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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1500 on: July 08, 2019, 09:00:39 PM »
Making something out of 'nothing';  a full meal from leftovers, making a new item out of scrap fabrics, a mailing pouch from plastic shopping bags, etc. Trash to treasure!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1501 on: July 08, 2019, 09:13:27 PM »
Made a TON of bolognese sauce today -- enough to put a whole batch in my freezer "souper" cubes, which I love.
And roasted brussels sprouts... my favorite.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1502 on: July 09, 2019, 12:12:11 AM »
...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!
Aww, I love this, zolo! This might be my very favorite comment on this thread.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1503 on: July 09, 2019, 01:40:12 AM »
Yellow bananas (exactly the right ripeness) available at work for free. I eat lots of them.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1504 on: July 10, 2019, 07:58:48 PM »
Queen's "A Night at the Opera". Hadn't listened to it in a while. It's always such a fun ride.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1505 on: July 12, 2019, 05:05:27 AM »
I love the first rain after a bit of a dry spell.  The air smells wonderful, the plants stand up and stretch, and lots of little critters come out and walk around:  turtles, lizards, salamanders.  :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1506 on: July 12, 2019, 06:31:32 AM »
The scent of my garden early in the morning.
The scent of jasmine when I open the window.

When the Cosmos self-seeds and I have a garden full of sunny yellow and happy orange blooms for free - like right now:).
When I've successfully figured out how to propagate my favorite African Blue Basil.

Seeing my son walk thru the door for a visit - an indescribable feeling.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1507 on: July 12, 2019, 07:20:10 AM »
Seeing how the dogs at the shelter I volunteer at are starting to know me and relax when I take them out for a walk or play. Their trust is a real gift to me.

Also, watching with anticipation as the first raspberries of the season ripen.

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« Reply #1508 on: July 12, 2019, 12:43:36 PM »
Having a mountain at walking distance with a good path to the top. Nice weather and access to fresh water halfway the climb. Not meeting any people on the 2 hour trip, a beautiful view on the top, but also along the way. And seeing some birds.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1509 on: July 12, 2019, 01:06:41 PM »
Went on a 5-mile hike yesterday morning with our Boy Scout patrol.  The weather was beautiful, the birds were singing, the trail (well, paved bike path) was smooth, the river was gorgeous.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1510 on: July 12, 2019, 03:22:56 PM »
Sandpaper and what a person can do with it.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1511 on: July 13, 2019, 11:01:39 AM »
Eating my breakfast in our little backyard garden. Iím determined to provide a hospitable habitat to our fellow creatures and it seems to working.

Some of the creatures Iíve seen just this morning: fence lizard, scrub jay, monarch butterfly, hoverfly, black phoebe, and more.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1512 on: July 13, 2019, 01:15:50 PM »
Library books. Itís fun outing for DS and I and free to boot. Ours has done away with late fees; we keep them for a few weeks and return for the next round.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1513 on: July 15, 2019, 03:16:45 PM »
Watching the country critters that walk across our land. Over the weekend we watched six does walk out of the woods and then down across the road for a snack in the field across from us.

All sorts of bird calls to listen to. A bullfrog that lives in the artificial pond that came with the house. An occasional groundhog or skunk. A fox or one of the 1001 rabbits we see.

Riding a bike is great b/c we see stuff that didn't see us first.

Yesterday the girls (does) were back (three of them) and they strolled across the yard fairly close to the house. No garden for them to pilfer. Just moving from one place to another.

Can't imagine what our dog is thinking. Can't decide if she thinks they are really tall dogs or snacks on hooves or simply something that should not be in "her" yard.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1514 on: July 17, 2019, 08:57:16 PM »
My dad passed away three years ago.  Last winter I decided to try to revive his raspberries.  They did not produce last year.  I watched a youtube video and I pruned and fertilized according to instructions.  This summer we have so many raspberries.  I go over twice a week, pick the raspberries and give them to my mom who just loves them.  Dad's raspberries, and it cost me a couple of hours of yardwork and a dollar in fertilizer.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1515 on: July 18, 2019, 02:24:47 AM »
My dad passed away three years ago.  Last winter I decided to try to revive his raspberries.  They did not produce last year.  I watched a youtube video and I pruned and fertilized according to instructions.  This summer we have so many raspberries.  I go over twice a week, pick the raspberries and give them to my mom who just loves them.  Dad's raspberries, and it cost me a couple of hours of yardwork and a dollar in fertilizer.

