The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

Happy Birthday, Dear!!

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With a couple of days rest before another shebang, Nat and I were well-rested and ready for his birthday brunch on Saturday. I had managed to get stocked up on treats and goodies a few days before-hand and the good stuff sat in the freezer waiting to be thawed and ready for demolition. On New Year’s Eve Day, we were up with the birds in order to beat the rush at the grocery store and picked up some fresh deli meat, along with some salad items. We headed home, tucked everything away until Saturday, grabbed a bite to eat and then headed into Niagara Falls in the afternoon. We decided to replace the two door knobs leading to the bathroom and were successful in finding what we wanted.

The Wednesday before New Year’s Gail and Bonnie dropped by for a look-see of the new bathroom. It was so nice to see someone come by for a visit. We’ve not seen anyone at our little home since last Fall and sometimes it’s just nice to have company. We had a great visit, as always.

New Year’s Eve (Friday night) was quiet. Nat and I managed to stay up past midnight to watch the festivities on a couple of different channels – New York and Niagara Falls, ON. That morning was spent quietly enjoying the day. Nat attached the two new door handles in the morning while I baked Banana Bread for Saturday’s brunch.

The kids arrived shortly before 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning. We were glad to see them and finished setting up the goodies while they got settled in. We showed off our new bathroom and then sat down to a nice lunch. Soon after, Nat opened his birthday presents – a gift card to the Mandarin (from the kids) and hockey tickets for the Niagara Ice Dogs (from me). Our little house emptied out just after 12:30 pm and we were alone again. We cleaned up, read the paper and wondered what we’d have for supper. Another one of those days where you think it’s Sunday, but it’s really Saturday!!

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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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