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Some catching up

Today was the annual festival of lost tax documents. It involves cursing and recriminations. It involves stupid questions from stupid people on stupid forms. Even when a person is trying to be scrupulously honest and careful, the questions make no sense I find.   The task makes us both cranky, but husband minds it less-- so he is the one to do it. We got to the bottom, only to get an answer that made no sense. (At least I hope it makes no sense. it was not what we wanted to see--) So tomorrow we go to find some sort of professional help. As always, I just want it to be over.

Spring has come to Brooklyn, at last. The trees are not out yet. But the closed buds are visible, and the grass is greenish. The ground never froze hard this winter, so that cuts down on the mud and standing water. Most years of my life spring has meant standing rain or melt water that cannot soak into the ground until the ground thaws. That leads to classic New England mud season. (You know the joke, New England has 4 seasons--leaves,  road plowing, mud, and road repair.)

Son is dealing with the DMV. He is in the last stages of getting his drivers licence. Once he has it he can work on the ambulance. You would think that getting a state drivers licence would be easier than learning how to do all the medical stuff. (He actually already knows how to drive, he just needs the state to sign off on it.)

Our family is on some weird semi-nocturnal schedule. Husband is working 3 or 4 days a week, from 7 am to midnight. This is to allow remidiation of contaminated buildings without having to close them entirely. New York is so silly. If some people are wearing Tyvek suits and respirators, then the buildings owners might want to consider closing for a little while. Husband is also going to school at night. He is very tired.

Anyway, the disruption is making my writing slower than usual. I am writing a little every day. I am just a little dismal in the gemlike flame department.


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Apr. 8th, 2013 08:57 am (UTC)
*waves from the Outer Hebrides* Spring sounds good, tax returns less so :/ Hope you manage to arrive at a sensible figure. Spring is still alternating with winter up here. We arrived is glorious sunshine & then it snowed all the next day. We seem to be back to spring now, though it's still bloody freezing!
Apr. 8th, 2013 12:05 pm (UTC)
Waves back, squints to see you. Spring is a very good thing! We are having glorious sunshine, and sometimes glorious rain. But it is warmer, and it smells like spring!

Hope you are having a good visit.
Apr. 8th, 2013 12:02 pm (UTC)
The arrival of buds lifts the spirits, doesn't it?

Apr. 8th, 2013 12:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am happy to see them. One morning soon I will wake and the world will be fuzzy green.
Apr. 8th, 2013 12:09 pm (UTC)
Do you have beech hedges/trees? The new leaves are so soft and silky - I go along them just touching the foliage. People must think I'm doolally.
Apr. 8th, 2013 02:17 pm (UTC)
Taxes will be worked on this week. Poor Hubby has been dealing with paperwork (his least favorite thing) for what seems like forever. He had all the paperwork for his mother's decline, nursing home.etc., then all the papers for her will, death, funeral and burial. He still has to process the 'distribution' of her estate and get the gravestone engraved. Now he has to turn around and do our taxes and eventually, her final taxes.

Spring has made a few tentative moves. Inspection of the Forsythia reveal there ARE buds.Trees are all still bare. Grass is a little greener and one or two brave daffodils have started blooming. I'm still wearing long johns most days, as there is still plenty of 30's and low 40's. Pollen is in the air and making my cold more annoying. I haven't a CLUE where it's coming from, as I have only seen a few flowers!
Apr. 8th, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
Yes we have pollen too. I have seen forsythia, and I saw some pussy willow out the other day. Son seems to think he has seen daffs somewhere.

I know what you mean about the care of a mother generating paper! I still have all the papers about my mom's nursing home days. She died 5 years ago. When I was done with the immediate paperwork I shoved all the papers in a box and left them.

Apr. 8th, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
Arg, isn't that the worst about taxes? I don't want to cheat, I'm willing to pay what I owe, but they make it so hard to understand. I use one of those tax software programs, but even then sometimes the numbers don't seem to come out making any sense.

Good luck!
Apr. 8th, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks. This year it seems especially intrusive.
Apr. 8th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
Used to always do my own (our own) taxes, even the long form when we had enough deductions to itemize. After my mom and sister passed away and we inherited and sold their house, it all got to complicated. Ended up going to H & R.... After that, and with all the electronic stuff, you never get the packets anymore, we just kept going to them. We did ours with another Tax Prep outfit this year... good results, got a good bit back, and cheaper fees. Even took a loss on publishing.
Apr. 8th, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
We are going to try to go to a nearby Army base-- there is no Navy here any more. We can get help there, and not have to pay H and R.

Our taxes this year should not be complicated. Next year, who knows...
Apr. 9th, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
adaese had some IRS forms to contend with last December, which drove her to distraction, and made her realise that HMRC* is really pretty easy to deal with.

*The UK equivalent, broadly speaking.
Apr. 9th, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
I think they try to make it easy and uncomplicated. But since most of us only really deal with it once a year, it sort of looms over the time between January and April. This year we have put it off later than ever before.

I am someone who has a great dislike of legal documents. Anything that comes to me that has to be saved, or filled out and returned, or presented upon request, really creeps me out. So I try to remind myself that the IRS is not some faceless thing. It is a collection of other humans, and taxes are how we pay fairly for the things we all use.

(Repeat as needed....)
Apr. 9th, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
That is a good mantra.

My father really doesn't like legal documents, but has spent the last two months dealing with the paperwork after my grandmother's death. He has stuck to it admirably (if with some moaning to me!)
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