Penny Palace

Penny Palace

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Alta Loma Dreaming

This morning Doc and I were working out in the yard.  A vehicle with two passengers flipped a U-Turn and stopped in front of our mailbox.   My honest first thought?  "God. I don't really want to chitchat this morning.  I have one hour of Doc's time out here.  Please don't drag me into something right now....  Can I ignore this?"  The answer came back:  "No".

The two ladies gave me a thumbs up and shouted out the car window. "We agree!  Love your display! We just HAD to turn around and tell you that!"

Of course, I dropped my tools to go talk to them.  Mother and Daughter.  Daughter studying at UC Davis saying she periodically drives through this neighborhood and dreams of having a home similar to this in a neighborhood such as this.  Mom is giving facial expressions like "Yeah Right".

I told them how our son used to drive through this neighborhood saying he wanted to live in this area some day.  He encouraged Doc and me to think about building our dream house in this neighborhood as well.  We did.  Our thoughts -- IMPOSSIBLE!  WAY BEYOND our capabilities!  Most of you know the story .... the Penny Palace exists.  With Divine Assistance, the PENNY PALACE stands as a shining tribute to Manifesting, Prayers, COINcidences, the Laws of Attraction, etc.

This morning was an unexpected encounter of mutual JOY and inspiration.  EVERY day and EVERY Encounter provide opportunities to learn and share.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Iguana Surgeon

Iggy is the ceramic yard Iguana at the GARDEN of HOPE.  He welcomes people at the front door there.  He was severely injured in what we believe to be an unprovoked attack by a weed whacker.

For weeks I had been seeking solutions as to how to repair Iggy's Face!  A Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon was Needed.  Where do you go for someone with such skills?  Google search results were not at all helpful.

My solution of using a paper mask is in COVID fashion right now, but it was not going to withstand the watering and elements long-term.

I had pretty much given up hope in finding a solution to this problem.  I left it in the hands of the Universe.

Lesson:  Don’t give up Hope.  A solution exists!

Doc and I were hauling wheelbarrow loads of rocks from across the street to our house.  A neighbor Sarah walked past.  She stopped to chat.  She is an Expressive Arts Educator!  
Was it really COINcidence that Sarah should be walking past at the precise time Doc and I were out in the street?   I told her about Iggy and then sent her a photo.  She said she would order some material and when it arrived, she would do her best to reconstruct Iggy’s face.

Today Surgeon Sarah Delivered Iggy

Look at Iggy Now!

 What are the odds of MANIFESTING a cosmetic surgeon for an Iguana?  The Law of Attraction in Action!!!

Do YOU have a challenging situation? 
Where will YOU turn for YOUR answers?  Google?  Wikipedia? Other?


Sunday, May 10, 2020


Our world has been turned totally upside down with this COVID-19 virus. Many of us had a multitude of plans which have now been drastically altered.

Doc and I had planned to be on a 24-Day Walkabout in Australia at this time.  Instead, due to COVID-19, we are Walking About our local area!

We (I) made a list of 24 Action Items to do instead of being in Australia.  (There are now over 80 items on that list).  We are working daily on those items and sure getting a lot done around the house and yard.  Thank goodness the home improvement stores are still open.   

Of course we are disappointed that we are not Down Under having fun with our friends. Rather than lamenting our situation, every day we are having fun with some “INSTEAD Ofs.”

Here are 12 of our INSTEAD OFs:

1)  Instead of enjoying a glass of wine on “The Rocks” ** overlooking Sydney Harbour, we enjoyed a glass of wine on the rocks overlooking our back yard!

**The Rocks is a historic laneway community in the shadow of Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

Wine on the Rocks 

2)  Instead of lounging near a pool at a hotel, we enjoyed lounging on the sofa at home.

The dogs are sure loving this “Shelter at Home” stuff.


3)  Instead of enjoying a picnic lunch in a lovely park with Aussie Meat Pies and Eucalyptus Trees, we enjoyed burgers from a fast-food place in the rain in an asphalt parking lot with Palm Trees.


4)  Instead of being pampered with exotic facials at some ritzy salon, we sewed and wore custom facemasks.

5)  Instead of the Mighty Murray River flowing past our hotel room, we have the Shelton Stream flowing past our patio.  After several years of intermittent-operation, we finally conducted the repairs and have it flowing again.  Such joy!


6)  Instead of trying out new Aussie eateries or pubs, we tried out new frozen meals from the grocery store.  This frozen Wonton Soup is pretty tasty.   Plus it is cheaper than going out to dinner, there is no preparation work, it only takes five minutes to heat, and there are zero dinner dishes to wash (except for the spoons).


7)  Instead of viewing brush in the Outback, we were viewing local snow capped mountains.

8)  Instead of rotating around the Eye in Melbourne, we rotated the hose reel we helped install for a friend.

Rotating the Reel

9)  Instead of enjoying fabulous Australian botanical gardens and parks, we spent days “flat out”.  We cleared rocks, prepared the soil, and planted flowers in this HUGE area of our back yard!   LOL

Creating Our Own Garden

10)  Instead of sleeping in unique and Down Under hotels, we slept in the Aussie guest room of our home.

The Aussie Guest Room

11)  Instead of appreciating famous paintings on the walls of art galleries, we created our own paintings – the concrete on our driveway and the walkway to our front door.

Concrete Staining
12)  Instead of writing dozens of postcards from the passenger seat of a hire car, I wrote dozens of postcards at our dining table.   Pros – Postage mailed in US is only 35¢ versus $3.20 per card if mailed from Australia!  LOL

Postcards, Postcards, Postcards 


CONCLUSION:  When life doesn’t go quite as planned, LOOK FOR THE INSTEAD OFs.  Sometimes they can be pretty amazing (as well as humorous).