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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Why do bad things happen to nice people??

"it's time to start living the life you've imagined" Henry James



The other morning a young girl in my office was walking to work and a car pulled up. The man got out and came up to her with a knife and said "give me all your stuff." Meanwhile the woman got out of the car and stood behind my co-worker while the man took her stuff, then the woman padded her down to make sure she didn't have anything of value in her pockets.

Pretty scary stuff seeing that it happened to someone I work with and it was only blocks away from where I live myself.

We were all shocked to hear this in the office. The most important part was that she was okay. You can get stuff back, it's just stuff.

Well I sat at my desk all morning and thought about this and thought what could we do to make my co-worker feel better. she has been pretty upset since and not made it into work. So i thought we should make a collection in the office so she would have money to replace her stolen, purse, wallet, shoes, ipod and re key her apartment. I went around the office and asked people to contribute. Everyone I asked in the office gave from their heart. Everyone gave what they could afford. Even company employees who were visiting from other locations gave something even though they don't know her. I managed to collect $540 so far in a day and a half. Wow. I am so proud of all my coworkers for coming together when it counts to help one of their own out. This is truly giving. it made me feel good to work in a place where people care about each other.

I can't wait to see the look on my co-workers face when she returns to work and we present her with the donations. It won't erase what happened but will add some happiness to her day and if we get a smile from her then it's worth it.



Act of service for the day: pay for the person's coffee behind you in line at the drive through.

There is still time to enter to win the book Why ACDC Matters. Follow the link below to enter.
http://conestogo.blogspot.com/2010/09/why-acdc-matters-by-anthony-bozza-win.html

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Karma

"If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." Thomas Edison

Karma makes the world go around so it's best to be on Karma's good side. I don't know why so many good things happen to me everyday. Is it because I am nice to everyone I meet (well I try to be 98% of the time), or is it because I give away a dollar a day, or the gods like to smile down on me, I really can't say for sure. I do know that whatever you put out you get back. So if you are nice to others, give to others, help others this will all come back to you two fold.
Just this week I was given tickets for the box suite for the Calgary Flames hockey game, and invited to a buffet luncheon at a renown chef school. Nice things like this have been happening to me a lot lately. I am very grateful for all I receive. Though the key is to do nice things for others without expecting anything back.
I like leaving my loonie somewhere when I walk home from work. I try to think about who might find it, someone that really needed an extra loonie or just someone who just finds it and says "hey it's a buck."
Think about what you do everyday, can you be a little nicer, give a little more, offer more help. If you can, do it and see what happens.
Have a fabulous Day!!!!

Act of service for the day: if you have elderly folks in your neighbourhood offer to rake their Autumn leaves for them. (okay Calgary is probably the only place where winter is just around the corner :(

Monday, September 20, 2010

ACDC Book Contest

"Life is like a combination lock; your job is to find the right numbers, in the right order, so you can have anything you want." Brian Tracy

Today I am home sick. I will not be going anywhere except from my bed to my couch. So I am asking whoever is reading this out there to do me a favour. Can someone leave a dollar/loonie somewhere for me today and then let me know the details and let me know how it made you feel or what happened. Please and thanks.

My sister has a BLOG about quilts and books and recipes and other various stuff. She has a contest on right now to win an ACDC book. I have pasted the link to the contest below. Please have a look and enter the contest. She is asking what your favourite ACDC song is, it's that simple.
Act of service for today: hold the door open for the person behind you.


http://conestogo.blogspot.com/2010/09/why-acdc-matters-by-anthony-bozza-win.html

Sunday, September 19, 2010

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Still Giving away a dollar a day!

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change"

To those that have been following my blog I apologize that my laptop of 11 years worked really hard for me for many years but I had to trade her in for a newer version. I appreciate that my last laptop lasted me for so many years.

I may not have been writing in my blog but I have still been giving away a loonie everyday.
Just the other day I was leaving a store I intentionally took a loonie out of my wallet to leave somewhere on the walk home. When I left the store I was juggling many shopping bags in my hands. I inadvertently dropped my purse. I had no idea and I continued walking home. I had gone at least 100 metres when this young man came running towards me from inside the Wendy's restaurant. He said mamm you dropped your purse and started running towards the store I had just left. I then saw another young man run out of the other door of Wendy's and went to pick up my purse and give it back to me. I was very grateful for their help. It made me really have faith in humanity.
I believe that because I was on my way to leaver some money for someone else to find I was spared the loss of my purse. If I had not been ready to give the loonie away maybe the outcome would have been different.

Since I have been giving away my loonies I have had so many good things come my way, free tickets to Aerosmith, free stay in a condo in Kimberley BC, free tickets to a CFL game, many free dinners/lunch, great deal on a weeks rental car, free tickets to the rodeo and chuck wagons during the Calgary Stampede and many many more things. I am very blessed.

Act of Service for the Day: leave some food in the food bank bin at the grocery store.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

"If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little, give of your heart

My co-worker who found the Loonie I hide in the office was so inspired that she said she hide 4 more. She came over to tell Paul and I that she watched someone find one of the Loonies that she hid. She was very excited. I am excited to see that my giving has inspired others to give.

Since the Loonie I hid in the office was found I placed another one on a ledge outside one of the cubicles. It has been there a few days , we shall see how long it lasts.

My best friend died in December. It was her birthday recently and some friends planned a party in her honour. We were to do all things Erica would have liked. We were all to wear some kind of pink too, her favourite. So the group of us headed to Lake Louise to hike to the tea house to have lunch. So we did, and when we got to the top I placed my Loonie on a ledge outside in the wall of the tea house. We had a lovely day , Erica would have loved it. She was in all our thoughts and hearts.

Act of service for the day: buy the homeless person that coffee that they request.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

My parents came to visit me from Ontario this week. I took a day off to spend with them sight seeing. We went to Frank Slide and then to Fort McLeod to see the old fort and the old town. In front of a touristy store they had some wooden Mounties. I put my loonie in the strap of his purse.
We then walked back to the fort where we had parked the car. My dad said "you guys want ice cream?" We did so we went into the little candy/ice cream shop beside the fort. We met the most interesting and giving man. I think he wanted someone to talk to. He came over and sat down with us and told us the story of his little girl (who isn't so little now, 40 years old). She was born premature and was very small. She developed a tumour behind her left eye. Most doctors just told this gentleman that they couldn't do anything for her. Finally he met someone who wanted to help him and hooked the family up with a surgeon in Alberta. So the man and his family moved out west. The doctor cut out the cancer but left her blind in her left eye. The man told us that this little girl had spunk and wouldn't let the other kids pick on her because she was different. Well this little girl has grown up to have her own family and also is the head of Bank of Montreal's Internet services.
The man then told us another story about how he gives to the children. I think he was so grateful someone helped his child that he has spent his life giving back to other children. He runs or helps run a program called someone like the good behaviour program. 500 certificates are printed up for a free ice cream and beach ball. The police are given 200 and the other 300 are given to the teachers in Fort McLeod. The children are given these for various things like wearing their bike helmet, behaving at school or for helping out etc. The children then come to the ice cream shop and claim their treat. This gentleman donates the ice cream and London Drugs donates the beach balls. I thought it was a lovely thing to do to encourage and reward children for their good actions.
What a lovely man. Meeting him and talking to him was a wonderful end to our day.

