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The Tax Stuff

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on Saturday, 18 February 2012 in Uncategorized

I had set aside today to put my tax stuff together. This is a job I so dread that I do it in increments. Stages. Stage #1 is putting all the papers, 1099s, etc., together in a container---this year a canvas bag. This sits in my office for a while and I flinch each time I look at it. Stage #2 is moving the bag to a dining room chair, where I leave it for a few days; then Stage #3 is moving the stuff from the bag and putting it on the table. Then I have to walk past it frequently, and it is at that point that I choose a day., Today is the day.

But this morning I decided that I wanted to listen to Beethoven's Triple Concerto while I did the Tax Stuff. It took me a while to find it. When it began to play, I realized that I needed iced tea to sip while doing the Tax Stuff.

It took me a while to make iced tea.

When it was ready I went to the refrigerator to get a lemon to slice into my iced tea. While there, I discovered some blueberries that I had bought for blueberry pancakes when my grandsons were visiting recently. The pancakes had only used half of the blueberries so it suddenly seemed important to use the other half. I decided to look for a recipe that called for blueberries.

Then it seemed very important to important to organize my recipes. I was looking through things I had cut out of magazines and newspapers for years. How on earth can you find a recipe with blueberries when everything is smooshed together in a drawer? The recipes needed to be arranged in a notebook....and I had an empty one, actually. I decided, therefore, to go to Staples to buy a 3-hole punch and some dividers.

Now it is afternoon and I have a blueberry gingerbread in the oven. So probably I should invite someone for dinner. And maybe...since I have discovered several good chicken recipes while organizing my new recipe notebook...

But having guests for dinner will mean moving the Tax Stuff off the dining room table.

I think I will do just that.

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Max Vasilatos
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Max Vasilatos Saturday, 18 February 2012

also and furthermore, remind me to scan in your recipes from the index card box left from your family history... this technology stuff is great!

MaryJo Cally
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MaryJo Cally Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Who invented taxes?

I was about to write Greek swear words but I see that a Mr. Vasilatos has posted here and hesitate to scandalize him (or you) so instead I offer.......TAXES@$$@^#$*&# !

Obie Williams
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Obie Williams Wednesday, 14 March 2012

You sound like me when I'm trying to sit down and write. Nothing quite inspires me to do the dishes, fold the laundry, clean my desk, pay the bills, clean my car, or dust my bookshelves like attempting to write.

Of course, when I'm not trying to be productive, I never want to do any of those things. Funny how that works.

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