The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

“We’re Expecting You”, The Keg

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February 2nd saw Nat and I head off to The Keg in St. Catharines. My only birthday wish was for a great steak in a great restaurant with my loving husband! How’s that for sucking up!!! As always, we had a wonderful time – a good glass of wine, a beautiful meal, a romantic atmosphere. And to make it a perfect evening Nat saw his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs later that evening kick butt against the New Jersey Devils 3-0.

As the rest of the week wound down, we had more quiet and non-eventful days, the way we liked. A day here and a day there saw Nat doing more painting of wall trim – the hallway is now done, the doors are done, and the fireplace has been done. (The fireplace was starting to “bleed” from the initial coat given when we first moved in, so Nat decided to re-sand and repaint in order to stop the previous stain colour from seeping through.) The whole house is now starting to “look” finished. Just a few small touches means a lot in the entire scope of things. While Nat was painting I finally finished our record album conversions. Except for one or two albums that failed to convert properly, our entire collection is done. I also left out a few comedy albums that I didn’t think were worth doing, but may rethink that at a later date. I’ll start to convert the tape cassettes and 45’s we have next.

Nat has now received his golf schedule for the 2010 season and you could see the twinkle in his eyes return. He’s chomping at the bit to get back on the course and we’re at least in the home stretch. We’ll have to get him out on the practice field to get him warmed up and ready to go!! I suppose it won’t hurt me to get out there with him and at least get in a few stretches to loosen up the old body from an inactive winter!!

Sunday saw us take a drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake just for the hell of it. Nat also wanted to check the hat shop there for a cap which he’s been looking for for some time. Naturally, it’s now getting a little too late in the season and he’ll have to wait until the new Fall stuff arrives – next September!! I managed to get a couple of the candy apples I love and with a small walk-about we at least enjoyed the crisp fresh air for an hour. With that we headed home, sat in our respective easy chairs and enjoyed the rest of the evening!! Could this life get any easier????

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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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