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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1450 on: May 05, 2019, 05:18:23 AM »
Another cheap/free thing that I find tremendously enjoyable:

Visiting places from my past.

This is very cheap for locations that are within the same city. I merely have to catch public transport and do a bit of walking.

It can be a street, a whole suburb, a train track, an abandoned building, a park, you name it.

I'm not quite sure how to put it in words, but there are aspects of nostalgia, atmosphere and mindfulness to this. I like re-connecting with the sights, sounds, memories of a particular area. Kind of reminiscing and being very present. I'll take a long walk through an area, maybe rest here and there and just take in the scenery. Maybe pull out my laptop and do some work or listen to a podcast. Just basically "be there" in that place. It's very calming and peaceful.

I get that the world is ever-changing and we need to adapt to that, but at the same time, I like to maintain some kind of continuity amidst all the change, and I find that returning to places from the past helps give me that continuity.

Anyway, I don't think change in the world is always instantaneous or arbitrary anyway. It's usually gradual and un-even, with patches of the new mixed in with patches of the old. Like, when smartphones came out, it's not like everyone instantly had an iPhone - people had different phones at different times, and competitors like Samsung came along very early on, so even a change as massive as that was gradual and uneven.

Locations are like this - you see a new building come up one year, then a year goes by and nothing changes, then a building comes down or a part of the road gets renovated, etc. etc. So I see that the character of a location is very slow to change and usually bears some chain of continuity with the past. And most places seem to retain some kind of "essence" that's very very slow to change. I can look at pictures of certain neighbourhoods from when I was a child and see some common elements between now and then.

So I enjoy "keeping in touch" with a place and watching it evolve over time. Somehow it makes me feel more connected to the world and to myself. I think this is the kind of connection people seek when they get out into nature or look up at the stars. For me it's most visceral when it's connected to places from my past, both recent and long ago.

Also I like the freshness of being in a place right now, that I was in years ago. Somehow I feel more alive and awake from having a memory of some phenomena and simultaneously being in direct contact with those phenomena in their present form. Again, perhaps this goes back to the idea of 'mindfulness' and escaping being in one's head by getting back to being in direct contact with the world.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1451 on: May 05, 2019, 03:21:09 PM »
@conwy -- love your musings.  Have you ever read any books by Alain de Botton?  He has one called The Art of Travel that I think you might enjoy.   In it he talks about what travel means to him and also discusses the wanderings of famous historical figures.  He tries to get at the root of what travel means to humans.  It's deep stuff, but a very light read. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1452 on: May 07, 2019, 01:48:32 PM »
I wanted something sweet, so I'm making Apple Crumble with the apples from our farm box.

Easy, tasty, and even reasonably nutritious!

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« Reply #1453 on: May 08, 2019, 12:02:54 PM »
Reasonably cheap... we are this weekend going to an island, owned by the defence department. We can sleep inside for free, simple military accomodation. Boat trip is for free. But we pay for our own road trip there, approx 2 hours driving each way. Maybe parking near the harbour. And our own generous amount of wine/beer to socialize with the rest of the group.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1454 on: May 09, 2019, 01:45:17 PM »
This morning after feeding the cats, I went into the kitchen and took my oatmeal out of the microwave. I was a bit hazier than usual ... My cat (the one I had before DH and I married 3 years ago) did a "mew mew" and that jolted me out of my haze. I turned around and took her "treats" out of the cupboard (medicine for preventing UTIs.) I normally give them to her as soon as I walk into the kitchen after feeding the cats. :) Cats definitely have their humans trained. :D

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1455 on: May 09, 2019, 07:45:18 PM »
"Cheap" is relative, right?

We were quoted $1100 for a car service.  It turns out that every 60,000 kms the car needs a new timing belt.  I did some research, and it seems fairly important (like blow up the engine important).  But $1100 seems a lot for a $3000 car.

So I found a timing belt kit online, for $300.  A bit more digging and I found Repco had the same kit at a couple if stores as a clearance item, for $109.

A few youtube videos, and this weekend I will do a complete service for less than $200.  Unless it rains, then it will be next weekend.

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« Reply #1456 on: May 10, 2019, 07:42:59 AM »
"Cheap" is relative, right?

We were quoted $1100 for a car service.  It turns out that every 60,000 kms the car needs a new timing belt.  I did some research, and it seems fairly important (like blow up the engine important).  But $1100 seems a lot for a $3000 car.

