Not quite so productive today but I have been busy.
I started this morning doing my 10 minute financial tally – fine so far – and then I chose one of the longer outstanding financial tasks to do from my list. This was to inform the Inland Revenue of my change of circumstances as there might be a possible tax rebate and to transfer part of my personal tax allowance under the married allowance rules to DH so that his combined pension, state and private, does not attract as much tax.
I tried to do this on the website but failed as there was a problem with the application. So I resorted to the phone which I can tell you is long and laborious. Firstly, you talk to a recorded voice (which sounds like a person but could be a robot?) – they ask you a question and then you say an answer and then silence…and then they say did you say xyz and so it goes on. In between the answers you give they suggest you use the website – well of course who would be phoning and subjecting themselves to this rigmarole needlessly if you could get the information or apply on the website!
And why they think anyone else would ring impersonating you and subject themselves to a long and frustrating wait is beyond me but they obviously do as the Inland Revenue help line are introducing a voice recognition service if you wish to sign up…I decided not…I might lose my place in the queue and have to start over again.
It leaves you feeling why can’t a real person answer the phone in the first place. Eventually someone did – a lovely man who couldn’t get the application to go through either and will have to escalate it up to someone else who can – but they will write to me – hopefully with a nice cheque!!
After that ordeal I made a phone call to my daughter to check on progress – nothing happening at the moment – all is good and no sign of baby coming early. I then set to and ironed yesterday’s washing, made the Leek and Potato soup for lunch (it had become a bit of a late lunch by this time) and whilst that was cooking I washed and prepared the salad items and some vegetables we bought last night to keep ready in the fridge. I find pre-preparing some things saves a lot of time later when we come to make a meal.
We then sat down after lunch for 10 minutes but became engrossed in the Wartime Farm – I love this series of programs and just had to watch it to the end. I wonder if we would be as able to provide for ourselves now as they did then. The men and women found such ingenious ways of substituting when food and other things like soap were scarce.
It must have been just after 4pm when I got out into the garden. I filled the new pot with compost and decided for the time being to put the pansies in it. They do look really pretty. It was six o’clock when I came in after doing a bit of tidying up and emptying pots of plants that are completely over so too dark to take a photo – I will go out in the morning to take some.
DH had a really bad back today and I wouldn’t let him go out to do anymore digging and heaving paving slabs about. It is quite a mess by the side of the house and I shall be glad when all is done and we can put the compost bins back in place and start using them again.
Looking back at today’s tasks that I did get done perhaps I was more productive than I thought – but the paper piles still remain – I shall do a bit more on that tomorrow.
Must go now to ring mum before tea. x