Life in general
This was a great month to be in Montreal. Winter can officially be declared dead, spring is here in full force with some hints of summer just around the bend. MrsSLM has been pretty active in the garden, planting flowers along with cucumber/tomato/zucchini/snow pea plants. The little man has been pretty happy to be able to wander outside, play in his little pool, and generally not have to gear up for 10 minutes before venturing out the door. We’ve also been going crazy with lobster season, indulging non-stop on cheap lobster and crab. It doesn’t last long, but for the month that it’s around it’s awesome!
On the reno front, we’re doing pretty well there. We’ve torn out a lot of the junk kitchen parts and put in newer replacement counters/sinks/faucets. The biggest step in the last few weeks was tearing out the old countertops and replacing them. Originally our plan was to go with butcher’s blocks but cheaped out a bit since it’s not our apartment and just with with straight melamine. It actually looked great which is what swayed our decision. Since I’ve never measured counters before, I obviously did it wrong, and we ended up with counters that didn’t quite fit and I ended up having to do some ad-hoc manual work with a razor and saw to get everything fitting perfectly. I also followed a nice tutorial on youtube to cut the sink hole and even thought this was literally the first time I’ve ever used a jig saw, and the hole was horribly not-straight, the sink fit just fine! Overall I’d say it looks a lot better, but I might be slightly biased 🙂 Still needs some touchups, paint, and I need to watch some youtube videos on installing drain pipes but we’re almost there!
We had some absolutely beautiful weather last weekend which inspired us all to take a long lazy day out in the sun. While MrsSLM and the little guy took the subway down to Marche Jean-Talon (the local farmers market), I took the long way and walked with the dog. It was sunny and gorgeous outside so I decided I’d wear a tank top, and avoid my terrible farmer’s tan that I get every year. This turned out to be a horrible mistake, because a short (1 hour) walk to Marche Jean-Talon turned into a picnic over in Parc Jarry, followed by a walk home. Total time estimated at about 6 hours. I was as red as a lobster, and my skin is STILL peeling as of this blog post.
Not much has happened on this front. I got the crazy idea in my head that I’d write my own blogging engine on AppEngine and host not only for free, but extremely scaleable and with insanely fast response times. I’m partway through that, but we’ll see if I can finish it this summer, there’s a lot going on. We’re headed to Munich next week for a conference, my parents visit after that, and then the SECOND screaming little man is due shortly after, so we’ve got our hands full 😀
This is what I bought over the last month, as you can see I loaded up pretty heavily on both renewables and some ETFs for diversification’s sake.
|Transalta Renewables Inc||TSE:RNW||68|
|Brookfield Renewable Partners LP||TSE:BEP.UN||266|
|iShares Core MSCI IMI Index ETF||TSE:XEF||384|
|Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc||TSE:ENF||116|
Dividends were SUPER strong this month, purchases from previous months catching up and starting to pay… dividends (badabing!). I was expecting a decent month, but this ended up shattering the previous high watermark of $977.32 for a grand total of $1503.30 for May! This is literally halfway to my goal of about $3000/month, at which point I’ll seriously think about resigning or going part-time at least. In the short term, one thing I’d like to do soon is phase out of my bonds position, maybe entirely? Haven’t fully decided yet but one thing I DO know is that I’m way too young to be holding nearly 20% of my portfolio in bonds. I’d actually be comfortable with 0% in bonds and 100% in equity, but maybe let’s set a mid-term target of only 10% invested in bonds?
|H&R Real Estate Investment Trust||TSE:HR.UN||$31.50|
|RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust||TSE:REI.UN||$39.36|
|Allied Properties Real Estate Investment||TSE:AP.UN||$21.25|
|Chartwell Retirement Residences||TSE:CSH.UN||$18.73|
|Canadian Apartment Properties REIT||TSE:CAR.UN||$19.32|
|iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats ETF||TSE:CDZ||$76.13|
|Vanguard Canadian Bond ETF||TSE:VAB||$271.87|
|National Bank of Canada||TSE:NA||$124.20|
|Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc||TSE:POT||$61.85|
|Inter Pipeline Ltd||TSE:IPL||$53.30|
|Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc||TSE:ENF||$17.11|
|Bank of Montreal||TSE:BMO||$79.80|
|Royal Bank of Canada||TSE:RY||$303.75|
|Vanguard Canadian High Dividend ETF||TSE:VDY||$126.57|
Bring on June!