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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #450 on: January 15, 2018, 10:08:58 PM »
A clean house.

The ability to throw together a few simple sweet treats based on what's in my pantry, for hosting on short notice. I love knowing how to cook!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #451 on: January 16, 2018, 02:15:38 AM »
Salted caramel Lindt chocolate. (DH buys it whenever it's on special because he knows I like it <3 )

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #452 on: January 16, 2018, 03:34:11 AM »
Rain.

Our local river running.  This will be the first time in 18 months.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #453 on: January 16, 2018, 08:00:35 AM »
30 year old mountain bike, runs like a swiss watch. Riding it along the river to see what bits are frozen or running, all winter.
30 year old road bike, ditto, but in summer.
40 year old classical guitar, still sounds as good as I can get it to sound.
Library books and music.
Veggie chili.
And so on.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #454 on: January 17, 2018, 02:18:33 AM »
Watching young people flirt with each other and remembering myself doing the same thing many years ago..:)

Similarly, seeing old people hold hands makes my heart sing :)
LOL, I am old. I am also FIRE, whereas DH is "only" FI. Every morning, I walk him to work. It's a short distance, but it's up a steep hill. We make it easier by holding hands. ♡♡♡

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #455 on: January 17, 2018, 02:57:32 AM »
Watching young people flirt with each other and remembering myself doing the same thing many years ago..:)

Similarly, seeing old people hold hands makes my heart sing :)
LOL, I am old. I am also FIRE, whereas DH is "only" FI. Every morning, I walk him to work. It's a short distance, but it's up a steep hill. We make it easier by holding hands.

Awww Dicey, you’re livin’ the dream!

And this warms my heart :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #456 on: January 17, 2018, 03:15:28 AM »
Watching young people flirt with each other and remembering myself doing the same thing many years ago..:)

Similarly, seeing old people hold hands makes my heart sing :)
LOL, I am old. I am also FIRE, whereas DH is "only" FI. Every morning, I walk him to work. It's a short distance, but it's up a steep hill. We make it easier by holding hands. ♡♡♡

This is very sweet, but... You are so not old :-P

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #457 on: January 17, 2018, 03:16:52 AM »
Spending time with other new mums, where we get to just chill out and talk about life and cheer each other on. And eat cashew brittle :D

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #458 on: January 17, 2018, 04:24:07 AM »
Signed up for the free digital magazine app from my local library. I now have access to 200+ magazines on my phone and have been enjoying reading a science magazine for free.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #459 on: January 18, 2018, 05:59:43 PM »
I was gifted a nice diary by my sister for Christmas, it is lovely with sketches and watercolors all throughout. I don't have the need for a day planner as I use Ical. So now it is by the bed and every night I write in the small area.. something memorable about the day. So far all nice things - even if they are small things like seeing a flock of birds above us on our walk this morning.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #460 on: January 18, 2018, 09:23:00 PM »
Walks on the beach, reading, playing the piano, playing Bridge/board games with family, bike rides, hiking, listening to music, various blog reading and podcast listening.  For 2018, one of my goals is to begin re-reading the St Johns Great Book list I studied in college.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #461 on: January 18, 2018, 09:58:11 PM »
Snow days in the south- no school, no going anywhere, slept in, hot coffee, sewing on a quilt that was started 50 years ago (by a departed grandmother), hot Guinness stew in the oven, fresh baked bread.
Taking a short walk in 23° weather, snowflakes dusting my nose.
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Then this morning when school opens back up, delayed start, a blessing. Baking fresh bread for lunch, quiet, sun streaming through the windows.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #462 on: January 18, 2018, 10:01:19 PM »
Little Percy snores

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #463 on: January 18, 2018, 10:24:17 PM »
Coffee with friends! Not free, but cheap and an easy way to get out of the house with babies :-)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #464 on: January 19, 2018, 05:32:08 AM »
A trip to the beach with my kids on a beautiful summer's day.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #465 on: January 19, 2018, 07:41:39 AM »
-Snuggles & conversation with my almost 12 year old at night. When he gets tired, he wants to chat & share everything. It's my favorite. I learned, for example, that a girl asked him to be "her boyfriend", and he said yes, but then ran to the bathroom & cried. Classic middle school. :-)
-The library. Despite my recent fine fiasco, it's a place where a community can just go. You see people using the free computers, others reading, and generally just taking advantage of shared services. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #466 on: January 20, 2018, 11:34:08 AM »
Risotto.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #467 on: January 20, 2018, 12:28:30 PM »
Risotto.

