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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1800 on: January 01, 2020, 01:28:58 PM »
Oatmeal cooked on the stove. It is so much better than oatmeal from the microwave.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1801 on: January 01, 2020, 01:39:20 PM »
Sunshine reflecting off the snow

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« Reply #1802 on: January 01, 2020, 06:41:52 PM »
Had leftover slightly chewy raw carrot sticks from NYE. Had leftover Chicken Adobo sauce from supper. Cooked carrot sticks in adobo sauce. Big yes. Gonna make that deliberately in the future.

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« Reply #1803 on: January 04, 2020, 11:58:26 AM »
A sunny day in the winter.

My first well tasting sourdough bread.

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« Reply #1804 on: January 04, 2020, 12:47:05 PM »
Explaining the ďOK BoomerĒ phenomenon to my boomer mom and watching her crack up laughing.

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« Reply #1805 on: January 04, 2020, 01:30:47 PM »
Last night we got two inches of beautiful wet snow, and the temperatures today were precisely perfect for building snowmen.  I took our two youngest out and we built three snowmen with the neighbor kids.

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« Reply #1806 on: January 04, 2020, 01:31:51 PM »
Taking the retirement dog for a walk. Although Iím not retired.

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« Reply #1807 on: January 05, 2020, 11:59:42 AM »
We had three red squirrels in and around the tree with a bird feeding device in it, that is also suitable for squirrels. They were chasing each other around the tree trunk several times. Very amusing to watch from close by behind the window.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1808 on: January 08, 2020, 07:49:31 AM »
Diced dried apricots in my oatmeal. They are so much tastier and less cloying than raisins.

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« Reply #1809 on: January 08, 2020, 08:39:59 AM »
Making Punch and Judy-style hand puppets out of things I had around the house to send to a friend for a giggle. That friend is a technical expert who is frustrated by how those who make decisions about his area of expertise fail to consider all factors, so I have suggested that a puppet theatre might help. The effort (fun) of making the puppets is well worth the 1% chance that he'll use them. Having the time to invest in silliness is the best thing about RE.

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« Reply #1810 on: January 08, 2020, 08:50:39 AM »
Diced dried apricots in my oatmeal. They are so much tastier and less cloying than raisins.
Expanding my vocabulary.  I hadn't run into "cloying" before!

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« Reply #1811 on: January 08, 2020, 08:51:10 AM »

watching youtube videos

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« Reply #1812 on: January 08, 2020, 11:07:10 AM »
I made a disk with seaweed, which tasted good. It is stuff we collected ourselves, so free and natural food.

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« Reply #1813 on: January 08, 2020, 11:39:58 AM »
Vegetarian chili. I was skeptical. Was really good. DW is such a great cook.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1814 on: January 09, 2020, 10:13:18 PM »
Living like a POW 18 hour days sleeping on the mat--today I didn't have time to make a sandwich so I actually took the bit of chicken wrapped in saran and put it in my coat pocket and grabbed the loaf of bread on the way out. Gently unwrapped it and took a couple bites every couple hours.

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« Reply #1815 on: January 09, 2020, 10:27:04 PM »
Living like a POW 18 hour days sleeping on the mat--today I didn't have time to make a sandwich so I actually took the bit of chicken wrapped in saran and put it in my coat pocket and grabbed the loaf of bread on the way out. Gently unwrapped it and took a couple bites every couple hours.

I'm so confused - are you sleeping for 18 hours on a mat, or doing something else (being imprisoned?) for 18 hours and sleeping for the other 6 on a mat?  And which part (the imprisonment, the sleeping on the mat or the nibbles at bits of chicken and dry bread) is the part that makes you happy?  At least I can understand that none of those things seem to cost a lot, so there's that.


For me, I bought a $10 hot water bottle.  I've been so cold for so long.  I'm just dreaming about all the ways I will use it when it arrives.  In my bed before getting in.  In my lap/at my feet while work/relaxing at home.  Maybe even tucked into my house-jacket to really heat me up in my core?  Such sweet dreams of warmth!  I think it's going to solve all my problems.  Maybe even other people's problems. I hope I'm not setting my expectations too high.

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« Reply #1816 on: January 10, 2020, 07:38:08 AM »
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For me, I bought a $10 hot water bottle.  I've been so cold for so long.  I'm just dreaming about all the ways I will use it when it arrives.  In my bed before getting in.  In my lap/at my feet while work/relaxing at home.  Maybe even tucked into my house-jacket to really heat me up in my core?  Such sweet dreams of warmth!  I think it's going to solve all my problems.  Maybe even other people's problems. I hope I'm not setting my expectations too high.

