Wednesday, March 12, 2008


I love the spring. The birds start singing outside of my window again, the plants that have been dormant throughout the winter begin to pop up through the fertile soil. The swim season that I dedicated my winter months to becomes a cumulation of fond memories and my time once more becomes my own.

I start thinking about all of the plot lines that have been developing in my mind just waiting for this time of the year so that I can sit down at my computer and really let them take shape. Then I remember about taxes.

Generally filing my income taxes aren't that complicated. I plug all of the numbers in, I e-file and wait a week or two for my refunds to appear in my bank account. Unfortunately, it isn't always quite that simple. You see, over the past few years I have been collecting people, friends and family, that I help with their taxes. I don't do this as a business or anything. It's just one of those friendly offers of, "Hey, maybe I can help you out with that." Am I insane or what???

Last month I finished my taxes along with my sister-in-law's and my neice's. A few days later my nephew arrived to work on his, which were thankfully very simple. My mother-in-law made her appearance on Monday. Anticipating her visit, I had to finish up the taxes for my father-in-law's trust. Then of course there are the tax relief papers that need to be filed, estimated taxes, etc., etc. I could go on, but you get the picture.

My list of tax filings I have yet to complete is down to only three. If only those birds would stop chirping outside of my window, maybe I could concentrate and get them all finished. Oh yeah, I love the spring.

3 comments: said...

aagggg trace, you're killing me with the taxes, tee hee! want to hear the birds, too, but they are buried in 1040 forms. they used them for nesting material. ha.

good to hear from ya today.

i wrote a fiction short story for my friday post "friday fiction." come and see???? pweeeaseeee??? how can you say no to me??? hmmm? he he.

see you soon. happy weekend girl, kathleen xo

Candace E. Salima said...

Wow, tax time. We just finished getting ours done, but we go pay a CPA to do it. I'm sure you're earning mega points in heaven for helping so many people.

Anonymous said...

I mostly buy LDS fiction to listen on long drives, commuting etc. I just finished Freefall. Are Navy Seals also pilots? They rescue hostages one day and fly F-14's the next? Maybe they do. Anyway I enjoyed the book for the most part, but its a chick book in spite of the military stuff. The only think I really really wish is they wouldn't abridge the CD's. I generally refuse to buy abridged books, which is why this is the first of Traci's that I have listened to. But I had listened to everything else and gave it a try and I am glad I did.