Good Eats, Quarter End Again, and Other Weekly Updates

Pork Chops with a Sweet Cherry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, and Pan Roasted Broccoli

Good morning! A quick pop in to say “hello”. This week is going by super fast.

Good Eats

I promised I would start sharing a pic of some of our Hello Fresh meals. We are just taken with this service and having fun with it. I enjoy picking out our menu for the following week on Monday’s. It’s hard to decide. I forgot to take a picture of our beef cavatappi last night though, oops. Oh my gosh it was some of the best food I ever put in my mouth. It was heavenly. We’ll be ordering that again. It had a creamy sauce. Was probably not low fat, but the tomatoes that were in it burst with flavor when you bit in. I may also recreate that one on my on. I’m going to recreate the enchiladas later in the week.

Photo by RODNAE Productions on Pexels.com

It’s Quarter End Processing Time Again

So it’s quarter end now that I have closed the last Friday payroll of June. And I will begin checking off the long list of of check boxes until it is complete. I’ll be doing not only my normal weekly payroll and weekly taxes that I pay for our bigger states with the most employees, but also doing the withholding tax returns and unemployment tax returns and our reconciliation report. It’s also month end so here’s kinda the run down.

___Pay Weekly Taxes

___Do my normal weekly routine: payroll, time entry fixes, PTO’s, garnishment check run to agencies, manual checks, and our 401k upload, and more.

___Pay the Bi-Weekly Tax for one state

___Pay 11 Monthly Taxes for the 11 states we pay monthly too

___Pay the 8 Quarterly paid Taxes for the 8 states we pay quarterly

___Do Withholding Returns in 26 states (Includes both our plant and Transport companies) for states that have withholding tax. This many do though.

___Do Unemployment Returns for all those states as well. Which is probably more than 26.

___Do my reconciliation report.

So in case you wondered why I’m so beefed up about getting it done. It’s a lot of extra work that has to be on top of your already busy week. So I have to try and get this “worked in” to my days.

How to Look Up a Phone Number Free

I found this website the other day and was able to find out for the first time in a long time, who called, lol.

It’s thatsthem.com. I’m not going to put the link in here, but you can try it if you want. Another time the phone number couldn’t be found. But I was pleased it worked for one of the numbers. I think we ought to be able to know who is really calling us.

Dexter Having a Quiet Moment

And here’s a video of him playing with a tea bottle I brought home yesterday.

Nails Done

I had time to go get my nails done. I have such mixed feelings. The cost with tip is over $50 for a dip. It just seems so high but it’ll last me close to a month. I feel guilty getting them done sometimes, especially since I also get my toes done. I like to get them done separately so I can enjoy getting them done without them hovering over me getting my nails done. I like to be on my phone and when my nails have foil on them while I get my pedi, I can’t do that, lol. So usually I go separately. I may look to see if there is cheaper prices anywhere. I bet you all say that is a good deal? Last time you did. I fussed about a year ago too. Well it’s something I will cut out if times get harder, but for now I’ll still do it as busy as we are. When I retire, I’ll do my own and just go periodically has a treat for a manicure so they can clean them up nicely from time to time. Then I’ll have more time to do them at home. I don’t mind doing them and enjoy it but only if I have time to sit there and do them and let them dry. Otherwise it is frustrating.

The Next “Less Hustle More Coffee” Video is Scheduled

This is ONLY the thumbnail – a preview of Saturday’s upcoming video that goes live at 7:00 a.m. Saturday

Wow, I can hardly believe it myself but the next video is scheduled for Saturday at 7:00 a.m. of Mom’s Walk-Thru of her new house and of our going through a local Christmas shop and celebrating her closing on her house. I think I have a schedule now where I can get them done more quickly. Scheduling it in advance is helping me. So all the videos will go up Saturday at 7:00 a.m. if there is going to be one. I was trying for every two weeks and this week I’m beating the goal by a week! We’ll see how it goes but weekly may be a challenge. Or maybe not if I can get them scheduled in advance and get a rhythm going. Before I would wait until it went live to start the next one. Now I just wait until I have it scheduled.

