Sunday, January 6, 2013

Want to Have Some Fun With Me?

Dear John,
We had a peaceful night. I woke up once lying on my back, with Jethro snuggled up against my right shoulder and the cat curled up on my stomach. They weren't happy when I got up to go to the bathroom, poor creatures. I had a massive allergic-to-something-or-other attack in the middle of the night. I dosed myself with Benadryl and slept it off until 11 this morning. I hated to miss church on the Feast of Theophany.
When Thou, O Lord, was baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity was made manifest. For the voice of the Father bore witness unto you, calling you His beloved Son. And the Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed the truth of His word. O Christ our God, Who didst appear and enlighten the world, glory to You. 
I spent Theophany wrestling the computer finances. I finally got NIPSCO to accept my payment - they wouldn't let me pay last night. I'm off the budget plan, and December came in under what the budget had been. If a usually-expensive month like that is under, I should do well the rest of the year. And it makes sense, because it's just me living here now. Last week I cut my cell phone minutes, saving $20 a month. I was using the minutes straightening out problems, mostly date-of-death problems, with the hospital bills. I believe all but one of those is settled, and that one will be straightened out by mail.
And I'll make you an offer you can't refuse. (in my best Mae West voice) "Hey there, big boy, want to have some fun? Want to come do something with me, like maybe . . . my taxes?" I hear you laughing, you know. You loved doing taxes more than anything else on earth. I just need some simple pointers about what is and isn't deductible, and what line the deduction is on. I can't find anything on the web that's simple enough. The better shape I can get the reports into before this goes to Michael, the better. I need just a little tiny bit of your tax knowledge - pretty please? I figured out the report software today, so between us we can knock it out in a couple of hours. Then you can play with the cat and I promise we'll eat at the Italian place of your choice.
Can't take me up on it? Well, that's okay. The offer is always open, even if there aren't any taxes to do. You know where the key is, so stop in any time. Your little family misses you. And if word gets out that you're here, we'll be mobbed. So many people miss you so much. The bank, the post office, the church, the Cancer Center, and the IRS miss you - if that's not a testimonial, I don't know what is.
We're all off to bed. I have to be up early to leave for Indy between 10 and 11. I mapped everthing and found the best route from the hotel in to the med center. It looks like the weather will cooperate. I'll write you from Indy tomorrow - it will feel familiar. My memories of Indy are very sweet.
Love you with all my heart,

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