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.
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!
A while back when Doc and I were
working on the floorplans for our new house, Doc said, “Your Grand Room is taller than the
Great Room at the Kellogg Mansion”.
I didn’t think that could be true.
Today I was standing in both of those rooms. It is true. I
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
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
Today was filled with such a
continuous stream of Joy moments.
By this evening my heart was exhausted from smiling so much!