Tuesday, April 11, 2023


Just spent the last month in a hectic world of remodel insanity.   Had  the floors refinished, so we spent a week in an extended stay hotel.  

I am at the point of hating eating at any restaurant anywhere.  Usually, I see it as a treat.  Now, dining out is what you do when you have no kitchen.  Now that I have a remodeled one, I have a re-inspired motivation to cook and enjoy kicking back at home. 

It all has made me keenly aware of prioritizing my time.   I only have so much time for so much life.  A always wanted to run this financial blog, a food blog and one for vinyl record collecting.  And as you can tell, I really have no time to write on this blog.  The lack of hits is the result and that results in not wanting to put in the time.


 That said, with this monthly update, this will be my last financial post.  

I have always been transparent with my finances. You can see the pattern of growth.  I think this is enough info for others to see and will no longer be providing updates of my personal wealth.  It's honestly too much work for too few views.

After beginning this financial blog since February of 2019,  I've gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about finance, dividend investing, and running a blog.  

The hardest part of those three is running a blog.  Specifically getting hits.  I mention I've always done this to primarily educate my daughter in the future about passive income.  I believe I have provided the knowledge and track record I need for her to get a strong foothold in the future when she someday will take over my portfolio. 

So this blog will now be drifting over to becoming a food and recipe based page.  

I've always wanted to do that and feel the time and effort I put into this will be better served posting recipes I make at home.  And I have a great new kitchen to do so.


I want to thank those who have stuck with me through my journey.  I am not going anywhere, as I am not going anywhere on social media like Twitter or Facebook / Instagram.  I still am Chickenwizard on all platforms and can be found.

 I am just not doing this anymore.

Soon, this blog will be taking on a new look.  The financial stuff will be archived, but will no longer be the focus.  



In March I made $2,935.54 in dividend payments, up from the $2,680.00 in March of 2022.  That's a 9.54% increase.  I made ZERO buys in March. For the first time in years, I took my dividend earnings and paid for the refinishing of my floors.  In my opinion, it is money well spent.

I am not posting a spreadsheet page.

Come back in a few months and check out my new look and content.   Hope it does not suck


Friday, March 10, 2023


 What a completely hectic month.  I spent the past 5 weeks living without a kitchen ond one of two bathrooms as we are going through a very overdue remodel.  

Last month I sowed a picture of the demo.   Now we are about 95% done.  Phew. 

Here's a look

Now we are down to the tile in the 2nd bathroom, refinishing my 103 year old fir floors, and resurfacing the deck. 

This is not cheap.  But thanks to my strong portfolio, I can pay for it and still have a retirement.  

Meanwhile, the dividend still came in like clockwork.  Let's take a dive:


February was a record month again.  (I do not plan on going backwards..)  I received 37 dividends totalling $1,781.95 of passive income.  That's an increase of 18.05% over 2022's $1,509.50   I like that.  Just 3 years ago, I earned $874.83 in dividends.  Over 100% increase in 3 years.  Holy cow.  Persistence pays off.

It's always about reinvesting the dividends, adding a chunk of each paycheck, and getting some great dividend increases.   The regulars, AT&T, OMF, and OHI contributing the biggest amounts.  I use those funds to buy more of ones that are under a cost basis of my $5,000 goal.  


February dividend increases were fantastic.   

Got 18 increases, adding $197.08 to my annual dividend income.  It averaged out to a 5.48% increase.  Some were huge, like Steel Dynamics increasing their dividend by 25%.  Look it up..


February was a more typical month for my buying process.  Invested all of my dividends, a $1,000 of my own cash, and moved money from savings into the account.   Added $7,986.17 to the account which will increase my annual dividend income by $381.69.   That's a 4.78% yield.   Seems small, but is $31.81 per month.  Keep doing this every month really adds up.  

On a normal month where I only invest dividends and $1K of my own money, I am investing about $3,000 and adding about $110 a month to the income.  Next year I'll be investing at least $3,110 .  But since I do this investing every month, it compounds.  And I'd be investing somewhere around  $4,300 a month.  

And so on and on and on and on.  This is how I went from $36,000 in 2011 to this kind of thing.  

Yes, you can do this.  At whatever level that is comfortable.  

Saturday, February 4, 2023


 January's been a hectic month.  That's just peanuts next to February, as we are into the middle of remodeling our kitchen and upstairs bathroom.

Currently in rough in stage with the plumbing and next comes electrical.

There is nothing like living with only a toaster oven and microwave.  The world is my oyster..

