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.
My 17 year old nephews were
visiting this week.They used to love to
go Penny Finding when they were little.For this visit I gave the boys a list of a dozen things to do and asked
them to rank the items from 1-5 as far as their interest level.Penny Finding now ranks only a 1.OK.Understood. We will NOT go Penny Finding.
When asked what they WOULD like to
do to celebrate their joint birthdays, they wanted to try indoor go kart racing.That option was Ranked #5 by both boys.
We went to K1Racing.The boys signed up, completed the information session, and put on their
The boys and other racers were
assigned their cars.At the very last
minute they were asked to hop out and get into other cars.Brandon was placed into the lead car,
Nicholas in the second car, and the other racers behind them.
Hit for the Cycle and More!
The boys were getting strapped in when
all of a sudden Brandon jumped out of his car and came over to Uncle Doc and I on
the sidelines.I couldn’t imagine
why?Brandon held out his hand.He showed us a Hit for the Cycle (penny,
nickel, dime and quarter) plus one additional quarter. (25 is my favorite
It was almost as if the Penny Angels were saying: “OK.You think you are too old to go Penny
Finding any longer?So we will put the
coins where you can not ignore us. We are at your side and will continue being with you”.LOL
Who is the
driver in YOUR race car and where are you headed?
My nieces are here for a two-night
sleepover.We have about 34 waking hours
to conquer everything on our “to do” lists.When Ashley (age 14) was asked what SHE would like to do, her reply was,
”Whatever”.Jamie (age 11) was determined
to do two things FOR SURE – go to Rockin’ Jump trampoline park and go Penny
Uncle Doc and I picked up the girls
yesterday precisely at 10 a.m.One of
the first stops was a sentimental visit to Chuck E Cheese’s where we used to
take them when they were young.Next a
stop at Sprouts where each girl was given $10 to buy some snacks for the rest
of the trip, then they “checked in” at the Penny Palace.Uncle Doc took a nap, then it was off to 2+
hours at the trampoline park.Don’t know
how they could do some of those maneuvers – and to do it for hours!
Of course the girls were starving
after all that exercise, so dinner was next, followed by the movie Anne of
A pretty nice haul yesterday:9P, 3N, 4D, 5Q and 16 Chuck E Cheese tokens
(worth 25¢ each).
three Hits for the Cycle on Day #1.
Hit for the Cycle = Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter
This is Day #2 of our
adventure.Jamie asked what my record
was for Hits for a Cycle in ONE day.I
told her “four”.She said she was going
to beat that today!
We went coin searching in the
morning.Found coins at the grocery
store, car wash, 7-11, etc.A total of
15 P, 4 N, 6 D, and 7 Q!WOW!That made FOUR Hits for the cycle.
This afternoon we did the Big
City Scavenger Hunt in Riverside.That was a neat experience.We
were looking for clues and for coins.
Jamie noted how we had enough
pennies, dimes and quarters, but really needed some nickels.I replied “Take a look at the sidewalks and
gutters where people are hopping on and off buses. Sure enough within 60 seconds we
had a nickel in hand!Manifesting at its
This afternoon we collected 8 P,
1 N, and 2D.
That set a new record of FIVE Hits for the Cycle in One Day. (Just two more nickels would have made it
EIGHT Hits for the Cycle in two days! Pretty Exciting!
As Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz
would say: “There’s No Place Like Home,” and today I would add: “We are NOT in
Canada any more”.
Doc and I recently spent three
weeks in Canada.Sure the food was great,
there were numerous fun experience, and the scenery in the Rockies was
incredible!But as far as Penny Finding,
the Canada terrain was BLEAK!Canada
discontinued pennies many years ago, plus most establishments now take cards
versus cash.Thus, wayward coins are
quite rare.It was a real challenge to
find even one coin each day.
On average days Doc and I find 2-10
coins as we are conducting our normal activities.I just found 38 coins at my only stop today.
It’s exciting when a Coin Mine is found (12+ coins at one location).So today the equivalent of three Coin Mines
were found in that one spot.Also on last
Saturday 7/7, I found 38 coins in a
single stop.Each of those days there
was one quarter, three nickels, several dimes and LOTS of PENNIES!LOLThat also means a Hit for the Cycle (P, N, D, Q) each of those days.
This sure beats the Coin Finding in
Canada. It’s good to be home!
Can coins really change from
pennies to dimes within minutes?Magicians
can do such things.I am not a magician,
but it happened in my closed hand today!
Pippy (my pickup truck) had not
been driven for the past four weeks.She
was filthy so I drove over to the local gas station in order to wash off her
windshield.With temperatures over 100
F, I sure did not feel like doing any penny finding outdoors. I asked the Penny
Angels if they might provide a penny inside the convenience store.I went inside and spotted a very obvious
penny on the floor by the register.I
picked it up and noticed two more pennies a few inches under the counter.Since I was already down on one knee to
collect those two coins, I dared to look a little deeper.There was a dime!Thanks Angels.That was quick and easy.Three pennies, one dime.
When I got back to Pippy I opened
my hand to discover three dimes and one penny! Huh?
Alchemy? According to
www.YourDictionary.com: “Alchemy is defined as the
process of taking something ordinary and turning it into something
extraordinary, sometimes in a way that cannot be explained.”
I had my eyeglasses on when I collected those coins. I have no explanation for how those coins