Two Days till Christmas Day — Started Some Preparations Today!

Keeping Some of the Christmas Traditions Alive

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and our gathering will be pretty small but we are going to have some of the dishes we are used to having. One of them isn’t really a dish. It is a doughnut that is a southern Italian tradition. It is made with a potato dough. Sometimes they are filled and other times they are just shaped like a ring and dipped in sugar when they are hot. I actually prefer them plain. They are a real project to make. For many years, including last year, we would buy the dough from a local bakery and do the frying at home. Not this year.

This year I decided that I was going to make them from scratch myself using a recipe from my great aunt. There aren’t many ingredients but they do take some time to come together. I wanted to get the dough made today and then fry them tomorrow instead of trying to do it all in one day. One of the reasons being I wouldn’t want to wait to eat them.

Just getting started with the process. Potato Flakes are mixed with Boiling Water
Getting the Water to Lukewarm Temperature so as not to kill the Yeast. I am married to an Engineer.

Dough came together nicely and already starting to rise
After an hour or so of rising!

Now the Dough is in the Refrigerator in a Bigger Bowl

And tomorrow I will take it out to make and fry the doughnuts. We are also having pasta with a white seafood sauce as the main dish. Part of tomorrow will also be spent getting ready for Christmas Day.

With Some Caution We are Having a Small Gathering in the Morning

Some of my cousins on my Mom’s side of the family are coming to have appetizers and drinks before they go and have their dinner in the afternoon. We didn’t do it last year because of COVID and no vaccinations available. They won’t be here a long time. So the exposure will be minimal and we are all vaccinated. Then in the afternoon it will just be us to have dinner together. Oh yeah and my youngest sister and her son, my nephew, are going to a basketball game for the afternoon. It is my nephew’s Christmas present from his Mom. He is a Boston Celtics fan and they are playing the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee on Christmas Day.

Then they will come back and watch the rest of the Green Bay Packer football game. I’m so excited. LOL I will get to see my other nephew and his wife and two sons as well. Looking forward to a couple of nice days.

There will be a Christmas Day edition of my Friday Buy Day update tomorrow. I will work on that tonight and early tomorrow. Have a great night and see you again soon. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

Staying the Course and Sticking To My Plan — Only 2 Weeks to Year’s End

Started Out In Coinbase As Usual

Last week when I did my usual buy I thought I had set it up to do a weekly buy for the same amount. It looks like a buy went through on the 13th but I don’t see where it is in Coinbase. In any case I cancelled it now because I like more control. I did make another purchase today and ended up with around 7 Hive to use. I may be out $12.50 if I can’t find out what happened to that purchase. If that’s the worst of it, no big deal. I have lost way more than that buying shiny objects in the past.

Next I Went to Hive Engine

I sold some other tokens because I wanted to increase the total of pegged Hive to buy more Index. That is my focus right now. I found some Voucher I could sell in my wallet. There was a little more in Bee Swap to send to my Hive Engine wallet. I ended up with 10.9 to buy my Index this week.

Buying Index for this week

I Was Going to Buy Some More CHAOS Packs

Instead I chose to focus on increasing my HE-Index holdings. First of all I need to buy potions to open the 20 packs I already have. To do that I need to figure out how many potions I need to buy of each type to open the 20 packs. I only want to buy what I need since I am doing this on a budget.

With the Hive that I purchased and traded for today I was able to buy 13 more Index tokens.

1,231.9835793 HE-Index Tokens as of today 12-17-2021

My Dolphin Dream for Hive Power Progress

With only 2 more Fridays left of this year I know I will not reach Dolphin Status. I knew that weeks ago.

As of today I have chosen to take all of my payouts for curation and content creation in Hive Power. I am converting my HBD to Hive and powering it up anyway. So might as well just skip the time that it takes for the conversion and just get the Hive Power. I am at 0.876063 or around 88% of my way to Dolphin.

I Have Been Participating in the Latest CTP Power Up Challenge

That will end on the 22nd of this month. I just want to see how much I can increase my CTP stake. After the contest I will be powering some of that down to liquid CTP. Because on the 13th of January, Jon and Blain are launching something big that will require having liquid CTP tokens. They are calling it Project Bowtie. It is not a new program but they are redoing a program they already own. So, I won’t be selling CTP tokens. Not a chance. I am going to be investing in the new project.