I can't wait for the finished product as I will ramp up posting recipes online.   I actually want to start up a new food blog as well as a vinyl blog about new records and cool oddities in the record world.   Combining them all here is messy.    I was thinking about starting "John Cooks Things" back up and naming my vinyl one something like "Vinyl Hoarder" or something close.

Here's my kitchen...

What does not stop is progress with my portfolio


Fruitful month.   It just keeps growing and growing as I keep putting spare change into it, getting dividend increases, and reinvesting every penny I have into my holdings.

Received 37 dividends totalling $2,503.64   That's a modest 2.68% increase over 2022's $2,438.20    I do look forward to the other months of the quarter as those have increased much more.

As you can see below, the big payout was from Whitehorse Financial (WHF).  I hold this one just to fund the others.   They do not raise the dividend, but do pay out 10%, so I treat it like my ATM.   

Here's the nitty gritty:


January's dividend increases met my expectations.   Got 10 increases, adding $104.02 to my annual dividend income.  It averaged out to a 7.4% increase average for those holdings.  .  

The big increase of the month was from Wintrust Financial (WTFC) and a 17.6% increase.  That is inflation beating.  It's more fun knowing I only bought the first share of this company because I got a laugh out of the ticker name.  I never expected it to be so kind.  WTF indeed!..


Here is where stuff went off the rails.  I decided to close another account I never used in my dividend income calculations and rolled the funds into the one I do.  So I decided to consolidate it all track it in one spot.  

I made 42 total transactions:  5 sells and 37 purchases.    This resulted in adding $54,590.39 in stock that will add $2,589.05 to my annual dividend income.  That is a 4.74% yield from the buys.  Nice haul that adds an average of $200 extra each month that I will only flip into more dividends.

First, I will go over the sells.  I decided to jettison a few holdings that do not perform to my liking.  I did some math and found out that even with an equity loss on some of these, I still will make more in dividends putting it elsewhere and allowing it to yield more than I did before.   

The sells are Cincinnati Financial (CINF), Bank of America (BAC), Dover Corp (DOV), Robert Half (RHI), and Orion Office REIT (ONL).   They just yield so little and also have been sinking of just not growing in value to make any sense in holding them in a dividend growth portfolio.  

Among the buys are the holdings I annually buy to match the money I spent in 2022 at their stores.  Those are: Starbucks (SBUX), McDonald's (MCD), AT&T (T), Apple (AAPL), Costco (COST), Home Depot (HD), Kroger (KR), and Target (TGT).   I plan on matching what I spend there to get some of it back.  Target is my main store for all sorts of stuff as it is only 2 miles away and it's also really discounted at this time.  

Most of the other holdings were ones I already had in my portfolio, but had not yet maxed out to the $5,000 cost basis maximum I set for myself.   All 124 holdings I had left are now at least at a $5K basis.     

Now that I got all of them at the  $5K floor, my new goal is making the floor go up to $6K.  That will take a little time...

I did get a couple of new holdings:   Movado (MOV), and JPMorgan Equity PRemium Income ETF (JEPI).  

Movado is know for that thin black watch that looked so cool since I was in high school.  What I learned recently is that they are the main watchmaker for many fashion watch brands you see out there, like Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Calvin Klein, etc.   

Yes, the Apple watch is taking over, but fashion watches are still a thing and are not going away any time soon IMO.   MOV pays a nice dividend of 3.83% and has a nce track record of increasing those dividends annually 21% over the past 5 years!  Plus, it was at a nice discounted price with a rock bottom 8.3 P/E ratio.  I gladly welcomed them into my portfolio.

JEPI is JPMorgan's dividend growth ETF that also plays the option game with a chunk of their holdings.  It has a 10% yield, and also pays monthly.  So I just had to have some of that.  

Here's the list.


The remodel is taking up most of my free time at home, but will not stop reinvesting my dividends.  This month I will have another smaller windfall from STOR being bought out.   I will be on the hunt for a new holding. or just increasing what I have.  

I'll let you know.

So that's it for this long post.   

And remember:    If a total fool as I happen to be can build a retirement from nothing, so can you.   Never ever ever ever think you can't!

Sunday, January 29, 2023


 Sorry for the delay folks.  Been really busy getting ready for life with no kitchen and one of our two bathrooms.  suddenly January is almost over and i have not posted.  EEK!   

Meanwhile, here is our street covered with 1 solid inch of ice. I hung onto the car to prevent sliding down a half block.

Here goes!


Another month of knocking it out of the park and speeding head first towards financial independence. 

In December I got 59 payments that added up to $2,665.74.   That's a 25.88% increase over December 2021's $2,117.71   This is the kind of growth that makes me tingle.  I'll hit F.I. sooner than later.   

Here are the payments I got.


