Filing my taxes this year was definitely a case of better late than never. I picked up the completed return on Thursday. This was definitely the latest I’ve ever done my taxes. Fortunately, I didn’t owe any money. The accountant said that filing for an extension was no problem when I mentioned my lateness to him. But I’ve made a promise to myself that I will do better next year. He submitted them electronically that afternoon and I’ve received confirmation from both the IRS and Missouri tax folks that my returns have been filed.
I went to the lab for some medical tests before I went to the accountant’s office. One of the tests involved a blood draw. I don’t know how or why it happened but I looked at my arm in the parking lot and it was covered in blood. The bleeding had soaked through the band-aid. Thankfully, it did stop bleeding but I looked a mess.
On my way to the office, I drove through a really fierce storm. The rain was so heavy the traffic slowed to 20 mph on the highway. It was extremely difficult to see exit signs, etc. But I arrived safely at the office. I got a parking space close to the door but still had to struggle with an umbrella, my purse and my cane.
Thursday was not the easiest day of the week.
The fireworks tents are popping up like dandelions after a rain. They are next to every fast-food restaurant. They aren’t open for business yet but I expect by the middle of next week they will be. That means it won’t be long before the night=time quiet will echo with booms and bangs with a few sizzles thrown in for good measure. The appearance of the fireworks tents announced the speeding days of summer. They are almost a truer sign of summer than the hot temperatures we’re experiencing.
Summertime is doing its best to arrive. It has taken it’s unofficial opening date of May 30 seriously. The temps have been flirting with 90s. The humidity thinks what is good for the temp is also good for it. Never mind that most humans don’t agree. Today and tomorrow are supposed to be nice … high only in the 80s and with lower humidity. That’s how I like summer.
Saw something odd the other day. I was in line at the drive-through to get a sandwich when I noticed a big puff of smoke coming from the roof of the car in front of me. It was a car with a sunroof. Evidently the driver and any others in it were smokers and they opened the sunroof to vent the smoke. I’m sure glad I wasn’t in that car. Given the size of that puff, it must have been very difficult to breathe inside the car.
What do you suppose I’ve done with my eyeglasses? I had a doctor’s appointment and some errands to do this morning. I wore my sunglasses since the sun was out and bright. When I got home, I came in, took off the sun glasses and I have no idea what I did with my regular glasses. They are not in the case. The sunglasses are tucked away in it. Is this part of getting older? Maybe it’s a good thing I’ll be making an appointment with my eye doctor next week.
What a blessing running water is! We have been under a “boil water” order for over two weeks. But that was lifted this morning. What a pleasure it is to be able to just turn on the faucet and be able to use the water. We should never take clean running water for granted.
Do you ever feel isolated? I’m edging into that territory this week. We have many, many road closings due to the flooding. The continued rain doesn’t help matters. I am effectively isolated on my hill top. I’m thankful that I live on the hill top, above the water, But I will be glad when it goes down and the roads reopen. We’re under a boil order for water so it will be nice when that is lifted.
Last night’s Bible study was cancelled because so many roads have been closed not enough people could get to the church for the service. I have another symphony concert ticket which will go unused because I can’t get to the symphony hall.
I believe there is no rain in the forecast for tomorrow. I’m planning on getting out to the grocery store if that’s true. I should buy more bottled water to have on hand.
It’s been raining for days. Looking out the window gives you a good appreciation for a gold fish’s life, especially if that life includes rumbles of thunder and flashes of lightning. I have a ticket to the Symphony tonight but I’ve decided not to go. We are under flash flood warnings so driving might be tricky. In addition, there is a longish walk from the parking lot so chances are good I’d arrive at the concert hall wearing squishy shoes, in a coat dripping water. That doesn’t sound like an enjoyable evening to me. The program will be broadcast on the radio so I think I’ll just stay home and listen to the music through the magic of radio.
Last week’s program was enjoyable. It began with a a piece called Hymne by Valentin Silvestrov. Both music and composer were new to me. The couple sitting next to me must not have liked it because they left. Seemed odd to me that they would pay $30/ticket to hear only one song. Seemed like an awful lot to spend for only seven minutes of music.
Next up was Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor. The pianist did a masterful job. I’m always amazed at someone who can memorize such a lengthy piece and play it so well. The audience stood and applauded until he had taken four bows and played a brief encore.
After intermission we heard Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. This, too, was very well- played. It all added up to an enjoyable musical evening.