Saturday, July 6, 2013
Today Doc and I had plenty of things to do, but no time-specific appointments. After working in the yard, doing some chores, and having lunch, Doc gave me a choice: nap or Home Depot? I chose AND, not OR (both choices)! So we napped for an hour and then headed out after 3 p.m.
I told the Angels, “It’s OK to find a coin or two, but please nothing too interesting which I would then need to share with everyone. I don’t want to write today.” They were not cooperative.
Doc insisted upon getting a coffee before proceeding with our errands. He lured me into Starbucks by promising to do a planning session with me. That was actually productive in planning the next few weeks and projects.
While we were seated inside Starbucks, I looked several times out the window at the drive thru area. There were always cars there, but I could see a quarter! Doc and I got back in the van and started driving away. There was a gap in traffic at the drive thru window! So I had Doc halt while I unbuckled and went back for the quarter .. and a nickel and a penny! That meant we only needed a dime in order to have a Hit for the Cycle.
Target was the next store and we found 2 pennies. Finally we made it to Home Depot for the plastic piping, air filters and one penny.
The windshield of the van was dangerously dirty, so we stopped at the gas station to wash it and quickly fuel the van. I spotted a shiny penny before even getting out of the van, but still no dime. So I began saying, “Dime, Dime, Dime, Dime …” I repeated that request probably 50 times. Inside the convenience store I found 4 pennies and the Dime!! Yipee. Done Deal.
The sun was setting and Doc romantically suggested that we walk next door to the car wash. I said, “We were there 2 days ago, found dozens of coins, and really did a thorough search. I doubt we will find much there”. Doc said, “You’ll see - we will”.
Instantly we found three pennies and a nickel before getting to the car wash. For fun we went our separate ways. While Doc searched the auto prep area, I searched the planters and waiting area. I spotted a dime under a bench, then a second, then a third! All under the same bench! The Angels sure delivered on that dime request.
Doc came back to the van with one dime, one nickel and 13 pennies. (15 coins). I returned to the van with 11 pennies and my 3 dimes (14 coins). There were 29 coins in total. Coin Mine!
Lesson: Do not doubt the capabilities of the Angels. They enjoy a cheerful play session.
We made a quick stop at the grocery store. There were 5 more coins outside that store and in the parking lot - including another dime! That made a total of SIX dimes.
Lesson: ASK! The Universe will deliver.
Lesson: Learn to think bigger. I asked for one dime and the Angels delivered six!
Coin Count: 46 Coins 37 (P), 2 (N), 6 (D), 1 (Q) = $1.32
Hit for the Cycle
Thursday, July 4, 2013
We have been living at the Penny Palace for over a year now. In that time I have taken numerous walks around the neighborhood by myself or with various friends, but never with Doc. He does not like to walk. This morning he surprised me by asking to go for a walk! We did. I found a shiny penny in the street of this quiet residential neighborhood! My response was, “Thank You Angels. You are correct. My mind was thinking of a million other things. I had not even thought about anything remotely ‘spiritual’ today. Thanks for the reminder. Good Morning!”
Our patriotic celebrations today consisted of decorating our mailbox. My heart was a little sad in thinking about Sasha. Wish he was here. He was to have attended a 4th of July BBQ and parade with Host Family #6 in Clayton, CA.
This evening just after 7 p.m. Doc said he wanted to get out of the house. He proposed going Penny Finding. I told him to go alone since I had already found a penny today. (After being with him all day, I wanted some time to tackle a few of MY tasks). PLUS I was concerned that the obnoxious Penny Angels would do something note worthy and then I would feel “Nudged” to write about it and today is a Holiday and I did not FEEL like spending a few hours writing a dog-gone Penny Tale! However, Doc insisted I go with him to walk the streets.
