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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1850 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 #1851 on: January 23, 2020, 02:16:22 AM »
Yesterday I saw a squirrel on Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1852 on: January 23, 2020, 08:38:33 PM »
Slicing up our homegrown turmeric for use in a dish feels very rewarding.

Tidying up a little corner of our street that has no owner unless you count CalTrans. Swept up some broken glass today and it looks much better.

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« Reply #1853 on: January 23, 2020, 08:41:47 PM »
Choir rehearsal. Madrigals are fun.

Also, rediscovering a gorgeous choral work via classical music radio and learning that I probably won't have to twist my choir director's arm at all to have it included in the summer program this year or next.

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« Reply #1854 on: January 24, 2020, 03:16:07 AM »
Choir rehearsal. Madrigals are fun.

Yes they are!

My kids' choir is doing a raga this semester.  Whuuttt?  Very challenging and interesting.  The meter is absolutely wild, and there are many notes that produce higher "ghost tones."   

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1855 on: January 24, 2020, 07:03:44 AM »
Reading this thread puts my mind at ease and my soul finds peace.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1856 on: January 25, 2020, 03:21:24 AM »
Eating the delicious summer fruit from my own trees: currently peaches and apricots, with plums and nectarines almost ripe. This is the first year I have had excess,  and gave some away.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1857 on: January 25, 2020, 08:49:50 AM »
My wife made pancakes today.  I made coffee.  Now it's 11am and I am still in pajamas.  I love lazy Saturdays. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1858 on: January 25, 2020, 04:39:29 PM »
A leisurely morning bike ride along the river path to get to a meetup with the local Mustachians!

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« Reply #1859 on: January 25, 2020, 06:08:07 PM »
My wife made pancakes today.  I made coffee.  Now it's 11am and I am still in pajamas.  I love lazy Saturdays.

+1 for pancakes! Itís my first time frying them using coconut oil, and we were quite pleased with the result.

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« Reply #1860 on: January 26, 2020, 04:19:05 PM »

  • A public holiday at home with my DS - slept in and currently in my pjs wasting time

    The breeze. It is magical

    Learning for free - I am loving the Crash Course series and Khan Academy at the moment

    Library books

    Naps

    Using cupboard leftovers (sunken cost food) to make creative and tasty meals and snacks.

    My house with decent insulation. Not cheap, granted, but our previous house didn't have an insulated roof, and it was awful in summer. This one does, and it is 1000x more pleasant, so we don't need to use aircon often



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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1861 on: January 26, 2020, 09:47:46 PM »
Library day, free seminars, playing cards with friends, working on the yard.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1862 on: January 26, 2020, 10:40:22 PM »
Having a brother I can talk to

Knowing that everyone in my immediate family is tucked safe and warm in their beds tonight, as the chill rolls in around our house

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« Reply #1863 on: January 26, 2020, 10:47:14 PM »
Popcorn! $1/lb of kernels and we had... an eighth of a pound maybe? I always assumed making it "from scratch" must be really hard or something... Otherwise why would people buy it in those prepared bags? My husband's been bugging me to let him buy some kernels in bulk and I was like, ok, but you're in charge! I don't want to be part of this complicated project!

Well, I sure learned something new tonight!

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« Reply #1864 on: January 27, 2020, 12:50:00 AM »
Finding out about social differences around the world thanks to this forum   :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1865 on: January 27, 2020, 05:21:44 AM »
The "Free Table" at our local Senior Center.  I take a class there and will be dropping off some extra items like clean, usable file folders; calendars; 3 new toothbrushes I'd gotten free from my dentist; a new package of glue (I bought the wrong kind but someone else could use it); small photo frames; newish magazines; etc.

A month ago I'd dropped off some small notepads with magnets for use on refrigerators and they were snapped up.  Gave me the idea to continue looking around the house for small usable items to donate, with the added bonus of decluttering.  win-win

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« Reply #1866 on: January 27, 2020, 09:36:37 AM »
Time with friends or family, helping friends or family with chores.

