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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2400 on: December 30, 2020, 07:57:35 AM »
I have a window in the back of my house that doesn't need curtains.  I installed a curtain rod across the middle and hung up some prisms, small windchimes, and a few other tiny charm-like fun items from the rod. 
Now when the sun shines the prisms creates some rainbows on the walls.  Just a fun little piece that makes me happy when I look at it.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2401 on: December 30, 2020, 07:54:16 PM »
Line drying my sheets so I can have that sun-fresh smell when I go to bed tonight. Hell, I might even wash my hair and put on clean pjs too. The holy trinity for a good night's sleep.

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« Reply #2402 on: January 03, 2021, 12:07:27 PM »
Yesterday we arrived home after a week vacation. In that week it has been snowing at home. To our surprice, our driveway was cleared of snow by a tractor. No idea who ordered that. Maybe it included in the rental an included in the rent? Luxury.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2403 on: January 03, 2021, 01:44:21 PM »
Excellent craft beer on sale at half price, only due to being near 'best by' date, or slightly past. There's so much hops and alcohol though, it never goes bad (in my humble opinion!).   

 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2404 on: January 04, 2021, 12:09:42 PM »
I love the containers for the hummus we buy. You know how incredibly irritating it can be to have a collection of plastic tubs in your cupboard, and you can never find a lid that fits the container you've just filled with something?

Well, there are two brands of hummus we buy and they have distinctive lids. The larger one is perfect to hold a single serving of leftover pasta/sauce, chili, stir-fry, etc. The smaller one is perfect for holding random bits of food (e.g. half a container of coconut milk). I can always find a container and I can always find a lid that fits. Life is so much easier. The lids fit well and stay closed, so we can freeze food in them and provide leftovers to other people, too, without worrying about spills.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2405 on: January 16, 2021, 03:09:31 PM »
The crossword puzzles in the weekend newspaper. I can’t remember the last time I did a crossword, but I just entertained myself thusly for the last 90 minutes. It’s so satisfying to fill in the boxes and then have another answer or two become apparent.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2406 on: January 16, 2021, 05:43:21 PM »
Stocking the little library near my house. It's fun to pass books along to other readers.

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« Reply #2407 on: January 16, 2021, 05:44:49 PM »
The crossword puzzles in the weekend newspaper. I can’t remember the last time I did a crossword, but I just entertained myself thusly for the last 90 minutes. It’s so satisfying to fill in the boxes and then have another answer or two become apparent.

I just discovered the (free) jigsaw puzzles that come with Windows 10.  More challenging than cribbage or sudoku on the computer.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2408 on: January 18, 2021, 01:13:50 AM »
Excellent craft beer on sale at half price, only due to being near 'best by' date, or slightly past. There's so much hops and alcohol though, it never goes bad (in my humble opinion!).   

 


IPA, India Pale Ale, was made in England to supply the market for the English colonials in India, who wanted beer from home. They found that making it extra strong and extra hoppy was the best way for it to survive the long sea voyage and still be drinkable, they specially bewed this Ale for India, and it became India Pale Ale. Thats why an IPA was always strong and hoppy.

Cheap little facts like that make me happy

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2409 on: January 18, 2021, 03:08:38 PM »
We had a salad that included a wee handful of arugula from the garden (grown in a half-assed cold frame I built out of a found glass door). Just the idea of greens from the garden in a Toronto January makes me smile.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2410 on: January 18, 2021, 06:25:38 PM »
Going for a walk in the sunshine and soaking in some Vitamin D. I also take a Vitamin D pill every morning -- it makes a huge difference in during winter.

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« Reply #2411 on: January 18, 2021, 07:36:13 PM »
We had a salad that included a wee handful of arugula from the garden (grown in a half-assed cold frame I built out of a found glass door). Just the idea of greens from the garden in a Toronto January makes me smile.

Arugula is delicious! Well done.

My husband just started a new round of basil seeds for his indoor hydroponic setup. The last batch made the best pesto I’ve ever eaten, so I’m optimistic.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2412 on: January 19, 2021, 02:09:36 PM »
I'm 19 days sober. Cheap because I haven't had to spent a single penny, happy because I'm not hungover!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2413 on: January 19, 2021, 02:25:35 PM »
Finally getting around to old home organization chores I have put off for a while. Tools for example. When something broke I was able to make the repair quickly with zero irritation. We moved some time ago and I've never really settled into my garage shop completely. Getting better. Slowly.

