Friday, May 2, 2008

They're back!

Last night Meg and Henry came back home. They left the day before to go to a wake in Meg's hometown. After two days of visiting both were a bit tired, but it sounded like Henry did pretty well, especially for the two 2 hour car rides. It was really nice to see them again, plus we all went on a walk last night.

Today is his 2 month birthday! Last night I saw some good progress too. He can now somewhat reliably put his hand in his mouth. It is a good self soother. So far he has only done this with his left hand. If he turns out left handed ... you read it here first!

There wasn't too much time for coins last night, but I did manage to search some.

I looked through 2,680 hand rolled quarters and found one silver Washington (1964) and two Canadians. One of the Canadians was a silver one, 1959. That's only the second silver Canadian quarter I've found in a roll and the third in US circulation.

I also went through 750 dimes. In them was just one Canadian.

A bunch of nickels, 600 coins, produced just a Netherlands 5¢ piece. That's a first for me, so I was pretty happy with it.

Finally 1,950 pennies turned up five Wheats (1944, 1949, 1953, 1957D, 1958D) and twelve Canadians.

I still have a lot of halves, dimes, dollars and $2 bills to go through. I've gone through about four boxes of halves. They don't seem to promising. I didn't spy any silvers on top of the boxes and I've only found two silvers, a 90% and a 40% so far. Who knows!? Sometimes good things lurk inside of a seemingly bad box.

I almost forgot ... our home energy audit went well. It was much like a home inspection in that I followed someone around asking questions while they measured things. The guy gave me some basic advice that I was aware of like always clean your dryer screen and prioritized the things we need to do to better insulate our home.

1) Insulate the attic. (We plan on doing this very soon.)

2) Get a cover for the pulldown attic stairs. (I'll get this when we do #1)

3) Improve the insulation around the sill and insulate the duct work in the basement.

4) Get new windows.

Found: 2 dimes (at work)