Well, shortly after I made my last post we went to pick up Sam from daycare and we found out he'd been lethargic and sick all day and was running a fever again. He's been home since then but lethargic and increasingly unwilling to eat or drink. Today we too him back to the doctor and then later in the day had to give up and take him to the ER because he wasn't peeing anymore. Turns out he as pneumonia... at two and a half... and his O2Sats are low and he'll probably be getting admitted again for what I guess at this point will be his 4th hospital stay.
Because of COVID I have to stay home until and unless he's admitted to the hospital and they may not even let me come until his PCR test comes back negative. I guess we'll see. I'd rather give Ben to his grandmother and go to the hospital but they just don't allow that right now... but all the laundry is done. There is once again not a dirty towel in the house.
So, sometimes when I'm on here a lot its because work is slow. Sometimes it is because a baby has been using me as an inclined bed for 2 days and I have a TV and smartphone with an NGC app.
The last week or so while taking care of him and waiting on grades I've been doing some shopping for more raw Zimbabwean coins in new and old types to pick through for a future 2nd submission.
Some things will depend on the grades that come back on the submission that is out - Mostly if any coins come back with particularly bad grades I'll probably be trying again on those if I can get better examples - but I know in the next round I'll be sending in a $5 pre-hyperinflation coin, one of the $2 Bond coins, and, if I can find some that look decent, a pre-hyperinflation $2 and a $1 Bond Coin. There are a couple of others I need to try to get like one of the pennies from before they switched to a steel-plated version.
I'll probably send those in around February 2022 - once I have a decent number pulled together to send in - and they'll come back... eventually... Maybe in time for the 2022 awards deadline...
Shandy has been laughing at me a bit for my shopping and calling me obsessed and ridiculous, but I feel like this set of coins needs to exist / be made to go alongside that note set - which is more or less complete at this point with all but the Cargill Bearer checks and a couple other issues (P-28, P-29, P-31, P-72) included. P-105 doesn't count. I'll buy that as soon as graded examples hit the market at a reasonable price.
It also feels like a fitting thing to be working on while Sam is sick considering it has been my time occupation and distraction since he was born. Maybe that's why I had to expand to the coin set and I just can't close the book on this project.
While this is a direct continuation of what I started in 2019 and 2020, 2021 has definitely started a new phase, from shopping online for already graded examples to buying multiples raw and picking through for nicer examples as I dig deeper and deeper into areas that few others care about and which there isn't enough of a market for to get dealers submitting...
But, as I'll get into later, I'm not the only one buying these, and I don't seem to be quite the only one grading them.
Sadly he's not much improved this morning and he can't come home until he's eating and drinking on his own again, but at least he hopefully won't get any worse now that he can have IV fluids and effective meds.