The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

Boys In The Stream And Elvis Shakes His Pelvis

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Saturday morning woke up and after getting dressed, I pulled back the blinds to see two men in and around our back stream. With one man standing on the bridge itself, another young lad was ankle deep in the stream and stumbling back and forth as if looking for something. I called for Nat and he said, yeah, they were there when he got up around 7:30. He theorized the two must have been looking for something or, even better, clearing away debris from around the water.

Curiosity getting the better of me and not really trusting suspicious actions, I asked Nat to go out and see what they were up to. The three boys were talking for about 5 to 10 minutes and once Nat returned to the house, I soon realized my instincts were right – they were doing something we didn’t want them to do.

The man on the bridge advised they were trying to prop up the middle of the bridge, which has now fallen into bit of a slump due to age and weather. Nat advised that he had already propped up our side of the bridge with a jack and a brace. These two characters thought it was wise to gather as many rocks as they could and then place them under the bridge in order to keep it up. He also mentioned the water rising at one end but didn’t seem to understand that if he propped up the bridge that he would also be blocking up (or damning) the stream. Nat advised that the stream ran all the way into Fort Erie at one side and through Ridgeway on the other. He also advised that previous owners had tried to damn up the stream in order to do something and soon realized they had flooded properties along the west side of the stream. Once the source was discovered by the Town, the damn was immediately ordered to be destroyed and peace has reigned along the stream ever since.

I’m thinking these two fellas didn’t have much of an education or they soon would have realized the consequences of their propping up the bridge in the middle and thereby blocking the flow of water. Nat soon learned that they were tenants of our fairly new neighbours and, along with their big dog, would quite frequently sit down by the stream early mornings and late evenings and have a smoke. We can only assume they were conjuring up all kinds of ideas while having a puff!!

With Nat’s explanations of what had happened in the past, the two lads headed back to their stomping ground – hopefully to “unthink” their whole little scheme.

Saturday night was much more exciting. We joined the Irwins, the Piersons and Michele at the Avalon Theatre in the Fallsview Casino for the “Return to Grace” show starring our favourite Elvis Tribute Artist – Stephen Kabakos. FAB-U-LOUS, is all I can say. As usual, Mr. Kabakos was in fine form performing Elvis tributes all through his career and narrated in-between stages by (who we assume) was “Colonel Parker”. Not sure, but he looked the part with the straw hat and southern drawl. We really had a great time and headed home with smiles on our faces and old Elvis tunes on our lips. As we were really late in getting home (at least for the two of us), I headed straight to bed and Nat stayed up to get caught up on the hockey scores. The last little bit wasn’t really worth it – the Leafs lost by 1 goal.

Have to admit I’m anxious to talk to Gail and Bern as they were babysitting Zach and Zoe for the night, while their parents were having a nice evening out. Zoe, thanks to her Aunt Gail, is now a lover of beaded jewellery and designing and Zach, I’m sure, enjoyed watching those strange reality shows that are all a buzz in certain parts of my side of the family!!  “Swamp People”???? Reallly????? I at least hope they were watching those truckers in the Andes.

Inbetween excitement in the back yard, I’ve been poking away at the Irwin’s photo conversion. I get a little slowed down at times looking at photos while Zach and Zoe were babies and can’t help but smile. I also respect the Irwin family for their day trips and activities they’ve done (and continue to do) with their two children. I’m sure both kids will enjoy the photos as they grow older in life and memories start to either get exaggerated or faded. All the  more reason to digitize them for prosperity. Also liking the new printer/copier/scanner we bought – much quicker in the scanning department and a lot more options.

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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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