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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #800 on: April 26, 2018, 05:11:43 AM »
Watching the sunrise from the home office my husband designed and built for me - nothing but windows on the south and east walls. Admittedly, the office was not cheap, but it's a sunk cost now, and sunrises are 100% free. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #801 on: April 27, 2018, 08:04:24 PM »
Wanted some irises in my yard, asked the neighborhood fb gardening group for resources and ended up with a neighbor sharing her plants for free. 1. I love sharing and generous neighbors 2. I now have yellow iris plants in my soggy corner of the yard. Landscaping my tiny plot of earth makes me happy.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #802 on: April 28, 2018, 08:54:34 AM »
The Decorah eagle cam: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/

Thanks for sharing! I checked this out yesterday afternoon and now I'm sucked into the drama of their lives! Dad disappeared a week or so ago and the human monitors just called off the search for him and think he's never coming back. An unidentified male eagle is hanging around now and is possibly the cause of Dad's disappearance.

This is way better than The Bachelor or whatever drivel is on network TV now.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #803 on: April 28, 2018, 09:22:47 AM »
The Decorah eagle cam: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/

Thanks for sharing! I checked this out yesterday afternoon and now I'm sucked into the drama of their lives! Dad disappeared a week or so ago and the human monitors just called off the search for him and think he's never coming back. An unidentified male eagle is hanging around now and is possibly the cause of Dad's disappearance.

This is way better than The Bachelor or whatever drivel is on network TV now.

I've been sucked in too -- I've spent countless hours watching the last week.  Personally, I don't think the unidentified male had anything to do with Dad's disappearance . . .  I don't know why he disappeared, but this is migration time, and it is no wonder if a passing male heard Mom's cries, checked it out, and found no male was around.  I would hang around too for that awesome territory at the fish hatchery, complete with a beautiful and accomplished female eagle. 

Those two eagles had such a great run of it -- 11 seasons of success raising their babies.  It is sad to see that ending, but the next chapter should be fascinating.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #804 on: April 29, 2018, 07:11:07 AM »
  I would hang around too for that awesome territory at the fish hatchery, complete with a beautiful and accomplished female eagle. 

Thanks for the giggle! I had a brief mental image of you (what I imagine you to look like) perched atop a pine tree, eyeing up the lady eagle and hatchery. Today, my tendency to visualize what I read and hear is the cheap thing that makes me happy!

Yesterday I spent a beautiful, sunny morning driving a small motor boat along a river as I volunteered to act as a safety escort for some novice canoers. I brought my dog to complete the zen.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #805 on: April 29, 2018, 08:13:12 AM »
Listening to the birds in the flowering trees on my sunrise bike ride to work :) 

Also, not freezing on said bike ride due to our current warm weather blip.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #806 on: April 29, 2018, 08:29:31 AM »
Hummingbird feeder -  Hummy and Spud are so cute

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #807 on: April 29, 2018, 10:17:31 AM »
The look on my 11 year old's face when he made a huge save as keeper at soccer. . . that smile! The look of pride. Loved everything about it.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #808 on: May 01, 2018, 01:32:50 AM »
Two years ago DH built a squirrel nesting case that hangs in a tree. Today there were two squirrels in that tree. One went in and out of the nesting case all the time. So maybe this year for the first time, we might get a nesting squirrel in it.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #809 on: May 01, 2018, 02:41:27 AM »
Co-worker offering me chocolate.


I wonder how many times I've written this in the thread already :D

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #810 on: May 01, 2018, 02:49:21 AM »
Co-worker offering me chocolate.

I wonder how many times I've written this in the thread already :D

I write "chocolate" in this thread over and over again!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #811 on: May 01, 2018, 02:50:09 AM »
Baby having an extra long nap - I got so much done AND had a nice break with a cuppa :-)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #812 on: May 01, 2018, 09:52:44 AM »
Last night I replaced a power steering hose on my car, thus deferring the need to purchase a new car by some number of months.  It cost about $20.  I get a rush out of fixing things. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #813 on: May 01, 2018, 10:27:01 AM »
Walking to work in the sunshine. interesting work and pleasant colleagues.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #814 on: May 01, 2018, 04:41:40 PM »
Rediscovering a $50 home depot card which allowed DH and I to gather supplies for a small pathway project for around $20 out of pocket. That, and a beautiful day to do it on!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #815 on: May 01, 2018, 08:10:13 PM »
It's finally spring! For dinner, I made refried beans, pico de gallo, and corn tortillas from scratch, along with fresh chorizo from the local Mexican grocer. We ate the meal outside on our patio and enjoyed the sunshine and warm breeze.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #816 on: May 01, 2018, 08:29:22 PM »
Time with my Dad. I will likely outlive him by many decades; best to soak up all his awesomeness and love right now while we're both around to enjoy it.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #817 on: May 02, 2018, 04:38:05 AM »
Yesterday I picked a whole basket full of wild garlic leaves. I have been chopping it in the kitchen machine and put a whole bunch in the freezer to be frozen en cut into useful size blocks. Another bunch has been made into pure. I put the flowers in vinegar/sugar, as an experience, to be used in salads.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #818 on: May 05, 2018, 08:11:06 PM »
Star Magnolias and daffodils