So I found a timing belt kit online, for $300.  A bit more digging and I found Repco had the same kit at a couple if stores as a clearance item, for $109.

A few youtube videos, and this weekend I will do a complete service for less than $200.  Unless it rains, then it will be next weekend.
Excellent! You should post this to Share You Badassity too!

My latest cheap happiness: as a newly certified Master Naturalist I can camp for free on many federally protected lands with no time limit if I am working on a volunteer project (like, you know, counting fireflies or something). Although this makes me happy it also generates a new Mustachian People Problem: Of the millions of acres of federal lands available, which would I choose and how long woult I want to stay???

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1457 on: May 10, 2019, 12:21:17 PM »
My latest cheap happiness: as a newly certified Master Naturalist I can camp for free on many federally protected lands with no time limit if I am working on a volunteer project (like, you know, counting fireflies or something). Although this makes me happy it also generates a new Mustachian People Problem: Of the millions of acres of federal lands available, which would I choose and how long woult I want to stay???

That's awesome! A Mustachian people problem for sure :) I didn't know about the Master Naturalist, and will look into this.

Cheap happiness here: after burying some cantaloupe rind/seeds for compost, I now have a free surprise patch of very healthy cantaloupe growing.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1458 on: May 10, 2019, 12:24:12 PM »
Rode my bike to the park, with my miniature dachshund running along side.

He gets really excited going for a run, and his ears flap about in a hilarious way once he reaches full speed

Cute.  Would love to see a picture of that...

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1459 on: May 13, 2019, 01:08:48 AM »
This morning just outside the kitchen window, I saw a squirrel hanging on it's toes lifting up the bird feeding device and eating the few leftover sunflower seeds in the bottom of the device.

That was the good part. When it was finished, I saw the feeding device had fallen down. These squirrels can be quite devastating.
As the winter is passed, we should have taken away that feeding device some time ago.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1460 on: May 13, 2019, 01:52:36 AM »
Playing tin whistle. Yes, they do cost some money but there are plenty of cheap options that are actually fully playable instruments and even an expensive one is often only 200-300 dollars and then that is a quality instrument even at that price. Compared to many other instruments that is still incredibly cheap. The only downside is that since they are relatively cheap many players own a whole bunch of whistles. I have three and I could see myself buying two or three more over the next couple of years but I know plenty of people who have like 15 whistles.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1461 on: May 13, 2019, 08:56:46 AM »
Rode my bike to the park, with my miniature dachshund running along side.

He gets really excited going for a run, and his ears flap about in a hilarious way once he reaches full speed

Cute.  Would love to see a picture of that...

https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeTheSausageDog/videos/1729734337337517/

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1462 on: May 13, 2019, 09:24:34 AM »
Rode my bike to the park, with my miniature dachshund running along side.

He gets really excited going for a run, and his ears flap about in a hilarious way once he reaches full speed

Cute.  Would love to see a picture of that...

AW so cute!!!

https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeTheSausageDog/videos/1729734337337517/

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1463 on: May 13, 2019, 09:25:11 AM »
"Cheap" is relative, right?

We were quoted $1100 for a car service.  It turns out that every 60,000 kms the car needs a new timing belt.  I did some research, and it seems fairly important (like blow up the engine important).  But $1100 seems a lot for a $3000 car.

So I found a timing belt kit online, for $300.  A bit more digging and I found Repco had the same kit at a couple if stores as a clearance item, for $109.

A few youtube videos, and this weekend I will do a complete service for less than $200.  Unless it rains, then it will be next weekend.
Excellent! You should post this to Share You Badassity too!

+1 that is absolutely badass! I have fixed a lot of things (and saved a lot of $$) but timing belt is one thing that scared me lol. The next timing belt service for our new (used) car is in 5-6 years (previous owner did it right before we bought the car last year), so maybe I will have the courage to try it myself.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1464 on: May 13, 2019, 10:02:28 AM »
"Cheap" is relative, right?

We were quoted $1100 for a car service.  It turns out that every 60,000 kms the car needs a new timing belt.  I did some research, and it seems fairly important (like blow up the engine important).  But $1100 seems a lot for a $3000 car.

So I found a timing belt kit online, for $300.  A bit more digging and I found Repco had the same kit at a couple if stores as a clearance item, for $109.

