Posts Tagged ‘taxes’

Spring Ahead – Phooey!

March 8, 2015

Just when I am comfortable being able to wake up when I plan, we do this ridiculous Daylight Time. I am still trying to figure out why we do it and why does it get earlier and earlier every year. It also means it is extended at the other end as well. It’s been much lighter for Eddie when he leaves at 5 a.m. – now it is dark as a pocket.

I am usually not cranky about things, it’s just that I feel uncomfortable and out of kilter when we are on Daylight time – going back to Standard time, it feels like being in a warm, cosy bed. So far this year, it has been unusual. We have had Spring since the middle of February and so many things are blooming now. Vic’s magnolia tree is almost past blooming, the camellias are going by quickly and the forsythia had a slow start – they are usually the first ones to bloom.

We have had a lot of sunny, fairly warm days – sweater weather in the beginning of March. The scales in the porch garden are getting taller and I expect them to send up stalks for blossoms shortly. Thursday I told the apple and pear trees “Don’t you dare bloom now!” because we might not have any pears or apples. I need to put fertilizer spikes in so they will have some to help them produce fruit. Maybe another shot this year will help the fig tree. I think it is still angry we pruned it 2 or 3 years ago.  I am not complaining, it is a glorious time to see everything blooming.

I seem to spend a lot of time sleeping at night and during the day. Yesterday we went to pick up our taxes from A.D. and all I wanted to do was sleep in the car. A. D. is a great guy and had things ready for us – no chivvying and nagging any more. He had some suggestions for this tax year and we’ll see how things go when we do the taxes next year.

Today I am having trouble getting my self organized or doing anything – maybe I have just been telling myself it is hard to adjust rather than just accepting the change and being open and willing to see it as a usual Sunday. Old habits die hard.

I haven’t written much lately, I don’t want to whinge and be a downer. I finished the 6 week grief support group and would like to see what else is available. I feel a bit cut off before I am ready. I think everyone else felt a bit of that as well. Also, I had 2 different people come in to see about an estate sale – we would lose money if we had one because the market for antiques is no longer there. One of the women gave me the names of people who might be in certain pieces and one fellow who might be interested in the books.

We bought a dining room table that they will hold in the warehouse for us for about a month. Not sure how soon we can move things out to accommodate it. An oddball situation for sure. Kathy helped me organize Mom’s room – she has an organized mind without the emotion. I need to buy some boxes to sort through Mom’s hooking stuff for the lady in Nova Scotia – that was what I asked her to help me do last Wednesday.

Not much else happening, though Ellen and Candy have been having snow. I was interesting to see Ellen’s photo of the beach covered with snow and the water a cobalt blue.

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Time For A Happy Dance!

April 3, 2014

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We have been trying to get our taxes finished and filed since Barrie Lane – our tax accountant – died at the end of February.  I will say that his daughter Sarah has been swamped with work because she his doing taxes for her own clients and for Barrie’s clients.   She is doing a great job during a very difficult time.  I had my binder ready to go when we went to see Barrie, and it turns out he input things but they couldn’t find some of the back up material for some of them.  We had to scramble to replace those and By George, we did.

We usually go in around the 2nd or 3rd week of February because our business is due march 15th.  We had a tax extension that helped reduce the stress of coming up to a deadline and worried we wouldn’t make it.  We both have been pests and nag to find out when our taxes and my Mom’s returns would be finished – I wouldn’t be surprised to find other people were doing the same thing.  It was tough on the staff and they were friendly all through it.

We also had to del with 2012 issue once again.  Fro 2 moths we were employers for Kathy when she was taking care of Mom while I was in rehab.  When tax time came in February, Barrie created a W-2 for Kathy and we paid the taxes, etc. with our return.  Except the IRS came back a month later and said we didn’t pay enough.  Eddie paid it – under protest – because we don’t want to run afoul of the IRS.  Barrie sent them a letter telling them we paid it and sent the W-2 in to them.

Then February of this year we have a letter from Social Security saying the IRS shows twice as much as we submitted.  So I spent over an hour waiting at the Social Security office only to be told “This isn’t our department”.   Since their name was at the top of the letter, it seems logical to start with them – no, we had to deal with the IRS and send in the questionnaire.   I will say, Sarah and company took care of that and sent in the letter to the IRS as well as giving us a copy.  It is also possible the IRS will send another letter – no departments talk to each other.  We might even get our money back from the second payment, but I won’t hold my breath.  They are johnny-on-the-spot to collect but take their sweet time refunding money owed to us.

Finally, yesterday we were able to go down to Sarah’s office and pick up our returns.  I had the copies of the things they couldn’t find so they could scan  them into our account.  We signed the papers to have the returns e-filed and all we have left is the bill for the tax prep.  After all this time, it was hard to believe we had gotten to the end at last.

Definitely a Happy Dance afternoon.  I think we both slept well last night now that it is completed.


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