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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #600 on: February 15, 2018, 01:49:37 PM »
During the tour of the cave - standing close enough to a hibernating bat that I could have easily reached out and touched it. I thought about taking a picture ... but wasn't sure if the flash would disturb it. The bat was really tiny - I could have cupped it in my hand.

Cute. I would love to watch a bat sitting still some time. I have only seen them flying around in the very dark when they look like birds, but flying irregularly.

It was very cool. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #601 on: February 15, 2018, 06:53:35 PM »
Chocolate rice pudding

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #602 on: February 16, 2018, 11:50:57 PM »
1. Staying in my Pajamas
2. Drinking green tea
3. Sleeping in
4. Travel hacking
5. Listening to podcasts/watching Netflix/reading kindle books from the library
6. Being snowed in
7. Going to hotsprings
8. Gardening
9. Spending time with all of our animals



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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #603 on: February 17, 2018, 12:16:24 AM »
Birdwatching from the comfort of my own home - FREE :)

There's a house finch couple that has been sleeping right outside my front door every night for over a week now. There's a spot underneath the porch roof that's big enough for the two to comfortably sit. My front door has little windows at the top and I can see them through it. They can see me watching them through those same windows when they arrive at dusk, but don't seem to mind. I'm super excited about the idea of them possibly building a nest there and having some eggs/cute little babies I can watch grow up. I am fine with cleaning up bird poop off of my porch for this!
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #604 on: February 17, 2018, 09:10:09 PM »
An awesome breakfast cooked at home.

An outdoor nap after a good hike!
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #605 on: February 18, 2018, 09:01:11 AM »
Looking out my window in the early morning or late afternoon, when shadows are long and the landscape looks gorgeous

THIS!  We purchased a house with wooded conservation land behind us and it's so damn beautiful!

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« Reply #606 on: February 20, 2018, 04:23:29 PM »
Yesterday I made croissants from Antonio Bachour's "Bachour the Baker" cookbook. It's a beautiful cookbook I got for Christmas from my husband. This was my second attempt at a laminated dough, the first one was a mid-summer disaster in 2013. End results from last night were not so beautiful as my shaping leaves much to be desired, but they were delicious. Good thing I have 28 more in the freezer, waiting for their second proof, egg wash, and bake!
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« Reply #607 on: February 20, 2018, 04:46:04 PM »


Coarse sugar? Haven't seen that one before I think. Was it the same thick pancake-like structure? Maybe it was just a simpler version indeed. This time I used cheese + nutella + peanuts as a topping, yum.

I was thinking of the thin oiled dough thing usually spelled murtabak, except with sugar. And now I realize that's usually called Roti Canai. So now I have to make and eat both versions!

Mmmm...did someone say Roti Canai? I will eat most kinds of Roti but Roti Canai's layers of oily goodness is definitely my favourite.  Especially with dahl. Although I have never let go of my childhood love of dipping it in dahl curry followed by coarse sugar. DELICIOUS!  And dirt cheap.

Nowadays we usually eat tandoori naan from Costco (extremely cheap and easily accessible).  Best pan fried with a bit of coconut oil and a sprinkle of rosemary.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #608 on: February 20, 2018, 05:41:21 PM »
Bar Keeper's Friend. My stainless steel pots and pans get so gleamy when I use it on them. It costs $2 for a canister that lasts a long time.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #609 on: February 20, 2018, 05:50:15 PM »
Sitting on the back deck and watching my son play on an unseasonably warm day.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #610 on: February 20, 2018, 08:35:01 PM »
Oddly enough a good corn broom and steel dustpan.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #611 on: February 21, 2018, 08:00:30 AM »
Banana nut muffins - there's just something so magical about turning old mushy bananas into a delicious treat.

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« Reply #612 on: February 21, 2018, 09:14:54 AM »
Listening to my budgies sing in the morning.

They're so adorable!
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« Reply #613 on: February 25, 2018, 10:53:09 AM »
Finding a new accessible green space in a busy city.