Next Week is Christmas Eve

I will do my best to get an update posted anyway. In order to get that done I will most likely have to work on it next Thursday. So now I have said it and it has to happen. Anyway, have a great weekend. See you again soon.

Selling Some Books on Amazon Almost Covered My FIAT Dollar Cost Average Investment!

Cover Image For Friday Buy Day Update Post

Before We Moved Out of the Apartment

I boxed up some books that I knew I had no use for anymore and sent them into Amazon. It didn’t cost me much to send them in and they were just going to take up space. So I figured I might as well see what I could get for them using Amazon’s Fulfilled by Amazon program. As you know I have been investing $12.50 each week to grow my holdings of Hive Engine tokens. That includes staking Hive to reach my goal of Dolphin Status and increase my passive income from HE-Index.

Amazon sent $11.96 to my checking account this week. So my out of pocket is close to covered from selling a book or two that I had already sent to Amazon. Amazon fulfilled the order and sent me money. I still have books sitting there in an Amazon warehouse somewhere. It doesn’t sound like much but it’s a start. And I didn’t have to go out and find the books. They were already sitting on my shelves. I just had to get off my butt and get them labeled and boxed up. Then I took them to the UPS store in town. Yeah, they take a chunk of money for that. But I look at it as outsourcing some of the work I would have to do here. Like customer service. They take care of that. It’s worth it to me. And if it funds my little operation here that’s another win.

My Out of Pocket Investment Went a Little Further This Week

I logged in to Coinbase to make my weekly buy of Litecoin. Every time I do this transaction I see that there is an option automate the buy to occur every week. I had been opting out of it. However, this time I didn’t opt out. While I was in Coinbase I noticed that there were more videos to watch and earn some other cryptos.

What I earned from viewing the videos and the FIAT I put in bought me just over 10 Hive this week.

I used the Swap Hive feature in Hivepay to send the Hive to my Hive Engine Wallet. Then I started looking for other coins to sell and see how much more Hive I could get. As it turned out I had some Voucher in my Hive Engine Wallet. The Voucher airdrops from Splinterlands restarted this week. The Voucher in my wallet was a dividend from my HE-Index holdings.

David Armstrong, @darmst5339, is a friend I have made in the Click Track Profit Community. He created a post a few days ago about finding Voucher that he didn’t know he had.

https://peakd.com/hive-119826/@darmst5339/surprise-found-vouchers-on-beeswap-i-did-not-know-i-had

That is two of the reasons to be engaging on Hive. Making friends and learning from them. I went to my BeeSwap account and logged in with my Hive Keychain. At that point I had just over half of a Voucher. I let it sit there and this week there was 0.658 Voucher for me to sell for Hive. I had just sold the 0.769 Voucher from Index right before that. All told I ended up with around 18 Hive and used it to buy 22 more HE-Index tokens.

My HE-Index Holdings are up to 1,221.5545841

The CTP Token Staking Contest Is Still Going

Today I staked 143.065 more CTP tokens. I am just doing it because it’s fun to see how much I can increase my stake of CTP. After the contest is over on the 22nd of this month I will probably power a bunch of that down. Jon and Blain from CTP are launching a new project on January 13th 2022. You can listen to last night’s Thursday Night Live to learn why having liquid CTP will be important.

That is it for my update this week. Have a great Friday and see you again soon!

Trying to Relax But Traveling Stresses Me Out

Is it still considered travel if you’re only going two hours away? It’s a little road trip anyway. My sister is hosting Thanksgiving at her house in Madison, WI. She wanted to do it last year but COVID took that away. So tomorrow morning Roy, Dad and I are heading out to spend Thanksgiving with my sister and her son and some of our cousins.

Most of tomorrow is going to be spent setting up and prepping for the big Thanksgiving meal on Thursday. Our cousins are bringing the appetizers, desserts and wine. It will be fun to see them again. It’s been awhile.

My Dad is a born designer and decorator. When he was growing up it wasn’t acceptable for a man to pursue that as a career. But he and my mother spent years entertaining as a hobby and they were awesome at it. He is still awesome at it but gets frustrated with me because I haven’t picked up on the decorating and entertaining. There was a bit of tension going on between Dad and I earlier. I get very stressed and anxious and if I feel like too much is happening at the last minute, it’s worse. When my sister was here she picked up a bunch of supplies and chairs to take back. But we are still taking half the house with us tomorrow. Or so it seems. Believe it or not writing this blog post is helping to relieve some of that stress.