December 2022 gave me 10 dividend increases increasing my annual dividend income by $92.12   Not Bad!   Here it is below.   The increases averaged a 4.82% hike.  


I was more concentrated in my purchases in December.  I had a goal of increasing my ownership of QSR and NSC.  In total, I invested $3,488.96 and will earn and additional $114.84 of annual dividend income.   Every penny counts


Quite the year for improving my annual dividend income and sticking with continually adding to the portfolio.  Here's the numbers:

STOCK BUYS:    $49,861.89 invested for a $1,437.42 annual dividend.   That's a 2.88% yield.

DIVIDEND INCREASES:  $589.23 of increases

This is a total of adding $2,026.65 to the annual income.  That's $168.88 of additional income per month.  Yay!

Now for the drumroll.......

TOTAL 2022 DIVIDENDS:  $27,254.02   BAM!

That is an increase of 73.93%from 2021's $15,669.90    An almost 12 thousand dollar increase.  Remember, I made a ton of investment moves in November and December of 2021 that made this bump happen.

What is my 2023 goal?   Just keep it up.   I want to see my dividend income go to $35K by the end of the year.  IT will take a lot of extra savings, but I will sure try.

If I do not try, I will never achieve it.

Sunday, December 11, 2022


 I will sound like a broken record as to why I have not blogged in a month again.    Another SUPER busy month just flew by...

Really.  Let me explain....  

Our home, a cute little 1918 craftsman bungalow, has been showing some signs of wear and tear over the past couple years.  The original Douglas Fir floors are really beat up, the main floor bathroom tub looks beaten.  The kitchen countertop plywood underlayment is rotting, so the sink will soon fall onto the floor, the fridge is dying, and the old fridge is only 30" wide, so replacing it has very limited options.    Look at this beat up floor and formica..

So for the past month, we've been in the middle of planning out a full remodel of the kitchen, moving the sink and stove so we have longer counter runs and much more cabinet space.  It requires plumbing and electrical moves.  That means we pull up the crappy warped oak floor and replace it with a new laminate floor.  Here are the renderings..

Lots more counter space!

The bathroom will get a new tub, toilet, flooring, and tile walls.  

After that, the main floor doug fir floors will be repaired and refinished.  Then new paint.  

It's not cheap and with the interest rate on a loan for these repairs being as it is, I will be cashing some of my lower yield shares to pay for it.  We are thinking it all is in the $80K range for the whole process.  And that is why I have not written anything. Excuses, excuses..

Also, I am introducing a new format for posting updates.  Instead of having separate posts for dividend income, new buys, and dividend increases, I will summarize it in one post.   So here goes!


November was another fantastic month.  I received 35 payments for $1,552.73.  That's an increase of $485.94 over the $1,066.79 in November of 2021.  A 45.5% increase year to year.  I'm liking seeing the combination of increased dividends, reinvesting every penny, and adding at least $1,000 per month to the fund.  The result is stunning growth.   Here are the details below.

Not too shabby.  Hopefully, the remodel will not sink it too much.


Last month  I sat a total of $104.53 of increased annual dividends announced .  I may have missed one somewhere, but a nice total.  The average of the increases was 6.51%.  Snap-On (SNA) was the home run with a 14.1% hike.  Sweet!  Here's the nitty gritty.


Last month I bought $1,788.47 of good companies that pay shareholders an ever increasing dividend.  I ended the month with a stash of cash that I proceeded to buy more the first few days of December, but that is for next month's report.  This resulted in adding $51.82 of annual dividend income.

The big buy was starting a new position in Restaurant Brands International (QSR).  The company that owns Burger King, Tim Hortons, Popeye's, and Firehouse Subs had been on my watch list for a while now and felt it was time to pull the trigger.  They have a nice track record of beating quarterly estimates, have a moderately low P/E ratio, a dividend payout ratio that's in the upper end of the swet zone at 70%, and a dividend growth rate of 21% over the past 5 years and should be due to increase it again, fingers crossed.  Glad I got them.  

The other purchases were additions to earlier holdings that I am inching towards my goal of a $5,000 cost basis per holding.   Here are the details.

Sticking with a plan to continually buy dividend growth stocks, reinvesting all dividend income, and having a large moat of holdings has resulted in inchin closer and closer to my goal of replacing my work income with passive income.  I went from almost no dividend income to over $2,250 per month average in 9 years.  In 10 years, I should be at my goal and will only want to work to save money on health insurance until social security kicks in.  

If a shopping addicted neandertal can do this, you can too!

See ya!

Tuesday, November 1, 2022


Howdy folks!  I'm Back.    It's been a while and I apologize for skipping the past 6 weeks.   

