The house was a dream for 30 years. After numerous failed attempts, I gave up.
That's when the Penny Angels and a Higher Source took over. For over 3 years during the construction the Angels provided a penny EVERY day non stop. (See Penny Tales Blog). Their way of saying "Just Take it One Day at a Time and Keep Trusting!"
The Penny Palace now stands as a symbol of miracles and love.
The Construction Phase has been completed, but the "COINcidences" and Tales from the Palace continue...
Three weeks ago Norman (Dachshund)
had his eyeball yanked out by Dundee (other Dog).It was a Day of
Surprises.The emergency vet
was able to salvage the eye globe, but said that dogs rarely ever regain any use
of an eye after such damages.
If you know even the slightest bit
about the Penny Palace, you know that it is built on love, joy, and
COINcidences.It is much more than
concrete, lumber, drywall, etc.It
is a Special Place.In this past
year, house guests have experienced physical, emotional and even spiritual
healing as a result of their time here.
Perhaps Norman is one more soul who
has benefited by the positive energy at the Penny Palace.Every night for the past three weeks,
when we are in pajamas and ready to doze off, I have massaged Norman’s face,
and head -- especially around his eye area. Each night I have asked for his
healing while tenderly holding his head and envisioning a white light pouring
into him.I have also asked the
Penny Angels to FIND Norman’s eyesight in addition to finding their daily
coins.I also “bargained” with the
Angels saying, “If you Find Norman’s eyesight, it will make for a Really Good
Story.You know I would share that
Good News with the Penny Pal Readers”.
It looks like the Angels have found
Norman’s Vision!He is able to see
through the damaged eye!Of course
he can’t read an eye chart and tell us if he’s got 20/20 vision (not likely),
but he sees my finger moving or carrots flying through the air on their way to
his mouth!The vet was very
surprised and pleased.
Norman Says: “Tanks to all dem
hoomans wid sent der gud thots. De
Angels herd U and I felt yor love.”
Is this a
‘miracle’? The result of excellent
surgery? COINcidence? Or merely luck and the laws of probability? What do YOU Think? BELIEVE ..... and Happy Holidays!
Here is the follow up on the “Inspired Idea” from Friday’s
Blog on one of the two electrical projects -- I now have remotely activated
lighting in the garage.Cost:Under $20 in basic materials, plus
This morning when I opened the kitchen knife drawer I was
frustrated by the Clutter I saw. So I asked the Universe/Source for assistance
in Obtaining Results.It was
neither an important or urgent project.
I went on line and did some brief investigating to see
what was readily available (off the shelf) for knife drawer organizers.There were numerous styles ranging in
size, materials and cost.Most of
them seemed to hold fancy, larger knives - and only 10-15.There were 30 knives tossed in my
drawer.Somehow they have
accumulated over the years. (Some probably should be considered
disposables). Grrr ...that meant the job would
likely require a custom-made organizer or some other really creative solution.
Later in the morning I went out to the garage.Figured for the smaller knives I could
at least grab one of those 99¢ plastic trays which were laying around in the
garage.I washed the container and
put it in the drawer.Hmmm… the
longer knives actually fit if the blades were extended through the slats of the
container.Wow! And that held the larger knives upright.
Back to the garage for a second bin (I only had two of
those).That worked for the
smaller knives.And a third narrow
white bin would hold the miscellaneous knives.Amazing!All 30
knives organized in 30 minutes and for free!(or $3 worth of repurposed containers).That helped to Cut the Clutter.Thank You Organizing Angels.
For the past few days Doc and I have been mulling over two
lighting/electrical projects at the Penny Palace and how to best obtain the
results we desire. We obtained a quote from one electrician - for over
Last night while driving home, I asked the Universe for
assistance on this issue. When I arrived home, our son Stephen was here and he and
Doc had some great (meaning creative and inexpensive) ideas.
Today Doc and I planned to visit Home Depot and look for
supplies as well as "Talk to someone there about this". I told
Doc that timing was important. If we arrived too late on a Friday, there
might not be someone to assist us.
We had several delays, but finally made it to Home Depot.
As we approached the ENTRY door, an energetic couple was EXITING
(wrong door for leaving). I was surprised. Then I realized
who it was ... Professor Smith. He is the Director of the LIGHTING
Program at our university!! He teaches the students and runs training
seminars for vendors and installers in the lighting industry. He is an
expert in that field!!! So, of course, we asked his recommendations for
our project. Another example of MANIFESTING!!!! COINcidence?