Conquered a bit of clutter this weekend. Things are looking better bit by bit.

Our stuff just needs a home rather than creating visual clutter.

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« Reply #1867 on: January 27, 2020, 09:47:55 AM »
Popcorn! $1/lb of kernels and we had... an eighth of a pound maybe? I always assumed making it "from scratch" must be really hard or something... Otherwise why would people buy it in those prepared bags? My husband's been bugging me to let him buy some kernels in bulk and I was like, ok, but you're in charge! I don't want to be part of this complicated project!

Well, I sure learned something new tonight!

Don't buy too much at a time.  Popcorn kernels go stale, while they may still pop, the popped kernels are not a big and fluffy if the kernels are stale. 

I love making my own popcorn, I always make it on a stove top with coconut oil.  Yum. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1868 on: January 27, 2020, 10:09:03 AM »
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.
For what it's worth, they payoff for LED bulbs vs incandescent is so quick--about a penny per hour of "on" time--that unless you plan on moving in the next year, it's financially beneficial to swap out the incandescent bulbs now, even if they have life left in them.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1869 on: January 27, 2020, 11:14:05 AM »
Popcorn! $1/lb of kernels and we had... an eighth of a pound maybe? I always assumed making it "from scratch" must be really hard or something... Otherwise why would people buy it in those prepared bags? My husband's been bugging me to let him buy some kernels in bulk and I was like, ok, but you're in charge! I don't want to be part of this complicated project!

Well, I sure learned something new tonight!

Don't buy too much at a time.  Popcorn kernels go stale, while they may still pop, the popped kernels are not a big and fluffy if the kernels are stale. 

I love making my own popcorn, I always make it on a stove top with coconut oil.  Yum.

Hahaha... I will admit I have a big bag of popcorn kernels I bought in bulk some time last year and when I tried popping them over the stove top (when they were new) they didn't all pop. Not sure what I was doing wrong because the pot was already hot so it should've worked.  I just had only a few popped kernels and the rest were just an oily hot slightly burnt mess. Now I never try to eat popcorn anymore and should probably just throw out those old kernels... D:

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1870 on: January 27, 2020, 11:45:46 AM »
^ You can also pop those kernels in a paper bag in the microwave if preferred.

And cheap thing that made me happy, sorghum will also pop like popcorn, and be about 1/4 the size. It's adorable and tastes the same!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1871 on: January 27, 2020, 02:42:09 PM »
  Looking at photos of beautiful buildings on skyscraper city forum (the general photography thread).

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« Reply #1872 on: January 28, 2020, 12:44:35 AM »
Popcorn! $1/lb of kernels and we had... an eighth of a pound maybe? I always assumed making it "from scratch" must be really hard or something... Otherwise why would people buy it in those prepared bags? My husband's been bugging me to let him buy some kernels in bulk and I was like, ok, but you're in charge! I don't want to be part of this complicated project!

Well, I sure learned something new tonight!

Don't buy too much at a time.  Popcorn kernels go stale, while they may still pop, the popped kernels are not a big and fluffy if the kernels are stale. 

I love making my own popcorn, I always make it on a stove top with coconut oil.  Yum.

Hahaha... I will admit I have a big bag of popcorn kernels I bought in bulk some time last year and when I tried popping them over the stove top (when they were new) they didn't all pop. Not sure what I was doing wrong because the pot was already hot so it should've worked.  I just had only a few popped kernels and the rest were just an oily hot slightly burnt mess. Now I never try to eat popcorn anymore and should probably just throw out those old kernels... D:

Those unpopped kernels are called old maids. Popcorn pops because steam is generated inside. Some popcorn is just too dry to pop well and you get a lot of old maids. Shop around because some brands of kernels are definitely much better than others for poppability.

