Living Well with a Bad Diagnosis - Lung Disease

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Feeling Stupid

We both felt a bit stupid yesterday. Mom and I went to her tax appointment with the new CPA here in town (Michael and I meet with them Wednesday) because of issues with our former CPA. Her bill had increased dramatically for several years to a point where mom was ready to leave her a year ago. With her trust and personal accounts, mom negotiated $200 off her bill so last year, she paid $1,700.00.

Mom was very impressed with the professionalism of the new CPA's office and the beauty of the building. We met Cindy, was escorted to a conference room where she went through the documents, asked a couple of questions then I asked, "Just ballpark, what will this cost?"

Cindy said it was a simple, straightforward return, which should not take a lot of time. The total should be between $450 and $500. There was silence in the room. I said, "If mom was standing near you, she would hug you right now."

Here is the feeling stupid part:  Why did we stay with the former CPA for decades?

After lunch, we went to Costco to order replacement sunglasses for her and a new pair of distance glasses for a grand total of $353.00. She said she felt that it was free money from the $1,200.00 she was saving with the new tax company. It was a good day for her.

I am feeling great, sleeping even better and came home yesterday to Michael, who had cut the grass and watered the pots. What a guy. What a gift. Better than flowers or diamonds!

Today, my rehab boys will be at class so we will have a good chat. I am interested in seeing my saturation rates and if my cough returns during the workout.

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