Penny Palace

Penny Palace

Friday, March 13, 2015


I had not been out for a walk around the neighborhood in months.  For the past few days I planned to get out there this morning at promptly 8 a.m.  I kept procrastinating and finding one chore after another to do before heading out.  Doc advises me to carry a walking stick (recently there have been coyote and mountain lions in neighboring yards), but I hate having things to carry.  I just want to walk and have some quiet time.  Thankfully this morning my hands were free to carry an Unexpected Passenger

PLEASE Help Me Find Home
This morning I was almost home when I spotted a little brown Chihuahua mix.  She was running scared.  The high winds were causing signs and other things to make frightening noises.  I followed her along and tried various ways to get close to her.  She would not let me get anywhere close to her.  Finally I said to the Angels, “Look.  YOU are going to need to work with her from Your direction.  She is not cooperating with me.  I do not want her to get hit by a car or become coyote bait.  Please help me Connect with Her!”  Within one minute, Tootsie was in my arms!  COINcidence that I should have been out walking at that time and not the original time I had planned?

I took Tootsie home and posted a Dog Found notice on the Neighborhood social Media. Within 60 seconds, a man called to say his female Chihuahua had been missing since yesterday.  He was elated!!  I asked him to identify his pet.  “Brown, female, no collar, name of ‘Brownie’”.  Tootsie was not his little dog.  We were both so disappointed.   The good news is that within a few hours he wrote back to say Brownie was home and safe.  A neighbor had sheltered her.

Just before 1 p.m. the House Phone rang.  I was hoping it was for Tootsie.  It was!  Tootsie’s Special Person, Brooks, was elated that Tootsie was found and was safe.  I assured him that she had been fed, watered, walked several times, and hugged.  He was thrilled.

Remember that theme of “Connections”?  Some yardworkers had seen me pick up the dog and a lady pushing a stroller had also seen me.  Thus, as Brooks was searching for Tootsie, at least he knew she was not coyote bait.

There is so much more to the story.  Brooks came to the Penny Palace and in the few moments he was there, so many interesting COINcidences emerged.  Everything from his upcoming travel to Dubai, to his desire to create an international décor for his training room.

Tootsie and Her Person were ReUnited!  It was such fun to witness the JOY!

Interesting to note:   I wasn’t far off with my concern about Tootsie being coyote bait.  Turns out that she had been attacked by a coyote a few years ago and miraculously survived!

Lessons:  ANYONE can help bring JOY to someone else just by being alert and by caring.

And, of course, believe in COINcidences!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Make My Day

How many times have you heard, “It’s Merely a Matter of Adjusting Your Attitude.”  And that “YOU create your day”.  Well, this morning I was fortunate to experience a great example of that.

Sunday morning.  The alarm went off at 7 a.m. and I was ready to greet the day.  Friend Norma and I were finally going to have some time together.  (I have been trying to visit with her since last August).  There were a few urgent issues that needed my attention before I could leave the house.  I finally left 20 minutes later than I had planned.

There was one delay after another in my commute. A major freeway interchange was closed for maintenance and there was a long detour.  Rats!  I took that route and then zoomed to my destination.  One mile out, there were railroad crossing signs halting traffic.  There was a long stop while passengers were getting on and off the Metrolink.  Rats!  I sat there with a very pissy attitude.  Thoughts like “I only have this short time with Norma.  This is Not fair!”  What else could go wrong?”  As soon as I thought that phrase, I realized the Universe would likely answer my question with some not-so-desirable results.

While delayed by the train, I quickly retracted those initial thoughts and instead focused (and said out loud), “I am seeking some really nice things by the end of this day.  How can things get better?”  I also thought, “Maybe while Norma and I are together, we could spend a few minutes calling my good friend JJ (who lives in Texas).  I have not heard from him in a while.  That would certainly create a bright spot in the day”.

The railroad crossing signs were lifted and I proceeded to my appointment with Norma.  I arrived (30 minutes late) and Norma informed me that she had some bad news – our appointment could only be an hour (instead of the three we had planned).  She needed to get to the airport.  The reason for that was because JJ had flown in unexpectedly for two days and was now flying home.  He was there at the restaurant! What a wonderful breakfast together. YES!  THINGS certainly did get better!  A Live HUG was much better than a long-distance phone call.

My heart was happy on the drive home.  I stopped at a thrift store for a few minutes to search items for the next mailbox display at the Penny Palace. As I walked through the doors, there was a shiny penny there.  Yes!  Things were looking up.

In rummaging through the shelves of discarded items, I found a heavy candle holder.  (See attached photo).  What is the Big deal about THAT you ask?  Six days ago I was checking up on doggies for friends of mine.  I emailed them: “I like that candle holder you have behind your sofa.  It would go nicely at the Penny Palace if you ever decide to get rid of it.”

I guess the Angels liked that same candle holder for the Penny Palace, so they Manifested an identical one for me!