Act of Service for the day: water your neighbours flowers or grass.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

“If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” Mother Teresa

I was sitting at my desk on Friday and my co-worker comes up and says " I found the loonie Paul hid.You can have it, it's yours" I said "the one on the picture frame? That wasn't the one Paul hid I hid that." Finally the Loonie I put on the ledge of the picture in the hall outside my office has been claimed it only took months.
I told My co-worker I had a blog and I hide one somewhere everyday. She said that she is going to keep the money as her lucky loonie and hide another one somewhere."
Later she comes up and says she bought a lottery ticket and when she wins the $50 million she is going to give me some." I said I would be happy with a donut." She says "you are so nice I am going to give you "200,000.00." That is funny because that is the amount of money that I decided that I wanted to receive this year. Is this a coincidence, I think Not!
I don't know yet if she won anything and I hope she does for her sake and her children. I am not worried about the $200,000.00 lol.
I left my Loonie today under a bus bench and yesterday in the elevator of my condo.

Act of Service for the day: give a total stranger a compliment tomorrow. You will make their day :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mexico

"Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary."
- Margaret Cousins

Well I know it has been a long time since I wrote in my blog. I went off to Mexico for a few weeks and did not have much computer access while there. I decided that I wouldn't take loonies to Mexico to give away because it is too hard to change coins for another currency. So what use would a dollar be too a local person.I did continue to give away money while I was there. I visited many beautiful Churches and cathedrals where I would always find the donation box and leave some pesos. Also on the street when I would stop and watch a good busker, like the Mexican Lads that sang some fabulous renditions of some Beatles songs. I left some money in the can sitting in front of them. As soon as I did other people walked up and did the same.

In Calgary Alberta where I live there are people all over the city asking passersby for "spare change". Mexico which has a much larger population and a lot more people living in poverty had way less beggars on the street. There were a few but not many. The thing I liked about Mexico was that the poor don't beg but work to get their money. The poor set up little food stands and sell some local delight on the street. People will walk along the streets selling water, chips, candy etc. Even on the subway people come on selling gum, CDs,candy etc. The people were not lazy.

I have to be honest that for the first week after coming back to Canada I didn't give away any loonies. It didn't feel right but I was lazy and out of habit. For the last week and a half I have been leaving my loonies around on the way home from work. Yesterday I had decided that I would leave one in the park on one of the statues but as I entered the park this lady says "Mamm do you have any spare change" yup I said as I handed her my looonie. I think I was meant to give her the loonie that day.
It feels good to be giving again.

Act of service for the day: If you have coupons that you will never use take them to the grocery store and leave them beside the items.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Roll up the Rim




"Joy is a heart full and a mind purified by gratitude." Marietta McCarty


My co-worker told me a story relating to the roll up the rim contest at Tim Horton's. (after you drink your coffee you roll up the rim of the cup and you could win a prize). A man in Calgary found a bag of ripped off parts of rims that all had winning prizes on them. They must have come from a local Tim Hortons garbage. Anyway he took the bag and went to a local drop in centre and gave the winning pieces to the cleints at the centre so they could go claim a winning donut or coffee etc. Tim Hortons heard of it and thought the man did such a good thing that Timmy's made a donation to the drop in centre. I thought that was such a great story. The man could have been greedy and kept them all for himself but yet he shared and many people benefitted from it.

Last weekend my friend Aubrey and myself went to Fernie BC for a ski weekend. On the way back we stopped in Sparwood BC to see the world's biggest vehicle. This dump truck is gigantic. anyway we left my Loonie for the day in the tire as you can see in the picture. I also left a loonie in the back of someone's pick up truck in the parking lot of our hotel and one at the Fernie Museum.
I will be leaving for Mexico next Saturday and probably won't get much chance to get to my blog but will try. I am not sure what to do about giving away loonie's while there. Should I give away a real Loonie or maybe an American dollar or the equivalent of a dollar in peso's everyday or just a lump sum donation to a charity in Mexico. Any thoughts would be appreicated.
Act of service for the day: it's spring and I know our streets have garbage all over after the winter. Go for a walk with a garbage bag and gloves and pick up garbage along your street.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Helping the homeless

"Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary." Margaret Cousins

Today I didn't give away a dollar a day. I had brunch with a friend of mine and she told me how she was walking her dogs and a homeless man asked if he could pet them. She told him that the dogs won't go to strangers. She stood and talked with the man for a little while. When she was ready to go he said "thank you very much for taking the time to talk to me, I really appreciated it." Shauna said that she felt so good that just that little thing of just talking to someone made their day and cost her nothing to do.
So back to why I didn't give away a dollar. I was walking home from the mall and this man asked me for spare change. He looked like he was really having a rough time of life. I asked him what he needed and he said some food. I said "I will go get you some food." He says "REALLY you will come back?" Yup I said I will for sure." As I walked away I thought Crap where am I going to get food in downtown Calgary it is Sunday and everything is closed. I had to walk around for 20 minutes and actually go back to the mall. I picked a sandwich that I would eat. I then walked back to the man. He said "you came back in a surprised tone." "Yup I said I would." He said "thank you so many times and said that he really loved that kind of sandwich." As I walked away he said again, "I am REALLY am thankful."
I am glad I could help him out. So instead of giving a dollar I bought someone lunch. Much better I think and didn't cost me that much in the scheme of things.

As I was writing this my friend called and asked me if I wanted to go skiing next weekend , she had won lift tickets and would I like to go to Fernie BC. "You bet I would," I said. It just goes to show that if you are good to people they are good back. I really believe that what goes around comes around. But the key is just to be happy to do things not wanting anything in return.

Act of service for the day: next time you can buy a homeless person something to eat.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Earth Day

" Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust

This morning my friend Shauna called and we had a long philosophical talk about things. One thing we talked about was how do we know our purpose, why are we on this earth, what are we supposed to accomplish. If we weren't born would it matter would our family and friends lives be better/worse or different. Neither of us were quite sure why we are on this earth. But before we finished talking Shauna says to me that she is going to cut her meat intake by 1/3 and start to buy meet that has been produced/grown (not sure of the word here) by treating the animals humanely and slaughtering them in the least cruel way. She said that I inspired her to do this because I deeply care about the environment and have chosen not to eat beef and pork due to the effect it has on the environment. It is my little part. She then said maybe that is part of my purpose that I educated her on the environment and she in turn will educate someone and we will help save the planet one person at a time. Maybe it is part of my purpose who knows.
So anyway I just went to The Good Earth Cafe to get some tea and they had a donation box toward Earth Day to help people and the environment where they buy their coffee from. I thought after the environmental talk earlier it was the perfect place to leave my Loonie.

