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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1250 on: December 06, 2018, 05:54:55 PM »
I prefer an over-medium egg with salt and pepper on a slice of buttered toast.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1251 on: December 06, 2018, 06:35:32 PM »
Baby slept in enough that I could have coffee in bed with my husband this morning. A very cheap luxury!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1252 on: December 07, 2018, 04:34:46 AM »
I was working outside my house, cleaning out snow by hand. Then I heard a woodpecker. I always like to hear them minding their own business close to people doing their work. I couldn't locate it though, and I hope it was pecking into a tree and not somewhere into my house. There are lots of trees around my house.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1253 on: December 07, 2018, 05:00:33 AM »
Baby slept in enough that I could have coffee in bed with my husband this morning. A very cheap luxury!

Ahhh, coffee.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1254 on: December 09, 2018, 03:31:23 AM »
Waking up early (not to early)rested. All is quiet, a cup or two of coffee and doing what I am doing now. Reading/on my laptop and enjoying the peace and quiet with the fire on low before the day gets rumbling!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1255 on: December 09, 2018, 08:19:49 AM »
Making a giant batch of pesto from my basil plants I just harvested. Because it's December, and that's when basil growing season ends in Houston...

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1256 on: December 09, 2018, 11:37:17 AM »
It was really cold this morning (16ºF/-9ºC), and neither husband nor I had anywhere to go. We slept in and then enjoyed coffee and a hot breakfast in our south-facing kitchen with the winter sun streaming in. I love the angle of the light in December.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1257 on: December 09, 2018, 10:08:06 PM »
Took the dog for a bike ride this evening. Was sprinkling ever so slightly. Just enough to make everything wet. I love to hear the sound of the bike tires on the wet pavement, the dog's toe nails trotting along, the sound of the trees and the wind. She's snoring a little right now, sound to sleep on her dog bed.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1258 on: December 10, 2018, 12:11:12 AM »
Yesterday I had my first cross country skiing trip this winter. Very good tracks most of the way. Very few people in the tracks. Nice light in the sky.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1259 on: December 10, 2018, 08:59:30 AM »
Love the color of the sky @Linda_Norway !

I baked gingerbread today, and now the aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla permeates the apartment. DD said it smells like Christmas. Once the icing sets, we are going to have fun decorating the gingerbread house.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1260 on: December 10, 2018, 10:08:15 AM »
Love the look of that, Linda.  No snow that stays here yet.  That's life of Söte Bror.

My happy cheap thing today is soup.  Today with lentils, onion, carrot and selleri.  With a sandwich on the side and glass of milk too.  Not quite ready yet, but I better go check my stove again. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1261 on: December 10, 2018, 06:26:24 PM »
My happy cheap thing today is soup, too! Ham, veggie and potato, simmered in the crockpot all day...time from entering the door from work and eating was less than 5 min. Perfect after a 10 degree bike ride home!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1262 on: December 11, 2018, 03:38:35 AM »
Yes to soups and stews!   Last night I made a big pot of black-eyed pea stew with bits of ham and sausage.  Served it hot over rice with vinegar sprinkled on top.  Very cheap and yummmm.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1263 on: December 11, 2018, 08:42:53 AM »
Have to jump on the soup/stew/crockpot -cooking train! Made a new vegetarian lentil chili this weekend that was absolutely delicious on such a cold day. And have lots of leftovers for this week, yummy :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1264 on: December 12, 2018, 07:38:59 AM »
The feeling of the sun on your back on a very cold day.

The look on someone's face when they expect you to have a complaint or problem and you give them a present instead.  I dropped off a small box of cookies for our apartment's leasing office, and for our IT department at work, and the look on their faces was wonderful.  This is my favorite part of the holidays.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1265 on: December 12, 2018, 07:22:09 PM »
Pomegranates. They’re $1.19 each at the local Aldi and they’re both delicious and oddly satisfying to pull apart.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1266 on: December 15, 2018, 11:17:28 PM »
The look on someone's face when they expect you to have a complaint or problem and you give them a present instead.  I dropped off a small box of cookies for our apartment's leasing office, and for our IT department at work, and the look on their faces was wonderful.  This is my favorite part of the holidays.

