The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

In The Mood – Slowly, But Surely

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It’s very apparent that Spring has arrived. The days have been nice; some warm, some cool and some rainy. Having said that, Nat and I have somehow lost our ooomph. Both of us have struggled to get into the mood of doing those things that need to be done, either indoors or out. Nat’s list of things to do in and around the yard and garden have gotten longer, despite the fact we’ve hired Team Green to do the maintenance. He wants to get going on his plans to put a border between the stream area and our actual lawn. Some foliage from around the stream has slowly been creeping into the lawn and it’s going to be major work to remove, so a border would hopefully slow things down. Nat is also anxious to get his back garden started where he plans to lay a bed of decorative pebbles or stones and then place huge planters intermittently around the same. His vision sounds lovely and I, too, am anxious to see it completed, but it’s going to be one of those jobs that can only be completed on a month-to-month basis as money becomes available. It’s that age old adage – so much to do, so little time – but in our case you can add so little money. Too many things on our lists that we have to now pick and choose our priorities.

Nat’s excuse for whittling away at his to do list is financial while mine is mental. I’m having a hard time tearing myself away from this new iMac. I’ve now managed to get the address book, the Delicious Library and other programs up to speed but I continue to find things to play with. The external hard drive is working like a charm with Time Machine and I’m still determined to get Airport Express working. I’ve also discovered new doodads and features in iTunes and  iPhoto that are thrilling me to bits. Along with getting reacquainted with those two programs, buying a few new apps for Safari, downloading a movie and playing around with the video camera in Delicious Library, I’ve managed to while away the hours on a daily basis. I’m sorry to say it’s now getting close to where I have no more excuses and I have to get back to the house.

We have managed to head into St. Catharines to Costco for our summer BBQ stock pile, and Bonnie and I slipped into Niagara Square for a bit of shopping this past Friday. Nat’s also had a couple of more golf games with Bill and the boys on Saturday, and Sunday saw the two of us relaxing ever so sweetly on the back patio. We popped a bag of popcorn, grabbed a couple of cold ones and completed the Sunday Crosswords while watching the birds come and go. We were both anxious for such a day and enjoyed it immensely. I’m thinking we were both hoping for that bolt of lightning to strike us and put us in the mood for the chores ahead!!

With some intrepidness, we both found a bit of ooomph today and managed to get a couple of chores done. Nat’s in the garden digging around that stream to complete his border or edging and I mustered up enough ambition to pop some oatmeal raisin cookies in the oven. It’s a start, albeit a slow one, but it’s a start.

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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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