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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2450 on: January 30, 2021, 01:30:32 AM »
It’s sunny and not freezing cold today. I went for a forty minute bike ride in the sunshine. The smell of baked goods also makes me happy — brownies, granola bars, and buttery cake.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2451 on: February 19, 2021, 06:47:03 AM »
Scotland gives its plows funny names and and tracks them in real time: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=2de764a9303848ffb9a4cac0bd0b1aab

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2452 on: February 19, 2021, 07:22:02 AM »
A nice hot loaf of home made bread right out of the oven.  The smell was amazing.  I smeared a slice with butter and the crust was still crispy.

Being able to appreciate the small things.  I mean, really recognize and being able to enjoy the small things that are right in front of us.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2453 on: February 19, 2021, 10:03:07 AM »
Scotland gives its plows funny names and and tracks them in real time: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=2de764a9303848ffb9a4cac0bd0b1aab
This is amazing. I'd be honored to spot Buzz Iceclear or Lord Coldemort in person.

Yesterday there was a dove sitting outside my window. I love seeing wildlife.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2454 on: February 19, 2021, 11:42:11 AM »
It’s sunny and not freezing cold today. I went for a forty minute bike ride in the sunshine. The smell of baked goods also makes me happy — brownies, granola bars, and buttery cake.

my bike commute home from the gym passed a steakhouse, a brewery and a coffee roaster. it was lovely.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2455 on: February 20, 2021, 02:40:24 AM »
Our new puppy taking a nap on top of my feet.  She's lovely. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2456 on: February 20, 2021, 03:04:00 AM »
Biked to a flower market this afternoon and bought a few plants for our balcony.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2457 on: February 20, 2021, 07:54:13 PM »
After averaging 120-130 miles cycling a week in 2018 and 2019, I moved to a new town in 2020. I had my routine thrown out and slacked off on my riding, to the detriment of my mental and physical health. I think I ended 2020 with less than 1000miles for the year.

Today I just finished two weeks in a row of 6 mornings per week cycling 11 miles on a quiet gravel and bitumen road loop from my house. This morning I attacked some of the undulating hills and finally started to feel fit and powerful on the bike, beat my best time by 3 minutes. I forgot how important that regular, intense effort in the beautiful still morning hours was to me, and how it sets up a great base line for the rest of the day. I feel so good after this 2 weeks that I'm going to continue and target a modest 60mi/week for the rest of the year.

We'll see how far into the southen hemisphere winter I can keep to the goal (it falls below freezing regularly in the winter mornings here).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2458 on: February 20, 2021, 11:43:21 PM »
It’s finally warm enough to have lunch on the balcony!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2459 on: February 21, 2021, 07:17:48 AM »
A hot cup of tea!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2460 on: February 21, 2021, 07:39:24 AM »
Scotland gives its plows funny names and and tracks them in real time: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=2de764a9303848ffb9a4cac0bd0b1aab
Lol, Sled Zepplin and Spready Mercury! Thanks for this fun link, OJ!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2461 on: February 21, 2021, 11:13:58 AM »
Scotland gives its plows funny names and and tracks them in real time: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=2de764a9303848ffb9a4cac0bd0b1aab
Lol, Sled Zepplin and Spready Mercury! Thanks for this fun link, OJ!

I’m a big fan of the simply-named “Mr Plow”
(See The Simpsons S4, E9)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2462 on: February 21, 2021, 11:32:01 AM »
Scotland gives its plows funny names and and tracks them in real time: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=2de764a9303848ffb9a4cac0bd0b1aab
Lol, Sled Zepplin and Spready Mercury! Thanks for this fun link, OJ!

I’m a big fan of the simply-named “Mr Plow”
(See The Simpsons S4, E9)

Seeing the joy these names being is a cheap thing that makes me happy.

I'm surprised they haven't caused more accidents. I can't help turning my head to check the name every time I see one in real life!



