With the kids having testing for the next several weeks, the HW load is light. I am hoping to finish a BUNCH of loose end paperwork tonight, while my able-bodied 9 year olds work on picking up around here. On the agenda:
- Finish taxes (80% done...maybe 1 hr to finish entering stuff into Its Deductible)
- Amended taxes (no idea on this....but I am guessing about 30 min)
- State money form (apparently I have money from a job 10 years ago! No idea on the amount)
Once we have a better idea of what money is coming...we can move forward in planning the repairs on Bossy's room (ceiling and carpet). I would really like to have this done before the end of April.
Of course, with spring coming....my head is turning to our landscaping. We "thought" we would have enough to resurface the deck this year, but since our tax return isn't anywhere close to what we thought, I think that is off the table. HOWEVER, without knowing what overtime may come in the second quarter of the year, you never know. I have tons of points from credit cards, Swagbucks, etc that I can redeem for Home Depot gift cards. So this project isn't dead....it just may have to wait until Fall.
I have been planting perennials in my flower beds, so over time, my flower cost has gone down. I buy a few annuals, and 2 perennials each year. It is starting to fill in nicely. I would love to do a big mulching this year, but this isn't in the budget. So we will just do the front beds and hopefully do the big mulching next year.
None of this is really impacting our debt repayment. All of this money has been put aside. One could argue that instead of putting the money towards this....we should put it toward debt. But in life....repairs happen. The destroyed ceiling and carpet in Bossy's room NEED to be fixed. The deck NEEDS to be repaired (maybe not immediately, but soon).
The flowers....that is just something that makes life more enjoyable. I like planting them, and tending to them. I like watering them, and when people take walks in the evening and pass our house...they comment on how nice it looks. The $150 we spend on flowers and mulch is worth it to me.
Anyone else thinking about home repairs and spring upgrades??