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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #850 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 #851 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 #852 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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« Reply #853 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.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #854 on: May 17, 2018, 06:19:24 AM »
That state when it's wet outside and all the greenery looks extra verdant and lush against the dullness.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #855 on: May 17, 2018, 10:56:37 PM »
Wow @Linda_Norway what does ivy tea taste like? Are the leaves fresh or dried? Sounds wonderful.

I'm enjoying a fresh crop of sprouts every couple of weeks. Gratifying and tasty treats from the sun.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #856 on: May 18, 2018, 12:36:22 AM »
Hearing my 10 year old DD squeal with delight when she gets home from school and smells fresh muffins that I baked (just to hear her squeal with delight!).

All the free content on YouTube (or the internet in general). As of late I am enjoying some 20 minute kettle bell workouts from an awesome trainer, as well as a math channel I found that does an amazing job of breaking down various match concepts (DD just started decimals).

Afternoon smoothie: almond milk, banana, date, cacao powder, almond butter, cacao nibs, spinach, cherries. Yum!!!!!

Currently sipping a delicious glass of red wine that I bought at a 20% discount for buying 6 bottles ($5.60 per bottle).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #857 on: May 18, 2018, 02:06:58 AM »
A cup of tea made for me just when I need one.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #858 on: May 18, 2018, 04:37:24 AM »
Toast on homemade bread and iced coffee while I listen to the rain.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #859 on: May 18, 2018, 04:43:31 AM »
Toast on homemade bread and iced coffee while I listen to the rain.

Ooooh good one.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #860 on: May 18, 2018, 10:49:06 AM »
Fresh clean sheets after a long hot shower!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #861 on: May 18, 2018, 02:52:40 PM »
Going on walks in the evening with my wife and two young sons. Normally go on about a 3 mile walk!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #862 on: May 18, 2018, 03:35:32 PM »
Fresh clean sheets after a long hot shower!

That’s gonna be me tonight! 😊

Lately my favorite is walking through my neighborhood looking at everyone’s beautiful gardens.
The lilacs have peaked and the peonies are about to appear ❤️

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #863 on: May 18, 2018, 11:56:24 PM »
Walking to the bus stop in the morning and hearing chickadees, robins and crows, and getting a friendly greeting from a neighbour's dogs.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #864 on: May 19, 2018, 07:38:32 AM »
That magical time of year when we can sleep with the windows open, and wake up to the singing of birds and a cool breeze.  Especially if it's a Saturday and we can snuggle back under the covers.

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« Reply #865 on: May 19, 2018, 09:41:25 AM »
Spending time with my tiny niece.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #866 on: May 21, 2018, 01:11:59 AM »
Finally seeing rain in the forecast after a very dry month.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #867 on: May 21, 2018, 02:54:31 AM »
The glorious sunsets we have been having lately.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #868 on: May 21, 2018, 06:31:49 AM »
Oddly, being sore the day(s) after lifting weights for the first time in a few months.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #869 on: May 21, 2018, 07:22:40 AM »
Waking up after a good night's sleep. That feeling of waking up a few minutes before you need to be, because. . . you feel reasonably refreshed. This is particularly good as I'm between international business trips and my body is going to be super jet lagged again in another week.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #870 on: May 21, 2018, 07:46:22 AM »
Waking up naturally a few minutes before my alarm clock.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #871 on: May 21, 2018, 12:51:45 PM »
Podcasts.  Yes, they require a smart phone or some other way to listen to them, but people are putting amazing content out there for free.

Great coffee.  I spent a little money up front for a good grinder, but now I get fantastic coffee for pennies a day.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #872 on: May 21, 2018, 01:06:55 PM »
PC games like Path of Exile, League of Legends, Overwatch, etc... free to play, small hardware investment.

Seattle area:
20+ awesome lakes around me, swim, kayak, paddleboard, fish, etc
100s miles of bike paths
100s of miles of hiking trails
Snow in the winter for cross country skiiing, tubing, etc (very cheap).
5 libraries in biking distance. Super modern content, it is pretty amazing.
Low cost or even free training on any skill or subject i can think of

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #873 on: May 21, 2018, 01:55:48 PM »
Wow @Linda_Norway what does ivy tea taste like? Are the leaves fresh or dried? Sounds wonderful.

I'm enjoying a fresh crop of sprouts every couple of weeks. Gratifying and tasty treats from the sun.

@expatartist: I used the plant fresh, including stilk, leaves and flowers. Difficult to decribe the taste, but it tasted smooth and warming and no strange after taste. I just picked some more to dry for future tea. My garden is full of this herb.

Yesterday I also picked some raspberry leaves and fireweed leaves to use in tea. Never tasted those before, so it is an experiment. Both are drying.