Act of service for the day: do something today to help the planet, either it be recycle, clean up some litter on the street, take reusable bags to the store etc there is so much you can do to help.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Karma

"Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns." Marc Estrin


It is usually me that gives away a dollar a day. Yesterday at work I had wanted to buy a stamp to mail a card. I asked my co-worker if he had a Loonie or Twoonie that I could borrow. He eventually walked over with 4 quarters so I could go downstairs and get a stamp. Just when he came over and dropped them on my desk my other co-worker passed by and heard it all and dug in his pocket and said what do you need. This is just Karma in the works. If you are good to others then others are good to you. What goes around comes around. But you may receive from someone totally different than the person you were good too.

Today I went to the video store to rent a movie to watch tonight. I went to find one of my favourite movies "UP" and left my Loonie behind it.

Act of Service for the day: the next time you are out in public do something nice for someone even if it is just telling someone that they look nice. Try to do a simple random act of kindness everyday. It will make you feel great. i.e. When Canada won the gold medal in hockey I ran into some friends and walked down the Red Mile with thousands of other people high fiving each other. There were many cops on the street and who doesn't like to look at a man in uniform? Well I went up to one I thought was really cute and told him he was the best looking cop on the Mile. You should have seen the smile on his face. He was really happy. I am sure he felt good for a long while. It was worth doing and cost me absolutely nothing to do.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

[D]on't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.
New York Post, October 4, 1959 Leroy [Satchel] Paige:



Today my co-worker told me a story. He is a fly fisherman and he guides people on the Bow River. He said he donated two trips to the Calgary Counseling Centre where his wife works for their silent auction. "He said I think I gave too much." I asked him why. His wife took in the two trips to donate and the lady at the desk collecting the donation said "wow, I brought in 6 brownies to donate." Paul said that most people donate baked goods. He said he raised over $400 for each trip and it was the highest they had ever raised at an auction. I thought this was wonderful. It is so great that he gives so much. But most important is to give what you can. Maybe the lady that gives brownies is giving all that she can. The important point is that she is giving. The size of the gift doesn't matter.

I gave away a loonie today and yesterday and the day before. Easter Sunday I left my loonie in the display of Cadbury Easter eggs. Monday I was at the big Mall in Balzac after my class and I left a loonie in the copy of the Secret at Chapters. Today as I walked home I left the 4 quarters in the parking payment machine on the street.

Act of Service for the day: next time you in line to pay for parking at an event or where ever pay for the person behind you.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter




"Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving." Kahlil Gibran





I am sorry I have been slack in writing in my blog but I haven't been slack in giving away my Loonie. I have been home two night in the last two weeks. Somehow I attracted to me all this activity and social outings. Even today I am to go out soon for Easter lunch/dinner.


I was walking home Good friday from the Movie (Hot Tub Time Machine - Pretty Funny and you have got to love that John Cusack lol) and I was thinking what am I going to write about today?


Well I went into the Co-op grocery store to get two things. I picked a line up that wasn't too long. Then the guy in front of me who happened to also be cute said "oh why don't you go ahead you don't have much." I said "thanks and wished him a happy Easter." Then I walked home with a big smile on my face. It's really is the little things that mean the most and so easy to do every day, remember that.
My friend Aubrey had gone to the winter games to watch speed skating and she was going to leave a loonie there but in the excitement of it all she forgot so she recently went for a walk and left that same loonie in the tree in the picture above.
I left my Loonie yesterday with a Canadian War Vet who I saw in a wheelchair decorated with Canadian flags, stories and articles. Seemed like the perfect place.
PS the loonie on the picture frame at work is still there.

And of course the act of service for today: next time you are shopping let someone ahead of you in line that only has a few items you will make their day:)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

You get what you give

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." John F. Kennedy

The other day when I left my condo in the morning I first saw a nickle on the pavement outside the building. When I bent to pick it up I saw a quarter then some other change. I picked it all up and threw it in my pocket. When I got to work I told my friend Paul about it. He said you probably found a dollar I bet. After I went to my desk and counted and it was 83 cents, 17 cents short. I told Paul and he said I bet you will find the other 17 cents today. He said let me tell you a story. Paul proceeded to tell me something that happened to him, his friend and son back in 1992 when he was in the army. This is what Paul said: My friend my son and myself were on the way to Calgary from Edmonton to go fishing. Linda , my wife had made us food for the trip. We had about $35 to spend on gas and any incidentals. On the way my friend saw a Kentucky Fried Chicken and we decided we wanted something to eat so we stopped even though we really couldn't afford it. But we did. We bought $13.85 in chicken. Then we continued on our way to Calgary. We then saw a guy broken down at the side of the road and we stopped to help him with his flat tire. When we were done the guy says what can I do for you? Can I give you something? Us guys say no we are just glad we could help.
But the guy really wanted to thank us. He put his hand in his pocket and pulled out some money and puts it in my (Paul) hand and says I want you to buy something for the little boy.
We get in the car and we counted it and it was exactly the same amount as we had spent on the KFC.
Very cool eh. Someone was watching out for them. They freely helped another person and got paid in spades. People should always help others just for the sake of it and if you do your life will be better in some way, even if it is just feeling good about yourself.

Oh on the way home that night I found another quarter in the parking lot making my total finding of $1.08.

I left my loonie in an empty bird bath on the way home that day and last night left in in The CP rail sign at CP's Headquarters. Today's spot to be determined.

Act of Service: Next time you see someone broken down on the highway stop and help them.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Various Places

"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul." Henry Ward Beecher

The Loonie I left on the picture frame is still there at work but it moves everyday. So my co-worker figures that maybe the cleaners see it and clean around it but are afraid to take it thinking that it is a trick. I wish they would take it.

My co-worker who hid a loonie near reception said I would find it if there was a change in temperature. So I went to the front and took the thermostat apart and looked under the mat at the from door and looked up at the air conditioning ducts and I couldn't find it.
Oh where oh where could that little loonie be??????
Anyways it adds some fun to the day.

The last places I have left my Loonie was on the playground equipment in the park, in a hole in a brick wall at the car dealership and taped under my co-workers desk. We will see if he finds it.

Act of service for today: do yard work or home repairs for an incapacitated neighbour.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Travelling
















"You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink." G.K. Chesterton

I was very fortunate on the weekend that I got to travel to British Columbia to the Fairmont Hot Springs and to Banff.

On the drive threw the mountains to Invermere we stopped at the Continental Divide as seen in the picture of the mountain with the Alberta and BC flags and the sing post showing the division of the two provinces and the two national parks. What a perfect place to leave a Loonie. There is a cement marker and one side in Alberta and one BC so I left my dollar on the marker in the middle of the two provinces.

