The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

My Dream Is Now Over – Oh Happy Days!

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As much as I was disappointed in our contractor, I’ve forgiven him because all is right with the world again. He emailed last week to say he’ll be coming on Monday the 25th to finish the backsplash, but, in order to save a little  money, asked if we could treat the tiles with a sealer that he would drop by. Yeeeaaahhhhh – no problem, we replied.

Nat laid out the tiles Sunday on every available surface in his workshop and began to seal away. We were thrilled and grinning from ear to ear when Simon and his side-kick, Dale, showed up 8:30 on the dot Monday morning. We had cleared everything from the countertops the night before, set up a little kitchen in the dining room and were off and running. As the tiles were being laid, Nat and I hung out in the living room talked back and forth to the fellas and had two very nice days as the kitchen was finally getting its last touches.

When finished, Nat and I were still grinning from ear to ear as it looked fabulous. For the first time in our lives we had a brand spanking new kitchen that was built to suit our needs, our habits and in our design style. The interior of the house was now finished (with the exception of two rugs that need to be replaced). We may never see Simon and Dale again, except perhaps in passing, plus our bank account can now rest easy as it won’t be ripped apart anytime too soon. Of course, as soon as I post this, Nat will find some more landscaping he would like to do. He, of course, is more than entitled. I now have everything in life I’ve ever wanted – loving husband, cute little home (avec the kitchen I’ve always wanted, of course) and a feeling fabulous moi!!!!

Really worth the wait:

 

On another front, I’ve been thrilled with my blood test results – they’ve been staying down below the 6.0 mark for quite a long time now. I’m still watching what I eat, exercising and doing what I can to maintain this fabulous feeling I’ve been having. No complaints at all. My stamina is much longer, my attitude is up there-“If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands”. Well, clap, clap, clap, clap baby!!!! The fact I’m feeling on top of the world in my declining years is of no consequences, I’m grateful for anything that comes my way. Damn, long may it reign.

My sister, Michele, and I have finally finished her web site – michelerouse.com. This was a huge experience for me and a much needed reminder on web design. I love this little sister immensely, but working for her was a challenge. She managed to find a Web hosting program that I had never heard of before, and I was able to learn a few things myself. As this is a Virtual Assistant site it posed a few challenges in what was required if you’re a member of the Canadian Virtual Assistants. This gave me the opportunity to work with a logo, which I’ve not done before, along with other requirements that will draw clientele to her site and make them want to hire her as a virtual assistant. I wish her every success in the world.

As for me, I’m getting back to my baking. The new baking area of our kitchen is working out better than expected, and I’ve recipes stacked up and ready to go. Poor Nat, maintaining his dream weight may not last forever. Thank God for freezers.

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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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