(Simpson Park in Miami, if you were wondering.)
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #614 on: February 25, 2018, 11:15:04 AM »
Sitting on the back deck and watching my son play on an unseasonably warm day.

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Had an amazing Saturday watching all the neighborhood kids bike, rollerblade and scooter around. Chatted with the neighbors and enjoyed the early spring.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #615 on: February 25, 2018, 12:04:12 PM »
Sitting on the porch early in the morning listening to the night sounds (owls and tree frogs) transition to morning birdsong.

Mild spring weather that is just right.  Sleeping with the windows open for the first time since last fall.

Working outside til you're tired and dirty, then coming inside for a warm shower and drying off with a clean fluffy towel.

The Mary Worth comic strip. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #616 on: February 25, 2018, 05:22:59 PM »
Slowly...... VERY slowly cooking down maple sap into maple syrup. About 40 gallons will yield about 1 gallon of syrup, and will take about 20 hours to cook down. I am using the top of an old gas grill, taken off it's stand, and placed on the ground. I make 2 fires, 1 on each side, and use the middle to add wood. I used 2 old canning kettles that needed replacement as the containers to boil down the sap.

Gas grill was literally garbage, and the wood I am using is from 3 maple trees that came from our rental property. They were dropping limbs onto the roof and needed to be taken down. I was going to be charged $750 to haul the wood away, so I split it myself and hauled it to my home. I figure it is about 5 or 6 full cords.

Total cost was the gas to split and haul it, but I "saved" $750 by taking the wood instead of paying to have it hauled away.

I must admit it feels a little cannibalistic to make maple syrup with maple wood, but what a great day outdoors, and maple syrup...YUM :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #617 on: February 25, 2018, 05:26:48 PM »
Beware the Maple Syrup Federation!

(Just watched Dirty Money on Netflix. The episode about the Maples Syrup Heist)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #618 on: February 25, 2018, 05:39:03 PM »
Beware the Maple Syrup Federation!

(Just watched Dirty Money on Netflix. The episode about the Maples Syrup Heist)

Wow.... I never knew. I think I should switch to cooking down milk instead of sap. You know... for the safety of the family :)

Somehow, I don't think it will taste the same.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #619 on: February 26, 2018, 01:36:32 AM »
Friends who really "get it" and you can just be honest with about the crappy stuff as well as the good.

Husband coming home on time or even early!!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #620 on: February 26, 2018, 02:10:59 AM »
The rain dumping on Sydney over the past couple of days.

Glorious.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #621 on: February 26, 2018, 03:25:52 AM »
Spending a week in our mountain cabin with really good weather and good snow for cross country skiing.

Being allowed to fill up our cans with drinking water at the neighbouring farm.

Seeing 3 mooses right in front of our cabin for half an hour. Seeing 2 more mooses during a ski trip. Seeing lots of birds: the usual suspects at our feeding tray, but also quite a few rock ptarmigans during ski trips and an overflying western capercaillie and a unidentified predator bird.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #622 on: February 26, 2018, 04:05:59 AM »
- Snagging a cheap bargain.
- Cheap delicious food and shopping on holidays in Malaysia.
- My weekly Friday/Saturday night take out at my favourite Malaysian restaurant where the food actually tastes like home (however I do not enjoy the massive queues for tables or take away... but I guess that's the price of being popular and serving authentic cuisine)
- Organising and/or attending church events
- Free lectures
- Free concerts
- Library books
- Free movies from the library

