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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2550 on: May 11, 2021, 08:26:49 AM »
Spring. I just love spring!
Approx. 20 minutes of my  bike commute take me along beautiful forests on one side of the trail with nature awakening from its hibernation these days (and weeks), birds chirping etc.
Also the other day I was just lying on my back on a park bench for an hour and a half, watching and listening to the birds, enjoying the sunshine and the mild breeze moving the leaves of the tree above just a bit. Even put on some not-too-loud relax music.
It was perfect!

Me too!  For me, it's running in May/June. Smells so good, so nice and cool.  I do a 6-7 mile loop every morning and about 5 miles of it is by the shore.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2551 on: May 11, 2021, 06:01:33 PM »
Giving the cats a saucer of milk first thing in the morning, watching then take turns, and then letting the dog in to clean up the ends of the saucer.

Finding a double yolk egg this morning for our poached egg breakfast.

Making patterns in the coffee with the foam.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2552 on: May 13, 2021, 07:14:14 PM »
Giving the cats a saucer of milk first thing in the morning, watching then take turns, and then letting the dog in to clean up the ends of the saucer.

Finding a double yolk egg this morning for our poached egg breakfast.

Making patterns in the coffee with the foam.

After getting one double yolk egg from a new pack of 12 eggs on Wednesday morning, we got two double yolkers on Thursday morning and two again this morning.  The pack is a usual pack of 700g eggs from the supermarket, and all 5 eggs so far have been double yolkers. 

We would normally get one or two a year.  I don't know what has happened to the chickens at the moment, but they are making us happy in the mornings.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2553 on: May 14, 2021, 04:24:11 AM »
Many expats are leaving China (it's nearing the end of the school year, so many expat families choose to leave in the summer to avoid disrupting their children's education), and they're posting lots of good stuff for sale. My cheap thing that makes me happy is that I have been browsing the listings and have realized there is nothing I want to buy. We have everything we need.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2554 on: May 18, 2021, 10:05:34 AM »
During today's warm, sunny walk: a classful of kids at recess on the local elementary school playground—besides the masks, it looked like a normal school day—and a serenade by a bright red male cardinal (bird, not prelate) in the park.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2555 on: May 19, 2021, 04:31:18 AM »
Giving the cats a saucer of milk first thing in the morning, watching then take turns, and then letting the dog in to clean up the ends of the saucer.

Finding a double yolk egg this morning for our poached egg breakfast.

Making patterns in the coffee with the foam.

After getting one double yolk egg from a new pack of 12 eggs on Wednesday morning, we got two double yolkers on Thursday morning and two again this morning.  The pack is a usual pack of 700g eggs from the supermarket, and all 5 eggs so far have been double yolkers. 

We would normally get one or two a year.  I don't know what has happened to the chickens at the moment, but they are making us happy in the mornings.

Our whole dozen were double yolkers.  The next dozen have 2 normal eggs from 2.  So back to normal programming.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2556 on: May 19, 2021, 07:38:09 PM »
Picking radishes I grew from seed, and eating them raw. I'm new (and, really not yet great) at gardening, so it's a really fun thrill. I love seeing the plants every day.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2557 on: May 20, 2021, 09:53:53 AM »
Air that smells like lilacs, even downtown.
Interesting migratory birdsong (even downtown!).
All our transplants "took".
Chicken thighs on sale!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2558 on: May 23, 2021, 10:17:36 AM »
Sitting near the front window drinking a second coffee and watching birds on the feeders.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2559 on: May 23, 2021, 12:39:58 PM »
Sharing the kombucha love! I have two healthy gallon glass jars of kombucha going at all times. The original scoby, brew jars, and the growlers I bottle it in all game from my neighborhood Buy Nothing group.The original scoby was just a sliver, but over the last year I've grown it to two big mothers, which I have divided and shared once before. My scoby's are giant again, so today I'm sharing a few with some more neighbors via Buy Nothing!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2560 on: May 24, 2021, 05:09:13 AM »
Empty cigar boxes make me happy -- they're so sturdy and colorful and useful.  I get them at a tobacco shop for $1 and use them for many things. 