Awww yes! I haven’t had risotto in forever!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #468 on: January 20, 2018, 01:53:56 PM »
Seeing 3 mooses when I open tje bedroom curtain at our mountain cabin.

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« Reply #469 on: January 20, 2018, 02:13:45 PM »
Risotto.

Awww yes! I haven’t had risotto in forever!

Yes! Love risotto. I make a cheater oven baked one. Not as good as the slow stirring kind, but much more practical for my life.

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« Reply #470 on: January 20, 2018, 11:12:40 PM »
Risotto.

Awww yes! I haven’t had risotto in forever!

Yes! Love risotto. I make a cheater oven baked one. Not as good as the slow stirring kind, but much more practical for my life.

This is a great cheat risotto: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/sweet-potato-spinach-risotto-lamb-cutlets/926795b0-2ccd-4eb7-a439-c784c05514af

Works with pumpkin instead of sweet potato, too.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #471 on: January 21, 2018, 12:26:31 AM »
I made my last Risotto with mushrooms.  Worked well. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #472 on: January 21, 2018, 12:29:23 AM »
Homemade pizza! Especially when a friend brings all the ingredients over and makes it for me :-P

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #473 on: January 21, 2018, 02:16:30 AM »
I made my last Risotto with mushrooms.  Worked well.

I made that sometime last week as well, with selfpicked and dried mushrooms. I totally forgot to add anything meaty or other protein source. I added some grated cheese when I noticed.

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« Reply #474 on: January 21, 2018, 04:59:55 AM »
I made that sometime last week as well, with selfpicked and dried mushrooms. I totally forgot to add anything meaty or other protein source. I added some grated cheese when I noticed.

And todays food: Spanish Tortilla.  Eggs, unions, potatoes.  Added some grated cheese and some greens.  Nice to cook good to eat.  :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #475 on: January 21, 2018, 07:55:59 AM »
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #476 on: January 21, 2018, 09:51:23 AM »
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I love all of those!!! And I’m impressed that after so many lovely posts, people are still coming up with new and exciting things to appreciate :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #477 on: January 21, 2018, 06:14:08 PM »
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I love all of those!!! And I’m impressed that after so many lovely posts, people are still coming up with new and exciting things to appreciate :)

I thought of you today Lifejoy so while DW and I were downtown this morning I decided to hold her hand as we walked along (not unusual for us) but make a note of of the college kids reactions that saw us.

Sure enough out of the 20 young people or so we saw almost all the girls looked at our holding hands and made a little smile. The guys almost universally didn't notice.

Shame about the guys but kind of cool to bring smiles.. so we have resolved to do this more.. Besides.. its very pleasant anyway..:)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #478 on: January 21, 2018, 06:51:48 PM »
Doing nothing

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #479 on: January 21, 2018, 10:26:30 PM »
Doing nothing
My favorite kind... especially zoning out with music in background

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #480 on: January 22, 2018, 12:53:58 AM »
I thought of you today Lifejoy so while DW and I were downtown this morning I decided to hold her hand as we walked along (not unusual for us) but make a note of of the college kids reactions that saw us.

Holding hands with your loved one while walking is very nice and feels romantic. But in that case it is best to have the same pace. It feels a bit strange if one takes more steps than the other to cover the same distance. This is my challenge. ;-) DH is quite tall and his steps are longer than mine. When we are walking hand in hand, and more so if his arm is around my shoulders, I try to adapt my pace to his, which feels a bit unnatural, taking such long steps. So we often change back to walking hand in hand again. But even then it is nicer with the same pace.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #481 on: January 22, 2018, 03:15:11 AM »
Yesterday I did a meal plan for this week for low effort dinners that are appetising and don't require any cooking or much energy to prepare in this heat. Yay!

