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...
For over a year Doc and I have been
investigating and getting quotes for various window coverings in the Grand
Room.The sunshine is incredibly intense
in that room and almost blinding at times while working at the dining
We finally compromised and settled
on interior roller shades.Today Daniel
came to do the installation.He thought
it would be a typical 30-minute install for two shades.Nothing at the Penny Palace is typical!Just getting the 24 ft. extension ladder into
position took a bit of time.The job
took three times as long as Daniel expected, but he smiled and was “an Angel”
throughout the process.
The motorized shades did not have
the brackets as typical shades do.Good
thing Doc was home.He cut pieces of
lumber and drilled holes in those to work as support members.(He is an Angel too).All we needed were EIGHT 4” screws.No problem.We went to look at our supply in the garage.Rats!Last
weekend we left our boxes of screws at the cabin where we were screwing around on
the decks.We managed to find only TWO
I was planning to drive to the
hardware store for more screws, but that would take at least 30 minutes.I was nudged to call Neighbor Craig.I asked if he had TEN 4” screws.(I figured a few extra just in case we needed
them).Craig said he would check in his
garage and call me right back.A few minutes
later the doorbell rang.It was “Angel” Craig
with his outstretched hands saying, “These are the only SIX 4” screws I could
find.”His SIX, plus our TWO made for
EXACTLY the Eight we needed!
Have you ever met someone while on
travel and said to them, “If you are ever in our area, look us up?”Doc and I have said that to a few people over
the years. Rarely has anyone taken us up on it.
Five years ago after Doc retired
from teaching, we took a celebration trip to Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico.We spent two nights at Hotel Paraiso del Osowhere Doug “Diego” is the owner.We somehow clicked with this man.Perhaps it his work with the education of
local young girls, his efforts to get school supplies for remote students, or
maybe his desire to bring running water and solar power to schools in the
region.He is quite involved in
improving conditions in his surrounding area.
When we were staying at the del Oso,
Doc was tired and went to bed, but I went back to the Main Room where I found
Diego.We spoke of many things, but I
clearly remember what he shared about his wife, Ana.“Ana’s dream is to someday visit
Disneyland.Perhaps I can make that
happen for our 20th Anniversary”.I told him that if they made it to L.A. to please contact us to say
Sunday (two nights ago), I was
looking at Facebook. (That is something I rarely do).Doug had posted that he and his wife, Ana had
just arrived in Anaheim. They were celebrating their 20th
Anniversary – one year late.They would
spend the night, visit Disneyland on Monday, then immediately head to San
What a COINcidence that I would see
that posting!I immediately emailed to
Diego and scolded him for not contacting us!On Monday morning at 9:09 a.m. he wrote back: “If you are
willing to put up two Mexicans who can use either a bed or floor space, we can
change our plans and head your way. I'll
try to check email when we leave Disney this evening.”
For the next 12 hours I scrambled
to prepare the house for guests. I
recall mumbling something to the effect of, “Dear God / Angels:If YOU plan to use the Penny Palace for
Special Reasons, would you be so kind as to make reservations a few days in
advance so that I can clear my calendar and be better prepared?This frantic scrambling is tough!"
I cleaned, went to the store for
some food, and even got some flowers.By
10:15 p.m. we still had not heard from Diego and I wondered if they would visit
Doug and Ana finally arrived
around 11:30 p.m.Through conversation,
I found out that the tourist business has been slow for them (essentially no
bookings this month), so they had packed sleeping bags, rucksacks, food in an
ice chest and headed to California!
Ana does not speak any English, so
as Doc, Doug and I were chatting, she was quietly viewing her Disney photos and
smiling.She was thrilled to have her Disney
This morning we had breakfast, then
a tour of the Penny Palace.Such a fun
time. Ana liked her anniversary flowers. Doug said that Ana had never before had such an
elaborate bouquet. I was amazed
because when I bought them yesterday, I had wrestled with the purchase. “Do I get the little $7 batch, or splurge and
get the $11 batch?” I got the little
one. For Ana, that WAS a big deal. All things are relative!
As you know, the Penny Palace was
built to be used for Special Purposes.
We were so thrilled to have the
Penny Palace as part of Doug and Ana’s 20th Anniversary Tour.
Lesson:Be open to unplanned adventures.They can bring such JOY!