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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2050 on: April 20, 2020, 06:11:57 AM »
daffodils in my garden - even before they open up completely they are delightful.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2051 on: April 20, 2020, 07:50:35 AM »
This morning, its Some Good News by John Krasinski and various virtual guests: https://youtu.be/VQLi2GYVULc

He actually held a virtual prom after seeing a video of a dad who set up an at-home dance with his daughter so that she could wear her dress. So much fun! (My friend posted photos of her preteen girls dancing to it in their party dresses. Adorable!)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2052 on: April 20, 2020, 06:19:40 PM »
Running classes for my students from a nearby park.  Hearing the birds and the sound of a stream babbling away.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2053 on: April 20, 2020, 08:45:35 PM »
Being able to work on a puzzle using the whole dinner table.

I have one that's been on my entire coffee table for weeks now. Then we started another one on SO's coffee table. Such maddening fun

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2054 on: April 21, 2020, 02:20:11 AM »
Just a morning walk in the sunshine and clean air that my little corner of the world gave me today. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2055 on: April 21, 2020, 06:37:50 PM »
Reaping the rewards of planting for pollinators: today we had monarchs, mourning cloaks, cloudless sulphurs, gulf fritillaries and umber skippers in the back garden.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2056 on: April 27, 2020, 12:17:45 PM »
This morning, its Some Good News by John Krasinski and various virtual guests: https://youtu.be/VQLi2GYVULc

He actually held a virtual prom after seeing a video of a dad who set up an at-home dance with his daughter so that she could wear her dress. So much fun! (My friend posted photos of her preteen girls dancing to it in their party dresses. Adorable!)

Just watched the new episodes and cried happy, uncynical tears. Love this man and what he is doing.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2057 on: April 27, 2020, 12:36:53 PM »
Seeing the first bloom of my new rose - it is prettier than I thought it would be - a lively pink, not too pale but not screaming pink either.
Better yet - the scent is truly heavenly - a true rose scent.
Been waiting for three months:) worth the wait.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2058 on: April 27, 2020, 03:56:24 PM »
Family walk!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2059 on: April 27, 2020, 03:58:34 PM »
Sunshine streaming in through the windows this morning. We have forecast a week of rain, so I am enjoying the beautiful (but cold) weather while I can.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2060 on: April 27, 2020, 04:00:11 PM »
Our little redbud tree is going to bloom for the first time this year (we planted it in 2017).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2061 on: April 27, 2020, 04:51:38 PM »
This morning, its Some Good News by John Krasinski and various virtual guests: https://youtu.be/VQLi2GYVULc

He actually held a virtual prom after seeing a video of a dad who set up an at-home dance with his daughter so that she could wear her dress. So much fun! (My friend posted photos of her preteen girls dancing to it in their party dresses. Adorable!)

Just watched the new episodes and cried happy, uncynical tears. Love this man and what he is doing.

Yay! I agree. Martha Stewart (one of my favorites) showed off the pierogis on Instagram ahead of the new episode so I knew she would be on, but it was still more fun than I expected.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2062 on: April 27, 2020, 06:39:04 PM »
Just visited with a dog friend that I haven't seen in a month due to lockdown. There was jumping and barking and general silliness, which was lovely.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2063 on: April 27, 2020, 10:25:42 PM »
Wearing a short sleeved shirt outside! My southern California self may never get completely used to northern California/ Bay Area weather and the previous few days I can wear short or sleeveless shirts anytime throughout the year. I am appreciative of something I didn't used to know warranted appreciation! It's been absolutely heavenly.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2064 on: April 28, 2020, 09:03:47 AM »
Watching my sourdough starter peak after feeding. Weirdly satisfying, and it happens readily now that the days are warmer.

A bed that's layered and made up like a hotel's. Not expensive, it's just the method. A few minutes can make the bed look so serene and inviting.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2065 on: May 02, 2020, 01:51:34 PM »
It is 74F/23C and sunny. I just got the front landscaping weeded and cleaned up. The windows are open, and were getting a great breeze in the house.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2066 on: May 03, 2020, 11:33:41 AM »
Okay, I have one...I got an email from @lifejoy, the originator of this thread and the instigator of many lively forum discussions in the past. I told her this thread is still thriving and she said she'd try to take a peek. Hope she does, so all her old forum friends can get the same thrill I did! Miss you, LJ!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2067 on: May 03, 2020, 02:31:24 PM »
Okay, I have one...I got an email from @lifejoy, the originator of this thread and the instigator of many lively forum discussions in the past. I told her this thread is still thriving and she said she'd try to take a peek. Hope she does, so all her old forum friends can get the same thrill I did! Miss you, LJ!
Woohoo! *waves at LJ*