Welcome @hounton!  I'm sorry about your dad, and glad that you have that lovely connection to him and your mom. 

Have you checked out the MMM gardening thread?  https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/plantinggrowing-your-own-2019/650/

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1516 on: July 18, 2019, 02:01:57 PM »
Small sponges (aka, cutting the usual rectangle ones into thirds or quarters).
Washing dishes is just so much less frustrating when I can get into curves and grooves and maneuver around.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1517 on: July 19, 2019, 08:45:28 AM »
Fresh, homegrown zucchini!  My coworker brought in a few to give me, as she had too many and knew I would be able to use them.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1518 on: July 19, 2019, 09:20:29 AM »
A cool shower on a hot, very humid day.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1519 on: July 19, 2019, 02:24:59 PM »
A cool shower on a hot, very humid day.
Maybe not cheap, but living in a place that is never hot and humid is a source of endless joy for me

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1520 on: July 19, 2019, 04:37:50 PM »
Duolingo

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1521 on: July 19, 2019, 04:43:10 PM »
A cool shower on a hot, very humid day.
Maybe not cheap, but living in a place that is never hot and humid is a source of endless joy for me

I donít mind the heat but a lack of humidity would be nice. My housing cost per square foot is less than 10% than the average in SF, so thatís the trade-off.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1522 on: July 19, 2019, 04:46:07 PM »
Tracking down the tree blown apart by lightning last night near us; the ground shook and windows rattled 4 blocks away where we are.  Also, lingering to hear the stories of its impact on the neighbours (no one was hurt). ETA: okay, not thrilled on the tree`s behalf, but impressed by the power involved!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1523 on: July 20, 2019, 06:49:51 AM »
Thanks for this @conwy!  Neat post.

+1, I'll definitely be checking out your list @conwy

Thanks peeps!

I don't know if everyone would get them, and it may take repeated listens to get really familiar with the music.

Especially with Bruckner, I found it  easier to put on the music in the background while I'm doing something else like walking or programming, and just wait for the "thunderbolt" effect to ensue!

What I can say is, once you really commit to and follow the music, these recordings open up a whole other dimension that most other recordings would never have come close to. It's really an experience. There's nothing comparable.

I had been selling off my classical records but now I plan on keeping them, and listening to them all, over the years.

Cheap but mind-blowing :  attending local college voice recitals. Just the soprano with a piano or cello with her, in a small auditorium.  French art songs. German lieder.  I just love it. I used to hate this style of music but obviously I have  changed. It's an intensely beautiful, spiritual thing for me. 

Listening to a soprano on tape is a close second, but, to paraphrase you,  Conwy, the live performance is something unique and alive unto itself.   

 
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1524 on: July 20, 2019, 07:37:47 AM »
Watching a group of young squirrels chase each other up and around the neighborís tree.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1525 on: July 20, 2019, 07:43:09 AM »
Cheap but mind-blowing :  attending local college voice recitals. Just the soprano with a piano or cello with her, in a small auditorium.  French art songs. German lieder.  I just love it. I used to hate this style of music but obviously I have  changed. It's an intensely beautiful, spiritual thing for me. 

Listening to a soprano on tape is a close second, but, to paraphrase you,  Conwy, the live performance is something unique and alive unto itself.

+1 to this.  I went to a performance of Messiah this past winter put on by our local [excellent] choir and baroque orchestra.  Mind.  Blown. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1526 on: July 20, 2019, 07:03:01 PM »
Cool days!!! So done with the hot, AC sucking, weather. 105 this week.

Give me some 70 to 80 degree days, please.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1527 on: July 22, 2019, 03:06:29 PM »
My dad passed away three years ago.  Last winter I decided to try to revive his raspberries.  They did not produce last year.  I watched a youtube video and I pruned and fertilized according to instructions.  This summer we have so many raspberries.  I go over twice a week, pick the raspberries and give them to my mom who just loves them.  Dad's raspberries, and it cost me a couple of hours of yardwork and a dollar in fertilizer.

I'd love a link to the best video you found.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1528 on: July 23, 2019, 10:24:19 AM »
Duolingo

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Cool days!!! So done with the hot, AC sucking, weather. 105 this week.

