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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2100 on: May 14, 2020, 04:41:10 PM »
Warblers coming back! And finding a new place to see them.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2101 on: May 16, 2020, 12:30:42 PM »
Eating a bowl strawberries straight from the garden out on the patio while the dogs play in the kiddie pools. After the strawberries are gone I toss then the tops like treats.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2102 on: May 16, 2020, 04:20:18 PM »
I loan out 25 USD twice a month at Kiva to some people in developing countries to help them build toilets, solar energy or a business. It makes me happy to see the different project that I have enabled and see the loan getting repaid so I can invest the money again. I also think it is fun to choose the next project.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2103 on: May 16, 2020, 05:01:29 PM »
baltimore oriole pair was hanging out with me while I gardened at my Dad's farm.  I was really missing my Dad today but being in nature was such a treat.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2104 on: May 17, 2020, 02:51:05 AM »
The smell of fresh homemade cinnamon buns baking in the oven. And now the smell of homemade roast chicken.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2105 on: May 17, 2020, 06:01:56 AM »
Watching the birds in our back yard - we have a pair of cardinals that hang around, a blue jay that seems to live in the neighbor's tree, and various robins, starlings, house sparrows, and a grey bird I haven't identified yet.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2106 on: May 17, 2020, 06:25:13 AM »
Watching the birds in our back yard - we have a pair of cardinals that hang around, a blue jay that seems to live in the neighbor's tree, and various robins, starlings, house sparrows, and a grey bird I haven't identified yet.

Definitely this.  We moved last August, so this is our first spring in our new house, and we have so many birds we didn't see when we were in town - Bullock's orioles, a western tanager, hummingbirds, meadowlarks.  Yesterday my husband saw what he thinks is a Western kingbird, which I've never even heard of before, but it's pretty.  Our 4 year old always gets really excited about the ones he knows the names of :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2107 on: May 18, 2020, 06:16:32 PM »
Being out on the lake in a borrowed canoe. Exercise, sun, and fresh air. Even took a quick nap on the beach under the shade of my thrifted sunhat.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2108 on: May 19, 2020, 05:56:43 AM »
a grey bird I haven't identified yet.

Uh oh, this kicks off my helper/mansplainer gene... catbird? Mockingbird?

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2109 on: May 19, 2020, 06:04:33 AM »
a grey bird I haven't identified yet.

Uh oh, this kicks off my helper/mansplainer gene... catbird? Mockingbird?

I did a bit of research after posting and I believe it may be a catbird.  I didn't see one yesterday to verify, though.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2110 on: May 19, 2020, 06:51:21 PM »
Teaching my son how to make his favourite dinners:  tacos last night, san choy bau tonight.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2111 on: May 20, 2020, 12:40:25 PM »
Helping my deaf dog learn useless but adorable tricks

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2112 on: May 20, 2020, 03:55:48 PM »
Helping my deaf dog learn useless but adorable tricks
. Yayyyyyyy!.
Our silly dog is learning how to stand on her hind legs. We might try add a spin in there next

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2113 on: May 20, 2020, 04:05:32 PM »
Teaching my son how to make his favourite dinners:  tacos last night, san choy bau tonight.

San choy bau was new to me, at least under that name. Gonna make some for my celiac sweetie. Thanks!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2114 on: May 20, 2020, 04:09:20 PM »
Helping my deaf dog learn useless but adorable tricks
. Yayyyyyyy!.
Our silly dog is learning how to stand on her hind legs. We might try add a spin in there next

I taught her to hop over a hurdle today. She also knows how to roll over and how to walk backwards.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2115 on: May 20, 2020, 06:13:32 PM »
Nice! We take ours on a nightly super long lead walk (she's a bolter) in the park next door. She used to get tangled around trees but has now work out how to reverse her path and unwind herself - we give her lots of praise and a treat every time she does this and it's really helped the learning curve.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2116 on: May 20, 2020, 06:47:53 PM »
I bet she loves that long lead

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2117 on: May 20, 2020, 06:56:05 PM »
I bought $15 computer speakers to replace the old ones that are slowly breaking. I've been putting up with the instability of the current speakers for 6+ months.

looking forward to them arriving tomorrow!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2118 on: May 20, 2020, 07:02:57 PM »
Free art videos, primarily Met Opera and NYCBallet, but today I found a series of modern dance - Merce Cunningham library.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2119 on: May 22, 2020, 11:32:59 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!
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.

