Drat…It’s Monday

I’m delaying the inevitable.  There are so many things I’d rather be doing than starting on my paperwork.  A trip to Hobby Lobby for some spritzer bottles would be one of the things I want to do.  Read a book and recline in my chair would be another.  Veg out in front of the television would also be a good way to spend the day.  Or, how about a nap.  They all sound good.

Discipline.  Doing what I don’t want to do but needs to be done.  Get started on a dreaded project and it will get done quicker.  The “Peter Principle” states that “The time alloted to do a task expands exponentially to fit the time frame” – or something like that.  What this means is that my three week job of sorting, sifting, shredding, filing and QuickBook entries can be done in the three weeks or drag on until December 31, 2010….whichever I allow it to do.

Sitting at this computer and working on this blog is another thing that will delay this project…but I want you all to feel sorry for me and see all the work I have to do 🙂


Picked up our mail

Our Postal workers deserve to be recognized for the extra work they do for us.  Most other Postal workers would send all the mail back to where it came from if the box is not emptied in a timely manner.

I so appreciate our Postal workers and try to give them a “goody” of some kind around the winter holidays.  This year I’ve got to figure out a good way to thank them for what they do.

Since we are hardly home during the year, they fill the box then remove it and bundle it and put it in a large packages box to hold for us until we get home to empty it.  This is today’s loot and both of the boxes are cleared out.  Hopefully they won’t grumble too much when they get to our mail this week.  It will be emptied on a daily basis now for a change.


Last foray to the mail box

The last time we were home and emptied the mail boxes, I went through and got the bills that need to be paid and took them with me.  What remains on the counter top are settlement sheets, bank statements, and general mail that does not need immediate attention.

I have a good case of the “piles” when I get home for the winter.  Nearly every flat surface has some kind of a pile on it that will need my attention at some point.

All the crap that comes in the mail drives me nuts.  Grocery store flyers that have expired, a little local newspaper that everyone gets in their box, politicians hawking their skills and wanting our votes are tucked in the box.  Plus Joe gets a lot of magazines.  Office supply catalogs clog up our box too.


IKEA bag

Trip envelopes

I sure wish this IKEA bag had more fun stuff in it than trip envelopes, settlement sheets, Corporate Lodging receipts, bank statements, grocery slips, electric bills, mortgage payments, Stampin’ Up! order invoices, and a myriad of other mail detritis that is part and parcel to my bookkeeping stuff.

Looks daunting.  My recliner and a good book is really beginning to look enticing right now.


Printed email receipts

Stuff I've put off

My well used printer has Corporate Lodging receipts printed out from my email account, receipts from Stampin’ Up! for my monthly website payments, and any payments made online during a bit of time at home, as well as any online bank transfer of money from one account to another.

Whoever said that the computer age would do away with paper clutter had to have been taking a few tokes from the wacky weed.  I have paper clutter up the wazoo.


My desk

I have paper piles on my desk that will need to be sorted out and cleared off before I can begin making my huge mess.  I have no place to write anything or to stack stuff for the computer entry process.

I think I might just turn the television on and watch some stuff that has been recorded while we were gone.  The new episodes of “Medium” or “Ace of Cakes” sound good about now.

Maybe I’ll hire someone to do all this for me.  No, then I would have to explain how I want it all done, sorted, filed, and entered.  Might as well just do it myself, it would go faster that way.  Anal control freak – me.



Previous years records

Filed neatly

Giving the task to someone else to do would deprive me of the satisfaction of knowing that everything is in the current years boxes and can be accessed easily.

All these boxes, I know I only need to keep the past seven years of records.  But to lift the lids on these and see everything properly done is satisfying to me.  Crazy lunatic I am but I know that all the mess I have in the piles and piles, bags, boxes, and flat surfaces will finally be reduced to a plastic bin.

Don’t pay much attention to the mess on our bed.  I’ve had to go through the suitcase and take out all my clothes and load it with Joe’s clothes.  Can’t have him pulling out a pair of my underwear instead of his when he changes clothes, now can we.  It would be funny, and might be good blog fodder 🙂


My trusty timer

If I’ve learned anything from Flylady, it is “You can do ANYTHING in 15 minutes”.  So…I’ll set the timer for 15 minutes and sort through the IKEA bag.  The next 15 minutes will be going through the bundled mail and shredding all the junk mail and throwing away all the flyers and newspapers that have expired.  The next 15 minutes will be to gather up all the settlement sheets and bank statements and getting them in date order.