Give me some 70 to 80 degree days, please.

While some cooler weather sounds really nice right about now, I am enjoying it not being cold.  Every day I'm wearing flip flops instead of a coat is a good day to me. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1529 on: July 23, 2019, 03:38:00 PM »
The boardgame Blockus. It's like $20 to buy new but you could easily make your own from cardboard and crayons for free. Many, many, many, many hours of fun.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1530 on: July 24, 2019, 10:42:49 PM »
The boardgame Blockus. It's like $20 to buy new but you could easily make your own from cardboard and crayons for free. Many, many, many, many hours of fun.

Dang, that is a great idea. We love Blockus.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1531 on: July 25, 2019, 12:54:04 AM »
Just walking on the beach and looking for a coin. Feels like I'm a millionaire.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1532 on: July 25, 2019, 03:57:27 AM »
Sleep!

A good 8 or 9 hours of sleep feels like a million bucks.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1533 on: July 25, 2019, 08:50:00 AM »
Enjoy to drink some beer<after hard day 1 bottle of beer,help me to relax

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1534 on: July 25, 2019, 05:53:13 PM »
A few days of temperature drops in the middle of a hot, humid summer. It's so lovely to take a walk at 6PM without risking heat stroke! Cool breezes, flowers blooming, birds singing.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1535 on: July 26, 2019, 07:17:47 PM »
Costco rotisserie chicken. For $5, I got enough meat for two dishes with several servings each, plus 2 quarts of stock from the skin and bones.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1536 on: July 27, 2019, 07:49:04 AM »
Free thing that makes me happy. There's an empty house along my library route, with wonderful montmorency cherries hanging over the sidewalk. Yesterday I realized that its front hedge is actually a series of gooseberry bushes. Some kind of small red gooseberry, looking like red currants but much sweeter and complex. Man, what a treat.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1537 on: July 27, 2019, 06:24:07 PM »
Long early morning bike ride with DW on a quiet peaceful rail trail while kids are still sleeping.

Cooling off by sticking my head under an ice cold garden hose after cutting grass on this very warm day.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1538 on: July 28, 2019, 08:06:00 PM »
The ridiculous buffet of mostly homemade Mexican food at the family reunion. Conversations with several relatives in their 80s. Watching the younger generations enjoy the same traditions that my first cousins and I enjoyed decades ago, and that our parents enjoyed decades before then.

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« Reply #1539 on: July 29, 2019, 06:35:56 AM »
Another free zucchini from my coworker's garden!  This is after the two she brought me last week.  I 'repaid' her by bringing in a zucchini bread to share with the team today.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1540 on: July 31, 2019, 02:27:56 PM »
My Friday afternoon nap in the recliner with the sun streaming in the window. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1541 on: August 01, 2019, 12:53:06 PM »
There was a truck giving out free mustard ice cream with a pretzel cookie for national mustard day. Sounds weird, but it was delicious. And free!!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1542 on: August 01, 2019, 10:24:48 PM »
I sewed buttons back onto two pairs of shorts today so they are as good as new. That made me oddly happy. I like repairing things in general, though.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1543 on: August 02, 2019, 11:02:23 AM »
I just repaired a washcloth that was frayed at the edges.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1544 on: August 02, 2019, 12:03:58 PM »
First fresh local corn! Season's starting late this year. My lip-smacking lunch cost me about 45 cents.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1545 on: August 02, 2019, 09:53:13 PM »
Figuring out a walking route to work that takes me through the most shade and air conditioning during ridiculous heat and humidity.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1546 on: August 02, 2019, 11:09:44 PM »
Figuring out a walking route to work that takes me through the most shade and air conditioning during ridiculous heat and humidity.

My wife showed me a shadier way to the local downtown. Goes along a lake, but also has horse poo along the trail.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1547 on: August 02, 2019, 11:10:38 PM »
My old laptop. Needs a new battery so I can unplug it for longer than 30 minutes, but is still doing it's basic job.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1548 on: August 03, 2019, 03:57:30 PM »
cuddling Cocoa Puff and hearing her purr

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1549 on: August 05, 2019, 10:37:31 AM »
Making something and having it turn out well - food, wood, pictures, etc.