Monday, April 30, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
|First Load of Laundry|
|Clear Sealer on Upstairs Railing|
Friday, April 27, 2012
|1950 Hong Kong 5¢|
Thursday, April 26, 2012
|Kellogg House Great Room|
|We've Got Gas!|
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
|Final Driveway Fencing|
|Gas Man Mike|
|Don & Jeanne w/Jimmy's Axle|
Total: 5 Coins P (3), N (0), D (1), Q (1) = $0.38
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
|Cleaning Aussie Bathroom|
Saturday, April 21, 2012
|Sealing the Patio|
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I was wondering if the Penny Finding would continue after getting Sign Off? How long can this continue? Until Move In?
Doc put in a full day at school; I put in a full day at the Penny Palace.
By the time the cabinet installers arrived at 9:30 a.m. I had already sealed the tile grout in the foyer, taken solar array readings for Doc, contacted The Gas Co. about the new meter, cleaned and a few other things.
A neighbor, Natalie came over to say ‘welcome’ and deliver a beautiful bowl with red Begonias.
Our Architect Debbie came to visit! It was wonderful to share with her the positive comments from so many people.
The cabinet installers finished their work around 5:15 at which point I locked up the house. I figured with just three cabinets they would be done by early afternoon and I could run for supplies. Not the case.
I was exhausted as I drove away from the Penny Palace and said, “Good Afternoon Angels. Is this Penny Finding stuff going to continue? I am going to make ONE stop at the gas station between here and the freeway, so you have one chance to deliver”.
At the gas station I spotted a coin. (Coin #1) Could not figure it out. Still haven’t determined its country of origin. I said, “OK Angels. Nice. That is three Foreign Coins recently. Does that mean travel in our future? A foreign coin is nice, but I think it needs to be a US coin to count for Penny Tales.” Instantly there was a penny in my path.
Inside the convenience store I was in line to purchase a cold beverage. The nice guy behind me was a witness as I picked up a wayward nickel. I gave him a Penny Card and told him about Penny Finding. And then there was a second nickel! (Coins #3&4). Wow. Nickels are the rarest finds of the four major coin types. I guess the Penny Angels want to continue their game.
Total: 4 Coins P (1), N (2), D (0), Q (0) + one foreign = $0.11 + ???
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I was just writing today’s Penny Tale. I wrote: “Angels, if you really want to prove that you are involved in this crazy journey, you’ll throw a quarter somewhere in today. 25 has been the Special number throughout this project…”. At that point the front doorbell rang …
I was irritated by the interruption of my writing and the dogs were going crazy at the front door. I said hello to the high-school aged young man and saw the envelope in his hand. I assumed he was selling magazine subscriptions as a fundraiser and I was starting to tell him “no thanks”.
He showed me the envelope with a hand-drawn request - funeral funds for his sister who was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver. Of course I am quietly thinking “Yeah, sure. Drug money? What are you REALLY going to use this for?” Then I looked into his eyes and let my heart hear him. He was asking for PENNIES or any loose pocket change. I had to laugh. Pennies? I listened to more of his story with my Heart and asked the Angels for their input.
He said, “Jenny will be buried on the 25th”. I had just typed the sentence about 25. (See above)
I told him to put that thought on pause while I went inside for a few moments. I came back to the door with some Penny Cards as well as my gift. He was nearly in tears. I told him about Penny Finding and the Penny Palace. The next 15 minutes were spent in wonderful conversation about all sorts of things. Shared Joy. Reminder to act on the “Nudgings”.
We have the Official City Sign Off on the Dream Home!
THANK YOU to all of you and others who have made this happen. Whether it was hands-on involvement, cheerleading, kibitzing, inspecting, funding, paper pushing or hugs, there are hundreds of people who created this Special Place.
If you have been on board for any portion of this journey, you know that the Penny Palace is a symbol of COINcidences, dreaming big, and manifesting. The Penny Angels and an incredible Source of love (whatever term you chose to call it) have made this happen.
Some of you have been involved for over 25 years. Thank you for your love and dedication. Thank you for not giving up even when I did.
