There has also been a lot of Good Stuff over the last 3 weeks as well.
Little Good Stuff includes T-Boy eating a variety of foods for the first time, some glorious weather, friends who Help You Out, and so on.
Big Good Stuff includes the fabulous wedding of my fabulous friend, the lovely making of lovely stuff, and The Surprise.
The Surprise came at the end of last week.
I was opening the post, as one does, and found one from the Taxman. It was thick and had 4 pages of writing and numbers in it that meant Not a Fat Lot. However the last page, at the bottom, had "Repayment - £2880.72" Well, my heart sank like a stone. Where are we going to find almost 3 grand?
I opened the next envelope without thinking or looking and took out the contents - a single sheet of paper. "Dear So-and-So, I am pleased to confirm that according to our calculations you have overpaid your taxes for the years 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 and enclose a cheque for £2880.72"
And there was a cheque, made payable to me, for that amount!
Can I get a whoop whoop?
In the space of 30 seconds I had gone from despair at the idea of paying back 3 grand, to elation at the idea that they were paying it to me! Needless to say I phoned J, and sent him a picture of the cheque, and he is over the moon. We have decided that there are a few things we would like to get - he would like a new watch (it arrives on Friday!), the AC needs a new bike, and me?
Actually, there's not a lot I would like.
As a joke, I showed him a picture of the new Bernina sewing machine, and he was amazed at the price - he thought I was joking when I said I could chop both of my machines in, use all the money, and still have to put more to it!
I need a hoop for quilting with. But that's about it I think!
Don't worry, I'm thinking about it.
Yesterday though, the AC and I stayed in ALLLLLLLL day and did next to Not a Fat Lot. I finished the background of the snakes and ladders project I'm on now, and then he watched and I slept through Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He would like to go and see The Zookeeper today, but we'll see.
I'll let you knoe, Dear Reader. And it is nice to be back.