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« Reply #2561 on: May 25, 2021, 07:29:27 AM »
Empty cigar boxes make me happy -- they're so sturdy and colorful and useful.  I get them at a tobacco shop for $1 and use them for many things.

That's a great idea.  But do they pick up the tobacco smell?

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2562 on: May 25, 2021, 08:03:03 AM »
Empty cigar boxes make me happy -- they're so sturdy and colorful and useful.  I get them at a tobacco shop for $1 and use them for many things.

They're best used as slide guitars:



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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2563 on: May 25, 2021, 09:14:53 AM »
@RetiredAt63 —no, they don’t have a smell. I guess because the cigars are wrapped?

@GuitarStv — that’s too funny, because they really do sell them to people who make those little guitars out of them.  The guy at the shop says the really nice, all-wood boxes are usually bought by the guitar makers.  :). They sell for more — in the $5 — $10 range. 


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2564 on: June 01, 2021, 03:50:17 AM »
Going for walks through some of the parks in my suburb. When we went into lockdown last year pool closed so we could not swim. So my swimming group found so many lovely parks to walk through. Now I regularly walk in them.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2565 on: June 01, 2021, 05:51:51 AM »
we drove up to the sepulga river in alabama and dug for sharks teeth in the river bottom. it was a great way to spend a hot summer afternoon.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2566 on: June 02, 2021, 06:08:11 AM »
Helping a friend.

Since I'm not working, I have time to help.  And I currently have two friends who needs help with stuff and to be able to just take some time of my day to give a ride to the guy who can hardly walk or to to shop some stuff for the friend who's stuck in a hospital bed feels nice. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2567 on: June 02, 2021, 06:56:01 AM »
Hearing the cicadas singing. I'm on the east coast and while they're a little gross, I am still delighted by them.

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« Reply #2568 on: June 03, 2021, 12:00:21 PM »
Hearing the cicadas singing. I'm on the east coast and while they're a little gross, I am still delighted by them.

It sounds like an alien invasion from a 1950's science fiction movie. I do like it (for a while, not permanently).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2569 on: June 03, 2021, 01:20:16 PM »
Hearing the cicadas singing. I'm on the east coast and while they're a little gross, I am still delighted by them.

It sounds like an alien invasion from a 1950's science fiction movie. I do like it (for a while, not permanently).

Oh . . . maybe THAT'S why the UFOs are here!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2570 on: June 07, 2021, 11:54:28 AM »
Screech Owls talking to each other somewhere near our balcony last night (even though we live in the city!).

Finding new walking trails we can sorta get to on transit.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2571 on: June 07, 2021, 01:48:42 PM »
Screech Owls talking to each other somewhere near our balcony last night (even though we live in the city!).
We also hear more of the owls - or maybe paying more attention. Even caught a couple courting in the backyard once.

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« Reply #2572 on: June 08, 2021, 10:19:49 AM »
Screech Owls talking to each other somewhere near our balcony last night (even though we live in the city!).
We also hear more of the owls - or maybe paying more attention. Even caught a couple courting in the backyard once.

I hope the courting couple were owls. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2573 on: June 09, 2021, 07:50:04 AM »
Screech Owls talking to each other somewhere near our balcony last night (even though we live in the city!).
We also hear more of the owls - or maybe paying more attention. Even caught a couple courting in the backyard once.

I hope the courting couple were owls.

Seems it would still be an interesting event to observe either way.

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« Reply #2574 on: June 11, 2021, 11:06:36 AM »
Screech Owls talking to each other somewhere near our balcony last night (even though we live in the city!).
We also hear more of the owls - or maybe paying more attention. Even caught a couple courting in the backyard once.

I hope the courting couple were owls.

Seems it would still be an interesting event to observe either way.
We have an entire industry built on observing such events though.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2575 on: June 11, 2021, 11:23:13 AM »
Love how tidying up a space makes it feel completely different. Yesterday I dusted the objects on our floor-to-ceiling bookshelf and quickly hand-mopped the floor.
DELIGHTFUL!

