Thursday, January 14, 2016

Distracted Accounting

Of all the diversions of life,
there is none so proper to fill its empty spaces
as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
                                 Joseph Addison

It is tax time again. Sitting at the table surrounded by piles of papers, receipts, a calculator, and a nice new pencil which I took the time to sharpen perfectly, I scribble. The word “Neatly” pops into my head remembering my accounting teacher in high school. The new eraser is used, and then “neatly”, I write on the ledger page, January 5, 2015. Tractor store……$725. My finger slides over, then under the column labeled equipment parts, I write that number once again.

My memory slips back to last January. The winds were so cold, and there was so much snow, we were ploughing out most every day. With those bitter temperatures, we needed to plug the block heater of the tractor in every night, guaranteeing that it would be able to start up in the morning. The cows need to be fed every morning and we always counted on that tractor to start.


Needless to say, this receipt tells the story all by itself. ‘Block heater and hoses’ oh yes, it was a nasty day and a nasty week, but My Hero took care of it like he always does. We soon forgot the day and that trouble, then moved on “To the next order of business, or trouble” as my Grandma used to say. Farmers have to do that, I pretty sure everyone has to do that.

Our snows finally came. I sit here writing numbers in this ledger, with the views of the snow and those trees off in the distance. My mind drifts off to early this morning while feeding and checking the cows. The ledger book was waiting on the table, in my kitchen. I could see the house from where I was standing, amongst the cows. Meaning; I knew there would be no time, for venturing out on my snowshoes into the uninhabited by humans bush that I love.


It would have been my first exploration of the year, on snowshoes. I disliked these books early this morning already. They had stolen my time. Well, that is not exactly fair to say. If you were paying attention, you would have read that I am recording January of last year. I only have myself to blame. It seems I am not only distracted but a procrastinator too.

Anyway, back to this morning. I always find the time to slip into the trees if only for a moment. I have never been disappointed in what I find back there. It has such a calming effect on me. The snow was sticking to the sides of the trees and the branches that hung over my head held the freshly fallen snow. It was so quiet except for the sound of cows munching on the hay. The sun was up and the light shimmied through the trees to warm the girl standing under the trees, dreaming of doing anything but those books waiting.



Oh yes, it is tax season again. Next year I am going to do it monthly so it won’t interfere with my time. I said that last year too. My accounting teacher would laugh. I failed her class because apparently, she believed I was distracted. 


Some things never change. Now, where was I?


39 comments:

  1. Hello, you have a beautiful spot for your snowshoeing. LOL, forget the taxes and get out there. Great fence shot! Happy Thursday!

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  3. gah taxes, yuck! sorry the week was horrible buttons!! hugs!!

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  4. We old age pensioners no longer have to fill in tax returns as we no longer 'earn' enough money. As we only earned money and didn't have a business our tax returns took very little time to deal with.
    It would be a good idea if you did make your entries monthly but, as with many good intentions, it may not happen.
    I love your pictures of snow....just what I need in very hot Perth right now. Still 28ºC (82ºF) at 8pm and another hot day tomorrow and the next day and so on. I am not a summer person or could you tell that perhaps?

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  5. Accounting is important. Let us all be systematic.

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  6. i can see you getting distracted. love the sun in the trees and the fence!

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  7. I never liked math or accounting and failed at both! I love the photos of the sun peeking through the trees and the snow-laden fence. I feel for you in having to miss being outside enjoyed the snow for doing taxes. I hope you get them done really fast so you can put it behind you.

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  8. When it comes to keeping tax records it's EASY to get distracted!

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  9. Miss B,
    A good walk in the brush will clear your head so you can sit and do books.

    J and I keep up to date on all our books. We are both rather picky about it. I do most of the entering, check book balancing and filing throughout the year. Tax prep is J's job. He put in two Amazon orders for office supplies this week, lol!

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  10. A numbered history of your year! Unfortunately, accounting was never in this English/Art major's list of classes. More's the pity... wonderful story and pix as always, B.!

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  11. I am with you ~ rather be out snowshoeing than doing taxes ~ Beautiful photography!

    Wishing you a joyful weekend ~ ^_^

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  12. Who would choose to do accounting if they could put it off? Especially with scenes like this. I would find it hard to focus on numbers.

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  13. LOL!! I aced all my Accounting Classes...call me anal...but I love your intentions!!...:)JP

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  14. On a farm there is always something else to attend to rather than paper work.

    I began doing Dad's after he brought me a sack full of receipts and asked. After that, I got a ledger, kept it weekly and let Dad do the farm.

