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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2200 on: June 22, 2020, 08:02:10 AM »
It's persimmon season. I LOVE persimmons.

I've eaten them a few times when picked right off the tree.

My friend's aunt  grew them  in her side yard.
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People who don't eat them regularly get them wrong. They should not be even slightly soft. Soft persimmons are horribly slimy. They need to be a deep orange and very firm. They will be kind of crunchy and very sweet, with a melon-y/pumpkin-y flavour.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2201 on: June 22, 2020, 08:19:16 AM »
The smell of jasmine on an evening walk. Jasmine is a smell that I feel like I would hate if it were in a perfume or other products, maybe even indoors at all. But when you just get a couple big nosefuls of it in passing while on a walk, it is a strange combination of stimulating and ethereal.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2202 on: June 22, 2020, 08:32:35 AM »
Chasing my dog around the dog park while making kissy noises in a game of "If I catch you, I'll kiss you". I'm super dignified that way.

I do the same thing with neighbour's husky, yelling "catch that butt, ima catch that butt!". She'll finally let me catch her great big hairy husky butt for a full on butt scratch. It's a totally mutual chase game where she's just pretending to not let me get her butt, because any other time she'll actually back up to me for butt scratches. Husky butts are hilarious, great fuzzy, floofy, waggy things!

I just love playing with dogs. We donít deserve them and their purity.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2203 on: June 23, 2020, 10:48:40 AM »
Cheap golf courses. There is a county course that is $10 full length 9 hole course with no carts. It is a little rough but right on Lake Michigan. If you go to a nice course, its $75+ for 18 and a cart, it is usually packed, judgmental people on the course and clubhouse. At this course and similar county courses, it is definitely more laid back and relaxing. Wearing gym shorts and a running shirt, no one blinks an eye.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2204 on: June 23, 2020, 11:16:08 AM »
I recently taught my 1 year old goldendoodle to play hide and seek.  Well, I hide and she seeks, for now.  We'll work on the reverse.

I tell her to sit and stay, then I leave the room and go hide somewhere.  She waits until I yell "come find me!", sometimes up to a minute.  Watching her search every room and closet and behind every door is awesome.  She gets so happy when she finds me.

Side effect that she now first looks behind doors if she's searching for something (a toy or a human).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2205 on: June 23, 2020, 05:23:25 PM »
We enjoyed a bit of bird watching today.  We were out on the lake and saw about 8 Osprey soaring around & one swooped down close enough to see that he caught a nice Catfish.  Later, back at the pier we were watching a nest of Blue Heron with 3 large chicks.  They are almost ready to fly.  They actually have more than one nest because the 5 of them won't fit in a single nest.  And finally, our 3 ducklings are grown and swimming around the cove.  They followed a Mallard around for a little while and explored farther from our pier than they had yet. 


Oh, and last week we saw a Bald Eagle.  :)  I've only ever seen one here before, which was about 10 years ago.  We saw this Eagle 2 days in a row, in the same exact place, perched up on top of a tall power tower. 


C-19 seems to be good for bird watching...

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2206 on: June 23, 2020, 08:41:52 PM »
Chasing my dog around the dog park while making kissy noises in a game of "If I catch you, I'll kiss you". I'm super dignified that way.

Yesterday, we played a variation of this game at home. I curled my hands into monster claws and pretend stomped around while yelling "IMA!! GONNA!! KISS!! YOUR!! TOEBEANS!!" while my dog danced around ecstatically, daring me to catch her.
No toebeans were harmed in the playing of this game. (Or actually kissed, either). Also quite dignified, as I always am at home.

Sadly, a toebean was harmed in yesterday's home nail trimming. I made it all the way to the last nail and cut too short, resulting in blood and an entire day of reproachful looks from her while curled up in a tiny, insulted ball on the couch.
Cheap things that make you unhappy..?

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2207 on: June 23, 2020, 08:45:41 PM »
The smell of jasmine on an evening walk. Jasmine is a smell that I feel like I would hate if it were in a perfume or other products, maybe even indoors at all. But when you just get a couple big nosefuls of it in passing while on a walk, it is a strange combination of stimulating and ethereal.

I feel the same way about magnolias. I can smell them from a long way off, and just adore their sweet smoky scent. I've never found a manufactured form of the smell that's true. I always look for a low-hanging blossom that I can bury my nose in to enjoy while they last. They fall apart in no-time if you cut them and try to bring them indoors, so I just enjoy them on the tree.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2208 on: June 23, 2020, 10:05:06 PM »
Mmmm jasmine. I love the smell of jasmine, rose, and gardenia flowers and cannot bear them as perfumes. And in the case of rose-perfume will break out in hives. Daphne is another one they just can't capture.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2209 on: June 24, 2020, 03:19:11 AM »
The fresh smell of the earth after a good rain.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2210 on: June 24, 2020, 05:52:23 AM »
The sound of young birds around the house, asking their parents for food.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2211 on: June 24, 2020, 06:40:33 AM »
Sadly, a toebean was harmed in yesterday's home nail trimming. I made it all the way to the last nail and cut too short, resulting in blood and an entire day of reproachful looks from her while curled up in a tiny, insulted ball on the couch.
Cheap things that make you unhappy..?

