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Robert prepares my taxes for me only so I can file the state for my property tax refund. I'm not required to file a federal due to income. I read today that you must have a return on file for 2018 or 2019 so they are aware you require a stimulus check. So will be making a copy of mine and sending it in. Just a little info if anyone else is in my shoes.

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I looked at what is required for a reduction  for property taxes in Washington and it’s phenomenal!  Not just tax returns, but proof of ownership, identity (that’s easy), I get SS survivor benefits and would have to submit that, move in year and 'general income. So, that would be overwhelming and some impossible to do.  I don’t know where the mortgage is filed.  

I checked on the stimulus checks and as long as you filed your taxes, you don’t need to do anything.  They have your name from your return.  If you’ve moved since your last return, then you are supposed to contact them.  Or if you didn’t file one this year as some very low income people don’t have to. They need the money the most so would have to contact the IRS. They’ll use 2018 if you didn’t have to do one this year.  If not 2018, then 2017.  So as long as you have filed in the last 3 years you should be fine.  Adjustments are made for people earning over $75,000.  

Quarantine sure gives me lots of time to read stuff.  I even checked out how to keep an orchid alive that my housekeeper gave me when I got out of the hospital.  Will see how it does with my simple skills as I’m not going to invest in special soils for one plant.  It would be a good hobby if I had motivation.  

Going bonkers in Seattle!

marg?  I even forgot my Xanax by 45 minutes.   Not a good thing to do these days.  🤪

 

 

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18 hours ago, Gwenivere said:

I don’t know what you mean by deferred.  As in putting them off?

Exactly, until you die or sell, then they have to be paid at once including interest.  Often there's nothing left.  A friend of mine lives in IL and they do not charge their seniors property taxes on the home they live in.  It'd be nice if OR did that too.  My mom deferred her property taxes for nearly 30 years, between that and paying off her credit line and the dementia care facility for two years, wasn't much left, my brother got the pittance that was left.  So sad, her and my dad built that house and nothing left of it.

 

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16 hours ago, KarenK said:

I believe I got the smallpox vac when I was a baby.

Ours is from polio vaccinations.  A girl in gradeschool with me contracted polio when she was a baby and couldn't walk because of it. My little sister got her vaccination in her ankle so she doesn't have the scar, I still have mine, upper left arm.

Dee, congrats on the shots working!

Karen, our governor ordered dental office and vets closed unless for emergencies.  They canceled my dental appt and I canceled Kodie's vet appt.

We went from 3.3% unemployment to so high they won't release the numbers!  Crazy.  Just read in the paper it could get to 20%.  My mortgage institution (US Bank) didn't offer any help to anyone with their loans, some are giving skipped payments.  They even skipped a month's statement so we didn't know where we stood...had to call them yesterday as my payment came out the day before. 

Haven't heard of any helps from our local utilities either.  I hope my daughter is having better luck in Eugene.  No increase in my 10 GB/month data allowance.

Here's an article that tells how they're figuring the stimulus check amount you'll get.  You can't get more than you paid in taxes in 2018.  
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/20/coronavirus-rescue-checks-may-shortchange-americans-on-social-security.html?fbclid=IwAR2g8LI4FYai_xW9sSU0M91ZAcgYpKDStwQPBsQlMLd4y2_qmzdMDaisVuI

OR doesn't give breaks on property taxes unless you're a business owner that they want in the area.  No refunds, no discounts.  They can spend money as fast as we send it in!

 

 

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4 hours ago, kayc said:

  So sad, her and my dad built that house and nothing left of it.

Had to put parents house on market, second person took it.  My sister had no ready money to get things out.  Tool shed in back with family belongings, had to be left.  Took down her beautiful flower trees first.  Nothing we could do.  My sister could not keep house up.  I signed everything over to her.  She is barely making it even now, money gets "gone" fast.  sometimes that thing that is said that about worry, that if nothing can be done, why worry.  I have seen the point I have to do that.  I will see it more and feel so helpless.  None of us with the virus yet though, so we can be thankful for something.  My sister's lungs are terrible and that scares me.  My son working in a hospital worries me.  My daughter being so immune compromised scares me, my granddaughter with her drug-born anxieties from a bio-drug mother, her fears that I cannot cure, they scare me.  I scare me.  

Louisiana has worse numbers related to the crowds of Mardi Gras coming "home" with the virus.  Wonder if maybe being in a particular humid state does not harm us.  

I really think the insurance worry is not even on the list of worries for this epidemic..