I also picked a bunch of rowan tree leaves. They can be used to cook in cream and make ice cream of it. Gives a nice nutty taste, like pistachio. I hope they will also work after drying.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #874 on: May 21, 2018, 02:05:40 PM »
Just been on a camping trip. Sleeping in our tent on campsites, pretty low cost. Watching and photographing puffins birds and white-tailed eagle. And me snorkling and DH freediving and shooting fish to eat. Me foraging edible plants. We even ate some of it in the soup, sorrel and asian knotweed.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #875 on: May 21, 2018, 03:24:49 PM »
The sudden peal of laughter from my wife's office when she's struck by something comical on the internets. Makes me grin every time.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #876 on: May 21, 2018, 09:20:38 PM »
Showing kids how to catch crabs at the beach with a mesh onion bag and some old lunch meat.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #877 on: May 22, 2018, 06:07:16 AM »
My daughter told me yesterday a red-tailed hawk was perched on our wood pile, about 100 feet from our patio door. I didn't even see see it, but was reminded of seeing 2 males fight for a female far above my head while I was in my garden a few years ago.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #878 on: May 22, 2018, 06:27:00 AM »
The €7 Asian food place close to my friends house. If we don't cook at home it's my favorite place to eat out around here :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #879 on: May 22, 2018, 11:40:38 PM »
List here. Come back as often as you like!
Evening walks, Weekend coffee, Reading books, Watching movies.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #880 on: May 23, 2018, 12:03:47 PM »
Strong coffee on a sunny morning.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #881 on: May 24, 2018, 04:11:04 PM »
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.

My mom used to call those “mental health days” or “I’m sick of you people” days LOL!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #882 on: May 24, 2018, 04:12:03 PM »
Early morning, public holiday - black coffee and a coursera lecture on buddism and psychology.

Oh cool! What’s the course called?

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #883 on: May 24, 2018, 04:13:22 PM »
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 you’re 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.

I do this and don’t feel guilty - it’s good for library stats to have more users :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #884 on: May 24, 2018, 04:15:48 PM »
Cheap sunglasses. Functional and not the end of the world when they get lost of broken.

An app called “one second every day”. It is delightful to link the 1-second videos and see my baby grow up! It was $7 which is expensive for an app but CHEAP for a baby-item, and the cost-per-use is very good. It delights me.

Free baby clothes. So many hand-me-downs passed along to us with love :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #885 on: May 24, 2018, 04:17:46 PM »
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.

+1

I love radio. It has filled a void for me now and again, over the years.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #886 on: May 24, 2018, 04:18:58 PM »
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.

And this website for when I miss the rain: https://www.rainymood.com/

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #887 on: May 24, 2018, 04:20:44 PM »
Toast on homemade bread and iced coffee while I listen to the rain.

“People in the country and the coast. They always ask, what do I like most?
I don’t wanna brag and I don’t wanna boast, I always tell ‘em... I like toast! YEAH, TOAST!”

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #888 on: May 24, 2018, 04:21:19 PM »
Fresh clean sheets after a long hot shower!

Omg the best... tied with warm fluffy towels after a long hot shower!

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« Reply #889 on: May 25, 2018, 01:26:54 AM »
Learning that caraway soup tastes very good.

On Wednesday my course group for learning to eat weeds, went picking edible weeds. Yesterday we went cooking them and made several dishes. The big surprise for me was the caraway soup, made from caraway leaves and root.  I made tempura wild flowers, which was also appreciated.

Where we picked the stuff, there grows loads of caraway. In earlier times people used to harvest it commercially for export. I will pick some more there, when I ever find the time... Working FT sucks. On the other hand, I have been doing this course in the evening. I could just as well go picking the caraway in the evening.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #890 on: May 25, 2018, 07:05:41 AM »
Friday afternoon at work: free icecream paid by my boss, eating outside in the sun during working time.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #891 on: May 25, 2018, 09:16:38 AM »
One of the regulars at the cafe/restaurant where I work brought me three homemade hot sauces yesterday. I love building community through food and am happy that he thought of me.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #892 on: May 25, 2018, 04:51:21 PM »
Youtubing upbeat music and dancing around the house with my son and singing along (sorry neighbours).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #893 on: May 25, 2018, 06:08:32 PM »
Unplanned hikes!
Went on a drive with my 13 year old and discovering a trailhead on state land tucked away on a dirt road we had never noticed before. The trail followed a beautiful little creek and ended at a lake we had previously believed had no public access points beyond a boat ramp.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #894 on: May 25, 2018, 09:15:53 PM »
Old Navy flip flops.

Or - just any old flip flops. My current pair is really hanging in there. Just a cheap pair from a big box retailer before a vacation to the beach.

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« Reply #895 on: May 25, 2018, 11:31:56 PM »
Walking in very 'fresh' weather (slightly windy and cold).

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« Reply #896 on: May 27, 2018, 09:07:31 AM »
Breakfast on the balcony, listening to birds, trying to identify everything we could smell (mock orange blossoms, petrichor, neighbour frying potatoes).

Free birding trips: http://www.torontobirding.ca/site/outings
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #897 on: May 27, 2018, 09:22:57 AM »
landing a formation flight on an aircraft carrier with your old college buds while trying not to crash into each other or the ocean in microsoft flight simulator online.  A $25 game that has entertained for years!

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« Reply #898 on: May 27, 2018, 09:32:35 AM »
Early morning, public holiday - black coffee and a coursera lecture on buddism and psychology.

Oh cool! What’s the course called?

"Buddhism and Modern Psychology" from Princeton University.  This link hopefully goes to the right place:

https://www.coursera.org/learn/science-of-meditation/home/welcome

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #899 on: May 27, 2018, 09:39:26 AM »
$3 trees
I bought these 25 years ago for $3 each, and see them from the window I pass the most inside.