Kickin' back, musing, observing, and gathering inspiration from the hills of East Tennessee.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Money, Money, Money, Money . . . MONEY!
This was what we did today: we emptied our piggy bank (water bottle) and counted our coins. It took most of the day and we are really tired, and sore from sitting on the floor and leaning over the pile! We got a grand total of $490 and some odd change. We've been collecting it since around 2002. Most of the money was what we found. When we lived in Maryland, he worked as a grounds foreman for the community and while out and about, he found change on a daily basis. I found some on my commute to work on the metro. We would keep track on the calendar how much we found each month. The summer months were the best. We retired and moved here in 2004 and since then we've tossed coins in sporadically. We will take it to the bank, but not wrapped in the papers because our bank teller said they have to count it out by hand anyway so not to bother wrapping it. We wanted to know what we have before dropping it off at the bank. I know there are those machines in the grocery stores that count it for you, but they charge about 10% to do that and anyways we'd miss out on all of this FUN!! We had some old "wheat" pennies in the stash that we're not sure are worth anything but we're keeping them and checking them out. We also had some Susan B. Anthony dollars that we'll keep. Of course we also had some foreign coins, especially Canadian ones that we will add to our stash of Canadian money that we've been holding onto for years. Does anybody know where to go to get Canadian money converted into American, without traveling to the border? I just checked it out and Canadian money is still worth less than American, but not by much!
Rabbits cookin' coffee -- that's what the locals call it. But here in this little hollow in East Tennessee, when the hills surrender their misty hostage to reveal the stalwart cedars growing by the stream in our pasture, I know there is no place on earth I would rather be. The welcome mat is out! Come and sit on the porch and chat with me awhile!