My brain many times over the past years has said “Foolish, wasteful, selfish, financially stupid, too much work, not worth it, quit, give up.” The heart and ‘nudgings’ have said, “Build it. There is a purpose for it”. There is a reason for “Tina’s Ark”. There is a reason to leave a secure job behind and walk forward on faith. But Gosh the engineer in me is sure fighting that.
It has been 2.5 years since this new parcel of land ‘fell into our laps’. It has been 14 months since ground-breaking on Valentine’s Day last year.
This journey has provided daily reminders of invisible forces around us which are there to help. It is now Day #1216 of CONTINUOUS Penny Finding which is somehow related to this project. I’m wondering if the coin finding will continue now that we have the official Sign Off?
For the rest of today’s Penny Tale, see today’s Blog and Video.
So many people have said the Penny Palace is a welcoming place and symbolic to them. I hope you will find that to be true and come visit it yourself.
Today started very much like any other day … Doc pulled into McDonald's for coffee and breakfast, while I hopped out and searched the nearby self-serve car wash. I was expecting today to be a Special Day, so I did a SingSong: “Good Morning Penny Angels won’t you come out to play …” Immediately there was a penny in my path. As I bent to retrieve it, there was another, and another … A total of 7 coins in that spot. (Coins #1-7) I laughed and said: “Thank You so much for that. It will make for a good story tonight. Seven is a nice, spiritual number”. But then I got just a little sassy: “Angels, if you really want to prove that you are involved in this crazy journey, you’ll throw in a quarter somewhere today. 25 has been the Special number throughout this project, so a Quarter would emphasize that ‘coincidence’”.
As I typed that sentence just now, our front doorbell rang. That led to a 20 minute detour and a beautiful COINcidence. I’ll need to type that story separately.
Doc was not yet through the McDonald's line, so I ventured to the nearby fast food diner and collected 2 pennies at that drive-up window. (Coins #8&9).
What a day at the Penny Palace. Doc and I expected to be alone other than a brief visit by the City Inspector. Wrong!
As soon as I arrived, Neighbor Craig walked over saying, “I heard you need a little more dirt.” (An email request I had sent out last night). “I have a pile right there on my driveway which you can have today.” Talk about Manifesting!
Doc and I planned to stain some concrete areas before the Inspector arrived at 9 a.m. and before the day got too warm. Shortly after we arrived, Miguel and Serafin appeared to power wash that concrete. They weren’t expected until tomorrow!
Mike, the City Inspector arrived. He did a brief walk through the house and asked for the card so he could officially Sign Off. Funding Inspector, Alex arrived! Such Joy. We have grown quite fond of him and hope to keep in touch in the coming years as he completes his Architectural degree. He completed his final inspection also.
Then, Project Manager, Daryl arrived, and a few minutes later, Handyman George dropped in unexpectedly. So we had one heck of a Signing Party!
We hung a 10 ft. banner (which I painted yesterday) across the front of the house. It reads: “We have Sign Off! Next … the Cleaning Phase”. Within an hour we had new guests. Neighbors walking past the house gave a thumbs up and shouted: “Congratulations and Welcome”!
Dick and Kathy introduced themselves and I invited them in to tour the Penny Palace. Our first guests since the house was “official”. Such JOY! They left saying, “This home is very Special and has personality”. No kidding!
Window washing Brian continued his diligent efforts to give us clean views.
Doc and I made numerous phone calls to announce the “Birth of our Baby” and to say Thanks to so many people who made it happen.
Handyman George returned with friends Ramon and Robert to share the PP with them. More Shared JOY.
Friend, Mandy, heard the news and dropped in with a hug and housewarming gift.
Landscaper Rod delivered our 'as built' drawings for the irrigation systems. He also gave us brief instructions on pruning and caring for some of the plants.
I wasn’t getting a whole lot of work completed this afternoon, but that’s OK. It’s taken 30 years of dreaming and working toward this day.
At 4 p.m. we locked up the Penny Palace. Our first stop was son Stephen’s house where he had a Celebratory cup of coffee ready for Doc. We returned his borrowed tile saw saying, “Tile work done!”