On the way home we stopped in Banff to have a break. I left my loonie on the tourist information sign.

What good thing happened to me today. I need to collect money for a bowl a thon this Friday to support big brothers and big sisters and I raised $50 from the first 3 people i asked. I am sure I will do well from the generosity of my co-workers this week.

A co-worker came into my office today and said why is the Loonie on your desk. I said " oh I give one away everyday" I said that " you get what you give in life, but you can't give away things in hope that you will get something back. you have to just do it because you want to." He totally agreed.


Act of service for the day: shovel your neighbours driveway and or sidewalk.






Thursday, March 18, 2010

Jack's $100,000 Big Bag of Cash




"The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." Eric Hoffer

The weather for the past week in Calgary has been almost Spring like. I figure that I should take advantage of it when it is here because in Calgary the weather can change every 5 mins we could have snow again any day now.
So I bought my new walking shoes with the coupon that mysteriously arrived just when I needed new shoes. Love when that happens. So I have been walking the long way home to get more exercise. So I have been leaving my Loonies on the bike path. The first one I left on a orange caution barrier. the next day I left it in a Statue outside the Pumphouse Theatre. Yesterday I left in on a bench as you can see in the picture with the bag of cash. Thought that was fitting. Today I was in Wal-mart after work and went to the children's department and found a cute little pair of pink pants that have a pocket with a button and put the Loonie in the pocket.
I think someone has found my Loonie on the picture at work but they haven't taken it they just move it along the rim of the picture.

Act of Service for today: Work in a friends business for the day for free.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Tea Cup Ladies







"Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive" Edward Gibbon
I haven't been writing about my Loonie give away but have been giving them away.
My co-worker Joe takes all his penny's in his pocket every day and leaves them on an empty desk for the cleaners. Every morning they are gone. Every little penny counts in the end they all add up.
I left my Loonie on Thursday in the fingers if one of the Ladies in the picture above. These Ladies are on the back of the Canadian $50 dollar bill. As you can see in the written word these 5 ladies changed the course of life in Canada for women by making them became persons in the eye of the government.
My sister suggested I leave a Loonie here.
I went to see Avatar last night and before we left I put my Loonie in the cup holder for the next person who came along. The other day I left my Loonie in the mental health break fund at the fast food place I ate at.
Act of service for the day: bake cookies and give to someone just because you can and care.

Olympic Loonie








"Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty." Doris Day
As I mentioned while the Olympics my good friend Margot was at the Olympic Games with her husband Shane and daughter Marron. I had given Margot a Loonie to leave at one of the events. They first went to a Canada / Norway hockey game and later that night they went to the Stadium to see the medal ceremony. The pictures above are of the hockey game and the blue rings is from the medal ceremony where Margot left the lucky Loonie. Thanks Margot for sharing the love for me :)
Act of Service for the day: if you have coupons you are not going to use take them to the grocery store and leave them beside the item. It's a nice random act of kindness.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Car wash change machine

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude." Denis Waitley

Yesterday I mentioned that I left my dollar in the wall outside the fly fishing store. I left it there because fly fishing reminded me of my co-worker who fly fishes all summer. So I told Paul today that I left a Loonie at that store. He knew exactly where I meant. He told me he was washing his truck somewhere I presume a car wash and a Loonie fell out of the truck. He thought to pick it up then he said "no I will leave it there and someone will find it". I love how my giving away a Loonie a day has inspired others to give of themselves.
So today I didn't have any Loonies so I walked by a car wash near my Condo that has a change machine outside. I put my bill in and took all the Loonies except one. I figure the next person that makes change will be happily surprised to get an extra dollar. :)

Act of service for the day: pay for the person behind you in line at Tim's (coffee shop).

Monday, March 8, 2010

"Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy -- because we will always want to have something else or something more." David Steindl-Rast

Snow was whipping down and the wind was blowing as I left the office today. I found a hole in the wall of the Fishing and tackle shop to put my Loonie for the day. About 200 metres later I was crossing the street and heard my name called and there was Tom who I hadn't seen in about 9 months. He yelled out do you want a ride home. Yup I sure did to get out of the cold. I figured I was getting something back for leaving my Loonie.
On Saturday I was walking downtown and had just left 3 dollars in various places and then for the first time since I started to give away Loonies a homeless person asked me for spare change. I would have given him my Loonie but had none left. So when he said do you have spare change I honestly could answer I just gave it all away.

Act of service for the day: teach someone something you are skilled in.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

A Twoonie








"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." Buddha
I have been so busy at night I got home and remember I haven't left my Loonie contribution for the day. So today I went for a walk downtown and passed Millennium park. The tower in the picture was built to count down the new Millennium. Now it is a weird clock. Since I didn't have 3 Loonies I left a Twoonie at the base of the tower.
I continued my walk and stopped to look at the iron chess player. There was a perfect spot to leave my Loonie for the day in his sleeve. See the picture.
My Loonie in my office is still there. Wonder how long it will take to find.
They say if you give things away with out expecting things back you will receive things yourself. Well this week I realised that my running shoes I was wearing to walk to work has come to the end of their life. I figured I needed a new pair. Well two days later I get a gift card in the mail for some new type of walking shoe/runner that because of design gives you added benefits for muscle development etc when you wear them. A big discount just when I needed it.
My DVD player is not playing a clear picture when I use it. So I thought there is another expense. Then a few days later I get a letter in the mail from Presidents Choice Banking saying I have a $100 credit for use at the Superstore. Voila enough money there to buy a new DVD. So things do come your way when you don't expect them too.
Act of service for the day: feed and support the elderly

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

One for the charity


My laptop is still giving me grief. I can't complain too much really because she is 11 years old now and that is pretty old in laptop years. But Windows 98 is just NOT cutting it. Talk about being out of date lol.
On Monday as I walked home from work I was thinking where was I going to leave my dollar and i remembered I used to jog past a sculpture garden on the Bow River. So I walked home the scenic way and this sculpture had what looked like a little dish on top of the woman's head. Perfect spot for a Loonie. So there the Lucky Loonie sits.
On Tuesday I decided that I would leave a dollar in the hallway outside my office and see how observant my co-workers are. So as you can see I put the Loonie on the top rim of the picture frame. I want to see how long it takes before someone looks up there. It may be the cleaners that find it first if they decide to dust. So will check when I am back in the office tomorrow.
Tonight I was at my Progress Club meeting (service club) we have a Sargent at Arms during the meeting that charges members infractions during the meeting then they are charged. I put my Loonie for today towards the pot of money today for the charity.
Act of Service for the day: volunteer at the Red Cross


