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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #950 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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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #951 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 #952 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.... ;-)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #953 on: July 03, 2018, 03:41:24 AM »
On Sunday, the kids made 'diamonds' with paper (just one corner folded in and a diamond pattern drawn on it). They wanted to hide their treasure in the garden but weven told them to bring them to the woods and that we would hide them there.
In the woods, the kids started to collect wood to build a hut and a fire. So we helped them build a hut and flame shaped leaves became their fire.
We hid the diamond three or four times for them and had so much fun. Had a nice walk too and saw the remains of an old castle. Always fun to try and figure out wich wall and room was what

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #954 on: July 03, 2018, 04:02:20 AM »
Strawberries:
- for free in the fruit bowl at work
- for free from our garden
- the small ones that grow for free alongs paths in the forest

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #955 on: July 03, 2018, 07:08:35 AM »
Pictures if my 3-month old niece and her adorable expressions. She's out of town right now, so I can't visit, but even the pictures fill my heart.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #956 on: July 03, 2018, 12:42:37 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.

Yes, I am in NE :)

Last Friday I got to ride on the shuttle again, while I was volunteering at the shuttle site. 4 hours in the fresh air and lots of steps in!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #957 on: July 04, 2018, 12:41:34 PM »
The fact that nobody else in Toronto seems to realize that Saskatoon berries are edible and delicious. :-)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #958 on: July 04, 2018, 07:23:52 PM »
A larger-than-average population of fireflies, decent live electric guitar music from one of our neighbors, and enough DIY fireworks shows in the neighborhood that we should have a decent view from our own backyard.

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« Reply #959 on: July 04, 2018, 07:42:36 PM »
Homemade iced tea that I can make to the exact sweetness level I like.

Summer breakfast - steamed zucchini and yellow squash from the garden with fresh eggs from my parents' chickens while sitting on the bench in the backyard.

Fireworks! (that I don't have to pay for...)  I'll be riding my bike over to the stadium tonight.  I'll be able to hear the concert pretty well, and the fireworks are better from outside on the lawn anyway.  AND. Since I'll ride my bike, I'll be home and in bed before most people have managed to escape the gridlock around the stadium.

Hot air balloon regattas... my city has one of these every 4th for three mornings.  I was only able to go to one this year.  I take the dogs and a contigo full of tea.  We wander around watching the balloon inflate and then take off.  And then the games!  They have to throw bean bags at targets on the field, and my favorite, they have to try to pop big helium balloons on tethers above the field with 3' sticks.  I look forward to this every year.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #960 on: July 05, 2018, 07:25:38 AM »
 I love this thread! It's actually a great exercise to train to appreciate the little things in everyday life more often that get so easily overlooked or taken for granted . . .

My hit list for today so far:

- the glowing smile on my little daughter's face when she brought home a good grade from school.

 - watching our Border Collie Cookie taking a refreshing bath in the little creek nearby after a walk in hot weather, lapping the clear, cold water while lying in the middle of it.

 - the prospect on our family holiday on the Isle of Skye in Scotland in upcoming August. Haven't been there in twelve years; back then I wasn't even a dad, this time it's the first time with our two little daughters (ten & eight years old)! Can't wait to show them my spiritual home away from home!

More to come!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #961 on: July 05, 2018, 07:59:12 AM »
I love this thread! It's actually a great exercise to train to appreciate the little things in everyday life more often that get so easily overlooked or taken for granted . . .

My hit list for today so far:

- the glowing smile on my little daughter's face when she brought home a good grade from school.

 - watching our Border Collie Cookie taking a refreshing bath in the little creek nearby after a walk in hot weather, lapping the clear, cold water while lying in the middle of it.

 - the prospect on our family holiday on the Isle of Skye in Scotland in upcoming August. Haven't been there in twelve years; back then I wasn't even a dad, this time it's the first time with our two little daughters (ten & eight years old)! Can't wait to show them my spiritual home away from home!

More to come!

I was on Skye in May and LOVED it! Super excited for you, it's such an awesome place.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #962 on: July 05, 2018, 08:12:06 AM »
Walking through a park in a new city, hearing new sounds that are not traffic.

Petting a cat in the same park a little later.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #963 on: July 05, 2018, 10:46:58 AM »
I was on Skye in May and LOVED it! Super excited for you, it's such an awesome place.

Tank you very much, my friend! I think it is impossible not to like Skye! Been there at least six time, always by motorcycle. Don't know about your experience, but I was always very lucky with the weather. Let's hope it will be like that this time, too . . .

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #964 on: July 06, 2018, 07:40:10 AM »
Telling a second young colleague about the concept of not increasing your spending in the coming years when your salary will go up. And then saving so much that you can retire early. He seemed interested in the concept.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #965 on: July 06, 2018, 06:50:12 PM »
It's the first day in a week that we haven't had a heat advisory or excessive heat warning. Clear blue skies and low humidity make me very happy.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #966 on: July 07, 2018, 02:03:48 PM »
Making banana ice cream from leftover very ripe bananas from work.

