Molly is our foster child. She finds new places in the house to find cool areas. Molly has also become a "Talker". Molly enjoys talking to us. She's gets up on the bed or the couch and begins talking.
This is something new. When we brought her home, she was not that active. Molly was left in an abandon house in Florida and we decided to bring her to our house.
What makes Molly so wonderful she is the most loving cat we have fostered. She lets me brush her an usually no cat enjoys combing or brushing for long, but Molly does. She has to sleep with my wife every night before she can go to sleep.
If I get up in the morning before I'm allowed to sit and have my herbal tea, Molly starts talking to me. Her meaning is that she needs to be petted and then she lays down by my feet. She just a wonderful additional to our home. Sadly, she is not our cat and someday we will have to return her to her owner, but that might be a few years. Her owner has at least two more years in prison.
After several weeks of planning, volunteering over forty hours a week for our non-profit organization even today I'm calling a person who wants to donate to our cause outside the state, finally, we are on the road again. Driving the open road allows my wife and myself to pause, listen to the rain on the windows and just relax. We don't need to talk to each other much. It's a time to brainstorm on new ideas or just stay quiet and get lost in our own thoughts.
Driving across this great country of ours we just enjoy various venues. We ate at a buffet yesterday that was filled with southern style food and had mash sweet potatoes filled with sunflower seeds and it was outstanding. Yes, my weight climbs a bit but I'll work it off afterwards.
Breaking routine is important. We are creatures of habit and we fall into runts. Thinking runts where patterns on solving problems become the same. We need to expand our minds. Living a different experience and I enjoy the moving from one place to another without not being pinned down in one area.
Summer rains, where the breezes turning down trees, and thunder and lightening I enjoy it all.
One of my hobbies for over 30 years is investing in the stock market. It can be an expensive hobby for example: I invested in Renren (RENN) called "The Facebook of China" for a few thousand dollars. What started out as $10 per share quickly within days went down to $3. My wife was convinced I had lost my mind with this stock business and decided to play more attention to what more knowledgeable advisors were suggesting.
So when I asked for additional savings to invest in another Chinese company Baidu (BIDU) at $82 a share there was some hesitation but we managed to spare some money and I invested in Baidu. Now the stock is $207 s share within three years I have been redeemed.
Facebook (FB) as an IPO (Initial Public Offering where stock is offered for the first time) I purchased the stock at $31 a share. At the time Facebook was a hype company. Few felt they could get any advertising dollars or revenue from younger consumers. I felt that Facebook was reaching close to 1 billion people. My conclusion was if you can reach a billion people you could figure out how to make money. Today Facebook is trading at $82.51 per share.
My little hobby has grown a bit over the years and I enjoy making money but there are failures and I have a few. My failures have been several Chinese companies I invested in and casino company that went from $5 a share to a penny stock and I lost my shirt on General Motors even though I made money with the stock over the years.
Over the course of 30 years, I've learned to not be a day trader follow the advice of Warren Buffett and look for companies that have long-term returns like IBM. IBM hasn't given me the great equity results over the years, but the dividends add up. Loosing money is part of the process however I want to keep my loses to a minimum.
What have been my best investments over the years? Just to name a few: Visa purchased $31 sold out $189, MasterCard purchased $30's sold out $89, Hertz as an IPO sold out, even sold some shares of Baidu and Facebook at higher levels than what I purchased. Biggest losers were Renren.
The idea for me about this hobby keep learning. Currently I have over 71% return on my investment in the last six years. So this hobby is paying off.