The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

The Phone Is Too New, But The Cupcakes Are Great!

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October 17, 2011

Another night of coughing. It happens every time I get a cold, the night times are the worse, and so it was with Jenny, too. When comparing notes in the morning we began to laugh. We were both trying to muffle our coughs in the blankets so as not to wake the other.

Somehow we made it through the night and this morning, with nothing on our agenda, decided to go into Cramlington to get our mobile unlocked. As we were also accumulating a bit of laundry by now, I put several loads in the machine and we’d be off after our lunch.

We managed to make it to Cramlington and upon finding our “phone guy” we were ecstatic when he said it would take about 20 minutes, so we grabbed a drink at the little cafe next door and waited. We were soon called over and told that the phone was too new. The code hadn’t been released yet, but would be soon, so we’d have to wait until we arrived back in Canada. This may have been a good thing, as it would have cost us 20.00 Pds to have it broken and I’d be able to do it for less when we got home.

Nat and I then decided to wander around this little mall again. We ended up in a woman’s clothing shop, Bon Marche, and after a little bit of coaching from my loving hubby, I was able to find a pretty good deal on some pants – a 2 for 1 sale. I had no intention of buying any clothing for myself, because of the difference in sizing, but Nat had convinced me to at least try them on. Damn, if he wasn’t right!!

Any woman will tell you that whenever shopping for clothes and being successful, it always make us feel better. I was totally taken aback at Nat’s insistence that I at least try them on and that he complimented me once I did. So, with a bit of a spring in my step, we wandered over to Gregg’s Bakery, bought some sweets – chocolate cupcakes and cream-filled rolls – and headed for home.

The rest of the afternoon was spent chit-chatting with (young) Yvonne who dropped by for a wee while, watched a little telly and sat down to a roast chicken supper with homemade chips. Nice end to a nice day.

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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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