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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #900 on: May 28, 2018, 06:12:52 PM »
Seeing roots on the mint cuttings that I stuck in a jelly jar.

Listening to my husband watching Talking Heads videos with my preschooler.

Hearing my oldest son's deep new voice upstairs (looks like he'll be a baritone).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #901 on: May 28, 2018, 09:47:07 PM »
I received a fitbit as a gift. A friend who is a personal trainer has been including me in the various daily/weekly/weekend challenges. Turns out I'm quite competitive. I'm enjoying finding ways to get more steps in my day and try to beat strangers or my own goals. I've also discovered there is an option to do solo challenges to "hike" famous trails. When I get a certain number of steps I am rewarded with a beautiful scenic picture of places I'll probably never go. Adds a bit of interest to my otherwise boring and sedentary workday.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #902 on: May 29, 2018, 05:29:45 AM »
The ability to get up early and bake a cake for tonight’s meeting before the weather turns hot (cake went in the oven at 7 am). A well-stocked baking cabinet and fridge, which meant that I could bake a marbled poundcake large enough for a crowd. I love baking. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #903 on: May 30, 2018, 09:05:19 PM »
The ridiculously gorgeous clouds out my work window right now. More like a painting of clouds than real.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #904 on: May 31, 2018, 02:13:44 AM »
We have a male bird in our garden, the European pied flycatcher (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_pied_flycatcher), that has been whistling like mad for many weeks around our nesting cases, trying to attract a lady bird. This morning I noticed a brownish bird coming out of the nesting case. So I think he has finally found a female. Yesterday evening I had noticed the male bird was not singing as usual.

We have had these birds before. One year, one of them didn't find a female at all and I felt very sorry for it. But this year, it is looking good, but I need to confirm it later today, as I am (wasting my life) at work.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #905 on: May 31, 2018, 04:31:36 AM »
I was on the library waitlist for the updated Your Money or Your Life ebook, and it’s finally my turn to read it!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #906 on: May 31, 2018, 05:46:41 AM »
Facetime with hubs while we are apart this month. We just hang :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #907 on: May 31, 2018, 06:07:49 PM »
Library and park time with my kiddo.

Cooking the first broccoli of the season from our CSA box.

Kiddo wanted to sing a bedtime song to his little brother (in utero). My hormonal self may have cried a bit...

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #908 on: May 31, 2018, 06:36:45 PM »
Letting people know I care.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #909 on: May 31, 2018, 09:36:31 PM »
Singing with my choir friends.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #910 on: June 02, 2018, 04:41:41 PM »
All of the flowers I have in bloom around my little plot of earth make me so happy. Today in bloom: Two different day lilies, gladiola, gardenia, hosta, strawberry, tomato, basil (need to trim those buds off!).

Picking herbs from my garden makes me so happy- this week I've made chimichurri from parsley & cilantro, Greek marinade from oregano, parsley, basil. I've got rosemary for my pork chop marinade today too.

Any successful diy project rocks my socks off. I'm so pleased when I save hundreds with just a little sweat & hard work (or a lot of sweat & hard work).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #911 on: June 03, 2018, 06:22:36 AM »
DH ate the first strawberry from our garden today. It still tasted a bit sour, but the strawberries are doing well in these times with 28-30 degrees C.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #912 on: June 03, 2018, 08:37:20 PM »
I was on the library waitlist for the updated Your Money or Your Life ebook, and it’s finally my turn to read it!

Oh good!!!!! I hope you like it. First time I read it and soaked up the ideas. The second time, I really did the steps and it was very satisfying.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #913 on: June 04, 2018, 12:34:40 AM »
I was on the library waitlist for the updated Your Money or Your Life ebook, and it’s finally my turn to read it!

Oh good!!!!! I hope you like it. First time I read it and soaked up the ideas. The second time, I really did the steps and it was very satisfying.

I have checked, but my library doesn't have the book. :-( Maybe because it is a foreign language books, which they have fewer of.

On the other hand, I think I really have understood what I think is the concept of the book. Most things you spend your money on are not worth it, especially if working (FT) is negative for your health.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #914 on: June 04, 2018, 05:46:32 PM »
Husband and I are enjoying the evening sunshine on our patio while watching the resident wild rabbit wash his face and snack on the lawn. We’ve already seen a robin chasing a squirrel out of a tree (much screeching from both parties) and a two-bird scuffle in the driveway.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #915 on: June 04, 2018, 06:50:18 PM »
The bath. With or without accoutrements

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #916 on: June 06, 2018, 04:44:04 AM »
Flowers, fruit, vegetables and other produce from our garden.

