The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

It’s So Much Better Than We Thought

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After some long awaited anticipation, our new deck is done. The only thing remaining was capping off the patio door, which was done this morning and Nat and I are ever so pleased at the results. Our contractor’s trusty helper even complimented us on using the white balusters for the railing. He said it makes it look as if it’s a part of the house.

The boys began building on Wednesday – digging holes for the concrete footings – and then commenced with the framing on Friday. With the arrival of Monday they continued on with the framing and building up the rails and stairs which was a tedious job to say the least. Simon even stayed until 6:00 pm to get ahead of the job and by Tuesday mid-afternoon they were finished. We couldn’t believe how much bigger it looked from what we had envisioned. Nat was also pleased with his idea of having one corner on an angle. Now, when coming around the back yard and first seeing the deck, it has a little more character from that of a rectangle one. Nat’s going to eventually add some plants around the base to soften up the edges, along with doing a little garden at the bottom. Tomorrow will now see us setting up the patio furniture and umbrella and I’m willing to bet putting those steaks we bought the other day on the BBQ. Nothing like a great steak to christen a new deck!!

Mother’s Day (weekend) for me this year, was especially nice. Nat took me to The Keg in St. Catharines on Saturday night. Naturally the restaurant was extremely busy but we managed to have a wonderful dinner and enjoyed a nice night out. Then on Sunday Susan, Tom, Felicia and Bridget took Nat and I to The Mandarin for lunch and, again, we had a wonderful time. I always get a kick out of talking to Felicia and Bridget. They’re both fun girls and growing up way too fast. Bridget will be starting high school this year and Felicia will be in Grade 12. Both Nat and I can’t believe where the time went and as with all grandparents, I’m sure, we never see them often enough. When we do we always enjoy!!

Monday saw Nat and I off to Grimsby – my annual mammogram – and then after lunch we headed into St. Catharines to pick up a  couple of items at Costco. I suppose I should correct myself – more than a couple of items!! We found a great package of steaks that we’ll be able to enjoy on our new deck, along with finding a couple of other bargains that we couldn’t resist.

After the boys were finished building the deck, Nat and I were alone again. He’s been researching the purchase of a new digital camera and for sometime we were considering buying a DSLR. We finally came to the conclusion that we couldn’t justify the cost as we probably wouldn’t begin to use all of it’s features. When Nat discovered that Nikon had a new camera out with a great optical zoom feature, we became fascinated. This was basically what we wanted a DSLR for – the zoom capabilities. The disadvantage was that you had to buy special extra zoom lenses at a cost we really couldn’t justify. So when Nat discovered the new Nikon‘s our interest was peaked and we continued on with a little more research. After searching a few web sites we discovered the latest and greatest Nikon CoolPix P500 was on sale – and bonusit came in red. By now it was 3:30 pm and with that look of anticipation on his face, I suggested we head into Niagara Falls to The Future Shop, ask whatever questions we needed to and then buy one. The sale price was good and as we’ve lost out on good deals before we decided not to take any chances. I told Nat we’d be back in time for supper and I was true to my word – even though I was off by 3 minutes! So we’re now the proud owners of a candy apple red Nikon camera with 36x optical zoom, along with an HD SD card!! We have plenty of time to get acquainted with the same before our trip to Britain in the Fall where there’s no excuse for a bad picture!!

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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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