Monday, March 1, 2010

Canada wins 14 gold medals


"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us" Albert Schweitzer

Well my computer has been acting up and not doing what it should be. Today it's in a good mood and I could actually open something useful.
I may not have been writing but I still have been giving away my Loonies.
Friday on the way home I passed by the Armory and left my Loonie on an army tank. I went by last night and it was gone.
Saturday was a lovely warm day in Calgary and I went for a walk. I had heard a great bagpipe player and so wanted to give him my dollar for the day but the road was so busy it would have been dangerous to cross. So I continued on. As I crossed over the Bow River on the bridge I decided to leave a Loonie in one of the lookouts on the bridge. I took some pictures but couldn't get them to download with my silly computer acting up.
Saturday night my friend Aubrey and I went to a charity event at Canada Olympic Park. It was great. You would have thought you were in Vancouver since they have a cauldron lit with the Olympic Flame and the Olympic Flag waving proudly at the top of the hill beside the ski jump.
I knew I had to leave a Loonie there somewhere. The cauldron had a podium in front of it just like at the Olympics with Gold, Silver and Bronze. I went and left the Loonie at the top of the Gold medal platform. I figured it would be good luck for the men's hockey team who were playing the next day.
Well the Men's hockey team did beat the USA 3 to 2. So my Loonie did bring good luck.
Apparently someone buried 5 Lucky Loonies in the curling rink ice and our men's team won Gold.
Also a Loonie was buried on the ski hill where we won a gold. the Loonie is lucky. Woohoo!
After the men's team won Gold I headed outside to 17th Ave also known as the Red Mile. (In Calgary 17th Ave runs perpendicular to the Pengrowth Saddledome. Whenever the Calgary Flames are in the Stanley Cup playoffs and they win the game , fans spill out onto the Red Mile to celebrate. Yesterday the Red Mile was once again red with Canadian shirts, jackets, hats, mitts, flags etc etc). I walked down the street with friends high fiving every other person. I ran across a busker playing the guitar. I asked him if he could play O'Canada and if he could I would throw in a dollar. He said yup, as long as us girls sang. So an impromptu rendition of O'Canada broke out on the street. It was so much fun.

Act of Service for today: Write letters of support to military personnel serving overseas.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Gold Medal for Candian Woman's Hockey

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give". Winston Churchill

Woohoo back up the truck for the crap load of medals. Gold for the Women's Hockey Team.

I decided that today I needed to get more exercise in my life. So when I left work today I turned right instead of left when I left my office building. I headed towards the river and the stairs heading up the hill side. There is a couple hundred stairs up the side of the hill across from Prince's Island. So up the hill I went. I got to the top I was exhausted. I thought that climbing those stairs are totally worth a reward. So on the way up I scanned the stairs to find a place to leave my dollar. Found a perfect spot to leave my buck. I got to the spot but there were so many people running up the stairs for exercise or those huffing and puffing their way up to maybe just get home. So I loitered around my perfect spot until the coast was clear. I didn't want someone to see me leave it, I wanted someone to discover it as they used the handrail to help pull them up the stairs. I left my Loonie in the lower handrail that had a crack in it. I hope some one found it already as they struggled up the steps.
I will check on it tomorrow.

Act of service for the day: stop and help a stranded motorist.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Canada Gold Silver in Woman's Bobsled

"Money is like manure; it's not worth a thing unless it's spread around encouraging young things to grow. "
from "The Matchmaker" Thornton Wilder

Today as I left work I peeked in the window of a bar to see the score in Canada/Russia hockey game. Score was 2/0 in Canada's favour Woohoo. I knew something good had to happen today.
When I got home I watched the rest of the game, 7/3 in our favour, the first time Canada has beat Russia at Olympic hockey in 50 years. Then we win gold / silver in woman's two man's Bob, and a silver in woman's speed skating. What could be better than that Woohoo Canada.
There is an old bell on display on the street I put my Loonie inside on the piece that hits the wall of the bell. I don't know what you call that piece, but if someone goes to ring it they will be a dollar richer. I am sure someone is ringing it tonight to honour all of fantastic medal wins.
The Calgary Tower is lite up to honour the medals. Every time we win a medal the flame is lite for the whole city to see. ( Calgary hosted the 1988 Olympics and the tower was lite with the Olympic Flame)

Act of service for the day: volunteer to help or donate to a children's sport program

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Red Cross

"So I would hope they would develop some kind of habit that involves understanding that their life is so full they can afford to give in all kinds of ways to other people. I consider that to be baseline spirituality" Susan Sarandon

I missed writing my blog last night but I gave away my Loonie. I wasn't feeling well so went to bed right after I got home. I didn't even stay up for my date with Jack Bauer (24 TV Show), if you knew me you know I LOVE Jack and never miss watching him.
I have found that since I started giving away my Loonie and have been talking about it with others I find out the good things that others do. Like my co-worker. We stepped out for a bit to celebrate his and my birthdays. I told him about what I do. I told him that since I have started this I haven't had one person ask me for spare change which I still find weird. He said he gets asked all the time but he doesn't give them money but will buy them lunch or a coffee.
Other people I tell just think I am weird that I give away a dollar to strangers. Well I say it makes me feel good and it's fun.
So on the way home yesterday I left my Loonie in the ticket tray on the CTrain. In Calgary our train is called the CTrain. When you buy a ticket the ticket comes out in a little windowed box. I put my dollar in there. The price of the CTrian has gotten expensive so I subsidized someones ride :)
Today I stayed home because I was still sick. But I needed to go out and get some chicken soup and medicine. But I knew I wanted to give my dollar away. It just happens that there is a Red Cross between my condo and the grocery store. So I went in the Red Cross and left my dollar in the waiting area of the blood donor section. On the way home I looked to see if it was gone.I had just done that and this lady walks by me and says "that's a really nice coat" It is my 6 year old coat that I had made. I think that the complement was in return for me giving away my dollar. When you give away money or things you don't always get something back but when you do you may get back something totally different than what you gave.
Since I have been giving away my dollar I have received lots of things, like a promotion at work, on my birthday I don't usually get birthday cakes but this year I got TWO, I also got money and lots of wonderful gifts. Lots of good things have come my way and I feel very blessed.

Todays act of service: donate blood

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Canada vs USA


"There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else" Peyton Conway March

Tonight was the much anticipated Canada vs. USA hockey game. I went to a charity event to watch the game and help raise money for Inn From the Cold and the Sonshine Community Services. It was fun being in such a big crowd. The noise when we cheered was out of this world. But unfortunately we lost 5 to 3 to the Americans. It isn't the end of the world it just means that we have to work a little harder to get to the Gold medal game. We can do it. We are the first nation of hockey :)
Anyway I left my Loonie today at the venue I watched the hockey game at so probably some hockey fan will find it or a waiter or waitress. Doesn't matter who.