Just keep asking the Universe for Answers. "HOW can
XYZ be accomplished?"
Last month Doc and I received a
“love letter” from the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB).They told us our reported taxes for
2012 were underpaid by several thousand dollars and we needed to make immediate
We checked our numbers and knew
that our calculations were correct, yet they did not match the numbers the FTB
was using.Our Tax Accountant
wrote an official letter stating that we did not agree.We sent that letter along with
Yesterday we received a secondary
“love letter” from the FTB saying we owed the initial amount plus interest,
plus penalties!Yikes.Doc was fairly aggravated.This morning Doc awoke saying the first
thing he was going to do was to phone the FTB.I was surprised at that.Usually I need to “pester” Doc numerous times for him to
take such actions.Or, often I get
impatient waiting for him to do things, so I take over. This morning Doc got on
the phone at 8 a.m.He was a man
on a mission!
Doc called the FTB six times
getting the message that they were “experiencing an unusually high volume of
calls, please call back at a later time”.I could see Doc’s level of frustration rising with each call.Finally on the 7th call he
got through, but was told it would be approximately 14 minutes on hold until he
could speak with a Tax Agent.I
had visions of those cartoon characters where the level of red rises higher and
higher as the anger or frustration levels rise.
I had a 10 a.m. appointment, so I
wished Doc well, kissed him goodbye and left while he was hanging on hold.A few miles from the house I realized
that I was fearing the dreaded FTB Agent and encounter.So I adjusted my attitude and actions.Out loud I said, “Please provide Doc
patience and wisdom as he deals with this.If there are any Divine Beings within earshot of me right
now who were former Tax Agents or Tax Attorneys, please feel free to hop in and
help out.Please deal lovingly
with the Agent.Thanks!”
Doc phoned me as I was parking my
pickup.He said, “Done!All cleared up!8 minutes and it is finished!”We had been somewhat expecting to “do
battle” especially when finding out that the Tax Agent had never received our letter
and supporting documents.Doc
began explaining things to her, but before he was able to say much, she was way
ahead of him and spotted the glitch!The error was on their side and we will soon get a letter saying all is
Tax Angel. What a valuable lesson on expectations and overcoming fears.
Today I went on that Shopping Spree
I threatened yesterday.I stopped
at Lowe’s for some electrical wire staples and one other item.The store has bins and bins of items
right in the main traffic aisles.They are hoping to lure you into “impulse buying”.I succumbed.There was this attractive neon green screwdriver I just
could not resist.It’s not like I
needed a new screwdriver, but this one was so shiny and new.Also most of my drivers are of fixed
average length.This one has a
shaft for both average AND stubby length!(I had needed the stubby feature earlier this week). There are 11
different bits and they are stored in the handle!And it was under $10.What more could any gal want?This is much better than a new pair of shoes.
Plus I found a penny at check out
when paying for it.
When you are speaking with someone
are you hearing their words or their meaning?
Are you really understanding what
they are trying to convey to you?
This morning as Doc and I were in
the bathroom preparing for the day, we had two humorous moments.
At one point Doc said, “I’m glad
you are built like a rhinoceros versus a gazelle”.Some women may have
taken that as a rude comment and thought: “I’m heavy, ugly, fat, unappealing,
etc. to him.”That could result in
negative feelings about themselves.
Instead, I laughed saying “Thank You
Sweetheart, I’ll be your Rhino”.I KNEW his meaning versus hearing his
words.What he was meaning was,
“You are built like me.We fit
together wellYou are solid.I can count on you.You don’t care about the latest
fashions and trends.Your strength
is what matters.”
Then I said, “But I am still
heartbroken over Sasha’s Trip being cancelled. Perhaps today I will do what
some women do. Perhaps I should go shopping. Buy some new clothes and some 4”
high heeled shoes.”Doc replied, “You
might get really hurt if you dared to do that”! Some women might hear those words as a threat.That there might be serious
consequences for spending money on a wild shopping spree.I burst out laughing saying, “You are
correct!I can barely walk in flat
shoes, let alone high heeled shoes!”Just the mental image of me trying to walk in high heels had both of us
laughing.I would be Doc’s little
Rhino in High Heels!
for today:It’s More than Words.
to understand the Deeper Meaning of what your ears are hearing.
