In March 2008 I began Finding Pennies. In December 2008 I began sharing these "Penny Tales" with a few close friends. They encouraged me to blog the Penny Tales such that more people could enjoy the Adventures with Penny Angels.
Late last night on the way home
from the circus we dropped the Girlz at Oma’s house. Today was Boyz Day.
I had wanted to keep our time with
the Kidz totally void of any “work” related activities. We have put in the paperwork for our
new, permanent loan and this morning was when the Bank Appraiser could squeeze
in a visit out to the Penny Palace.
I told him he had one hour (or less) to complete his work. He arrived a few minutes before 8 a.m.,
said hello, and began measuring.
The two boyz awoke around 8:30 a.m. and when I went inside the house, they were
already helping themselves to breakfast.
They are getting so grown up and they are a delight to host. I had left them each a package of Angry
Bird Pencil Erasers at their table place settings and they were delighted. Their sister had mentioned how the boyz
had been seeking to find those erasers where they live, but had not been
Angry Birds Procured
The bank appraiser left at 9 a.m.
and we were ready to start our day.
Doc and Nick headed for car dealerships to look at Corvettes and
Camaros. Brandon and I stopped at
the post office to mail a parcel, then proceeded to Big Lots to investigate
more erasers. As we walked from my
truck into the store I looked at my watch which read 10 a.m. I smiled and told Brandon. This is great. People where I used to work are busy with
their job activities and, now being retired, I am spending my morning with
you! His reply was precious: “So
I guess you are One Happy Bird out looking for Angry Birds!” Yes.
Knowing that Brandon likes video
game arcades, I took him to the Boomers play center for a little while. On his very first game he hit the Bonus
pocket for 50 tickets. He was
hooked. He used his entire
allotment of tokens on that game.
Then he redeemed his coupons for some tiny trinkets. We had not found any coins yet in our
day, so I detoured into a 7-11 parking lot where Brandon found a penny. (Coin #1)
All You Can Eat Buffet
We ventured into the Pegasus Hobby
Store. Brandon was awed at the
thousands and thousands of model cars, trains, boats, planes and more. There
were remote vehicles of every sort.
He declared that Nicholas really must see that store as well.
We met Uncle Doc and Nicholas at
noon for an all-you-can eat buffet which everyone enjoyed.
Digging for Fossils
Then we discovered the Alf Paleontology Museum in Claremont just
a few miles from our Pomona house.
It is world renowned and on a private high school campus. I had never even heard of it until
today. The boyz had been asking
about man’s existence relative to dinosaurs and this museum sure answered that
question. It was a great
Next the boyz wanted to go to the
Bass Pro shop to explore and do some indoor shooting. Doc found his penny there. (Coin #2). I was having trouble walking through the
huge store and wondering why my legs should hurt so much today? Doc quipped, “Could a walk all the way
around the Lake, followed by several steep nighttime laps around the water
tower possibly have anything to do with that condition?” I had forgotten about those.
The boyz wanted to hunt for more
Angry Birds. We left Doc behind so he could take a break and get some
groceries. We got more erasers and
were heading home when I was ‘nudged’ to pull over and look at a large metal
dinosaur on display at a garden center.
We were looking at the artwork when Uncle Doc called. He did not get the
motor oil as planned - could we stop and get some? We just happened to be parked right in front of a huge, open
24 hours a day auto supply store which I had never even noticed before! We bought the motor oil and as we
emerged from the store I said, “I have not found a coin yet today”. Nicholas responded, “Me neither. I’m dry”. And instantly there was a
penny by his foot! (Coin #3)
We began driving home and I started
talking to the Angels: “Look.
There is one more shopping center between here and the house. I am going to pull into there and I
expect you to do your part in delivering today’s coin”. I parked Pippy and hopped out saying
“I’m dry, I’m dry”. In the next
parking stall there was a dime and a penny. Done. We got
back into the truck and headed home.
(Coins #4&5). Doc had
found an additional penny at the grocery store. (Coin #6)
The evening was spent cracking
Macadamia nuts, ‘hanging’ together, and watching the Daddy Day Care movie Oma Karrin
had given them. Such fun.