I have been quite busy with projects on my home, dealing with the new school year, caring for my mom who entered hospice, and simply ran out of time in life to even remotely blog.

Most of my time was spent releasing my music.  I put out a single and 3 albums. One album of electronic music, one album of downtempo music, and a Halloween compilation.   The comp had a song called "October" that had 63K plays.   That's a big leap over having less than 200 listens for  typical song.  

I also promised to try to create a new song, or at least a new fragment of one per day.  Very time consuming, but a great feeling and a ton of fun.   

My music can be found on Spotify at:   Chickenwizard's Music

My spawn did the amazing art.   Here's an album cover for The Moon.

We did have some fun, like go to the Seattle Kraken vs Buffalo Sabres game.  7th row seats.

Also went to the NY Giants visiting the Seattle Seahawks and got the best seats in the house.

And 2 months went by collecting dividends.   Passive income, currently being reinvested is the key to becoming financially independent.   
Let me cut to the chase:  


September was record setting.   59 dividend payments that added up to $3,087.46.   That's a 87.6% increase over September 2021's $1,645.13.    I honestly surprised me.   That total was padded by the special dividend I got from OHI.   The details are below


Kept the ball rolling in October by making a 112.61% increase over October 2021.   
38 payments for a total of $2.555.27  This is the month I get the giant Whitehorse Finance dividend of $1,065 that I hold to invest on other holdings in my portfolio.   Going from $1,201.85 in 2021 to more than doubling it is also mind blowing.   I want to keep doubling my returns.  I will reach my goal of surpassing my work paycheck sooner than later.   Whoot!
Here's October:

The compounding is making more of an impact as it grows over the years.  It took forever to make it to a $1,000 a month dividend income month.  Three short years later, I am breaking $3K.   

I sound like a broken record, but If an idiot like myself can do this, then you can too.  

Monday, September 12, 2022


 I'm overdue updating everyone with the stock purchases I've been making.  So this will be a multi month posting.

My goal is to purchase shares in companies that pay a dividend to create passive income.  Not only pay dividends, but companies that regularly increase these dividends.  And not just pay dividends and increase them regularly, but also have room to increase that dividend on a regular basis.    

If a company is around 60% or under in paying out dividends from their total income, then they have room to grow.   Once the payout ratio gets too high, they are paying all of their income to dividends and not able to grow their company,  Eventually it results in a cut of that dividend.  That's a no go for me.

The result is a steady stream of passive income.  Income just for being alive! 

When I make stock buys I think of it as purchasing income.

Here's what I have done since March of this year...

I did make a few sells.  In September I jettisoned both KD and WBD.   Both were spin offs and neither paid a dividend.   I also lowered my holdings in Williams Sonoma (WSM) and wanted to earn a higher dividend in another company.  I decided to buy lots of Walgreens (WBA) stock.

The result is investing $18,845.80  and increasing my annual dividend income by $604.97.  Six thousand of that 18K was income I added to my portfolio.  I have a goal of adding $1K per month for this.  The rest were earned dividends and the stock sale income.

The purchases resulted in  a 3.21% return yield.   I think that's a wise way to store my income.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 5, 2022


Hello everybody.  First of all, I'd like to apologize for not posting for the previous month.  The rest of life took all the time I had to make any posts.  Half the month was spent in Hawaii, and the time around that was spent doing all the work releasing three albums and one single.  

This is hard not to stare at.

Hawaii is our family go to for fun in the sun.  After being there many times, I now know exactly what I want to do and maximize my time there.   It really comes down to which beach I body surf at and what places I eat at.   On the beach side of things, it's in Kailua on Oahu.

For the food side of things, I focus on poke, sushi, and noodles.   Like this!

The rest of the month was taken up by releasing 2 new albums, a Halloween compilation and a new single.  Remixing and mastering the music takes up most of my free hours.  But I am happy with the result.  It's gone from a fun hobby to a side hustle also.  

Here's a link to a pre-release before worldwide release of 9/19   Chickenwizard on Bandcamp

But you are here for the dividend report.  So here goes.....  Killed it.

In August, I received 36 payments for a grand total of $1,609.37.    That's a 19.13% increase over 2021's $1,350.96.    And it's the slow month of the quarter, so I'm happy.   Passive income coming in only to be reinvested in more shares creates gains like this.  It really is an ever growing snowball.

Next month is going to be off the hook, so be ready for that report.  MEanwhile, I promise to do more dividend and vinyl record updates.

Until then,  toodle-do!

Sunday, August 7, 2022


It's been a crazy busy month and so this blog was neglected.  My apologies.  I've been occupied with after work gardening, making music, long walks, and watching baseball.  Fun stuff.  And gaining some listeners on Spotify.  