Changing out of work clothes into comfy light clothes when I got home today.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #482 on: January 22, 2018, 04:41:54 AM »
-self-threading needle
-conducting a successful transaction decluttering
-fast commute on the subway

I love all of those!!! And I’m impressed that after so many lovely posts, people are still coming up with new and exciting things to appreciate :)

I thought of you today Lifejoy so while DW and I were downtown this morning I decided to hold her hand as we walked along (not unusual for us) but make a note of of the college kids reactions that saw us.

Sure enough out of the 20 young people or so we saw almost all the girls looked at our holding hands and made a little smile. The guys almost universally didn't notice.

Shame about the guys but kind of cool to bring smiles.. so we have resolved to do this more.. Besides.. its very pleasant anyway..:)

Hehe what an excellent experiment! Thanks for reporting back ;)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #483 on: January 22, 2018, 11:35:23 AM »
Doing nothing
My favorite kind... especially zoning out with music in background

May I recommend the music of estonian composer Arvo Pärt?

If you're really slow: For Aline: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmBrepbZji0
For normal relaxation: Spiegel im Spiegel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZe3mXlnfNc

It's amazing.  And I'm a hard rock fan. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #484 on: January 22, 2018, 11:47:04 AM »
these are cute little things that make me happy. Cheap silicon blinkey lights, $1 each on Ebay. I strap them on wagons, scooters, small kids. Keep a set in my backpack as backup for my bike and give-away for unlit cyclists.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #485 on: January 22, 2018, 01:15:58 PM »
Washed the car.

Helped DS fix his bike. Long bike ride for DS.

New chain for my own bike. 65F bike ride 'round the neighborhood.

Helped neighbor try to fix his chainsaw but I think he "unfixed it" b/c he did something else afterwards that resulted in parts being leftover. ;) I told him to take it to the shop b/c I think there were pieces missing too. In its present condition it is safe b/c it won't start.

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« Reply #486 on: January 22, 2018, 01:23:45 PM »

May I recommend the music of estonian composer Arvo Pärt?

If you're really slow: For Aline: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmBrepbZji0


I bought this on CD many years ago. I was shocked to find out that the CD contained three times song number one and twice song number two, with small variations, and nothing else. I felt a bit betrayed, but maybe I just wasn't caught by the magic that you feel for this music.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #487 on: January 23, 2018, 04:08:44 PM »
Getting something repaired under warranty.

Getting lost in a new podcast

Handwritten letters or notes

The feeling in your mouth after flossing/sonicare

The warm house feeling after a long satisfying winter night walk

Re-reading old journal entries and seeing how somethings stay the same and some things get resolved in time

Listening to the sound of someone who can type with skill

Catching a strangers eye just for a moment without saying a word

Discussing FIRE with someone who understands.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #488 on: January 23, 2018, 04:14:45 PM »
Tongue scraper for continued minty fresh breath and oral health.
Baking bread at home with my sourdough starter named Rodger.
Watching my freshwater aquarium flourish.
Hugging my husband and running around the house like idiots.

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« Reply #489 on: January 23, 2018, 05:23:47 PM »
Time with my wonderful students, Heck, I even get paid for that!

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« Reply #490 on: January 23, 2018, 06:48:12 PM »
Getting something repaired under warranty.

Getting lost in a new podcast

Handwritten letters or notes

The feeling in your mouth after flossing/sonicare

The warm house feeling after a long satisfying winter night walk

Re-reading old journal entries and seeing how somethings stay the same and some things get resolved in time

Listening to the sound of someone who can type with skill

Catching a strangers eye just for a moment without saying a word

Discussing FIRE with someone who understands.

Wow, yes yes yes.

Reading entries in this thread and being reminded of special simple things in life that make me happy!!!!