So now it’s time to chill out and relax and get some clothes and stuff packed for our little road trip. We’ll be back on Friday sometime. I am just glad we’re not having to get on a plane to go anywhere far. I’d rather not spend Thanksgiving stranded in an airport. Thank you very much. If you celebrate Thanksgiving Have a Happy One!

See you again soon!

More Fun with Metamask and My XTM Transaction

Tomorrow will be one week since I initiated the swap of XTM for ETH.

As of today when I logged into Metamask it showed the transaction as pending.

However, when I click on the transaction under Activity and then click on the arrow to go out to Etherscan, I get the result shown above. I just wish it would drop off already so I can start over and correct the mistake I made. Instead, I get to keep exercising patience and wait for it to do what it does. Whatever that is.

I found some more tokens in my wallet in Hive Engine to swap for some Hive and buy a couple more HE-Index tokens. This is the big reason I want to get that XTM swapped out and brought to Hive.

Not much else going on today. Bought a new mouse for my laptop. This time we bought a wireless one. The little one I had was wired and the cord was retractable. Thinking that it just got worn out. At first, we thought there was something wrong with the USB port on my laptop. I had another mouse that was laying around and we plugged that in to see if that was the case. Thankfully, no it wasn’t. But the mouse we plugged in had its own issue. The scroll wheel doesn’t work. Roy reminded me that it was the reason why we bought the little mouse in the first place.

So that’s been my Monday so far! Not horrible! Just some minor frustrations. Just keep pushing past them and moving right along. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Don’t Let a High-Ticket Price Hold You Back From Getting Coaching for Your Business!

Let me start out by saying that I have been to some higher-ticket live coaching events. They were really good but what happens after that is what matters.

This morning an ad for this event appeared in my Facebook feed. I couldn’t resist. I had to click through to find out what the investment was for an event like this. I almost feel off my chair.

I have nothing against Tony Robbins. He’s actually pretty interesting and I have heard some videos from him. Still don’t get the whole walking on hot coals thing though. That’s always been a weird thing I don’t understand. How is walking on hot coals going to help me build my business, exactly? Pretty sure that’s just me. Another advantage of attending a virtual event like this is that you can stay home in your sweats or pajamas. No added travel expenses either. I didn’t copy the whole list of features.

Most People Can’t Dream of Justifying This Level of Investment

So, are there ways to get coaching without putting out thousands of dollars for a week? Sure are!

I belong to a great community of entrepreneurs called Click Track Profit. They have a Telegram group and someone is always there to lend a hand and answer questions. Click Track Profit also has an Inner Circle Mastermind group to which I belong as well. That is a paid membership but well within my budget and on Wednesday nights we have our video calls where we talk about what we are doing in our business and where we need help to improve. There is a Telegram group that goes with the Inner Circle Mastermind where every morning Blain asks how they can help us build our business.

Any other ways to get coaching for little or no financial investment?

Listen to Podcasts: There are a ton of them out there and sometimes even listening to podcasts that have nothing to do with business can spark some creative ideas. Podcasts are the listening choice of many high-income and successful people.

Watch a Ted Talk: They’re usually pretty short if you’re pressed for time.

Read books by authors who you would like to have as coaches. Sometimes you can get sample chapters on Amazon if you don’t want to or can’t buy the book.

There you go! Three ways to get coaching for your business or other parts of your life you’d like to improve without having to shell out hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Have a great rest of your Saturday!

On The Way to My Next Goal of 1000 HE-Index Tokens

Friday Isn’t the Only Day I Increase My Index Holdings

Each day I go to my Wallet on Hive-Engine to search for tokens to trade for Hive so I can buy more Index. As of today I am up to 544.79243031 HE-Index.

Now that I have reached that and surpassed that goal I am setting the next one for 1000 HE-Index. Haven’t set a date to reach it. The plan is to just keep stacking what I can everyday from what I am earning. Then on Fridays I will do my add my weekly FIAT allowance for buying in.

There are fees involved in trading and buying crypto currency. When I logged in to Coinbase today, I watched some videos that were available and the crypto I earned made up for the fees that would have reduced my $12.50 funding. It only took me a couple extra minutes to do that. Between that and the FIAT I was able to purchase around 15 more Hive to use for my purchase of Index.

