Saturday, April 22, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Finally, a good IRS rule: The usual rule is Taxes Due April 15. But a filing deadline can't be on a Saturday (the 15th), Sunday or legal holiday. Well, what about Monday? That's Emancipation Day, a legal holiday, which actually fell on April 16. But it can't be honored if it falls on a Sunday so it gets shifted to Monday, April 17. And, since the Emancipation Day is honored in Washington, D.C., on Monday, April 17, the IRS headquarters are closed that day. That means your tax deadline moves to Tuesday, April 18. Gotta love those holiday rules!
Note: I have no idea if state tax returns have different rules. I'm lucky enough to live in a state where we don't have state tax returns. Property tax, yes, up the whazoo.
Tara Donovan is the artist who made this installation we saw last year at the Renwick. It could possibly be the IRS file room ....
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
___________________________________________________Obviously I didn't become a better person, because it's been a long, long time since I've updated this blog. Can I blame it on my blog Wrangler? Well, only a little. She's fighting battles with a cranky old computer that has a hard drive that freezes up on her, a Photoshop Elements program to edit pictures that refuses to save her edits, and a new computer with Windows 10 that she's having to transition to very gradually. I try not to disturb her, she's reading a book about Windows 10 that has 981 pages. And then there were taxes. We do our own. Correction: She does them for us.
Seth Apter is my long-lost brother, and thanks to him I've had a rude awakening that tells me people notice what I do. We got together last fall at the Cooper Hewitt Museum where we decided to interview each other, after getting matching haircuts.
James Tisdale is a great mentor for me. We work together loading and unloading kilns at school, I feed him a breakfast and in exchange I get to watch him work. Way cool. His people are sometimes 2-3 feet tall, mine are all under 12 inches tall.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
OK, what if I try to be a better person next year? 2018 has to be better than 2017 is going to be, if you believe everything the talking heads tell you in the media and TV coverage. You know, those talking heads that predicted the results of our election... not! Anyway, I do see other blogs and am appropriately humbled by not only the stuff they make but the fact that they blog - a lot!
When I made Susan's Esther Williams figure I used some of her buttons to fasten the arms so they moved. (Susan: You took buttons from my button collection?!?!) I then decided to make some of my own buttons out of clay. I think I got carried away.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
These guys were big, about 12 inches long. There are sturdy because Regina puts them out in her yard. She lives in an almost-country area and has raccoons hanging around her pond (her pond fish long since disappeared, they were definitely a canape for some animals' party).
They went to Regina for Christmas gifts because Regina gives Susan an hour-long massage 3 times a month. Unfortunately, it seems like every time Susan comes home from Regina, all mellowed out, a crisis of some sort has arrived on the scene. Crisis? Like I can't figure out how to make the mouse work. Why is the washer not draining? What am I going to have for lunch? So she sighs and says "Well, there goes that massage payment down the drain."