|Kellogg House Great Room|
The Kellogg Mansion on the Cal Poly Pomona campus (where we teach) has always been a special place for Doc and I. We took our wedding invitation photos there. I held a surprise party there for Doc when he earned his Ph.D. We had several Solar Car Team functions there. Plus there were many other functions I arranged there as part of my Engineering Advocate job. Standing in the Great Room today with the fireplace glowing was absolutely magical.
|We've Got Gas!|
The Penny Palace is a smaller and more modern version of the Kellogg Mansion which I so enjoy. Hopefully our Penny Palace will be used similarly for wonderful joy-filled activities.
I did go to the Penny Palace for a little while this morning. For the first time I drove Pippy around back and parked her in her spot. She has a great view of the waterfall in our back yard and then the valley activities in the distance.
I worked with Electrician Travis to resolve that faulty canned light fixture (21 ft high in the Grand Room ceiling) as well as a few other little items.
Window washing Brian was able to do a few things, but it was raining too hard for him to work on the exterior of the house as planned.
Today was spent mostly at Cal Poly Pomona. I attended the Pacesetters (retired folk) luncheon which was held at the Kellogg House Pomona (Kellogg Mansion). In addition to the annual business meeting, there was a special performance by celebrated, classical in-theatre pipe organist Tony Wilson on the newly installed Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. It was magnificent! For that brief period of time, all else was forgotten.
I had been feeling guilty about leaving the Penny Palace so early today to attend this luncheon. Being at the Mansion I was re-energized by realizing we had somewhat created our own Mansion! I sat there with my eyes closed listening to the pipe organ and was inspired. Some NEW ideas and goals emerged … I was very surprised by one of them.
After the luncheon, I took care of a few tasks on campus. Closed my Credit Union account (now that I am retiring), Cashed in some Gift Cards, and then visited and hugged at least a dozen people I had not seen in a while.
Found two dimes and a penny while passing through the Student Union, then a nickel and two pennies under a table in the cafeteria area. (Coins #1-6)
On the way home I stopped to get a Thank You balloon bouquet for Iron Work Jimmy. When I stopped at his shop, he put everything aside for 5 minutes and ‘stretched’ a metal rack for me. That will hold the storybook in the Aussie Bathroom.
The next stop was Home Depot. Must have at least one of those each day. I purchased the door lock for the dog yard gate which Jimmy is fabricating. Joshua was the helpful sales clerk who re-keyed the new lock as well as the one I was trying to get re-keyed yesterday. Yipee!
When I got home, there were emails about the vinyl letters, upcoming visitors to the Penny Palace and all sorts of other topics.
Today was filled with such a continuous stream of Joy moments. By this evening my heart was exhausted from smiling so much!
Total: 6 Coins P (3), N (1), D (2), Q (0) = $0.28
Oh boy! A pipe organ in the Penny Palace. Can't wait to play it.
Good thing I got those quarters early or you would have hit for the cycle.
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