The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

A Whole Lot of Nothin’ And A Little Bit of Somethin’

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As I mentioned in my previous post, Nat and I have been so boring we’d put anybody to sleep. Every now and then we’ll find some little thing to do but we’re usually done within an hour or so and then we’re both back to square one. We took the time out one day to use up our final gift card for lunch at the Mandarin on August 27th and then decided to head over to Miller’s Auto in Fort Erie. Nat discovered that the back top light of the van, above the door, was broken. Not knowing how it happened, we were hoping that Miller’s would have one or two on hand and it would save us a trip to the GM dealership. Nat felt fairly certain that you’d have to buy the whole ‘kit’ from GM and we didn’t really need the whole kit, just the cover. It turns out we’re not the only GM van in town that has the same problem. The staff at Miller’s said it must be a common problem as they’ve had several people in asking for the same item, but they had none in stock. We then knew Nat would have to make a trip to the dealership, which he could do on Monday. The van was due for its annual service and he would pick one up on his way home from Scotty’s Auto.

Saturday, the 28th, saw Nat up and at ’em early. Off to another golf tournament, and one he wasn’t particularly looking forward to. Not a course he actually loves to play, but I encouraged him to go, just to get out with the boys. He’s not been able to get in a lot of extra golf games this year as his golfing buddy’s health hasn’t been top notch and the heat has been unbearable for him at times. While Nat was gone I did my usual schtick in the office and promptly got bored before you could say “Jack Rabbit”. Somehow I whiled away the hours and once Nat was home we quickly packed up the pile of stuff from the basement that had to be taken to the Hazardous Waste guys that would only be there until 3:00 pm. Turns out most of the stuff had to go to the dump and if we’d known that we could have cleared it away some time ago. Oh well, at least it’s now done and that little corner of the basement is finally cleared for any future crap we decide to put down there! Our reward for a job well done was a fish ‘n chip supper at Green Acres.

On Sunday I thought we were going to go crazy. We sat around most of the morning finishing off Nat’s crossword puzzles but were ready for a change come lunch time. As I was mulling over an idea for Felicia and Bridget, whose birthdays are only a couple weeks away, I sat Nat down in the driver’s seat of the van and had him take me to Wal-Mart. I wanted to check to see if old Sam Walton’s chain would have what I was thinking about and save me a trip to Michael’s at Niagara Square where I was bound to pay more than I wanted to. As luck would have it, good old Sam had what I was looking for. As the two girls are now collecting lapel pins – they’ve acquired over 50 each on their trips to Florida – I thought it would be nice to have them mounted on artist canvas. The canvas was thin enough for the pins to be put on and yet had enough of a back border or edging so that they could be hung. The store didn’t have the variety that Michael’s did but I managed to find a couple of sizes that would work and dropped 4 of them into the old buggy, along with a couple other items I really didn’t need and had no intention of getting, but bought anyways!! I guess that’s the whole Wal-Mart plan and it seems to be working quite well, I’d say!!

With the arrival of Monday it was too bloody hot to do anything. This was now getting to be unbearable for me and I was getting frustrated at having to find things to do indoors. So while Nat was outside fiddling with his rain barrel that was now full from the past couple of rain storms, I managed to fill the day with reading and some other stuff I couldn’t begin to remember if I had to, it was that bad of a day!!

Tuesday the 31st was another quiet day. By this time we were so bored we hopped in the car in the afternoon and headed over to Fonthill.  We’d not been to The Log Cabin in a couple of years and decided we could have a nice walk around the shop, see what was new and exciting, and enjoy a delicious and always-welcomed ice cream cone. The store had, in fact, changed since the last time we were there. All kinds of new and fun goodies, along with some great lamps I’d love to get for the bedroom once I get a new duvet cover set. Looking to do the bedroom in teal blues and greens and am determined to keep to my plan and not veer off and pick up something quick and easy just because I’m in a hurry to get it done, which is what I usually do. No sirreee bob, not this time! I want it done right, especially now that we’re so pleased with how the living room drapes turned out. So once I get the proper duvet cover, sheets and pillow shams, we’ll decide on new drapes then. This way we’ll have a little time on our side to bump up our financial resources which is getting stretched pretty thin. The van is going to require 4 new tires before we leave for Corning, New York and that’s going to pretty much drain our extra funds, but I’d rather be safe than sorry! We enjoyed our look around the store and ate our delicious cones on the store’s front porch in the cool of the shade. I couldn’t believe that I actually walked out of that shop without a bag in my hand. Quite proud of myself and am still in disbelief.

We’ve now come full circle and am back to another Wednesday, another golf game and another day in the office. Too hot to enjoy the back patio, too bloody lazy to get a head start on household chores, can’t give a damn about pricing those garage sale items stored in the basement and decided to look for “blue” pictures on the internet suitable for framing – perhaps some blue butterflies or birds. At least I’ll kill some time and hopefully delete one item off my ‘to do’ list all the while sitting on the old tush and barely lifting a finger. Just too damn hot.

Isn’t it funny. Despite the fact that Nat and I have been so boring of late, I’ve still managed to ramble on in this post about a bunch of nothing. Just goes to show that I not only ramble off at the mouth but can now ramble off from the old brain without physically speaking!!!!

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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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