Tuesday, July 16, 2013

My Business - Possible TMW* Alert

Today I go to talk to my accountant about some tax problems we are having.

It makes me sad that I have these problems. I have always tried to pay my taxes, huge amounts of them in my humble opinion, on time and in the right amounts.

Now that the economy has tanked and we have been struggling for FIVE YEARS to keep our little underground utility company open and working, barely keeping our heads above water and - providing employment for others and a valuable service at the same time-we apparently owe tens of thousands of dollars MORE in taxes!! How can this be??

When I see my almost sixty-year-old husband drag his droopy-drawered bottom through the door at night totally and utterly spent from digging with a shovel in 110 degree+ heat, doing a job that most people wouldn't even consider so that we can have clean water and get rid of our waste, it breaks my heart.

How can good people who try to do the right thing be in this position???

It just doesn't seem right.

There, that is off my chest. I'll keep you posted.

*Too Much Whining :)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Florida Family Reunion

Every year for the last ten years my mom's family has gotten together in Cocoa Beach the first part of July. Last year was my Aunt Betty's 90th birthday, so a "surprise" party was planned for that week. For the first time in 25 years we went to Florida to be a part of the celebration. You might remember that THIS is what happened:
We promised Jeff if he was a good boy and wore his broken-neck brace for the three months he was supposed to we would go back to Florida this year for the vacation he missed last year.

And, yes, he did have a much better time this year. He literally paddle-boarded or surfed 8-11 hours a day, every day except Sunday and the day we MADE him go to Universal Studios. (It was such a trial.)

He taught my cousin John to SKUPboard and I think he has a new convert!

John's daughter Kayley also picked it right up.

I reconnected with my cousins Anne and Bert. Also my dear cousin Carol Beth, but the picture of us was hideous (me, not her!)
Maddie realized her dream of visiting Hogsmeade and Hogwarts in "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios.
She was as giddy as a child and "just wish[ed] it was all real."

 It WAS pretty cool!
A GIANT "thank you" to Aunt Arline, Aunt Betty, and Mom for making it happen!
We hope to go again in 2015 when a certain unnamed aunt will also turn 90! Doesn't she look GOOD?!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Where in the world...?

Ten points if you can guess where we were this past weekend. Specifically, in this photo...Ten more points if you can give it the correct current name.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Gratitude Journal

I have been keeping a gratitude book this year. I know it is not even the end of January, but so far I have written one thing a day for which I am grateful. It is a hard thing to do. Not because I can't think of one thing a day, but because I can't narrow it down to one thing a day.

I have noticed a common theme this month, however. Many of my entries have centered around these people above. I truly am a blessed woman.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

35 Years of Wedded Bliss

Man. We are old! Celebrated our anniversary yesterday. Sure doesn't seem like I've lived with this man for that long. I'm glad we still love each other, are still friends, and still enjoy each other's company. I hope we have a good long time left together. Like eternity, maybe?

Happy anniversary, honey.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Homecoming 2012

Maddie went to Homecoming with her fellow yearbook editor, Grayson T. They have been friends
since 6th grade. If you were lucky enough to see the Honors English filming of The Illiad at our house during Christmas break, you may recognize Grayson.

 Brian took photos of Maddie's group at the park and he thought they should have one of Maddie in "the hat."
 Maddie's group had dinner at one of the boys' house, played miniature golf and laser tag, had ice cream at the District, then went to the Mayor's house for a movie. (Mayor T's daughter is the one in the red dress with the cute little black bolero.) 
On the bench at the park
 Such a nice, fun group of girls. If you thought Maddie was wearing her cousin Abby's beautiful blue prom dress...that was the original plan...before we found out they were playing laser tab and (original plan) having a BBQ in the park! As you can see most of the girls wore short dresses. Maddie's was long, but not as formal as Abby's. She's hoping to wear that one to prom in the spring! :)
We thought it would be cute to get them all on the playground equipment, but the light wasn't quite right. They had fun anyway!  Thanks, Brian, for the all the photos. (He had lots of fun paying with his new camera!)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

He's FREE!!

Today we went to the doctor for Jeff's 10 week check-up. We were excited, as he only had 2 weeks left in the neck brace!

When the doctor looked at today's two x-rays, he ordered another two - different view!

 Looked at those and ordered ONE MORE, just to be sure...

Jeff is no longer a Snap-Neck. He is now a Bobble-Head!

Does this look like a happy man, or what??