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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2250 on: July 12, 2020, 03:30:54 PM »
Growing my own vegetables.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2251 on: July 12, 2020, 05:52:54 PM »
Embroidery. It's dirt cheap, occupies your hands, and it builds up in a series of tangible steps - it's a leaf, it's a branch, it's a tree, here is a night sky. Oh and you can use it to cover up clothing repairs and make them look good.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2252 on: July 12, 2020, 05:57:34 PM »
After-dinner bike ride down a local trail. And ice cream for dessert.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2253 on: July 13, 2020, 06:31:37 AM »
Embroidery. It's dirt cheap, occupies your hands, and it builds up in a series of tangible steps - it's a leaf, it's a branch, it's a tree, here is a night sky. Oh and you can use it to cover up clothing repairs and make them look good.
How hard is this to get into?  I've been looking for a hobby like that, but I'm not very artistic and have had a hard time with crochet and knitting. 

On topic, I love making bread.  Mostly the process of kneading, so people think I'm crazy for not using my stand mixer to make it. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2254 on: July 13, 2020, 02:43:26 PM »
@scrunchythief it's super easy - I basically taught myself using machine sewing thread and an idea I had to sew a rainbow on a jacket. I can't manage tension for knitting or crochet but embroidery doesn't have those problems since you have the materal as the base. If you are interested there are heaps of books at the library to teach you how to do it, most handcraft/sewing stores sell little kits if you want to try it out, also there is a whole revival on the internet. A lot of people like cross-stitch, I tend to be more free-form making patterns mostly with splitstitch. Embroidery thread is worth buying - it's less than a dollar and is pretty and won't knot up as easily.

I hear you about kneading dough - that's the part I enjoy!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2255 on: July 13, 2020, 07:23:37 PM »
@scrunchythief it's super easy - I basically taught myself using machine sewing thread and an idea I had to sew a rainbow on a jacket. I can't manage tension for knitting or crochet but embroidery doesn't have those problems since you have the materal as the base. If you are interested there are heaps of books at the library to teach you how to do it, most handcraft/sewing stores sell little kits if you want to try it out, also there is a whole revival on the internet. A lot of people like cross-stitch, I tend to be more free-form making patterns mostly with splitstitch. Embroidery thread is worth buying - it's less than a dollar and is pretty and won't knot up as easily.

I hear you about kneading dough - that's the part I enjoy!
Thanks @mspym!  I'll give that a try.  I have some embroidery thread and a hoop somewhere that I picked up cheap from yardsales thinking they might be good for crafts some day. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2256 on: July 13, 2020, 10:35:05 PM »
Growing a garden.

And also going to my favorite garden store and discovering that all seed packets were a quarter.  I now have a robust seed vault.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2257 on: July 13, 2020, 11:03:43 PM »
@scrunchythief I have definitely picked up bags of craft supplies on the supercheap from secondhand shops. It's nice to get 50 skeins of embroidery floss for 50 cents!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2258 on: July 14, 2020, 12:49:42 AM »
Lemon and blueberry muffins, made by my daughter.
With a pot of strong English Breakfast tea. Who needs cafes?!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2259 on: July 14, 2020, 10:45:18 AM »
I wanted a yo-yo that sleeps longer than my Duncan yo-yo so I bought one  that has a bearing on its axle.

My new yo-yo is made from aluminum, is lighter, and  does sleep longer.

And the way it is formed gives it a nicer feel in my hand than my Duncan.

I thoroughly enjoy my cheap new toy.

It's fun!
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2260 on: July 15, 2020, 09:03:47 AM »
Morning “exercise” by hauling one of the dogs off the ground by the tug toys. We call them canine overhead extensions. The dogs are delighted and jostle for the next turn.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2261 on: July 16, 2020, 10:39:10 AM »
A moment of coolness early in the morning before hot July weather arrives for the day.

Doing ANYTHING enough that you're good at it.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2262 on: July 16, 2020, 05:22:54 PM »
A moment of coolness early in the morning before hot July weather arrives for the day.



+1.

Right now it's 92F in my house.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2263 on: July 16, 2020, 05:27:03 PM »
A nice cup of tea.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2264 on: July 16, 2020, 06:56:22 PM »
Blueberry picking with my daughter and cousin in the fields behind our houses.  We got enough for pancakes tomorrow.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2265 on: July 17, 2020, 05:29:55 AM »
I just put library holds on “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and “Blackout” by Sarah Hepola. I couldn’t get either through the electronic library resources without huge wait times (months) but should be able to pick up hard copies of both in a few days!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2266 on: July 17, 2020, 07:01:11 AM »
A moment of coolness early in the morning before hot July weather arrives for the day.



