I apologize for the hiatus and promise I'll try to do better. Mostly it was laziness; to a small extent it was income tax. I got so little money last year I get a refund from the feds and only owe the state a very small amount. I use an online service called TaxSlayer. It's very easy and I was finished within a couple of hours. It would be even easier if I was more organized. I was waiting for one form that never came and the other envelopes got shuffled into a pile with lots of other stuff. By the time I found out I didn't need the missing form, the required ones were out of sight and out of mind. Then, of course, I had to find last year's tax, also out of sight and out of mind. It's a great relief to have it all out of the way.
So I'll tell you what I didn't write about: first, the Seders in New Jersey and New York. We were with friends in NJ. The hostess is from Israel, her family originally coming from Iraq. It was a little different from our usual ritual and very interesting. Our kids were still in Chicago--no holiday from college, but the two sons of the host family were there, along with one girl friend. This is very much a family holiday--these friends are just like family. Our New York Seder was with Steve's family on Long Island, again a little different and very nice.
I had my yearly mammogram last week, no results yet. I wasn't going to do it this year, based on someone's (a government health service) recommendation of every two years for women over 75. After Alice's experience, I decided to go ahead with the test. I should have a result tomorrow or Tuesday.
The snow is finally gone, the weather has been mostly wonderful, although not while I was in NYC. There I got wet and froze--didn't have proper clothing with me.
I bought the camera but have had it only two days. I promise a report in about two more days.
Here is the tulip tree welcoming spring.
One last bit of snow. This picture was taken on March 25 after many days of 70 and 80 degrees. The snowpile was created when they shoveled the snow off of the top of the building (parking garage at CMU). Originally it was almost as tall as the building.