    Enjoy your adventure.

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  15. I would be very distracted in an accounting class! Ugh! Paperwork is a "bear!" - Hugs, Nellie

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  16. Oh the distractions are plenty.... Unfortunately, I'm responsible for filing the mountain of invoices and statements and government papers, GST and Payroll Deductions etc and my husband does the computer journal entry at the end of the year. I do some everyday filing but some transactions doesn't get filed till year end. It happens every year but I'm getting better at it. This time we were on time to pay the corporation tax, before the due date. I'm still filing but almost done. Did I say that I hate paperwork?

    We used to keep a ledger but got a computer business program especially for farmer and that's my husband job. I'm not knowledgable in accounting but he has a degree in accounting. It would be nice if we could concentrate on farming and forget the paper work.

    Hugs,
    JB



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  17. Oh that snow looks so beautiful. Tax time is never a good time! Good luck!

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  18. You have some pretty snow to look at, I like that picture of it on the fence. - Of course I'm not a winter person so I just enjoy seeing other people's snow. Taxes are my hubby's job, yay!

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  19. Nature is a healer, a solace, a joy. And a distraction. A welcome distraction.

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  20. Cold but so beautiful to see all the snow! Gorgeous photos through the trees!
    The wee calf peeking around the bale is so adorable!
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  21. I'm glad we finally got snow! Lovely shot of the sun through the trees.

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  22. I love seeing all your pretty snow Buttons! That sun shot through the trees is especially beautiful. I'd be outdoors procrastinating the accounting too!

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  23. We are SO much alike! I'm starting with January of last year too...always telling myself that next year I'll do better. Yeah, right! I DISLIKE tax time! There are so many more important things to do with my time! Hang in there, we'll soon be finished, right?

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  24. lucky you, to have so much pretty snow!!! nice fence and what a beautiful shot of the sun!!!

    i don't want to talk about tax season. my accountant has already starting emailing me and i have business after business....and 2 trust returns to do. and my personal returns. for me, it's a mound of work!!!

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  25. I dislike doing taxes. Beautiful shots!

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  26. I wouldn't like doing books either. Mine wouldn't add up or balance. Good luck with your books.

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  27. Snowshoeing sounds like fun to me. Peaceful too.....

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  28. I started reading and thought to myself wouldn't it be easier to record each receipt on the day you get it? Then I read where you said you were a procrastinator. aha! I said. Then I read that you plan to do them monthly, just like you planned last year. Hmmm, I said :) I suppose it doesn't matter either way as long as the taxes get done.
    I like the sound of snow-shoeing through the trees, but I'll never do it, that's too cold for me!

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  29. Hello Buttons!:) My visit to you is long overdue, I'm also a procastinator!! Lovely captures of everything. The sweet calf peeping out from the bale of straw is so charming, as is the snow covered fence and light shining through the trees image. Have a nice day, and don't work too hard.:)

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  30. You gave me a laugh this morning. Distracted, indeed! Anything is better than running numbers, especially snowshoeing.

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  31. I need to be packing boxes and I am finding it hard to move from my perch as yesterday we had a sharp shinned hawk in our front yard and I want to capture a better picture of it today. It comes to "shop" at our feeders. I don't mind if it gets a squirrel but it seems fond of doves which does not please me but I just love birds of prey so I will forgive her as it is only natural.

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  32. How easy it is to be distracted from something we don't want to do anyway. The photo in the bush is amazing. Well worth procrastinating.

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  33. B,

    Shhhhhhh.......taxes, a word I regret hearing this year. I have to start preparing mine and our Mom's (to let the IRS know she's passed on). If I could do anything but taxes it would be working outside with the animals.
    Love your post, and pictures.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  34. Yikes! I need to start on my taxes too. What gorgeous pictures, especially that little calf.

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  35. Belo trabalho.
    Gostei.
    Um abraço e bom fim de semana.
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  36. Good for you! I, too, resent the intrusions that try to steal away the time to find that "quiet space." Or the creative space. I always got teacher's notes that my penmanship needed practice. I wish I had, maybe I'd be able to read my writing today. :) I remember you sharing lots of hats last winter. Have a lovely day, Buttons!

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  37. I procrastinate things too... it seems like there is something more interesting to do... if I just did it right away I'd enjoy more me time... but that's not my nature... you have a beautiful property there ♡♡

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  38. I get that feeling you are talking about...I show it on my "Monday's Country Back Roads". I am never disappointed traveling those back roads....so much to discover! Thanks for your comment today, on my blog.

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