Archive for March, 2010

Tax Write-Offs (HINTS)

March 31, 2010

Okay, it is that time of year again.  You know, the infamous and oftimes procrastinated Tax Time.   This essay, so to speak, will discuss itemizations.

I first became acquainted with the term “itemization” when having to prepare and calculate business executives’ reimbursements.  Although this procedure was ongoing many, many years ago, what I learned in taking care of them I have since applied to myself.  

Once becoming a sole-proprietor, I organized all useful receipts into a labeled accordian file.  Such a file has approximately twelve pockets.  If the already-labeled pocket is useless to me, I cross it off with a black marker/pen and print how I will use it.  For instance, “Rent” has been replaced with the word “Postage” because I do not rent.  Your receipts pertain to your operations, your life, and are all the proof you have if the Internal Revenue Service finds a need to ask you any questions = auditing (scary).  Such a file may be purchased at any office supply store (e.g., Office Depot, Office Max, Sam’s Clubs, Costco’s, college book stores, even some grocery stores).  No, they are not musical.

At this juncture, I must tell you that I am not a licensed professioanl accountant by trade.  I am a sole-proprietor that operates her businesses in her home.  Because many of my customers require me to visit their places of residence and/or work, my (1.) automobile’s gasoline usage is one write-off.  When customers visit me in my home office, I am allowed to itemize (write-off) a third of my home: (2.) one third of my mortgage, one third of my car insurance, one third of my toilet paper because they use my restroom, one third of my utility bills (gas, water, electricity, heat, air conditioning), one third of my house phone and cellular phones becasue that is how people contact me.  My advertisments (3.) are write-offs.  (4.) Other write-offs would include the price to attend seminars and conferences pertaining to my professions.  (5.) Educatonal expenses of all kinds, down to the smallest purchase of pencils and erasers – anything of use to operate your business.

KEEP AND ORGANIZE YOUR RECEIPTS!

When making a purchase that will benefit a charitable organization, (6.) that is a write-off.  For instance, because the proceeds from the sales of my book called “My Diabetic Soul” will go to the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, that is another write-off for you.   Any and all reading materials (book) to progress your operable knowledge in any field is a write-off!

Other receipts to keep in your ever-so-accommodating-accordian-file would pertain to (7.) medical expenses, and (8.) entertainment expenses (e.g., lunches and dinners for present or soon-to-be customers; food purchased for promotional endeavors; the change you hand out to a wanderer, etc.).

To conclude, I am sure you are fully enlightened and capable of organizing your receipts.  No, it is not always a pretty sight.  Keep in mind that as a United States citizen, you are assisting our government in providing services to the ‘general public.’  If done properly, and with the assistance of a (9.) paid-for-accountant (also a write-off), your State Refund Check will arrive in four weeks; your Federal Government Refund Check will arive in six weeks.

Good Luck!  Persevere!  And Get ‘R Done!

A. K. Buckroth

My Book Is Being Sold – NOW!

March 28, 2010

A. K. Buckroth My Book Is Being Sold – NOW!

I am very excited to share with you the fact that my first book, “My Diabetic Soul – An Autobiography,” is now available for your reading – and learning – pleasures. 

Quick Overview

A. K. Buckroth and two younger siblings have coped with juvenile diabetes. It does not have to be a death threat. “My Diabetic Soul – An Autobiography,” begins with the author’s birth in 1957. She celebrates fifty years – yes, 50 years living successfully and productively with this disease.

 Availability: In stock. Price: $15.95.  
Product Description
This book travels through the necessary growing tumults of childhood due to this disease; being an adolescent run-away and living through peer pressures; one marriage with three miscarriages; single-motherhood; college graduations; world travels; and careers all while fighting to stay alive on a daily basis.

Everyone needs a heroine and a miracle. Five decades of living with diabetes has been an honor, a divine gift.  Readers – non-diabetic as well as diabetic – will be inspired to fight for their lives, distinguishing right from wrong on a daily basis; strategizing their lives with a private appreciation for hemselves.

My Diabetic Soul – An Autobiography by A. K. Buckroth is an inspirational must-read.

Additional Information

 

Language: English; Pages: 304; Dimensions: 6″x8″; Publisher: Prismatic Publishing; ISBN: 13: 978-0-9822030-9-5 AND 10; 0-9822030-9-8; Author: A. K. Buckroth; Release Date: March 27, 2010 with Book Signing; Ages: 12 – 102; Book Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Nonfiction; Website: www.mydiabeticsoul.com

 

Composting

March 21, 2010

Well, it’s that time of year again – using the compost pile in the garden.

What is compost?  “It is a mixture (compositon) of decomposing vegatable refuse used to fertilize soil.”  It’s uneaten garbage.  You know, unused or uneaten parts of fruits and vegetables (e.g., orange peels, tomato skins, celery tails, onion skins, garlic skins, egg shells, banana peels avacado skins, and many other roots and peels).  Such things are naturally ‘biodegradeable.  They break down easily, releasing their nutrients for future use, specifically to enhance any and all garden-growing efforts. 

