Getting Taxes Done & Silly Pets

Charlie is at acupuncture. I hope they’re fast because I did receive my Social Security Income form yesterday in the mail and managed to get an appointment this morning with my accountant.

Poor Charlie has coughed all morning. It is misting and snowing a bit. So maybe that’s why.

I woke up at 3 a.m. worrying about the taxes. Par for the course. Finally just got up at 5 a.m. and ate a bowl of cereal and drank a cup of coffee. Then I got out my tax stuff.

I thought I’d added it all up, but I hadn’t. So I had to start doing that. Still not sure I’m ready but I think I’m as ready as I can be.

My accountant tells me every year to do a spreadsheet, and something in me rebels every time and I jot things down on paper!

Someone asked why I don’t have something under most of my plants to catch water drainage.

I got these plant containers at Southwoods. About an inch from the bottom is a black plastic drainer and what water is left over goes to the bottom.

You can take a plug out of the bottom if you think you need to let water out, but I’ve never felt I had to do that. I try not to over water.

BritBox emailed yesterday that the new Vera episodes were beginning last night. But I’m still back in the fourth season, after not realizing Acorn TV had skipped over a few seasons and I had to go catch up with BritBox.

I really love my evenings with Vera. There aren’t many TV shows I feel that way about.

Vera is just so realistic. I like how she dresses, how she talks, and her sometimes gaudy sense of humor. The way she cannot recall the names of people’s children speaks to her living her job with nothing left over for a social life.

However I think Vera is kind of like me and doesn’t even want a social life. She seems perfectly content the way she is.

Poor Joe (I’m back with the Joe episodes) has to remind her of his children’s names every time and Vera acts like oh, she knew that.

For some reason Ivy has been wild all morning. Maybe because I disrupted her routine by getting up so early.

She has jumped and flipped and done all kinds of silly acrobatics. Acts like the devil is chasing her the way her eyes get big, like she hears something I don’t, and then she’s jumping and flipping and running around some more.

From one piece of furniture to the next she leaps and runs.

I don’t think anyone can fully understand cats. They are strange creatures in many ways. Oh, but how I love her. Wouldn’t trade this silly cat for the world.

The small home series will begin Friday with Kris from Junk Chic Cottage. Her photos will wow you. I’ve got to get on the ball and find some more people to interview for this series. Where does the time go?


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  1. Dear Brenda;
    I am a big fan, really enjoy your blog posts, thank you. Yesterday’s photo of Ivy is great as usual, but like myself on a diet, she looks like not quite losing weight yet.
    Question please – I remember you painted your kitchen counter tops and ask if you could give an update as I am considering doing the same.
    Wishing you and pets a lovely day.

  2. I think Ivy Lou has cabin fever! Not much to be done about it–except laugh at her antics–this time of year. I understand why people don’t let their cats outside but I always feel sorry for the cats as their natural inclination is to be in nature. But, then, you don’t want them hunting and killing birds either as that is also a natural inclination. Maybe Ivy could go out on the patio in the Spring on a leash. Ha! She’d probably be obnoxed! And would tell you in no uncertain terms.

    I’m starting to think I really have to get a TV again so I can watch this Vera that you all are talking so much about. Not to mention the PBS programs I used to enjoy. I only want about a 32″ screen but it still isn’t in the budget. I’ll have to think of something to sell! Lord knows I have enough “stuff” I need to get rid of.

    Does anyone else have an amaryllis? I have one that has dropped it’s blossoms but the leaves are still green and I’m not sure what to do with it. Has anyone had one re-bloom?

    1. The amaryllis: Aftercare – After winter bloom, if you want to rebloom your amaryllis, it’s quite simple. When blooms fade, cut off the tubular flower stems near the top of the bulb, leaving the foliage to continue growing.
      Water as usual and apply water-soluble fertilizer every four weeks. Once spring arrives and frost is past, sink the Amaryllis pot in the garden in a sunny place. Continue to fertilize. At the end of the summer when frost threatens, simply pull the pot out of the ground, wash it out, and take it inside, and allow it to dry out completely in a warm dry place like a utility room. Once the leaves are dead and the bulb dry (usually 5 to 6 weeks), the bulb is ready for repotting. Simply cut off the dry leaves, and repot your bulb in fresh potting soil and start the growing cycle again. This is from 🙂 b

  3. I hate tax season. What happened to the “post card” we were supposed to be doing our taxes on?

    I’m self employed and like you should be doing a spreadsheet but I don’t and come tax time my husband gets so angry. I’m not sure why, I always have everything ready and have all of my receipts.

    Have a great night.

  4. Ivy sure can have fun, can’t she..When Cleatus ran around like that, I used to say, she was having the crazies. Talked to a couple of other cat owners, and their cat did the same, they said their cat was probably training for the circus. A house seems so quiet without a cat. Cleaner, quiet, not the same at all. I actually miss her hair being on my black sweaters or coat. Who would have thought? I received a coupon from the grocery store yesterday, with my receipt, for two cans of cat food. I got tears in my eyes…

    1. Brenda said, “Get a rescue kitty!” Indeed, or wait til spring and there will be all manner of kittens to choose from (Please, humans, get Your cats and dogs spayed or neutered for their sake!!) too! 🙂 b

  5. We have withholding tax on our Social Security. One less thing to worry about at tax time. Our accountant made sure that we have the correct percentage taken out.
    No unexpected surprises in April.

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