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ATO – 'Business Activity'

This is a quick update about one of the myTax questions that I mentioned in this post. It was one of the questions I ‘guessed’.

The question occurs in the section under PSI, or Personal Services Income, and asks for the:

‘Number of business activities’

Nowhere on the ATO website is there a definition of what ‘business activity’ actually means. Thanks to the very knowledgeable and patient lady I spoke to this morning, I can now tell you that for Sole Traders, the question refers to the number of people/companies you have worked for.

So, for example, if you work for ten different people/companies during the course of a financial year, the number of ‘business activities’ to report is…tah dah…10!

You’re welcome. 🙂

Meeks


Amazing Mr Fox

I’m hosting an un-christmas tomorrow so busy cleaning and cooking, but all work and no play is boring, right? So I did a quick jigsaw puzzle of a fox. Note the eyes:

Slit pupils

Those slit pupils sent me off on a search of the internet where I discovered that fox vision allows them to hunt at dawn and dusk…much like cats. But foxes are related to dogs and wolves. What gives?

The similarities between foxes and cats doesn’t end there. You can find a host of fascinating facts in the article below:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/59739/14-fascinating-facts-about-foxes

One of those facts is illustrated in the following video:

Amazing Mr Fox!

Okay, well play time is over, got floors to mop… -sigh-… Enjoy your weekend. I’ll have food pics tomorrow 🙂

Cheers

Meeks


The Land of Far Beyond

It’s been a stressful couple of days. The perfect time to get lost in something uplifting. This is the completed jigsaw puzzle of an unknown locale.

https://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=33a636422b4c&pieces=24

As soon as the last piece went in, I knew it was how I’d imagined some of the vistas in a childhood favourite called ‘The Land of Far Beyond.’

Enjoy. 🙂

Meeks


LMAO – a dog’s pov of US!

My thanks to Scottie for posting this hilarious video!

Happy Monday my friends!

Meeks


Volcanic lakes – red, blue & black

I was procrastinating with Jigsaw Planet this morning when I came across a bright blue, crater lake. That triggered an image search which culminated in the photo you see above. And no, that image is not photoshopped!

You can find more, fascinating photos and an in depth article about the crater lakes at:

https://blazingtrailstogether.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/lakes-of-mount-kelimutu-indonesia/

Have a great weekend,

Meeks


A different kind of jigsaw puzzle

I know I usually share pictures of landscapes, but I completed this online jigsaw puzzle tonight, and it made me smile. Hope it makes you smile as well. 🙂

 

If you want to try it yourself, you can find it at the following link [no joining necessary]:

https://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=2594a5694657

 

To play with fewer pieces – e.g. 24 – click ‘Play as’ [top right] and select the number of pieces from the drop down menu:

To play the puzzle in full screen mode, click the small icon at the bottom right [circled in red below]:

Happy weekend everyone,

Meeks


Unknown view – mystery solved!

Huge thanks to Marian Allen for finding the name and location of this image. It is:

Corcovado Mountain During Sunrise In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Cheers

Meeks

 

I had another good day today and rewarded myself with a jigsaw puzzle. This is what I saw when I finished:

I thought it was a fantasy graphic until I looked closer and saw that it was a real view. As far as I can tell, the word ‘Aussicht’ just means view or outlook. There is no indication of where the outlook might be, and it’s driving me crazy. Does anyone recognize this view or the outlook itself?

cheers

Meeks


Essays on America: The Game

I’m taking the unprecedented step of reblogging a post from a complete stranger, because it is so chilling.

The stranger is Peter Ironswood, and his essay is about the 1% who are so powerful, they could be demigods in our supposedly enlightened world.

This is a must read.

petersironwood

The Game

man in gray suit playing chess Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com

The Game has no rules. Not really. I suppose you could say that the one rule is that there are no rules. 

Not everyone can play The Game. So, that might count as a rule about entering and leaving The Game.

To Enter the Game, you need to be a Player. 

And, to Leave the Game, you need to die. (You can’t “quit.”)

dog and house toy on monopoly board game Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on Pexels.com

Those are the two rules about whether you can play, but there are no rules within The Game. 

But how does one become a Player? 

Fame is not enough. Wealth is not enough. Good looks, or sharp wits, or intelligence, or encyclopedic knowledge, or special talents? No, that is not enough. 

What is important is that you have Power and that you will execute your Power without regard to…

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Bathing in a bucket…

And no, this is not research for some scene in a story. This was me, after I discovered that we had no hot water…

not. I wasn’t smiling at all.

As usual, Murphy’s Law was working overtime in Warrandyte this morning. For starters, it’s been damn cold the last couple of days, cold, rainy and overcast. The worst possible weather for my solar hotwater system.

Me: Not a problem. The instant, gas hot water booster will kick in…any second now…hello?

Except that the instant, gas hot water booster did not kick in. Went out to check, and I see a cryptic machine message blinking in red on the display. Panic? No, ring the manufacturer.

“Have you tried to reset the system?”

Me: “Um…no. How?”

I now know how to reset the system but…it didn’t work, did it?

“Let me check the plumbers in your area. I’ll get back to you shortly.”

Me: still waiting…

In the meantime, I had to go out so a clean up of some sort was absolutely necessary.

Me: cold shower? Not on your nelly…that water is effing freezing!

Thank god the kettle still works. Boiled up about 2 litres of water. Poured it into a bucket in the shower. Added a bit of cold…and got to work.

In case there are any time and motion experts out there, I can now say with absolute certainty that it is possible to bathe in a bucket. Not pleasant, but doable. Start at the top and finish with the feet.

And on that note, I’ll quit while I’m a head.

Meeks


Siberian Husky On A Frozen Lake — SCOPIC IMPULSE

Update August 31, 2019: I’ve had to remove the picture because of a request from Scopic Impulse. Apparently the way WordPress does an automated reblog is not acceptable:

‘VIA IS NOT PERMITTED. WE PLANED WARNING.

RESPECT FOR THE AUTHOR WHO IS NOT MENTIONED AND ONLY REPRESENTED BY ONE PICTURE; PLEASE REMOVE THIS “PIECE” OF PUBLICATION! THANK YOU
@scopicimpulse’
I’m confused by the reasons given as the photographer was clearly named [see below], and I wanted his work to become more widely seen, but I can’t argue with a take down request. Speaking of the photographer though, I’m leaving the link because I believe the photos truly are spectacular.

Siberian Husky On A Frozen Lake. Fox Grom is a Russian photographer born in Kirovsk. It’s a magical scene—a couple of beautiful huskies inquisitively wander over the mirror-like surface of a frozen lake in northern Russia. The world seems so still, so completely calm in the photographs that you could almost be forgiven for thinking […]

via Siberian Husky On A Frozen Lake — SCOPIC IMPULSE

My first thought was ‘oh my god, it’s walking on water!’. Then I read the title. Then I looked past the beautiful Huskies and saw the lake and its surroundings. That’s when my jaw truly dropped. Whether there are a million Earth-like planets or just this one, beauty like this deserves to be preserved.

We are already in heaven, my friends. Let’s not turn it into  hell.


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