My Fixation on Increasing My Index Holdings Has Taken Attention Away From My Hive Power Goal.

I am still 877.215 Hive away from Dolphin Status. I have only been claiming the Hive Power I am getting from commenting and curating. Haven’t been buying and powering up any Hive. So I either have to do way more content creation and curation or add to my out of pocket investment to get to the 5000 HP goal by the end of the year.

Percentage away from my Goal of 5000 Hive Power.

There are only six weeks left of the year. So I need to power up 146.2025 Hive each week to make it to 5000 by December 31st. I may have to switch up the way I am allocating my priorities.

One Thing That Would Help Is to Finally be able to Get those XTM tokens Brought Over to Hive.

As of today in my Metamask Wallet the transaction to swap XTM to ETH is still pending. But when I look at it in Etherscan it says that the transaction was dropped. It’s so confusing. It seems like I should be able to start the transaction over again and do it correctly. It would be nice to get this sorted out soon so that I can reach my Dolphin Status goal by the end of the year.

My CTP Power Holdings are Almost At 50000 CTP Power

I am leaving one of my delegations in place and it seems that someone else delegated 300 HP to me awhile back. I am at 49000.154 CTP Power with the delegations. So I only need around 999.846 to be at 50K CTP Power. I am keeping the 10K delegation I have out to the CTP Swarm Booster tribe @ctpsb because I want to support it and I am getting a return on it. So, more passive income for me.

That is all for my update this week. Just keeping consistent and stacking every day. Pretty simple. Not as easy to stay disciplined and on track. I am managing to do it though. Just a few more tasks for today and then I have the evening to myself.

Dealing With Knee Pain — OUCH!

I never gave any thought to what it might be like to live on 3 levels again. We did not tak laundry down and up the steps to wash and put away.

I did all the laundry the day before my birthday so I could relax on my day. We went out for a walk that day and my knees were okay. I started hurting later on. It has been a week now and not letting up. I stopped taking the anti inflammatory drugs so I don’t screw up my system. When I get over this I will be moving more and more mindful of taking heavy loads up and down the stairs. The difference is that the washer and dryer were on the same level in the apartment.

And it May Take Longer than I thought to Complete the Transfer of my XTM tokens.

When I checked my wallet in Metamask this morning I noticed that the transfer of XTM tokens had not happened. Disappointing and I was concerned that something had gone wrong. But like Jon said, I hadn’t been active there on Torum in a long time. That is going to change as of today. Even if I just start by commenting and sharing other posts.

So I need to allow myself the time to heal and be okay with asking for help. And I need to wait patiently to see the first transaction of withdrawing my XTM to go through. That is my day today! See you here tomorrow!

Moving XTM tokens from Torum to Etherium Mainnet on Metamask & Added XTM to Metamask

I joined Torum earlier this year. It is a social media platform for crypto currency enthusiasts. They have their own token called XTM. Members earn the tokens when they complete missions/tasks on the site. It is a great place to learn more about many different crypto currencies.

Jon mentioned it again in our Click Track Profit Telegram group recently and that reminded me that I hadn’t been there in awhile. It turns out that it was many months since I had been active there. I had about 895 XTM tokens that were sitting there in my wallet. I learned that I would have to complete a few extra steps to withdraw and convert them.

Moving the XTM from Torum to the Etherium Mainnet Using Metamask

The first thing I had to do is withdraw them to my ERC-20 wallet. What is that? It is a decentralized wallet. Okay!

I already have a Metamask wallet. I had to look for my password to unlock the browser extension and connect to my Torum wallet. Done. Now I had to withdraw the XTM. I opened my Metamask, connected it to Torum and made sure that Etherium Mainnet was selected. Next I copied my wallet address and pasted it into the Withdraw XTM form where it says ERC-20 Wallet address. I typed in the amount I wanted to withdraw and clicked on Confirm. It takes a day or two to get to the wallet.

While I Wait for the XTM to get to my ERC-20 Wallet

Jon completed his transaction yesterday. He told me that he added the XTM token to Metamask so he could get it swapped out. Blain told me how to do this today.

First I had to open the Metamask browser extension and scroll all the way to the bottom where it says Import Tokens.

I did a search first but XTM did not come up. It didn’t show up with a refresh either. So I clicked on Custom Token. This is where you import tokens that are not on the list in Meta mask.

