“Coins always make sound but currency notes are always silent, so when ever your value increases keep yourself calm and silent.”

Yesterday was lovely with sun and unseasonable warmth. Gracie and I had some errands, but first I wanted a bit of fun shopping. The store, though, was closed as was the candy store beside it where I could have salved my disappointment with a bit of chocolate, my panacea for any ills or low spirits. Sadly I was left with utilitarian shopping for dog food, cat litter, bread and eggs. I did buy a cupcake, a chocolate cupcake, which raised my spirits.

Today is dark and damp, the air perfectly still. It is not the sort of weather which tempts me to go out or even to get dressed. I will make my bed and pay my bills and consider it a day well-spent, yup, well-spent.

I remember learning about money. The worksheet had drawings of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. I guess the 50 cent piece wasn’t important or the nuns thought we could figure it out by elimination and, if that didn’t work, by reading the coin. The worksheet was filled with math problems using money. What coins would you use to add up to 12 cents, 28 cents or 30 cents? I, who never liked math, enjoyed the coin problems. They were more like a puzzle. What coins would you give back if the person gave you a quarter for a purchase of 17 cents? Even though that was real math, subtraction, you still had the puzzle of which coins. For a long time after that I always counted out my coins one at a time from one hand to the other. I’d say ten cents for the dime then eleven cents, twelve cents and on and on when I added pennies. When I was older, I got an allowance of 50 cents a week, always a single coin.

Most birthdays I got a dollar in my cards from my aunt and my grandmother. That opened up a whole new can of worms. Counting money got just a bit more complicated

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12 Comments on ““Coins always make sound but currency notes are always silent, so when ever your value increases keep yourself calm and silent.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    No money in my school. We had to use fingers. 🙂 Then I developed a system where each written number had counting points on it. I would count the points on each number by tapping them with the point of my pencil. Some years ago I read about someone’s trademarked system of teaching math to younger kids who were having a problem. It was my system. I coulda made a million. 🙂

    My father used to count change on the dining room table. He would dump all the coins out, level the pile and begin with the quarters. Using two fingers, he would pull each coin towards the edge of the table where his other hand would be waiting to catch it as it slid off. He’d count out enough to make a roll, stack them and start a new count. He was fast. When the quarters were done, he went to the nickels and then to the dimes. I can still hear him mumbling “G.. d… silver pennies” whenever he pulled one of those instead of a dime. 🙂

    Yesterday was lovely. Today is not so lovely. Rocky is at day care because he needs to run off some energy. He has more than I can walk off even with multiple daily walks. He likes playing with other dogs anyway.
    I’m swearing at my printer. It is making all the right moves and sounds but no ink gets deposited on the paper. I replaced the cartridges and ran several diagnostics, calibrations and nozzle cleanings. Finally it made a ghost of a print. I thought that things were looking up. Nope. Faded to nothingness again.
    Time for a new one, I think.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      We didn’t have real money-we had worksheets with drawings of money. The nuns would rap your fingers if she caught you using them. I could see many hands hidden under desks as kids used their fingers in secret.

      My dad counted money the same way. I remember him sliding the coin toward the edge. Come to think of it, that’s how I do it too, none of those fancy coin counting machines for me.

      Today is a perfectly drab day. Gracie runs the circumference of the yard several times and then comes inside panting and with a face filled with spit. She only likes one dog, our neighbors.

      I have a new printer which won’t work either. I have a friend who isn;t around yet but when he is, I’m screaming for help. I hate computers and printers because I can’t even pretend to know how to fix them.

      Have a pleasant day despite how ugly it is outside!

      • Caryn Says:

        Ah, you could have used my (unfortunately not-patented) counting point system. No fingers would be apparent. There would only be the point of your pencil tapping lightly on the paper. Nuns would assume you were cogitating and think highly of you. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        If only I had known back then!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Can’t remember us having coins in my school either but we did have our math problems where coins were included. I have always loved math though´, coins or no coins. Now days we only have kronor but we used to have öre too, 100 öre was the same as 1 krona and 1 krona would give me lots of candy 🙂

    The lady in the candy store always looked very sad when we came in with an entire krona and wated to pick 100 small candies. She usually said I know what You like so I’ll just pick it for you 🙂

    Windy and cold here now, the wind is howling in the chimney and even if I like the sound I think it’s quite enough to just have it cold without any wind 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      We didn’t have actual money either, just pictures of money on paper. I have never liked math. English and history were always my favorite subjects, and I ended up teaching both.

      When I went to the penny candy store, I was lucky to have a nickel or a dime.

      Still ugly here and even damper than it was.

      Enjoy your evening!

  3. Bob Says:

    I can’t remember what we used in school to learn how to count money. However, I did learn how to count back change when I worked during one summer in High School as a Good Humor ice cream salesman. I road a big three wheel tricycle with a heavy ice cream box in front and pedaled that thing couple of miles from the ice cream plant to the shopping area and return in the summer heat for minimum wage. I would take the amount of the customer’s purchase and count back his change to arrive at the amount of money he handed to me. I wore one of those metal coin holders around my waist to dispense the coins. I hate that today no one knows how to make or count back your change. The computer tells the clerk your amount of change and they hand you a pile of bills and coins in your empty palm and say, ‘your change is two dollars and twenty three cents’.

    When I travel to Canada I can’t use the expression, ‘I want to put in my two cents worth’ because they don’t have pennies or even one dollar bills. They only have one dollar coins. I think they still call their dollar a Looney because the coin and the former bill had a Looney bird on the money. I think we are the only country that still mints pennies and one dollar bills.

    • katry Says:

      I too hate that many cashiers have no idea how to count change. If the registers didn’t do it for them, they’d be hard-pressed to figure it out.

      I remember the Good Humor ice cream men but mine had trucks. Riding a bike sounds like the worse sort of job for a hot summer day, especially at minimum wage. I admire your perseverance.

      They don’t have any coins smaller than a dollar? That means you have to pay at least a dollar for anything no after how small. I agree we can do without pennies, but not the rest of them. I still use quarters in parking meters. I think you’re right about the loon on the money.

      • Bob Says:

        I don’t know about other coins, but the penny is gone and the dollar bill is now a coin. Eh?

      • katry Says:

        I know the dollar coins here kept getting mistaken for quarters. I have a few I got from the subway tickets boxes as change.

  4. Vintage Spins Says:


    We have nickels, dimes, quarters, toonies and loonies. Sadly, no one wants to accept our poor old coppers – prices are now rounded up or down.

    Just to clarify, the vast majority of Canadians do NOT say “eh?”. It’s a tiresome stereotype fueled in part by that moronic show for morons, Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie. (I’m one Canadian who admits that she has yet to see a Canadian “comedy” programme that is even remotely funny.)

    I’m enjoying your Dylanfest – and can’t wait to see what you’ve got in the works for tomorrow. 😉


    • katry Says:

      I wouldn’t mind seeing the penny disappear then prices like $7.99 could also go by the wayside. I always think anything priced with a .99 is silly.

      I knew that about “eh?” as it has always been played for laughs when I’ve heard it. I live in Massachusetts where the Boston accent is also played for laughs or, in movies, poorly spoken like an exaggeration. It drives me crazy.

      Got two more Dylan requests for today!

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