So, Over and Out. I need to get to work and Dexter is wearing me out this morning wanting more attention. It’s very difficult to blog as he gets into so much in my office. I have to stop about 6 or 8 times despite the fact that I have brought him toys to play with in here. Sometimes I have to put him back out in the hallway and close the door, so I can finish but I try not to as he is closed up all day. But you get to a point where it has to be done or I’ll be late for work. Most of the time he is calm but those two hours of the day. And one of them is always my office time despite the tennis ball playing we did earlier. It’s a wonder I get to work at all on time.

Oh and….

Meanwhile in Texas

Little Roo gets a haircut today. His first one. All his little curls will be gone. It’s time though. She waited as long as she could. Here’s a pic of the family at the beach! They had a fabulous vacation. Little Roo liked the sand but not the waves.

Ok will be back in a day or two. Take care!

Losing another Family Dog | A Tribute to Findlay

I’m sorry to say that Ms. Findlay (my grand dog) did not make it. She had a blockage in her intestines. They did surgery. Her bloodwork wasn’t good so they did a plasma transfusion (?) and that did not work and they went back in for a 2nd look and found 8 inches of infection in and around her intestines and put her down because her survival rate was next to nothing. Bottom line, she just couldn’t heal properly from this. Everyone is a bit devastated. They didn’t get to have proper good byes or be with her like you usually do. No one knew it was going to be this serious. Everyone prayed. God had other plans. My daughter recognizes that and knows God knows what He is doing and knows the reasons why. It’s been a hard year for dogs in our extended family. It’s been a hard year for everyone in many different ways. As my daughter and I talked yesterday she said “God is building character within us”. “The end times are getting closer” and basically the heat is being turned on so that the focus is applied where it needs to be.

Our hearts hurt however, at the loss of our very unique and loving little Findlay. Dogs have such personality, each one. Findlay was playful, loving, funny, and sometimes had us scratching our heads as she loved her dog beds just a little too much, lol (she humped them, lol). She loved to chew on things including her beds. She wanted the stuffing out of them. She was curious. She was smart. She was energetic. She was mostly potty trained and would run around in circles in front of you to let you know she needed to go out. She was mostly obedient. But most of all she LOVED Little Roo. She was a good little girl and learned to say she was sorry when she made a mistake (Katy taught her, lol). The kids (they’ll always be our kids) will be sad and hurting for a few days. The pain will get better. The fond memories will remain. But they will miss her. And we will too as she will not be there to greet us when we arrive in Texas in November.

I’m asking my blog buddies to leave comments in today’s entry for Katy and Cody to give them love and encouragement after the loss of their little sweet Findlay girl. It’ll be a hard few days. But it will help them so much to hear your words of comfort.

I tried to find the video where Findlay was chasing bubbles and Little Roo was laughing. I could not locate it. But our thoughts are with them today and we will all miss our little Findlay. She has been a great pet. I’m glad Little Roo got to meet her but he probably won’t remember her when he grows up. He’s just too little.

Thanks in advance for any comments and encouragement you can leave for my daughter and son-in-law and Little Roo. I appreciate you and I know they do too.

Bye my little Findlay girl. You rest within our hearts always. Give my love to Roger, Maisy, Tugie, and all our little fur baby friends when you see them in God’s “Rainbow Bridge”. And thanks for being the wonderful little being that you were!

Progress at Work, A Death in the Family, Another in the Hospital, and Building Up the Immune System

We had the prettiest sunrise yesterday morning! And I got to enjoy it all the way to work. It was very quiet at work yesterday and had done a lot of my payroll duties yesterday at home so I had a chunk of the day to finish up withholding returns for both businesses, including the Oregon “all in one’s” for both and including the STT taxes for Oregon for both company’s. I am almost through with unemployment returns for one side of the business and have to do it now for the other. Then I can begin working on the year end reporting for all states. I think there are 26 states or something like that. It’s the bigger ones that are the problems – where you have to hand enter a w-2 in its entirety – I think Oklahoma is the worst, lol. But I have to stop to do payroll and the weekly taxes for this week so they won’t be late.

