2013 A Year To Forget

January 24, 2014 | By Dee Ann Rice

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As most of you have noticed I just disappeared after I wrote my Christmas Post. I really did not mean to do that. I knew exactly what I was going to write in my next two posts and then it happened…

2013 Ended As Bad As It Began!

2013 was not a good year

I feel like I am still digging out of the trash 2013 dumped on me!

2013 Began

with the realization that our renters out on the farm were not only moving out during the winter which would make it difficult to rerent the house but they had also destroyed the house before moving out leaving the house uninhabitable. We soon realized that it would cost $55,000 to have someone else fix our house for us.

Not having that kind of money to spend, we set out to do the repairs ourselves. This meant spending every weekend all year long and about $20,000 making all of the repairs necessary to eventually rerent or sell the house.

We finished all of the repairs on the farm house just before Christmas. At that point we thought everything was good.

2013 Ended

with us receiving a notice from the IRS that we were being audited again.

Being audited is not so bad as we have been audited before for the same reason and won. I have no doubt that we will win again but it takes about 40 to 80 hours to put all of the documents together and get them to the person representing us for these audits.

Spending 40 to 80 hours on a tax audit right around Christmas and New Years is not very fun. I actually put off doing this until the first of 2014. This did not make the person representing us very happy with me.

Well there you have my life during 2013 in a nutshell.


2014 Began

about the same way 2013 ended but I decided to sit down and make some goals to get through all of this quickly.

Goals for January 2014

What follows are my goals for January of 2014. I have achieved some of them already.

  1. Finish audit for 2012    GotItDone  
  2. Do taxes for 2013 and submit them early so maybe we can GotItDone possibly  prevent another audit     
  3. Finish the 2 law suits associated with the damage done to      InProgress  the farm house by the renters and a contractor we hired to repair roofs.
  4. Rent or sell the house on the farm.    InProgress 

There you have it.

This is why I have been MIA for the last few weeks and will not be back blogging again for a couple more weeks.

My next post will be the post I intended to write as my first post in 2014. I will lay out my goals for the rest of the year. I intend to have goals that are similar to the ones above in the sense that I can actually check them off as I accomplish them.

I really appreciate everyone being patient with me as I struggle to accomplish these tasks that take me away from my blog.

My intention is to start blog commenting on a small scale as I finish my goals for January and to start writing posts again in early to mid February.

See You In February

I very much look forward to seeing everyone again in February 2014 and I intend to make 2014 a much better year than 2013 was.

I would love to hear from you…

I know that I have not been around much and have not commented on your blog for a while but I would still love to hear from you.

Leave me a comment to just say “Hi” or tell me what your last year was like. Maybe there are others out there who were not treated well by 2013.


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