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Hello my friends! It’s been a little while since I’ve seen you…

…and in a little while so much can happen!  Please forgive me for wandering offline for a bit but I promise you my time away well – I made the most of it! Check it out below:)

The Lucky Penny will be back in action very soon with all new inspiration, travel, recipes, NYC tales,  Fuzzy Friday’s, and perhaps even a few New additions;)

Here’s what I’ve been up to recently….




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The Trouble Tree

The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stoney silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. After opening the door, he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. Afterward, he walked me to my car. We passed the tree, and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier. “Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing for sure, troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning, I pick them up again.” “Funny thing is,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick them up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”

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Walking the Brooklyn Bridge

On Mothers Day this past May, my mother decided she wanted to spend the afternoon with me and her husband walking the Brooklyn Bridge.  Although I have been living in New York City for almost 15 years, I ashamedly admit that until that day I had yet to walk over the infamous bridge myself.  The bridge, completed in 1883, is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States and spans 1,595.5 feet connecting Manhattan with Brooklyn over the East River.  As luck would have it Mothers Day turned out to be a beautiful and sunny day here in NYC, perfect weather for our little Brooklyn Bridge Adventure.  After crossing the bridge into Brooklyn, we stopped at the infamous Grimaldi’s Pizza located just under the bridge in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) for some delectable pizza before making our way back over the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan.  Here are some pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge that I took hoping to share them with you:)  Enjoy!

Statues of John Roebling, his son Washington Roebling and Washington’s wife Emily who were chiefly responsible for the design and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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