Quick notes

It took a lot of agonizing work over a period of months to finish our taxes. How much productivity was lost on our end, and how much government salaried time will be spent reviewing our rather thick return? One report suggests that nearly half of all Americans end up owing no income tax, but how much did it cost them to prove that? No wonder this country is deep in debt. More on this when I get time.

Another week of glorious weather coming up, after an overnight frost. As always this time of year, lots of bed prep, seeding, transplanting, etc. Implementing a planting plan involving over 250 varieties, interplanted within beds and across a time arc from March through August, is quite an experience. Corn & soybeans this ain’t.

Kidding should happen soon; Garlic is showing most of the signs of imminent labor. New life, and new work, to look forward do. Everyone should witness the birth of an animal once in their life; preferably during adolescence.

The geese aren’t laying the way we expected; only one is producing right now. Keep this up, and they’re meat this fall. Geese are too much work and too much mess not to get full egg production and goslings.

Had a visit from the Columbia Business Times on Tuesday; look for an article soon. It’ll be interesting how they approach the story; we tried to make it clear we weren’t interested in another “homestead” story, but wanted to focus on the business aspect of the farm (I had to all but ban photos of the animals). The writer is working to start his own market garden/farm and was fairly knowledgeable about the topic, asking good questions and being very perceptive. Overall one of the best media visits I’ve had in a long time; hope it turns out that way in print.

Not much new on the food safety front. I’m burned out on paying attention to it. Let an inspector or agent show up at our gate, and we’ll see how that plays out. I need a good reporter on speed dial just in case. Does speed dial even exist anymore, or is that an anachronism for this non-cell-user?

Closing quote, from Douglas Adams:

Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.

I’d make that more like twenty-five, but yeah, that pretty much captures us.

2 thoughts on “Quick notes

  1. It takes me 1/2 hour to do my taxes. I'm wondering if I am missing something since most people I know hire somebody to do them.

  2. Five years ago I had a W2 and a few other easy lines to fill out in the 1040, and it probably took me 1/2 hour to do taxes too. Now we're self-employed in a home-based production/retail business that touches on all sorts of obscure and complicated tax policy rules, which we have to get right in order to (a) avoid overpaying, and (b) not get in trouble.Most people in our situation probably do just pay an accountant. We're stubborn, and insist on actually understanding the tax laws and policies we're supposed to be complying with, and not just assuming someone else will get it right for us. Plus, in order to even get the right information to an accountant, we'd have to do a lot of the work up front. Finally, we simply find it offensive to have to hire an outside business to interact with our own government. The economic waste of this system is staggering.I want to try to find time to explain this more clearly, without getting into too many personal details. The nature of our business, and our official business structure, makes it very complicated. It's different even from straight self-employment in an intellectual field (like writing or consulting); once you get into production, retail, inventory, and more the rabbit holes just get deeper. Farming adds even more layers.