Shiny Pennies


Copper pennies found in parking lot – Photo by Jim Ruppel 9-25-22

Shiny pennies. Never thought much about them until the other day, when I stepped out of my parked car and noticed 2 of them shining brightly on the asphalt. They drew my attention and the thought that immediately popped in my head was of something Wayne Dyer said years ago. “. . . symbols of abundance.”

When I noticed that thought, I felt an immediate connection and was drawn to them. Almost, like they jumped up from the ground saying, “Pick me up!” “Pick me up!”. Sounds silly, I know. But, after living these many years, I’ve learned not to ignore those little God winks. Turns out, a couple of days later, that little thought became a reality.

I have a craft shop online where I sell pinecones I collect from our property. I had a bumper crop in 2020 and collected over 2,000 pinecones, washed, baked, painted and some dipped in beeswax as fire starters. I kept them stored and ready to sell and ship out to anyone interested in pinecones for a project they were doing.

I would get a buyer now and then, especially over the holidays, or for weddings. So, they were not moving in large quantities, and I was okay with that. My pinecones and me have a “love affair” going on and I am attached to them. They have an energy to them that I feel and a life, particularly when watching them close up and open after washing them and dry in the hot sun.


Pinecones from my Colorado mountain backyard.

But, after picking up the pennies and noting the thought about “symbols of abundance”, something started to happen. I was getting orders left and right and not for a dozen here and there. It was for 75 and 100 pinecones at a time.

I remember telling my husband, after shipping out the first couple of orders in one day that it was the best day I ever had. Then, the next day, I got three orders in the morning and 2 more in the evening. I never had so much business. I was wondering if I could keep everything straight but soon discovered I still had those old secretary skills.

I even had one order where a gal wanted to use them as treats for her hamsters and rabbits. So, we worked it out that, for a discount, she would buy my broken and wonky ones and have treats for her animals and I wouldn’t have to throw out broken pinecones. Turned out to be a win-win for both of us.

Within several days, I sold out. It seemed to all happen in a flash. For a while, I had all those pinecones covered in boxes and storage containers, and now, they were all gone. It was a little miracle and comes every day in one form or another, if I notice.

I know it’s been almost a year since I last posted. Not a lot going on for a retired couple in their mid to late ’70’s, just rolling along enjoying each day and each other as it unfolds. So, there hasn’t been a lot to write about until this event and, guess you could say, inspiration came along with it. I listened to that little nudge this time and decided to write about it.

Thank you for reading and hope you are safe and well.

From the ol’ kitchen table ~ Pat

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8 thoughts on “Shiny Pennies

    • Thank you, Dawn. Yes, it was fun . . . happy silly filling all those orders. When it came down to the last order, I had the perfect amount left of pinecones to fill the order and ship out. A part of me was removed from it all and watching and amazed how it went together so effortlessly. Appreciate your comment. Means a lot after so long. 💞

    • Absolutely, Diana. Thank you for reading and commenting. Inspiration to write has been fleeting, lately, except with this event it continued right on through and putting this post together went with ease. That’s how it works for me, when I get out of the way, the greater forces lead, and things fall into place so effortlessly. Happy to see you again and hope your writing has been successful. Take care – appreciate you. 💖

  1. Pat! You wrote a post! 🙂 🙂 🙂 I am glad you are doing well, and what a good story. Yes, I think those pennies definitely were a sign of abundance.

    I once practiced the “law of subtraction,” lol. My husband had bought a really bad boat at an auction, and there was nothing salvageable about it. We were dreading having to pay for the slip, then having to pay to scrappers to take it. As we pulled up to the marina, I kept picturing the slip being empty and the boat being gone. And it was, I kid you not! It turns out that the office staff had contacted the scrappers after hearing about how bad the boat was. So I decided this was the law of subtraction!

    Have a wonderful 2023!

    • Oh, Bethany, so good to hear from you and that wonderful story and I’m so glad it worked out for you. It’s true. These things really do happen and it’s magic when they do. Wishing you and yours a lovely New Year full of blessings and joy, my friend. God bless and thank you for stopping by. 💖

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