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Had a busy afternoon at work. It seemed like everyone had a question about something that had nothing to do with library business. A lot of people with tax questions. Just because we have tax forms does not mean we can answer your tax questions. Even though I know the answers, that's not what I'm being paid to do. The best one was when a guy came in and showed me a notice he got about where he can get his taxes done free. It listed the sites and phone numbers to call to make an appointment. He asked me why they wouldn't answer their phone. How am I supposed to know why they didn't answer the phone? None of the phone numbers belonged to us. If he tried calling today, of course they weren't going to answer the phone; the place is closed. And tax season just started. I can't wait until April 17! I don't have any appointments set up yet. Every year I tell myself this will be your last year to volunteer, but I keep doing it.
It was much warmer today than it has been. I think it got pretty close to the 30s. No one was complaining about the weather.
Yeah! i'm done with all the tax tests I needed to do, and a couple more optional ones. I guess I'm ready. I won't start until Feb. 6. Gives me time to relax a little. I'm just tired of telling people who come into the library to pick up forms that we cannot help them. But they still keep asking us questions. I just tell them there are some places they can go to get their taxes prepared and e-filed for free. So please, if you have to pick up forms from your local library, do not ask them questions because they cannot and are forbidden to answer tax questions.
Hope everyone is having a decent week so far. We're starting to get spring-like weather here. I just hope we don't get hit with a very late winter storm.
Debbie- Wahoo for completing your tests for tax preparation. You are so wonderful to volunteer to do this. I never thought to ask the library workers for help. I guess I didn't think they were responsible for that info!
We are warmer than usual was well. I wonder what March will bring???
Thinking of you all!
Joan, you'd be surprised what people expect librarians to know. Just because the library is a source for information doesn't mean we know all the answers. A lot of people ask my how to navigate through websites. Evidently, they think every site is the same. I just tell them to start exploring the links. How can anyone know how to navigate every single site out there? Some people think since we check books out electronically we should be able to tell them all the books they've read. Those are just some of the tamer questions. I never knew working in a library could be so "interesting". That must be why I'm still there after almost 6 years.
I am so looking forward to the end of June. The girls are coming for a visit. Bailey was excited about being here for the 4th of July again. She had fun when they were here a couple years ago. Lyra will be more fun this time since she won't be a baby any more; and she had a blast at our annual music festival. She was so interested in everyone's feet. I can't believe she'll be 3 when I see her again. It's going to be a busy time for us. We have an out-of-town wedding to go to so the girls will meet us there before coming here. We have all the preparations for the 4th of July music festival, not to mention how busy we'll be that day. The girls will be here for about a week after so we'll have more time to spend with them. After they leave, we'll have a little break then it will be our class reunion. I am so grateful no one asked us to help with that. They all know how much work we put into the music festival. If I'm lucky to have enough money put aside, I'd like to fly down to stay with the girls in August to help Sheri out with the girsl while she's part of her friend's wedding. That will be a huge if. I'm not sure I'll be able to afford to take the extra time off from work or even if I'll be able to take the time. I'll have a new boss by then. My boss will be done the end of June.
Well it is Wednesday and this week is just seeming long! I am just feeling some of the blues lately and I think part of it is by this time of the season, DH works nights and I do most stuff for the house. I do like it when he takes responsibility for DD in the a.m. and get her onto the bus! I am so tired day starts at 5:55 am and I don't get home until after 6 pm and I am just plain tired by that point! uggghh, ok I vented!
I am so behind with tax stuff! I don't even want to think about it just yet! But your good for getting prepared Debbie and it will be fun to have the girls over the summer.
Joan, I have been wondering about the weather for the remainder of the year too! It has been a wild ride lately.
I have been talking about moving to NC, and if the market was better I would be out of Jersey! I think I am so tired of the high price of everything - my parents say they would go too, and my one sister wants to go! So it's a big decision but hopefully over the next 2 years we might be able to do it. . . .
Debbie - I cannot even imagine having to deal with people like that all day. I guess I'm becoming more anti-social than I thought! You do have a LOT to look forward to! Hopefully, it will all work out just like you want it to.
Michele - the cost of living is so high up that way. I know my mom would like to move, but my dad wouldn't. Although, he has said some things lately that makes me think maybe he would. But he is 88 and I know the stress of packing, sorting and moving would be extremely stressful for him. For my mom too! She stresses easily. For the record she is 76.