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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2463 on: February 21, 2021, 08:00:05 PM »
Scotland gives its plows funny names and and tracks them in real time: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=2de764a9303848ffb9a4cac0bd0b1aab
Lol, Sled Zepplin and Spready Mercury! Thanks for this fun link, OJ!

I’m a big fan of the simply-named “Mr Plow”
(See The Simpsons S4, E9)

These are my three favorites.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2464 on: February 27, 2021, 09:28:52 AM »
Sex
Hammock
Hiking
Campfire
Stargazing
Sex
Board Games
Video Games
Talking with Friends
« Last Edit: February 27, 2021, 10:46:36 AM by mr.moneybeard »

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2465 on: February 27, 2021, 08:15:48 PM »
Spent some time down at the salvage yard this morning, picking up a few parts for our old cars.  I pulled a couple of seatbelts to send off for new webbing--the ones in my car are very reluctant to retract.

Car parts out of a salvage yard are stupid cheap.  The one I go to has their vehicle inventory posted online, with the location of each vehicle in the lot, so it's super easy to find what you're looking for.

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« Reply #2466 on: February 28, 2021, 12:36:23 PM »
Sex
Hammock
Hiking
Campfire
Stargazing
Sex
Board Games
Video Games
Talking with Friends

Sounds like a good way to spend a Sunday

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2467 on: February 28, 2021, 04:39:17 PM »
8-foot galvanized steel cattle panels on sale for $13 each to use as a garden trellis. I think they look cool and modern propped against a fence. They’ll look even cooler covered in vines in a few months.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2468 on: February 28, 2021, 04:39:56 PM »
Sex
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Sex
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Talking with Friends

Sounds like a good way to spend a Sunday

Thanks it was!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2469 on: March 01, 2021, 08:24:08 PM »
Spent some time down at the salvage yard this morning, picking up a few parts for our old cars.  I pulled a couple of seatbelts to send off for new webbing--the ones in my car are very reluctant to retract.

Car parts out of a salvage yard are stupid cheap.  The one I go to has their vehicle inventory posted online, with the location of each vehicle in the lot, so it's super easy to find what you're looking for.

Who re-webs seatbelts? Thanks!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2470 on: March 02, 2021, 05:19:16 AM »
Spent some time down at the salvage yard this morning, picking up a few parts for our old cars.  I pulled a couple of seatbelts to send off for new webbing--the ones in my car are very reluctant to retract.

Car parts out of a salvage yard are stupid cheap.  The one I go to has their vehicle inventory posted online, with the location of each vehicle in the lot, so it's super easy to find what you're looking for.

Who re-webs seatbelts? Thanks!
This is the company that I used this time: My Safety Belts.  It's $75 per belt.  Safety Restore charges $100/belt.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2471 on: March 02, 2021, 07:48:09 AM »
Thanks. I have a couple antique cars and we're putting our old car back on the road when our teen takes over our second oldest car. 20 year old seatbelts are a little worrying.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2472 on: March 02, 2021, 10:55:44 AM »
That moment of peace in the home gym with my wife after the 4 and 2 year olds have been fed, bathed, brushed, read to and put down for the night.

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« Reply #2473 on: March 07, 2021, 05:38:08 AM »
A deck of cards.

I have discovered (old game that has been around forever) Yukon Solitaire. This is my favorite Solitaire game I've played so far, it involves a lot of movement and thought. You can obviously find a video on youtube showing the mechanics of how to play or just play online from multiple sites.

We had a family get together and I taught everyone to play.

My tips:
Worry more about organizing the columns (K down to A, opposite color) than building the foundations.
Just because a move is available, doesn't mean it is the best move.
Uncovering cards is the key, and what keeps you from winning. Focus especially on the larger piles to the right.

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« Reply #2474 on: March 07, 2021, 05:56:16 AM »
Continuing on the cards theme -- Cribbage makes me very happy.  I've been playing it with my kids since they were in grade school (it's great for teaching math) and we still play it several times week.  It's usually a two player game, but with just a few minor rule tweaks and a three-player board, it's an awesome game for three.  Three-handed cribbage has been our go-to family activity for the pandemic lockdown.  Some days when everyone is busy doing their own (usually online) thing, it's the only time when we sit down together.   