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« Reply #2414 on: January 19, 2021, 03:47:43 PM »
Free or inexpensive online courses from top notch universities.

I'm doing an intensive 3 month course on Canadian Indigenous history, which is free, or $65 for a certificate that can be linked on my LinkedIn.

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« Reply #2415 on: January 19, 2021, 06:33:04 PM »
I'm 19 days sober. Cheap because I haven't had to spent a single penny, happy because I'm not hungover!

Ditto! (Yay for us!)

Also, free yoga via "Yoga with Adrienne" on YouTube, and a multi-grain bread recipe that makes fluffy bread.

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« Reply #2416 on: January 20, 2021, 03:21:33 AM »
I'm 19 days sober. Cheap because I haven't had to spent a single penny, happy because I'm not hungover!

Ditto! (Yay for us!)

Also, free yoga via "Yoga with Adrienne" on YouTube, and a multi-grain bread recipe that makes fluffy bread.

Yay for us!  A sober forum I'm part of is big on Yoga for Adrienne. I've just got into yoga and am loving it.

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« Reply #2417 on: January 20, 2021, 10:18:41 AM »
I'm 19 days sober. Cheap because I haven't had to spent a single penny, happy because I'm not hungover!

Ditto! (Yay for us!)

Also, free yoga via "Yoga with Adrienne" on YouTube, and a multi-grain bread recipe that makes fluffy bread.

Yay for us!  A sober forum I'm part of is big on Yoga for Adrienne. I've just got into yoga and am loving it.
Wow! I tip my hat to both of you! Congratulations!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2418 on: January 20, 2021, 10:54:02 AM »
The days are getting longer, which means that just as we prepare breakfast, the sun peeks over the horizon and floods our home with light.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2419 on: January 20, 2021, 11:00:31 AM »
Getting and giving away things through my local BuyNothing group - I have gotten gently used Bogs boots, a bunch of classic books, given away a crib, clothes, etc. It is so great to have a community of this sort - it is a win win - de-clutter my space and and the same time find someone who would truly enjoy having the items you don't need.

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« Reply #2420 on: January 20, 2021, 11:11:20 AM »
Getting and giving away things through my local BuyNothing group - I have gotten gently used Bogs boots, a bunch of classic books, given away a crib, clothes, etc. It is so great to have a community of this sort - it is a win win - de-clutter my space and and the same time find someone who would truly enjoy having the items you don't need.

A positive thing about the internet for sure!  I've become so spoiled by my Buy Nothing group that when I don't have a response for something that I've posted within 20 minutes, I check to see what I did wrong with my post.  Truly, one person's trash is another person's treasure!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2421 on: January 20, 2021, 07:47:42 PM »
I second Yoga with Adriene. I try to do at least two of her videos a week.

Knitting myself a headband after losing my store bought one.

Working on a puzzle that was a Christmas gift.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2422 on: January 23, 2021, 05:30:08 PM »
Proofing whole wheat pizza dough for dinner tonight. I've never used 100% whole wheat flour for pizza dough. It's KA flour and a KA recipe, so I'm optimistic!

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« Reply #2423 on: January 23, 2021, 05:39:36 PM »
I worked on a 5D diamond painting with DD. It was so nice spending time with my daughter and doing something relaxing and creative. We already have the perfect spot for it in our apartment, once it's done.

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« Reply #2424 on: January 23, 2021, 08:53:40 PM »
Oooh I'll play.

Not just library books, but libraries in general are magical places to me. Anywhere I've travelled I've always insisted on visiting at least one local library. Old book smell is lovely to me!

On the note of smells - candles and the smell of coffee

Hiking and nature. I love quiet walks in nature

My lovely dog being so excited to see me after the end of a long day

And last but not least, my family - my husband's corny jokes and my baby's gummy smiles :)

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« Reply #2425 on: January 23, 2021, 10:59:24 PM »
I had an apple that was looking a bit shriveled in the fridge, so I used it to make a German apple cake. All I could think of as I was beating the butter and eggs into oblivion was, “No wonder there’s the stereotype that German women are strong if this is how they made their cakes without the benefit of a mixer!”

