Weekly Roundup - April 19, 2015

Well the schedule for work was short-lived because the rig ended up getting dropped.  But that doesn't mean I won't have any work coming up I just don't know where it will be just yet.  With the price of oil starting to trend higher it could lead to much more stable times on the work side of life which will be very welcomed.

It's hard to have both the work and family side of life being chaotic and the good news is that Luke has started getting a bit better with his fluid balance.  It had gotten really bad and out of control during the week but on Friday he finally had a day where he was net negative.  Thank goodness!  I think it's been at least a month since that's happened.  His fluid balance was so bad this past week that he had gained over 1 kg in just a week.  All fluid.  That's not good but hopefully we're moving in the right direction again.

There wasn't a whole lot of news for my portfolio this week.  Last week I mentioned possibly selling some of my employers shares and I sold off about 50 shares of HAL this week.  Of course the price of oil and oil related companies continued to increase throughout the week so I sold a bit early but I'm looking forward to putting that capital to work in some excellent companies.  Two companies that I'd love to add to my portfolio are Ross Stores, Inc. and Becton, Dickinson & Company.  Both of those companies are excellent and should continue to reward investors with excellent dividends and capital gains in the future.  Unfortunately I think both of them are a bit expensive currently.  Other than that there were a couple dividends received and an increase from both Kinder Morgan and Procter & Gamble.  Kinder Morgan's was nice but Procter & Gamble's was a bit disappointing.

In case you missed them, here's the posts from this past week.
I just want to say thanks to each and every one of you that read, commented, or shared posts from here this week.

Now on to the links!

Finding work-life balance by Tawcan

The problem with ETFs by Roadmap2Retire

Does paying a dividend reduce a company's value? by Dividend Growth Investor

Embrace aging: Things get better over time by FI Fighter

Active versus passive: A dollar isn't a dollar by Dividend Mantra

Putting a value on the things you truly value by Islands of Investing

The money value of time and dividend stocks by Sure Dividend

Investing in your best ideas by Clear Eyes Investing

Cutting the cord - a year without cable tv by Retire Before Dad

How much is a dollar worth to you? by Dividend Life

McDonald's stock analysis - is the golden age of the golden arches behind us? on Dividend Monk

A real dividend growth machine: Q1 2015 review by Dividend Growth Machine on Seeking Alpha

The future of General Electric's dividend after the GE Capital sale by The Conservative Income Investor

Also, if you're looking for investment ideas A Frugal Family's Journey maintains a list of Updated Stock Analyses and Recent Buys from fellow bloggers.

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


  1. I am very happy that Luke is doing better. I hope he gets even better!

    Hope you also get more work as well!

  2. Thanks for the mention, JC. Good to hear that baby Luke is starting to get better.

    Hope things work out well with your job.

    Best wishes

  3. JC,

    Glad the family is doing okay over there. That's what matters most.

    Appreciate the mention. Hope everything continues to improve and get better!

    Best regards.

  4. Hey JC. Thanks for the reads. I hope everything is okay with Luke. Bless his precious little soul. When I look at my little daughter, I just love her so much. I know how you feel. Hope all is well for you and wish you continued success. I enjoy your posts and your website and glad to visit you as always. Cheers bud.

  5. Thanks for the mention. Best wishes to you and your family!

  6. Go Luke! Hopefully his trend continues and his recovery is full.

  7. Good news about Luke -- also, I hope the job situation stabilizes soon.


  8. Thank you for Dividend Monk mention! Good to read about Luke doing better. Hope it continues that way!




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