Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday Good Random Fun

The Good:

The family is all safely back in Illinois! They were delayed one day on New Year's Day when there were winter advisories out in Texas, but they ventured out on Friday to make the trek back to Illinois. Two cars, nine precious family members and friends, all back home safe and sound.  God is good.




The Random:
Many of you don't know that I was a CPA in my career, and I have just received my latest version of Turbo Tax....I can't wait to get started on the taxes for 2014.  I do our taxes and my daughter's taxes, but that's all I get to do now.  And besides, it isn't any fun any more. There was a time when it was fun to find all kind of tax savings for clients, but it seems that many of those benefits have been closed. This is the one connection I still have to the old Linda Kay, so I do enjoy this once a year challenge!  Now I'd rather be writing!
There are some tax changes in 2015 for those who might be interested:
1.  For those in the big bucks - the ceiling on tax is increased (adjusted for inflation) to 39.6%.  Not one for me to worry about!
2.  For 2015 the standard deduction is going up.
3.  Medicare tax on your payroll income is slightly higher for 2015. Again not one for me to be concerned with.
4.  There are changes to such things as IRA rollovers and 401K contributions.
So for those of you in the U.S., you might want to take a look at changes for 2015 to do some tax planning, or be sure to work with someone who can help.  For those of you who do not live in the U.S. - Sorry to bore you with the 'random' for today.

The Fun:
I had a good laugh when a friend posted this poem to me on Facebook.  Hope you enjoy...it's a little long for my usual blog posts. I don't know the source of the poem.


Christmas at Rock-Away Rest  

Twas the night before Christmas at Rock-Away Rest, 
and all of us seniors were looking our best.             
Our glasses, how sparkly, our wrinkles, how merry; 
Our punchbowl held prune juice plus three drops of sherry.    
            
A bedsock was taped to each walker, in hope          
That Santa would bring us soft candy and soap.             
We surely were lucky to be there with friends,             
Secure in this residence and in our Depends.    
            
Our grandkids had sent us some Christmasy crafts,             
Like angels in snowsuits and penguins on rafts.             
The dental assistant had borrowed our teeth,             
And from them she'd crafted a holiday wreath.    
            
The bed pans, so shiny, all stood in a row,             
Reflecting our candle's magnificent glow.            
Our supper so festive -- the joy wouldn't stop --             
Was creamy warm oatmeal with sprinkles on top.    
            
Our salad was Jell-O, so jiggly and great,             
Then puree of fruitcake was spooned on each plate.             
The social director then had us play games,             
Like "Where Are You Living?" and "What Are Your Names?"    
            
Old Grandfather Looper was feeling his oats,             
Proclaiming that reindeer were nothing but goats.             
Our resident wand'rer was tied to her chair,    

In hopes that at bedtime she still would be there.    
            
Security lights on the new fallen snow             
Made outdoors seem noon to the old folks below.             
Then out on the porch there arose quite a clatter             
(But we are so deaf that it just didn't matter).    
            
A strange little fellow flew in through the door,            
Then tripped on the sill and fell flat on the floor.            
Twas just our director, all togged out in red.             
He jiggled and chuckled and patted each head.            
   
We knew from the way that he strutted and jived            
Our social- security checks had arrived.             
We sang -- how we sang -- in our monotone croak,             
Till the clock tinkled out its soft eight-p.m. stroke.    
            
And soon we were snuggling deep in our beds.            
While nurses distributed nocturnal meds.
And so ends our Christmas at Rock-Away Rest.             
We all wish you the best!

Have a fabulous Monday, enjoying things as they get back to 'normal' whatever that is! Joining in today with Good Random Fun.  Thanks for hosting!

Linda Kay
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