The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT


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“We’re Expecting You”, The Keg

February 2nd saw Nat and I head off to The Keg in St. Catharines. My only birthday wish was for a great steak in a great restaurant with my loving husband! How’s that for sucking up!!! As always, we had a wonderful time – a good glass of wine, a beautiful meal, a romantic atmosphere. And to make it a perfect evening Nat saw his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs later that evening kick butt against the New Jersey Devils 3-0.

As the rest of the week wound down, we had more quiet and non-eventful days, the way we liked. A day here and a day there saw Nat doing more painting of wall trim – the hallway is now done, the doors are done, and the fireplace has been done. (The fireplace was starting to “bleed” from the initial coat given when we first moved in, so Nat decided to re-sand and repaint in order to stop the previous stain colour from seeping through.) The whole house is now starting to “look” finished. Just a few small touches means a lot in the entire scope of things. While Nat was painting I finally finished our record album conversions. Except for one or two albums that failed to convert properly, our entire collection is done. I also left out a few comedy albums that I didn’t think were worth doing, but may rethink that at a later date. I’ll start to convert the tape cassettes and 45’s we have next.

Nat has now received his golf schedule for the 2010 season and you could see the twinkle in his eyes return. He’s chomping at the bit to get back on the course and we’re at least in the home stretch. We’ll have to get him out on the practice field to get him warmed up and ready to go!! I suppose it won’t hurt me to get out there with him and at least get in a few stretches to loosen up the old body from an inactive winter!!

Sunday saw us take a drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake just for the hell of it. Nat also wanted to check the hat shop there for a cap which he’s been looking for for some time. Naturally, it’s now getting a little too late in the season and he’ll have to wait until the new Fall stuff arrives – next September!! I managed to get a couple of the candy apples I love and with a small walk-about we at least enjoyed the crisp fresh air for an hour. With that we headed home, sat in our respective easy chairs and enjoyed the rest of the evening!! Could this life get any easier????

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Black And Blue

Well, it’s been four days since the big spill. The old body’s been enduring the stiff, achy, swollen joints as best it can. The bruises have gotten bigger and uglier with each passing day. But you should see my right eye!! It now looks like I have permanent eye shadow on – that dark, night time, Halloween witchy look – but just one eye. If I close my eyelid it looks like I’ve got a pirate’s eye patch on!! Not feeling any pain in or around my eye, it behooves me to think how it came to be. Must have hit somethin’ on the way down, but don’t know what!! I’m thankful, at least, that it’s not swollen shut!!

Needless to say the past few days have been boring. Nat’s been getting a few things done, I’ve been hobbling hither and yon around the house not getting anything done and it’s frustrating and boring. Having said all of that, Nat is at a golf tournament today and I’m finally back at getting our record albums converted to CDs. I’ve gotten away from this little project, despite the fact that I’m over halfway done. It’s been going pretty good and Nat and I have been enjoying some record albums long forgotten about. So back to it …