Yipes - 666 listeners.  Better watch my back!

Meanwhile, I get paid passive income through dividends on companies I own a tiny fraction of.  As I earn these dividends, I reinvest to increase the next payout.  And on and on and on.

I also add at least $1,000 month in cash to these dividends to build my positions.

The result of this after eight years of doing this is a substantial source of income.  A few more years of this, and I can replace my work income with this and say "sayonara" to having a job.   Whee!

The past month of dividend payouts were another knockout for me.  38 companies paid out a total of $2,509.99.   In comparison of 2021's $1,046.46 I gained a whopping 139.86%

After doing this for a long period of time, the gain is really snowballing.  

Here are the details...

Whitehorse Finance (WHF) is the big winner once again.  I hold a lot of shares of them just so I can take the dividend and purchase other companies' shares to diversify.

I sound like a broken record, but if I can do this, so can all the ther idiots out there!  It only takes commitment.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022


 Current Vinyl Playlist VOL 8

This is installment #8 of my new regular entry on my neglected blog...

Compilations - the precursor to the mixtape.

Time to show off some more  I have recently ran across.  

Currently, my vinyl collecting addiction is focusing on these awesome gems.  You get a bit of everything - a mix of artists and interesting art / concept.  And many were a limited release of current hits, so it's a little flat time capsule.

Here goes

1) Some Bizzare - 1981

I just had to start off with what can be argued as one of the most influential albums of the early 80's.   Some Bizzare gave the world an introduction to future stars Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Blancmange, and The The.  This is a must have for fans of the New Romantic movement and am confident this is the most groundbreaking compilation I have.  It was just sitting in a store for my taking a few weeks ago.  I had been on the look for this since the late 80's

Here's DM doing "Photgraphic"

2) Sharp (16 Sharp New Rock Acts) - 1979

A fine example of the punk/post punk/new wave scene in the late 70's.  This has been on my heavy rotation in my office lately.  Fun stuff showcasing Undertones, Elvis Costello, The Cars, Ramones, and Television.  

Here's the Undertones doing "Jimmy Jimmy".

Now for more strange Ronco comps....

3) Overload - 1982

Some strange attempt at making a gothy/new wave/Ziggy Stardust Frankenstein using headphones.   

Here's Fun Boy Three doing "The Telephone Always Rings" from this.

4) Raiders of the Pop Charts Part 2 - 1982

What in the actual hell.  Another can't avoid the cover purchase.  

Not bad of a mix.  Poppy new wave

Here's Toto Coelo...  I remember this on the new wave station when I was 13.

5) Chart Encounters of the Hit Kind part 1 - 1983

Another one I could not pass up.  The mix is very pop wave of the time.  

This is I-Level.  I was today years old when I first saw this video.  

6) Chart Trek 2: To Boldly Pick the stars of '84  - 1984

This one is an ok listen.  I really dig Fad Gadget's stuff and "Love Is A Stranger" is a classic.

But I HAVE to post this video or I would feel I have failed everyone...

Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you....Roland Rat Superstar.

Thanks for letting me entertain you!

See ya soon

Thursday, June 30, 2022


The stock market just sank and sank and sank all throughout the month of June.   My portfolio dropped 7.39%, and now 9.85% since Jan 1st. 

So what!  My kid's fastpitch softball team won their league this year.  Go Comets!

Am so happy for her.

And even though the prices are sinking for my stocks,  the dividends remain unchanged.   I see them as on sale, as a lower price increases the dividend yield percentage.  So I am not freaking out.

If a stock is $2 a share and earns a 10 cent dividend, I have a 5% yield.  If it drops to $1 a share, my 10 cent dividend is now a 10% yield.    So I like buying shares when the market tanks.  Everything is on sale.

In fact, quite a bit of them handed out giant dividend increases over the past month, like Lowe's 31% increase.  

In June, I hit another home run for dividend income.  I received 59 dividends totalling $2,661.14.  In June of 2021, I received $1,275.   That's a 108.72% increase from last year.  Wow.  

It's a combination of ever increasing dividends, reinvesting my earnings, and adding some of my paycheck in chunks when I can. Sometimes I can't, but I try.  Once you have a chunk of different holdings, it really compounds.

Here are the details.

The surprise is LYB and the gigantic special dividend they handed out.  

The companies I own little tiny bits of are for the most part on real solid footing.  Road bumps happen.  We see major corrections every few years.   Yes, we may be heading into a recession.  We'll see how bad it is.  It does not mean we should freak out and leave.  That only locks in losses.  Insead, get a share or two more at a huge discount.

See you next month.