The irony of this payroll is that it is month end again, lol. I’m rolling my eyes because it seems to never end, lol – but I have until Feb 15th to get that monthly withholding payments done and it goes fairly fast. At least now I’m starting to feel some relief but there is still a lot to do and it is still questionable as to whether it can all be done by Feb 1st, even working on the weekend, but we will see. I’m not even sure that if I didn’t have payroll whether I could even get it done or not. There is just not much time in my week normally to work on extra things so why would there be now? lol But I will at least have the returns done 2/1 and should have quite a bit of the annual reporting done by 2/1. I predict there will be some left to do but we’ll see. I’m trying to accomplish the goal. I was happy being in my office yesterday and so glad I didn’t have to waste a day being at a legal meeting downtown. It’s just so much easier working in my office than from home in my temporary set up.

Meanwhile I learned that my 1st cousin has passed and on line I saw the funeral was a graveside service about an hour and half away from us in the middle of the day. She was a generation older than me and our families have not hung out really since I was child. We really only saw them at family funerals which is kinda sad. I’m not going to be able to go. I thought if there had been an evening visitation that we might try to go if it was late enough where I didn’t have to leave early from work. I’m sure Mom would have liked to go but after talking with her, she said “no we are just too far away”. And with that variant virus so rampid I guess the simpler the service the better. So that is some pressure off. I was afraid Mom would be bitter and hold it against me for not taking her. So I’m relieved that she was not expecting to go. I am glad because I don’t want to lose my job and I’ve had to take off for so much already and still much to come as I will be needing to make some of my own appointments this year too. Unfortuneatly “cousin” is not on the funeral excused list, either. So I will send a card of sympathy to my remaining cousins and George and I plan to donate to the American Diabetic Association (whatever was listed in the funeral notice). I’m quite fond of Lynn, who is more my age. And I want to reach out to her for the loss of her sister. I’m sad and I’m also sad that our families did not hang out more. People grow apart for various reasons through the years. We all know how THAT goes. I’m of the mind that if you don’t see people while they are living, it sucks to go see them after they pass. Sorry but just a weird thing that kept going through my mind yesterday. I know we need to be there for those that remain, but it’s just sad that extended family ignores each other until there is a death. I guess our world is just so huge and explosive with so much going on that there is not the time to spend with all the people you would like to. And no one ever cared enough to do family reunions to tie us together so we end up not even knowing who our extended family is anymore. It’s really sad to me.

Coming out of the neighborhood.

Driving over the lake.

So I worked late and got home and George fixed a soup and sandwich for us as I showered and changed and put on warm PJ’s. We sat into watching the 3rd show of Ozark for this new season that released. And we get a call from Katy. She has been throwing up and sick from food poisoning or some thing. And was dehydrated and almost passing out, so Cody took her to the hospital and she was put on IV and given nausea meds. She began feeling better immediately once she had liquids. She can dehydrate so fast. She is frustrated as they have all been sick over and over again. River had also been throwing up some in the last day or so but seemed fine otherwise.

So I am thinking that they need to boost their immune system. I know that being around kids in school and day care exposes one to everything the community has as it is such a collection of germs from all over the place. As a woman and to build up immunity, what would you take in vitamins and supplements to get well? I want to suggest these that I take:

*Vitamin D – this is one thing that really makes a difference. My legs and body get really week when I’m low. A shortage of Vitamin D can impact a lot of things.

*Zand Naturals, Immunity Gummies which has Elderberry and Zinc (on Amazon) – Just gives an extra boost.

*Vitamin C. I don’t drink juice and probably don’t eat enough fruit but I think this has helped some.

*Vitamin B Complex – Oh my gosh. This is my feel good pill right here. If I don’t have enough B’s I get emotional, nervous, and anxious (I know I know I’m always anxious, lol) but seriously it’s on steroids if I don’t have this. There is certain brand I use that works and has a veggie capsule so it will actually get in your body.

The rest is just trying to get in some greens and fruits and eat healthy nutrition including a lot of protein. Sometimes even a spoonful of peanut butter can get me through til I can get something better.

Do you have any suggestions for Kate? She reads the blog and she will read your answers. I’m worried about her. She is home now after being able to keep sprite down.

So pray for them all out there in TEXAS. They are having a rough time trying to keep everyone well. But I’m thinking it’s time for Katy to work on the immune system. And see if it won’t help. It’s frustrating to me to be so far away and can’t run over and help with River. But someone came over while they went to the hospital. I just pray she feels better today. And I know she feels like she can’t miss work either. But she will need her rest and to get better.

Ok off to get ready for work and get payroll done. Ya’ll take care!