A few youtube videos, and this weekend I will do a complete service for less than $200.  Unless it rains, then it will be next weekend.
Excellent! You should post this to Share You Badassity too!

+1 that is absolutely badass! I have fixed a lot of things (and saved a lot of $$) but timing belt is one thing that scared me lol. The next timing belt service for our new (used) car is in 5-6 years (previous owner did it right before we bought the car last year), so maybe I will have the courage to try it myself.
I've done it a few times.  It's certainly not an easy way to start working on cars, but if you've got the right tools and have a little experience fixing cars (e.g. you've replaced your brake pads and rotors), it's worth it.  It's a pretty big job in any case (it takes me 7-9 hours), and you have to be careful to get the timing marks lined back up correctly.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1465 on: May 13, 2019, 12:13:08 PM »
"Cheap" is relative, right?

We were quoted $1100 for a car service.  It turns out that every 60,000 kms the car needs a new timing belt.  I did some research, and it seems fairly important (like blow up the engine important).  But $1100 seems a lot for a $3000 car.

So I found a timing belt kit online, for $300.  A bit more digging and I found Repco had the same kit at a couple if stores as a clearance item, for $109.

A few youtube videos, and this weekend I will do a complete service for less than $200.  Unless it rains, then it will be next weekend.
Excellent! You should post this to Share You Badassity too!

+1 that is absolutely badass! I have fixed a lot of things (and saved a lot of $$) but timing belt is one thing that scared me lol. The next timing belt service for our new (used) car is in 5-6 years (previous owner did it right before we bought the car last year), so maybe I will have the courage to try it myself.
I've done it a few times.  It's certainly not an easy way to start working on cars, but if you've got the right tools and have a little experience fixing cars (e.g. you've replaced your brake pads and rotors), it's worth it.  It's a pretty big job in any case (it takes me 7-9 hours), and you have to be careful to get the timing marks lined back up correctly.

I have done brake pads, rotors, replacing all shocks and springs, water pumps, radiators, etc etc. I believe I have the tools to do it. I have watched youtube. It just something about timing belt that just scared me, so last time this came up on our previous car, I end up paying someone to do it.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1466 on: May 13, 2019, 01:11:23 PM »
I have done brake pads, rotors, replacing all shocks and springs, water pumps, radiators, etc etc. I believe I have the tools to do it. I have watched youtube. It just something about timing belt that just scared me, so last time this came up on our previous car, I end up paying someone to do it.
With all that under your belt, a timing belt shouldn't be a problem.  Wait, you've done a water pump but not a timing belt?  Interesting--I know a lot of times the water pump is buried under the timing belt, so it's a "you might as well replace it while you're in there" type of thing.  You just need to take the time to check and double check the position of the crankshaft and camshaft pulleys before you button it all back up and turn the key.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1467 on: June 15, 2019, 07:19:20 AM »
Started using a fancy scented bar soap I got for my birthday last year. Feels like the ultimate luxury.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1468 on: June 15, 2019, 12:28:20 PM »
A $6 egg boiler that I use to make perfect hard boiled eggs for my breakfast every morning. Makes my day start just right :-)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1469 on: June 16, 2019, 07:48:12 AM »
I finally got a garlic press. It was cheap, and probably unnecessary, but now I don't have to get gross sticky garlic bits on my hands while trying to dice it super small.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1470 on: June 16, 2019, 08:36:45 AM »
refinishing/repurposing old furniture

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1471 on: June 16, 2019, 05:47:51 PM »
Frozen pean and ham soup, reheated on a cold day.  My wife makes big batches and we freeze it in two-people sized packs.

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« Reply #1472 on: June 16, 2019, 05:57:24 PM »
Frozen pean and ham soup, reheated on a cold day.  My wife makes big batches and we freeze it in two-people sized packs.

Perfect! Was just thinking about what soup batch to make for the freezer, and I haven't made pea and ham for ages. Thanks

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1473 on: June 16, 2019, 11:51:31 PM »
Flying downhill on the curvy sidewalk when riding home from work....just riding the bike in general, really. Not very original, but the bike thing is really something special.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1474 on: June 17, 2019, 12:12:45 AM »
Started using a fancy scented bar soap I got for my birthday last year. Feels like the ultimate luxury.

