What I should be doing Right Now is getting my papers ready for the accountant. Yes, we’ve got an appointment first thing tomorrow. Yes, for stuff that needs to be filed and the bill paid by the end of January next year. And yeah, it’s a pain whenever you do it.
My difficulty is remembering what year it applies to and therefore being sure to claim expenses. These are genuine ones (I have a couple of flats that are let, which is what keeps me from the breadline), actual out-of-pocket expenses, and there have been new boilers and new washing machines in the past three years. I was all with it last year, but it was the big effort then, I seem to have moved on. So I need to check the dates of when we’re dealing with and JFDI, as Weeza would rightly say.
Ro phoned and asked about the new blog set-up. I mentioned a few minor matters and he’ll have a look some time. Mainly – because I’m always thinking about you, darlings – it’s about registering. I said it was off-putting, having a profile page pop up, so he removed it. But now, there isn’t an obvious place to put in the URL of your blog. So he’ll see if he can add it to the sign-in page. I’m considering, otherwise, having a blogroll on the sidebar, just for people who comment. I’ve got over 300 blogs in my feedreader and can’t possibly put them all up, but it wouldn’t be appropriate to. Some of them are bloggers who’ve died but I can’t bear to remove – Kaz and Murph being obvious examples. Others are bloggers who don’t blog any more, but might, and two of those have bobbed up after a long time recently, though one of those was just for an update.
Today, I went to a funeral at the Cathedral. My friend Florence died a few days short of her 102nd birthday. I’ll remember her with great affection – very much with-it until the end, she belonged to various societies, played Scrabble regularly, kept up with current affairs, never said a bad word about anyone and always had a smile on her face, in public at any rate. And I approved the hymns she’d chosen too. Funeral hymns occupy a certain amount of my thoughts, I chose one years ago but have an ever-changing shortlist of the other or others – inclined to keep it short, on the whole, but I’ve been to very brief funerals and they’re strangely unsatisfying.
Not so long ago, Russell, Weeza and I were talking about our own deaths – well, we’re not people who shy away from that sort of thing – and what we’d like to happen if not fit to say. Unsurprisingly, Weeza and I said that, in extremis, we’d prefer no or minimal treatment and to shuffle off, whilst Russell would opt to hang on to life whatever happened. He’d prefer vegetable status to death. And indeed, while there’s life there’s hope and similar clichés, who’s to say he’s not right?
Ro and Dora are looking after a rather adorable white cat – oh crikey, don’t remember how to insert a link using HTML. I used to know but Blogger made it too easy. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=white+british+shorthair+cats&FORM=HDRSC2 – hang on, I’ll be back. Pfft. I can’t remember, darlings, I’ll update when I can but in the meantime, copy’n’paste if you want to see cats that are nearly as cute as Wilson. I might be able to pinch his image off Google Plus for you. He looks like a cuddly toy, he’s so sweet.
Must get ready for the accountant before I discuss matters with HTML and come to a rational compromise, in which I give it the oxygen of publicity in return for it reminding me of its secrets. As I said to Ronan, it’s like translating a book in an unfamiliar language word by word. You may know what every word means, but that doesn’t indicate that you have a clue how to translate the language.