Saturday, May 3, 2014

Spring, New Life, Death and Taxes

I appreciated my recent days off to celebrate the beginning of my favourite month after many busy ones in the working world.  

It was a welcomed break from the long, cold winter in the Ottawa Valley.  I was ready to celebrate a renewal of life and was hopeful for decent weather. This Beatles song always comes to mind. 

Sure, let's celebrate and encourage the sun for growing those lush gardens and bountiful crops during summer.  This fair lady will be sporting a large brimmed hat and taking opportunities to enjoy cool drinks and charming company under the shade of large trees.

This weekend brings the tradition of Jane's Walk in many North American cities, presenting good opportunities to get outdoors and explore urban greenery.  Considering the weather forecast, I'm going to pack sunglasses and an umbrella.  You can't be too certain.  

In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.
 - A quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin.  

After you've participated in the outdoor activities and walking exercise you can breathe easy knowing the CRA has extended the filing deadline to May 5th due to that inconvenient web security certificate issue

You probably don't know many people who need to take time off just to get their income tax returns filed.  Some of us can't focus while working with complicated forms and would prefer to pay someone else to process them on our behalf.  At least I know well enough to dump receipts into a shoe box during the year.  

Hmm... I'm running out of spare shoe boxes.  I should buy a new pair of shoes.  Justified?  

Things seemed to come together nicely one evening once I forced myself to sort documents, list items and calculate totals.  CRA didn't answer my question about claiming dependents that I still shelter and feed.  

My visit with the tax preparation services was relatively short and sweet.  The gentleman was impressed with my organized files, notes and totals.  I was relieved that after the computerized calculations, I would receive a modest return.  Whew!  There was no opportunity or need to shout obscenities. 

Stranger Than Fiction - a wonderful romantic comedy in which Will Ferrell was bearable and sweet. Authors struggling with writers' block will love it! 

Another bonus was that I felt the liberation in stating a single status while filing under my new name. That's another topic to share on another day.  

I'm running out of steam and must prepare to head outdoors.  You're likely thankful I have wrapped up anyway.  Thank you for reading this far.  Permit me to offer a detour to an earlier post titled "What's in a Name".  It will lead you into some interesting family name history and suggest you obtain a copy of The Year of the Rabbit - a novel about fate, family and forgiveness. Please indulge with me. 

Until next time, have a lovely spring weekend.



  1. Congratulations on a GREAT start to Spring, the most exciting season. Everything you see is new. The warm rays of the Sun provide Vitamin D to the body naturally and brings that healthy suntan glow. aloha

  2. To complete the idyllic Spring scene. There's a lovely lady, dressed in a kaleidoscope of reds and pinks with a white bow in the back, a wide-brim straw hat, blonde curls bouncing, dazzling blue eyes, carrying a basket filled with roses, frolicking among the flower gardens. Happy Cinquo da Mayo, aloha