Oneday

Dearest,
            Well I cleaned all the ice off of the front walk. The squirrel wars have begun!! I don’t know if I’ll have time to write you in the future, will be too busy fighting the squirrel. As soon as I put that bell out today he chewed the loop off of it. I ran out and rescued it, in my stocking feet, three feet of snow, remember? I replaced the loop with some wire and coated the bell generously with cayenne pepper. I hope he gets a big mouthful! There is so much paperwork!  I worked on it for four hours today and I’m still not done. It’s not even tax time yet, though the statements are beginning to arrive. I have no idea what to do about your taxes. Judging by the levels of incompetence that I’ve encountered thus far no one else will either. After all, no one ever died before. Soon I’ll do the last load of laundry, you would laugh to see how I do it. I load the machine and start it, then I stand in front of the washer and strip, throwing everything in, then pitter patter into the bedroom to find clothes, and more clothes, and more clothes.
            Was watching Casa Blanca today, had a strange reaction to it, for the first time that movie made me cry, there’s a real sadness to it that I guess I used to miss.We’ll always have Paris, well Tobago anyway. I wish I still had you to play Bacall to my Bogart. I have no idea where you bought that sugar bowl, checked all the usual suspects. Send me a clue, a bill, an ad, anything. Not much else going on today.
Here’s looking at you kid, Your Ken

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deleted_user
deleted_user

Ken,
The squirrels in my neighborhood are part of a larger terrorist faction bent on wrecking havoc on mere mortals and our outlying structures. Last year a couple ate through the roof of my garden shed and raised a few hundred young. I evicted them in the spring and haven\'t had the energy or courage to see if they\'ve moved back in with the cold weather. My son replaced the roof and added an underlying layer of chicken wire. We\'ll see come spring if this worked.
Sugar Bowl. Have you looked on Amazon.com? Is it a part of a larger set of dishes? Give me a hint - I\'m pretty good at tracking stuff down (that is a code for shopping)
Blessings,
Linda
janalM
janalM

Ken when my mother dies, we did her tax return and filed it before April as all the companies sent final statements. The IRS keeps saying we owned more, but by that time Frnak, my husband who prepared it was dead. Real fix. I ecplained to some lady that I had sent a death certificate with her final taxes. She checked it out and said ok, if they are dear, we don\'t go after anything else. Sorry for the trouble. Who can understand the IRS. I had H&R Block deal with it last year. That way if something went wrong, they had to deal with it. What does this sugar bowl look like, part of a set. Linda and I both shop, so let us know. Take it easy my friend it will all work out in the end. Hugs Jane
deleted_user
deleted_user

Ken,
Linda and Jane both have good ideas.......also try e-Bay.The name of the maker should be on the bottom along with the name of the pattern.
The taxes......not so easy. I always file an extension just as my little protest to even having to pay taxes. Last year I was such a basketcase that I just sent everything I could find to my CPA and said \"figure it out on your own\". This year I will just file separately and let Jim\'s son figure out Jim\'s taxes. Yuck death and taxes......the only two constants in life.......make that three...forgot about change.
Had to smile. Just glad to know that I am not the only one in the world who loads a washer the same way.
deleted_user
deleted_user

All I can say is I hate squirrels! You know after Bobby died my next door neighbors came to me at the fence to console me and said we always wondered how Bob was with the squirrels...I said no we hate them! She said you know we feed them peanuts...I SAID, WHAT?!...HA HA..I wondered why there was so damn many of them! I said we\'ll let you get away with it this time...:)
swindy
swindy

Our neighborhood is full of squirrels and they terrorize the birds all the time. Most people around here feed them tho so I think they are here to stay. As far as the taxes go, did you file separate taxes before? If you filed jointly you just file like you did every year. You can still claim Abby as if she were still alive. If you filed separately you just file here buy itself and sign her name with deceased after it and enclose a death certificate. If she gets a refund I don\'t know what you do with it unless you kept an account of hers opend that you can deposit it into. Diane
songsofthenight
songsofthenight

Hi Ken...I also had to smile when I read about your laundry escapade and then MrsJRS escapade, I\'m like her glad to know I\'m not the only one who does laundry like that....hope you have a great day...hugs, Sandi