Anyway, I cleaned every part of the house where the dogs are allowed to roam. That's everywhere except the 2 carpeted bedrooms. I washed all dog towels and blankets and dragged all dog beds outside and sprayed them with Lysol while they basked in the sun. All puppy stuff was washed and disinfected. All items too big to drag outside (couch and recliner) were disinfected also. All tile was swept and mopped. The yard was cleaned of dog poop and the mop water was dumped in the side yard where the mama dog was housed. The distemper virus doesn't live very long outside of a dog especially in a warm, dry climate but I took this as an opportunity to clean everything anyway. It feels good to have everything clean (for the moment).
I started my taxes online with TaxAct. For a moment, I thought I might get a refund like I did last year and then I remembered that I had adjusted my withholding. Unfortunately, things went so well with my rental house this year that I owe $1,000. What a disappointment. I know financial people say that it is better to own money than to get a refund but, psychologically, I would rather have a refund. I need that incentive to get my taxes done. I shouldn't be complaining that things went well but I am. My mortgage is low so I didn't pay much mortgage interest. My medical and dental bills come out of my pre-tax health savings account so they aren't deductible. I get to deduct money spent on foster dogs but it still wasn't more than the standard deduction. Oh well. Maybe next year I should make an extra payment to the IRS so that my tax bill is closer to zero. I'd be ok with zero. I didn't submit my taxes yet. I like to put all the information in and then wait a week and re-check it.
In between cleaning, taxes and watching movies with the dogs, I tackled the weed invasion in my yard. The weed of the month is London Rocket, a type of wild mustard. It is everywhere. I got about 70% of the yard cleared but this side yard still needs work. Next week it will be twice as tall.
I tried feeding it to my quail but they weren't impressed. I need to work on the front yard too. I put the shovel next to the gate so that I can grab it when I come home from work and kill weeds a little bit each day. It isn't such a big job when I do it that way.
This week I hope to hear from my handyman so that I can show him what I want done at my property and I should call the earth-mover guy to fix the drainage and driveway. It depends on how hectic work is this week. It would be nice to get something else done out there though. I'm feeling a bit stuck again. I need progress.