My last hot water bottle developed a slow leak which transformed a night of snuggly warmth into a cold wet morning. While I'm used to considering hot water bottles to be indestructible, I had fallen into a habit of microwaving it to heat it up, which may have weakened the seal somehow. Enjoy being warm, and heat your water in a kettle.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1817 on: January 10, 2020, 08:36:28 AM »
Actually *worked* out in the yard and vegetable garden, prepping for spring plantings...

...It's January....I live in the "frozen tundra of the North"....it was 50 degrees F with sunshine...

Cheers!

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« Reply #1818 on: January 10, 2020, 02:30:14 PM »
Actually *worked* out in the yard and vegetable garden, prepping for spring plantings...

...It's January....I live in the "frozen tundra of the North"....it was 50 degrees F with sunshine...

Cheers!

Our highest temperature today with sunny weather was - 15 celsius. I stayed mostly inside. DH went for a walk to watch sunset. Now we watch nice TV on a non commercial channel.

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« Reply #1819 on: January 10, 2020, 03:02:57 PM »
For me, I bought a $10 hot water bottle.  I've been so cold for so long.  I'm just dreaming about all the ways I will use it when it arrives.  In my bed before getting in.  In my lap/at my feet while work/relaxing at home.  Maybe even tucked into my house-jacket to really heat me up in my core?  Such sweet dreams of warmth!  I think it's going to solve all my problems.  Maybe even other people's problems. I hope I'm not setting my expectations too high.

You are not! Thank you for reminding me of my own cheap ($15?) water bottle I bought 2 winters ago. One of the best cheap purchases ever. If you remember, put it in the bed 30 minutes before you do and move it again in 15 minutes. You can warm your foot area and the top area and slide it around to take the chill off the sheets. It is also great tucked into the small of your back while sitting.

Pro tips here: https://www.accc.gov.au/system/files/Hot%20water%20bottles%20safety%20alert.pdf I had not known you can burn yourself if you leave it in place too long - we scooch it down below our feet at night so nobody gets burned, but it still gives off its heat.

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« Reply #1820 on: January 10, 2020, 06:26:46 PM »
For me, I bought a $10 hot water bottle.  I've been so cold for so long.  I'm just dreaming about all the ways I will use it when it arrives.  In my bed before getting in.  In my lap/at my feet while work/relaxing at home.  Maybe even tucked into my house-jacket to really heat me up in my core?  Such sweet dreams of warmth!  I think it's going to solve all my problems.  Maybe even other people's problems. I hope I'm not setting my expectations too high.

You are not! Thank you for reminding me of my own cheap ($15?) water bottle I bought 2 winters ago. One of the best cheap purchases ever. If you remember, put it in the bed 30 minutes before you do and move it again in 15 minutes. You can warm your foot area and the top area and slide it around to take the chill off the sheets. It is also great tucked into the small of your back while sitting.

Pro tips here: https://www.accc.gov.au/system/files/Hot%20water%20bottles%20safety%20alert.pdf I had not known you can burn yourself if you leave it in place too long - we scooch it down below our feet at night so nobody gets burned, but it still gives off its heat.

Yay, good to hear and thanks for the safety tips!

Another thing that makes me happy that is not cheap, but FREE is working on my library hold list. I just get excited even thinking about all the books I will look up, choose between audio and electronic, put on hold, pause the hold for x amount of time to ensure proper sequencing of arrivals. It's a fun game and the prize at the end is the email I get notifying me a book is ready, about which I already posted here previously!

 I actually like doing all this possibly more than I enjoy reading the books (except for maybe the very best ones). I feel like this should tell me something about my interests and values upon which I can capitalize in my growing free time, but I've not quite achieved full understanding. In the meantime, off I go to play around on the library portal!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1821 on: January 10, 2020, 09:07:21 PM »
Living like a POW 18 hour days sleeping on the mat--today I didn't have time to make a sandwich so I actually took the bit of chicken wrapped in saran and put it in my coat pocket and grabbed the loaf of bread on the way out. Gently unwrapped it and took a couple bites every couple hours.

I'm so confused - are you sleeping for 18 hours on a mat, or doing something else (being imprisoned?) for 18 hours and sleeping for the other 6 on a mat?  And which part (the imprisonment, the sleeping on the mat or the nibbles at bits of chicken and dry bread) is the part that makes you happy?  At least I can understand that none of those things seem to cost a lot, so there's that.


For me, I bought a $10 hot water bottle.  I've been so cold for so long.  I'm just dreaming about all the ways I will use it when it arrives.  In my bed before getting in.  In my lap/at my feet while work/relaxing at home.  Maybe even tucked into my house-jacket to really heat me up in my core?  Such sweet dreams of warmth!  I think it's going to solve all my problems.  Maybe even other people's problems. I hope I'm not setting my expectations too high.

Ha! Yes working 18 hour days. Congrats on the water bottle. I'll be on the alert for the butterfly effect.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1822 on: January 10, 2020, 10:33:27 PM »
Coming home with a bag of books and movies from our public library.