Looking down at our plates and knowing everything on the plate came from our own backyard.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #917 on: June 06, 2018, 06:21:59 AM »
Flowers, fruit, vegetables and other produce from our garden.

Looking down at our plates and knowing everything on the plate came from our own backyard.

@flower_girl That is the best! I'm so excited for all of our vegetables this year.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #918 on: June 07, 2018, 06:32:34 AM »
Thank you @chaskavitch. Good luck with your garden.  The supermarket in your own backyard is definitely the best one there is IMO!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #919 on: June 16, 2018, 03:58:47 PM »
Seeing one of these beauties today, a Bee-eater :)
http://regnskove.dk/biaeder-som-rovdyr/
It flew across my path while I was driving and I had time to slow down and watch it perched on a branch :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #920 on: June 16, 2018, 07:06:23 PM »
First blackberries are ripe on the south-facing slope.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #921 on: June 16, 2018, 07:49:03 PM »
We have discovered a picnic blanket under a tree in our back yard. Snacks, water, free-range short people, a book..... life is pretty great. It is even better when I can do naked baby time and watch the littlest try to eat grass with her baby bums on display for me to admire.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #922 on: June 17, 2018, 04:04:10 AM »
The alumni BBQ of my masters programme. It took me 3h by train and €20 to get there, but it was totally worth it. Definitely got the value of the €20 back in food and beer, but I would've gone for just the great company!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #923 on: June 17, 2018, 08:22:37 AM »
My patio. It becomes another living/dining room from May to October and is the perfect place to relax with dinner and drinks on a summer evening, especially once the fireflies are out.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #924 on: June 19, 2018, 08:48:20 AM »
My colleagues making things work out today despite lack of time and experience in the specific thing.

Holding a presentation for 6 strangers who were friendly and interested in the subject.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #925 on: June 21, 2018, 11:00:29 AM »
My patio. It becomes another living/dining room from May to October and is the perfect place to relax with dinner and drinks on a summer evening, especially once the fireflies are out.

Yes.  This one may not be cheap for me, though, since I paid $700 for a patio couch.  I have really enjoyed it for 4 years and counting even when it is hot and humid. 

Another one is having blueberry bushes.  Delicious. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #926 on: June 23, 2018, 12:54:42 AM »
I'll say it again: Sharpening my kitchen knives. Spent an hour yesterday with the knives and the stones, and it's very mind relaxing in a meditative way.  And with noticable results, since the cooking session that followed was a pure joy of sharpness.

 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #927 on: June 23, 2018, 04:55:06 AM »
Walking in a what we call 100-meter forest. This is just a river valley between housing areas. Lots of trees. I hadn't been there before, even though it was not far from home. It was nice and quiet.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #928 on: June 23, 2018, 05:34:49 AM »
Walking to the nearest park to enjoy the winter sunshine.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #929 on: June 23, 2018, 03:45:27 PM »
I've got a cheap,  solar-powered calculator that I bought new for $1.00 ~ 20 years ago.

It's made by  Canon

It makes me happy because it always works (no dead batteries).


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #930 on: June 23, 2018, 04:50:30 PM »
- Nature. I'm hoping to suck up some green tomorrow. Mother nature is such a great artist. Also love animals and enjoy them (although three swallows' nests under your roof means an incredible amount of bird poo next to your house).
- My kids
- music, movies, good TV series.
- repairing something myself or making something myself.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #931 on: June 23, 2018, 06:12:33 PM »
Public transport. So much cheaper than taxi or uber, and I learn a new city.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #932 on: June 24, 2018, 12:41:20 AM »
Public transport. So much cheaper than taxi or uber, and I learn a new city.