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #623 on: February 26, 2018, 08:07:51 AM »
Trued up my bike's back wheel in anticipation of riding it to work.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #624 on: February 26, 2018, 08:24:52 AM »
Coffee prices in Italy (€1.50 for a cappuccino compared to the €2.50 I pay at home)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #625 on: March 01, 2018, 01:46:19 AM »
100% germination from a $3 packet of basil seeds. Its late in the season, but I'm hoping for a long mild autumn, and a few more months of fresh pesto.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #626 on: March 01, 2018, 06:24:15 AM »
Filing my tax return and see how much I get back this year :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #627 on: March 01, 2018, 11:05:36 AM »
Today I did something illegal. I want to own a certain out of print book that is very popular amongst my group of people. It is not possible to buy second hand, because there are so few copies left and the publisher doesn't want to print more copies or sell the right to someone else.
I was able to borrow the book from the library and spent a few hours at work after working hours to scan it as pdf file. 700 pages... Now I finally have my own copy in digital version, which is much better than not having it, as it all about the content and not the book itself.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #628 on: March 01, 2018, 11:43:07 AM »
Netflix. 8.99 per month.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #629 on: March 01, 2018, 07:01:56 PM »
Today I did something illegal. I want to own a certain out of print book that is very popular amongst my group of people. It is not possible to buy second hand, because there are so few copies left and the publisher doesn't want to print more copies or sell the right to someone else.
I was able to borrow the book from the library and spent a few hours at work after working hours to scan it as pdf file. 700 pages... Now I finally have my own copy in digital version, which is much better than not having it, as it all about the content and not the book itself.

I want to know the topic!!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #630 on: March 01, 2018, 07:03:46 PM »
Sunrise and sunset.

Home-cooked meals, cooked by others ;) and made with love.

Walks by the ocean.

Blogging.

Selling stuff I own.

High quality cotton products.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #631 on: March 01, 2018, 08:55:02 PM »
This week, while it's been warm enough during the day to melt the snow, and cold enough at night for the runoff to refreeze: there are tons of little "ice shelfs" and cool frozen ice bubbles along the road and sidewalk. Perfect for me and my 6-year-old to crunch / stomp on the walk to and from school. Makes me feel like a kid again.

It's a little like crunching fallen leaves in the autumn but WAY more satisfying!!
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« Reply #632 on: March 02, 2018, 12:58:00 AM »
Today I did something illegal. I want to own a certain out of print book that is very popular amongst my group of people. It is not possible to buy second hand, because there are so few copies left and the publisher doesn't want to print more copies or sell the right to someone else.
I was able to borrow the book from the library and spent a few hours at work after working hours to scan it as pdf file. 700 pages... Now I finally have my own copy in digital version, which is much better than not having it, as it all about the content and not the book itself.

I want to know the topic!!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #633 on: March 02, 2018, 07:24:28 AM »
A sick day spent wallowing under clean crisp sheets and all the hot tea hubs can make

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #634 on: March 02, 2018, 10:38:37 AM »
Watchin the sunset from the train.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #635 on: March 02, 2018, 10:48:04 AM »
This morning I pressed coffee from freshly-ground beans, made French toast from good sourdough bread (with cinnamon in the batter), then topped it with real butter and good maple syrup. Then I took my time eating breakfast and drinking coffee while reading the news.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #636 on: March 02, 2018, 01:08:03 PM »
The $1 Big Mac I ate for lunch today!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #637 on: March 02, 2018, 02:32:05 PM »
Perhaps this will make other crazy cat ladies and their cats happy! 

Did you know there are videos on YouTube for cats?  I turn them up on my Roku TV and my cats are enthralled.  They are especially fond of Paul Dinning’s channel.  There are peacocks, budgies, bald eagles, all kinds of beautiful and sweet sounding nature to enjoy in your living room with your house panthers.  Makes me happy, makes my cats happy. 
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #638 on: March 02, 2018, 04:51:23 PM »
Perhaps this will make other crazy cat ladies and their cats happy! 

