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February 28, 2016

Update on my Grand List.

My last post included a huge list of things that needed to be accomplished over the last few days. This post is my check in to see how we did. Proud of what we've done.

* Issue T4's to my staff. They are done but I have a discrepancy in the final numbers compared to budget, so I have to sort that that first before I issue. Small crew and no one is worried but to me, a deadline is a deadline. By law in Canada, they must be in hand on the last day of February. My goal is today. Completed all of this 4 days early. Ironically, I have staff that were not worried about due dates but I am very conscious of deadlines and am happy to have met this one, once again early!

* Meet the carpet company at the old house this morning to make arrangements for the stairs and upper hall to be re~carpeted before our tenants move in. The other company has neglected to follow through on the original appointment, then missed the second one! So a new company has offered to finish the job for us. Fingers crossed the figures fit into our budget. New quote was done on Thursday. I picked out the carpet later that afternoon. It will be installed this coming week. And the best part? It's almost $600 less than the other quote we received the day before. Crazy!

Finish clearing out the garage at the old house with the items we set aside for the bin that will magically take them away. The bin arrived the other day. Now we have to fill it.The bin will leave our garage by Saturday, so we have just a few days to use it fully. We have a few small items to move and our bikes, which we are donating to an organization that will be providing those to refugee families in the city. Happy we are helping, even in this small way, to welcome new families to Canada.

* Call a local church that is looking for furniture and house hold items for new refugees who will be arriving soon in our community. We left these items at the old house, rather than move them to the new house and now it's time for someone else to love them. Fingers crossed the church will be able to take all the items so we don't have to find homes for anything left over.  The call should come early this week to schedule a pick up of items. Yeah!!

* Send in our medical receipts for reimbursement. Deadline is March 1st. I wrote it up yesterday and made copies and dh has left for work, with the packet in hand to scan and email to the benefits company. A cheque will  be deposited into our travel account in about ten days. These were sent in on the 25th - another win for the "beat the deadline" team!!

* Ensure my administrator has completed tax receipts for donations made to our charity before the end of the month. I have two to write up and submitted the letters I wrote to each family to her last night. Now she just needs to add the receipts and mail them off. Fingers crossed with her busy week she gets it done before Monday.  Just chatted with her and these will be completed by this afternoon. She'll bring them to our centre tomorrow.

* Meet the plumber at the old house on Thursday morning. We have a few small items that need attention. I don't expect any surprises but know it won't be cheap! Done but he does have to come back because a part had to be ordered. He's meeting me there tomorrow.

* Finished the last bit of wall painting at the old house. Begin painting the windows and doors inside. We have the contractor back on the weekend to install the new trim so I need to make sure the rest is done first. I'm painting tonight and tomorrow morning and they start on Friday.  Not all finished but we did quite a bit. We had to stop as the contractors still need to finish up and will be on site tomorrow. So more painting tomorrow and then touch ups once they are done.

* Do a big clean once the contractor is done before our tenants move in on Tuesday. As the house is empty, it's a bit easier. And the floors are new and the walls freshly painted, so it's just scrubbing appliances, washing the floors, dusting the light fixtures and washing the windows. Easy peasy but still time. My goal is to have this done by Sunday but Monday is my day off, so if I need some extra time, it's there. Can't do this until they are completely done but we have time now, so the rush is not as critical. A blog post will explain later.

* Switch out our utilities to new family then do a walk through on Monday to hand over the keys for Tuesday. Then it will be another big job of our shoulders and more time on our own hands to truly enjoy this house and start to plan our spring landscaping. New blog post soon!

So that is the status of our grand list. Mostly done, with a few minor outstanding items. Thanks for reading such a boring post, but it really helps me stay on track to record what needs to be done and then have accountability to show where we're at. Today, a day of rest, sleeping in, a leisurely soak in the tub, a grocery list written and off to watch our little guy play hockey. Home for the Oscars and then bed so we're well rested for the last tasks to be completed tomorrow. Have a great day!

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