3/27/2020

41 years of Taxes in our upstairs closet...and now I have time to shred them!

I couldn't believe that although I had planned to start weeding through our yearly tax papers saved as the first 7 year period passed, somehow I never got around to it. Life got busy, we had a toddler and new baby by that time. Two years later we had our youngest and I can't even begin to imagine why I didn't think to start going through those tax papers again.

When the kids were little I used to work part time while they were in school and be home to meet the school bus. And then I discovered the need to write...and I have NO idea where all those years in between went. Aside from kids going through those teen years, driver's licenses, accidents, and just life in general.

Soooo, here I was the other day chatting with our darling daughter--and missing our grandbabies to absolute pieces--and I mentioned that I was thinking I should order a shredder from Amazon and start shredding tax papers. Our daughter thought that was the funniest thing she'd ever heard. When she stopped laughing, she asked, "You mean the 41 years' worth in the upstairs closet?"





Well that had me getting my gumption up and telling our darling smarty-pants, yes since I have forced time to do it, being under the stay-at-home order from our governor, I was going to order the shredder! I could hear her chuckling. She doesn't think I'll do it...but it's on the task list for tomorrow!

Today's tasks are working on a couple of projects: Writing Blogs for GLIAS, keeping tabs on the e-books that I'm in the process of transferring to Kindle Unlimited so that all of my e-books will be in one place. Finally! But that may take another 2 weeks until that happens. Until then, all of my e-books are specially priced at 99 cents. C.H.'s Amazon Author Page

Isn't our new shredder pretty???





Soooo....way back under the eaves at the front of the house, we have this closet space where I put the Christmas ornaments, and a bunch of other stuff I can't live without. If you look past the Christmasy-boxes, there are some white priority envelopes. Those envelopes and from there back are seriously 41 years of taxes waiting for me to go through them, saving what's important, and shredding the rest. Well okay, except for the past 7 years.






I'm giving away 3 digital books...1 e-book (Reader's Choice) to 3 different winners!

To enter, leave a comment (and your email address to contact you) answering the question: Do you have any plans to tackle a task that's been waiting longer than mine while you're homebound?

ICYMI: I released the "Sweet" Version of my Small Town USA Contemporary Romance Series. The first three books are available in digital form in Kindle Unlimited and print. My Christmas Novella will be available in Kindle Unlimited in two weeks. 

Coming in April...large print versions of all four books! (my personal fave LOL)


     

     

    


Stay safe! Happy Reading
C.H.

10 comments:

  1. Mine is not as long as yours, but I am finally slowly going through a lot of things that had belonged to my parents. Dad passed in 2007 and Mom in 2008 and I have just not had the oomph or heart to go through those items I kept. Mom passed in June 08 and in December of 08 I had to have an emergency triple bypass, so with health issues and grieving, I just never got around to doing it. But I began Monday. Between memories with, tears, laughter and smiles it is getting done. Be safe. Good luck with the shredding.

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    1. OMGoodness, Jackie! I am so sorry to hear this. I lost my parents, too, but not so closely apart and to have had the triple bypass just a few months later must have been so very hard. My Dad passed away first twenty-one years ago...he was only 4 years older than I am right now! My Mom passed away 6 years ago...10 days after our youngest grandson was born. Life is so hard sometimes, but I agree between the memories, tears, laughter and smiles we can move forward to do what we have to do. I only recently opened a box of photographs that were from Mom's house for my Aunt's 80th bday bash this past August (since they were asking for photos). I just hadn't had the heart to go through them, either. Sending hugs and prayers for your continued health and happy memories!

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    2. Congrats, Jackie! You're one of my winners. Contact me at c.h.admirand@gmail.com to let me know which e-book you'd like me to send to you. Thanks!

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  2. reduce my TBR
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. OMGoodness, BN100!! That could either be a wonderful task or one that could be tricky, depending on whether or not your TBR pile are books that you selected, or ones that were gifts or from a conference. I know sometimes I have books in my TBR pile that aren't my taste, but they stay there because I met the author and have a connection, or I'd enjoyed the author's workshop at a conference, or simply that I loved the cover. Crazy, isn't it? Sending you hugs as you tackle your task!

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    2. Congrats, BN100! You're one of my winners. Contact me at c.h.admirand@gmail.com to let me know which e-book you'd like me to send to you. Thanks!

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  4. I have been doing several while hubby was laid off for a couple of weeks one was cleaning out the refrig plus give it a great wipe off also reading but our main one was getting the garden ready for me and hubby didn't get to it till he got called back to work putting in pipeline for gas. He also installs the meters on houses but is told can't go in to any to turn on. peggy clayton

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    1. Hi Peggy, I've been raking out our gardens a little at a time, afraid that I'll uncover them and then we'll have a cold snap. The latest we've had a foot of snow in northern NJ was April...of course that was a few years ago, but that date sticks in your mind, you know? It has to be frustrating for your husband with his job. I know the men in my family are going through something similar. Keep the faith, and know you're not alone.

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