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    House flies

    With the onset of Summer, brings house flies. So. I purchased "Flying Insect Killer by EcoLogic" made with Lemon oil. For the first 2 sunny mornings in a row , I sprayed and the flies started to buzz and fall / fly onto the ground. I thought that this stuff works. But, every morning there...
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    Taxes

    Hey boys and girls ... today's public service announcement ...:oops: due to the coronus virus, this years Federal tax returns was postponed to JULY 15. So for those of us that still haven't filed, you can still do so. :old
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    Mugo Pine

    Early in Feb., I purchased 8 dwarf Mugo Pines and they were thriving. This past month we had a number of small showers every 2 - 4 days apart totaling 0.01 to 0.04 inches of rain.This morning I noticed that there is a white powdery growth at the leading top branches. :hu The older Mugo pines...
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    WHAT ? ... NO garden tour ?

    Last Monday, when I got just out of the hospital, I got a call from Clark County to tell me that the annual garden tour has been cancelled due to Corona 19. :ep But wait... instead , they will be sending out 2 professional photographer on Thursday to film my garden ( as well as 14 others )...
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    IN and OUT

    For the past year +, I have been in the hospital 5 times fighting pneumonia... NOT the corona 19, but the everyday nasty kind. :th The same bit of fluid has been in lower R lung that the doctors could not completely drain and antibiotics could not kill off completely. So this time around...
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    Tax writeoffs ?

    On a recent tax audit ... a couple with healthy incomes decided to grow mary wanna as a business on their 7 acre property . They invested about $100,000 per year for 3 years on new greenhouse buildings, as well as on growing equipment, lighting, irrigation equipment, etc. etc. . They had NO...
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    SW Wa. BLIZZARD of 2020

    At 8:20 AM the skies opened up to a white out of sideways snow ... HEAVEN help us all as 3 cars ended up in a ditch !!! Shelter the women and children in place and send out the rescue dogs with warmth giving Brandy hung from their necks. Lasted about 20 minutes ... deposited all of a...
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    Fostering cats and dogs

    My daughter's friend fosters dogs and cats for a rescue... the humane society got 2 dogs ( one is rather shy but not too friendly, the second is friendly ) and since they were over capacity, sent them to a rescue group. This group , also was over capacity, so they had a lady to take them...
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    Day lilly ?

    I planted 3 daylillies about 4 years ago from 3 small plants that I purchaced from the annual Master Gardeners sale at Washington State Vancouver , Wa. campus site ... they have bloomed every year since and have spread . Now the plants have turned brown and now limp to the ground starting...
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    Tax lesson planning

    Once again, my wife was tapped on the shoulder to help write the lesson plans for new IRS hires. She is one of 5 auditors that are now meeting in Tacoma, Wa. to create the new lesson plan that includes actual audits ( using made up names ) that have gone through the tax courts , quite...
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    Bed bugs... GRRRRRRR ! HELP >

    We recently had a new roof , all dual pane windows, new Hardy board siding and R-60 attic insulation installed . Most of the contractors are so busy that they will not even come to see what the job would entail and give a price. So, the smaller contractors May come out but they will not give a...
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    Bed bugs... GRRRRRRR ! HELP >

    We recently had a new roof , all dual pane windows, new Hardy board siding and R-60 attic insulation installed . Most of the contractors are so busy that they will not even come to see what the job would entail and give a price. So, the smaller contractors May come out but they will not give a...
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    2019 Garden Tour

    This year's garden tour is now history. I showed the good, bad and ugly of gardening , which the tour goers appreciated greatly. I managed to keep 4 Master Gardeners VERY BUSY as we had 129 groups of people stop by. Most of them asked for more information about verticillium wilt as hardly...
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    Latest scam

    An IRS friend of my wife had a scam call yesterday. The person calling claimed to be with the Social Security Administration and stated that she was overpaid on several payments and asked for a restitution. She responded that she did not receive SSA payments, at which point the person asked...
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    Estate Audit

    At yesterday's IRS audit of 2018 tax returns of a tax payer that had died in 2018 ( Asian woman born in 1932 ) . The estate was represented by a retired CPA who was the executer of the estate as her now only client. The tax payer's 3 children are the beneficiaries and are happy to have this...
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    THIEVES

    This past Friday afternoon, our neighbors' son's new bike ,that he got for his birthday, was stolen. On Sat. ,another neighbor saw a woman leaving the other neighbors' back yard where they had a travel trailer parked . The door was open. On further inspection , nothing was stolen from the...
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    Trucker

    At a recent IRS audit , my wife audited a long distance trucker … he makes long distance hauling through a national company that provides contract hauling to client truckers. This trucker receives a company credit card for fuel , repairs, meals, etc.. The company receives trucking payments...
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    Virticillium Wilt

    As some of you may have read that my garden was devistated by Verticillium Wilt last year. To read some of the latest research about this pathogen and is there a cure ...go to your library / google as most garden centers do not even know about it / won't say anything as they want to make a...
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    2019 Garden Tour

    The Clark County ( Wa . ) Garden Tour selection committee just left from inspecting our garden ... they asked me to be a host garden participant for this year's garden tour. They will send a photographer in late April to take photos for publicity for the tour in July. :)
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    With-holdings

    Just as a heads up .... My wife volunteers to prepare taxes for those customers through American Association of Retired People, that can't afford to pay to have their tax returns prepared. Since there has been changes in the tax code, some folks will get a nice refund from their with-holdings...
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