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Happy 4th of July!

July 1st, 2016 at 01:26 pm

In my last post I expressed reluctance to peek at my investment portfolio since I expected the Brexit would have affected it.

Well, Dido was right. My portfolio was actually up, not down, to the tune of $8,461 since June 1.

I also noticed my personal rate of return since inception at T. Rowe Price is 7.40%, while my personal rate of return at Vanguard, where I have quite a bit more money, is 10.3%. I've only had my Vanguard accounts since 2009 but the T. Rowe money goes back much further.

The baby robins have fledged and are out of the nest. I didn't get to see them on their inaugural flights, but I think it may have been them I saw in the large mulberry tree outside my office window. I say that because their breasts were mottled, which I think is a sign of an immature robin. The birds go nuts over the mulberry tree. I think of all the fruits and berries in my yard, including the apple trees, crabapples, viburnums, etc, they love the mulberry best. I've seen birds gulping down the berries while they're still white! They turn red, then black when ripe.

Since the robins are out of the nest, I was a flurry of activity this morning, using my blower to clean all the old leaves off the patio in that area, using my electric trimmer to prune 2 boxwoods on that side plus a spirea on the back patio and hanging 3 new macrame plant hangers I bought under the dense shade of the rhododendron. I hung the pots of impatiens I have there for the resident hummingbirds, and it also keeps slugs out of the impatiens.

I've had to do a lot of watering of all my container plants becus we're in a mild drought now and I just got my second call from the water company asking me to conserve water. Luckily, my garden hose/faucets use my own well water, so I am feeling free to use it.

I also did some weeding on the back patio, which is pretty much a never ending job.

I climbed out on the shallow pitched roof of my family room out my bedroom window so I could gently hammer in a screen on the bathroom window that didn't quite fit, so i couldn't open the window since bugs could come in. The screens I think may get a little warped over the winter when I store them on their sides. Not sure.

Today was pay day. Hooray! Also got paid $65 for some easy freelance work I did.

The last form I filed with probate court was returned to me due to errors the accountant made in listing non-probate monies in my mother's brokerage accounts in with the checking account. This is on top of the careless errors I already caught earlier (using a 2011 form, not checking 1 question "no" and not dating their signature). I got the accountant to fix it and hand-delivered it back to probate court on my lunch break yesterday.

My potted cucumber is producing very well. Today I picked my 3rd cucumber. Commercially grown cucumbers are fairly heavily sprayed, but good luck finding an organic cucumber in the store; and if you do, they're quite pricy. Not to mention, most are soft to the touch, a sign they're not very fresh.

Being a big salad eater, at least in the summer, I really like the cucumbers in the salad. I have green tomatoes also in a pot, but it's hard to keep up with the watering. Sometimes it seems they'd benefit from TWICE daily watering, not just once daily.

Last night after work I went to BJs. I was going to hit Trader Joe's today since it's a day off for me, but i really can't fit anything else in the fridge/freezer. They're pretty well packed.



Just got my property tax bill. Oh no.

4 Responses to “Happy 4th of July!”

  1. Dido Says:

    If it's literally on the patio itself, here's my lazy weeding tip that I use to keep the weeds down between the cracks: white vinegar. I can get a gallon for 98 cents at the discount grocer--I buy 4 gallons at a time and use it on my property every few weeks to keep weeds down in areas where I don't want them. It will burn EVERYTHING out--which is fine for a patio, but not suitable for when you are weeding as in pulling out the plants you don't want to keep the plants you do. But if you have an annoying area that you don't mind being plant-less, the vinegar kills everything, is organic, and plants will eventually grow in once you stop the vinegar treatments.

    I'm hoping to do a container garden next summer. I was planning to have some landscaping work done earlier this year, including establishing a vegetable garden area, but I'm feeling more urgency on decreasing the debt so I'm hoping to delay any capital improvements for another year.

    Glad to see I was right on the portfolio!

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    i had been using a weed killer made of vinegar, dish detergent and salt, but while it seemed to damage plants, it didn't kill them. I will try again. I have some poison ivy i'd like to get rid of but won't use the toxic stuff anymore. Sometimes if it's small i wear a plastic glove to pull it out by hand, then toss the glove.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    If you pour boiling vinegar on it, it will work better. Just be careful of the splash back.

  4. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    Glad your accounts rose.

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