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« Reply #491 on: January 23, 2018, 09:29:13 PM »
Brightening someone else's day.

A work contact just sent me two dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts (for when excess isn't enough).

I gave them to the guys in the mail room.

Means more to them than me, and I believe in looking after the people who keep the lights on and make sure everything in the building runs smoothly. They have more power - and more information - than most of the managers in this place.

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« Reply #492 on: January 23, 2018, 11:38:03 PM »
- Making a friend happy by showing him a ticket home is 1/3rd of the price he thought it was, enabling him to go home for two weeks in his semester break to see his parents after 2 years.

- Being invited by the same friend to come see him and his country when he's there. When I told him I was hesitant as he's only got two weeks with family and I don't want to take any of that time he replied "well just come at the end of the two weeks when my family isn't craving to see me anymore, I'd love to show you around". The trip itself won't be cheap tho :p

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« Reply #493 on: January 24, 2018, 02:07:11 AM »
- Making a friend happy by showing him a ticket home is 1/3rd of the price he thought it was, enabling him to go home for two weeks in his semester break to see his parents after 2 years.

- Being invited by the same friend to come see him and his country when he's there. When I told him I was hesitant as he's only got two weeks with family and I don't want to take any of that time he replied "well just come at the end of the two weeks when my family isn't craving to see me anymore, I'd love to show you around". The trip itself won't be cheap tho
If he was an international student like I was, he would never forget your help! You've certainly made his day.

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« Reply #494 on: January 24, 2018, 02:47:00 AM »
Baking bread at home with my sourdough starter named Rodger.

This made me laugh out loud!  My mom had a sourdough starter named Herman.  I guess when those guys are around long enough they become part of the family. :)

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« Reply #495 on: January 24, 2018, 03:41:28 AM »
- Making a friend happy by showing him a ticket home is 1/3rd of the price he thought it was, enabling him to go home for two weeks in his semester break to see his parents after 2 years.

- Being invited by the same friend to come see him and his country when he's there. When I told him I was hesitant as he's only got two weeks with family and I don't want to take any of that time he replied "well just come at the end of the two weeks when my family isn't craving to see me anymore, I'd love to show you around". The trip itself won't be cheap tho
If he was an international student like I was, he would never forget your help! You've certainly made his day.

He is. From a 3rd world country (so little funds) into another 3rd world country (so small grant/living stipend because extreme LCOL) and a very rather unusual flight itinary (so higher price levels than popular routes). I really hope he can work it out financially (the 1/3rd price still wasn't that cheap) because he's told me so many times how much he misses his mom (and she him).

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« Reply #496 on: January 24, 2018, 05:34:11 AM »
Baking bread at home with my sourdough starter named Rodger.

This made me laugh out loud!  My mom had a sourdough starter named Herman.  I guess when those guys are around long enough they become part of the family. :)

I saw a TV program last night about a bakery store that had a female sourdough starter, that had her own living space in a fridge. She was somewhat like 160 years old.

The show said that sourdough tastes better than factory bread. I should also make one, and then use it.

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« Reply #497 on: January 24, 2018, 08:14:06 AM »
Getting back to my normal sleep patterns after a busy period.

Realizing I have no meetings scheduled and thus don't have to go to work today.

Hankering after a particular food, then realizing I have all the ingredients for it in the house!

When somebody says something very witty during an otherwise serious endeavour... the kind of thing where you remember it later and laugh all over again.

Bacon fried rice.

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« Reply #498 on: January 24, 2018, 10:09:56 AM »
Baking bread at home with my sourdough starter named Rodger.

This made me laugh out loud!  My mom had a sourdough starter named Herman.  I guess when those guys are around long enough they become part of the family. :)

He's a good pal! I've only had him for about 6 months, but his parent is 5 years old. He's my very favorite blob of flour, water, and bacteria. His farts taste amazing and I get giddy after feeding him when I see it gets all frothy and happy looking.

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« Reply #499 on: January 24, 2018, 12:54:38 PM »
Finding fresh deer tracks very close to the front door of our house.