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a few weeks ago I gathered up and organized the tax information…

scanned it all and emailed it to my wonderful accountant;-)… she is quite amazing and uses all the newest technology

a few days ago I received a link to a portal from Platinum Business Services which had my completed tax documents as well as a letter advising I have a refund this year…

I had to print, sign, scan (used the Notes app on my phone for that) and return one document, which they will now efile and eventually I will get a confirmation and see the money in my bank account…

an eTransfer through my credit union, and payment was complete…

it was all done electronically, from my scanning documents, to them doing the work, to the portal where I could see the results, to my downloading and returning signed paperwork, to paying them, to eventually getting money put into my account by the government…

amazing how technology has improved our lives over the years and what a perfect time we are living in… so much we can still do even as we are isolating

always so happy when the process is done as for many years it took my beloved forever to get this piece of work done…

thanks to the refund, which was because I had extra tax taken off throughout the year I made a donation to Winnipeg Harvest (online) to support those struggling to put food on the table… every little helps…

deadhead…

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Monday is now plant watering day… used to be Saturday, but this new schedule is working well…

was talking with someone about their friend who, whenever they visited, would walk around and deadhead all the plants in the house…

as I was wandering around the living and dining room this morning I was reminded of my mom and mother-in-law and how they both did that in my house… they were both gardeners and certainly had green thumbs, actually – hands, lol… the plants always seemed happier after they had been over…

I think of my friends who are also amazing with plants… right now I am working on growing an avocado following one of their directions;-)… hope it works…

I also spent a bit of time enjoying the newest blooms…

flowers sure do make me happy…

biscuits…

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I love scones and have a friend who makes the best ones ever… of course, she can’t make any for me just now…

have had a recipe for tea biscuits up on the cupboard door for weeks…

last night I finally made it and had biscuits for my supper…

and a late night snack…

and my breakfast;-)…

and possibly another late night snack;-)…

unfortunately I should not be eating this much bread all at once, but tea biscuits need to be eaten while they are fresh… right, lol…

clearly they were delicious, although not as good as my friend’s scones;-)…

avocado…

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had a wonderful day outside yesterday…

topped up the hot tub and added chemicals to it…

found my gardening gloves and planted an avocado

although it is still messy on the deck, I sat in the sun and read for a while…

noticed that there is actually water in the pond;-)…

Spring is really coming, yay…

started…

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at least two weeks ago I started to clean out the kitchen junk drawer…

started, as in I took a bunch of stuff out of it and left all of it on the kitchen counter…

finally, today I finished the job… yay…

some things went into my toolbox in the basement… some went into a box to go upstairs to the computer room… and some went back – neatly – into the drawer

I even tidied up the next drawer, which mainly has my collection of technology in it…

the counter looks much better as well;-)…

happy to have that done, although apparently I wrote about it before, lol… not sure what happened;-)…

careful…

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interesting weather today… I took pictures between 8 and noon as the snow came and went on the deck, lol…

actually got dressed… put on a long dress that I picked up on Maui last April…

flowers and turtles brightened my day…

I also ordered dinner in… this is the first time I’ve done this since I got home in January… was very careful when I brought in the bag and removed the food… this is what I had for my dinner…

since then I have washed my hands many times and been very careful not to touch my face…

I ordered a couple of items so will have four or five meals to take me through the next week;-)…

was also able to order groceries that will come in about a week and a half… the system is overloaded so I am pleased to get on the list at all…

Mac…

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this morning I set up for a FaceTime meeting with a friend to see if we could connect a portable drive to her Mac

we’d gone shopping for it a number of weeks ago and planned to meet in person to get it connected…

lots of fun as we tried to figure it out from a distance, lol… I know how the drive works but don’t have a clue about Macs…

we think we got it sorted out after a number of bumps in the road;-)..

we also talked about Google Photos, which I’ve been using for quite some time… it is free and easy to access from my phone or the computer… it is simple to make albums and to put photos back onto my phone if I need/want them…

spent some time proofing a document for my daughter, worked on my recipe book a bit and watched a few PVRd shows…

later I baked sweet potato fries… fried up some pickerel breaded with crushed potato chips… and made a tartar sauce…

it was all delicious and I enjoyed every bite…

envelope…

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mail

yesterday I received an envelope with a beautiful card and goodies in it…

another of my Advent All Year packages from my daughter…

a nice treat in this time of staying at home…

the card had a butterfly and flower on it and there were cute leaf stickers and two very cute camera paper clips inside…

thinking of where I am going to use those paper clips…

such a pleasant surprise…

changes…

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I’ve noticed a few things during this time of social isolation…

but I do think that sheltering in place – words used in the US by many – feels like a kinder description, although maybe not as clear for those who are not paying attention to the seriousness of the situation we are all in…

I have been isolating since I returned home from Ottawa in January as I recovered from a very intense final six months before I retired… of course I was still able to go out, but mostly I stayed home…

I did get to see my boys a few times, so that was lovely…

one of the things I’m pleased to see is a family that has been playing street hockey in front of my house a couple of times… haven’t seen kids (and their parents) out on the street getting some exercise for years;-)…

the other thing is about being told to stay at home and how it makes you want to go out… this reminds me so much of times when I’ve been told what I should and shouldn’t eat, and how all I could think about were those things!

when our girls were little I had to have access to the car, although I rarely went out in it… just knowing I could made being at home much easier…

we must stay home to protect everyone…

PTE…

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along with every other theatre, PTE had to cancel their current and upcoming performances…

we got an email advising that they were going to send us the archive copy of the performance for us to watch… what a kind gesture on their part… it was only available until the last date of the performance…

on Saturday, at 3 pm (the time we would have gone to see the show), my friend and I connected by phone and watched the show together… it was a bit of a giggle because the two computers were just off a touch, so it did sound a bit strange;-)…

I had my snacks ready – two of the shortbread cookies my friend had made for me – and a couple of pieces of Lindt 70% dark chocolate… we often bring a snack to the theatre, lol…

we had a fun time and a good conversation once it was over…

new ways of being together, but staying separate…