It asks for the Contract Address of the token you want to import. When I asked Blain how to find that he gave me the address but also told me that they can be found on a site called Coin Gecko.

https://www.coingecko.com/en/coins/torum

On the right hand side of the page under the buttons that say Buy/Sell, etc. there is all the information about the token. The contract address is right there. Look a little to the right and there is a Metamask icon. Click on it and it will import the Contract Address automatically. I already added the address to the form and when I did the other information filled in as well. And now?

Now I Must Wait Until My XTM appears in the Wallet

I was going to leave it in my wallet on Torum mostly because I felt a bit intimidated by the process of getting it out and paying a larger fee to do so. I chose to move it so I could learn how to do it knowing that I had the help and support of Blain, Jon and the rest of the CTP community. Even if I don’t end up with all of it after the conversion process, it is still money I wouldn’t otherwise have to use. It is also good to learn other ways to get things done. When the tokens appear in my wallet and it is time to do the swap I will share that with you as well.

Have a great rest of your Saturday! Bye for now.

Friday Buy Day Week 2 — Just a Little Short of My First Goal of 500 Index Tokens!

I should really just be calling these Friday Goal Updates.

I started my “Buy Day” yesterday but I was using just what was in my wallet. The dollar cost averaging using the $12.50 a week is on Fridays.

As I was going through my wallet on Hive Engine yesterday I noticed that I had some tokens I could sell to get Hive tokens. One of them was the WAIV token that I sold to get 31 Hive. That was the most Hive I have had to use at one time. This was just from what I have earned from content creation and curation.

Added a Couple of CHAOS Legion Packs to My Holdings

Yesterday I read a post from my good friend Chris, @chris.topher about buying a Chaos Legion Pack on Splinterlands using Voucher tokens. Then I saw a comment on this post from @achim03 that caught my eye.

So I used a little over 20 Hive to buy 2 CHAOS Legion Packs myself and get into that action on Splinterlands. I am not playing the game but I am very interested in the passive income opportunities that are available there.

I used the remainder of those Hive tokens to buy a little over 13 more Index.

At the end of all of this trading I was around 44 Index away from my goal of 500. For some reason I thought I would hit my goal between yesterday and today. But I am closer here.

Logged into Coinbase this Morning to Convert My FIAT to Hive

I started today by logging into Coinbase and funding my account with $13.99 because after the fees I was still under the $12.50 that I want to invest. That’s a little frustrating. I bought the Litecoin on Coinbase that I then sent to my wallet to buy Hive.

My next step was to log in to Leodex.io to deposit the Hive into my wallet.

I was able to get a little more Hive because the price was down slightly this morning.

I had a small amount of VOUCHER and some other tokens that I could sell to add to the 15 Hive and bring it up to around 22 Hive to use for buying more Index today.

Less Than 20 Index Away from My First Goal!

I have to admit that I am a bit disappointed. Just a bit. I know I will probably get there before next Friday. I will be rolling my earnings from other tokens into acquiring more Index throughout the week.

Dolphin Status on Hive is Not Terribly Far Away!

Once I reach my first Index Holdings Goal I am going to pour a little more of my FIAT into reaching my 5000 HP goal. I really want to get there by the end of the year. Most of the Hive Power I have is from my earnings.

I am back to creating posts more consistently and adding to that commenting on at least 10 posts from other people everyday. One of the keys is to find new people to engage with each day. Look for people who are just starting out and give them some encouragement to keep going. It doesn’t cost anything but a little bit of time to help people and raise them up.

Last But Not Least My CTP Power Goal

On our Inner Circle Mastermind this last Wednesday evening we were talking about our goals and how we were going to reach them. My third goal was to get my CTP Power goal to 50,000. Blain pointed out that if I just undelegated some of the tokens that were no longer being used I could get there fairly quickly. I began that process. They will be completed in the next few days. Once they’re completed I will be at 48,678.82 CTP Power. I will actually be over the 50K except for one 10K delegation I am leaving in place. Without it I am only 1,321.18 CTP Power away.

Not a bad week overall and a reinforcement of what Jon and Blain have been telling us all along. I don’t have money and I don’t have time are just excuses. I haven’t used very much money out of pocket until recently and I have found pockets of time to create content and comment on posts from other people.

See you next week with more progress on my goals!