Sunday, July 11, 2010

The First Week Home

Last week's really hot weather didn't allow us to do as much fun stuff with Hazel and Henry, but we certainly had a nice time at home together (inside) and had some good moments outside of the house! Henry still hasn't asked us to take Hazel back to the doctor yet. Hazel really seems to like running around with me after Henry. Already they're playing hide and seek together! ;)

Last week I took Henry to take a hearing test. He did pretty well with the instruments they put in his ears. He didn't like the sounds coming from one speaker or the other (left or right) too much.

Henry building his new rocking chair with Pops.

KFC here Henry comes!

Henry's first picture of Hazel (he actually took this).

Hazel sleeping.

Hazel just after her second bath (first at home).

Henry playing around.

I'm very behind reporting my coin finds ...

8,000 half dollars rounded up three 90% silver halves (1943, 2 x 1964), eighty-two 40% silver halves (2 x 1965, 9 x 1966, 25 x 1967, 38 x 1968D, 8 x 1969D), one proof half (1990S) and a Mexican one Peso (1979). That's the most silver I've found in my weekly dose of halves in some time. It was mostly from the same source with some sort of weird, pinkish corrosion on the halves (who cares!). The Mexican coin is a new type for me. I was surprised one of these hadn't shown up before.

The week after 8,000 half dollars produced three 90% silver halves (2 x 1964, 1964D), fifteen 40% half dollars (3 x 1966, 5 x 1967, 4 x 1968D, 3 x 1969D), two proof halves (1971S, 1995S) and one commemorative half dollar (1986S Statue of Liberty).

This past weekend 8,000 halves had six 90% silver halves (1951, 2 x 1958D, 1959D, 2 x 1964), eighteen 40% silver halves (3 x 1966, 6 x 1967, 7 x 1968D, 1969D, 1976S Ag-Proof) and eight proof halves (1976S Ag-Proof, 1977S, 1979S, 2 x 1980S, 1985S, 1990S, 1991S). The 76S half is the first new half variety I've found in some time. I had found the other three varieties of that half, but the silver proof was elusive.

Last weekend I also searched some smaller denominations.

6,440 quarters turned up one silver Washington (1963), nine Canadians, four US nickels, seven US pennies, one Bermuda 25¢ and one Namco token.

7,200 dimes yielded three silver Rosies (3 x 1964), fourteen Canadians, three US pennies, one Bermuda 10¢, one Swiss 10 Rappen and one UK 5 pence.

3,400 nickels produced eight Canadians (1 Ni), one Bermuda 5¢, one slug and one Brazil 10 centavos (1996).

9,100 pennies had thirty-five Wheats, 187 Canadians, one Barbados 1&162; and one Romanian 1 Leu (1992). The Romanian coin is the first coin I've found from that country. It's the first new country I've found this year (the last one was August 2009!). The Wheats were:

1918, 1920, 1921, 1937, 1940, 1942(3), 1942D, 1944, 1945, 1948(2), 1949D, 1949S, 1951, 1951D, 1952, 1952D(2), 1955, 1955D, 1956D(2), 1957D(4), 1958D(6)

This past weekend I also finished a book I had been reading for some times, Travels on the Mekong: Cambodia, Laos, and Yunnan, by Louis de Carné. It was originally published in 1869 and has since been reprinted by White Lotus Press of Bangkok, Thailand. (White Lotus Press is great in that they've reprinted four volumes of the original Mekong Exploration Commission Report and this additional volume, they even went to trouble of translating four of these books from French to English!) It was a bit of a slow read, but I am aiming to read all books about this expedition that I can as I find it particularly interesting. I have since moved on to Garnier's two volume report on the same expedition. So far this second report (published later) seems to be far more detailed and personal.

Found: 6 pennies, 1 nickel, 1 dime, 2 quarters and 1 foreign coin (UK penny)