Oh no! I know that heart-achy feeling all too well. It seems that no matter how many times that you try to kiss the injured toebean better, the reproach remains. Since a similar accident in February, my dog turns into a thrashing giant squid whenever I get the clippers or dremel out. I wonder how many games of chase, kisses and butt-scratches it takes to earn forgiveness.

I collected rose petals and made rose water. It smells heavenly but I'm not decided on how to use it. Any suggestions?

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2212 on: June 24, 2020, 06:56:30 AM »
Sadly, a toebean was harmed in yesterday's home nail trimming. I made it all the way to the last nail and cut too short, resulting in blood and an entire day of reproachful looks from her while curled up in a tiny, insulted ball on the couch.
Cheap things that make you unhappy..?

Oh no! I know that heart-achy feeling all too well. It seems that no matter how many times that you try to kiss the injured toebean better, the reproach remains. Since a similar accident in February, my dog turns into a thrashing giant squid whenever I get the clippers or dremel out. I wonder how many games of chase, kisses and butt-scratches it takes to earn forgiveness.

I collected rose petals and made rose water. It smells heavenly but I'm not decided on how to use it. Any suggestions?

Rose water used to be used for baking the way vanilla extract is now.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2213 on: June 24, 2020, 11:12:53 AM »
The smell of jasmine on an evening walk. Jasmine is a smell that I feel like I would hate if it were in a perfume or other products, maybe even indoors at all. But when you just get a couple big nosefuls of it in passing while on a walk, it is a strange combination of stimulating and ethereal.

Honeysuckle too. Especially when bicycling. Slower speeds so the scent lasts a few more moments.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2214 on: June 24, 2020, 11:14:35 AM »
Also, a clean floor.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2215 on: June 25, 2020, 06:34:03 AM »
finding things on the road while out for a bike ride. tools, money...

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2216 on: June 25, 2020, 04:19:55 PM »
Soliciting cat pictures from my friends and family (for I, alas, am catless.)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2217 on: June 25, 2020, 11:57:51 PM »
The first cup of coffee on a sunny morning.
 
Also, having gotten my sewing machine back from service.  Bought a classic model for cheap on the local auction site and after a trip to a store for service, it sews like new.  "You probably need another service in ten years or so", the clerk told me.  Worth it.  :)

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« Reply #2218 on: June 26, 2020, 02:56:16 AM »
Grilled cheese sandwiches made from freshly baked bread.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2219 on: June 26, 2020, 05:45:57 AM »
Home made rose water in my yogurt (Thanks for the idea @RetiredAt63 !)

Monarch caterpillars on my milkweed plants.

Noticing the first strawberry to blush, and the anticipation of snacks to come.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2220 on: June 26, 2020, 09:57:42 AM »
finding things on the road while out for a bike ride. tools, money...

Nice watches, fancy smart phones... I found the phone's owner and returned it. The watch I still have.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2221 on: June 26, 2020, 03:52:26 PM »
Surprise strawberries in today's CSA share!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2222 on: June 28, 2020, 09:43:58 PM »
finding things on the road while out for a bike ride. tools, money...

I've found 8 cents over the past few days while out on my walks. Easy money!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2223 on: June 29, 2020, 12:24:07 AM »
Every evening I turn on a little radiant heater for the cat to bask in front of. Sue me, he's an old man with old bones! I've discovered that I can heat some socks next to the cat, and putting them on slightly chilly feet is bloody orgasmic.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2224 on: June 29, 2020, 03:13:02 AM »
Every evening I turn on a little radiant heater for the cat to bask in front of. Sue me, he's an old man with old bones! I've discovered that I can heat some socks next to the cat, and putting them on slightly chilly feet is bloody orgasmic.

I'm just imagining this phrase in a thick NZ accent...

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2225 on: June 29, 2020, 05:58:35 AM »
Lying in bed next to the open windows and listening to the loons call to each other across the lake.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2226 on: June 29, 2020, 06:11:31 AM »
About a month ago, my dog made friends with a new dog on my block, and now they're inseparable. They have play dates almost every day, and can't walk past the other's house without insisting on a visit. It's wonderful to see them happily tumbling about together.

It's been hot and windy here, and I've taken to lying in the cool clover to watch the sky and be in the moment.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2227 on: June 29, 2020, 08:37:11 AM »
+1 on smells: smelling things (flowering trees, mostly) that I've never noticed before. Locust and linden especially.

Also, Toronto is jam-packed with fruiting trees and nobody else picking. Chuckley pears (aka saskatoons), mulberries, red currants, sour cherries. Our evening walks are movable desserts.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2228 on: July 03, 2020, 07:53:18 AM »
Today, I felt happy walking to a friendís apartment to hang out without wearing a mask, and not feeling worried about getting COVID. We havenít had a local case here in months, and itís delightful to see people sitting outside at cafes enjoying the hot, humid weather. We still avoid crowded public places and try not to walk in close proximity to anyone else, but life has started to return to a semblance of normalcy.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2229 on: July 03, 2020, 09:17:52 AM »
+1 on smells: smelling things (flowering trees, mostly) that I've never noticed before. Locust and linden especially.