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #819 on: May 05, 2018, 08:35:55 PM »
Coming back home after being away and realising how great your life (and your own bed) is.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #820 on: May 05, 2018, 11:22:44 PM »
Coming back home after being away and realising how great your life (and your own bed) is.
this is it.

plus..lake-swimming

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #821 on: May 05, 2018, 11:56:39 PM »
Coming back home after being away and realising how great your life (and your own bed) is.
this is it.

plus..lake-swimming

+1 for lake swimming.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #822 on: May 06, 2018, 06:00:46 AM »
The updated version of Your Money or Your Life is available as an eBook, and Iím second in line on the library waitlist. (The first version was only available as a hard copy, and I couldnt borrow it because I live overseas.)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #823 on: May 06, 2018, 06:03:14 AM »
Waking up this morning to the sound of the wood thrush singing.  My favorite bird song -- so ethereal, so beautiful

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #824 on: May 06, 2018, 06:04:00 AM »
Sorry this is OT but Freedomin5 how do you join a library when you live overseas?  I'd love to get free library books on my device from my home town library but I assumed I couldn't since I'm in a different country. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #825 on: May 06, 2018, 12:34:28 PM »
I am currently doung a course of eating wild plants. Had my first course evening on Thursday. Yesterday and today I picked quite a lot of edible species that we are now trying out to eat, not too many at the time.

Downside about the course: the course book we got for free is the small book that I purchased last year. So now I have 2 similar books. I might put one at our cabin.

Other positiv thing: reading nice books from the library.

DH tried out his homebuilt packraft for the first time today and it worked well.

Going on a 4 day padling teip to Sweden on Thurday to Sunday. It is about 2 hours driving. We bring our own canoe and own dried trip food and sleep in our tent in the free nature. A reasonably priced trip.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #826 on: May 06, 2018, 12:56:32 PM »
Learning to recognize trees. I have learned two new ones this weekend. I am using an app on my phone.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #827 on: May 06, 2018, 08:08:33 PM »
Sitting on the porch and hearing nothing but birdsong, bugs, and the wind in the trees. We sometimes get a little road sound in the distance in winter, but nothing once the trees leaf out. The leaves muffle sound at a distance, I guess,

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #828 on: May 08, 2018, 12:46:12 AM »
Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk <3

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #829 on: May 08, 2018, 09:43:11 PM »
Watching the honeybees forage on our borage flowers

Lemon-creme nasturtiums

Scrolling Twitter


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #830 on: May 09, 2018, 12:44:59 AM »
Taking up a sick day (which does not cost me anything at all). Yesterday morning I felt lousy and called in sick. Spent my day picking up a library book, studying several library books and taking notes of them, packing trip gear for a trip on Thursday, looking for mushrooms around my house, baking a pie of wild plants.

If was pretty tempting this morning to call in for a second sick day, despite for feeling fine. But as usual I have too much of a conscience to do that.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #831 on: May 09, 2018, 03:17:47 AM »
Walking around the lake in the park with my wife and dog.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #832 on: May 09, 2018, 10:05:25 AM »
Sprouting seeds in the window.

Playing in the dirt... I'm headed out to till the garden this morning. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #833 on: May 09, 2018, 02:08:52 PM »
Sent a history article to a nearby friend. He said "oh yes, I have a signed copy of the book the article referenced." Want to read it?

"Why yes, thank you."

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #834 on: May 09, 2018, 05:04:38 PM »
Came back from 12 days' of travelling to find that all of our seeds have come up. I love those little ragged lines of different shades of green at this time of year.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #835 on: May 09, 2018, 06:31:39 PM »
I love that because of Overdrive, a friend can recommend a good book and I can be reading it within minutes (for free! Or at least fir the small percentage of my taxes that funds libraries. :p).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #836 on: May 09, 2018, 06:33:01 PM »
Learning to recognize trees. I have learned two new ones this weekend. I am using an app on my phone.
What app, @Linda_Norway ? I'd like to grt better at recognizing plants.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #837 on: May 10, 2018, 02:06:21 AM »
Early morning, public holiday - black coffee and a coursera lecture on buddism and psychology.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #838 on: May 10, 2018, 03:54:33 AM »
Early morning, public holiday - black coffee with milk and a coursera lecture on buddism and psychology. good book

Sounds like we have similar desires today :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #839 on: May 12, 2018, 08:53:33 AM »
Sorry this is OT but Freedomin5 how do you join a library when you live overseas?  I'd love to get free library books on my device from my home town library but I assumed I couldn't since I'm in a different country.