Sunny day here but it must be especially dry. My sinuses hurt - like they are terribly dry. It is in my nose and up into my forehead. I'm going to take a warm shower and see if the steam helps. Then I'm going to STAMP!
Michele, I don't have my own tax stuff ready. I'm just ready to do everyone else's returns. I'm still waiting on one more thing before I can do my own. We do have until April 17 so you're really not behind. Anymore, it's almost better to wait until mid-February or March to think about it, the way Congress changes some of the tax laws at the last minute.
The sun is shining and it's 42°. Is it winter or is it spring? The snow is melting, which is a good thing. I wouldn't mind a little more snow after this melts; just as long as it's only 1" or less.I love listening to all of the people who move here with the Border Patrol. The're used to weather in the south and not up here in the north. And this winter has been too mild so far.
Michele, I hope you get to realize your dream to move to NC. Never lose that dream.
Joanne, have you tried a saline spray for your nose? It helps me when it's real dry around here. We have some patrons who are chain smokers and as soon as they come around me, I"m all stuffy. We have to open all cases to make sure the DVDs, CDs and VHS tapes are there and are the correct ones. When I open one of them from a chain smoker, the smoke just jumps out at you. Not a thing we can do about it. We can't tell people they can't smoke in their own homes; however, I wouldn't mind being able to. I'm allergic to smoke of any kind. Most days at work aren't too terribly bad. It's just interesting the type of people that are drawn to libraries. In the summer, we get a lot of young hitchhikers stop in to check their email. Sometimes they'll talk to us, sometimes not. We also get a lot of cyclists come through. So we do get to meet some interesting people.
Hi all my friends... I just had my piano tuned and fixed...Ouch $280.00. At Christmas my DGD was playing hard and broke 4 elbows. The piano has plastic elbows for the hammers. 52 of them broke as he tried to tune it. The other 36 will have to be replaced soon. The piano is my age, so I guess plastic from 1953 wasn't made to last forever. It sounds beautiful. Wish I could play, now! When my fingers, hand and wrist quit hurting I will!
Debbie - I have started using the saline spray and what a difference it makes! I honestly didn't think it would help, but it does!!! I've been using it more often which means I've used it four times this winter. LOL
Joan - sorry about the cost of the piano! I'm glad you got it fixed though. I hope you can play it soon.
My daughter's dog, Chloe, got hurt at the dog park yesterday. Two MUCH LARGER dogs fell on her! She is a 12-lb chihuahua mix! Took her to the vet today and it seems she just has a sore shoulder. She puts weight on the foot and was walking much better today so we don't think anything is broken.
Oh what to do today - I have so much "work" but I want to stamp and play!!!
I just had a 3-day weekend and all the stamping I did was a birthday card for Vince's nephew. I did take care of a couple of things I've been putting off. I also got all of my nephew's wedding invitations scored. I am so glad I invested in the Scor Pal.
I start doing taxes next week so I'll busy for the next 2-1/2 months.
Gosh, I don't even know how long it's been since I've posted. I just caught up on reading the posts. Praying for all, chuckling with Cat, commiserating with Joanne (moods, sinuses, being social)......can't remember everything now, but I think of you all every day.
I've been very anti-social lately, and even anti-e-social. I might get on the computer once a day now. Most of my days are spent watching tv with Boo. I feel like a lump.
I'm getting an SU order on Thursday and hoping it will motivate me a bit. I don't know if I've said it here or not (I know I did on facebook), but I'm not sending any cards this year. I'm sending prayers instead. Stamping has become a job rather than a fun hobby for me. I need to take a break from deadlines, and just stamp for the fun of it. I'll try to build my stock up for next year and get back into the swing of things then.
This may seem off the wall, but have any of you swallowed a pill and had it go up into your sinuses instead? LOL Oh man, am I weird! My progesterone pills are spherical and hard to swallow. I have to throw my head back a little to get them down. Well, sometimes they go up instead of down and get caught in my sinuses. They won't come out until they "melt" a little, then I can blow them out my nose. (Sorry if this is TMI) I was wondering what you ladies think about whether or not I should take another pill when that happens. I have been, but was wondering if I'm double dosing that way. Any ideas? Gee, how boring would this thread get if I didn't pop in once in awhile!?! LOL
Well, I hope you all miss me. I miss you when I'm not here. Just can't bring myself around much. I'll try to be better.
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Thanks for chuckle, Cat.
Miss you, Sue. I got a big chuckle from you, too. Can't say I ever had that happen to me.