Sunday during their interview and filming, the research team
asked how I chose what to write about and what to omit.I replied that in the days of
Consecutive Penny Finding it was pretty easy.I could write about the coins found each day and any
attached messages.After that
point, additional ‘good news’ stories would come up and I would be so full of
joy, I would write and share those with others.
Today I will take a different tactic. I will write about the
CRAP in the day.
Warning: This message may contain “offensive content”.
had his interview at 10 p.m. last night our time.I checked email every few minutes from midnight through this
morning awaiting his results.No
worker came to the house to fix a problem at the very same time Sasha was
trying to call me with his interview debrief.Ironically the work was in the Guest Room where Sasha is to
have stayed. Frustrating Crap.
installer could not fix the problem. More Crap
dog peed on the Master Bedroom floor.Wet Crap.
said his visa request had been denied (Details on Sasha’s
Journey) .Super Duper Big
Time Heartbreaking Crap
rental management company said the renters had moved out leaving nearly $4,000
of fix up work to be done.Costly
pointed out a stain on a curtain and when I went to wash it out, the rod failed
and needed repair work.Cheap Crap
went outside to water his vegetables and came back into the house with dog poop
on his shoes.Very Smelly Crap
noon I had a headache from all of the above, lack of sleep, and lack of
afternoon I had to get away from the house and computer for a little
while.The door lock on my truck
would not open as I tried to get out of the vehicle leaving me momentarily
And there is more, but you get the gist of the day.Other than helping me to vent my
frustrations, re-hashing the CRAP does not help a whole lot of other
people.So why do that?
Instead: Let’s look at “How Can
it get Better Than This?”
(In today’s case there is huge potential for that).
I have a good, solid foundation upon which to construct a
new and better day tomorrow.
is a wonderful husband who has been totally supportive of this Sasha project
and was up with me most of the night
am caretaker of a beautiful home
two sons are intelligent, healthy, loving, self-sufficient men with wonderful
spouses, homes and children
have friends who are ready to assist me in whatever ways they can - from
offering prayers and hugs, to punching out the Embassy Officer!LOL
and I have met some really great new people as a result of this Journey
heart is at peace knowing that I have done my best with all of my projects
The list of things for which to be grateful is endless.
Today’s Lesson: Forget the Crap
and Just be Grateful!
I found an incredibly shiny new penny dated 2013.Sure to be a good year still ahead …
This morning (yes, a Sunday morning), Attorney Kenneth White called to confirm
some details for his letter of support for Sasha.More about that on the Sasha
many people are pulling together for this effort. It is inspiring!
After that, the USC University Research Team arrived and
conducted their interviews and filming for two hours.It made me consider some of the factors, reasons, risks,
etc. about writing Penny Tales for all those years and now for the Tales from
the Penny Palace.How does a
person scientifically explain “Nudgings”?
Doc stood in the wings and lovingly encouraged me as I was
desperately seeking answers to the questions being asked of me.I did manage to insert some lines which
I hope will make it into the documentary film.For instance: “It’s the Message, not the Money” when it
comes to Penny Finding.
After dealing with the attorney and then the research team,
I was wiped out.So Doc and I
changed into work clothes and FINALLY hung towel holders in the Aussie
Bathroom.I had searched for weeks
both on line and in the stores for one.What I found was either inappropriate in style, dimensions, or
practicality.So this week I
decided we would create our own.I
found two paper towel holders (because they were a good length) which we used
as the bars.Doc cut off the feet
and then we screwed the bases into the wall cabinet. I just need now to paint
the screw heads.Little steps of
progress.I had hoped to have much
more done at the Penny Palace before Sasha’s arrival, but instead the focus has
been switched to just getting Sasha here!
And of course, the Penny Finding continues almost every day
Six pennies at the first grocery store this evening and 2
dimes at the second store.
May Coin Count:149 CoinsP(105),
N(3), D(20), Q(21) = $8.45
The first surprise
was the dogs waking me at 6 a.m. to go outside.It’s a Saturday and I wanted to sleep until 7!
The next surprise
was much better.A one-sentence
email from Sasha: “Hi Tina! I have received the
play book !!!”More details of that on the Sasha Blogsite.That was a great start to the day.