Streaming Masterpiece Theatre on the PBS app.

Store brand Mac and cheese.

Nesting at home during snowstorms and doing relaxing tasks like cooking beans and baking bread.

Listening to music from around the world on our Sonos App.

Expressing gratitude.

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« Reply #1823 on: January 10, 2020, 10:48:53 PM »
The prospect of not needing to drive anywhere for the next 3 days, as weíre under a flood watch (forecast is for 2-3Ē of rain) and we live just north of a flood plain.

Also, not having a basement. Itís at least the fourth time in 5 years that Iíve been grateful for that, as major floods are increasingly common.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1824 on: January 11, 2020, 10:38:33 AM »
That random warm winter day. Which leads to...

Watching the wind make the trees dance and listening to that wind in those trees. Which leads to...

Watching the rains move in from the west. The sky changes, paints the fields with ever changing colors - mostly orange and gold. Then the sky turns dark.

Then we can't see the furthermost tree line a couple of miles away.

Then we can't see the field to the west.

Then we can't see the field across the road at the end of our property.

Then we can't see the end of our yard.

And then the rain and stormy winds are upon us and we retreat to watch the show through the windows.

Our cat wants in, then the dog, and we all settle down to relax and DW and I have leftovers for lunch. Instant Pot roast and veggies from last night.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1825 on: January 11, 2020, 10:41:37 AM »
Oh - and cheap/easy home projects detailed out for free on various websites like:

https://www.honeybearlane.com/

https://www.ana-white.com/blog/2015/02/project-roundup-spring-ahead-and-organize-your-garage

The alternative is buying some sort of expensive pressboard prefab solution when real, chunky wood will last forever. Or hiring it out and that's not in the budget.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1826 on: January 11, 2020, 07:58:49 PM »
Explaining the ďOK BoomerĒ phenomenon to my boomer mom and watching her crack up laughing.

Watching my mom explain to my confused teenage children that she is actually older than the boomers.

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« Reply #1827 on: January 12, 2020, 09:43:07 AM »
Turning a bunch of leftover ham that I'm tired of dealing with in other dishes into one of my favorite soups - split pea with ham. Second batch is slow cooking now and I'll be portioning and freezing for many meals to come.

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« Reply #1828 on: January 12, 2020, 10:31:53 AM »
Home made guacamole.

And I'm sure i've posted this before, but I still get a kick seeing this kid really enjoying playing her drums:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkw57uGnSrs

This is why I started playing music myself in my teens -.. IT'S FUN!  But I never attacked a snare drum with that level of energy... :) 


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1829 on: January 13, 2020, 07:32:15 AM »
Cloth napkins that I purchased at estate sales for very little -- we don't need to fuss with paper napkins for messy foods and it's a tiny added bit of fanciness in our day

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1830 on: January 17, 2020, 08:45:02 AM »
Procuring and installing the equivalent LED bulb each time another light burns out around the house.

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« Reply #1831 on: January 18, 2020, 08:12:53 AM »
Staying at home and vegging out in a warm, dry, quiet apartment.

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« Reply #1832 on: January 18, 2020, 08:17:09 AM »
Staying at home and vegging out in a warm, dry, quiet apartment.

Yes. We received several inches of snow last night, and I donít have to go anywhere today. Itís the best.

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« Reply #1833 on: January 18, 2020, 08:37:37 AM »
Staying at home and vegging out in a warm, dry, quiet apartment.

Yes. We received several inches of snow last night, and I donít have to go anywhere today. Itís the best.

Same here!  I was supposed to have friends over today, so I even have a pan of burritos ready to go in the oven.  Now if I could just tear myself away from my laptop, I could go sew all day!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1834 on: January 18, 2020, 08:51:18 AM »
Pencils make me happy.  Old school Ticonderoga #2s, freshly sharpened.  They look good, smell good, and sound good when they click together.

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« Reply #1835 on: January 18, 2020, 08:55:04 AM »
I love this thread, actually, and it brings me so much joy and is free.

I also like making coffee at my house.  I've worked on upgrading my equipment and skills over the years, and now I feel it tastes pretty comparable to coffee out.  I like doing it myself, and I like relaxing in my own space.  I can't believe I spent so much money on coffees out so much.  At some point it became a habit, and I tricked myself into thinking it was a reward, but when I thought about it, it was really just a psychological crutch where I felt I would "treat" myself to try to avoid stress.  It doesn't make sense, because pouring caffeine in my body has rarely worked to reduce stress, and I like coffee the most when I am relaxed.

I also like lazy mornings around the house AFTER a hard, productive week where I hit my work and personal goals.  What a nice reward, and then I'll be geared up to go work hard again after I reset. 

