The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

Some Things To Celebrate

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Spring is in the air and even in my step! Working out on the treadmill 30minutes a day has really been helpful. My legs are finally starting to feel stronger and my knees haven’t creaked in quite a few weeks now. Go figure, exercise is good for you!! With the exercising and the cutting back on the bad food I feel as if I have that spring back in my step, and I’m now determined more than ever to reach my goal – 30 pounds – the good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise!!

Having said all of the above, Nat and I attended a (somewhat secret) dinner party for Thamazine and Daryl’s 25th wedding anniversary at Cafe′ Amore′ on Sunday night. After checking through the menu I knew instantly that my diet was going to go on hiatus, but what the hell. One of the few nights Nat and I go out for a meal. We both had a Caesar salad with garlic ciabatta bread (yummm), the pasta and meatballs (more yumm) followed by the celebratory cake, and enjoyed every morsel. Knowing that we might return again in the future, we checked around to see what others were having – Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Parmesan,  grilled Lamb, Primavera Pasta, grilled Steak, Stuffed Sole, Haddock Valencia, Pizza and so much more, all of which looked great. A nice family owned restaurant that has grown from its first small establishment on Lake Street in St. Catharines. With both sides of families in attendance it was nice getting re-acquainted with everyone we’d not seen in a long time. Camaraderie and laughter filled the private room and everyone had a great time looking back at Tam and Daryl’s wedding photos. A really nice evening all around.

Back to reality on Monday and still full from our meal the night before, Nat and I took it kind of easy, but managed to get a few things done around the house. Nat attended to more of the gardening while I got caught up on house stuff. The cookie bin is down to its last crumbs, so I’m trying to fill it, only this time in stages. With the warmer weather now upon us, I hate heating up the kitchen. Still can’t complain yet about the heat, as these past few days have been just perfect and we’ve both been able to sit out on the deck, enjoy a few lunches and a few suppers.

The solar panel project and paperwork is coming in by dribs and drabs. The hydro approval was received yesterday and with the consent and fee mailed in, that’s one more thing done. We’re both getting a little excited now and anxious to have the new roof and panels installed. Patience is not our best virtue, but with no say in the time frame, we’ll have to put up and shut up until the time comes.

On a family matter, our granddaughter, Karly, is mow back from Guatemala. She volunteered for a 3 week stint at an animal rescue preserve and absolutely loved it. She stated a couple of times that she didn’t want to come home and from what we saw from her photos, who could blame her. The pictures she took were fabulous – a beautiful housing area, lush surroundings, the encampment of macaws, parrots, monkeys, leopards, and other species not known to me. I’m getting the feeling it broke her heart not to get to know these creatures, as they were being rehabilitated for release back into the wild. Her love of animals has been apparent since she was a young child. We’re all so proud that she’s trying her best to pursue her dreams and would like to think she can attain her dream job of animal rescue in Africa.

It’s getting to the stage in life where all of the grandchildren are graduating high school, maybe heading on to college or maybe just trying to get a job and make a living. All four kids have grown up before our eyes and naturally, way too fast. Nat and I don’t see them as often as we’d like, but with schooling, part-time jobs, sports and friends, it’s difficult even for their parents to see them. As much as I hate Facebook, it seems to be the only way we can see them, their friends and even their pictures, and we’ll take whatever we can get.

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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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