I just started buying these bars.

https://albertanaturalproducts.com/en-ca/index.php/soaps.html

I just LOVE them and they are only $2.99 and so nice.  I've now bought 4 different flavors and they each serve a different use from a nice conditioning bar (Goat Milk) to a body scrub replacement (Orange Cinnamon) to a morning pick me up (Spearmint Garden) & a mild antiseptic (Tea Tree Poppy Seed).  I am also very attracted to the fact that they are sold with NO packaging.

They are "local" to me and much cheaper than farmer's market bars the same size that sell for $8.

It's nice to enjoy the simple things.



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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1475 on: June 17, 2019, 10:24:47 AM »
Took a ten mile bicycle ride with our kids one evening over the weekend. Then a 9 mile the following evening. Along the way we saw deer a couple of times. Folks waved to us from their porch. A load of folks in a Jeep out for a ride all gave us waves and hellos. Saw thousands of fireflies on the ride home.

DW had an incredible tasty dinner waiting for us.

Looked at Google Maps this morn and have mapped out an all afternoon bicycle ride far into the country. DW is not a long distance bike rider (yet) but I'll leave her with the bike rack on the family car in case we need to call for a flat tire rescue. We've lived in this town for years but for some reason I never mapped out rides in this direction.

These are fun country roads with light traffic.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1476 on: June 17, 2019, 10:33:19 AM »
I finally got a garlic press. It was cheap, and probably unnecessary, but now I don't have to get gross sticky garlic bits on my hands while trying to dice it super small.
I like my garlic mincer, which is probably the same thing. It's a pain to get clean but less of a pain than those "gross sticky garlic bits on my hands".

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« Reply #1477 on: June 20, 2019, 12:43:54 PM »
I finally got a garlic press. It was cheap, and probably unnecessary, but now I don't have to get gross sticky garlic bits on my hands while trying to dice it super small.
I like my garlic mincer, which is probably the same thing. It's a pain to get clean but less of a pain than those "gross sticky garlic bits on my hands".

Garlic lovers!  I had to share this easy way to remove the skins with a knife. Not the crushing way you would think.

https://www.reddit.com/r/gifs/comments/c1hkfx/speedpeeling_garlic/


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« Reply #1478 on: June 20, 2019, 05:23:39 PM »
I finally got a garlic press. It was cheap, and probably unnecessary, but now I don't have to get gross sticky garlic bits on my hands while trying to dice it super small.
I like my garlic mincer, which is probably the same thing. It's a pain to get clean but less of a pain than those "gross sticky garlic bits on my hands".

Garlic lovers!  I had to share this easy way to remove the skins with a knife. Not the crushing way you would think.

https://www.reddit.com/r/gifs/comments/c1hkfx/speedpeeling_garlic/

As a dedicated garlic lover - I have to try this.  I have never seen that before.  Thanks.

I usually do the flat of the knife crush routine, or if I am going to freeze the cloves, then I peel laboriously by hand. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1479 on: June 24, 2019, 10:24:42 AM »
I finally got a garlic press. It was cheap, and probably unnecessary, but now I don't have to get gross sticky garlic bits on my hands while trying to dice it super small.
I like my garlic mincer, which is probably the same thing. It's a pain to get clean but less of a pain than those "gross sticky garlic bits on my hands".

Garlic lovers!  I had to share this easy way to remove the skins with a knife. Not the crushing way you would think.

https://www.reddit.com/r/gifs/comments/c1hkfx/speedpeeling_garlic/

As a dedicated garlic lover - I have to try this.  I have never seen that before.  Thanks.

I usually do the flat of the knife crush routine, or if I am going to freeze the cloves, then I peel laboriously by hand.


An even easier way is to put them in the microwave for a few seconds, and they will just slide right out of the skins. 

I have an Oxo garlic press, and I love it.  I use it all the time. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1480 on: June 24, 2019, 02:11:51 PM »
+1 recommending the OXO garlic press. I hate mincing garlic.


Otherwise, Iím planning to spend a whopping $5 tonight to sing in a 1-night choir. Itís a major piece that several friends and I recently performed with our own choir, and weíre excited to sing it again.

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« Reply #1481 on: June 27, 2019, 01:53:45 PM »
Listening to podcasts.  I learn a ton about health, current events, classes, history, interviews (on about any topic) audiobooks, old radio theatre.  Where else would you learn about the mechanics of fire-engines, ice-climbing, dulcimer groups, and people's amazing life experiences. When I write to podcasters, they always write back and sometimes even want to interview me (!) Funny.