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« Reply #1836 on: January 18, 2020, 10:13:21 AM »
Staying at home and vegging out in a warm, dry, quiet apartment.

Yes. We received several inches of snow last night, and I donít have to go anywhere today. Itís the best.

Same here!  I was supposed to have friends over today, so I even have a pan of burritos ready to go in the oven.  Now if I could just tear myself away from my laptop, I could go sew all day!

I have a crock pot meal planned so I'm going to start that soon, finish my work (maybe 3 more hours worth), and spend the rest of the day knitting.

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« Reply #1837 on: January 18, 2020, 10:22:03 AM »
Of late it's been cooking on cast iron pans.  We have some that my wife inherited and I've been making much more use of them.  After scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing on a so-called nonstick pan, I decided that I could cook on cast iron for this much aggravation.  As it turns out, cast iron isn't that aggravating.  And it takes more skill to cook with it. 

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« Reply #1838 on: January 18, 2020, 10:28:29 AM »
Listening to the owls outside my house at night. Posting to iNaturalist and learning about all of the plants, animals, insects, etc living around me.  Watching nature there is something new every day!

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« Reply #1839 on: January 18, 2020, 04:32:48 PM »
Sawdust... Progress generate sawdust. Interesting projects generate sawdust.

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« Reply #1840 on: January 18, 2020, 07:32:05 PM »
After a 4 hour bike ride, sitting in a recliner with my feet up, a mug of chamomile tea, and the MMM forum.

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« Reply #1841 on: January 19, 2020, 07:30:31 PM »
After a 4 hour bike ride, sitting in a recliner with my feet up, a mug of chamomile tea, and the MMM forum.

Hour long "walk" (read half-run) with husky, similarly sitting feet up with a coffee.

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« Reply #1842 on: January 19, 2020, 07:33:30 PM »
Having a door between me and the office workers at my current temp job, so I can do jumping jacks and squats when I get bored. Offsets the delicious home made cin amon scrolls someone brought in!

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« Reply #1843 on: January 20, 2020, 06:04:17 AM »
Staying at home and vegging out in a warm, dry, quiet apartment.

Yes. We received several inches of snow last night, and I donít have to go anywhere today. Itís the best.

Same here!  I was supposed to have friends over today, so I even have a pan of burritos ready to go in the oven.  Now if I could just tear myself away from my laptop, I could go sew all day!

I have a crock pot meal planned so I'm going to start that soon, finish my work (maybe 3 more hours worth), and spend the rest of the day knitting.

I spent an afternoon crocheting.

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« Reply #1844 on: January 21, 2020, 09:24:43 PM »
For me, I bought a $10 hot water bottle.  I've been so cold for so long.  I'm just dreaming about all the ways I will use it when it arrives.  In my bed before getting in.  In my lap/at my feet while work/relaxing at home.  Maybe even tucked into my house-jacket to really heat me up in my core?  Such sweet dreams of warmth!  I think it's going to solve all my problems.  Maybe even other people's problems. I hope I'm not setting my expectations too high.

You are not! Thank you for reminding me of my own cheap ($15?) water bottle I bought 2 winters ago. One of the best cheap purchases ever. If you remember, put it in the bed 30 minutes before you do and move it again in 15 minutes. You can warm your foot area and the top area and slide it around to take the chill off the sheets. It is also great tucked into the small of your back while sitting.

Pro tips here: https://www.accc.gov.au/system/files/Hot%20water%20bottles%20safety%20alert.pdf I had not known you can burn yourself if you leave it in place too long - we scooch it down below our feet at night so nobody gets burned, but it still gives off its heat.

Hot water bottle just as awesome as I had hoped!  No more cold feet in bed.  A nice warm spot waiting for me.  I've used it in the evenings on my lap or at my feet.  The heat lasts forever.  All life problems solved!

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« Reply #1845 on: January 22, 2020, 06:05:55 PM »
Spent the afternoon teaching a friend how to install and use free Mint Linux KDE. Its easy to use but different names for different features than Windows. Also I use some of the time to show off some of the "wow" software available for free.

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« Reply #1846 on: January 22, 2020, 09:35:47 PM »
Procuring and installing the equivalent LED bulb each time another light burns out around the house.
Same here.  It's nonsensical but I keep hoping my old bulbs will burn out quicker so I can finally get rid of them all.

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« Reply #1847 on: January 22, 2020, 11:45:48 PM »
Rain, rain, rain. Blissful, soaking rain. On tinder-dry SW Victoria.

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« Reply #1848 on: January 22, 2020, 11:47:17 PM »
Rain, rain, rain. Blissful, soaking rain. On tinder-dry SW Victoria.

That is good news. You guys need all the rain you can get.

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« Reply #1849 on: January 23, 2020, 02:16:22 AM »
Yesterday I saw a squirrel on Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day.