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« Reply #2576 on: June 11, 2021, 11:42:27 AM »
I hope the courting couple were owls.

If they were owls, how would I get the clip onto <something>HUB?

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« Reply #2577 on: June 13, 2021, 12:20:56 PM »
We have an entire industry built on observing such events though.

Ornithology? :-)

Another cheap thing that makes me happy: a sporting event I want to watch (Euro "2020") on a channel I can get with my rabbit-ears antenna!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2578 on: June 13, 2021, 08:57:56 PM »
Campfire

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« Reply #2579 on: July 17, 2021, 11:05:55 PM »
Photography.

OK, this can be expensive if you want to (gear, travels etc etc) but the basic act of observing something pretty or interesting and taking a good picture of it. Feeling a bit artistic. I love it.

And once you wade through the more spammy stuff, there's lots of good information out on the internet that can teach you to get better at this craft.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2580 on: July 30, 2021, 08:04:19 PM »
The hot, grossly humid weather broke, at least temporarily. It's 66⁰F and only 63% humidity at 10 PM, instead of 78⁰F and 85% humidity. I can actually dry our laundry before it reeks of mildew.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2582 on: July 30, 2021, 09:15:04 PM »
The hot, grossly humid weather broke, at least temporarily. It's 66⁰F and only 63% humidity at 10 PM, instead of 78⁰F and 85% humidity. I can actually dry our laundry before it reeks of mildew.
80's makes me happy for afternoon temperatures - don't mind the humidity much but don't like cooler temps as much for biking.

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« Reply #2583 on: July 30, 2021, 09:18:35 PM »
The hot, grossly humid weather broke, at least temporarily. It's 66⁰F and only 63% humidity at 10 PM, instead of 78⁰F and 85% humidity. I can actually dry our laundry before it reeks of mildew.
80's makes me happy for afternoon temperatures - don't mind the humidity much but don't like cooler temps as much for biking.

We don't have central AC so when the humidity gets above 80%, everything (including the floors) feels sticky and hanging laundry doesn't dry before mildewing. It's not pleasant.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2584 on: July 30, 2021, 10:36:30 PM »
Our two peach trees' harvest ripened in the last week, and we picked all the peaches a couple days ago.  We got probably 75 lbs of peaches, most of them from one of the two trees (the other is sick).  They're spread across one of our counters, and our kitchen smells heavenly.  Fresh, ripe, straight-from-the-tree peaches are the best.

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« Reply #2585 on: July 31, 2021, 05:20:31 AM »
Abundant zucchini. I've been gorging myself on grilled zucchini every day for at least a week now and have no sign of getting sick of it anytime soon.

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« Reply #2587 on: August 03, 2021, 07:07:45 PM »
Finding stuff you need on Craiglist or FB marketplace. Got a 1.5 ton 19 SEER minisplit for $700, got 5 interior doors with correct size and swing for $40 a piece and they are solid wood, 9 panel and already painted white.  The doors alone saved a pile.

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« Reply #2588 on: August 03, 2021, 09:51:01 PM »
I served as precinct chairperson for a local election today. It was fun, humbling, and absolutely fascinating. I've worked three elections and still can't believe that my city pays me to do this (last year's earnings were split between a few charities).

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« Reply #2589 on: August 08, 2021, 02:50:32 PM »
I *might* have posted this before, but omg Trader Joe's chocolate croissants.  You get a package of 4 for less than $5 which is about the cost of just one at a bakery. And there is no better time to eat them than when they are fresh out of the oven, which you don't get at a bakery unless you are extremely lucky/early.  We have this for our Sunday Breakfast Ritual (our version of church) once every month or two and every time I just marvel at the texture (soft! doughy! flaky!) and the lovely warm melty chocolate.  They also have almond croissants, but I'm so taken with the chocolate ones, I can't bear to switch even for one Sunday - but I bet they are delicious, too.  There are a lot of good deals to be had at Trader Joe's, but this is the one where I reflect at my good fortune every single time I indulge.