Seeds of ANY kind are not allowed.  This includes seeds from tomatoes, avacadoes, grapes, potato ‘eyes,’ apple and pear cores, peach and cherry pits, pineapple tops, etc.  Neither are meat by-products and any kind (e. g. chicken, beef  and pork bones, skin or fatty meat portions that you do not eat).  Those go out in the weekly trash bin for city pick ups. 

Containers for such a project are available at local retailers or free when you sit in at a “compost meeting” usually held each Spring at a county meeting where you live.  That is how I first became aware of such a thing.  With such encouragement,  I have been composting for fifteens years.

The large bins I possess are black, round, hard plastic contianers with holes all around the circumference for airation.   Approximately four feet high and three feet in diameter, two such bins have been placed outside, away from my back foor, but easily accessible in order to dump my garbage.  Hidden behind a small oak and fica tree, their unsighlty presence is not in plain view. 

Other than my collection of kitchen garbage, two large bags of soil are added twice a year.  Once the soil is mixed with my garbage (using a round-nosed shovel and oftimes a pitchfork), water is added.  As it sits and sits there usually over the course of a year, insects and worms, natural inhabitants, bore their way through this seemingly mucky, but organized, mess.  Their presence further enhances and propagates the decomposing process.

After tilling my already used vegatable and herbal garden areas, the compost is added.  It is heavy and a wheelbarrel and shovel are used to bring it to my desired areas.  Mix, mix and mix some more.  This project has taken me two to three days to prepare before I am satisfied to plant.

All in all, it is worth it.  Hard work usually is.  Satisfaction is guaranteeed year-in and year-out once I see the buds of my labor and its magnificent harvest.  I delight in the opportunity to walk out my back door, gather what fruits I need for a days’ meal, returning the usnused portions to the bins.  It is a continuous cycle.

Until next time, happy gardening!

A. K. Buckroth

Alaskan Iditarod 38!

March 11, 2010

As a recent subscriber to The Anchorage [Alaska] Daily News, I have been reading about the yearly Iditarod.  Now in its 38th year, this newspaper reports on the following brief blurbs.  I hope you enjoy reading this.  It is simple, to the point, and honest to goodness fun with a pot o’ gold!  Enjoy!  AR.

The Anchorage Daily News, 1001 Northway Drive, Anchorage, AK, 99508, USA ——————————————

Iditarod 38 ——————————————

March 11, 2010               

Iditarod: Day 5 (McGrath and Takotna)

Hugh Neff gets a kiss form Geronimo at the Takotna, Alaska, checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Geronimo was born of Annie, Neff’s main leader. A number of Annies offspring are on his team, which he calls “Annie’s Army.”

http://www.adn.com/2010/03/10/1177672/iditarod-day-5-mcgrath-and-takotna.html

 The Sled Blog

The news, notes, and video of the Iditarod from rural Alaska blogger Kyle Hopkins.

Twitter: Iditarod Live

Follow our tweets from the trail for constant coverage throughout the race.

Pack of Iditarod icons bears down on leaders

Dallas Seavey won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race halfway prize for reaching the Cripple checkpoint first early this morning, but a small cavalry of some of the best mushers in the world were on their sleds out of Ophir well before dawn, bearing down on the leaders.

Battered but not beaten, mushers, dogs rest

Resting dog teams practically outnumbered local residents Wednesday in Takotna where retired pathologist and 69-year-old  musher Jim Lanier sat in the tribal hall after finishing a burger.

Iditarod mystery: How long is the Iditarod?

Many Iditarod junkies wonder exactly how far is it to Nome. The Iditarod Trail Committee claims 1,149 miles on both its northern  and southern routes — an effort to ensure the distance includes 49 (for  the 49th state) and exceeds the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International  Sled Dog Race between Whitehorse and Fairbanks.

Baker delays 24-hour rest, eyes halfway prize

While most Iditarod front-runners were in the middle of their 24-hour layovers in Takotna, Ophir or McGrath, John Baker of Kotzebue struck out alone for Cripple, the abandoned mining town where he should be able to claim the $3,000 halfway prize.

Gatt, Smyth first to Ophir

As many top mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race caught up on sleep, food and relaxation in the comfortable village of Takotna, Hans Gatt of Whitehorse and Cim Smyth of Big Lake pushed ahead to Ophir in the early morning hours.

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Look What I Found!

March 4, 2010

Marzenfest

In the olden days Oktoberfest celebrated the start of the brewing season, Oktober to Marz (March), when the stored Marzenbier was tapped.  The Spring Marzenfest celebrates the end of a successful brewing season when all the fresh beers are released.”

Music: Die Alpenband California.”

“Beer: Authentic German and Local Handcrafted Brews.”

“German Food: Authentic Fare for a Spring Fest.”

“Saturday, March 20, 2010, 12:00pm to 5:00pm.”

“Howe Park, 2201 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA.”

“$10.00 Admission; $5.00 Age 6-12; Under 6 Free.”

“Presented by the Arden Arcade Rotary Club.”

“100% Proceeds Benefit Local Children’s Charities.”

“www.marzenfest.com.”