There is something very satisfying about tidying up loose ends don't you think? I have a tidy mind and if I get too many things left half done I tend to get stressed out, so my motto is usually to set aside a day to square everything up. Today was such a day.
My first job was to enter the VAT quarter on line. Writing the very words fills me with a kind of dread - I never do it right first time. The trouble with doing things on line is that is does not allow the tiniest error; there is no human there to just alter it a bit for you. This morning, when I had finished entering all the relevant information the site told me I had made an error. I read through all the figures several times and could see no error, so I deleted the lot and re-entered them. Still the site told me I had made an error, and also my time slot had run out, so I had to log off and start again. Finally I found it - eureka - I was leaving a space between the decimal point and the pence! Job done, lots of sweat and toil, but job satisfaction number one.
My second job concerns my driving. Because I was ill nine months ago I had to stop driving. Although I did not reapply, thinking I just would not bother again, I had a letter from the Licensing Authority to say that I could drive again. It happens to be time to renew my Driver's Licence, so I determined today was the day to fill that in and send it off. I will not go into the trouble I had filling in the form (sufficient to say I think you need at least one degree, probably two, to fill it in easily). I sent off the form. Job done.
Then it was off with friend W to our Exercise for the Over 60's class. A marvellous, if exhausting, hour of concentrated exercise which leaves me completely knackered if you will pardon the word.
After lunch it was over to our County town to take our Year End books to the accountant. I am always pleased when I do this because it means I have balanced the books and sorted everything out. Handing over the full file of stuff is very cathartic.
I had made a list of all these jobs, which I intended to do today, so I have just been able to cross them all out on the list. That (and I know this sounds daft) is a most satisfying thing to do.
Then coming back home, I drove and immediately felt OK again about driving. Only two complaints about my driving by the farmer - once I was going too fast and once I was in the wrong gear. But that is pretty much par for the course.