The next great surprise
was the arrival of son Brian to help Doc install a data and weather logging
system.Doc bought that unit six
months ago and the box has been just sitting in his home office.While I was inside the house
frantically searching for a needed receipt, gathering supplies, checking
emails, packing gear, and changing into clothes for the party, they were
outside working on the system.
I was very surprised
when I walked out the door to load gear into my truck.Doc and Brian had mounted a horrible
looking 2x4 raw piece of lumber to the side of our beautiful arbor!And it projected at least 4 ft. above
the arbor!I wistfully asked if
perhaps they were joking and doing that to “pull my chain”.They were not.It was the easiest and most logical
place to mount the pole.I was
supposed to be leaving for the Surprise Luncheon (which I had organized). I was torn!I needed to be on time to the
restaurant, yet I could NOT let those two guys continue with their installation
in that location.I needed their
cooperation and understanding before I could leave!They found a second location and began installing
there.That would be right in
front of a window and hide my raccoon as well. Not aesthetically pleasing there
either!We finally settled on
Location #3 and I was on my way to the Luncheon.
I stopped to pick up balloons for the Surprise 50th
Birthday luncheon.I was totally
frazzled and the brain was on last minute details:“Did I have the Special Menu?What about all the gear for the park? etc.”I hopped out of the truck and almost
stepped on a penny. Surprise!I had not even thought about coins
today. It was if the Angels were saying, “Relax!All will go well”.
I arrived at the restaurant, went over final details with
the manager, then went to a nearby store to hide until JJ’s expected noon
arrival.Just moments before noon,
my phone rang and my heart jumped. I was expecting JJ’s wife to say they were
seated and ready.Surprise!Instead it was one of my renters saying that her kitchen faucet needed
fixing ASAP.I told her it would
have to wait a few hours and I could not talk to her at that moment.
For the next 30 minutes I watched every car that came into
that shopping center. Finally my friends arrived.Whew!Two
restaurant hostesses assisted me by bringing in the balloons and taking a photo
after I surprised JJ by acting as a
waitress saying “Perhaps you would like to order from our special Birthday
Menu?”He was definitely surprised.
There were numerous other minor surprises:
and Doc washing the 38 Chevy (it has collected dust for several years)
new battery and test run of the car to get it ready for Sasha’s arrival (it has
not moved in a year)
brother calling to say it is time to sell their parents’ house.
Each day is such an exciting
adventure (or compilation of several).How could anyone say life is boring?LOL
A few weeks ago when Sasha was
given the date of June 6, for his next interview, that date sounded familiar to
me.Took me a while to realize
that was the date 5 years ago when my friend Lou passed away.He and I had been friends since high
school.For the final month of his
life, I was at his hospital bedside nearly every night after work.I would then go home and email his
family and friends (many of whom were out of state) about the occurrences of
his day.He was no longer able to
speak which was agony for him since his PASSION was communication and film.
When I realized the COINcidence of
the June 6 date, I “talked” to Lou.He was a good persuader when he was on Earth, so I asked him if maybe he
would assist on The Sasha Project from the Other side?Maybe “speak” persuasively to the Embassy interviewing agent
Last week I received an email from a Ph.D. Student at
USC.He and his professor are
conducting research on “bloggers who update
their blogs frequently and write about the occurrences of their everyday
lives”.They plan to work with
15-20 persons and had searched many blogsites, before coming across mine.Also as part of this study, they are
filming a documentary “to bring attention to the human, and relatable,
side of our research…”I emailed
them asking for more details as well as sharing a few of my objectives for the
Today Sonia called and said that
the Human Interest part of the blog was just what she was seeking!The next step was to schedule the film
crew to come out to the Penny Palace.After talking to her I wondered, “How/Why would a research team from USC
be ‘lead’ to our blogsite out of the thousands of potential options?”Then I remembered -- I had asked for
Lou’s assistance from the other side!He was extremely proud of earning his B.S. degree in the Film School at
What fuels YOUR Spirit?What are you Passionate about? When you
wake up each morning are you eager to greet the new day and spend at least a
few moments of the day with your “Passion Project?”