Act of service for the day: wipe down the restroom sink in a restaurant or other public place for the next person.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Olympic Plaza





"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver".
Maya Angelou
I earlier wrote that I left a Loonie in the wrapper of a chocolate bar. I won't be doing that again. There is a grocery chain here that has had someone tampering with food in the store. This person has been pitting pins etc in food. They don't know who is doing it. But it scared me that maybe I shouldn't have left the Loonie.I don't want to get in trouble for trying to do something nice lol.
Today was a lovely day in Calgary and I thought I would go down to the Olympic Plaza and go ice skating. While I was there I checked on my Loonie I left yesterday. I watched as some tourists walked right by the plaque I left the Loonie on top of. They stopped and looked at another plaque above the Loonie. They didn't see the Loonie and either has anyone else because it is still there.
So as you can see in the picture above I left the Loonie in the Olympic Rings in the railings at the Plaza.
I was in the office today and asked my co-worker if he found the Loonie I left in his office a few weeks ago. He said "no, but going to ripe my office apart tomorrow and find it". We shall see lol
Act of Service for Today: bring hot meals to the homeless living on the streets.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Speed Skating




"Anticipate charity by preventing poverty; assist the reduced fellow man, either by a considerable gift or a sum of money or by teaching him a trade or by putting him in the way of business so that he may earn an honest livelihood and not be forced to the dreadful alternative of holding out his hand for charity. This is the highest step and summit of charity's golden ladder." Maimonides

Happy Friday
As I sat at work today I thought where can I leave my Loonie that would somehow relate to the Olympics, a light bulb went off. The Calgary Olympic Plaza. Behind the stage are little monuments for each sport of the 1988 Games. Each stone states the medalists for each event. Canada has won many medals in snowboarding, but that was not heard of in 88. Canada just won a gold medal in speed skating so I left my Loonie on the top of the speed skating plaque.
My little tribute to our Gold medal

Act of Service for today: organize a food drive in your office or neighbourhood.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Canada wins in Shoot out in Hockey

"Think of giving not as a duty, but as a privilege" John D. Rockefeller

Today I had a safety course outside Calgary in Balzac. This past August a giant mall opened on the edge of this small town called CrossIron Mills. I went there today after my course to shop. I figured I would give away my Loonie at the mall. After walking around for a couple hours I found those kiddie rides that used to cost maybe 25 cents to ride when I was a kid. Well with inflation it costs a buck now. PEEEEEERFECT I thought. I put a Loonie inside the little car. I so hope a little kid gets in the car and they can use the Loonie to go for a ride. WOOHOO.

If you want to send a CHEER to the Canadian team at the Olympics you can go to www.sendyourcheer.ca . You can send an online postcard.

Act of Service idea for the day: pay for a friend or a stranger's dinner.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Charity of Choice

"I have spoken of a thousand points of light, of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the Nation, doing good" George H.W. Bush

I am a member of the Canadian Progress Club Elevate. Tonight our club had 3 presentations from possible charity partners. All three had very compelling stories of the people they help. How do you chose between one or the other. Which ever we as a club chose will be our charity of choice for the next 3 years. I wish we could raise enough money to support all three.

Being that I was in this environment tonight. I decided that it was a good place to leave my Loonie. So I left it in the room where we met for someone to find on the wood panelling.

The first week I started to give away my loonies I left one in the leg of a table in my condo lobby. That Loonie has been there for at least a month and finally today someone took it. Yippee!!!!!!

Act of service for the day: volunteer at a woman's shelter.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

GO Canada GO

"Many people despise wealth, but few know how to give it away" Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Happy Tuesday!
My friend Aubrey informed me today that the Olympic event she went too was so busy she couldn't find a place to leave her Loonie so she said she will leave it in The Olympic Plaza in Calgary. The Olympic Plaza was built for the Calgary 88 Olympics. Each evening the public could go down to the Plaza and see the medal ceremonies for the winners of each event.

Being the Olympics I wanted to leave my Loonie in a sports related environment. So I went into the Mountain Equipment Co-op to find the snowboarding stuff to honour the two medals we have won in snowboard related events. To my surprise they didn't have any snow board equipment. So I found the ski boots and slipped the Loonie inside a pretty purple pair. That pair is now a dollar off lol.

An act of service for the day: Take in your neighbour's trash can even if they are able, but especially if they are not.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Canada is Golden

" The love we give away is the only love we keep" Elbert Hubbard
The best gift I could have gotten this weekend for my birthday is a GOLD medal win at the Olympics. Way to go Alex Bilodeau. What an awesome mogul run.

Today my friend Margot and her daughter Marron are attending the pairs figure skating at the Olympics. Aubrey is attending the men's 500 metres speed skating race. Both Margot and Aubrey are leaving Loonies for me at their respective events. When they get back I will share with you their story of where they left the dollars and pictures. I hope the leaving of the Loonies bring Canada good luck in their events and bring the Canadian athletes GOLD medals.

The creator of the ice at the Salt Lake Utah Games placed a Canadian Loonie below centre ice to bring Canada good luck. Canada went on the win both the men's and the women's hockey GOLD medals at the games and also the pairs figure skaters of Jamie and David won GOLD on the same ice. The Loonie is now in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Today I found a car wash down the street that has a change machine. I will never be without a Loonie again. Woohoo!!!!!!

I wanted to leave my Loonie today somehow related to the Olympics. I found an Olympic souvenir program at the store and stuck a dollar in the spine. I hope someone buys that program soon and gets there Lucky Loonie.

There are many ways to give. The thought for the day to give. Next time you are at the grocery store leave some soup in the food bank box. You will feel so good after.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!!!!!!!

"To look forward and not back, to look out and not in, and to lend a hand" Edward Everett Hale
Happy Valentines day. Today I went to my first professional lacrosse game. It was very interesting and fun.
My good friend Aubrey is off to the Olympic games tomorrow to see the men's 500m speed skating. So I gave Aubrey my Loonie to give away at the event. So tomorrow Aubrey and Margot will be giving away Loonies at the Olympic games. I give away Loonies and in return we get gold medals. Way to go Canada. We rock.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!!!!!

"Charity begins at home and justice begins next door" Charles Dickens
Happy birthday to me :)
Lest night I missed writing my blog and giving away a dollar. I was taken for birthday drinks after work which lead to more drinks at my place where we ended up watching the Olympic opening ceremonies. Today I made up for it.
Bring my birthday means I can and have anything that I want. Well I wanted a yummy breakfast at The Galaxy Diner around the corner. So off I went.I was alone so sat at the counter with some random people. I had yummy fattening salmon eggs benny on a croissant with hash browns. What could be better really. As I sat there I thought I need to give away 2 dollars today. So when I got my bill and figured out my tip I then added an extra dollar to the tip. So there was one buck gone what about the other?
As I walked home I thought well today is the 13th. So I need to incorporate the dollar with 13. So I walked up 13th ave looking for 13th Street. What a good place to leave it at 13th and 13th. Well I guess 13th Street doesn't go that far. So at the place I thought it should connect I just left the Loonie on the sidewalk. It is probably found by now woohoo. Who says the number 13 isn't lucky come see me. :)
So I am about the go for Thai food for my birthday dinner and then to laugh our heads off at Yuk Yuks comedy club.
Have a wonderful night I will.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Change

"Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas" Dale Evans

Today is about change. Today I moved back into my old office I hadn't been in for over a year. I was given a new position at work. I am now working for two departments and not totally sure what I am going to be doing. But change is good right. I attracted this into my life. it's all good.

