I’ve spent a few hours during the past week getting my quarterly tax paperwork ready and updating my – wait for it – spreadsheets (*grin* you knew it was coming, right?). As I was creating a new spreadsheets to track different sale locations, since they have different percentages of tax due, and figuring up the amount I owe for each, then tracking if I paid (I figure it’s a great reminder to not be late lol), I was sectioning out each quarter to make it easier come tax time. Um, no wonder our government is messed up. They can’t even count to three correctly. *impish smile* I had to redo my third quarter line a few times until I was sure that I had it correct. There are four months in that round, whereas April and May are the only ones in their quarter. No wonder I started second guessing myself that I needed to get my final tallies done this week! Lol. Some days I wonder if I should go back to doing this strictly for fun and not for profit. It really isn’t so bad as I get used to things, but little things like this certainly throw me off for a bit. *grin*
One nice thing to this is that my citywide garage sales will be the start of a new quarter. For some reason it feels like a great way to start a new period. I just hope that it goes better than last year. Thankfully this year I’m on the town map (don’t know why it’s called a citywide when we’re definitely far from being a city *sassy smirk*) and coupled with my tables being on Main Street I think I have a decent chance at some sales. Plus I’m going to have a much better table layout and some event sales experience. Larry just finished assembling my organizer (technically a shoe organizer, but I think it’ll be perfect for neatly separating soaps and lotions without being so overwhelming) and I’m really excited about it. I can even put the cash box behind the organizer, so customers won’t see it and I’m not bending down to do change under the table. I don’t know if either helper will make it, but I refuse to worry about it. *smile* That epiphany from awhile back is still working wonders, so I’m staying pretty calm about the event. I have almost all of my rolling tote packed, paperwork printed, and little things gathered. I need to finish getting the signs looking neat (one thing I’m going to stay super professional about) and hopefully make a few last product examples, like the latest version of goat’s milk lotion. I even got a wood apple bushel basket which I think will be adorable for holding bath items! I have a bag of crinkles from when I stocked up that I’m going to put in the bottom with a pretty cloth to cover it. Perfect! I’m so happy with everything!
I also got all of the party favors made and shipped, as well as a few gifts for the birthday girl. I may not have made everything that I had planned, but I’m very happy with being in such a good place. I hope that this contentment may touch you, as well, and that you have a beautiful holiday.