This is a good answer. I find podcasts to be extremely entertaining and make almost any activity seem like fun time. True crime and interview based ones are generally my favorite, but I've consumed dozens of different ones. I can't listen to them at work, but they are great for yard work, house work, cooking, cleaning, exercising, etc. A few friends have or had podcasts and it almost feels like hanging out to listen to those ones.

Right on. My bike ride to work is almost exactly one hour--perfect for listening to a full episode of my favorite podcasts. I feel like I am somehow cheating the rest of the world when I arrive to work my brain intellectually primed, armed with increased cerebral blood flow and an hour's worth of deep thought.

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« Reply #1482 on: June 28, 2019, 05:40:20 AM »
Listening to podcasts.  I learn a ton about health, current events, classes, history, interviews (on about any topic) audiobooks, old radio theatre.  Where else would you learn about the mechanics of fire-engines, ice-climbing, dulcimer groups, and people's amazing life experiences. When I write to podcasters, they always write back and sometimes even want to interview me (!) Funny.

This is a good answer. I find podcasts to be extremely entertaining and make almost any activity seem like fun time. True crime and interview based ones are generally my favorite, but I've consumed dozens of different ones. I can't listen to them at work, but they are great for yard work, house work, cooking, cleaning, exercising, etc. A few friends have or had podcasts and it almost feels like hanging out to listen to those ones.

Right on. My bike ride to work is almost exactly one hour--perfect for listening to a full episode of my favorite podcasts. I feel like I am somehow cheating the rest of the world when I arrive to work my brain intellectually primed, armed with increased cerebral blood flow and an hour's worth of deep thought.

How do you manage to focus on podcasts while biking?  I'd love to do that, but I'm afraid to take any of my attention off the road with the crazy drivers around here.  Do you have mostly bike paths along your commute?

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« Reply #1483 on: June 28, 2019, 09:15:32 AM »
Listening to podcasts.  I learn a ton about health, current events, classes, history, interviews (on about any topic) audiobooks, old radio theatre.  Where else would you learn about the mechanics of fire-engines, ice-climbing, dulcimer groups, and people's amazing life experiences. When I write to podcasters, they always write back and sometimes even want to interview me (!) Funny.

This is a good answer. I find podcasts to be extremely entertaining and make almost any activity seem like fun time. True crime and interview based ones are generally my favorite, but I've consumed dozens of different ones. I can't listen to them at work, but they are great for yard work, house work, cooking, cleaning, exercising, etc. A few friends have or had podcasts and it almost feels like hanging out to listen to those ones.

Right on. My bike ride to work is almost exactly one hour--perfect for listening to a full episode of my favorite podcasts. I feel like I am somehow cheating the rest of the world when I arrive to work my brain intellectually primed, armed with increased cerebral blood flow and an hour's worth of deep thought.

When I walk to work, it is 1 hour and 10 min each way. I also listen to podcasts, some scientific, some financial, some just telling a story. It is a nice way to be entertained while being active.
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« Reply #1484 on: July 01, 2019, 02:44:04 PM »
Last night, a generous scoop of strawberry ice cream from a local ice cream parlor and an evening stroll through a riverfront park. I love summer.

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« Reply #1485 on: July 04, 2019, 12:40:41 AM »
Listening to podcasts.  I learn a ton about health, current events, classes, history, interviews (on about any topic) audiobooks, old radio theatre.  Where else would you learn about the mechanics of fire-engines, ice-climbing, dulcimer groups, and people's amazing life experiences. When I write to podcasters, they always write back and sometimes even want to interview me (!) Funny.

This is a good answer. I find podcasts to be extremely entertaining and make almost any activity seem like fun time. True crime and interview based ones are generally my favorite, but I've consumed dozens of different ones. I can't listen to them at work, but they are great for yard work, house work, cooking, cleaning, exercising, etc. A few friends have or had podcasts and it almost feels like hanging out to listen to those ones.

Right on. My bike ride to work is almost exactly one hour--perfect for listening to a full episode of my favorite podcasts. I feel like I am somehow cheating the rest of the world when I arrive to work my brain intellectually primed, armed with increased cerebral blood flow and an hour's worth of deep thought.

How do you manage to focus on podcasts while biking?  I'd love to do that, but I'm afraid to take any of my attention off the road with the crazy drivers around here.  Do you have mostly bike paths along your commute?

