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Sunny Sunday

April 2nd, 2017 at 10:36 pm

It was a nice surprise -- it was sunny this afternoon. It was supposed to be rainy. So, it was like a gift -- a pretty spring day!

It's been busy around here. Not too much out of the ordinary, but busy. Well, one thing big..we bought a new car. I'm not going to apologize for buying a brand new one. Yes, I know a used one is better because of it doesn't lose as much value. But, we are at a point in our lives we don't want someone else's problems. We deal with a great dealer and any service we have needed has been fabulous. Actually, DH got the new car. I got his old one which isn't that old...a 2013. He's a happy man and that's what I value. I tease him that he has a new lady in his life. Men and their cars!

Other than that, I'm just trying to keep my head above water on things. We finally got our taxes done. It seemed like we waited forever to get one of our 1099 forms. We are getting a small refund. We would rather get a small refund than pay. One of our friends who is also retired is getting a huge one. We can't figure out how.

Since I've retired, I have tried to keep a schedule on cleaning the house. I tried doing that when I worked too and sometimes couldn't, but as a retiree, it is easier. I did then when I was off school in the summers. My mom would ask why I would do this, but I told her it was far easier to clean the house when it wasn't really bad then it was to have to do a deep clean. With my asthma and allergies it is helpful if I keep the house pretty clean.

I'm on the call committee at church as we seek a new pastor. Our current pastor is retiring so we have been working on finding a replacement. Plus I volunteer at two schools and do some other things at church. I'm pretty satisfied with how my life is going and I have found I am not spending a lot of extra money (OK, except that new car). I guess I'm not a high maintenance person.

Today I visited with a lady who is 93. Fortunately she still lives at home. Her sons look out for her. We were talking how little things mean to her now. She was always a careful shopper, but she said it doesn't hurt her to part with things anymore. I know some of you have blogged about decluttering and have voiced this same opinion.

DH has been working in the garden putting in lettuce and radishes and onions. I'm already looking forward to eating them!

Hope you have had a nice Sunday.

7 Responses to “Sunny Sunday”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    There is some quote about how we don't get to the end of our lives and wished we had more stuff. We wish we spent more time with people we love and care about. Smile

  2. Bluebird Says:

    It was a beautiful day here too. We had the windows open most of the day! You have been busy!

  3. Dido Says:

    Tax refunds have little to do with the tax OWED. You get a refund when you have paid more tax in (via withholding and estimated payments) than you owed. You want a refund, have more tax withheld in the first place--that is, smaller checks during the year. Your friend might also have more deductions, if their income and withholding are similar to your but they get more back. That could be something like they still have a mortgage and you don't, they make larger charitable contributions, pay more in investment advisory fees, or have had larger medical expenses. The refund itself tells you nothing other than that they paid in more than they owed. The real comparison is effective tax rate....income tax (line 44) over taxable income (line 43).

  4. snafu Says:

    Congratulations on getting a new car. No need to explain your decision to your friends here at SA. I sure wish we were done with winter. I want to change out the closet from winter to spring apparel but it snow flurried all day and cold enough to wear fleece. It's too hard to think about planting when the big patio pots are topped with snow.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    What kind of car did you get? I'll be in the market within the next two years. I won't get a new one, though, I'm going to pay cash for a gently-used one.

    I'm toying with the idea of deep-cleaning one room per day. Some days would be easier than others, of course. I have one bedroom, a kitchen, living room, bathroom, dining room, hall & closets -- that would give me one day of rest!

  6. rob62521 Says:

    DH bought a Buick Enclave. It isn't great on gas mileage, but very comfortable driving, CB.

    Glad it was sunny yesterday because it is rainy today. Snafu I can't decide when I should change out my closet. It gets warm and then we have a few days where it is cold.

    Dido, all good points. Thanks!

    Bluebird, glad you had a lovely Sunday too.

  7. terri77 Says:

    MY last 2 cars have been brand new & I have no regrets. I keep my cars for a long time, well after they are paid off.

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