Had a quiet evening at work. Hardly anyone in the library tonight. I like those quiet evenings. I'm counting down the months until my girls will be here.... only 5 more months. Can't wait to see them. Bailey's great uncle on her dad's side of the family sent us some pictures he took of the girls right after Christmas. They are growing up so fast.
Sue - glad to se you post. And I'm with you on the anti-social part lately. Although I'm attached to the computer it seems. I've never had that problem with a pill, but I think you taking another one is okay. Obviously, the first one isn't staying in your system. That does seem very strange though - have you asked your doctor about it. I would think it would be extremely painful!
Debbie - in a way, I hope those five months go quickly. But don't want to wish time away either!
Joanne, I have to agree with you. I really don't want time to pass too quickly, either. I have lots to keep me busy between now and then. I need to change my avatar with one of the pictures I just received.
Sue - .......I've never had that problem with a pill, but I think you taking another one is okay. Obviously, the first one isn't staying in your system. That does seem very strange though - have you asked your doctor about it. I would think it would be extremely painful!.......
It doesn't hurt, just feels weird. When it comes out it looks like the inside of it dissolved and left only a thick shell. My nose bled a LOT this morning. I get lots of nose bleeds, but rarely do they bleed a lot. I'll ask the doc when I see her in May (if I remember).
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Debbie - The girls are precious.
Sue- Wow! I have been wondering about you! I have never had a pill go up into my sinuses. Take care and have fun with the little pooch!
Joanne- You are awesome! I will PM you!
Hi, all! Just got back from having dinner with my nephew and his fiance. We stopped by her work place to let her know their invitations are ready, and she invited us out to dinner. We keep telling them the invitations are part of their wedding gift, but they still want to pay us for the work. All I did was score them, Vince did the hard work by designing them then printing them.
Thought to share this and hope it will bring some encouragement....
The Shadows of Groundhog Day
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the SHADOW of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff
they comfort me." Psalm 23:4
Today is Groundhog Day in America. The day in Pennsylvania when the celebration is held of the groundhog being lifted from his hiding place. If the groundhog sees his shadow it is predicted that there will be six more weeks of winter.
Like the groundhog in Pennsylvania, all of us have self-perceived shadows within ourselves. But, we come out of our cave and see our imagined shadows, we may go into a hiding hibernation from life – long-beyond six weeks, maybe for as long as six years.
We have seen people go into long seclusion, pulling away, all due to the imagined shadows they perceive within themselves. In counseling, I have seen people defend their shadows almost unto death. An imagined shadow can become a very real and scary thing.
We are always much better than we think we are. We tend to be our worst judge and are more critical about ourselves than anyone else or anything.
We see our own shadows magnified with greater darkness and impending doom. Like the groundhog, perhaps we need to give ourselves a break.
But how do we do this if we have been in the shadows for so long.
We must realize that we are not in this life experience alone.
We have God's help.
God's help brings brightness to every new morning - IF WE LET GOD DO THIS.
God's help brings a new dawn, new opportunity, and new vistas for us to strive towards.
We must allow God to work in our lives by no longer holding ourselves back hiding in the imagined shadows.
In our free-will we must accept God's help as ours today.
Why do we accept it for others, but not ourselves? It is because we carry our own baggage, we do not carry the baggage of others. We can often believe bigger for other people than for ourselves because of this.
The spiritual journey is to take the spiritual truth, and wear it as our own, in our souls.
The good news – you are not who you once were. You are not your biography. As a child of God you are defined more by your potential than your past. As a child of God you have the same potential that was given to every great person.
Many people live perpetually in the shadows of past mistakes, and errors. This is not God's will for you.
As a child of God you are evolving every day into a better spiritual being. The light of God eliminates shadows.
Some of the greatest people I have ever known, were not always what you would call good people – but through the help of God they became overcomers of their shadowy past.
There comes a time my friend, in our own spiritual journey, when we must muster up the courage of God, and in a way take God's hand, to go past our shadows, out into the light of a new life. When we realize we are not going it alone, this gives us a tremendous power of overcoming. We have a God-given Divine strength.
We smile as we journey because we are doing the will of God. We move forward to fully, totally live, discovering our true selves. It is only then that new God-given abilities and gifts are revealed to us.
Today, may God be with you, and go with you, as you boldly move forward.
Hi friends! I spent most of the day making recipe scrapbook pages for my friend! She has been asking for some of my recipes and I decided to put a scrapbook together. She and I have been friends since we were 11 years old!