Saturday, June 13, 2009

A roller coaster ride...

I came home from work on Friday to an envelope from the IRS. That's never good. I'm thinking to myself, "I really don't need this now!" and expected to open it up and find that I owed about a million dollars to the IRS. I've always done my own taxes and have never had a problem...until now. So let's see what horrendous error I made.

$18.12. It probably cost them five times that much doing the math and the paperwork and mailing it to me. So should I make partial payments? Should I take out a loan? Personally, I didn't even care what kind of mistake I made. The relief of seeing that it was only $18.12 made up for the loss of about a year's worth of life when I saw that envelope.

On to the real estate saga...

I got an e-mail from my real estate agent tonight that a second contract has been put in on the house. This is from the couple that spent an hour and 15 minutes at the place last weekend. From what my agent says, I think they seriously want the place...faults and all. So that makes me feel a lot better if the first deal goes south. (I don't know how this whole second-contract thing works yet.)

In the meantime, State Farm will be conducting an inspection on the roof next week, and I called Raul to look at the leak on the side of the house. He said I had a very minor one. Considering my utilities bill for the past four months has been just under $100 per month, it would have to be minor...especially since the bill includes electricity, water, sewer and trash pick-up twice a week. He said he would charge about $200 to dig up the ground and fix the leak. That seems pretty reasonable to me. You gotta love Raul.

On another note, it is HOT in Texas. They predict it to be in the 100's for the next ten days. So much for the $100/month utility bill. I water my flowers every day (don't tell the utilities company), but they're still looking a little bleak and all the lawns are turning brown.



I'll have to say it's been nice to have a weekend where I didn't have to throw the cats and the litter box into the car and drive around town. Today I cleaned the refrigerator. Hmmm...that's not a whole lot better than driving around with the cats and litter box.


5 comments:

Paul said...

Promulgate is a word I seldom use. It's a bit scary, especially when it makes reference to a government entity. I have a Raul, too. Except up here in the mountains Raul's go by names like Zac. In my case it's Brendon, a high school kid that should start a Handy Man Brendon company. He's good.

Jamqueen said...

Send some of that heat up north! It has been cool & rainy for days! We had a break yesterday for about 12 hours which was nice since we had invited 14 people over!

Life's a Beach! said...

I think the 100's are supposed to return here by mid-week, but that's normal for us. As are high utility bills. Yeah for that second contract! : )

IRS made mistakes with us in our favor that we couldn't get them to take back for 2 years. Our accountant was even in on the act. Then we got a letter and they literally wanted the money yesterday. Then the next year, they wanted the interest on the money that we returned to them late. We just paid it and didn't bother to point out it was all their mistakes. They're impossible to deal with.

Isla Deb said...

Paul - Yeah, I agree...I generally stay away from promulgations. Handy Man Brendon sounds pretty good, though. You should probably keep him around.

Ann - I would be happy to send you some warmth and sun if you would send us some rain. You'd think this climate could work itself out a little better than it does.

Isla Deb said...

Beck - Yes, the second contract definitely makes me feel better. And I agree about the IRS...it's a no-win situation. Stay cool out there and I'll try to do the same!