Our next stop was a grocery store. There was one ooey, gooey penny by a vending machine. (Coin #10). Then in the check out line there was a coin I did not recognize - it was a coin from Kuwait! Travel on the horizon? (Coin #11)
The sun was setting on a lovely day. Doc asked if I wanted to go out to dinner or do something to Celebrate this momentous milestone? I said I would rather go home and take a nap! He suggested we a least “go for a sunset cruise”. So we detoured a few hundred yards from the grocery store and cruised the high school parking lot. I was not seeing any coins, when Doc exclaimed: “There’s a penny!” (Coin #12). He then spotted another blob. I told him it was nothing. He argued. I investigated. It was a Quarter! (Coin #13) Suddenly I remembered my Challenge to the Angels this morning: “If you really want to validate your existence, you will send a Quarter today!” I stood there awestruck. I told Doc the story. He was amazed. I hopped back in the van and we were preparing to leave the lot. Doc again spotted something. I told him it was a blob. Wrong. It was a second quarter. (Coin #14) If ONE quarter proves the existence of the Penny Angels, then what does TWO mean? Those Angels are incredible. There was one more penny as we were leaving - just to encourage the “Penny Tales”. (Coin #15).
I’m glad we stayed home this evening because there was a young man, Alex, who came to the front door and it was a beautiful encounter. (See separate story).
Total: 15 Coins P (12), N (0), D (0), Q (2) + one foreign = $0.62 + Kuwait 5 Fil
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Let’s see if I can remember even half of what happened today…it seemed things were happening at warp speed.
6:20 a.m. Quick stop at a closed KFC to collect today’s Penny. Wanted to start the day with a focus on the Penny Angels. One penny (Coin #1)
6:30 Stop at the Concrete Construction Company to deliver payment voucher
6:45 The Plumber’s House to deliver payment voucher
6:50 A friend’s house to deliver a “Love You” gift
6:55 Neighbor’s house to deliver a follow up letter
7:45 Handyman George arrived with new helper, Alex.7:00-7:45 Working with Homeowner’s Association Crew to add and modify sprinklers in the Equestrian Trail. Cleaned debris from Trail area.
Worked with them until 2:45 p.m. Moved stones, moved boxes, stained stair treads, put collars on staircase, assembled shelving units and much more.
8:30 Project Manager Daryl arrived. Worked with him on 10 ft. banner
10 a.m. Window Brian Arrived. He works so quietly, I forgot he was on site! Last week he was injured when he slipped on some spilled milk at another job, so today was his first day working again.
11:30 City Inspector Steve arrived. He was the person we first talked to at the City when we were considered buying the empty lot. He gave us the reassurance that the City people would be helpful in making our dream home a reality in their city. Today was the first time he had been to the site. I think it was fun for him to see the Penny Palace.
Doc called right then to say our credit card company had left a message about suspicious activity on our Construction Account. I would resolve that issue AFTER the City inspector’s visit.
12:30 Placed Request for Department #3 InspectionThe City Inspector took a set of the construction drawings and walked the perimeter of the structure to ensure it looked like what had been permitted. No problem! It looks even better in real life than it does on the elevation drawings. This was Sign Off for Department #2 - Planning. Yipee!!!
After the Inspector left, I dealt with the credit card issue. Cancelled due to $326 of clothing bought in the UK.
Worked with George and Alex until 2:45. As they were leaving, I noticed a lizard which had been in the same spot in the garage for several hours. I tried to get him to move. He would not. He was stuck in the tacky garage floor sealer. Gross. I did not have the heart to rip him off the floor, but did not want to leave him baking and dying there of de-hydration. Yuck. George to the rescue. He gently lifted the little guy out of the sticky mess. I saw no evidence of any pieces remaining on the floor. Yippee! The little guy scurried off.
Clean up time.
4:00 Went to the sign shop to pick up the vinyl lettering for the bathroom “All Creatures…”
4:20 Target store for more storage bins and two pennies. (Coins #2&3)
4:40 Repair shop to pick up damaged picture frame
4:50 Home to call Paint Store about resolving Tacky Flooring Coating. Don’t want any more stuck lizards! Will have company rep deal with it tomorrow.
5:00 - 6:30 Lots and lots of emails and follow ups
6:30 - 9:00 Cleaning and preparing 22 boxes of things in the garage for moving next week …
9:00 Quick Dinner
9:15 Began writing Penny Tales
9:45 Doc arrived home from work asking, “So what happened today?”
Not much …. just another day of Joy and Awesomeness.
Total: 3 Pennies