A Miracle, A Relief and A Tip!


Yesterday was such a nice day.  I slept like a baby last night.  And today’s starting out pretty good too. 

We were scheduled to have our taxes figured at 2 p.m yesterday.  But, when I got the paperwork together the evening before, I couldn’t find the statements for our Social Security benefits.  I went on-line to see if I could possibly get print-outs.  Lesson learned … SSA doesn’t allow you to do anything quickly.  

So, I was bummed that we were going to have to go without the SSA paperwork, and I would just have to tell the tax guy that I would get that info to him as soon as I received a new copy in the mail.  Rats.  I really wanted to get the taxes filed and over with. 

But, as they say, “hope springs eternal”, so before we left for the appointment, I went through a couple stacks of paperwork on my desk o.n.e  m.o.r.e  t.i.m.e, and I was amazed that this time when I looked through the last stack, there were the two statements!  I know I had been through that stack at least two times before, so I consider finding those forms a little miracle!

Then, we went to our new, young tax guy.  He was very low key, but friendly and seemed very competent.  Because we had everything we needed, we left his office less than an hour later with everything done.  What a relief!  I’m not very good at keeping our financial paperwork organized, so it’s always a huge relief when I’ve managed to come up with everything we need and the taxes are filed for another year!

So, because that was done, I slept very peacefully last night. 

Then when I got up this morning and started to make the coffee, I remembered that the last time we were in Atlanta I had seen my sister doing something when she made coffee that I had never thought to do.  Rather than filling the coffee pot with water and then pouring it into the reservoir on the coffee maker, she uses the hose from the sink to fill the reservior.  I had been meaning to try that, but kept forgetting.  This morning I tried it, and it worked like a charm.  No muss, no fuss.  I love it when I learn a better way to do something … especially something that I do every day!

Three small events came together to make the last 24 hours especially pleasant for me … lost paperwork found … taxes completed … an easier way of  making coffee!

May you have some small victories in your life today that give you a little boost.  And, if you think there aren’t any, take a little harder look around … you may “find” a couple little victories you hadn’t noticed before! 

Happy Tuesday.

11 Responses to A Miracle, A Relief and A Tip!

  1. Beth says:

    Oh, wow, I’m off to make some coffee with my little hose sprayer! Thank your sister for me, for the great idea!! 😀

  2. Dina says:

    Thanks for the reminder to acknowledge the “little victories.” I’m not sure I’d categorize the following as a victory, but it was a small surprise that sure put a smile on my face and gave me a boost. When I got out of the shower after my run this morning, I noticed in the fogged up mirror that my husband had written, “I love you.”

  3. Sandra says:

    Beth — I’m glad you can use her idea — I’ll be sure to tell her we both think it’s a great idea! 🙂

    Dina — I don’t know either what you would call it, but by whatever name, it has “great husband” written all over it! 🙂

  4. Hilary says:

    Glad to hear that you’ve got those stressful tax returns behind you and that’s pretty cool about the hose. I’m sure I’d try that too IF I had the hose and IF my coffee maker was anywhere near my sink. 😉

    I was pleasantly surprised this morning while traveling to an appointment in an unfamiliar part of town. The bus schedule seemed precarious at best, allowing me only 3 minutes from Bus A to Bus B and a possible late arrival. But the transfer went great much to my relief.

    I love Dina’s mirror message. 🙂

  5. Beth says:

    Dina–That is so sweet! It reminds me of something The Engineer did recently. He used Chickie’s refrigerator magnet letters to spell out “MY WIFE ROCKS.” Unexpected and very sweet!

  6. Sandra says:

    All — I absolutely LOVE it when the comments section of a post becomes a discussion. Thank you all for contributing!

    Hilary — I can imagine that there would have been a little anxiety re. the bus switch. It does give a good feeling when something unsure works out great, doesn’t it.

    Dina and Beth — Hubby is a great guy, but he would NEVER think to do what your two guys did. I think they both must “get” how something like that can make a woman feel. Good for them!

    (Does it count that Hubby sometimes writes funny post-it notes that he puts on the mirror that say things like “I think we should fire the laundress. She’s not keeping up with my sock supply.”) Ah, well, after 44 years of marriage, I’ll settle for what I can get! 🙂

  7. Dan says:

    Very true…sometimes you just have to look a little bit harder…xoxox

  8. smallhouse says:

    Glad to hear you had a good day. It’s really nice when a good day can be a trip to the “Tax Man.”
    More happy days your way, I hope.

  9. Sandra says:

    Danielle — True. xoxo

    smallhouse — When you say it that way, it makes the life of a retiree sound pretty pathetic, that that would be the high point of my day! 🙂 But, it’s also a tribute to how much simpler taxes get when you retire. (Of course, it would be even more simple, if I would keep the papers all together as I get them rather than have to hunt them down at tax time!)

  10. karen says:

    Congratulations on getting the taxes out of the way!! I still shake my head eveytime tax season comes around. Filing taxes was so much more uncomplicated back home in NZ.

    That’s a good tip re filling the coffe pot …I need to try that!!

  11. Sandra says:

    Karen — Thank you, I’m actually kind of congratulating myself this year that I got them done earlier than usual. This feels good; I may have to make it a habit!:) I wish our taxes were simpler. In fact, we have always liked the idea of a fair tax. Well, maybe someday …!

    Glad you like the coffee idea. I’m using it all the time now.

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