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Yesterday, The First & Only Crocus, Today Three; Nature Is So Fecund.

by Anura Guruge



Pretty amazing. Nature is SO DETERMINED. So anxious to propagate the species. You have to stop & wonder.

Yes, we have sprouts all over the place. Spring is springing. SMILE.


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The First Crocus Of 2021 In Our Yard — In Central New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge



Saw it by accident. Hadn’t gone looking for any sprouts. Thought it was too early. We still had a snow covering just a few days ago.

This is a bank, in the yard, that gets a fair amount of afternoon sun. The crocuses here flower earlier than others most every year.

After I saw this one I went looking. Just this solitary crocus.

Wow.

So, 4-days later than last year, BUT unlike last year, no snow on the ground, at all, at all.


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Labor Day On September 7, Though ‘Late’, Is NOT Unusual.

by Anura Guruge


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September 7 seems late. Yes, I invariably think of Labor Day as falling around September 3 or 4. BUT, it can fall from September 1 to September 7. It can’t be any earlier or later. First Monday of September. So, 1 to 7.

It fell on September 7 just 5-years ago. Yes, in 2015.

Also in 2009. So, this is the 3rd time since 2020.

The usual gap is 5- or 6-years. Then Leap Years kick in and throw it off for a 11-year gap. Those 11-year gaps are common in calendaring. It has to do with the 4-years between Leap Years & the 7 days in a week.

Anywho …

September 7 is not an anomaly. It happens quite often. 9 times in the last 56-years. That is an average of every 6.2-years.

OK? Cool? SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

Get A Refund When Amazon Fails To Deliver On Its Prime Two-Day Shipping Promise.

by Anura Guruge


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Let’s just say that I have received $37 back from Amazon, in the last 12 days, for it missing three (3) shipment dates.

I keep assiduous track of all my Amazon shipments and track the packages. IF the package is not delivered, per the promised day — typically because of a USPS screw-up — I call up Amazon at 8:15pm, on the day, and ask for a refund. And they always oblige.

So, stay on top of this. It can be a nice little added discount. {SMILE}.


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If You Use WordPress ‘WordAds’ Best To Check Your July & August Numbers.

by Anura Guruge


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If you are lucky enough to be subscribed to WordPress‘ ‘WordAds‘ and you check your numbers on a regular basis you may have realized that things have been slightly “off kilter” of late — especially the last two months.

Not sure what the full story is. You may have noticed that the August numbers were unusually late — i.e., getting posted a few days into October, when typically they would have posted them by the last day of the following month (i.e., September, in this case).

Well, my August numbers, when they were eventually posted did not look right. Defied logic, math and physics.

So after stewing on it for a couple of days I contacted the WordPress online support — via chat.

Initially they gave me the usual palava about how earnings aren’t directly correlated to ‘ad impressions’. Then they ran out of steam and realized that the waffle wasn’t working.

So they said they would contact their friends at “WordAds”.

Five minutes later they tell me to check my numbers. Wow! A FAIRLY LARGE CHANGE. Wow.

Am I glad that I questioned. No explanation as to why my numbers were hiked on the fly.

SCARY!

My past experience was that “WordAds” paid within days — though they reserve the right to pay you 30-45 days in arrears. Not so this time.

Strange.

Things just seemed to have changed and not for the better.

Hope things go back to normal soon.


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New Hampshire 4.2 Cents Gas Tax Hike As Of July 1, 2014 — How The Additional $32.5M Will Be Spent. New Webpage By DOT.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Deanna heard about this on NHPR this morning and conveyed it to me with my morning coffee. She told me to look it up. I did. And now I am sharing.

Given that we encounter the horrendous road works everytime we try to get to or through Alton, does anybody know WHO is paying the BIG BUCKS for that totally overblown Route 28 (West) project. Definitely looks like good money for ol’ rope. Somebodies pockets are being richly lined. But this mindless project started before the gas hike.

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Use this link to access DOT Webpage …


Alton, New Hampshire (N.H.): July 2014 Property Tax Bills Arrived Today.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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3/ New Hampshire 2012 – 2013 Property Tax Rates Spreadsheet

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4/ Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: 23rd Lowest In State! — Nov. 26, 2012.
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Since I do believe in paying my taxes July 1, alas, is indelibly etched in my mind as ‘2nd tax payment day’. So today’s tax bill didn’t come as a surprise. I already had July 1 marked in my ever cluttered head. I had even put aside some money to help me pay this bill. It is a few dollars more than what I paid in December but that has to do with a vagaries of how this, the 1st tax bill of 2014, is calculated based on what your 2013 tax bill was.

Well, just a head’s up. I know many of you don’t get the bill directly and that it goes instead, directly, to your mortgage company. No such luck for me.


Alton, N.H. 2013 – 2014 Property Tax Rate At $13.44 per $1,000 Is Down By 1.75%

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I called up the Alton Tax Collector and got the rates.

So that is how it compares. Biggest drop, 16 cents is the school portion. The retirement of the Prospect Mountain School building bond reduced a total of 68 cents. Those of you who can remember that far back may recall that in February-March of this year we had quite a few brouhahas about that number because the ACS SAU kept on factoring that reduction in when stating what the new bond would cost us. Read this post and check the newspaper article referenced. So, the school budget did go up, by $0.52 I guess. The -$0.68 help offset it and keep it to -$0.16.

Tax bills will not be mailed until Thursday or Friday of next week, i.e., November 14 or 15, 2013.

Gilmanton tax rate dropped 9.7% from last year. So, if you were looking for a comparison.


Alton, N.H. 2013 – 2014 NEW Property Tax Rate Is Supposedly $13.44 vs. $13.68 Last Year.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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clairvoyantThis is per a comment posted against my last post. I cannot vouch for its veracity.

I can only ONLY go by what is PUBLISHED on the State Website. And as I clearly stated,  I checked at 4:50 pm, and included a screenshot, Alton did NOT appear in the list.

I also JUST checked the Town Website. Can’t find rate on it.

Suffice to say the Town hasn’t told me anything though they know that I visited the Town Hall twice and made two phone calls asking for the rate.

So, I do not in any way feel bad that I did NOT know the rate — as a comment indicates.

I have, despite my manifold talents, never claimed to be clairvoyant. You can go check.

IF I can get it confirmed I will let you know.


New Hampshire (N.H.) 2013 – 2014 Property Tax Rates Get Published, Nov. 4, 2014 — But NO Alton!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Just got this at 4:50 pm, Wednesday, November 6, 2013.

NO ALTON.

Click to access N.H. State, revenue.gov Webpage.

Click to access N.H. State, revenue.gov Webpage.