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« Reply #1873 on: January 28, 2020, 07:23:37 AM »
Popcorn! $1/lb of kernels and we had... an eighth of a pound maybe? I always assumed making it "from scratch" must be really hard or something... Otherwise why would people buy it in those prepared bags? My husband's been bugging me to let him buy some kernels in bulk and I was like, ok, but you're in charge! I don't want to be part of this complicated project!

Well, I sure learned something new tonight!




My dad always popped corn that way, so I've been doing it my whole life.  It's so cheap, easy, and taste better.


White popcorn is better than yellow.  For a yummy & healthy treat after popping spray the corn with Bragg's amino acids & dust with nutritional yeast (same as brewers yeast I think).  The Bragg's is like soy sauce & the yeast is like parmesan cheese. 


When you get really good at popping corn you'll learn to fill multiple large bowls using a normal size pan, by emptying the popped corn a couple of times while it's popping.  The ultimate goal is to get 100% popped kernels without scorching any.  Simple pleasures.  ;)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1874 on: January 28, 2020, 08:54:29 AM »
Putting on a pair of jeans that fits just right.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1875 on: January 30, 2020, 11:47:29 PM »
Taking the bus downtown to do errands and walking between stops.

Lingering at things I enjoy with no time pressure.

My super warm and sturdy winter boots.

Finding items I need at the thrift store for pennies.

Good sleep.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1876 on: January 31, 2020, 02:28:48 AM »
A beach swim on a hot day, especially when most people are working:-)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1877 on: January 31, 2020, 10:48:26 AM »
Days off when everyone else is working can be really nice - less crowds, sometimes less traffic. Plus it feels like playing hookie even if it is a vacation day....

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1878 on: January 31, 2020, 08:55:28 PM »
Fresh clean air and not having to wear a face mask when walking outside for fear of contracting a certain virus.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1879 on: February 02, 2020, 02:34:19 PM »
A bright, sunny warm day, more like April 2nd rather than February 2nd.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1880 on: February 03, 2020, 09:16:51 AM »
A bright, sunny warm day, more like April 2nd rather than February 2nd.

It's 35 degrees C here, with a hazy beige sky and an orange sun. Looks like the frickin apocalypse. Tomorrow is supposed to be 19 and raining. I can't wait!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1881 on: February 03, 2020, 12:12:37 PM »
We're getting a perfect spring day. Already a couple of my coworkers have gone home early. Even if I did go home, I have home projects to complete. Ugh! ;)

Another couple weeks of evenings and the projects will be done.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1882 on: February 03, 2020, 12:28:09 PM »
Popcorn! $1/lb of kernels and we had... an eighth of a pound maybe? I always assumed making it "from scratch" must be really hard or something... Otherwise why would people buy it in those prepared bags? My husband's been bugging me to let him buy some kernels in bulk and I was like, ok, but you're in charge! I don't want to be part of this complicated project!

Well, I sure learned something new tonight!

Don't buy too much at a time.  Popcorn kernels go stale, while they may still pop, the popped kernels are not a big and fluffy if the kernels are stale. 

I love making my own popcorn, I always make it on a stove top with coconut oil.  Yum.

Hahaha... I will admit I have a big bag of popcorn kernels I bought in bulk some time last year and when I tried popping them over the stove top (when they were new) they didn't all pop. Not sure what I was doing wrong because the pot was already hot so it should've worked.  I just had only a few popped kernels and the rest were just an oily hot slightly burnt mess. Now I never try to eat popcorn anymore and should probably just throw out those old kernels... D:

Those unpopped kernels are called old maids. Popcorn pops because steam is generated inside. Some popcorn is just too dry to pop well and you get a lot of old maids. Shop around because some brands of kernels are definitely much better than others for poppability.

"Old maids"?!  Heck on that last-century sexist biz.  Let's start calling them "Corny incels" instead. :D 

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« Reply #1883 on: February 04, 2020, 05:32:19 AM »
Popcorn! $1/lb of kernels and we had... an eighth of a pound maybe? I always assumed making it "from scratch" must be really hard or something... Otherwise why would people buy it in those prepared bags? My husband's been bugging me to let him buy some kernels in bulk and I was like, ok, but you're in charge! I don't want to be part of this complicated project!