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2068 on: May 03, 2020, 11:36:36 PM »
We are at our cabin and see a squirrel again. This one jumps from the high snow on the ground upward to the feeding tray, a trick I haven't seen used before.
It put a hazelnut in it't mouth to hide somewhere and was looking around for a second thing to add. It found the empty walnyt shell that still smelled good. So those two items were buried somewhere.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2069 on: May 04, 2020, 06:17:19 AM »
Hanging out with my teenage son and solving Rubik's cubes together. I am still amazed that I can even do this!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2070 on: May 04, 2020, 07:33:55 AM »
Watching the dogs play in a their kiddie pool filled with water from the rain barrel

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2071 on: May 04, 2020, 09:13:29 AM »
Okay, I have one...I got an email from @lifejoy, the originator of this thread and the instigator of many lively forum discussions in the past. I told her this thread is still thriving and she said she'd try to take a peek. Hope she does, so all her old forum friends can get the same thrill I did! Miss you, LJ!
Woohoo! *waves at LJ*

:)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2072 on: May 04, 2020, 09:16:36 AM »
A long walk..combination of sun, wind and gentle rain

Hoopla audiobooks from the library.
 Such a treat to listen to stories while on these long walks..

Seeing a guy drive by in his old classic truck, painted bright cobalt blue..a slightly beat-up, work-truck but you could tell he loved that vehicle

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2073 on: May 04, 2020, 05:29:19 PM »
Last year I planted milkweed in my garden, and today I watched a monarch butterfly laying her eggs on it.  :) 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2074 on: May 05, 2020, 06:44:54 AM »
Last year I planted milkweed in my garden, and today I watched a monarch butterfly laying her eggs on it.  :)

This is awesome. What a great reminder too about the long-term benefits of actions. Thanks for the smile this morning.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2075 on: May 06, 2020, 01:29:32 PM »
Sat on the balcony at midday, breathing that clean pure Toronto air. Not a sentence I may get to use too often in future years.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2076 on: May 06, 2020, 03:14:52 PM »
Sat on the balcony at midday, breathing that clean pure Toronto air. Not a sentence I may get to use too often in future years.

LOL!

I could say the same thing about my Ottawa air, on a busy street.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2077 on: May 06, 2020, 03:32:11 PM »
Listening to the soft, soothing crackling of a wood wick candle that I handle poured nearly a month ago.  Beeswax candles really do last forever.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2078 on: May 06, 2020, 06:25:56 PM »
Finding some more mystery sprouts in my compost. Don't know what they are, but it will be something I like to eat, so in the garden plot they go! Second-hand tools, locally sourced soil additives, and free plants! I love the smell of the wet earth and leaf mold and growing things. My dog comes out to investigate, finds no food that she considers edible, and flops on the ground for a nap. Add a cool breeze and it's perfect.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2079 on: May 06, 2020, 07:05:16 PM »
Sitting outside while on a morning walk to watch the sky wake up over the city while the magpies qwork away to each other.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2080 on: May 07, 2020, 06:36:58 AM »
I used leftover cloth from previous sewing projects to make cloth face masks. Super comfortable, washable, and they fit really well!

I am also enjoying mask making - how about a wardrobe of masks?  My first was simply pleating a beautiful vintage handkerchief, embroidered and lace-trimmed, that I'd never known what to do with because the fabric was strangely heavy (probably a child's project).  Then I tried a contoured design with a nose wire out of a snippet of some feather print I'd bought celebrating my Cherokee registration.  Now I'm making ones that exactly match my sewn clothes.  Just before all this exploded, I bought a dress on closeout because it was a size too big.  I've taken it in, and used the trimmings to piece together a matching mask.  Next will be a windowpane check blouse with a matching windowpane check mask.

My mother reports embroidering a smile and a "hi!" on her cloth mask.  Which I may do too.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2081 on: May 07, 2020, 02:45:47 PM »
Since corona measures started, I have been listening to online presentations about mushrooms and edible food. Today I got a free course in how to ferment food. I am inspired to find some plants to try this fermentation process.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2082 on: May 07, 2020, 06:21:28 PM »
Sunshine.  Glorious sunshine!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2083 on: May 07, 2020, 07:29:06 PM »
A nice cup of tea

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2084 on: May 08, 2020, 02:23:41 AM »
A nice cup of tea

Yes! Preferably made by someone else.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2085 on: May 08, 2020, 09:11:22 AM »
Figuring out how to make my own chai tea latte's(most of the instant packs are too sweet): Make up a cup of Chai tea using tea bags(I use 2 or three bags for a 20 oz cup to make it strong), then add sweetened condensed milk to desired sweetness level(I didn't know until recently you can get sweetened condensed milk in a squeeze bottle which really makes this easy.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2086 on: May 08, 2020, 09:53:41 AM »
When I see my cat sleeping in a box. And it's a cheap thing that makes her happy, too.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2087 on: May 08, 2020, 01:36:10 PM »
The 20th birthday celebration for this otter at the Shedd Aquarium.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2088 on: May 08, 2020, 03:59:07 PM »
Our aged garden tractor broke down. Heard from several people I should go buy something new and fancy aka expensive. Rather than replace it I replaced a few worn parts inside the engine and we're back in business for less than the price of dinner out. A few parts wore out, not the whole machine. Why replace the whole machine?