@Hula Hoop   I have property (and hence property related bills) in my home country (Canada). Next time youíre in your home town, bring your bill with your home address to the library and request a card. If you have an old library card from when you used to live in your home town, you can just ask the librarian how to activate eBooks on your library account. In my case I had to link my card on OverDrive to the library.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #840 on: May 12, 2018, 09:26:21 AM »
Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk <3

Oh yes. A delightful luxury!

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« Reply #841 on: May 12, 2018, 09:42:36 AM »
Sorry this is OT but Freedomin5 how do you join a library when you live overseas?  I'd love to get free library books on my device from my home town library but I assumed I couldn't since I'm in a different country.

@Hula Hoop   I have property (and hence property related bills) in my home country (Canada). Next time youíre in your home town, bring your bill with your home address to the library and request a card. If you have an old library card from when you used to live in your home town, you can just ask the librarian how to activate eBooks on your library account. In my case I had to link my card on OverDrive to the library.

Thanks - I don't own any property in my home town but I do have a couple of bills with my dad's address on them..  When I'm back visiting this summer, I'll visit the library and see what I can do.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #842 on: May 12, 2018, 01:05:26 PM »
I am currently doung a course of eating wild plants.

Purslane!!!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #843 on: May 13, 2018, 11:37:20 AM »
Learning to recognize trees. I have learned two new ones this weekend. I am using an app on my phone.
What app, @Linda_Norway ? I'd like to grt better at recognizing plants.

@Mezzie A Norwegian app, called "Treslag i Norge". I recommand you to find something with English text.

I have another one called "picture this". I am not all friends with it yet. But worth trying out.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #844 on: May 13, 2018, 03:38:20 PM »
Old Navy flip flops.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #845 on: May 15, 2018, 11:10:11 AM »
Hummingbirds- we were at a camp in Gunnison CO and we had a hummingbird come check us out for a good 5 minutes, it investigated everything red in our campsite (including the car emblems) and we got some really nice views of him hovering within a couple feet of us. In general hummingbirds are fun, the sounds they make flying around we jokingly refer to as fighter planes on crack.

Birds in general, one of our campsites in NM had a tree where the vultures liked to nest so we had about 20 of them roaming around.  We also had northern cardinals and a desert cardinal(Pyrrhuloxia), Sand Piper's, cranes and several duck species. The Gunnison CO camp also had a Stellar's Jay that came and checked us out.

Scavenged items- walking the dirt road by our last camp netted us a few goodies 1) a small locking carabineer, 2) a working rear led taillight for a bike and 3) a brand new(no dirt or scuff marks) ratcheting tie down straps with 2 hooks that it looks like they overloaded and snapped the nylon webbing.






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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #846 on: May 15, 2018, 01:34:37 PM »
Finding out that we have Garlic Mustard and Gound Ivy in our garden. I learned those yesterday at my course in edible weeds. Lovely to have a facebook group for edible plants where the admin very soon confirmed my pictures and termination.

I am currently drinking tea made from fresh ground ivy and it tastes nice.

I hope I can pick some more when we are back from our 5 day trip. Then I will dry some for tea. And try out fermentation of leaves for tea.

Unfortunately I am still working and I do not have the time to do everything I want with the plants.

The coming days we prioritize to go to the west coast, trying to see and photograph puffins in the breeding season. Camping cheaply, of course. And combining it with DH free diving for shells and fish. And foraging seaweed en kelp. We are still in a learning process about the seaweed.

I am bringing along a pile of library books about edible plants and how to recognize trees.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #847 on: May 15, 2018, 05:56:05 PM »
Free workshop at the library today.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #848 on: May 16, 2018, 03:53:30 AM »
Hello,

I'm from India so my reply may not contribute as expected but I felt I should say something here....

The cheap thing, I am getting benefit from is my radio!

It entertains me, educates me and updates me........ I love the traditional radio more than today's FM radio and those radios are fixed with mobile phones.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #849 on: May 16, 2018, 05:07:51 AM »
Good one, Pkygola.  We listen to our radio daily as well.

What's making me happy right now is listening to the rain falling.  It's falling slowly, but in drops not mist.  So it's making that lovely pitter-patter sound on the roof.