would qualify, but Nat was wondering if he would. Luckily they advised that Nat was my primary caregiver and he could get his shot at the same time. Good enough for us. We were now good to go until the regular flu vaccine would be available.

With Saturday morning being another beautiful day, we drove into St. Catharines to pick up our light fixture that was now available. We then headed into Niagara Falls for our groceries, grabbed a bite to eat, gassed up the van and then headed home for a quiet afternoon.

We’re now ready for our contractor to let us know when he can start with the bathroom renovations. Everything he needs to get started is being stored hither and yon around the house, except for the shower surround which is due to arrive any day now. Again, we’re in another line that may be slow, as he has a previous commitment for a roofing job while the weather is nice. Let’s pray the weather stays nice, he can get his roofing job done, and we’ll be next on his list. Nat and I have both learned the hard way not to get our hopes up, as we’re usually disappointed. But we still do it, thinking one day we’ll get lucky!!

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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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