fredag 2 februari 2018

Third week with liver cancer


The test results show that I am not an alcoholic.
Well that is good to know!
Day by day summary of the third week after I got to know that I have a cancer in my liver.

Part of a series:
Another reminder of mortality
Day 4 - Tumor in my liver
First week - tumor in my liver
Second week - tumor in my liver
Third week with liver cancer

Saturday
Ordinary Saturday. Grocery shopping with wife... Installed new pet door that I also wrote an first impressions article about.
No training: Rest day

Sunday:
Another day at home. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Traning: 1 hour 30 minutes incrementing resistance on the trainer

Monday
Work work. Starting to feel like I want to know the actual date for the surgery now to be able to plan. Living with 'things will happen in the near future' for the third week is starting to become a bit hard on the psyche.
Training: 42 minutes threshold on trainer

Tuesday
Got the call, next Monday morning at 0600 I will enter the hospital in Gothenburg and go into surgery! Hotel from Sunday to Monday and a taxi in the morning is booked.
Training: 5K fast paced walk

Wednesday
Sneezed some times and got really tired so decided to go home at lunch to rest instead of getting sick now. Hopefully this is just a scare as I do not know if they will do the surgery on Monday if I got the cold. Have no idea.
Slept the afternoon and took it easy during the evening, totally beat.. Think my body is telling me to stop.
Training: No training


Tuesday
Home. Went for a walk. Nothing much else, just taking it easy and reading book on F#. Not that worried about the Monday surgery, more worried that I will catch something and it gets re-booked to a later date.
Training: 4K medium paced walk

Friday
The countdown has started. No more Xarelto until after the surgery. Instead I'll take Fragmin shots for 3 evenings.
So... 3 days to go... Trying to not think about it. Stayed home today as well. Don't want to risk catching anything at work as pretty much every other person is coughing...
Training: 4K walk and some strength training




Why I am writing this? Not to feel sorry for myself, but as a way to handle the situation and hopefully someone else out there in a similar situation can find this helpful as well. The human body is strong and hopefully I'll come out of this stronger as well. Plan for the worst and hope for the best!

My current plan, February 2018


So evidently I did not have a My current plan post for January, but I think I got it covered in all the other posts I made last month.

So, plan for February. Survive and get rid of the cancer in my liver.

Investment news are in. My favorite candy maker released their annual report.. They did not raise their ordinary dividend this year, it will be the same as last year but they double it with the same amount in extra dividend. So yay for us as we have bought even more shares during the year. The share also went up 8% on the report but that is not so important for me as I am not selling in the near future... Just means that I probably will not buy more of the shares before the dividend has been removed from the price.
The bank that I invest in raised their dividend with the expected 0.25 SEK. Still a strong report. No big surprises.

So the question is where should I put this months investment?
Candy maker is out as the market is after the extra dividends, I am not going to pay the extra 8 per cent for the 5 per cent dividend.
Bank is still a nice option. It did not gain the extra weight after the annual report, but knowing the market it will still drop the amount after the payout.
Other options? Going through my short list and nothing that is interesting... So I've read some reports from various companies and done some research, one of the clothing companies that were on my short list and the one that I've kept track of most did a blunder this year. They allowed in some uncertainty in their dividends program with the option to receive shares instead of dividends. This is an alarm if anything....
In the end: Will it be the bank or something new? Not the best month to buy into stuff as the market is wild after the overall pretty good report season but one thing popped out. Two companies with really RED numbers. One, I already dismissed above as they also made a dividend change that reeks of bankruptcy, but the other.. Well... Evidently one of the large owners did a big buy in directly after the report and knowing how his investments usually go, long term and real changes, I will do the same. So welcome to the third business in my portfolio: the telecom services provider.
(I am not counting the bonus shares received from my employer as I did not make an active choice and will not buy more on my own as long as I work there.). For the first investment I am throwing in some extra cash from our savings account to get it off the ground.
From now on each month I will have 3 choices for my money maker:
  • Candy maker
  • Bank
  • Telcom services provider
And as always I am not namedropping the companies as I think that you, the reader, should do your own research and not follow my lead. Read up on reports, find your own plan (I recommend index funds if you want minimum hassle) and follow it.



