Inside: Find out if goals were met or not during May.
May is done and the year is flying by.
Our strawberries are coming in nice and strong while our blueberry bushes are not doing so well. Not sure what is up with them. I may take a few pictures and a branch in to the local nursery to see if there is anything we can do. The bushes are about 4 (5?) years old and, despite some pruning, most of the branches are bare again, devoid of even leaves.
The garden is hit-and-miss. How did I do with goals this past month?
The market was bumpy again in May. Honestly, with new tweets/announcements swaying markets on an almost daily basis, it may be best to just avoid market news anymore.
Once again, with our investment in bonds, our portfolio was down compared to the S&P 500, but returns were up overall for the month. Screenshots are from our Personal Capital account.
Overall, our net worth went up over $8,700. Once again, Zillow is claiming our neighborhood is a buyers market and lowered our home value by another $8,600+. So, if you ignore that hit to our net worth, then we were up over $17,000.
Net worth math is fun that way – you can massage numbers to your liking.
There are certainly plenty of houses on the market once again along with new in-fill and other construction. It will be interesting to see if realtors are scrambling to put in bids for their clients or working harder to sell current inventory.
See also: April 2018 Wrap-Up
I’ve been working on losing a few inches this year. In late March, due to lack of progress, I decided to start counting calories.
I’ll be perfectly honest and say that I hate counting calories. Doing so did help me lose weight in April. In May, I really slacked off on keeping track of calories, though.
It is probably time to get back to counting calories again or at least stop the late-night snacking.
Progress? Surprisingly, I did manage to lose another 2 pounds, an inch from the waist, ¼ inch from the hips and 2 inches from my belly (lower than waist).
Apparently, I have met the goal for losing inches on my waist (yay!). So, I’ll keep going and see what happens.
ORGANIZE AND DECLUTTER
This. I was seriously going to just leave this section off to see if anyone noticed. But…yeah, nada. Let’s just leave it at that for now.
In May, I read Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang. It wasn’t what I was expecting but it was still interesting. I also read The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. The message there obviously hasn’t “stuck” yet, but it was certainly an easy read and gets the main points across.
In an effort to read other genres I also checked out Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.
Looking at my Kindle history, it looks like I also read When Shadows Fall by J.T. Ellison at the beginning of the month. Those books are the type I just get sucked into and finish in a day or two.
SELL SOME JUNK
Whereas tidying up was a fail, I did manage to sell a couple items.
It was a rough start, but after dozens of inquiries and no-shows, I managed to sell a toy bin/organizer and an air rower.
MAY WRAP UP
Once again, progress was slow in May, but there was some movement. Our net worth was up this past month, even with a lowered estimated home value. And, despite a bit of snacking I still managed to lose a bit of weight and inches.
How was your May?
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