Also, Toronto is jam-packed with fruiting trees and nobody else picking. Chuckley pears (aka saskatoons), mulberries, red currants, sour cherries. Our evening walks are movable desserts.
Linda the flowers are very special on a late spring evening. They are sickly sweet however.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2230 on: July 03, 2020, 04:51:36 PM »
(for I, alas, am catless.)

I love this description of your cat status (not that you are without cat). I am currently catless as well, but have a dog that's very much a handful.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2231 on: July 03, 2020, 06:25:22 PM »
Riding around the harbour with sunset blazing up the sky

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2232 on: July 04, 2020, 08:35:20 AM »
We salvaged seeds from a Roma tomato and spaghetti squash early this year and planted a few of each in seed starters. Now we have four tomato plants and two spaghetti squash that are growing vigorously. The squash plants are covered in buds and blossoms, and the tomatoes are starting to flower.

Itís been a great growing season so far. The local farmer who runs our CSA program has said that he canít believe how much heís been able to harvest already.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2233 on: July 04, 2020, 11:44:15 AM »

Hand-washing dishes, oddly enough.  (With a dishwasher to carry part of the load).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2234 on: July 05, 2020, 11:43:08 PM »
A good umbrella that doesn't flip inside out in the wind.

It's rainy season, and the forecast is calling for rain and thunder storms for the next seven days.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2235 on: July 06, 2020, 12:23:56 AM »
Every evening I turn on a little radiant heater for the cat to bask in front of. Sue me, he's an old man with old bones! I've discovered that I can heat some socks next to the cat, and putting them on slightly chilly feet is bloody orgasmic.

I'm just imagining this phrase in a thick NZ accent...

Yeah, the kiwi accent sucks

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2236 on: July 06, 2020, 01:24:44 AM »
Glorious rainbows on grey winter days.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2237 on: July 06, 2020, 07:02:27 AM »
We salvaged seeds from a Roma tomato and spaghetti squash early this year and planted a few of each in seed starters. Now we have four tomato plants and two spaghetti squash that are growing vigorously. The squash plants are covered in buds and blossoms, and the tomatoes are starting to flower.

Itís been a great growing season so far. The local farmer who runs our CSA program has said that he canít believe how much heís been able to harvest already.

Roma is a hybrid so the genetics of your volunteers will be interesting.  Please post what the tomatoes are like once they fruit.  Some hybrid offspring are still similar to the hybrid parent and some are wildly different.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2238 on: July 06, 2020, 07:48:25 AM »
Teaching my sullen, unmotivated teenage son to use a sewing machine, and seeing that he actually enjoys it.  He is making cloth masks for school credit.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2239 on: July 06, 2020, 08:22:28 AM »
Mopping our floors (steam mop). Looking at the dirty mop head and seeing all the dirt there knowing it isn't on the floor.

With all the feet and paws in our house the floors take a beating. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2240 on: July 06, 2020, 06:32:45 PM »
Homemade corn tortillas.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2241 on: July 07, 2020, 06:19:01 AM »
A slow walk in the sun. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2242 on: July 07, 2020, 07:03:11 AM »
Bloop Bloop getting his arse locked down for six weeks.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2243 on: July 07, 2020, 01:16:19 PM »
Bloop Bloop getting his arse locked down for six weeks.

He did?  Where Is it posted?  Maybe he will learn something from it.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2244 on: July 07, 2020, 05:02:02 PM »
Bloop Bloop getting his arse locked down for six weeks.

He did?  Where Is it posted?  Maybe he will learn something from it.

Melbourne has been re-locked down for 6 weeks.

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« Reply #2245 on: July 07, 2020, 06:04:37 PM »
Bloop Bloop getting his arse locked down for six weeks.

He did?  Where Is it posted?  Maybe he will learn something from it.

Melbourne has been re-locked down for 6 weeks.

LOL  I  thought you meant here. 

My cheap thing that makes me happy is that everyone in Eastern Ontario, including Ottawa, now has to wear a mask inside (stores, etc).  Some people went a bit overboard for Canada Day.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2246 on: July 07, 2020, 09:38:37 PM »
Rescuing cheap or free stuff to upcycle for my community garden plot.  Gardeners tend to be generous people.

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« Reply #2247 on: July 08, 2020, 06:02:47 PM »
Rescuing cheap or free stuff to upcycle for my community garden plot.  Gardeners tend to be generous people.

And good at repurposing.

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« Reply #2248 on: July 11, 2020, 01:48:21 PM »
When you discover a very geeky, but very low key Youtube channel with interesting information.

Here about the English language evolution, comparing Southern US accents to what Shakespeare would have spoken:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rb0HPDnc8Y

The whole channel is worth watching. :)

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« Reply #2249 on: July 11, 2020, 09:23:49 PM »
So many things...
Flannelette sheets on my bed in winter.
Hanging washing outside in the sun to get that delicious air-dried smell.
Listening to Beethoven's Top 100 on ABC FM Classic radio, on repeat.
Baking a lemon cake with home grown lemons.