+1.

Right now it's 92F in my house.
that's damned hot

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2267 on: July 17, 2020, 07:41:13 AM »
Whipped coffee. I just discovered it, and have now bought some slightly-fancier instant coffee to make it with because it's so good (and easy to make). Still less than 30 cents per cup.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2268 on: July 17, 2020, 03:17:28 PM »
Blueberry picking with my daughter and cousin in the fields behind our houses.  We got enough for pancakes tomorrow.

It's blackberries for us right now.  I've been picking buckets full with my kids, and will be making jam. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2269 on: July 17, 2020, 03:47:24 PM »
@OtherJen Blackout is so good! It's also an odd one for me because Hepola was one of my early blog roll reads and then she sort of disappeared and I never knew what happened to her.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2270 on: July 17, 2020, 04:14:40 PM »
@OtherJen Blackout is so good! It's also an odd one for me because Hepola was one of my early blog roll reads and then she sort of disappeared and I never knew what happened to her.

I'd heard interviews with her, and my interest was piqued. I hope she's okay.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2271 on: July 19, 2020, 05:23:25 PM »
Cooking dried beans.  Lame, but true.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2272 on: July 20, 2020, 03:02:04 PM »
A moment of coolness early in the morning before hot July weather arrives for the day.



+1.

Right now it's 92F in my house.
that's damned hot
I hope you have a fan running!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2273 on: July 20, 2020, 03:07:09 PM »
Aldi chocolate. Currently enjoying the Choceur Rich Dark, but can also vouch for the Scottengen (?) their other chocolate line.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2274 on: July 20, 2020, 08:02:18 PM »
Baking a batch of Scottish shortbread cookies.  3 cheapo ingredients and you're good to go-- If I'm feeling fancy, I dip them in chocolate.  Back in The Before Times, I'd have friends clamoring to take some home! 

Sorting and inventorying my backlog of crafting fragrances.  Part mental exercise, part business planning, part excuse to smell a bunch of nice scents and feel good about it. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2275 on: July 21, 2020, 03:40:08 PM »
The friendly people in my neighborhood who say hello and chat (at a responsible distance) when my dog and I are doing our rounds.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2276 on: July 21, 2020, 03:48:25 PM »
Okay Fish Sweet - can I beg for the recipe? PLLLLLEEAASSSEEE? ;)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2277 on: July 22, 2020, 01:20:51 AM »
Crafternoon with tea and cake with a friend.

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« Reply #2278 on: July 22, 2020, 01:26:07 AM »
Okay Fish Sweet - can I beg for the recipe? PLLLLLEEAASSSEEE? ;)
You got it!! :)

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/scottish-shortbread/

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2279 on: July 22, 2020, 03:23:44 PM »
Thank you!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2280 on: July 23, 2020, 12:27:14 AM »
Homemade chunky monkey chocolate peanut butter banana popsicles

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2281 on: July 23, 2020, 04:33:47 PM »
Homemade plum jam and soft goat's milk cheese on crackers.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2282 on: July 23, 2020, 05:13:06 PM »
Homemade dill & lemon cashew spread on fancy crackers.
Magnolia flowers against a clear sky.
Finding the good and very cheap Thai curry pastes.
The really good peanut butter at a 50% discount.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2283 on: July 23, 2020, 05:59:11 PM »
Homemade peach butter on homemade whole-wheat sourdough.

Having the time to spend an afternoon making peach butter.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2284 on: July 23, 2020, 06:26:00 PM »
Homemade peach butter on homemade whole-wheat sourdough.

Having the time to spend an afternoon making peach butter.

I’ve made apple butter but hadn’t ever thought to make peach butter. It sounds amazing!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2285 on: July 24, 2020, 04:18:56 AM »
Homemade chunky monkey chocolate peanut butter banana popsicles

I have no idea what this even means, but it sounds deliciously decadent!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2286 on: July 24, 2020, 06:57:10 AM »
Homemade peach butter on homemade whole-wheat sourdough.

Having the time to spend an afternoon making peach butter.

I’ve made apple butter but hadn’t ever thought to make peach butter. It sounds amazing!

