F my life (again)…

So…I haven’t been to active on here lately…let me explain why:

About 7 years ago, I had a real bad freak injury while playing ball hockey.  Without going into too many details, the result was a dislocated shoulder, broken humerus (nothing humorous about it …HEYO!) and worst of all, nerve damage (which still bugs me to this day).  The shoulder would eventually heal, after months of physiotherapy, pain medication, nerve medication,etc.  I have probably 90% range of motion back in that shoulder and although I still can’t sleep on that side for long periods of time, and still get slight pins and needles throughout my arm/fingers for the most part I was back to functioning at close to 100%.  It took about a year, but I was able to play hockey & soccer again.

Fast forward to last Thursday.

I was playing hockey, in the same arena, about 10 feet away from the spot of the last injury.  I took a tumble on my OTHER shoulder (my good arm this time), and right away I knew it didn’t feel good.  I came off holding my arm, and although I couldn’t finish the game, I thought I’d be able to play again in the next couple of days.  By the time I got home, the range of motion in my shoulder had gotten worse, but I was able to sleep without any pain medication, and still thought I’d be good to go in a few days.

When I woke up I could’t move my shoulder at all, and the pain was worse.  I decided to go to the hospital to check it out.  After a couple examinations and an X-Ray, the Dr. gave me the news….”TORN LABRUM”.

torn labrum sling hockey investing canada winnipeg

My shoulder is now in a sling.  I have an appointment in 3 weeks with a specialist to see how bad the damage is, and I can hopefully start physiotherapy in 2 weeks.  I’ve been through this before, so it’s not too bad….BUT to make matters worse – I leave for the U.K in 3 days for a work trip.  Now i’ll be lugging a suitcase around London with one arm, and I’m sure half of my meetings will be spent explaining what happened and what a Labrum is.

*Side Note* If any of you personal finance bloggers/peeps are in London, and want to grab a beer next week – let me know (I can still hold a pint with my left hand)!

Needless to say, at the tender age of 35, and with no shoulders left to destory I’ve officially retired from ball hockey (at least my wife will be happy).

Anyways, just wanted to give a quick update.  I’ll be back with a monthly update when I am back from visiting the Queen!




Classic Cocktail: Negroni

I can’t believe I haven’t posted a Negroni yet.  I’ve definitely made plenty of these since I’ve been posting some drinks…I guess I Just kept assuming I had already posted one.  Oh well.

Today I noticed I had a bottle of Vermouth in my fridge that has been open for a while, and figured I should probably try and get through it ASAP.  This usually means Boulvardier’s or Negroni’s.  Today I had one of each, but since I’ve already shared my recipe for the former, I decided to post about the latter.

The appeal of the Negroni (besides the taste) is the simplicity.  A standard Negroni would be equal parts Gin, Campari & Sweet Vermouth.  Today I went with the following:

  • 1.5 oz Gin (Beefeater)
  • 1 oz Campari*
  • 1 oz Punt E Mes

*Sometimes I substitute Aperol or do a mix of Aperol/Campari.

You can mix this drink in the glass, or stir in a mixing glass with ice, and strain into a glass (which I did- over a giant ice ball).  I topped with a Grapefruit twist, although I’ve also done Orange & lemon twists as well.

This would typically be considered an apertif – however I really enjoy a Negroni right before bed as well.  Campari has a very distinct bitter taste & smell, (which I love, but I will warn, it seems to be an acquired taste).

Any other Negroni fans?







August 2018 Dividend Update

Goodbye August – Hello September!

Personal Highlights for August:

  • I turned 35 years old on the 24th.  This was probably the worst birthday of my life- I was home sick, didn’t do anything, and in bed with NyQuil by 9 PM.
  • We accepted an offer on the cabin – only to find out the financing fell through, so back to square one 😦
  • Due to a 2 week cold, didn’t get much new content up on the website, but still had 3rd highest traffic ever!
  • English Premier league soccer has started up again, so my Saturday/Sunday Mornings are booked up again.  Also got my Jets season tickets in the mail…I can’t believe hockey season is almost here already.
  • Took the kids to my favorite sports bar/diner for the first time:
    Boogies Diner Winnipeg Investing blog
  • The mall near our house was allowing kids to come and paint a tile, which will be hung up and displayed as part of a new mosaic wall in the mall, so we took the kids to each paint a tile, and of course had to stop at the food court after and get donuts:)
    Garden City Mall Winnipeg Investing blog moneyIsaac TileHOlland tileHolland Donut


Financial Highlights for August:

  • Continued bi weekly payments into RRSPs & Spousal RSP.
  • Pretty slow month as far as dividends go – BUT the spousal RRSP that I set up in June last year for Amber cracked $10,000!
  • Even with no new stock purchases, dripped 21 new shares/units.  I was paid from 6 companies and 1 funds
  • Portfolio hit an all time high this month

Passive Income Update For August 2018.


Diversified Royalty: $9.34 (dripped 3 shares)

Artis Reit: $51.75 (dripped 4 shares)

Interrent Reit: $2.32

Plaza Reit: $26.62 (dripped 6 shares)

Chorus Aviation: $11.08 (dripped 1 share)

Alimentation Couch Tard: $12.50

TFSA’s Total: $113.61


Canadian Equity Income Distribution: $221.12 (dripped 7.3 shares)

Total Passive Income August 2018:  $334.73

Portfolio Update:

For the 4th straight month, my portfolio hit an all time high. As of this moment the early retirement fund currently sits at $321,126.22!

My portfolio increased by $68,100.55 year over year(26.9%).

Dividends grew by a whopping $30.68 vs last August (10.09%).

Current Watch List:

Andrew Peller: ADW

Exco Technologies: XTC

InterRent Reit: IIP


Thanks for reading, and good luck in September!