Saturday, February 4, 2012

Death and Taxes

Two days in bed and I'm feeling a little better.  I'm still coughing and congested but I feel better than I did Thursday. 

Mike seems to be doing well on his new medication.  He at least hasn't called me 20 times a day but he also knows I've been sick so I know he's trying to let me rest.  Ron spent the whole day with him today.  There was lots of basketball to watch on tv.

Ron  and I have been living together a year now.  I can't believe it.  Our first anniversary will be in 3 months.  Where did the time go?  We've been so consumed with taking care of Mike that the time has flown by.  If we are able to get Mike settled down and not so dependent on us maybe we can take a short trip this spring.  I sure hope so. 

I guess we will start preparing our taxes tomorrow.  We have to see whether we will do better filing married and separate or married and jointly.  This is all new stuff for me.  I've never had enough deductions to file a long form but with all Ron's medical bills we may be able to this year.  I can't believe you have to owe money to save money on taxes but that's how it works.

Oklahoma will probably do away with state income tax this legislative session.  I'm not in favor of it because I know that it will be recooperated somehow and it will probably cost me a lot more than income tax did.  They estimate it will cost each taxpayer an additional $150.00/month if you have an income of $50,000 or less.  Now what is fair about that?  Just like the federal government, those that can least afford it end up with the greatest burden.  I can't believe Oklahoman's are so dumb to think the governor is doing them a favor!  It's hard being a liberal in a conservative state!


Muffy's Marks said...

Glad to hear you are on the mend. I try not to think about taxes... so don't get me started!! hehe. Have a restful Sunday!

Anna said...

When I go away,I pay someone else to be on stand by in case my mentally ill daughter needs something. I do not tell her I am leaving and keep up cell phone contact. (She always acts out if she knows I am going so now I do not tell.)

Anyhow, if something comes up then I have someone to pinch hit for me. I take the power of attorney with me and keep it in my wallet. That way if a big decision has to be made or I need to act in her behalf the paper work is ready for the fax machine.

Hope you find a way to get away with your boyfriend. It makes you stronger and better able to be a care taker.

oklhdan said...

Muffy, I know what you mean. Somehow I managed to finish the taxes last night.

Anna, Thanks again for another great tip. I hadn't thought about taking the power of attorney with me. When Ron and I were on our honeymoon Mike did really well. We talked to him several times a day and my other brother looked in on him often. I just hope we can do it again and it go as well.