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« Reply #2426 on: January 24, 2021, 01:20:20 PM »
I had an apple that was looking a bit shriveled in the fridge, so I used it to make a German apple cake. All I could think of as I was beating the butter and eggs into oblivion was, “No wonder there’s the stereotype that German women are strong if this is how they made their cakes without the benefit of a mixer!”

I like how 90% @Freedomin5 's posts are about food (or maybe those are just the ones that I notice). It makes me feel like we're neighbours instead of half a world away.

Another good cheap thing is how playful my dog is being at the moment. Our morning walk was shorter than usual because of the cold, so he's bursting with energy. As of yesterday, our city is allowing outdoors visitors on private property, so now that it has warmed up a bit, a friend and her dog are coming by in a bit to play.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2427 on: January 24, 2021, 02:46:37 PM »

Not just library books, but libraries in general are magical places to me. Anywhere I've travelled I've always insisted on visiting at least one local library. Old book smell is lovely to me!


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Our local library is off rakish 60s design (I love it); the fairly newly built library in Birmingham (UK) is of contemporary design outside but has a Harry Potter -ish interior in places (albeit thoroughly modern). I wish more had a cafe. Bookshops with cafes are as good as libraries sometimes - but they’re not free :-(

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« Reply #2428 on: January 24, 2021, 05:26:17 PM »
Found a one bowl banana bread recipe. It's a rainy day, so chocolate chip banana bread it is!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2429 on: January 24, 2021, 06:47:10 PM »
A warm loaf of banana nut bread is good.  But my favorite is hugs.  Warm, loving hugs.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2430 on: January 24, 2021, 07:17:40 PM »
Watching my son hang out with friends he hasn't seen in a year. Seeing him so happy makes me even happier.

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« Reply #2431 on: January 25, 2021, 07:20:39 AM »
I had an apple that was looking a bit shriveled in the fridge, so I used it to make a German apple cake. All I could think of as I was beating the butter and eggs into oblivion was, “No wonder there’s the stereotype that German women are strong if this is how they made their cakes without the benefit of a mixer!”

I like how 90% @Freedomin5 's posts are about food (or maybe those are just the ones that I notice). It makes me feel like we're neighbours instead of half a world away.

Making yummy food makes me happy! 😊 DH and DD aren’t always impressed by my culinary experiments though. Today, I finished off my pumpkin carrot soup because no one else wanted it. Last night, DD ate an entire bowl of the soup while giving me a thumbs down. When asked, she said it tasted bad but she ate it because she’s not allowed to complain about the food.

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« Reply #2432 on: January 25, 2021, 07:25:46 AM »
I gave DD a haircut and gave her bangs. She received several compliments from teachers today. I copied my old hairstylist’s moves to create a layered, piece-y look. It also helps that DD has a cute round face and large eyes, so it’s easy to just frame her face with a shoulder-length layered bob. Probably saved myself between $20-$40 (I have no idea how much a children’s haircut costs).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2433 on: January 25, 2021, 07:47:54 AM »
Trying new recipes for the first time and having them turn out well.  This one was a make ahead breakfast egg "muffin" and the bacon ones were delicious!  Today I'm going to make caprese stuffed Portobello mushrooms for lunch.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2434 on: January 26, 2021, 09:29:15 AM »
The herb seeds that I have planted have begun to sprout...now I have tiny bits of green to brighten my mood and kitchen counter.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2435 on: January 26, 2021, 11:21:04 AM »
Chickpeas.

Chickpeas are wonderful.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2436 on: January 26, 2021, 11:47:27 AM »
Writing another chapter of my fanfiction, then going back to look it over and thinking to myself "Damn! This is good!"

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« Reply #2437 on: January 26, 2021, 01:21:08 PM »
The sound wind makes through pine tree needles.