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Having a tough morning.  Pain is a given.  Depression bad as I had a dream about Steve.  It was the 2nd recently where he doesn’t need me.  This Tim was more intense as I knew he was going to divorce or do something and he would be gone and I alone.  I was frantic as I didn’t know why,  more to it, but just crazy dream stuff, tho seeing my mother and a friend from the nursing home didn’t help as I so miss them too.

if I had to speculate, I would say this is driven by the isolation we have been forced into.  I know I’m not handling it well alone.  I really have been feeling so adrift and yearning for his presence thru this 'madness' and I only call it that because of its effect on me.  It is the right protocols for such an emergency.  It’s the only way to save lives.

Time magazines cover story today is Apart, but not Alone.  I interpret it in a different way than just with strangers.  I’m looking at it as my personal existence.  I received notice today from my insurance about downloading an app for televisits for doctor appointments.  Also letting me get 60 day supply of meds.  Supposed to be 90, but screwed up somehow and I hope we don’t need that long.  Point being, we are essentially alone.  I don’t care how it’s spun, technology will never replace the interaction we need.  I don’t have a smart phone so I can’t see anyone I know personally.  

We all had our bad times in real life with our partners.  Worked thru those times.  When we talk about perfect, we mean perfect for our personal relationship with them.  Has any of you had dreams where that love is lost to you, not by missing them or for you,  but they being different and not needing or wanting us anymore?  I’m not sure how to handle this new feeling.  I had dreams I couldn’t reach him, but nothing like this.  It was like he was moving on and my dreams are the only place I can go and have it feel like he and I are together in some way.  What a way to start another day in solitude.  😓

 

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47 minutes ago, Gwenivere said:

 Has any of you had dreams where that love is lost to you, not by missing them or for you,  but they being different and not needing or wanting us anymore?  I’m not sure how to handle this new feeling.  I had dreams I couldn’t reach him, but nothing like this.  It was like he was moving on and my dreams are the only place I can go and have it feel like he and I are together in some way.  What a way to start another day in solitude.  😓

Gwen:  I haven't had a dream with my husband in it for some time now - or if I did I can't remember.  It might be I tend to need something to help me sleep so that part of my brain is too drugged.  Sorry your dreams are not more comforting to you.  

Sometimes I do day dream and recall wonderful memories of being with Bob and even though he is not here with me, I have a feeling he might be feeling my thoughts of our happier times.

1 hour ago, Gwenivere said:

 I really have been feeling so adrift and yearning for his presence thru this 'madness' and I only call it that because of its effect on me.

Being the introvert I am, and not minding being home, is to my advantage in this quarantine way of living.  But every once in awhile when I look outside and see no activity from the neighbors or no traffic noise I find myself thinking enough already.  Maybe I'm spiraling down into depression?  Tears are just at the surface more than usual.  Looking at Facebook posts or reading emails I find myself breaking out into tears.  It is surely what you are saying about how missing our husband's presence in such a time is 'madness'.  So sorry for you and all of us here.

The normal things we used to be able to do, we can't do now.  When I was driven to my eye appointment Thursday, I couldn't give my Grand daughter a Grandma hug and kiss like I used to be able to do.  Like I say, "Enough Already".

Hope your dreams will be Happy Dreams.  Hugs, Dee

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I was talking to my rehab roomie and she commented that we both spent over 30 days basically isolated from the world before this self quarantine began. So we were feeling the effects of lack of human contact normally for a very long time to come home to this now.   We were pondering how those that are just a couple weeks into this will feel as we are there now AND how we will feel being an extra month into it when that time maker hits. I know many stayed at home a lot anyway.  But as one member here reminded me there us a big difference between having the choice and it being decided for you.  Cloak that in grief and it’s a terrible recipe of loneliness.  I know people that have partners and kids will feel the strain of this, but they can take breaks from each other knowing they have them for companionship in the little things like meals, movies, TV, being able to play board or card games.  Things we may not have had time for.  How great it would be not to have to avoid everyone you are around.  My doctors are all going to televisits.  One counselor too.  The counseling will be helpful to see him.  But the medical I am not sure will be very effective for hands on evaluations of some problems.  Even if they talk you through it yourself, can we be sure we are doing it right?  This is a lot to adapt to without the safest, most loved and loved you back person we belonged to. 

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I suppose it's human nature to not like being told what we can and can't do. But this time it seems there's a monster lurking just outside our door to grab us and gobble us up, or so they say. Where's Superman when you need him?

Although I'm used to staying home, I miss the visits to the grocery store(of all places,  lol), library, and Walmart. Right now I miss Great Clips the most. I'm beginning to look a bit shaggy, not that there's anyone who ever notices. I just don't want to scare myself looking in the mirror.

Although keeping their distance, people were still hiking our few hills and walking in the parks. Those have now been closed. I sure hope all these closures serve their purpose and curb the virus. It's ruining so many businesses, not to mention our sanity.

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