Well, I sure learned something new tonight!
You want even easier? Keep an eye out for an air popper when you're out thrifting. The secret is to let it preheat before adding kernels. Bonus is the fragrant warmth it adds to your kitchen on a cold day. And Orville Redenbacher's is worth the premium, IMO.

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« Reply #1884 on: February 04, 2020, 06:28:13 AM »
Popcorn! $1/lb of kernels and we had... an eighth of a pound maybe? I always assumed making it "from scratch" must be really hard or something... Otherwise why would people buy it in those prepared bags? My husband's been bugging me to let him buy some kernels in bulk and I was like, ok, but you're in charge! I don't want to be part of this complicated project!

Well, I sure learned something new tonight!
You want even easier? Keep an eye out for an air popper when you're out thrifting. The secret is to let it preheat before adding kernels. Bonus is the fragrant warmth it adds to your kitchen on a cold day. And Orville Redenbacher's is worth the premium, IMO.

Or a microwave popper -- super cheap and easy.  Buy the popcorn in bulk and put in a quarter of a cup.  We've been doing it that way for a long time. 

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« Reply #1885 on: February 04, 2020, 06:50:33 AM »
Popcorn! $1/lb of kernels and we had... an eighth of a pound maybe? I always assumed making it "from scratch" must be really hard or something... Otherwise why would people buy it in those prepared bags? My husband's been bugging me to let him buy some kernels in bulk and I was like, ok, but you're in charge! I don't want to be part of this complicated project!

Well, I sure learned something new tonight!
You want even easier? Keep an eye out for an air popper when you're out thrifting. The secret is to let it preheat before adding kernels. Bonus is the fragrant warmth it adds to your kitchen on a cold day. And Orville Redenbacher's is worth the premium, IMO.

Or a microwave popper -- super cheap and easy.  Buy the popcorn in bulk and put in a quarter of a cup.  We've been doing it that way for a long time.
Hahaha-ouch! About six months ago, I let myself be talked into trying something called "Mighty Fix". I bought one of these, because the casita in the Desert only has a microwave. It arrived the day after we left for there, right before Christmas. I put it "somewhere" for safekeeping and haven't seen it since.

FWIW, I let it be the last straw and cancelled MF. Good riddance. Oh well, I suppose it's good to be reminded every score of years or so why I dislike subscription services. <---- I know that's slightly off topic, but it's a PSA just in case any of you are considering MF. Unless you're just starting out and have nothing, it's overpriced crap you can source elsewhere for less if you really need a new whatzit. Hint: you probably don't.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1886 on: February 04, 2020, 01:47:54 PM »
Went to the store. The small size of a particular item was marked down from $4.99 to $2.99. The large size was not but I wanted the large. Bought two small sizes. Cheaper than the large size. No coupon necessary. Just being in the right place at the right time. My inner debate was whether to go back and buy all of the smalls but didn't want to be greedy.

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« Reply #1887 on: February 05, 2020, 06:37:24 AM »
Lots of different birds on the feeding tray.
Lots of different animals tracks in the snow during our ski trip.
Seeing two deers.
Having a ski trip with a beautiful thin sun and fresh snow on the trees and everywhere.

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« Reply #1888 on: February 05, 2020, 02:52:18 PM »
Animal watching is so much fun...

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« Reply #1889 on: February 05, 2020, 04:30:12 PM »
Watching the snow falling in the light from the streetlight before the sun comes up, from the window so I'm nice and warm.
Then bundling up and taking my dog out to frolic in the new fluffy snow

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1890 on: February 05, 2020, 08:11:21 PM »
* Coming into a snug, well-insulated home after a long stretch outside in chilly weather

* fuzzy slippers


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« Reply #1891 on: February 06, 2020, 01:09:47 AM »
Finding a HUGE, slightly more than a foot long, pure white feather on the beach ON MY BIRTHDAY! It's a present from the universe. I also found a piece of driftwood that is clearly a wand. Does anyone know how to charge it?