This was my first try, and it was well worth it.  Tastes like summer!  I've made apple butter before, but certain people in my family prefer apple sauce to apple butter, so my apples usually go there and I wanted something else to put on toast.  I've heard of pear butter as well, just have to keep an eye out for a good price on pears.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2287 on: July 24, 2020, 03:52:45 PM »
Homemade chunky monkey chocolate peanut butter banana popsicles

I have no idea what this even means, but it sounds deliciously decadent!

One banana, one tbsp peanut butter, a bit of cocoa powder, a bit of milk. Blend together and pour into popsicle molds. Or add a few ice cubes before blending to make a smoothie.

ETA: Actually you should probably double that recipe. It’s that delicious.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2288 on: July 24, 2020, 11:13:53 PM »
A can of pork and beans a couple hours ago, a bowl of grape nuts with brown sugar and a banana just now, and a dozen bookcases filled from years of attending semi-annual library sales.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2289 on: July 25, 2020, 05:14:50 AM »
Homemade chunky monkey chocolate peanut butter banana popsicles

I have no idea what this even means, but it sounds deliciously decadent!

One banana, one tbsp peanut butter, a bit of cocoa powder, a bit of milk. Blend together and pour into popsicle molds. Or add a few ice cubes before blending to make a smoothie.

ETA: Actually you should probably double that recipe. It’s that delicious.

OMG, we made 6 of these this morning. Very yummy. One was dropped accidently and my neighbours black lab lept on it and quickly ate it.  Thanks for the tip!!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2290 on: July 25, 2020, 06:18:45 AM »
Homemade chunky monkey chocolate peanut butter banana popsicles

I have no idea what this even means, but it sounds deliciously decadent!

One banana, one tbsp peanut butter, a bit of cocoa powder, a bit of milk. Blend together and pour into popsicle molds. Or add a few ice cubes before blending to make a smoothie.

ETA: Actually you should probably double that recipe. It’s that delicious.

OMG, we made 6 of these this morning. Very yummy. One was dropped accidently and my neighbours black lab lept on it and quickly ate it.  Thanks for the tip!!

You’re welcome! And they’re healthy, so you could eat as many as you want and not feel guilty because you’re mainly eating fruit, protein, and calcium! :D

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2291 on: July 26, 2020, 11:13:32 AM »
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.

I was happy to see my neighbor, a neighbor at our weekend house, hanging her laundry. That is cool. Our weekend house is in a small town where, when I walk down the alleys, I am transported back to 1963.

High quality lemon desserts with strong lemon flavoring are the bomb!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2292 on: July 26, 2020, 11:30:25 AM »
Lemon desserts are the best!

I just picked about a dozen shishito peppers from our plants. We’ll have a couple of jalapeños and spaghetti squashes soo, and we already have loads of basil.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2293 on: July 26, 2020, 11:48:39 AM »
Discovering that  my old Panasonic Villager 10 speed road bike is still roadworthy, after simply pumping up the tires. Have been taking it out every morning for a few  miles of fun.    Good exercise too. 
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2294 on: July 26, 2020, 06:35:47 PM »
Freezer/pantry item made-up recipes that turn out! I created a casserole with gifted pheasant, free from work celery, carrots, a can of soup, and some canned corn. SO said it was the best pheasant he'd ever had, and he's an avid hunter that's eaten a lot of wild game.
Sam's Club Member's Mark pre-made margarita mix. SO pointed out that an entire bottle (probably 8 cocktails) is cheaper than one drink at our favorite Mexican spot. Cheers!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2295 on: July 29, 2020, 06:59:52 AM »
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. 
LOL, me too...

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2296 on: July 29, 2020, 10:24:56 AM »
watching a juvenile squirrel haul an immature white pine cone back to his stash.  The cone was bigger than the body of the squirrel but he was bringing it home.

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« Reply #2297 on: July 29, 2020, 11:44:12 AM »
speaking of squirrels, we get the occasional white squirrel around here. usually they are grey but there are some mutants that are white, not albino. i consider it good luck to see one. last year i saw 3 in one day. i haven't seen one in a while.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2298 on: July 29, 2020, 03:06:54 PM »
Discovering that the Everlane "cropped" length is the correct trouser length for me. I don't have to get 5" of fabric removed to have the right trouser length!

Although, in the other direction, a decent tailor tweaking ready-to-wear clothes is a cheap way to feel like a million bucks in all your clothes.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2299 on: July 30, 2020, 03:04:11 AM »
A hot bath Epsom Salts with a glass of red wine.