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.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Day #1,283 - Memory Lane / Roller Coaster

This morning while I wrote Penny Tales and put some things away, Doc got up the nerve to open one or two of the boxes in his office.  He discovered many files regarding the construction of our dream house.  Boy was that a trip down memory lane over the past decade.  Somewhat like riding a roller coaster at an amusement park; highs, lows, unexpected twists, and sometimes making me almost want to “toss my cookies”.  It’s been quite an exciting ride.
Shelving Dismantled

Doc unearthed files from 10 years ago when we initially began plans to build the dream house on the Claremont Land.  Interest rates were at 8.5% (our current Construction loan is 3.875%), the lot was a full acre (versus the half we now have), the improvements to the City areas kept escalating beyond what we could afford, and at the time I would not have had the option of taking a one-year leave of absence from work to undertake the project.  Although I was very frustrated at that time, I guess we were blessed that things came to a halt.  Instead we now have the Penny Palace!

As Doc was going through his papers he discovered a document I had written 10 years ago.  It outlined our reasons and requirements for building a new house.  Doc’s Requirements are listed on the first page:  One Level, A basement, and a large garage.  My requirements are listed on the subsequent 9 pages!!!  LOL


Late morning we headed for the Pomona house.  We stopped at Target for a few things.  One penny there.  (Coin #1).  Then we ran a few other errands and had a nice lunch at a taco place.  We were having fun.  Like in our dating days.  Just laughing and enjoying being together.

We did a few things at the Pomona house and loaded some stuff in the van.  Then we conducted our typical Sunday night grocery shopping.  4 coins at the first store, 4 coins at the second store, and 4 coins at the third store.  (Coins #2-13).

At 10:30 p.m. we had dinner by candlelight in the dining room.  That was nice.  By 11 p.m. Doc was in his recliner, the clothes washer and dryer were running, there was music playing, and it was such a nice setting as I looked across into the grand room while I was washing dishes.  Peaceful.

Total:    13  Coins        P (11), N (0), D (2), Q (0) = $0.31

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