Any bad sensors? I recently replaced a cam position sensor and the idle quality improved. Like you - idling in gear...

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2120 on: May 22, 2020, 11:50:41 AM »
Saw a big white owl of some sort. I hear them from time to time but never see them. This big owl landed where I could see him and then waited almost until I had my camera out before flying away. No picture. Still a treat all the same.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2121 on: May 22, 2020, 12:42:40 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.

Any bad sensors? I recently replaced a cam position sensor and the idle quality improved. Like you - idling in gear...
While troubleshooting an ignition issue a few years ago, I replaced that same sensor.  Didn't make a difference then, so I'm pretty sure it's fine.  I may replace the fourth engine mount (replaced a couple years ago), just so it matches the other three, to see if that makes a difference.  The funny thing is, if it's just a few RPM higher, it's nice and smooth.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2122 on: May 23, 2020, 03:07:17 PM »
The satisfying "pop" that dandelions make when you pull them out of the ground.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2123 on: May 23, 2020, 07:56:26 PM »
I have a houseplant that I found next to my neighbor's garbage can before COVID-19 broke out. It had been left for dead, but it is doing really well with me in its new home! And I am around a lot to appreciate its growth every day and notice all the new leaves that are emerging.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2124 on: May 23, 2020, 08:36:11 PM »
The satisfying "pop" that dandelions make when you pull them out of the ground.

Speaking of dandelions, plucking the clocks and blowing the bits of fluff into a gentle breeze on an evening walk.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2125 on: May 24, 2020, 12:13:00 AM »
It's getting quite cold here and a hot water bottle is such a nice way to keep warm.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2126 on: May 24, 2020, 06:38:12 AM »
Walking on the beach in the rain with my husband and dog.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2127 on: May 24, 2020, 07:59:18 AM »
My first zucchini plant is starting to grow, after pampering the seed better than my first attempt.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2128 on: May 24, 2020, 12:58:20 PM »
Finding ways to use foods I previously composted: 1. watermelon rind - just the white part, not the green part.  I read somewhere that an average watermelon is 25 pounds, 7 of that rind. most of that it white, so say 6 pounds of vegetable I didn't have to pay extra for. We don't pickle it, just add spices and cook in a pressure cooker.  The chopping takes time but the cooking is easy.
2. ridged gourd is a popular indian food, which my Mom used to grow.  I found it on the quick sale rack yesterday, still perfectly fine. a few spots, but that would happen anyway.  Like the watermelon, Mom used to peel it heavily - two peelings, one for the thick ridges and then for the peel.  I composted the ridges but saved the peels to make another vegetable.  Lots of fiber plus vitamins.

ETA: 3. cauliflower leaves 4.strawberry tops
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2129 on: May 25, 2020, 10:31:44 AM »
While troubleshooting an ignition issue a few years ago, I replaced that same sensor.  Didn't make a difference then, so I'm pretty sure it's fine.  I may replace the fourth engine mount (replaced a couple years ago), just so it matches the other three, to see if that makes a difference.  The funny thing is, if it's just a few RPM higher, it's nice and smooth.

I have an aged watercooled VW who has similar issues. I wonder if the flywheel or pressure plate is not balanced or indexed correctly. Also replaced motor mounts with minor improvements. Planning on selling it so not something I'll try to solve.

Have you checked compression, cylinder leak down or injectors? We had a V6 once that idled poorly due to a burned valve (cracked exhaust valve) that was mostly okay above idle. 

Hope you find your gremlin!
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2130 on: May 25, 2020, 10:35:18 AM »
Riding my bike on smooth gravel country lanes. The sounds the tires make on the gravel chips. Looked like they chipped the road, no tar. Doesn't seem very durable but whatever. Rode ~25 miles yesterday with our youngest. Great afternoon. Wasn't utterly spent after we returned which was nice. I need to exercise  more often.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2131 on: May 26, 2020, 08:04:02 AM »
-Watching plants we started as seeds begin to come up
-Sitting by the pool on a hot day
-Free library books via an app, so I don't have to miss out when the library is closed
-The anticipation of our imperfect produce delivery

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2132 on: May 26, 2020, 09:25:31 AM »
MIL gave me a start of a hosta that I did not have...lime green leaves with a dark, sage colored border.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2133 on: May 26, 2020, 09:45:30 AM »
fresh greens from my garden.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2134 on: May 26, 2020, 10:23:06 AM »
The smell of lilacs in bloom!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2135 on: May 27, 2020, 06:55:56 AM »
The smell of lilacs in bloom!