A Passion Project is something
which keeps you so exhilarated that you almost don’t need sleep or food when
you are immersed in it.It’s
similar when you are in love - the rest of the world fades away and life is
For Sasha, becoming proficient in
the English language is one of his Passions.(Read below). My Passion these past few years has been
construction of the Penny Palace.Prior to that, some Passion Projects
were: raycing a solar-powered car across Australia’s Outback, creating
memorable experiences for my engineering students, organizing a “final tour of
friends” for someone who was dying, putting together a special honeymoon for a
deserving couple, and numerous other adventures.
What are YOUR Passion
Projects?Perhaps hiking the Grand
Canyon, running a marathon, climbing a mountain, renovating an old home,
decorating elaborate cakes, tending to a beautiful garden, coaching your kid’s
sports team …What makes your
Today Sasha wrote:
“…thanks to this project, I am totally
immersed into English having a trigger, a drive to think in English,
communicate actively and giving comments. You have made me using English as the
second language, waking me up from the laziness life routine. … THANK YOU.I would like to stay on the ‘journey’
regardless the outcome. The most important thing is to be active in life... I
have been awakened, charged (infected) somehow with your energy."
for Today: With YOUR Spirit charged, who, in turn, can YOU charge?
You all know about the building of the miraculous Penny
Palace over the past 2-3 years.Well in the past 6 months I have had a new “Project of Passion” to work
on.I call it the "The Sasha
nutshell:Nine years ago I went to
Russia with my brother and his wife to adopt two boys.Kept in touch with Sasha - our
interpreter, driver and so much more.(There are a whole bunch of miracle stories there).It was always my dream to bring Sasha
to the U.S. to visit our family.So I began working on that dream a few months ago.More details of the Sasha
Story have just been posted for you. The simple 2-week visit has now blossomed into 5+ weeks with 12 adoptive CA families who will be hosting Sasha!
week Sasha had to fly to Moscow to have his VISA interview at the U.S.
Embassy.Each applicant gets about
5 minutes to present his case.The
agent refused Sasha’s entry!Sasha
does not currently have a job, nothing in savings, and he lives in the family
home (his mother is owner), so he owns no land.
24 hours I had set an appointment with an immigration attorney.He was wonderful with his insight, but
said our chances were not real high.He recommended that Sasha think long and hard about the time and cost to
try a second time.That night
Sasha and I made the decision to “Go Forth!”and “Believe”
past four days we have been scrambling. Pretty much working it round the clock
(Sasha’s time zone is 11 hours ahead of mine).There have been numerous glitches, hiccups, and delays.
morning we FINALLY obtained our new interview date: June 6, 2013.When Sasha gets his OK (notice that I
did not say IF he gets approved), it will take a few days for processing, then
a few days for courier mail, etc.That ought to give me about 3 days to book the flights!
That brings us
to today’s story …
This morning I was in my stretching/exercise class.At the end of each session, the
instructor has us sit in a circle, tell about our experience in class, and then
she shares a word for the day.
My report this morning: “I have zero idea what my body did
because my mind was racing about 150 mph on the Sasha Project!”The rest of the ladies gave more
Right at the end, the “Nudging” said, “Go home and book Sasha’s
flight!”Huh?Again, I sensed, “Go Book Sasha’s
flight!”My Engineering / German
background argued: “The Embassy websites advises NOT to make travel
arrangements because VISAs are not guaranteed”.“No. This is NOT logical”.The Nudging persisted again.
Within two minutes of that argument, the instructor said,
“Today’s Message is FAITH. ACT on Faith!”I burst out laughing and the other ladies wondered why?I told them about how I had just been
wrestling.That gave me the
opportunity to share about the Sasha Project!The ladies all said they would all be adding their prayers
to this project.The Goodwill is
I went home to book Sasha’s flight. I had only a few moments
because someone was expected at my house.I was frantically working when my guest called to say she would be
delayed by an hour!Thank You
I did a search for flights.My “ideal flight” would have Sasha flying in Sunday afternoon (thus
avoiding downtown LA traffic) to join our family for a Father’s Day
dinner.The return flight would be
after work hours on the planned Thursday in July,
I searched for flights from Moscow to LAX using my Frequent Flyer
Miles.Search #1 had ZERO
results.Search #2 had ZERO
results.I was getting
discouraged.I told the Angels
that THEY were the ones who told me to do this.What were they thinking?
flight 1:40 Sunday afternoon, Departure 9:10 pm.I could not believe it!And get this --the arrival flight had one seat using only half the Frequent Flyer miles
I was expecting!!!Talk about
I have booked the tickets, paid the various airport taxes, and
have the Confirmation number!!!!“ACT on FAITH!”
