Somehow in my mind I thought when I “just” am doing taxes for work I would have tons of free time and ambition.
Turns out, not so much of either. Our region lost several seasoned volunteers this year, and while we picked up some great new ones, new ones are not in a position to replace seasoned ones. It takes time to learn all the tricks of tax prep. So, I have been helping out at different sites around the map, and that has meant not so many free days.
I have endless big project lists, but what I really want to do is sit on the couch and knit, and I have done a lot of that.
Today is technically a free day, although I do have a remote site review with the IRS on the phone today. That’s where they call and run through a list of questions to make sure we are following the rules. It’s in place of the old random site visits where they came to see if we were doing everything right. But since 1.) they have no travel money and 2.) the nearest IRS person is over 2 hours away, we haven’t seen them in a few years. I guess they think that remote reviews are better than none. I am not too sure they are effective, unless someone doesn’t know what they are supposed to be doing? Anyway, I have already had one of these this year for one of my sites, so I am not too worried about this one. More of an annoyance than anything else, on what should be a free day!
This morning I am washing the comforter cover – a not unusual thing, but it is for an unusual reason. This morning, I got up early with A, and while she showered, I went and got a cup of coffee, then climbed back into bed. I have a huge pile of pillows right now, because I have a cold, and it is easier to sleep propped up. So, I snuggled into my pillows with coffee in hand, and the pillows started wriggling under me. Coffee, of course spilled as I sat up, quite startled. Not, though, as startled as Zumba was to first get squished in her soft hidey hole, and then, as she bolted from it, to have coffee dumped on her. Luckily I use a lot of cream, so it wasn’t hot. It was not the quiet relaxing start to the day either of us anticipated!
Other things I will do today include heading to the PO to mail off an Etsy order! Woot hoot! (Thanks very much, WoodGranny, I know who you are, and appreciate the sale.)
Also the library, as I have more than a few books, some of which I fear are overdue… not reading as much as I thought I would this month. And maybe 8 books was a bit over zealous…
And a quick grocery trip for odds and ends.
Then home, where I hope to make a few cards for Etsy. I sold both of the ones I made last week – and so want to put a few more up to take their place.
Block my most recently finished bracelet, and take photos of both bracelets for you to see. One came out really fine, if I do say so myself, the other I will have to see after it is blocked. I don’t feel like I did a perfect job on the trim. But I know now how I will do it next time – a bit differently than the pattern says, because it was hard to keep track of what I was doing. If you ever do attached beaded I cord on size 1 needles with slippery silk, let me know, I will tell you my tip. 🙂
It is likely that I will work on the sleeves to the baby sweater which are moving along nicely, the blue linen stitch scarf – which, although feeling endless, does show some modest results from my forcing myself to work on it some each day (thank you Knitting Sarah for teaching this to me!) and I might knit up the earrings that are the reason I went to the bead store last week. They don’t take too long to do.
Please notice that no where on this plan do you see things like
clean the house
paint the guest room
paint the laundry and mud room
make curtains for laundry and mudroom
paint the loft
build porch swing
clean and rearrange the living room
Those are the sort of things I thought I would be doing this winter, but they will just have to wait until spring. The real spring. Not the meteorological one that started weeks ago, nor the astrological one that starts this week, but the real one that starts when the snow is gone, the mud is drying out, and things are growing. You know, the one that comes in July. (I know I said I wouldn’t talk about the weather, but really! It just keeps snowing! There are warm days in between, which is fabulous, but I wish it would STOP.)
Oh, a PS for you birders. This newbie identified a new bird at the feeder this week – the white-breasted nuthatch. As I have not seen him before, I have to assume that we are getting new birds around now – almost like it is spring?