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Linda_Norway

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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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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« 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).

Library books.

   

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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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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« 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: Today at 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: Today at 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: Today at 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: Today at 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: Today at 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: Today at 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: Today at 01:06:55 PM »
PC games like Path of Exile, League of Legends, Overwatch, etc... free to play, small hardware investment.

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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: Today at 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: Today at 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: Today at 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.