The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

Just Us Gals and a Mushroom or Two!

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Nat finally had a half decent golf game on Wednesday. He’s been a tad disappointed with a few of his rounds this season, so it was nice to see him smiling when he arrived home. Despite the heat it was a good afternoon for him. While he was out I did my usual puttering around in the office, getting caught up on a few Podcasts and just generally goofing off. So it was that we both ended up having nice days!

The arrival of Friday morning saw Nat and I sitting on the back patio. Our day was going to be filled with lunch at the Mandarin in Niagara Falls and then off to Gail and Bern’s for Nat to drop me off and then pick up Terry for a game of golf that afternoon. Not wanting to get into anything too heavy, we whiled away the morning hours before we left, and during that time Nat spotted a couple of mushrooms popping out of the tree trunk that formed part of our fence. I grabbed my camera and snapped away. Not seeing too many mushrooms in my life, I was fascinated by their natural beauty and size. I also snapped a few pictures of around our yard. It’s not the most beautiful yard in the world, but it’s ours’ and we both enjoy the wild foliage along the stream and it’s never-ending colour all year long.

After a wonderful (and quite filling) lunch at the Mandarin, we then headed into Jordan. With Nat’s regular golfing buddy, Bill, having back problems, it was just going to be Nat and Terry that afternoon, so they headed down to Queenston for a couple of hours away from the women in their lives. As I was going to be alone, I tagged along and spent the day with Gail and Wendy while the boys were playing golf. We had a great afternoon chit chatting about this ‘n that and jumping from topic to topic in a flash. We decided to get outdoors for a few minutes and drove over to Jordan Village to see what was new and exciting. As with every “walk about” I ended up buying something! Like a moth to a flame, I’m drawn to stores and my wallet opens up on command!! I at least restrained myself this time. I bought a wee chunk of Maple Walnut fudge for myself, and three sample jars of homemade jams for Nat all bundled in a neat little package. We continued on meandering in and out of some exclusive little shops admiring all kinds of goodies we wished we could buy but knew in our hearts it would give each of our hubbies heart attacks if they saw the price tags! With a few pictures we snapped of each other for Wendy’s photo album when she returns to England, we headed home for a drink and that requisite piece of chocolate we so desperately needed to replace any memories of those exquisite goodies we had just passed up!!

With a good game of golf under his belt and a few laughs with Wendy and Gail in my heart, Nat and I then headed home for a quiet evening. We’d be seeing the gang again this weekend for a bon voyage party for our nephew, Tyler. Lucky boy has landed a job at Disney World in Florida for a year and being the close family that we are, we’re all going to miss him. But man, oh man, if you’re a big kid at heart and love to play, you couldn’t pick a better place to go to work. Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go – so good luck and best wishes Tyler!!!!

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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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