The White Cottage


Don’t Bother, It’s Just Too Boring

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Despite the fact that Nat and I have been so boring lately, I should post something to account for those days. Most bloggers will tell you to not bother, but this blog is turning out to be my diary of sorts and as I’ve now had 3 years of it published, I should at least make the most of it and keep the entries fairly current. Leaving too many gaps might lead to suspicion as to what dear hubby and I actually got up to during those unaccounted for days. So here goes …

This past Wednesday we pretty much stayed indoors and close to home. A quick trip into Fort Erie for a few errands in the morning and in the PM I started on Bonnie’s font project. Organizing her fonts for her graphic design business is going to be a bit challenging and time-consuming. I’m certainly looking forward to the task and it’s definitely going to keep the old brain active – which is a good thing!! I’ve also got Liz’s recipes to organize and print up, which I’m also looking forward to doing.  Being a retired legal secretary, that “secretary” part has never left me. From day one I’ve wanted to type and I look for any excuse to do so. That’s probably the reason for me now owning three machines that will accomplish such tasks – the iMac, the laptop and now the iPad. Even while Nat was watching the hockey game in the evening I managed to plug away at some of those recipes while at the same time keeping Nat company in the living room. Not that he even notices me. His eyes are so glued to the game I think he only sees me when he passes by my chair to get his cup of tea and biscuit after the first period. No matter – I know I’m there!!!

With the arrival of Thursday Nat was in the garage fixing the windows. The garage is wickedly cold and in order to at least keep down the draft, Nat’s installed plastic over each of the windows. He’s hoping that will also cut down on some of the moisture that builds up, too. During the Fall and Winter months the windows in this old house steam up. Each morning after his breakfast, Nat goes around and wipes each and every one of them down, as the moisture is that bad.  We know we have to get something done about it, but we’re dreading it. Replacing all of the windows in this house is going to be expensive, and money ain’t what we got a lot of lately!! We’re still recouping from paying for those van tires, the new drapes and our Corning trip, and now Christmas is right around the corner. We’re hoping to stall until the Spring – but I’m sure when that time arrives there’ll be something else that’s cropped up – it always happens!!

Don’t even ask what we did Friday!! I couldn’t remember if you did, it was that bad!!

By the time Saturday arrived we were ready to escape. We bought our usual groceries in the morning and then decided to treat ourselves and went to our usual haunt for lunch. Not doing the lunch thing every weekend has been of some help financially, but it’s nice to do it once in awhile. We also decided to vote early in the Municipal elections and headed over to the Leisureplex right after lunch to make our voices heard. With such excitement done and not much else on our plates I started laundry while Nat read his paper.

Sunday morning our usual quiet routine. Nat decided to clean up leaves from the lawn and I held up in the office plugging away at Bonnie and Liz’s projects.

Even though the moths have taken over our pocket books, we decided to head into St. Catharines on Monday and get a few items at Costco. Susan had given us their little coupon flyer and as we were in need of a new FoodSaver machine and as Costco had them for $30.00 off, it only stood to reason that we take advantage of it. I think everyone knows by now that you can never walk out of that store with just those items on your list. We always fall into that big pit and by the time we get to the check-out our jaws have to be picked up off the floor when told of the final tally. This time around we both practically had heart attacks, as this was our biggest bill ever. As we were walking to the van we both told ourselves that the FoodSaver was on sale and we wouldn’t find a better deal, that everything we bought would get eaten or used and that we didn’t have to come back for a long time. Damn, that was one big bill that was hard to swallow!!!

After getting over the shock of Monday, Tuesday saw Bonnie and I walking around Niagara Square looking for more excuses to spend some money. Bonnie found the most gorgeous bracelet at Winner’s and I managed to pick up a couple of nice shirts. After sitting on one of the benches and deciding where to go for lunch, we ended up at the Food Court (as usual) but we still enjoyed ourselves and kept busy chit chatting away about this, that and everything in between. Before heading home I had Bonnie review my progress so far on how she wanted the fonts organized and with her approval in the bag we said our goodbyes. While I was away, Nat kept himself busy at home puttering about the house. He decided to clean out the filters from the kitchen and bathroom faucets. As the bathroom one has never really run as smoothly as Nat thought it should, he decided to tackle it and see what could be done. When he tried to put everything back the little washer got broke and the filter wasn’t sitting right. With some trepidation he somehow got everything put back together so we could at least use the tap until morning. Wednesday morning he decided to drive into Welland to the dealer that sold us the fixture and get the replacement washer. He had tried every local store that sold such things in this area and with no luck, he knew this would be his last resort. Luckily he returned home with what he was looking for and voila everything is back up and running again.

Humdrum as these entries may sound, it’s all part of being retired. Sometimes you have to take the mundane with whatever else happens in between and just enjoy those exciting days when they arrive.


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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