The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

The Results Are In

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The diabetes routine has been going along pretty successful. My diabetes nurse at St. Joseph’s checked in on Thursday and couldn’t have been more happier with my results. The Fasting Glucose, the lunch and supper tests were all within range of the goals that were set. I still have a couple of points to work on after the supper meal, but hey, I’ll take whatever I can get, especially when I don’t usually have that kind of success so fast.

The diet has still been steadily going strong. My meals have pretty much been the same, except in decreased amounts. I’m not really missing anything except maybe the french fries and baked potatoes, but there’s been one or two cheats, which haven’t really blown my levels out of the water. At the present time I’ve levelled off at one weight and I’m trying desperately to break the barrier. Knowing that one’s weight tends to go in highs and lows, this is one of those levelling off periods I’ll just have to keep working at. I’m also now getting into the treadmill routine and  am ever so pleased that I’m continuing on. It’s now actually making me feel more invigorated. I’m not a very disciplined person when it comes to exercise, but my determination and resolve have hit me hard. I’m desperately trying to lose as many pounds as I can and I’m having thoughts of Size 12 – 14 clothes dancing in my head. I enjoyed dressing up for my job so much, that I’d like to relive a few more of those years before I depart this dearly messed up World of ours’.

Nat and I are now proceeding with the Solar Panels with the application being submitted this past week. We should have some sort of answer within the next couple of weeks. That’s when the ball starts to roll – organizing finances, getting a business licence, getting a new roof and all that other stuff that’s still swirling around in my head. It’s been a long time since Nat and I took on something this big (at least for us) so we can only take it one day at a time and hope things all work out.

With time on my hands in-between these events, I’ve been re-working some of the decor in our little white cottage. I’m now in the works looking for a table lamp for the hallway table after having disposed of the vase with the twigs or other dried sticks which kept getting stuck in my hair every time I dusted. Drove me nuts!! I was also successful at Michael’s purchasing a couple of nice white containers to go with whatever lamp I find. I’m still debating on which style/design to go with our very eclectic style. I’m so drawn to art deco but not sure if that style is appropriate. This time I’m really taking my time to buy something that will work quite well and make the hallway table “pop” a little.  Nat and I have also decided to look for a more decorative floor rug for the Living Room. I’ve seen a couple I like but it’s going to be such a departure for the two of us, if we could only find one with the right colours. I’m sure looking for these two items will keep me guessing until I find ones that look and feel right. At least it’s another excuse to get out of the house and go on short shopping trips now and again.

As they’ve now closed down our local Home Hardware store in Fort Erie (with Nat and I both very curious as to what happened), we had to venture into Niagara Falls to purchase the bags for the Vac ‘n Seal system, which has been quite successful for short term freezing. We also took the time to go to a couple of other stores to pick up items on our “To Get” list. As we arrived at the Drummond Home Hardware we ran into one of the clerks from the former Fort Erie store and what to our surprise he remembered us, too. He was the nice clerk that helped us with our bathroom renovation and we were really pleased with his help. We quietly pulled him aside to “get the goods” on what was happening. He advised that the previous store had been purchased by a father for his son to run. Turns out, the son didn’t really have the retail ambition in him, and he had gotten rid of a very vital department for this area – the plumbing department. In my opinion it’s not really a hardware store without plumbing supplies!! Eventually, and to no surprise, the Father sold the store to our local small Rona Hardware, which will be up and running in May, including the return of our friend from the former plumbing department. We’ll soon have a hardware store again along with our favourite clerk, but just under a different name. It’s funny how you really do miss a hardware store when you don’t have one!! One drawback, however, I’m still going to have to head into either Port Colborne or Niagara Falls to a Home Hardware, as the Vac ‘n Seal system is their product.

As a little added bonus, we were advised that the old hardware store will be torn down and a new strip mall is going to be built. Maybe they’ll also tear down the old Ridgeway Furniture Store and build a BIG strip mall. Afteral, there’s nothing like having a few new stores in the area. I hate to say it, but little Fort Erie and Ridgeway aren’t exactly shopping meccas, so the more we get the more choices we have!!

On another front, with our income taxes being done and finished, we managed to put a little something into our Savings Account to bump it up for whatever else comes up and bops us in the head unexpectedly. It’s also good to have some sort of reserve, especially when you’re folks who hate surprises. I have to admit that I’d dearly love to dip into the account to get the new white bed I’m wanting. Our bedroom is so close to being finished I could spit. The new duvet cover (at lease one of them) has now arrived and in the linen closet, the new sheets have been ordered, the curtains are done, the picture are hung – all waiting for the “big guy” to compliment them all. Somehow with the new solar panel project in the works, I’m thinking the “big guy” may be awhile getting here. Doesn’t stop me from looking!

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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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