Lilac season is my favorite time of year!

Seeing people's hearts melt a little when my big, allegedly "scary looking" dog flops down at their feet to ask for belly rubs.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2136 on: May 27, 2020, 06:58:08 AM »
The smell of lilacs in bloom!

Yes! Iíve been taking extra walks lately because of it.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2137 on: May 27, 2020, 07:21:28 AM »
Seeing people's hearts melt a little when my big, allegedly "scary looking" dog flops down at their feet to ask for belly rubs.

Please pay photo tax

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2138 on: May 27, 2020, 07:28:59 AM »
I loan out 25 USD twice a month at Kiva to some people in developing countries to help them build toilets, solar energy or a business. It makes me happy to see the different project that I have enabled and see the loan getting repaid so I can invest the money again. I also think it is fun to choose the next project.
I've done this for years! I love seeing just how many different small industries/projects and countries my initial $25 has traveled through.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2139 on: May 27, 2020, 07:30:29 AM »
fresh greens from my garden.
Yes! Now picking radishes and leaf lettuce. Salad season!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2140 on: May 28, 2020, 05:44:12 PM »
Getting letters/cards in the mail

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« Reply #2141 on: May 28, 2020, 07:54:53 PM »
Watching the cheeky rainbow lorrikeets in my ornamental pear trees from my bed.

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« Reply #2142 on: May 29, 2020, 06:03:51 PM »
Seeing people's hearts melt a little when my big, allegedly "scary looking" dog flops down at their feet to ask for belly rubs.

Please pay photo tax

My magnificent cuddly buddy.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2143 on: May 29, 2020, 06:47:39 PM »
Quality neck fuzz

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« Reply #2144 on: May 29, 2020, 07:28:37 PM »
Seeing people's hearts melt a little when my big, allegedly "scary looking" dog flops down at their feet to ask for belly rubs.

Please pay photo tax

My magnificent cuddly buddy.

I love big dogs.  He's such a cuddle bun, not scary at all. 

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« Reply #2145 on: May 30, 2020, 09:01:01 PM »
I was talking to a friend who is Sheltering In Place at her daughter's house, about nine hours south of here. Friend is older, and when she was diagnosed with pneumonia, daughter zipped up, grabbed her, and took her home. Friend says she's doing much better, but needed to do some shopping. "What do you need?" I asked. The reply was underwear. She wanted a specific type of Jockey Undies. I'm in the Jockey "club", so I hopped online and ordered them for her and charged it to her credit card. She was thrilled. Today, I got a handwritten thank-you note from her.♥️♥️♥️ In a pandemic, friends help friends buy underwear.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2146 on: June 01, 2020, 09:08:24 AM »
Working in my herb garden, with my black cat rolling around in the catmint completely blissed out! Priceless...

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« Reply #2147 on: June 01, 2020, 09:21:28 AM »
Found a new one. Was bicycling in my hiking sandals here in the country....

Cheap thrill: grass ticking my toes if I ride close to the edge of the pavement.

Repeat thrill: having the house open to the clean air, birds chirping, etc. Its quiet this morn. No motorcycles, no mowers, no human noises at all right now. 

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« Reply #2148 on: June 01, 2020, 10:13:19 AM »
Took a little drive in the countryside yesterday.  Seeing a quite young foal gallop merrily around its mother filled me with joy.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2149 on: June 01, 2020, 11:23:50 AM »
Seeing people's hearts melt a little when my big, allegedly "scary looking" dog flops down at their feet to ask for belly rubs.

Please pay photo tax

My magnificent cuddly buddy.

I love big dogs.  He's such a cuddle bun, not scary at all.

These pics of your pup are a cheap thing that make me happy!  :D