Change, all I had was change today no Loonies just some quarters and dimes. I had exactly $1.03. Now I have 3 cents. I was very merry all day at work with the excitement of the new opportunities that are unfolding for me in the office. I happily walked towards home holding my 2 quarters and 5 dimes in my mitts like little kids do lol. Where am I going to put this stack of change? I thought about this spot I pass every morning on the way to work. The stop light at 10th and 9th across from the Armory. There is a post at the light that used to be part of a fence and part of the cap from the old fence is attached on the side of the post. It's like a drink holder for your beer on the folding lawn chairs. I always thought that would be a good place to put a buck. But better yet a great place for a pile of change. Tomorrow morning when I go to work I sure hope it isn't there.
See didn't I tell you change is good :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Vancouver Olympics

"Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our minds to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others " Barbara Bush.

Today I gave a Loonie to my good friend Margot. She is heading off Saturday to the Olympic Games in Vancouver. She is going to leave a Loonie at one of the three events that she is attending. I think it is a perfect venue to leave something to be found by a stranger. I wish I was there to leave lots of Loonies around and share the love with the world.
Go Canada Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Mitts


"No one has become poor by giving" Anne Frank.
Yesterday I asked in my blog for suggestions on where to put my Loonie and my sister suggested to put one in an Olympic Mitt.
In case you aren't Canadian and don't know the Hudson Bay Company is dressing the Canadian Athletes at the games. They are selling these Olympic Mitts as seen above for $10. Four dollars from each sale goes to help Canadian athletes. The store couldn't keep the mitts on the shelf. By the beginning of January at least 1,000,000 pairs of mitts had been sold. Approximately equalling one in 35 Canadians have a pair of mitts. Over $4 million dollars has been donated to Canadian athletes. Way to go Canada!!!!!!!
So today at lunch I walked over to The Bay Store to find the Olympic mitts to hid my Loonie in. The Olympic section was teaming with shoppers. As I slid my Loonie into a pair of mitts 3 ladies stood around me trying them on. Maybe one of them found my Loonie as I walked away.
The picture with the fish I took in early January in Kenora Ontario. I was driving from Kitchener Ontario to Calgary Alberta while the the Olympic flame followed us on it's journey across the country. The Flame was coming to Kenora the next day. Kenora is known for the world biggest Husky fish. As we drove by on the Trans Canada Highway we saw these giant mitts swinging from the mouth of the fish. It was the perfect Kodak moment to good to pass up even in the negative 29 degree Celsius weather.
Go Canada Go!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Happy Monday
"It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it" Albert Einstein.
Went to the grocery store on the way home and didn't want to tamper with any merchandise today so put my dollar in the charity bin at the cashier. The money goes to the Calgary Zoo. a very good cause if i must say so myself.
I was looking at the ceiling in my office area and my co-worker asked me what I was looking for and I replied oh something someone hid. Oh she says " like a scavenger hunt". Me "ya sort of". Still looking for where Paul taped up the Loonie. Oh where oh where could that little Lonnie be?
You know when Ii do find it I will just give it away.
I saw a bunch of pennies on the street today and instead of picking them up as I usually do I left them for the next guy. :)
Send me any ideas of where to put my Loonies please!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sherlock Holmes

Happy Sunday

I was thrilled that Todd the creator of the idea of giving a dollar a day away from the the website www.giveawayadollaraday.com read my blog the other day and left me amessage. i thought that was so cool.

I encourage any of my readers to give away a dollar or to just do any act of giving, like dropping some food in the food bank box at the grocery store, or putting money in the tins you find beside the cash register, or donating that dollar or two they ask for at the grocery or drug store to support a charity.

This afternoon I went to a matinee to see Sherlock Holmes and on the way home i dropped a loonie in a Canada Post Mail Box. So must likely the postal worker that empties the box will find it tomorrow.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Chapters

Good evening
I am sorry to say yesterday I missed giving away a dollar. So I made it up today and gave away two.
First of all I would like to say that I think it is weird that since I started giving away money I have not had one person on the street ask me for spare change, because if I did have someone ask and I haven't given my dollar away I would give it to them in an instant no matter what they were going to do with it. So I will let you know when I do get asked the first time.
So Aubrey and I went to Chinook Mall today for shopping and on the way we stopped to wash her car.I had just explained that it is hard to get enough loonies to give away. You see I use an online bank and so I can't just go in and ask for a roll of Loonies. Aubrey had to stop at the car wash and low and behold they had a change machine. Cha ching "change" I am set for a while.
We got to the mall and I said I have to give away two today.Aubrey you can give away one and me the other. We forgot about it until the end of the shopping trip. We were across from Chapters book store and Aubrey says we can hide them in books. Great Idea.(I think Aubrey is having as much fun at this as me when she helps) So I gave Aubrey a Loonie and I kept the other and I said put it in a book that means something to you or in your favourite book. I headed to the children's section to find the best kids book ever (okay one of the best) "Where the Wild Things Are" and picked up a pristine copy and stuck the Loonie inside and put it back on the shelf, secretly hoping a little kid would find it.
I found Aubrey in the Self help section stuffing books back in the shelf.I asked which book did you put it in so I could write in here.It was Dr. Wayne Dyer "10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace". She then had some books in her hand that I couldn't see and said she found some books she wanted to buy. At the cash register she asked me which environmental bag I like the best. So she went up to the counter and bought her books. As we walked out of the store she said "happy birthday Nancy". She had bought me that same Wayne Dyer book and another book called " The Language of Letting Go". I felt the love :)
While I was waiting for her to buy her books I was looking at the stuff around the cash registers and found a little box tittled "the desktop heads of Easter Island". Inside are small stone heads of Easter Island. I plan to put them on the desk of my new office. Since I will have a new position at work soon. I plan to go to Easter Island this Fall and these little guys will give me inspiration. I think i was meant to find them. I need to name the 4 heads so if you have a suggestion let me know.
As a side note we went to this new Greek Restaurant in Calgary. We saw what looked like a yuumy appetizer feta and spinach stuffed into Calamari. Sounds yummy huh??????? It was just as it sounded a giant piece of squid stuffed with green and white mixture. As Aubrey said I almost choked trying to get it down. It was brutally bad. I can still taste it even after the shots of Ouzo the owner gave us. So keep this in mind if you see this on a menu. DON'T trust the waitress when she says it is good. On the other hand the rest of the food was very good.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Aubrey's Loonie

Tonight I went to client event with Aubrey and Bill. As Aubrey and I left I said "oh, I don't know if I have loonie". Aubrey said oh I have one. So Aubrey said lets go hide it and I will take a picture.
So we walked up the street and found the address of a building written out in brass letters. Aubrey said "lets stick it in there in the E" As we were doing it this guy comes up and says "what you doing?" To Aubrey he says "you look guility of something". She said "no, it's not like we are hiding a bomb or anything just hiding a loonie". So i told him that i hide a loonie somewhere cool everyday so someone will find it". Probably a smoker will be standing outside the building smoking tomorrow and turn around and see the loonie and think WOW i found a buck, cool.