We do a lot of business with the local post office. We always drop-off cookies, snacks, fruits, etc around Christmas in the past several years. They are always slammed around this time of the year. The line snakes all the way into the lobby. We hope our little gift makes their day a bit brighter.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1267 on: December 25, 2018, 09:13:03 AM »
Coffee and fruitcake for breakfast, tamales to follow, and a peaceful Christmas Day with no scheduled plans.

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1268 on: December 26, 2018, 05:43:07 AM »
Venus was absolutely gorgeous this morning before dawn -- huge and luminous, shining like a diamond in the southeast sky. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1269 on: December 26, 2018, 06:34:19 AM »
being able to mountain bike and hike again after two long surgery recoveries this summer/fall

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1270 on: December 28, 2018, 07:17:43 PM »
Library books, $4 Revlon sale lipstick, bars of Ivory soap, and Costco coffee. Just love 'em.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1271 on: December 29, 2018, 07:29:05 AM »
Tea while watching the whistling ducks on the lake behind our house.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1272 on: December 29, 2018, 10:59:46 AM »
Eating frozen blueberries with chopsticks.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1273 on: December 30, 2018, 07:37:41 PM »
I woke up, looked out the window, and it was snowing!  We've been lamenting that we didn't get a White Christmas, so it was nice to see. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1274 on: December 31, 2018, 07:33:52 AM »
A game of give-and-take with a friend’s very cute and mostly non-verbal early toddler. Basically, she would give a little stuffie to me (or sometimes throw it at me which was apparently hysterically funny), I would thank her and hug it, give it back to her, and get a joyous squeal in return. Rinse and repeat until she hit peak glee.

I really don’t get to spend enough time with kids aged 6-18 months. They’re so much fun.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1275 on: December 31, 2018, 07:38:27 AM »
At Christmas I found out that my brother has found a job again. A bit outside his exact field of expertise,  which makes him more generally attractive as an employee. As he has been without a job for some time and only had temp jobs before that. He likes the company, has a decent commute and can in the morning cycle his sun to school before going to work. I am very happy for him.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1276 on: December 31, 2018, 01:22:58 PM »
A surprise December day in the mid-60s F. Like today. Except the rains set in shortly. Still enjoying hearing the wind roaring through the tall trees.

I'll take what I can get.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1277 on: December 31, 2018, 06:56:07 PM »
Finding a pair of earplugs in my pocket during the countdown to "midnight"* with a dozen screaming kids.

*The parents don't want to stay up until midnight, and don't want the kids to stay up either, so we pull up a video of the Sydney fireworks and show it at 7pm :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1278 on: December 31, 2018, 08:18:52 PM »
Or an occasional internet failure near bedtime...

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1279 on: January 01, 2019, 10:52:46 AM »
Really good leftover food from a New Years Party!  Mini Pizzas!  :D

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1280 on: January 02, 2019, 12:50:36 PM »
Finding a pair of earplugs in my pocket during the countdown to "midnight"* with a dozen screaming kids.

*The parents don't want to stay up until midnight, and don't want the kids to stay up either, so we pull up a video of the Sydney fireworks and show it at 7pm :)

My kids are grown now.  That's one thing I miss about when they were little - the ability to trick them.  It's an underappreciated but satisfying aspect of parenting.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1281 on: January 03, 2019, 01:13:59 AM »
Yesterday my DH found out that the new season of one of our favorite TV shows is back on TV (world champions in different sports competing each other). We missed the first episode, but watched it online together last night. It was every bit as interesting as the other years.

It is on the channel that we have to pay for anyway, as we own a TV. So there is no additional cost. It is also commercial free.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1282 on: January 03, 2019, 11:05:28 AM »
What is the name of the TV show?