I can’t wait for Sasha to wake up
and read this posting.He will
probably think he is dreaming…
In 2004 I accompanied my
brother and his wife to Russia as they adopted two children.It turned out to be quite helpful
having 3 adults managing two active 2 year olds, navigating the transportation
systems, completing documents, and overcoming all the other challenges which we
During my visit, I became
acquainted with Alexander (Sasha) Romanov.He was our driver, translator, shoulder to lean on and so
much more.He was a very helpful
and humble man.Sasha was working
as a translator to earn a few extra dollars, but more importantly it gave him
the opportunity to speak live with Americans and practice his English.Sasha is passionate about learning the
In the past 9 years Sasha and
I have kept in touch periodically via emails.He would sometimes ask for clarification on one of the
American books he was reading or a phrase he had heard.I was so inspired by his desire to
learn.My husband and I teach at
the local university, so education is important to us.It is exciting when you encounter a
student who is on fire to learn (versus those who are there warming a
chair).It makes you desire to
work with them and see them succeed!
For many years I had a quiet
dream to bring Sasha to the US and immerse him in the language.I didn’t figure I had the time or the
resources to do that.There were
many other things demanding my attention.
At the end of last year I had
an idea …
My husband and I had saved up
our frequent flyer miles (from purchases made in constructing our retirement
house) and were planning to use them on a trip to Australia to celebrate our
retirements.What if we used some
of those miles to bring Sasha to CA?I timidly asked my husband if he was willing to do that?He agreed!
When I tentatively asked
Sasha about visiting the US, he said that was merely a dream of his.Persons like him do not just hop on a
plane and go to America.I probed
further and asked him if there were any other adopting families he kept in
contact with. (Christmas cards or emails?)He mentioned 3 or 4.
Earlier this year I made
phone calls to several families regarding a possible visit by Sasha. I was
absolutely blown away by their responses and stories.Each of them wanted to see Sasha again and to host him for a
few days!They spoke of how much
Sasha had helped them while they were in Russia.They wanted to thank him and have him share in the Joy of
their now established families.One lady even named her daughter after Sasha!
What initially began as a 2
or 3 week trip to visit me, has now mushroomed to include 12 families over a
five week period!One family (who
now lives in Ireland) is scheduled to meet Sasha in San Francisco for dinner.Sasha’s Itinerary has activities for each
day including visits to the Space Shuttle, Queen Mary, the Getty Center, Home
Depot, a California Mission, the Golden Gate Bridge, a 4th of July
Parade, horseback riding, a drive along Route 66, a Giants baseball game on
July 9th and so much more.
Since Sasha tutors 20
students in Basic English skills, we thought it would be a great way to promote
Russian / US friendships.We
planned to set up a Blog where Sasha could share his experiences while in the
This is like one of those
“Make A Wish” stories.The Ripples
of goodwill are reaching far and wide.It is going to be such a positive journey for all the people involved.
Most of you know that the Penny Palace has lots of “items of
interest”.(Weird stuff).In the past three months I have been
working on the idea of creating a 9 ft. tallEucalyptus tree in the Australian-themed Guest Area.
A while back I did a favor for a friend and in a phone call
she said “Thanks. Is there anything I can do for you?”I sarcastically said, sure!Find me a section of Eucalyptus cutting
to make my tree”. She did!It was
gorgeous, but only 6 ft. long.
Then when another friend and I were walking she asked if
there was anything I needed.I
jokingly replied, “Sure - a TEN ft. section of Eucalyptus tree”.Within a day she had one for me!WOW!
Doc, a neighbor and I spent a few hours yesterday creating
the trunk.Looks good.We needed branches.So I posted a WANTED ITEM this morning
on www.freecycle.org.Within an hour Linda emailed and said I
could cut branches off the tree behind her house!
Doc and I gathered an 8 ft. ladder, cutters, bow saw, bags,
gloves and other gear.As we were
driving to Linda’s we noticed dozens and dozens of Eucalyptus trees along the
streets and freeway. Most of the lower branches were at least 15 ft. above the
We arrived at Linda’s and found several Eucalyptus trees
with branches at heights we could reach. Whew!Then I spotted a huge, very old and grand looking tree.It had so much character.It almost seemed to welcome me.Lying at the base of this magnificent
tree was a branch such as I was seeking!The only tools needed to retrieve it were my fingers to pick it up!
