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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2000 on: April 02, 2020, 09:51:19 AM »
sweeping off the deck in the sunshine.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2001 on: April 02, 2020, 04:35:19 PM »
I just scored a deal on a Total Gym.  I'd been looking at them, but didn't pull the trigger.  Then a couple of days ago I found a like-new one on Nextdoor for a great price. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2002 on: April 02, 2020, 05:01:39 PM »
The weather was amazing today, after several days of chilly gloom. It was nice to get out in the sunshine.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2003 on: April 02, 2020, 05:21:44 PM »
Being safe at home during self-quarantine. It's amazing how little money I need to spend to take care of myself when I just stay home.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2004 on: April 02, 2020, 09:26:08 PM »
Having weekly catchups on Zoom with my dear group of girfriends. We are scattered all over Australia and it is rare to have all 8 of us gather IRL.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2005 on: April 03, 2020, 05:01:02 PM »
Planning our balcony garden. We are a bit late to the game since we are under mandatory quarantine, but we are planning to buy seedlings and young plants of whatever stuff is still for sale next week. So far, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, mint, and kale are on our list.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2006 on: April 03, 2020, 05:03:51 PM »
A new stripey strap for my bag. More comfortable, I can make it exactly the right length, and it adds some hues that extend the range of clothes I can wear the bag with. Also buying vintage bags for almost no money and then rehabbing them. It's just very satisfying to take something that looked sad and worn and making it beautiful again.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2007 on: April 03, 2020, 05:48:12 PM »
The smell of garlic cooking.
Being out of quarantine and going for a walk!
Figuring out Bibim Bop.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2008 on: April 03, 2020, 06:04:39 PM »
Having weekly catchups on Zoom with my dear group of girfriends. We are scattered all over Australia and it is rare to have all 8 of us gather IRL.

Spent two hours this morning on Zoom with four other women I'm in a group with. Same here, that we would never be able to schedule all of us together at one time before quarantine. I reset my gratitude meter every day by reminding myself of the positives in this new normal.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2009 on: April 03, 2020, 10:18:47 PM »
Rode my bike for the first time since cold weather. It was bliss...

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2010 on: April 03, 2020, 10:41:03 PM »
Having weekly catchups on Zoom with my dear group of girfriends. We are scattered all over Australia and it is rare to have all 8 of us gather IRL.

Spent two hours this morning on Zoom with four other women I'm in a group with. Same here, that we would never be able to schedule all of us together at one time before quarantine. I reset my gratitude meter every day by reminding myself of the positives in this new normal.

Yes! I had a virtual happy hour with a few dear friends tonight via Zoom. It was almost as good as seeing them in person. I think I'm going to try to set up a Zoom family visit for my MIL's birthday this month so we can also loop in my SIL and her family.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2011 on: April 04, 2020, 02:21:22 AM »
Went for a run yesterday morning.  Despite the temperatures still hovering in the 30's, and the darkness at 5:20am there were myriad birds out singing their hearts out.  Magical!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2012 on: April 04, 2020, 02:59:55 AM »
Practising Yoga with Adriene on Youtube with my daughter. Adriene is such gift  in these times. We love her!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2013 on: April 07, 2020, 01:26:57 AM »
The smell of fresh baked sugar cookies in the air. We used gingerbread house cookie cutters and will make a Spring/Easter house.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2014 on: April 07, 2020, 06:09:40 AM »
Coffee I made at home, in my reusable ceramic Starbucks mug.

Watching the baby crawl around.  (He's expensive generally, but family together time is not.)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2015 on: April 07, 2020, 06:12:38 AM »
Watched the sun rise this morning with my DH, sipping coffee and tea on the porch. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2016 on: April 07, 2020, 07:40:44 PM »
Sitting on the front porh with DW, watching a thunderstorm roll in/by

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2017 on: April 07, 2020, 09:36:49 PM »
Picking apples off my own trees and stewing or dehydrating the excess.  So delicious.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2018 on: April 07, 2020, 10:37:44 PM »
We just got 3 ducklings to raise.  They've added a bit of fun to our time of social distancing.  Surprisingly our little Shih Tzu is in love with them.  She wants to be a mama duck. 


In 3-4 months they should be big enough to turn loose into lake. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2019 on: April 08, 2020, 09:36:11 AM »
We just got 3 ducklings to raise.  They've added a bit of fun to our time of social distancing.  Surprisingly our little Shih Tzu is in love with them.  She wants to be a mama duck. 


In 3-4 months they should be big enough to turn loose into lake.

