Tax Time

My “to do” list is getting shorter.  I have never done things on my own.  I got married at 18, I went to a boarding school for High School so went from my parents telling me what I could or could not do to a husband who told me what I could or could not do.   I of course had some say and often got my way but for the most part Norman directed the ship. Now I not only have to decided what to do but also do it myself.  I have never done business myself by phone or by email,  Norman always sat with me and told me what to do or at least agreed with me.  Now I have to do it all by myself and I am scared to death but I am getting it done and find I am not such a cluck as I thought I was. Yesterday Becca and I went down to see the eye doctor and got new glasses.  My eyes have not changed much but my glass were all bent out of shape and screeched so I am getting new one.  I got these back in 2004 so it sure was time for new ones.  However the blue berries are doing their job beautifully as my eye sight hasn’t changed with age, my retina is healthy and good and my pressure is good.  All the things Norman had trouble with, mine are fine.  Now I want to get a primary doctor and have a wellness check up to make use all is as good as it appears.  I have not had a wellness  check up ever and Medicare pays for them once a year so I think I should go just to be sure everything is working correctly.  I used to have an annual check up when I was working but for the last 20 years I only went to the doctor when I got into the poison ivy and I haven’t even done that for more than 13 years, so it is time.

Today I informed my self about making out my taxes.  I went over last years that Norman made out and made a list of everything I need in order to make out the taxes and what I needed to keep.  I never did it with him and I should have, now I have to do it myself or pay someone to do it for me.  Patty will help me if I run into trouble but I think I can do it.  This will be the last year for a joint claim but with no income outside of my IRA and annuities and retirement policies I think it is pretty straight forward.  I am sure I am not effected by the new tax laws as I don’t make enough to attract the notice of the IRS or to benefit from Trumps new rules.

I got a few more address changes done and now will wait and see if I missed anyone buy the mail that gets forwarded to me.

The new construction should start here in the next couple weeks.  As they start clearing the lot I’ll take pictures and you can follow the progress with me.  I want to watch every little change with the construction.  I  won’t try to change anything as I like the plans Tyler has and don’t want to mess up the contract but I can watch and ohhh and ahhhh about the whole thing.  Have a good day.  I will, the sun is shining and the air is warming up of what more could I want .

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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4 Responses to Tax Time

  1. Nancy O'Grady says:

    That is wonderful that your eyes are so very good!!!! Almost everyone our age has had cataract surgery including me. Just saw the surgeon that cares for my eyes and one eye needs a laser ” procedure ” due to a capsule of tissue behind one lens. ” Not to worry ” he said and done in his office quickly, only need to stay 1 hour after so he can check the pressure. Of course, I’ll worry regardless…eyes are important!!!!! I also eat blueberries every day on my oatmeal.
    Smart girl to take care of yourself. You are well worth it!!!!!
    Great visit with Mike here with us. He and Susan leave for Paris on Sunday. Exciting and I will enjoy hearing all about it. They travel under the channel by fast train to England and will fly home from there. I spent 2 summers in Paris so it is my favorite city in the world!!!!!
    Stay happy and trying new things!!!!!
    Love, Nancy

    • Good Morning Nancy, Nice to hear from you and know you are alright. It is amazing what they can do for your eyes now. They saved Norman’s eye sight for 7 years with those shots in the eye. He didn’t like it much every 6 weeks but was so glad to keep his sight and be able to drive that he didn’t complain much. I have been very fortunate not to have any problems, even the cataracts are nothing to worry about, he said they were there but nothing to even think about surgery for just have good lighting when I want to read.
      I also need to go down the the Social Security office, I never received the death benefits from them and though it isn’t much $250 it is better in my pocket than in theirs. The funeral home said they applied for it for me but it never came. Love Carol

  2. dphann says:

    Hello, Just a thought, we have had very good experience buying glasses here. if you need spares or lose yours . They take about 2 weeks to get. and cost is 1/10 of local costs.
    https://www.goggles4u.com/prescription-eyeglasses.html

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