Watching my dog and her "cousins" play every week: https://photos.app.goo.gl/WnLWYV8YK2s3riAQ9

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« Reply #2438 on: January 27, 2021, 01:07:48 AM »
My cosmos seeds are now strong little seedlings. Looking forward to a riot of summer colour in a few weeks. Plus my dahlias are huge and prolific. I love my garden.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2439 on: January 28, 2021, 08:41:40 AM »
The sound wind makes through pine tree needles.

Watching my dog and her "cousins" play every week: https://photos.app.goo.gl/WnLWYV8YK2s3riAQ9

What is that white stuff on the ground? I've never seen 3-4 inches of frost.... ;)

(We live south of the Mason Dixson line. We don't get much snow but we had a white Christmas this year! Wahoo!)

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« Reply #2440 on: January 29, 2021, 05:28:11 AM »
I cut my hair. It’s now a more manageable length, and I’m quite satisfied with how it turned out.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2441 on: January 29, 2021, 06:18:15 AM »
Long walks outside in extremely bright and sunny but absolutely freezing days. Getting ready for one now (-30C/-22F).

It's not the coldest today, but it's cold enough that there's something about the air and the way sound travels that's different.

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« Reply #2442 on: January 29, 2021, 06:48:14 AM »
Long walks outside in extremely bright and sunny but absolutely freezing days. Getting ready for one now (-30C/-22F).

It's not the coldest today, but it's cold enough that there's something about the air and the way sound travels that's different.

Glad to find someone else who enjoys this!

Whenever it got below -25ºC I'd walk over to the St Lawrence (frozen) and look at the city  of Levis across from Québec - instead of the normal "twinkling" the lights would just be completely clear and almost... closer... looking.  There's so little distortion in the air at those temperatures, and almost zero water.

Plus... it keeps most people inside!

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« Reply #2443 on: January 29, 2021, 06:53:19 AM »
Long walks outside in extremely bright and sunny but absolutely freezing days. Getting ready for one now (-30C/-22F).

It's not the coldest today, but it's cold enough that there's something about the air and the way sound travels that's different.

Glad to find someone else who enjoys this!

Whenever it got below -25ºC I'd walk over to the St Lawrence (frozen) and look at the city  of Levis across from Québec - instead of the normal "twinkling" the lights would just be completely clear and almost... closer... looking.  There's so little distortion in the air at those temperatures, and almost zero water.

Plus... it keeps most people inside!

So true. It feels almost post apocalyptic when it's cold enough. Today isn't quite that cold, but when it's -40C/-40F or colder, that's when it feels like I've got the city to myself.

I expect others to be out on the river path today though. It's not ultra cold yet.

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« Reply #2444 on: January 29, 2021, 07:18:29 AM »
Long walks outside in extremely bright and sunny but absolutely freezing days. Getting ready for one now (-30C/-22F).

It's not the coldest today, but it's cold enough that there's something about the air and the way sound travels that's different.

Glad to find someone else who enjoys this!

Whenever it got below -25ºC I'd walk over to the St Lawrence (frozen) and look at the city  of Levis across from Québec - instead of the normal "twinkling" the lights would just be completely clear and almost... closer... looking.  There's so little distortion in the air at those temperatures, and almost zero water.

Plus... it keeps most people inside!

So true. It feels almost post apocalyptic when it's cold enough. Today isn't quite that cold, but when it's -40C/-40F or colder, that's when it feels like I've got the city to myself.

I expect others to be out on the river path today though. It's not ultra cold yet.

It's -17C here this morning and the sun is sparkling off the snow.  So pretty.  May take a walk later if it doesn't cloud over.  This is much nicer than -5 and full overcast.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2445 on: January 29, 2021, 07:22:19 AM »
Long walks outside in extremely bright and sunny but absolutely freezing days. Getting ready for one now (-30C/-22F).

It's not the coldest today, but it's cold enough that there's something about the air and the way sound travels that's different.

Glad to find someone else who enjoys this!

Whenever it got below -25ºC I'd walk over to the St Lawrence (frozen) and look at the city  of Levis across from Québec - instead of the normal "twinkling" the lights would just be completely clear and almost... closer... looking.  There's so little distortion in the air at those temperatures, and almost zero water.

Plus... it keeps most people inside!

I love this, too. I take an hour-long walk every day. There’s almost no one out these days, which makes it even better.