I had dogs and chickens at the same time for years.  The first batch of chicks bonded to our male corgi and where ever he went, a little flock of hens waddled along behind him, which was fine until each evening when he decided it was time for them to be herded back into their pen.  Then he'd get most of the chickens in front of him, moving in the right direction, only to realize the stragglers were trailing along behind him.  He'd spin around, start herding those chickens and the first group would start trailing along behind. 

The DH and I got hours of free entertainment that summer (and made sure to prevent inter-species bonding in in the following years by waiting to introduce the animals until after the chicks passed the bonding stage.  In that first year I was so worried that the dogs might eat the chicks that I exposed the dogs early and often to make sure they understood the chicks were family not food.)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2020 on: April 08, 2020, 05:38:30 PM »
Cheap things that make you Happy


1. Hearing the Laughter of Little Children..so Pure, so Innocent.

2. Squabbling with my hubby and Winning 80% of the Time.

3. Seeing and discussing Life and the Future with and through my Darling Daughter's eyes...whilst taking walks in the midst of this Dreadful Covid lockdown.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2021 on: April 08, 2020, 05:47:15 PM »
Whenever Queen Elizabeth II wears something green, the internet turns it into a green screen. Sometimes with hilarious results. (I am not making light of her actual speech last week, which was kind and compassionate and very appropriate.)

https://www.boredpanda.com/queen-green-screen-outfit-photoshop/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=BPFacebook&fbclid=IwAR2kNeKFpgkTowsc_O9z3QJ29Hlyeogae3FeIHz6lQNUrGSCl6MR2O_VxwY

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2022 on: April 08, 2020, 05:48:10 PM »
Also, the weather was nice enough that we have had the windows open all day. And all of my perennials have leaf buds.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2023 on: April 09, 2020, 04:25:55 AM »
Watching "The Last Waltz" on Youtube. Love The Band!!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2024 on: April 09, 2020, 08:46:12 AM »
-Discovering old tv series with the kids (they don't get to watch TV during typical school weeks)
-The way the kids still try & hide & scare each other every night before bed. Some nights, it's irritating, but I often get a chuckle out of someone jumping out of a closet, and the other kid shrieking
-A huge variety of tea. I ordered a 120 pack in early March, when our office moved to WFH. It's been such a gift every day
-Marco Polo with friends & family

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2025 on: April 09, 2020, 02:56:22 PM »
We're still trying to decide on names for these 3 little cuties.  (don't know why it posted sideways)


 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2026 on: April 09, 2020, 04:14:26 PM »
Our homemade face masks make me happy. I used pretty, patterned fabrics and a design that is more comfortable than looping the elastics on your ears. They get washed everyday in hot soapy water, so it always smells like fresh laundry (instead of that plastic-y, weird smell for the disposable masks). I also like the fact that reusable washable masks create less garbage.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2027 on: April 09, 2020, 04:16:03 PM »
Practicing walking and climbing stairs with my cat, who had major surgery on both femurs two weeks ago.  I've never been so excited to see him go up a few stairs, even though most of his life I would curse his sister and him for their incessant counter-surfing.  Cost of practicing with him is cheap at just a few treats per training session. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2028 on: April 10, 2020, 06:18:02 AM »
Playing three-handed cribbage with my kids.  We had one epic match that stretched over several days (first one to 10 games won was the winner).  My 14 year old son won that mega-match in a squeaker final game, and he felt like a king. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2029 on: April 10, 2020, 09:50:56 AM »
This, starting at about 8:30 in the video. That little girl is going to remember this birthday for the rest of her life, in a really good way.

VIDEO: Original HAMILTON Cast Reunites to Sing 'Alexander Hamilton' on John Krasinski's SOME GOOD NEWS

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2030 on: April 10, 2020, 03:52:36 PM »
Having friends over now that we are no longer in lockdown. Swapping our extra apples for a fresh loaf of bread with a friend. Sharing extra cloth masks that I made with another friend.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2031 on: April 10, 2020, 07:16:48 PM »
Windows open, fresh air blowing through the house

Vacuuming then washing the living room floor--seems so tidy now

Using up bits & ends of food to make tasty treats (i.e...more apple/rhubarb crumble)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2032 on: April 11, 2020, 05:15:00 AM »
Whenever Queen Elizabeth II wears something green, the internet turns it into a green screen. Sometimes with hilarious results. (I am not making light of her actual speech last week, which was kind and compassionate and very appropriate.)