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« Reply #2475 on: March 07, 2021, 06:24:54 AM »
Continuing on the cards theme -- Cribbage makes me very happy.  I've been playing it with my kids since they were in grade school (it's great for teaching math) and we still play it several times week.  It's usually a two player game, but with just a few minor rule tweaks and a three-player board, it's an awesome game for three.  Three-handed cribbage has been our go-to family activity for the pandemic lockdown.  Some days when everyone is busy doing their own (usually online) thing, it's the only time when we sit down together.
I taught DH Cribbage when our power company was triggering days-long power outages, the summer before last. We sit down to play together almost every night after dinner (despite the fact that our power never went out, lol). DH has become an insanely good player and regularly trounces me, as detailed in my journal the other day. (Sorry if you've heard this before.). Last night, i skunked him again, followed by another win. He won the final game by just a few points. After a week long string of losses recently, I admit, it felt great to skunk him twice in close succession.

My Dad took up Cribbage after I was up and out of the house. He played with friends and my youngest sister. It makes me feel connected with them every time DH and I sit down to play.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2476 on: March 07, 2021, 06:52:33 AM »
Continuing on the cards theme -- Cribbage makes me very happy.  I've been playing it with my kids since they were in grade school (it's great for teaching math) and we still play it several times week.  It's usually a two player game, but with just a few minor rule tweaks and a three-player board, it's an awesome game for three.  Three-handed cribbage has been our go-to family activity for the pandemic lockdown.  Some days when everyone is busy doing their own (usually online) thing, it's the only time when we sit down together.
I taught DH Cribbage when our power company was triggering days-long power outages, the summer before last. We sit down to play together almost every night after dinner (despite the fact that our power never went out, lol). DH has become an insanely good player and regularly trounces me, as detailed in my journal the other day. (Sorry if you've heard this before.). Last night, i skunked him again, followed by another win. He won the final game by just a few points. After a week long string of losses recently, I admit, it felt great to skunk him twice in close succession.

My Dad took up Cribbage after I was up and out of the house. He played with friends and my youngest sister. It makes me feel connected with them every time DH and I sit down to play.

:)
It really is a great game. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2477 on: March 21, 2021, 06:46:00 PM »
Thanks to Spotify, I just learned that the band Faith No More recorded a decent cover of the Commodores’ “Easy” (a much beloved song from my childhood).

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« Reply #2478 on: March 21, 2021, 07:22:31 PM »
I miss cribbage.  Before we moved I had a few people in my life who knew how to play.  Since we moved, I ask every one I meet and still haven't found anyone who knows how.
You can play online and keep your skills sharp until you find some players IRL.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2479 on: March 22, 2021, 07:48:56 AM »
Thanks to Spotify, I just learned that the band Faith No More recorded a decent cover of the Commodores’ “Easy” (a much beloved song from my childhood).
i love a good cover version.

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« Reply #2480 on: March 22, 2021, 09:10:54 AM »
Thanks to Spotify, I just learned that the band Faith No More recorded a decent cover of the Commodores’ “Easy” (a much beloved song from my childhood).
i love a good cover version.

Fun fact!  The guitarist from Faith No More quit the band at the height of their success as a touring musician playing to tens of thousands of fans each night because he wanted to chase his true dream - of being a pumpkin farmer.  :P

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« Reply #2481 on: March 22, 2021, 10:00:45 AM »
Thanks to Spotify, I just learned that the band Faith No More recorded a decent cover of the Commodores’ “Easy” (a much beloved song from my childhood).
i love a good cover version.

Fun fact!  The guitarist from Faith No More quit the band at the height of their success as a touring musician playing to tens of thousands of fans each night because he wanted to chase his true dream - of being a pumpkin farmer.  :P

is he into smashing pumpkins now?