I said " you can take the buck if you want it when we leave". He said "no, but i have a nice butt and you can see it for free. (I still don't know what his butt had to do with us hiding a loonie???)So he turns around and pulls up his jacket and shows us his butt. I take a look and say yup it sure is nice. (not that it really was but why hurt his feelings right?).

He says to Aubrey "you still look suspicious". We say bye and walk away and he he still talking to us saying "oh your cute, lol". We just walk away laughing and look back to see if he took the money, but he left it there for someone else.
It was fun is all I can say.
Ps will post the picture once Aubrey send it to me!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Lonnie in Wall


Tonight I went to a client appreciation event with our corporate travel agent FCM Travel. I was sitting with Paul and remembered i still had my Loonie for the day. As i pull out the Loonie Paul smiles and starts looking around at where I can put it and looks at the wall of loosely cemented brick.I look too and there is a perfect ledge to sit it on.
Corrina is watching and is wondering what i am doing.I explain to her about giving away a dollar a day. She looks at it and wants to take it and i say no you can't someone has to find it. Then Paul says hey you are supposed to give it away with no conditions so she could take it if she wants. Of course Paul was right so i said yup you can take it if you want.
It was still there when we left and maybe Corrina did take it maybe not. It doesn't matter someone will find it.
Paul took a picture but i couldn't get it to upload.
What have you done for the world today?
Have a great one.
Nancy

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Gift with Purchase

At work today my co-worker Paul came up and said I told my son about your blog and what you were doing and he liked the idea so much he went and hid a Loonie. But Paul wouldn't tell me where it was.
I asked Paul today if he found any money today. He said NOT!
I told him all the places that I had placed Loonies that hadn't been claimed. He said "after about 300 days and $300 left hidden around you will go back when you need money one day and retrieve them". "Not a chance" I said. I am amused that they haven't been found they aren't hidden that hard.
So today as I walked home I was thinking where am I going to hide it today. I was off to the Co-op grocery store and had a bright idea. A gift with purchase usually means you get a sample of a product the company makes. Today you get a buck. Almost like a rebate but you don't have to wait weeks while you mail off the form and the receipts and receive the cheque for $1 in the mail lol.
I love chocolate and figured that was the place to hide it. So I found a Dove Milk chocolate bar, checked up and down the aisle to see if anyone was watching and slipped the Loonie down the back of the cardboard wrapper and placed it back on the shelf. I am sure I looked suspicious to the security team watching on the cameras. lol.
As I walked away the first thing I thought was it that considered food tampering, adding a germ covered coin in a package of chocolate? Hum well it's too late now unless I buy that bar. No one will know it was me unless they are reading this blog and since there is only one follower who lives in Ontario who is my sister I think I am in the clear.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Monday February 1st.
Since I started doing this I have started to tell friends and co-workers what I am doing and now they share there stories of things they do. Like my two friends were with me when I hid the Lonnie in Banff and the next week they were excited to go back and see if the Loonie on the wall was gone. It was but that's okay hopefully it came in handy for soomeone.
My friend Tanya was staying over and was asking me where I was going to put my Loonie tomorrow when we were in the elevator and I said I was going to leave one on the ledge in the elevator but couldn't reach. She is taller than me and reached up and put a loonie in that same spot. She emailed me today excited to ask me if hers was gone, it was.

I am always telling my co-worker at work where I hid the Loonies and then telling him when I check on them if they are still there. So today he told me he taped a Lonnie somewhere in my office and said I WILL find it. So I went back to my office almost straining my neck to stare at every spot on the ceiling. I have not found it yet, but it is almost like a scavenger hunt. Fun for both of us.
So before I left work today I hide a dollar in his office and we shall see when he finds it.

A dollar a day is not a lot of money but I get a lot of joy out of finding a creative place to hide it each day and that is worth at least a dollar for my amusement. Then there is the happiness in just giving something away to a random stranger.
What have you done for others today?
Have yourself a great day!!!!!

www.GiveAwayADollarADay.com

I became inspired to begin giving away a dollar a day after viewing the website GiveAwayADollarADay.com. The paragragph below comes from this site.

"Give Away A Dollar A Day is the fun and simple way of opening your life up for more abundance and prosperity to flow. It's just like it sounds - you give away one dollar, every day. The best way to do this is anonymously, and in a public place. But what really makes this practice so genuine and empowering is that you decide where and how to give away your dollar - not to us, but to whomever and however you want."

This week I had an inspiration to share my experiences of giving away a dollar a day.
I started giving away a dollar a day on January 5th.

I had no idea where I should put my first dollar (Loonie, I am Canadian and we don't have dollar bills :) ) It was a freezing cold January day and I had just arrived home from driving from Kitchener Ontario to Calgary, Alberta; three long days and nights in negative 29 degree weather. Being tired and lazy I didn't want to go too far to hide the first dollar. When i went downstairs to get my mail i noticed a ledge above the boxes. Perfect I thought. The first Loonie was laid. I was pretty excited thinking about who would find it and would they smile and say "yeah i found a buck?" or say "what's a dollar doing up there?" I just hoped they were happy.
I came down the next day to go to work and was disappointed to find the Loonie was still there. By the end of the day it was gone.
So the fun had began. I am not sure if I am really doing this right. I have made this a fun thing. I like to give the money away but want to have fun doing it and don't want to make it too easy to find the Loonie. I want people to discover them. It's fun for me to find a place to put it on the way home from work. If I pass by the same way I check to see if it is gone and if it is I wonder who found it and sometimes hope it was a homeless person or someone that really needed it. But that's the thing I will never know will I?
So where have I hidden them so far? Window ledges on the way home, in the rungs of bus benches, in the elevator in my condo, on the rock wall in the parking lot on Banff, in the arm of a sculpture, under a box of Chocolate Lucky Charms (I was hoping a little kid would pick up the box and find the money), in the pockets of pants I tried on at Winners, in the curves of the letters on the sign on the wall of a store, on top of the parking meter, in the cutouts in the legs of the furniture in the lobby of my building, in the cabinet where the fire extinguisher is.
I have gone back and looked to see if the loonies are gone. The loonies in the letters on the wall, the Loonie in the leg of the furniture, the Loonie on the window sill down the street the 4 quarters on the window sill down stairs are all still there.