Thursday, February 9, 2023

It Taxes Us All (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day, and Brian's Thankful Thursday


Sometimes i wish i could

live in a bubble,

with family and friends,

protected from trouble.

And if there's one thing that causes trouble in my life, it's technology, because to err is human but to really foul things up requires computers, and maybe computer programmers, the IRS, and the tax program online.

Brother-in-Law gets and keeps his knickers in a knot from the moment he gets his W-2 from work, wanting me to get his taxes done yesterday, because he can't wait to get his hands on the refund.

Brother-in-Law has me use an online program, which is fine, except this program wants to have two-step verification, which means it wants to send him a code in a text message, and he doesn't text on his flip-phone, or an email at his email address which has a 27 character (yes, really) password he can only access from a flash drive my computer doesn't read, so he has to be at work on his email to give me the code.

Once i get in, the taxes themselves only take under an hour, but getting in, then pulling the trigger on filing, which also requires a code to the same email address we had to get a code from just to get in there to begin, is quite a big production.

By the time the whole thing is over, he's that much closer to being ready for the rubber room and as for me, i need a cup of cocoa and a bubble bath.

Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Bubble.      


While Good Fences Around the World seems to have gone the way of the dodo bird, i still enjoy looking for and posting interesting fences, so i will!

My eye was drawn to the fence, and the decor in front of it.


It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day This week's image and my couplet and poem:    

Yeah, we all know she knows her stuff

but music class shouldn't be so rough!


She's a smart one

we all know it,

and every day

she gets to show it.

She's also very pretty,

and I tease her 'cause you see,

she doesn't know it yet

but I want her to marry me!


Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful.  

Today i am thankful to be done with Brother-in-Law's taxes.


Today is:

Feast of Apollo -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Narvik Sun Pageant (Vinterfestuka) -- Norway (annual festival held since ancient times to honor the sun goddess)

National Bagels and Lox Day

National DAV (Develop Alternative Vices) Day -- internet generated, in hopes that bad habits will be altered to positive coping mechanisms

National Read in the Bathtub Day -- yes, the day has its own Facebook page, just don't try it with a digital book, please 

Pizza Pie Day

Remembrance for Eyvind Kinnrifi -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan (martyr)

St. Apollonia's Day (Patron of dentists; Achterbos, Belgium; Ariccia, Italy; Cuccaro Monferrato, Italy; against toothaches, tooth disease)

St. Maroun's Day -- Lebanon (Syriac Maronite Church of Antioch, an Eastern Catholic Church)

Tales of Kelp-Koli begin -- Fairy Calendar (through the 16th)

Toothache Day -- and someone thought this needed a day because...?  Okay, I guess because there is a patron saint for it.  Or against it.  However that works.

Weather Day -- US (founding of the US Weather Service)

Birthdays Today:

David Gallagher, 1985

Ziyi Zhang, 1979

Mena Suvari, 1979

Shakira, 1977

Travis Tritt, 1963

Charles Shaughnessy, 1955

Judith Light, 1949

Mia Farrow, 1945

Alice Walker, 1944

Joe Pesci, 1943

Carole King, 1942

Janet Suzman, 1939

Roger Mudd, 1928

Brendan Behan, 1923

Kathryn Grayson, 1922

Bill Veeck, 1914

Gypsy Rose Lee, 1914

Ernest Tubb, 1914

Carmen Miranda, 1909

David Dean Rusk, 1909

Ronald Colman, 1891

Amy Lowell, 1874

William Henry Harrison, 1773

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Falstaff"(Verdi Opera), 1893

"Venice Preserv'd"(Otway Play), 1682

Today in History:

The Synod of Breslau orders Jews of Silesia to wear special caps, 1267

The first recorded race meet in England in Roodee Fields, Chester, 1540

The British ex-premier Walpole becomes the Earl of Oxford, 1742

After no presidential candidate receives a majority of electoral votes in the election of 1824, the United States House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams President of the United States, 1825

– The U.S. Weather Bureau is established, 1870

The first Japanese immigrants arrive in Hawaii, 1885

The Davis Cup competition is established, 1900

The first forestry school is incorporated at Kent, Ohio, 1909

Snow falls on Mauna Loa, Hawaii, 1922

Brazil becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty, 1922

Year-round Daylight Saving time is re-instated in the United States as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources, 1942

Joanne Woodward receives the first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1960

Jamaica becomes an independent nation within the Commonwealth of Nations, 1962

The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers, 1964

First test flight of the Boeing 747, 1969

Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1971

Space Shuttle astronauts Bernard A. Harris, Jr. and Michael Foale become the first African American and first Briton, respectively, to perform spacewalks, 1995

A storehouse of thirty Egyptian mummies is unearthed inside a 2,600-year-old tomb, 2009

Australian National University scientists discover the oldest known star at 13.6 billion years old, 2014

Storm Ciara has the unintended consequence of causing the fastest supersonic journey from New York to London by a British Airways Boeing 747-436; the plane reached speeds of 1,327 km/h / 825 mph and the trip took only 4 hours, 56 minutes, 2020

United Arab Emirates is the fifth entity to successfully orbit a probe around Mars, 2021


  1. I think Brother-in-Law needs to simplify his system to make things easier on you. I like the poem.

  2. I am always stressed up if I have to go online to fill up forms and more stressful if I have to do it for someone else. These days, we need all kinds of apps to get things done on our own, forcing us to rely more on apps instead of humans. That is a nice poem.

  3. Computers, banking systenms and so on also leaves me in a knot. You deserved your bath and I'm off for one when I'm done ... procrastinating reading blogs won't help ;)

  4. The fence is there to keep the creature in.

    God bless.

  5. Don't get me started on tax! Ypuir poem is absolutely delightful.

  6. Wow, that's a pretty large password!!

    We love your poem!

  7. Oh sweet story from the photo ~ great fence photo and post too ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days ~
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  8. Tax season, yuck and poo. I quit doing my own a few years ago. I hate computers and every year the program got more involved then my brain wants to know about, lol.

  9. Oh our Food Daddy does taxes for family sometimes and it can become a challenge. We are thankful for you for being done with your BIL's taxes too. :-) xo

  10. That was really a good but taxing story! Those were cute poems and an Amen to that thankful. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  11. Tell your brother-in-law that I saw on the news to wait a bit to do taxes because you could get more money back with new deductions. Cute poem.

  12. That Six was brilliant. It's funny because it's true. Too true. Oof, gotta go work on taxes.

  13. Ugh, taxes...don't remind me! Still, sounds like you have your hands full with his tax filing needs. Best of luck!

  14. Both of your poetic efforts are fabulous - and with the expression on that little guy's face - things definitely could go one way OR the other emotionally! Thanks for joining in our fun on Thursdays.

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy


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