Wednesday, March 9, 2011


On Monday I went curling with my office. It was a team building exercise. I had never gone curling before and didn't know too much about it. It was a lot of fun. The ice they use has a texture to it so it wasn't as easy to slip as I thought it'd be. There's also a lot more team work involved than one would think. I hope we go next year.

Here's a picture of Hazel attempting to climb our stairs. So far this is the closest she's gotten to pulling herself up to a standing position. She can reach and pull up to the second stair. It frustrates her a bit as you can see in this picture. Hopefully she can channel her frustration more into attempts like this and less into complaining. Crying or not, however, it definitely was a lot of fun to watch her try. All three of us were very happy. She sure misses Meg when she's not in the room or upstairs!

I had some pretty good luck with my coin last night.

6,920 quarters turned up one silver Washington (1960D), two proof quarters (2001S Vermont, 2003S Illinois), eight Canadians (including a new one for me, the 2009 Speed Skating quarter), six US nickels, two Bermuda 25¢, one Indian 1 Rupee and one Ecuador 25¢. I can't believe how many proof quarters have been showing up recently. My extra effort has been paying off, I guess. This is the first time I've ever found two proof quarters in one sitting. Fortunately, both are new ones for me!

As you can see in the above photos they are a bit scuffed up. I don't mind too much as it's great to find any new coin. All of the clad state quarters I've found do not have much of a cameo appearance. I wonder if this is true of all proofs for these years?

4,100 dimes produced four Canadians (including a 1944, George VI, 80% silver dime) and one Chinese 1 Fen. I haven't had too good of luck finding silver US dimes lately.

1,840 nickels yielded three War Times (1942P, 1943P, 1945P), six Canadians (2 Ni) and one Connecticut Turnpike token. I did a bit of research on the token. Such tokens were used from 1958-1985 and were last sold for 35¢. The Connecticut Turnpike (since renamed) consists of parts of I-95 and I-395.

Found: 1 penny