Our “work day” began at 9 a.m. as we met with the New House Designer. He came to our current house and passed his first test: “Did he like dogs (in general) and did our dogs like him?” We had a good session and I think he understands what we are trying to achieve. Let’s see how he responds with his fees and timeframe to do the job.
We spent the next few hours doing class preparations for the various classes we are taking, teaching and assisting with. Doc and Sparky took a mid-morning snack break and went to Johnny’s for a burrito and a penny (Coin #1)
At 4 p.m. we took a break for grocery shopping (the fridge was really empty) and of course, Penny Finding. We were 60 seconds from home and stopped at a red light. Doc’s eyes were searching the median. Yup. He hopped out, grabbed a penny, and got back in the van before I realized what he was doing! (Coin #2)
Our first stop was the 7-11 since we almost always find coins there. Nothing in the parking lot or inside. Doc also walked next door to the self-serve car wash. Nothing there either. Not a spectacular start.
The next stop was Trader Joes. Found a quarter at one of the registers as we walked in. Gave a 10 second Penny Finding blurb to the customer (with the cashier listening) to explain why I was reaching around her ankle. (Coin #3) Doc spotted a penny as we were leaving. When I reached to retrieve it, there was a dime next to it. (Coins #4&5) Outside under one of the eating tables was a blob. Round and right size, but curved. It was a curved penny! (Coin #6) We laughed because when we were working on the solar car, Doc had a dream one night about curved solar cells to put on the car. We joke about “what do engineers fantasize about?” ;-)
At Sprouts grocery when we walked in I found a dime in one check out lane, then a penny in another lane (Coins #7&8).
As we were walking in to Staters Grocery, Doc said. “We need a nickel yet”. I forgot the shopping bags in the van and went back to retrieve them. When walking back to the store, I said out loud, “OK Penny Angels, do it! Nickel, nickel, nickel, nickel, nickel, nickel, nickel, nickel, nickel, nickel, nickel, nickel, nickel, nickel, nickel …" all the way to the front door.
As I walked in the store there was a penny in lane #6, but many customers standing over it, and a long line. Doc and I did our shopping and then of course got in lane #6 to check out. The penny was still waiting and shining there for us. (One of the new Professional Lincoln pennies). I was making small talk with the couple in front of us. We finally got to the penny and saw a nickel under the foot of the man. I couldn’t resist handing them a business card and telling them how I had said “nickel, nickel, nickel 50 times before entering the store and they were standing on my Nickel! Which was part of a Hit for the Cycle of Day #296 Penny Tales”. JOY shared.
The rest of this evening has been spent on more class preparations. It is now late Sunday and we have not completed even 50% of our homework. Not as much fun a Penny Finding.
Today’s Total: 10 Coins: P (6), N (1), D (2), Q (1) = 56¢
Lesson: Once again we were shown the power of verbalizing our requests.