Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Of Taxes, Tomatoes, and Tulips

Timely trivia. Perhaps not terribly inspirational, but maybe useful. That's what we're serving up here today.

 It's tax time. You've probably already received (and spent?) your tax return by now, but for those of you who are still working on taxes, you don't want to overlook any possible deductions. Here are a couple of links that you might want to check out.

Commonly Overlooked Tax Deductions Checklist
The 7 Tax Deductions You Shouldn't Overlook

Are you still trying to discover the truth about tomatoes -- you know, whether they are fruits or vegetables? It's a question that's been around for a long time, but it was, actually definitively answered by our judicial court system in 1893. According to my extensive research (I looked it up on Mental Floss), the question made it all the way to the Supreme Court, in Nix vs Hedeen. They unanimously ruled that tomatoes are vegetables. So there!

It's time for the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival! Hundreds of thousands of people make the trek each April to see the amazing displays of tulips that cover the fields of La Conner, Washington. Early in the month there may be more daffodils blooming than tulips, as La Conner also grows an abundance of daffodils. You can learn more about what's blooming by clicking on the Bloom Map on the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival's website.

If you want to see tulips but don't want to leave your house, let me recommend that you go to Google Images and type in "tulips." The results will be stunning. If, however, you prefer reading about tulips over seeing them, here is a brief history of tulips in Holland that you might enjoy.

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