Also got given a fabulous birthday cake, and slices of the leftover are now in the freezer for later celebration.

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« Reply #1892 on: February 07, 2020, 02:00:14 AM »
Finding a HUGE, slightly more than a foot long, pure white feather on the beach ON MY BIRTHDAY! It's a present from the universe. I also found a piece of driftwood that is clearly a wand. Does anyone know how to charge it?

Also got given a fabulous birthday cake, and slices of the leftover are now in the freezer for later celebration.

Maybe you need to write down a spell with your feather.

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« Reply #1893 on: February 07, 2020, 06:32:16 AM »
Finding a HUGE, slightly more than a foot long, pure white feather on the beach ON MY BIRTHDAY! It's a present from the universe. I also found a piece of driftwood that is clearly a wand. Does anyone know how to charge it?

Also got given a fabulous birthday cake, and slices of the leftover are now in the freezer for later celebration.

Apparently some chap named Ollivander can help you. Once youíre all set, remember that the correct pronunciation is ďWingardium Levi-OH-sa.Ē ;-)

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« Reply #1894 on: February 07, 2020, 06:33:33 AM »
We woke up to a fresh blanket of snow and big fat snowflakes swirling around. Neither of us has to go out today. Iím currently enjoying a hot cup of coffee while watching the snowfall.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1895 on: February 07, 2020, 11:27:02 AM »
Home grown tomatoes in February!  I still have quite a few frozen and canned from my garden last year, and I love making recipes with them.  Delicious!

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« Reply #1896 on: February 07, 2020, 05:27:58 PM »
Finding a HUGE, slightly more than a foot long, pure white feather on the beach ON MY BIRTHDAY! It's a present from the universe. I also found a piece of driftwood that is clearly a wand. Does anyone know how to charge it?

Also got given a fabulous birthday cake, and slices of the leftover are now in the freezer for later celebration.

Apparently some chap named Ollivander can help you. Once youíre all set, remember that the correct pronunciation is ďWingardium Levi-OH-sa.Ē ;-)

Yeah, I need some different spells. I have people to smite.

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« Reply #1897 on: February 07, 2020, 05:29:40 PM »
Finding a HUGE, slightly more than a foot long, pure white feather on the beach ON MY BIRTHDAY! It's a present from the universe. I also found a piece of driftwood that is clearly a wand. Does anyone know how to charge it?

Also got given a fabulous birthday cake, and slices of the leftover are now in the freezer for later celebration.

Maybe you need to write down a spell with your feather.

The quill part is so large it would easily fit a pen inside, not just the pen inner bit. Not sure I want to alter such a cool feather though.

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« Reply #1898 on: February 07, 2020, 05:31:33 PM »
We woke up to a fresh blanket of snow and big fat snowflakes swirling around. Neither of us has to go out today. Iím currently enjoying a hot cup of coffee while watching the snowfall.

That sounds amazing. Snow is my very favourite weather but it's so rare here in Chch NZ. We might get an inch or two every few years. You're so lucky.

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« Reply #1899 on: February 08, 2020, 11:35:57 AM »
We woke up to a fresh blanket of snow and big fat snowflakes swirling around. Neither of us has to go out today. Iím currently enjoying a hot cup of coffee while watching the snowfall.

That sounds amazing. Snow is my very favourite weather but it's so rare here in Chch NZ. We might get an inch or two every few years. You're so lucky.

It really is beautiful, especially now that I donít have to commute in it. Every year about this time, the cold and dark start getting to me and I fantasize about moving somewhere with warmer winters. Honestly, though, I would miss the distinct seasons. Theyíre all beautiful and special.

Today, Iím enjoying relatively inexpensive and very good avocados. I know the avocados go on sale to capitalize on Super Bowl parties, but I hope they stick around in the markets for a bit longer. Itís a nice treat in the dead of winter.