Also, cleaning and doing a little extra maintenance along the way. Maybe it'll last another twenty years.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2089 on: May 09, 2020, 11:52:45 AM »
Watching my niece's wedding via Zoom!
Our aged garden tractor broke down. Heard from several people I should go buy something new and fancy aka expensive. Rather than replace it I replaced a few worn parts inside the engine and we're back in business for less than the price of dinner out. A few parts wore out, not the whole machine. Why replace the whole machine?

Also, cleaning and doing a little extra maintenance along the way. Maybe it'll last another twenty years.
Funny you mention that.  I'm wrenching on my 25-year-old car today, replacing engine mounts that have long since passed their expiration date.  I'm looking forward to less vibration as I drive!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2090 on: May 09, 2020, 12:38:06 PM »
My mother reports embroidering a smile and a "hi!" on her cloth mask.  Which I may do too.
Unless you do it on just the outermost layer, I'd avoid this. You'd be putting lots of holes in your masks. You could try writing on it with a Sharpie. They come in lots of fun colors and don't make holes.

ETA: I love the idea, just not the holes.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2091 on: May 10, 2020, 07:05:28 PM »
Spending time with family on Mother's Day with no cooking or elaborate plans.
Playing in the yard on a gorgeous day with bubble wands.
A quiet evening curled up on the couch with classic 80's antenna tv.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2092 on: May 11, 2020, 06:53:55 AM »
Being allowed to take our dogs for a walk this morning after a 5 week lockdown ban.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2093 on: May 11, 2020, 06:29:22 PM »
Watching my niece's wedding via Zoom!
Our aged garden tractor broke down. Heard from several people I should go buy something new and fancy aka expensive. Rather than replace it I replaced a few worn parts inside the engine and we're back in business for less than the price of dinner out. A few parts wore out, not the whole machine. Why replace the whole machine?

Also, cleaning and doing a little extra maintenance along the way. Maybe it'll last another twenty years.
Funny you mention that.  I'm wrenching on my 25-year-old car today, replacing engine mounts that have long since passed their expiration date.  I'm looking forward to less vibration as I drive!

Did the new motor mounts work?

I mowed today. It worked! Looks like cut hay out there right now. Need to adjust the valves tomorrow.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2094 on: May 11, 2020, 07:27:13 PM »
Watching my niece's wedding via Zoom!
Our aged garden tractor broke down. Heard from several people I should go buy something new and fancy aka expensive. Rather than replace it I replaced a few worn parts inside the engine and we're back in business for less than the price of dinner out. A few parts wore out, not the whole machine. Why replace the whole machine?

Also, cleaning and doing a little extra maintenance along the way. Maybe it'll last another twenty years.
Funny you mention that.  I'm wrenching on my 25-year-old car today, replacing engine mounts that have long since passed their expiration date.  I'm looking forward to less vibration as I drive!
Did the new motor mounts work?
Actually, no.  In fact, the vibration (in gear, at idle, like at a stop light) actually got worse.  Grrr.  At least it doesn't clunk when it downshifts any more.  There's some other clunks in the 25-year-old suspension I'll have to chase down as well.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2095 on: May 11, 2020, 07:28:48 PM »
My young niece is an avid reader. I can't wait to give her so many good books.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2096 on: May 13, 2020, 03:51:45 AM »
We dont have to wear a mask anymore when we are outside (unless we walk past another person, then common courtesy dictates that you put up your mask to cover your mouth until you pass each other). I really enjoy not having to breathe through a cloth.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2097 on: May 13, 2020, 05:12:35 AM »
The clean smell of a room after I've wiped down the surfaces.

Noticing changes in our houseplants. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2098 on: May 13, 2020, 07:06:53 AM »
Being allowed to take our dogs for a walk this morning after a 5 week lockdown ban.
Whoa! You couldn't even walk your dogs? Where are you located? (In general)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2099 on: May 13, 2020, 10:51:51 PM »
Reading books from my shelves and realising how many wonderful books I own. Some of them I bought 20 years ago and remained unread till now.