Until next time: Challenge yourself to do something new

Disclaimer. I am in no way an expert on capital management or investing. On this blog I only wish to share my findings, ideas and comments on current events and fields that interest me. I hope that my thoughts can entertain you. I expect that everyone reading take their time and do their own research before acting on anything read on this blog. Investing is not for everyone. E&OE.

söndag 28 januari 2018

First impressions: SureFlap Microchip Pet Door Connect + Hub


So, bought a new pet door as a gift for my wife on her birthday so that she can monitor and set a curfew even when she's not at home.
So, we have 3 cats and a microchip door today. The only thing that worries us is the extra traffic on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings + that we do not let them spend the night outdoors because of bad stuff happening (lots of other cats fighting in the neighborhood and we are tired of vet-bills.

So, time for an upgrade.
Turns out I bought the XL door this time. A good thing as our male cat Tiger is a little too big for the current door and kind of dislikes the feeling of it. He still uses it but prefers the actual door. So lets hope that this one will work better.

Installation

What I used
  • Screwdriver
  • Jigsaw
  • Bradawl
  • Drill
  • Knife
  • Spirit-level

At first I had to remove the old SureFlap cat door by removing the plastic details covering the screws and unscrewing and pushing the door in. 

Next step was to fit the new door by taking the tunnel and pushing it towards the point on the door where I wanted it. I think the recommended distance from the floor is 15 cm (check the manual if you are unsure) so that the cats don't have to duck too much. Put a spirit-level on the tunnel and let a friend draw the line all the way around.

If you do not have a hole in the door already, take a large drill and drill a hole in all the edges.
I already had an old hole so I just started with the jigsaw.  It should be quite a tight fit as otherwise you will get extra wind that can pass around the tunnel.


Test the fit as you go by pushing the tunnel out from inside your house.

When you are happy put on the outer part and use the bradawl to mark the screw holes. Remove the tunnel and outer part again.
Use a small drill to drill through the door at those 4 places. The holes can be a bit larger then the screw diameter as you will need some leeway to put all 4 screws through the outer plastic and into the screw holes on the inner part.



For connecting the door to the hub, just follow the instructions in the app. I don't feel the need to duplicate them here as the app is good enough. One thing to note is that the hub does not have wifi, that is a downer in 2018... Like, why not? Luckily I had an extender with cable socket lying around that I was able to plug it into as the router is not even close to the door.


The App


The app was quite easy to setup even though I managed to mix up our cats and had to show them to the door an extra time and rename the already entered cats.

I the main page you can see a summary of all of your pets and devices and their status. I.e. who is in the house and who is out and if the door is locked in some way. Also nice to see the battery level here.

. In the app you can upload photos of your pets to show as profile pictures. 

Each pet get their own timeline that you can follow their activity through the door. There is also notification each time the door is activated. I.e. 'real-time' tracking of your pets.

The first night we got the 'An animal looked through the door'. I.e. someone was trying to enter, not one of ours as everyone was inside at the time.


With the old door I used to show the cats that it is unlocked in the morning, but I guess I will no as it gets recorded as 'An animal has left the house'. 

Each pet get their own statistics as well, so you can see what time of the day they are active etc.

Also showing number of entries through the door. I guess our Prime will win this as she runs in and out all the time.


Even more statistics, showing activity per weekday.

The door control page allows you to lock the door to keep pets in or out ...


... or both

The curfew mode has some limits in my opinion. I would like to set a different curfew depending of day of week. I.e. Tuesdays should lock the door at 1600 and Saturdays should open it at 1200 instead of the normal 0700-1800 open hours. We have a lot of traffic during Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings as the local recycling center is at the end of our road and we want to keep our cats indoor mitigate risk. But that does not work.
So we will lock and unlock the door manually until this feature is added.


Conclusion

Overall feeling is that this was a good buy. We won't have to stress home on Tuesdays or lock the cats inside when we leave for work in the morning, they can be outside and we just lock the door with the app in the afternoon. 
Would buy again


Disclaimer
I bought this product myself and this is my opinion on them. I am in no way affiliated with the manufacturer of this product.