But sometimes you feel really like the odd person out. Sitting on busses in Los Angeles or Atlanta made me feel really... not fitting in.  But I got where I wanted to get.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #933 on: June 24, 2018, 01:25:11 AM »
I found a bunch of earlicheer growing wild on my walk this morning. Its wet grey winter here, but now the scent of spring fills the kitchen.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #934 on: June 24, 2018, 04:22:27 AM »
Having a relaxed Sunday. Sleeping out, eating croissants, reading an interesting book outside in the sun. Knowing we painted the outside of the house yesterday, so today we deserve a day off.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #935 on: June 24, 2018, 08:57:30 AM »
Tide pools and summer evenings.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #936 on: June 26, 2018, 11:49:18 AM »
I found out today that I'm going to get to ride in an autonomous shuttle tomorrow. (driverless) Our city is getting to "test" this shuttle for ten days in our downtown area, but tomorrow is the pre-public testing day out at our university's campus. It also means that I get at least an hour off of work. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #937 on: June 26, 2018, 12:57:11 PM »
Harvesting my garden and fixing three different dinners in one batch cooking event - incl. a soup with tons of greens in it, celery leaves and chopped celery, garlic chives, parsley - one of my plants reverted to what looks like a wild plant, peppers, fresh bay leaf - lemon thyme and a twig of rosemary while I cooked the chicken.
Made the kitchen smells delicious for two days:)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #938 on: June 26, 2018, 07:14:14 PM »
Gluten-free (brown rice+millet) ramen noodles and rotisserie chicken from Costco. I bought both today, removed the meat, used the bones to make stock, and had ramen in stock topped with chicken and vegetables for dinner.

I recently (last weekend) watched a program about Japanese noodles and lamented the fact that celiac disease means no more traditional ramen. I'm so full and happy right now.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #939 on: June 28, 2018, 09:40:35 AM »
Birds- prior to retirement and starting to live full time in a van, I never really noticed the birds and their calls. Now, it feels strange to be in a city and not be able to hear the birds. I found out that Sandhill Cranes  have a call that sounds like a woodblock being played(tock-tock).  Hummingbirds sound like giant bumble bees or mini fighter jets.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #940 on: June 28, 2018, 05:03:03 PM »
I found out today that I'm going to get to ride in an autonomous shuttle tomorrow. (driverless) Our city is getting to "test" this shuttle for ten days in our downtown area, but tomorrow is the pre-public testing day out at our university's campus. It also means that I get at least an hour off of work. :)

Me, too! But maybe we're in different cities...are you in Nebraska? I get to ride the shuttle during an unheard of 1 hour lunch break while listening to one of my professional heroes speak. Two days of free, excellent professional development, a free autonomous shuttle ride during lunch, & earning extra pay at an hourly rate to attend aforementioned professional development.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #941 on: June 29, 2018, 05:17:02 AM »
Getting up early to have breakfast with my husband before he leaves for work and kiddo wakes up.

Watching fireflies.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #942 on: June 29, 2018, 09:18:13 AM »
Driving through the fog. Back where I grew up(Midwest) we would get it occasionally, but out in CO it is pretty rare( I think I have driven through the smoke from forest fires more often which is not nearly as cool).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #943 on: June 29, 2018, 11:02:44 AM »
This is the best thread ever, totally cheered me up.

My favourite thing to do is reading in my warm, sunny conservatory with a cuppa and something home baked. Lots of little birds are busy in my garden too (summer here) and I love looking up to watch them as I sit there.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #944 on: June 29, 2018, 01:47:39 PM »
The fresh apricots in today’s Hungry Harvest box are SO good.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #945 on: June 29, 2018, 03:22:01 PM »
Getting up early and riding to a big park to look at birds and "forest bathe" before the heat/humidity kicked in.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #946 on: June 30, 2018, 01:33:01 AM »
Sunshine on a cold day.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #947 on: June 30, 2018, 08:16:30 AM »
We have discovered a picnic blanket under a tree in our back yard. Snacks, water, free-range short people, a book..... life is pretty great. It is even better when I can do naked baby time and watch the littlest try to eat grass with her baby bums on display for me to admire.
Ha! I had to read this twice. My first thought was, "Who left a blanket under ysette's tree and, ew, gross, why are they sitting on it?" Then I realized it was your fresh, clean blanket that your baby's cute buns were lolling on. Free-range, naked short people are the best. I hope ypu are taking pictures you can em-bare-ass them with later. Thanks for the chuckle!

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« Reply #948 on: July 02, 2018, 01:00:59 PM »
I realize my lack of sleep is translating into poor written skills. Sorry for the confusion! You are too generous to assume my picnic blanket is in fact clean. At this point it is pretty covered in random crumbs and baby drool. :)

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« Reply #949 on: July 02, 2018, 01:03:05 PM »
And yes, of course I am taking lots of photos of those naked baby bums! How can I not when she is currently so delightfully fat? There will be plenty of fodder for future admiration.... ;-)