https://www.boredpanda.com/queen-green-screen-outfit-photoshop/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=BPFacebook&fbclid=IwAR2kNeKFpgkTowsc_O9z3QJ29Hlyeogae3FeIHz6lQNUrGSCl6MR2O_VxwY
That was a gift, thank you!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2033 on: April 15, 2020, 06:06:47 AM »
A flock of about 100 cedar waxwings has been hanging around here this past week, eating the berries off our holly trees.  They're the most beautiful birds. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2034 on: April 15, 2020, 07:19:19 AM »
Waking up really early and discovering that the birds ar already singing, the sun is starting to get out and than be able to snuggle up and fall a sleep again for another half hour before the kids wake up.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2035 on: April 15, 2020, 09:18:09 AM »
Whenever Queen Elizabeth II wears something green, the internet turns it into a green screen. Sometimes with hilarious results. (I am not making light of her actual speech last week, which was kind and compassionate and very appropriate.)

https://www.boredpanda.com/queen-green-screen-outfit-photoshop/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=BPFacebook&fbclid=IwAR2kNeKFpgkTowsc_O9z3QJ29Hlyeogae3FeIHz6lQNUrGSCl6MR2O_VxwY
That was a gift, thank you!

I second this--so good!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2036 on: April 15, 2020, 09:18:45 AM »
For a couple of days our bird feeder has been visited by the European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), which is a bird that I have seldom seen. Only many years ago in our previous house. I hope they will nest in our garden. They tend to nest in pine trees which our garden is full of.

Also happy that there are lots of good alternatives for lightly used cars of the type we want to buy. Therefore we will buy used instead of new.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2037 on: April 15, 2020, 09:19:47 AM »
Went for a run yesterday morning.  Despite the temperatures still hovering in the 30's, and the darkness at 5:20am there were myriad birds out singing their hearts out.  Magical!

Yes, there is something magical about the stillness an early morning run brings.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2038 on: April 15, 2020, 09:20:56 AM »
Seedlings popping up in their little seedtrays

Airing and beating out the carpet

Quiet mornings, with the sounds of little critters and birds over the traffic :)


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2039 on: April 15, 2020, 02:21:55 PM »
This, starting at about 8:30 in the video. That little girl is going to remember this birthday for the rest of her life, in a really good way.

VIDEO: Original HAMILTON Cast Reunites to Sing 'Alexander Hamilton' on John Krasinski's SOME GOOD NEWS

THIS HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY WEEK!! I will continue to rewatch! This kind of act reminds me of the good that has come of this situation.

In much less thrilling news, I had some mystery seeds sprout in my compost bin. I spent the early afternoon carefully transplanting them to an empty flowerbed. I may have a ton of pumpkins, acorn squash, or cucumbers. Who knows??

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2040 on: April 15, 2020, 02:56:23 PM »
Finding replacement running shoes at 60% off.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2041 on: April 15, 2020, 03:02:08 PM »
Being able to work on a puzzle using the whole dinner table.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2042 on: April 15, 2020, 06:00:58 PM »
Our strawberry plants, blueberry bush, orange tree are all starting to bloom. And our mint and citronella also seem to have made the journey and transplant successfully.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2043 on: April 15, 2020, 06:41:01 PM »
This, starting at about 8:30 in the video. That little girl is going to remember this birthday for the rest of her life, in a really good way.

VIDEO: Original HAMILTON Cast Reunites to Sing 'Alexander Hamilton' on John Krasinski's SOME GOOD NEWS

THIS HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY WEEK!! I will continue to rewatch! This kind of act reminds me of the good that has come of this situation.


thanks for sharing this...so wonderful :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2044 on: April 16, 2020, 02:34:14 PM »
Wikipedia existing so I can easily "fact-check" the historical melodrama TV series I'm watching

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2045 on: April 16, 2020, 05:01:30 PM »
Wikipedia existing so I can easily "fact-check" the historical melodrama TV series I'm watching

I am so guilty of doing this too.  Watching "The Crown" we kept using Wikipedia to check on the side stories and different characters we didn't remember or know.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2046 on: April 17, 2020, 06:05:53 AM »
My DD is working on a ridiculously hard puzzle.  She wants us to help.  I am overjoyed when I fit in one piece.  Last night, as the puzzle is now approaching 75% complete, I did about ten pieces. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2047 on: April 20, 2020, 02:57:33 AM »
Even though I'm just staying at home most of the time, I occasionally use this strawberry conditioner from The Body Shop that just lightens up my mood and makes me feel like I'm going on a date lol

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2048 on: April 20, 2020, 04:16:32 AM »
Al fresco lunch on the balcony in the sunshine, sitting at a little cafe table amongst our plants and bushes.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2049 on: April 20, 2020, 05:34:09 AM »
Having all the time in the world to make a quilt for our big bed. I am loving cutting out all the squares of material, saved from other projects, and the kids' outgrown clothes. It is so meditative, and playing with colour combinations is so soothing.