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.
Last night Doc and I attended a
Christmas Eve service at a local church.The entertainers put on quite a performance (actually five of them
throughout the day).It was very loud
and high tech.This morning’s Christmas
performance by the Penny Angels was every bit as impressive – and much quieter).
Doc with Double Tails and Knee Braces
This Christmas morning Doc wanted to a) get his coffee and
b) break in his new knee braces.He
insisted I go with him (and get my coin for today).The dogs, of course determined this now to be
a Family Christmas activity.The Two
Tails demanded to go along as well.
Our first stop this morning was at a closed car wash.I set out to find merely a coin or two.Doc hopped out of the van and said we should
go find …….25 coins?
We walked the doggies, logged in several hundred steps and
found my requisite coin.(Actually we
collected 24 coins [20P, N, 3D] which is a double Coin Mine).
Our second stop was at a shopping center where Doc planned
to get his coffee.The grocery store was
closed, so we walked the parking lot to get a few more steps logged.We collected 10 Pennies and a Dime on that
The third stop was to get Doc’s coffee.He headed toward the shop, I headed in the
opposite direction across the empty parking lot.I was
talking to the Angels,
“We have pennies, a nickel, and dimes.If you want to make for a good story this morning, you could deliver a
quarter to me right now and complete a Hit for the Cycle”.Within 3-4 minutes there was a shiny quarter
in a dirt patch!And as I bent over to
retrieve it, another quarter appeared!TWO quarters.I guess that means the Penny Angels wanted
me to write a (Double) Penny Tale today (since they delivered a Double Hit
for the Cycle).
Coin Finds in Starbucks Courtyard
I headed back to Starbucks to meet Doc.He had his coffee; I had my quarters.But the Penny Angels were not through with
us.Doc spotted a penny in the Starbucks
courtyard.We retrieved it.There was another penny and another penny and
another… it felt as though we were surrounded by coins!Within moments we had gobbled up 69 coins!The coins had crusty white sediment on
them.It wasn’t until we got home and I
could wash them, that we could determine we had collected 62P, 3N, 4D at that
Then, as we returned to our van to leave, Doc spotted a
Wheat penny!(Perhaps from the Angels of
Instead of SPENDING money on Christmas, we were FINDING
money on Christmas…. And enjoying Playful Time with the Angels.
(94), N (4), D (8), Q (2) = 108 Coins
·The Angels enJOY when
we Play like a Child with them
·Set your expectations /
goals higher than the minimum daily requirement
·The Angels are there to
assist and will generally perform much better than humans will
We were headed to our cabin to say goodbye to it.(More on Tales from the Penny Palace).As we left home Doc suggested we stop at the
nearest car wash (which would be closed do to the rain) and look for the day’s
coin.I hopped out and found a penny within
a few minutes.That put me in a slightly
better mood.The song “Pennies from
Heaven” came to mind.
time it rains, it rains pennies from heaven
you know each cloud contains pennies from heaven?
find your fortune's fallin' all over the town Be sure that your umbrella is upside down…”
So I playfully turned my umbrella upside down and said
(outloud), “OK Angels, I’ve got the Dismals today.Do something to make me laugh!”I looked over in a dirt area. It had been
recently raked and there were several piles of debris.At first did not see any coins in the dirt,
but then a dime, and a nickel, and a penny, and a penny, and a nickel, and a
penny ….There were 16 pennies, 2
nickels, and a dime.That made a Coin
Mine (defined as at least 12 coins found at one location).I was laughing with the Angels and thanking
them.As I turned to leave, I noticed a
small raked cluster of debris.Right on
top of everything was a quarter!That
made a Hit for the Cycle!Thank you
Angels for your humor and “attitude adjustment”.
And just what was
Doc doing while I was out in the rain gobbling coins?I had told him to stay in the van and stay
dry – I would just be gone for a few minutes.He promptly ignored me, grabbed his umbrella, and then held my umbrella
over me while I was playing with the coins in the mud!What
an incredible partner and Best Friend.
I purchased my new iMac computer in July of 2013.Every day since then when I power up the
computer it says ### days since your last back up.When it reached 400 days, it was time to take
When we first bought the computer, we were advised to
purchase a backup device.We did that 16
months ago and it has been sitting in the box ever since.Last night we followed the instructions which came with the device and tried to back up my computer.After a frustrating hour, I gave up and booked a training session at the
local Apple Store.
Wheat Penny Find
This morning Doc and I had our ‘class’ with Gilbert at the
Apple Store.He was great.It only took 5 minutes to deal with the Back
Up chore.Then we had the remaining part
of our hour to explore other topics.I
asked Gilbert to teach me effective ways of sending photos for Travel or Penny
Tales.We looked around us for something
typical which I would photograph for my Tales.Doc said, “What about the Penny on the Floor right next to you?”I thought he was bluffing.I had positioned my gear, moved my chair,
unpacked the computer with accessories, and done several other things on that
very spot.I KNOW there was no penny
there when we began the training session at that countertop.And no one had come close to me in those 15
minutes.There is no “Logical” way to
explain how that Penny appeared there.Unless ….. it was providing me the opportunity to share Penny Finding
with Gilbert and with YOU.A reason to post one more Wonderful,
Note:The Penny is a 1945 wheat penny – minted in
the same year Doc was!LOL
International Travel is full of adventure and new
scenery.But when it comes to Penny
Finding, there’s no place like home.
We were on a Penny Finding streak of 439 Consecutive Days before
we flew off to Australia.Western
Australia (WA) is pretty sparse as far as population.There were zero Starbucks (much to Doc’s dismay) and coin finds were
rare.Heck, we saw many more wallabies
than wayward coins over there!
In the 41 Days we were in Australia we found only 64 coins. That is less than 2 coins per day; however,
the total value was $14.55. That averages 35¢/day.Pretty Nice!
Our first seven days of Coin Finding back in the U.S.
yielded: 78 coins.That is an average of
11 coins per day! Total value of $1.97.(That is less than one of the Aussie $2 coins).That averages 28¢/day.
Tuesday:Arrived home from Australia approximately
Noon after way too long on a plane.That
evening we headed to the grocery store.Only
one Penny. (We were pretty tired).Warming
up again.Been a bit out of practice.
Wednesday: Grocery Store P, D
Thursday: RestaurantP, D
Friday Starbucks, Gas Station, Dry
Saturday:Car WashP(50), N(3), D(7)
THIS was Penny Finding at its
Finest!I found a few coins, Doc found a
few, then we went to wash them off and found a few more and a few more and a
few more….gobble, gobble, gobble!
Sunday: Target, Grocery StoreP(4), D(2)
Monday: TargetP, N
It’s Great to be Home
and back to the Penny Palace!