I mostly ride on residential streets and sidewalks during my commute, but for the most part I am able to multitask decently. I have a small bluetooth device that hooks on my ear which allows me to preserve my hearing. There are still times when I wish I could rewind 30 seconds back though.

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« Reply #1486 on: July 04, 2019, 01:18:44 AM »
I picked a large portions of strawberries from our garden. And there are many left that just need a little more sun. It is an extremely good strawberry year. The plants have also multiplied themselves.

We have some other plants that are not working as well. The secret for good growing is to have them against a south facing wall.

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« Reply #1487 on: July 04, 2019, 07:21:34 AM »
Watermelons are on sale now. The ones grown locally in an area called Nanhui are especially known for their sweetness and juiciness. The locals call this particular strain of watermelon the ď8424Ē type. We bought one today and blended it into fresh watermelon juice. It was refreshing and delicious. We also added it to lemonade, which made it especially delicious. It cost $4 for 3 liters of watermelon juice.

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« Reply #1488 on: July 04, 2019, 11:30:19 AM »
Having fresh strawberries from our garden to put in my oatmeal each morning for the last couple of weeks. Bummed that they are coming to an end but our Raspberries are just now starting to come on so..... :-)

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« Reply #1489 on: July 04, 2019, 05:17:09 PM »
My commuting route is lined with lilacs in very full bloom. I rode home from work through the perfume of flowers!

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« Reply #1490 on: July 04, 2019, 06:17:25 PM »
There's a special Star Trek exhibit at the local history museum this summer. Lots of props, costumes, and model ships from the various series. We already have an annual membership, so it didn't cost us any extra to geek out for an afternoon.

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« Reply #1491 on: July 04, 2019, 08:00:08 PM »
Various people in our neighborhood spend way too much money on fireworks each summer, which means we can enjoy a decent free show every July 4 just by taking an evening stroll. Tonight, we spotted a group that had particularly good ignitables; one of them may well lose some fingers tonight, but they seemed to be having fun.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1492 on: July 07, 2019, 04:21:55 PM »
one bean tostada from Taco Bell. Easy beans, extra lettuce, extra cheese, extra sauce.

I grew up on Taco Bell. In high school, I ate tostadas for lunch. They were 25 cents back then. That worked because my mom gave me $2 a week for lunches.

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« Reply #1493 on: July 07, 2019, 04:24:59 PM »
Sitting on the couch at my son's house, listening to him play piano (beautifully) in another room.

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« Reply #1494 on: July 07, 2019, 11:18:02 PM »
A bowl full of big, ripe strawberries from our garden. I still find it amazing that they just grow there by themselves and that the plants multiply by themselves.

Yesterday I watched a TED talk that talked about happiness. The speaker had every day for a whole year thought well about what she was most grateful for and taken a picture of it. That taught her to look at the world in a different way and become happier.

This thread has had a bit of the same effect on me, just finding the little/cheap things that make you happy. But I haven't been able to notice something on a daily basis. I will from now on for myself do this more consequently and try to find something every day. I'll try to find some suitable app on my phone to register it in.
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« Reply #1495 on: July 08, 2019, 12:39:47 AM »
Afternoon tea at the Crowne Plaza. Total cost: $2.50 for a taxi. We splurged on transportation rather than taking a bus as it was a difference between a 10-min car ride versus an hour-long bus ride.

My friend got a coupon for free afternoon tea for two. We were happy to help her use the coupon. Now DD is happily enjoying the childrenís play zone, and Iím happily enjoying the air conditioning and quiet atmosphere.

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« Reply #1496 on: July 08, 2019, 06:58:08 AM »
A bowl full of big, ripe strawberries from our garden. I still find it amazing that they just grow there by themselves and that the plants multiply by themselves.

Yesterday I watched a TED talk that talked about happiness. The speaker had every day for a whole year thought well about what she was most grateful for and taken a picture of it. That taught her to look at the world in a different way and become happier.
That's an awesome idea.  As a family, we gather at the end of each day for a prayer, and then each name one thing we're grateful for.  It's a fantastic way to end the day!

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« Reply #1497 on: July 08, 2019, 03:53:20 PM »
The library and playing soduko.

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« Reply #1498 on: July 08, 2019, 06:04:02 PM »
Giggling and laughter around the dinner table. Dinner is ready very, very soon. I can't wait.

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« Reply #1499 on: July 08, 2019, 06:06:38 PM »
Cast iron pans.  I love everything about them.