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« Reply #2482 on: March 22, 2021, 10:51:20 AM »
Thanks to Spotify, I just learned that the band Faith No More recorded a decent cover of the Commodores’ “Easy” (a much beloved song from my childhood).
i love a good cover version.

Fun fact!  The guitarist from Faith No More quit the band at the height of their success as a touring musician playing to tens of thousands of fans each night because he wanted to chase his true dream - of being a pumpkin farmer.  :P

is he into smashing pumpkins now?

I'm on my phone and usually zoom in enough that I don't see names or avatars of people responding. So you can imagine my shock when I realized that this reply *wasn't* from dadjokes.

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« Reply #2483 on: March 22, 2021, 11:44:17 AM »
Thanks to Spotify, I just learned that the band Faith No More recorded a decent cover of the Commodores’ “Easy” (a much beloved song from my childhood).
i love a good cover version.

Fun fact!  The guitarist from Faith No More quit the band at the height of their success as a touring musician playing to tens of thousands of fans each night because he wanted to chase his true dream - of being a pumpkin farmer.  :P

is he into smashing pumpkins now?

Ha! Well played.

Also, didn't Bill Berry (drummer) of REM also quit to be a farmer? I guess even crazy famous rock stars dream of FIRE.

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« Reply #2484 on: March 22, 2021, 12:13:19 PM »
Thanks to Spotify, I just learned that the band Faith No More recorded a decent cover of the Commodores’ “Easy” (a much beloved song from my childhood).
i love a good cover version.

Fun fact!  The guitarist from Faith No More quit the band at the height of their success as a touring musician playing to tens of thousands of fans each night because he wanted to chase his true dream - of being a pumpkin farmer.  :P

is he into smashing pumpkins now?

Ha! Well played.

Also, didn't Bill Berry (drummer) of REM also quit to be a farmer? I guess even crazy famous rock stars dream of FIRE.

i think he had an aneurism? brain tumor? i think he quit when they were already past their prime.

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« Reply #2485 on: March 22, 2021, 03:57:27 PM »
Remaining resolutely off-topic, even fairly famous musicians make less money than people think. In fact, some record industry contracts have clauses forbidding musicians from discussing their earnings, because the amounts are so little!

And I remember that when a fairly well-known Canadian band (Blue Rodeo) decided to go full-time, one of them quit because he didn't want to give up his job at the post office.

Back on topic, seeing my first vulture of the year made me happy, because it's the bird that confirms that summer will probably actually show up this year.

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« Reply #2486 on: March 22, 2021, 04:37:57 PM »
Poppies in the spring!  When I lived in Southern California, I was completely unfamiliar with my state flower.  Now that I live in the northern half, springtime hikes bring lots of green hills covered in cheerful orange.  They are a deceptively simple flower, but just so dang uplifting, especially in large groups.

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« Reply #2487 on: March 23, 2021, 02:55:32 AM »
Remaining resolutely off-topic, even fairly famous musicians make less money than people think. In fact, some record industry contracts have clauses forbidding musicians from discussing their earnings, because the amounts are so little!

The author Robert Greene has in several interviews mentioned his time working in Hollywood and drew the conclusion that many people there are in it mainly for the fame and others have found ways to stay under the radar but keep the big bucks. Probably similar in the music industry.

Speaking of cheap things that make you happy - listening to interviews with great minds like that of Robert Greene does it for me.

As does the good weather hitting my part of the world today - I'm finally able to have lunch outside and thus with a friend I've hardly seen for a year even though we live quite close. Good weather for me in March means sunshine and 12-13 degrees Celsius, which I think is north of 50 degrees in Freedom Units.    :)

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« Reply #2488 on: March 23, 2021, 02:57:26 PM »
Thanks to Spotify, I just learned that the band Faith No More recorded a decent cover of the Commodores’ “Easy” (a much beloved song from my childhood).
i love a good cover version.

