canada is getting rid of the penny!

i know!!!! this news story TOTALLY sounds like an april fool’s joke, doesn’t it?! but, it is indeed true. now, i honestly only found out about this monetary development on sunday, so i am very highly embarrassed because the penny decision came down on thursday. hey, when you have neither a newspaper subscription nor a tv and spend wayyyy more time reading blogs than searching out cnn online, it sometimes takes a bit for current affairs to hit your radar.


here are a couple of links to stories from the globe and mail [the globe doesn’t really have a sense of humour, so you know they wouldn’t josh around about the penny and make an april 1st joke]:

penny to die, but GST, HST to still be calculated to the cent [who made up that title? they split the verb! eesh, i hate that!]

penny’s demise signals an empire in decline

ode to the humble penny

i, for one, am delighted by this governmental, budgetary decision. i have considered pennies a nuisance for years. the penny only hits me sentimentally when i think back to my childhood years, and dad’s astounding penny collection – dad had pounds of pennies in huge, glass mason jars! as a child, i distinctly remember being out with mom, shopping, and we never, ever gave pennies to make correct change. mom would say, “we’ll save the pennies to take home to daddy!” i’ve told you how i won’t stop to pick up a penny on the sidewalk. hmmm, maybe i better change my ways and begin to hoard pennies asap. that one cent coin could be worth ten times its current value in, say, fifty years!

sidenote: do you know how incredibly easy it was to come up with a multitude of “letter c”-themed blog titles? i very likely could have dashed off twenty different posts, in a matter of minutes. the creative ideas were coming at me fast and furious!

here are a few of the brainwaves that did not make the cut:

~ cruising (bff debbie recently returned from a cruise, so i was thinking back to the cruise we went on which was at least fifteen years ago. i have very fond memories of that eastern caribbean holiday! debbie’s travel itinerary featured many of the stops that we made, so i loved seeing her gorgeous photos and hearing her stories)

~ conestoga mall (i almost went back up there on sunday afternoon – my huge fashion fever show no signs of abating!)

~ cutoff shorts (i think i have found a pair that i really like at o.w. sports – they’re roxy brand and they’re on sale)

~ coffee (this topic has been overdone on this blog and has grown tiresome)

~ cutie c (i could so easily pop up sixteen photos of my darling younger niece and bingo! there’s the blog post). ok, twist my arm, you do need one picture…

file photo: march 16.2012; i think we were playing bus stop

~ cereal (again, we need not revisit this subject again soon)

~ camaros (i know nothing about cars. this one has always looked cool)


~ cheers (second best sitcom ever, after seinfeld)

~ computers (we could debate the merits of mac vs pc [microsoft?]. so boring, so tedious)

~ cityline (they should never have let marilyn go)

~ comment รงa va? (exposรฉ on why i do not regret having a french degree that is of no use to me, today)

~ california (never been, want to go)

c” what i mean? somehow, i have this feeling that not all alphabet letters are going to be this simple to work with…currently, i am stuck for “g” which is due for saturday…feel free to help a girl out (guest post, anyone? haha!).

pennies: love ’em or leave ’em? dad – do you rue the day you cashed in your impressive stockpile??!

what would you choose to write about for a blog post beginning with the letter “c”? anyone else feel like we’re on an episode of sesame street??!


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  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On April 5, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Ralph would be with you on this one, Cathy. He’s been complaining about pennies bein a nusance for as long as I’ve know him-over 20 years!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 5, 2012 at 7:01 am

      do plan a trip to canada, fran! but after this summer – the transition out of the penny will be gradual. then ralph will be in seventh heaven!

  • Dorry (@dorrybird)  On April 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    my dad & billy have both been saying that the penny will soon be gone here, too! I think it’s bizarre, but probably makes sense in the long run. I hate pennies unless they are beautiful & shiny. you must make it to California! but not before you come visit me in NYC. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      it will be interesting to see if the U.S. does indeed also get rid of the penny…i was wondering that, too! i agree that a brand new penny is pretty neat! ours have queen elizabeth on one side and a maple leaf on the other, and they look pretty spiffy when new. you are on! nyc BEFORE california!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Stephanie  On April 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I used to like pennies, when you could buy candy for a penny. I’d go to the corner store with a quarter and spend ages in front of the counter, painstakingly picking out each candy. I’m sure the clerk looooooooooooooved me…

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      you raise a good point, stephanie! since we can no longer actually BUY anything for a cent – or even a few cents – why have this needless coinage?! i do remember when you could get a jawbreaker for about 5 cents – ah, the good ol’ days! and yes – it was hard to choose just what to spend the precious cents on!

  • Johanna B  On April 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I am a news junkie.

    I pick up pennies whenever I see them and I always (when I am able) give exact change.

    c blog posts? I would have to do coffee. I had to fast for 12 hours last night for a blood draw this morning and I missed my morning coffee. Catastrophe. Now, that’s a C I can get behind.

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      it IS so satisfying to give exact change, isn’t it? i really dislike when i have to give a nickel and get back four of those pennies!! i hope you got coffee AFTER your blood work and thwarted that catastrophe! if you also got a cookie, then you would really be with today’s comment discussion! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lisa  On April 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Cookie. yes. Cookie would be the C word coming to mind for me first for a blog post…although I haven’t made any in a while!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      i would love to see what variation you could invent for a cookie, lisa! you have been on a real winning streak lately! (ok, i know you have had some flops, but you have shared your successes!) .

  • Gina Unger  On April 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Too ironic about the penny… Jeff and I took the kids to the Royal Canadian Mint last Tuesday – JUST prior to the big announcement – where we were given a tour of the building that makes coins for more than half the countries in the world. very interesting stuff! anyway, we were told that to make 1 cent it costs 1.5 cents, so we were given a heads-up that the penny would be history soon. what timing, eh?
    as for “G” titles… how about girly, green, gobsmacked, grouchy, grandiose… GINA! – ha ha for the last one. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      that is a super cool field trip to take with the kidlets, gina! that is something that can appeal to any age group, i would think. i thought you were going to say they gave you each a free penny as you walked out! well, i ALMOST typed in the blog post “a GUEST post from GINA!” haha! thanks for brainstorming other ideas for me, too! (i think a good one popped into my brain this morning!).

  • Alison  On April 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I heard about the penny on Sunday too, and my only concern is how it will impact the cost of things. Other than that, I’m great with getting rid of it!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      thanks for your comment, alison! i bet you anything they round UP all of our prices!! we shall see!

  • Zo  On April 3, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Yep, I’m with Juanita. Cookie all the way. I used to buy Girl Scout cookies from a colleague…but now mr. sc’s daughter sells them, so she’s our supplier. My colleague not realizing this and afraid I’d miss my chance, put me down for two boxes of thin mints…so, I have a lot of (yummy) cookies. Hmm..this may have to be a post for me!
    I know they talk about getting rid of pennies here too…I think it would be sensible, but that doesn’t mean it will happen!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 3, 2012 at 9:45 am

      now that is nicely convenient to have a girl guide cookie supplier in the house! and too funny that your colleague automatically signed you up, too! nice of you to give everyone your support! from what i understand, you can get more types of girl guide cookies nowadays, plus you can get varieties in the U.S. that we do not have in canada – at least that is what i gather from other blogs!

  • Juanita  On April 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

    For me… C is for Cookie. After watching the box of Girl Guide cookies get inhaled at our house, I would probably write about that.

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 3, 2012 at 8:24 am

      yes! it IS girl guide cookie season! we loved the vanilla and chocolate sandwich cookies SO MUCH when we were kids! do enjoy your cookies!!

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