Saturday, February 17, 2007


It looks snowy out this evening and indeed we saw a few flurries earlier but the weatherman says the accumulation will be well off to the north of us. Still with the wind blowing steady out of the northeast it's sweater weather here in Empire.
I've spent a lot of time today getting my tax stuff together. It seems like it gets more complicated each year. Having a sideline business requires that you keep good records. I struggle with keeping good records. I have everything, but it's sometimes a pain to pull it all together.
I used to put it off until the last minute and then have to file for an extension. I usually get money back so it didn't cost me any penalties but still, filing your taxes is something that doesn't go away. It lingers back just off the radar screen hovering in stealth mode....and it bugs you.
I've found that to be true with other things as well. If you have things you need to do but you procrastinate, ignoring them doesn't make them go away. They are always there and it nibbles away at you until you hitch up your belt and do what needs to be done.
There is a woman with whom I once worked that let things slide....important things. She had the money to pay her bills, but often times when they came in, instead of filing them and paying them on time, she would "misplace" them and then she had to jump through hoops to keep her power and water from being disconnected. She is a very smart woman, but she let things slide.
So today I went through my files, started organizing my data, and I will have everything ready to take to my accountant this week.
Not my favorite way to spend a weekend, but it's a small price to pay to keep my head screwed on straight.

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