Fun fact!  The guitarist from Faith No More quit the band at the height of their success as a touring musician playing to tens of thousands of fans each night because he wanted to chase his true dream - of being a pumpkin farmer.  :P

is he into smashing pumpkins now?

rofl

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« Reply #2489 on: March 23, 2021, 10:00:41 PM »
All ebook and emagazine offerings from the library are a cheap thing that makes me happy—I think I’ve got all my systems sorted after a year of pandemic lockdown. It’s so fabulous to be able to read Mother Earth News, for example, without having to recycle or return a physical object later on. I’ve been reading so many books about permaculture topics, fungi, soil ecosystems, food systems, cooking and so forth.

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« Reply #2490 on: March 24, 2021, 02:42:50 AM »
Poppies in the spring!  When I lived in Southern California, I was completely unfamiliar with my state flower.  Now that I live in the northern half, springtime hikes bring lots of green hills covered in cheerful orange.  They are a deceptively simple flower, but just so dang uplifting, especially in large groups.
Me, too! I also love that they help me tell time. If they're not open, I know it's too damn early to be out hiking. If they begin to close, I know I don't have much daylight left and I need to get a move on.

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« Reply #2491 on: March 24, 2021, 05:00:34 AM »
I just bought 3 journals for 2 euro each. I can finally keep track of my Dungeon and Dragon campaigns separately. Instead of having 4 storylines mixed up. And they came in fun colours too!

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« Reply #2492 on: April 01, 2021, 02:38:08 PM »
The Detroit Tigers won their home opener, and it was absolutely free to listen to the game on my little AM/FM radio.

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« Reply #2493 on: April 01, 2021, 04:52:17 PM »
Made a delicious cold soba noodle salad for dinner on a hot day, from ingredients I had on hand. The dressing was killer.

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« Reply #2494 on: April 02, 2021, 03:46:42 AM »
Made a delicious cold soba noodle salad for dinner on a hot day, from ingredients I had on hand. The dressing was killer.

Please share!  :)

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« Reply #2495 on: April 02, 2021, 05:53:12 AM »
Poppies in the spring!  When I lived in Southern California, I was completely unfamiliar with my state flower.  Now that I live in the northern half, springtime hikes bring lots of green hills covered in cheerful orange.  They are a deceptively simple flower, but just so dang uplifting, especially in large groups.
Me, too! I also love that they help me tell time. If they're not open, I know it's too damn early to be out hiking. If they begin to close, I know I don't have much daylight left and I need to get a move on.

This has got to be the best way to tell time in retirement!

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« Reply #2496 on: April 08, 2021, 07:06:00 PM »
@Trifele happy to oblige! Dressing was
1/2 fresh lime, juiced
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1.5 tbps soy sauce
1 tbps rice wine vinegar
1.5 tbsp maple syrup
2 teaspoons sriracha
Just boiled soba noodles, cooled , then chopped up avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper and spring onion (I think?) and tossed together. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2497 on: April 08, 2021, 07:34:42 PM »
Composting!  Try a layered pile of leaves, grass clippings, house veggie wastes and then put a lawn chair nearby... After about 2 weeks, turn the pile.   Then a week or so later, put a thermometer in to ensure it's around 110 to 125 degrees so it's warm, but doesn't kill off the good critters breaking things down.   Then enjoy the show watching bugs and worms and fungi all playing in the pile the next couple of months.   Then spread on anything you want to grow VIGOROUSLY!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2498 on: April 09, 2021, 03:56:55 AM »
@Trifele happy to oblige! Dressing was
1/2 fresh lime, juiced
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1.5 tbps soy sauce
1 tbps rice wine vinegar
1.5 tbsp maple syrup
2 teaspoons sriracha
Just boiled soba noodles, cooled , then chopped up avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper and spring onion (I think?) and tossed together.

Thank you @lazycow!  That sounds fabulous.  it's going to be dinner tonight.   

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2499 on: April 12, 2021, 07:40:35 AM »
@lazycow -- you were right, sauce is killer!  Dinner was great and I just made another batch for breakfast.  Mmm.