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1283 on: January 03, 2019, 06:14:16 PM »
Path of Exile... free

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1284 on: January 03, 2019, 07:16:15 PM »
Libraries, libraries, libraries. Wandered around the stacks of my local library today. Found and borrowed a book I've wanted to read, "The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South." Sooo good. I had first seen the author, Michael W. Twitty, in a 18th-century cooking YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwkRWIwZ43A

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1285 on: January 04, 2019, 11:18:43 AM »
I'm almost 41 years old. At this morning's dentist appointment, I learned that I still have not developed my first cavity. AND I got a bag of freebie dental products.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1286 on: January 05, 2019, 05:42:34 AM »
Slept early last night so I woke up early on Saturday, then enjoy my coffee and browsing for news in my home office. Really appreciate the quite time before my little troublemaker wake up lol

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1287 on: January 05, 2019, 08:46:26 AM »
I'm almost 41 years old. At this morning's dentist appointment, I learned that I still have not developed my first cavity. AND I got a bag of freebie dental products.

kudos to that! Seriously, that is awesome.
I was not responsible with oral care in college, and also ran a lot of long distance races (so ate a lot of sugary energy products) in my late teens, and now 10 years later I'm paying for it with 4 cavities I have to get filled with no dental insurance. I also skipped the dentist for about 5 years, which is another thing I'm kicking 18 year old me for.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1288 on: January 05, 2019, 03:57:02 PM »
I'm almost 41 years old. At this morning's dentist appointment, I learned that I still have not developed my first cavity. AND I got a bag of freebie dental products.

kudos to that! Seriously, that is awesome.
I was not responsible with oral care in college, and also ran a lot of long distance races (so ate a lot of sugary energy products) in my late teens, and now 10 years later I'm paying for it with 4 cavities I have to get filled with no dental insurance. I also skipped the dentist for about 5 years, which is another thing I'm kicking 18 year old me for.

Yeah, my minimal sweet tooth has definitely helped. But a lot of it is sheer dumb luck. I have celiac disease that wasn't caught until I was in grad school so my teeth have loads of white spots due to nutrient malabsorption, to the extent that a new dental hygienist asked if I had been malnourished as a child. I am careful with my teeth, though. My grandma had full dentures, and I think that scared me into good dental hygiene as a kid.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1289 on: January 06, 2019, 05:23:26 AM »
Days like yesterday in the Fridgid upper Midwest getting up to 50 degrees and sunny and able to walk along the Lake front in January.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1290 on: January 06, 2019, 09:16:58 AM »
Today I joined a free mushroom picking trip from the club that I'm a member of. There was a real expert too, so I learned some new species. Nice to meet many familiar like-minded people again. And I even found an edible species, in January! Flammulina Velutipes.

I took the train on my husband's train card, so the transport didn't cost anything.

Tonight I am making food that contains a plant I found in the spring.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1291 on: January 06, 2019, 10:08:02 AM »
I live the snuggle of a comfortable shawl when the room is a little cool, but not cold enough to adjust the thermostat.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1292 on: January 06, 2019, 10:43:11 AM »
 Made a tray of lasagna from scratch. Taking cheap generic Prevacid antacid which allows me to eat the lasagna without too much of a problem with acid stomach. Putting on grubby clothing for a walk up and down a local hill, to burn some calories and to affect the blood numbers in a good way. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1293 on: January 07, 2019, 09:50:40 AM »
Progress on projects around the house. Thanks to warm weather: repairs to two of our cars so I can ready one for sale.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1294 on: January 08, 2019, 07:29:42 PM »
Went for a hike today and rounding a rock outcropping get a nice view of a great horned owl perched about 20 ft away watched us. It was almost noon so even though it was cloudy I was not expecting to see one out and about.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1295 on: January 08, 2019, 08:55:15 PM »
Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips leftover from Christmas baking.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1296 on: January 09, 2019, 12:22:02 PM »
The slight pops and crackles in vintage records before the music starts.  Bought at the thrift store for $1 of course!  So much magic out there you will never find on iTunes or Spotify or Soundcloud...

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1297 on: January 10, 2019, 01:52:21 AM »
Having a good conversation at home where we find resolving solutions for stressful problems.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1298 on: January 15, 2019, 10:14:17 PM »
The inaturalist app on my phone. Searching for and identifying birds, plants, and most of all mushrooms 🍄 Very challenging!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1299 on: January 16, 2019, 08:08:21 AM »
"dog hugs" and a happy dog.