The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

The Boys Are Back In Town

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Finally, at long last, the new deck has been started. The contractor showed up 9:00 AM this morning, the sun was shining and all was right with the world. I must admit it was just a relief to see the rain stop and the sun finally make an appearance.

Without any hesitation the old deck was being dismantled. With one man working the reciprocating saw and buzzing through railings, balusters and floor boards, the other guy was marking out where the holes would be dug for the concrete posts. It was a hubbub of activity and we were loving it. As Nat was peeking through any window to watch what was going on, I continued on with my baking. I had prepared a couple batches of cookie dough on Tuesday and decided to bake them this morning in order to get the freezer topped up again before the hot summer begins. We’ll be able to sip an ice cold drink, munch on a few cookies and enjoy the sunset on our new back patio!!

Our contractor informed us that the old deck was really well built and was making them earn their wages tearing it down. Once dismantled we finally found that little ant trap that was placed on the deck a couple of years prior and went missing one day. We could only conclude that one of our chipmunk buddies had taken it away to see what it was all about. Now rusty and dirty it was left abandoned. This is one reason why we’ve asked our contractor to completely surround the base of the new deck with solid wood in order to prevent any animals from setting up home. They’ve got their woodland homes and don’t necessarily need our’s as a vacation spot.

We were informed that once the concrete posts were poured, they’d leave them for a day to dry and then would return on Friday to begin the framing. Being assured that everything was fine Nat was soon off and running to his weekly golf game. As usual, I hid out in the office getting caught up on some work and a couple of projects. I was so pleased with the ease of which I could convert the tape cassettes for Rose and Gail, that I’m now starting to do our own tape cassettes. I’m sorry I didn’t discover GarageBand earlier when I was converting our record albums. I’m extremely pleased with the sound quality and the ease of which I can convert each recording to another format. I’m also making major headway in completing Bonnie’s font project and again, am pleased with my progress.

Now that the rain has dissipated somewhat we’re hoping to get started on the rest of our plans for the back garden. Nat has had the design plans in his head for a long time and is anxious to get it done. From what he describes it sounds like it’s going to be pretty nice and will reduce the amount of lawn he has to mow at the bottom of the yard around the stream. I’m all for anything that will make dear hubby’s life much easier. He also asked me today, before he left, to make reservations for The Keg Saturday night. I can only guess possibly for Mother’s Day, but that’s kind of unusual as we don’t usually celebrate that day. We’ll just have to wait and see what the occasion is.

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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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