Did you know there are videos on YouTube for cats?  I turn them up on my Roku TV and my cats are enthralled.  They are especially fond of Paul Dinning’s channel.  There are peacocks, budgies, bald eagles, all kinds of beautiful and sweet sounding nature to enjoy in your living room with your house panthers.  Makes me happy, makes my cats happy.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #639 on: March 03, 2018, 02:19:18 PM »
Fika with a friend.  And "fika" beeing the Swedish term for a cup of coffe, preferably with something sweet  on the side...   :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #640 on: March 05, 2018, 03:22:34 AM »
Free cappuccino from the building next door (my own building doesn't have cappuccino in their coffee machine)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #641 on: March 05, 2018, 09:30:42 AM »
Vanilla almond milk. $3 makes me 10 days' worth of mock vanilla lattes. Coffee makes me happy. Vanilla lattes make me happier.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #642 on: March 05, 2018, 11:02:15 AM »
The first few cuts on brand new fabric shears. My husband keeps using my fabric-only scissors on paper and other things, which does not make me happy.

I also love flooring it on my sewing machine. I don't get to floor it in my car too often, so the desire is fulfilled in the comfort of my home. Going full-speed on a sewing machine while listening to my favorite Swedish melodic death metal band makes me feel like less of a granny.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #643 on: March 05, 2018, 11:08:45 AM »
The first few cuts on brand new fabric shears. My husband keeps using my fabric-only scissors on paper and other things, which does not make me happy.


How annoying. Do you have enough normal scissors available in convenient places? If he can easily find a proper scissors, he might not look for yours. And can you write the work "sew" on yours?

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #644 on: March 05, 2018, 12:23:45 PM »
Blowing bubbles.  On a recent warm, springlike day, I went out in the sunshine and blew bubbles with one of those plastic wand thingies.  I always keep some of that stuff around, and no, we don't have any children. :)

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« Reply #645 on: March 05, 2018, 06:48:19 PM »
Broccoli. Why do I so often forget how much I love it?
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #646 on: March 05, 2018, 06:50:54 PM »
Weather warming up, rode my bike two days in a row.

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« Reply #647 on: March 06, 2018, 12:55:29 AM »
The first few cuts on brand new fabric shears. My husband keeps using my fabric-only scissors on paper and other things, which does not make me happy.

That was one of two truths universally accepted in my house growing up.

I could borrow my mum's sewing scissors, but if it wasn't for fabric, thread, ribbon, or interfacing, she would put me up for adoption.

(The other was that she would always win the "who can play their music the loudest" competition.)

My only suggestion - if you can't get him to respect your scissors - is to hide them. Leave an old pair where he knows where they are, then hide the new ones.

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« Reply #648 on: March 06, 2018, 04:36:18 AM »
The first few cuts on brand new fabric shears. My husband keeps using my fabric-only scissors on paper and other things, which does not make me happy.

That was one of two truths universally accepted in my house growing up.

I could borrow my mum's sewing scissors, but if it wasn't for fabric, thread, ribbon, or interfacing, she would put me up for adoption.

(The other was that she would always win the "who can play their music the loudest" competition.)

My only suggestion - if you can't get him to respect your scissors - is to hide them. Leave an old pair where he knows where they are, then hide the new ones.

This is also an option. :-)
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #649 on: March 06, 2018, 11:51:20 AM »
The first few cuts on brand new fabric shears. My husband keeps using my fabric-only scissors on paper and other things, which does not make me happy.

That was one of two truths universally accepted in my house growing up.

I could borrow my mum's sewing scissors, but if it wasn't for fabric, thread, ribbon, or interfacing, she would put me up for adoption.

(The other was that she would always win the "who can play their music the loudest" competition.)

My only suggestion - if you can't get him to respect your scissors - is to hide them. Leave an old pair where he knows where they are, then hide the new ones.

This is also an option. :-)

I'm seriously contemplating a padlock, I want to keep these new. I don't know what goes through his noggin when he's using our other scissors around the house, but he feels the need to hide them. We can almost never find our "all purpose" scissors when we need them. It's like how I have a second set of cheap knives for him to use in the kitchen because he isn't allowed to use my Wusthof collection after I found them dirty and dull days after he used them. I'm very protective of my sharp things.
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