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« Reply #2446 on: January 29, 2021, 09:57:00 AM »
Long walks outside in extremely bright and sunny but absolutely freezing days. Getting ready for one now (-30C/-22F).

It's not the coldest today, but it's cold enough that there's something about the air and the way sound travels that's different.

Glad to find someone else who enjoys this!

Whenever it got below -25ºC I'd walk over to the St Lawrence (frozen) and look at the city  of Levis across from Québec - instead of the normal "twinkling" the lights would just be completely clear and almost... closer... looking.  There's so little distortion in the air at those temperatures, and almost zero water.

Plus... it keeps most people inside!

I love this, too. I take an hour-long walk every day. There’s almost no one out these days, which makes it even better.

There were a few people out on the path today. I live by a very long river path, which is heavily used year round. There were about a half dozen cyclists and two cross country skiers out this morning.

That's another cheap thing I love, not sure if I've posted it already, but I live right by a river with a paved walking/biking path on both sides that I can walk or bike for hours and hours on end. It's the best thing about my city.

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« Reply #2447 on: January 29, 2021, 10:14:10 AM »
Long walks outside in extremely bright and sunny but absolutely freezing days. Getting ready for one now (-30C/-22F).

It's not the coldest today, but it's cold enough that there's something about the air and the way sound travels that's different.

Glad to find someone else who enjoys this!

Whenever it got below -25ºC I'd walk over to the St Lawrence (frozen) and look at the city  of Levis across from Québec - instead of the normal "twinkling" the lights would just be completely clear and almost... closer... looking.  There's so little distortion in the air at those temperatures, and almost zero water.

Plus... it keeps most people inside!

I love this, too. I take an hour-long walk every day. There’s almost no one out these days, which makes it even better.

There were a few people out on the path today. I live by a very long river path, which is heavily used year round. There were about a half dozen cyclists and two cross country skiers out this morning.

That's another cheap thing I love, not sure if I've posted it already, but I live right by a river with a paved walking/biking path on both sides that I can walk or bike for hours and hours on end. It's the best thing about my city.

Not sure if it can be considered "cheap", but we are contemplating spending ~$50k more to live a few hundred meters from a paved walking/biking path that would connect us to the town's main street, the commuter rail and easy, safe commuting to both work and our daughter's school.  Being close to this path is the #1 thing we like about the location (and we could "save" a lot of $ by moving a couple miles away).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2448 on: January 29, 2021, 10:27:06 AM »
Long walks outside in extremely bright and sunny but absolutely freezing days. Getting ready for one now (-30C/-22F).

It's not the coldest today, but it's cold enough that there's something about the air and the way sound travels that's different.

Glad to find someone else who enjoys this!

Whenever it got below -25ºC I'd walk over to the St Lawrence (frozen) and look at the city  of Levis across from Québec - instead of the normal "twinkling" the lights would just be completely clear and almost... closer... looking.  There's so little distortion in the air at those temperatures, and almost zero water.

Plus... it keeps most people inside!

I love this, too. I take an hour-long walk every day. There’s almost no one out these days, which makes it even better.

There were a few people out on the path today. I live by a very long river path, which is heavily used year round. There were about a half dozen cyclists and two cross country skiers out this morning.

That's another cheap thing I love, not sure if I've posted it already, but I live right by a river with a paved walking/biking path on both sides that I can walk or bike for hours and hours on end. It's the best thing about my city.

Not sure if it can be considered "cheap", but we are contemplating spending ~$50k more to live a few hundred meters from a paved walking/biking path that would connect us to the town's main street, the commuter rail and easy, safe commuting to both work and our daughter's school.  Being close to this path is the #1 thing we like about the location (and we could "save" a lot of $ by moving a couple miles away).

I LOVE living right by this path. I used to be a few miles away, and I didn't use the path as much because it was a bit of a haul just to get here. Now it's a couple of hundreds of yards from my door, and we use it constantly. It was DH's path to work before Covid as well, which was perfect. Housing near this path is starting to explode here, I'm so glad we bought when we did.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2449 on: January 29, 2021, 11:25:57 AM »
A nice set of bed sheets, comforter, and pillow make a world of difference.