ASK, then have FAITH!
Dinner on the Patio
Note:This evening Doc and I ate dinner on the patio accompanied
by the music of the running waterfall.First time the two of us had a sit-down meal together out there.
This afternoon I visited the local Post Office to
investigate the options for getting our 3-ring notebook of documents from my
house to Sasha in Russia within 2 weeks. I was quoted the prices and it
was suggested that I keep the weight under 4 lbs. and in a box with roughly
My "conversation" on the way home (out loud)
with the Angels was "It is 3 miles from this post office to home, with no
stores between here and there. I do not have time tomorrow to search for
the right sized box. Please provide the box for me on my way home right
I was "nudged" to go down a certain street of
houses. One of the neighbors had his garage door slightly rolled up and I
could see his legs, so I stopped. He asked why I was there? I
replied, "I was nudged to stop here for a box". He looked
around and found 2 or 3 boxes which were way too large. Then he found a
good sized box with much writing on it. He cleverly cut the box, turned
it inside out, taped it back together and handed it to me along with his
blessing of the Sasha project.
Needless to say when I brought the box home, it 'fit like a
glove' around the precious notebook.
Tonight I went to Trader Joe’s for some groceries.We have a house guest and I figured it
would be really nice to prepare one meal during his visit.I bought assorted things including some
pasta.I realized Doc would not be
happy if I didn’t have some meat with the pasta.I planned to return to the deli area and get some Turkey Sausage,
but I forgot.
As I was walking to my car, I realized I forgot to buy the
Turkey Sausage.Rats!My thoughts: “I should go back and get
that sausage.I don’t want to.I dread frying up meat.I sure wish it came already
I put the bags of groceries in the car and was planning to
go back in the store.I left my
cell phone in the car since I really only take it along to use in case of
emergencies.Something ‘nudged’ me
to check the phone for messages.There was one message!It
was my mom.Her message:“I’ve just sauteed a big batch of
Turkey Sausage with some onions. I
can’t use all of it.Would you
like some?If so, call me”.
I was absolutely amazed.What are the odds of that happening?That has never happened before.Was it just COINcidence?.My mom had been inspired to prepare the
sausage earlier in the day before I even had my thought. Then I had a wish
(mental request / signal).Mom
picked up on the signal and was “nudged” to call me and make her offer.Or perhaps when I was shopping I picked
up on her signal that she had prepared too much sausage and did not have any
place to store it?
This afternoon I was working on
taxes at the oak table in the Grand Room.I came to realize the house was unusually quiet.The dogs and Doc were napping nearby,
but none of them were snoring (as they usually do).There were no sounds from TV, radio, air conditioner or any
other devices.Even the outside
winds of the past few days were quiet. It was almost an eerie quiet.
Then I heard the faintest of sounds.I figured it was probably the gardeners
or the sprinklers next door.I
didn’t think much of it and continued to focus on my work.But there was “that nudging…”The sound was so minimal, that I walked
quietly and almost tiptoed to investigate it.Eeks!There was
a pond of water on the Aussie bathroom floor and a spray of water coming from
behind the toilet!I like the TILE
stream in that room just fine; I did NOT appreciate having a real one in there!
It’s been a few hours now with the water to the house shut
off. I have called for a plumber and have told Doc he can pee on a tree outside
until this matter is resolved.Never a dull day here.
COINcidence that the house should have been so quiet
allowing me to hear that faint noise?Doc had asked me several times to go places and run errands with him
this afternoon.Each time I had
refused saying merely that I did not feel like it and just really wanted to
stay home today. COINcidence?
Lesson:Periodically turn off the “noise”
around you so that the important, quiet “nudgings” can be heard.
is a Graphic Artist and Typographer. His Passion is the Ampersand Sign
"&". Chaz is the designer who gifted us with the wonderful
Invitations to the Penny Palace Open House and Celebrations. So many
people commented on how 'perfectly' those invitations captured the many
Celebrations Doc and I were wanting to share with each of you.
Chaz created a very special Ampersand print for the Penny
Palace. I have the Original in the Foyer of the Penny Palace.
Today in honor of Lincoln's Birthday, Chaz released that Prepare &
Chance print to the public. Anyone can print their own copy