Different musical ranges

When Susie told me that she was hoping to buy a new b flat clarinet range, I was surprised to learn that clarinets could be purchased with different musical ranges! I guess I had never thought about it before, that clarinets could (or do) have different ranges. Now I find myself wondering about the different clarinets in an orchestra – how many of them are different ranges, and I wonder how many of the performers play more than one clarinet during a concert!

Help and guide to taxes

Having to admit that I definitely need help at tax time, is not a big deal to me since I am always on the lookout for a guide to taxes that will help me. I usually always have someone prepare my taxes for me, but over the last few years, I’ve been slowly learning the ins and out of this process. I don’t really think I’m ready to trust myself to do my own taxes, but I think it’s a good thing to have help and learn, in case the need arises.

Last year, my husband chose a service that got him an IRS tax extension, which he needed at the time. I’m happy that he had someone else prepare his taxes for him, as it ended up that he received a great deal of money back and also cut our regular pay in from his other business nearly in half. Had he not done this, I’m afraid we would have had a problem.

I’m not sure if I ever will grasp the whole tax issue, and I do prefer someone who is knowledgeable in this field to trust my money to in case I were to mess it up. All in all, I think it’s much safer that way to get the maximum return possible.

All Fools Day

My family knows that I really don’t like this day at all. I think they wait all year to come up with harmless pranks, instead of ones that they TELL me and I’d actually believe. To me, those are the cruel kind. I have a few friends that totally ban the day and get quite angry about people trying to prank and play jokes on them. One of my close friends went through some really nasty April Fools jokes in the past that she believed and the friends who did it, let her really cry and get hysterical before they told her it was just a joke. I won’t go into it, but believe me when I say it was a very bad joke to play on a person. Me? My family knows it has to be totally harmless and something so stupid that I would fall for. Quite frankly, that could be a whole lot of things they have to choose from. I fall for the same darn thing, a lot of times before the non blonde kicks in and I realize, “Hey..this has been tried before.” Unfortunately it’s usually after the fact.

Tonight I’M going to play the Joker. All of the family are asleep, and since I’m having a rather insomniac night, I know I’m up for the duration. I thought about a lot of  silly things to do, but I wanted something that would happen to at least one of my pranksters, first thing in the morning. Sooo…I took a rubber band, and wrapped it around the kitchen sink hose handle, so it says in spray position. Heh heh heh! I know that one of them will wake up and go into the kitchen, and turn on the water as soon as he or she wakes up. It’s a sure bet. They all do it. Someone is going to get a soaking right when they wake up! Considering my water pressure is excellent, I’m sure I’m going to hear a yell, or scream if it’s my daughter, then perhaps some swear words, I won’t be pleased about, but will let pass. It’s time to release the Jester/Joker out in me this year. They will never ever expect it!!!



Easter Monday

I never knew there was an Easter Monday, until my friend from Canada sent me a calendar with beautiful pictures of her country on the pages for Christmas this year. It was so thoughtful of her, and such a surprise for me to get it. I love looking at her photo albums on FaceBook, and have commented so much on them, and she sent this calendar because she knew this, and the fact I love Canada. The dates and holidays of both the USA and Canada are on this calendar and it’s interesting to see another country’s holidays and events. Today is Easter Monday. 🙂