Tomorrow, I’ll let you know of my progress, or lack of it.  Maybe making myself accountable with this blog and adding photos of my work in progress will keep me on task – or not.  I do have my “Carrot and Stick”.  Get some work done today and I can play in my craft room tomorrow 🙂

Hope you guys all enjoy a good week.  It will be windy here today and a bit chilly.  A good day to stay indoors and do some work.

About Message In A Fold

I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

4 responses to “Drat…It’s Monday

  • gardenpinks

    Oh man, all that paperwork and mail would drive me to several cigarettes and seveal mugs of tea! I am so pleased I don’t have to do that sort of paperwork any more, since we gave up the plant nursery business and are no longer self employed I don’t have to keep receips, invoices, bank statements, etc and enter them all in a ledger. Everything I now need for the tax man is kept in one small folder – yippee!
    Get stuck in girl and it will dwindle otherwise you just know it will haunt you 🙂

    We have had two nights of hard frosts and ice on the horse’s water bucket and today it has bee wildly windy and pelting rain like needles of ice – yuk! I knew I should have stayed in bed to nurse my thumping head, sore throat, shivers and chills – yes I caught a cold from one of our very generous grandchildren. I normally have a very strong immune system and rarely catch colds but this is going to be one of the rare times!

    Have you heard from Jann recently? I sent her an email when she had been banned from going to the hospital because of illness over a week ago and heard nothing back. Hope all is going well.

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      Cigarettes go unattended and burn out with very little consumption. Coffee grows cold and gets a fine layer of paper dust on top. First hand experience talking.

      The stuff you have to keep for records while owning a business is mind boggling. I’m a broken record with Les and Pati…keep the receipts. Make sure Les gets a receipt for EVERYTHING. It is just plumb crazy, and at years end it is a dreaded task, as you well know.

      I’m sorry to hear that you are not well and have been the recipient of much sharing. The icy cold winds and rains don’t help much when you are riddled with shivers from the cold or flu. Having to go outside in that weather to check on the animals and make sure they have access to water is a chore. I hope you get to feeling better quickly. It would be a total bummer if the right buyer for your home missed the opportunity to see your gem of a house while you were abed with the crud 😦

      I have not heard from Jann recently. I’ve checked her Facebook page to sort of keep up with Royce and what is going on. He had been in ICU on a ventilator. He has since been taken off the ventilator and has been transferred to a regular room. Shame on me for not keeping better up to date. I just checked her Facebook page – Jann Gray – and Royce has been released from the hospital and is now resting at home. Thank you for reminding me to be a better friend.
      Love you – Leslie

  • Nancy

    So you’re home now? 🙂
    Did you get to your paperwork? Or did you give in to distractions?
    I’m so sorry to hear that you’re sick Lynn! I hope you feel better soon!
    I really need to get some email addresses so that I can send out some responses to some of your comments on my blog. I’ve been meaning to tell you both that I would be happy to make you some charms! I love to make them and I have a VERY LARGE supply of beads on hand. Just let me know what you like. I just can’t get any of those little charms…like they show on youtube. The fancy little silver shapes; eiffel tower, shoe, hanger, flowers, etc. Also, I answered the question of how I store my Scripture Challenge pages. My stand isn’t decorated yet. So when it’s finished I’ll take a picture and show you. As for my other challenges… one is 8″ and others are 12″ and they go into albums.
    This is kind of a strange comment! lol

    • Message In A Fold

      Finally…I’m home. Yes, I did get a start on my paperwork. The sorting and shuffling stages are the beginning of my routine. Getting some order to the chaos at first and making tons of piles then consolidating them is the first phase.

      Charms?! I’d love to have some of your handmade charms. I have to make a trip back to Hobby Lobby on Friday to get more spritzer bottles so I’ll look for the things you mentioned. I’ll trade with you, how is that? I’m no help, I’m afraid, at giving you an idea of what I would like for you to make. I’m an indiscriminate shiny things liker. That is totally weird to say.

      I look forward to seeing your stand when you have pictures up. You are one busy crafter. Card, 8″, 12″, and scripture challenges, beads, bears, rag dolls, stick pins….and you say you are struck down with migraines from time to time. How in the world do you do it all? I’m so not worthy, but I’m so thankful that you are my friend.
      Love you – Leslie

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