Sunday, April 27, 2014

Weekly Roundup - April 26, 2014


Spring is in full swing here and the weather has been absolutely great.  I went home Easter morning and got to spend the day seeing family, which was great because I hadn't seen some of them in a very long time.  After a very long and exhausting day on Sunday, I went and crashed that night.  But Monday brought a new day and it was quite a busy day.  I cleaned out a bed in our backyard and got about 8 tomato plants planted.  And then on Tuesday I got 6 bell pepper plants and 2 squash plants in.  We'll see how things go with them because the tomato and bell peppers need tons of sun but I didn't get things sorted out with planting location early enough so I had to make do with what was available.  There's a tree blocking some of the sun light so some of the branches might be getting cut back or off completely.  I'm excited to get a few things planted and hopefully in about two months I'll be showing all of you some pictures of our small harvest.  The next time I'm home I'm going to see what I can do about getting a small herb garden in as well but I'll have to prepare a lot more for next year and hopefully be able to expand our garden a bit more as well.

Last week was a pretty slow week around the blog and investing.  I didn't make any new purchases but I did receive some more dividends and even got a pay raise from Johnson & Johnson.  That's the beauty of dividend growth investing, whether I do anything or not the companies I own continue to generate profits 24/7/365 and continue to pay higher dividends.  Even better is that there should be another two increases announced this week as well.  I was fairly quiet with my own writing this past week since I was home and there's always lots of stuff to get caught up on.  But I did get a review of my 2014 goals after the first quarter and although there's a lot of needs improvement I'm excited to see the progress that I've made so far this year.  I promise to get a lot more writing done this next week.

Thanks again to everyone that stopped by, commented, or shared posts from Passive-Income-Pursuit this past week.  I truly appreciate it and can't thank you all enough.  Also, be sure to not miss any posts from here by signing up to receive them to your email here or at the Subscribe page.  And be sure to follow me on Twitter as well.

A quick recap of some posts/articles that caught my eye this past week.  I've been trying to give little blurbs about the articles but I'm starting this post late on Saturday night and will most likely be getting up again in a few hours to go work for a little bit.  So, time is of the essence right now.

Now on to the links!

My First $10,000 Investment by Dividend Mantra

What Early Financial Independence Means to Me by FI Fighter

Paying Down Our Debt! by Financially Integrated

A Dive Into the Dark World of Shadow Banking by The Dividend Guy

McDonald's Dividend Stock Analysis by Dividend Ladder

An Investment in Target Corporation by Dividend Growth Stock Investing

Morning Musings on the Market and Gardening by Income Surfer

Dividend Growth: The Risk of Being Cocky by Dividend Growth Investor

Why Aren't There More Value Funds? by A Wealth of Common Sense

What is "Quality" in a Stock? by David Van Knapp on Seeking Alpha

Recent Buy - LMT and ESV by Wallet Engineers

I hope you all have a great rest of the weekend!

13 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing my post JC. I'm glad you got home for Easter. I enjoyed the J&J raise as well, plus General Electric gave me a fat check! Have a great week. Best of luck with the new garden
    -Bryan

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    1. Bryan,

      Have to love dividend payments and increases. We'll see how the garden goes this year because it was kind of thrown together a bit later than I'd have liked. We could have probably got plants in the ground about a month ago which would have been better but they're in now. Hopefully the lack of direct sun isn't as big of an issue as I think it will be. I'm looking forward to getting home again and seeing how the plants are doing.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Didnt know you had a green thumb. Great link collection.

    cheers
    R2R

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    1. R2R,

      We'll see how green it is in another month or two. I think the lack of direct sun is going to lead to a bit less bounty than I'd like, but a few branch trimmings could change that. I love the shade for keeping the backyard comfortable but it doesn't work so well with most vegetables.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Thank you for including me in your weekly update. I also love how with dividend growth investing I get a pay raise every year like clockwork, for an investment I may have made many years ago.

    Good luck in your dividend investing journey!

    Dividend Growth Investor

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    1. DGI,

      Consistent raises are great. Higher raises than I get from my day job is even better.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Good luck with your new vegetable plants....may both your dividends and vegetables be bountiful!

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    1. AFFJ,

      It's not as much as I'd like to have planted but it's a start. I'm hoping we can expand it next year and depending on my motivation we can probably get in a second harvest thanks to the long growing season here in Texas.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. JC,

    Thanks for including me!

    And I also enjoyed that JNJ pay raise. They say more money, more problems. I couldn't disagree more! :)

    Best wishes.

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    1. DM,

      I'd love to give more money, more problems a shot to prove them wrong!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Thanks a bunch, JC! We really appreciate your support.

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  7. Best of luck with the garden. I think that's a cool way to get food and a sense of accomplishment, too.

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    1. DBF,

      I'm looking forward to getting some edibles out of it. I'd really like to have a much larger garden, but that's going to have to wait until we get our property in 5 years or so.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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