Doc drove to the local car wash and gas station. Within a few seconds of getting out of the van, I found a penny and told Doc we could go home. He wanted to get 2,000 more steps on his pedometer, so he kept walking -- and finding coins. I then found a quarter by the air pump, then a penny and dime inside the convenience store. Of course I began repeating: “Nickel, Nickel, Nickel …” in order to have a “Hit for the Cycle”.
Meanwhile Doc was walking around the Car Wash area. He had at least 18 coins in his hand.
The sun was setting and most “normal” people were home enjoying 4th of July BBQs and preparing for fireworks. I wanted to go home, but Doc wanted more steps so we kept Searching together. A romantic sunset walk - through the Car Wash!
Detour here for a Side Story: Yesterday for our 31st Anniversary we enjoyed an extravagant classy lunch. Home Town Buffet all-you-can-eat Senior Special with Free Beverage for $7 each! Then we went shopping together. At the first store Doc said, “You can choose any 3 items in the whole store!” (We were at the 99¢ Only store).
We spent a few hours at the next store where Doc picked up a few items. It was an Apple Store and the items there are definitely more than $1 each. My computer is seven years old and its operating system will no longer support newer software - including my webmail. Thus, I had been planning a new computer this year, but still unsure about a desktop or a laptop.
Doc was intrigued by the capabilities of the new devices. I dreaded the thought of trying to learn how to operate a new computer and didn’t want to think about it. The knowledgeable, cute young Apple sales tech (Jenny) showed Doc how the iPad could navigate and ‘talk’ directions. Doc said, “OK, we’ll take it”.
Additionally we found 5 pennies while at those stores.
I was laughing at how Doc was having me “Walk the Streets” today in order to earn money for that shopping spree we had yesterday.
I was ready to go home, but Doc was not yet satisfied. He spotted three pennies deeply imbedded in cracks of the concrete driveway. I took out my pocket knife to retrieve those. So now I was using “special tools” to earn my money. (Good for another laugh).
I was saying, “Angels, please find that Nickel so maybe Doc will let me go home”. A few minutes later I found a nickel in a dirt planter! Yipee! I excitedly showed Doc and he said, “Find Another One”. I replied with: “*##*#*” The rated G version was, “Look. We only found two nickels in the entire month of June and you expect me to find two within a few minutes today?”
Doc had to use the restroom, so I used the time to count the coins. There were 48 coins! Definitely a coin mine! Plus the one from this morning made a total of 49. I told Doc “We just need ONE more to make 50. That would be a good number on this 4th of July to represent the 50 States.” So we kept walking and searching. I told Doc to find ONE coin, no extras please.
We took a quick 5 minute walk through the parking lot across the street. I said, “C’mon Angels. Just ONE more coin please to make that 50? Within moments I had a dime! Yay. The 50th coin. But then another coin -- a NICKEL! WOW! That second Nickel! Incredible. OK. That one can represent Washington D.C. Then as I was walking back to the van, there was a dime. That makes three coins for 25¢ in that lot. (25 is my favorite number).
I could almost hear the Penny Angels laughing. We were probably their “dinner show” this evening.
Coin Count: 52 Coins 45 (P), 2 (N), 4 (D), 1 (Q) = $1.20
Monday, July 1, 2013
What would YOU do for a penny? A nickel? A dollar? $100? $1,000?
This morning I was leaving a parking lot and about to merge onto a busy street. I was talking to the Penny Angels saying, “Geez. Several stops and no coins yet today? What’s up? Are you sleeping in today?” I looked out my window and immediately spotted a very run over penny! Hmmm… to retrieve that penny I would need to set the emergency brake, unfasten my seatbelt, watch for cars behind me as well as entering the lot from the street, and then pray that the emergency brake would hold on the slope and the truck would not roll into the busy street. Decision: Not worth the risk for ONE penny! But then I spotted the nearby nickel … I went diving!
We each place a value on our actions and on our time. What is important to YOU?
Coin Count: 2 Coins 1 (P), 1 (N), = $.06