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« Reply #2590 on: August 09, 2021, 09:08:45 AM »
They also have almond croissants, but I'm so taken with the chocolate ones, I can't bear to switch even for one Sunday - but I bet they are delicious, too. 

I could not agree with this more. For the record: the almond are equally delicious. Part of my nightly coffee-prep ritual is sticking one of these in the electric toaster to rise for the morning. Box and a half a week, comes out to less than 10 bucks for a fresh pastry every day. No better incentive to get up early!

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« Reply #2591 on: August 12, 2021, 11:11:29 AM »
I *might* have posted this before, but omg Trader Joe's chocolate croissants.  You get a package of 4 for less than $5 which is about the cost of just one at a bakery. And there is no better time to eat them than when they are fresh out of the oven, which you don't get at a bakery unless you are extremely lucky/early.  We have this for our Sunday Breakfast Ritual (our version of church) once every month or two and every time I just marvel at the texture (soft! doughy! flaky!) and the lovely warm melty chocolate.  They also have almond croissants, but I'm so taken with the chocolate ones, I can't bear to switch even for one Sunday - but I bet they are delicious, too.  There are a lot of good deals to be had at Trader Joe's, but this is the one where I reflect at my good fortune every single time I indulge.

Damn you for reminding me, sui generis.  I love those but fell out of the habit on shopping at TJs during the pandemic.  Now that I feel comfortable shopping anywhere I'll be heading for a pandemic 15.

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« Reply #2592 on: August 12, 2021, 04:18:19 PM »
finding interesting things on the roadside on my bike commute. i found an old necchi sewing machine the other day. i had to get the company truck to go back and get it as it was too heavy to carry on my bike (35lbs). a few drops of oil and it works like a champ.

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« Reply #2593 on: August 14, 2021, 01:10:24 PM »
A fresh tomato from our backyard garden, sliced and eaten with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2594 on: August 17, 2021, 08:55:58 AM »
Hearing the cicadas singing. I'm on the east coast and while they're a little gross, I am still delighted by them.

It sounds like an alien invasion from a 1950's science fiction movie. I do like it (for a while, not permanently).

Except when one of the cats decide to bring one inside at 5AM. We have a cat that has figured out how to unlock the cat door though I haven't entirely witnessed it. I do love the sounds of summer - crickets, frogs, the cicadas, birds, coyotes, livestock, etc. Looking forward to the sounds of winter too - the wind in the bare trees.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2595 on: August 17, 2021, 05:50:59 PM »
I've found how I can effectively made myself a chart of basic things I need to do each day. I just synchronized my goal planner with a calendar and it’s much better to keep me accountable.
It sounds dumb, but it makes me excited to look at the list to see what to do next! 
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« Reply #2596 on: August 18, 2021, 04:59:54 AM »
I've found how I can effectively made myself a chart of basic things I need to do each day. I just synchronized my goal planner with a calendar and it’s much better to keep me accountable.
It sounds dumb, but it makes me excited to look at the list to see what to do next!

i love lists. it's so nice to check things off and i don't waste time trying to remember what it was i was supposed to do.

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« Reply #2597 on: August 18, 2021, 05:12:52 AM »

The look on someone's face when they taste something new and delicious for the first time.  Yesterday I made chocolate chip cookies, and our foreign exchange student -- who had never had one -- LOVED them. 

I remember when our kids were young and ate their first ice cream cones.  Similar wondrous and happy look. 

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« Reply #2598 on: August 18, 2021, 05:55:20 AM »

The look on someone's face when they taste something new and delicious for the first time.  Yesterday I made chocolate chip cookies, and our foreign exchange student -- who had never had one -- LOVED them. 

I remember when our kids were young and ate their first ice cream cones.  Similar wondrous and happy look.
Ain't sugar grand?

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« Reply #2599 on: August 18, 2021, 08:02:58 AM »
If we're talking sugar, I was introduced to an Italian bakery place that I didn't know existed.  I bought a box of fresh almond cookies, so delicious.