The rain last night and the rain that will come on Monday. We have been in a period of extreme draught, extremely high risk of forest fire, farmer's land not producing grass, national airport soon out of water.

The north of the country has so long only had rain for months. We have only had sun and 28C since May or even earlier.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #967 on: July 07, 2018, 02:12:29 PM »
Visiting a park in the city that I hadn't been before.

The nice weather that seems to be neverending this summer. Am I really in the Netherlands?!

My favorite simple vegan curry recipe.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #968 on: July 07, 2018, 03:13:20 PM »
Watching a great World Cup game (on TV) with friends.

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« Reply #969 on: July 08, 2018, 10:08:34 AM »
Going for a gelato with my 6 year old at the local gelato place.  Euro 1.60 a cone (3 flavors plus cream on top) and the most delicious gelato I've ever had.  They make it out the back with all natural ingredients. 

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« Reply #970 on: July 08, 2018, 02:53:29 PM »
Days like today, my wife and i sat near the lake and watched our two youngest fished and had a few beers watching the boats , people watch etc..

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #971 on: July 08, 2018, 03:18:22 PM »
free:
-going out for a walk
-a sunset
-getting rid of useless things in my house or on our property, bonus points if we can sell them. Being born and raised in NYC, other than family/friends and financial things, I value nothing more than uncluttered space.
-just being with my wife
-anytime I check my account balances and see I've earned money by doing nothing except saving/investing

cheap:
-a delicious homebrew or a bottle of wine that someone gave us as a gift.
-homemade dinner made by the wife

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« Reply #972 on: July 08, 2018, 06:47:51 PM »
Listening to smooth jazz on the radio.  So much good music!

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« Reply #973 on: July 09, 2018, 10:00:26 AM »
Watching people in my rearview mirror sing along with the radio with complete abandon. Totally makes me smile.

Weeding. No, really. It's mindless, meditative AND productive.

My kids going out of their comfort zones - trying a new food, taking on a leadership role they're a little scared of, reading a book they didn't think they'd like but end up joining the fandom :)

Used books.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #974 on: July 09, 2018, 02:15:31 PM »
Impromptu picnic lunches with my son. I always keep a blanket or old beach towel in my car for just such occasions!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #975 on: July 10, 2018, 03:31:09 AM »
Weeding. No, really. It's mindless, meditative AND productive.

I find weeding very difficult. We strew out seeds of wild flowers in our flower patch. How do I know the difference between a wild flower and a weed? And a weed is after all only a plant growing in an unwanted place.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #976 on: July 10, 2018, 04:26:23 AM »
Getting a free diagnosis of our El Cheapo car. My colleagues has 2 theories. One theory we can check and repair ourselves, the other theory needs repair, probably by a professional.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #977 on: July 10, 2018, 04:15:49 PM »
You know what made me happy the past days? How the whole world connected and cared about those boys and their coach in Thailand.  We should have a minute of applause worldwide, like we have a minute of silence when large disasters happen and people die. Applause for everyone involved, that they survived and that we finally agreed and cared about the same thing for once. Of course we should also applaud the diver that lost his life trying to save the boys. I have read there were 50 Thai divers and 40 from all over the world.
More positivism.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #978 on: July 10, 2018, 05:27:06 PM »
I spent a lovely morning with an old friend and her adorable daughter.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #979 on: July 10, 2018, 07:03:12 PM »
Swimming swimming in my swimming pool

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« Reply #980 on: July 10, 2018, 08:22:29 PM »
-Dinner outside with my husband, putting our patio table to good use
-Finally achieving a milestone. I haven't run consistently in years, and have been trying to get to three miles without stopping, so I can join my friends in our half marathon training. Did it today. Felt amazing!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #981 on: July 10, 2018, 11:06:06 PM »
Taking my kid to the park.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #982 on: July 11, 2018, 10:20:56 AM »
Last week, watching our local July 4th fireworks.  From the deck I built last year with my own hands.
-Finally achieving a milestone. I haven't run consistently in years, and have been trying to get to three miles without stopping, so I can join my friends in our half marathon training. Did it today. Felt amazing!
Congrats on the progress thus far!

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« Reply #983 on: July 11, 2018, 11:40:18 AM »
Thanks, @zolotiyeruki !

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #984 on: July 12, 2018, 08:31:55 PM »
Taking my lunch to the park across the street from work every chance I get.  It's nice to get out of the building and nap in the government issue grass that's so much softer than my own!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #985 on: July 23, 2018, 11:57:13 AM »
Recently got a bike and have really enjoyed biking to work - I paid $5 for access to the building's bike cage, but I've been using the free rack just outside the cage more often since I can shave a few minutes off of fighting with the lock to the cage, ha ha! But it's nice to have a spot if I arrive too late for the free rack.

I get about 20mins of cardio a day from the ride, and I get free parking.

But beyond that, I've started enjoying more and more random bike rides. There's so many lovely parks and spaces near my house I never knew about when I drove around. Plus, I'm smack between two farmers' markets! I usually buy things when I go there, but there's times when I go where I don't spend a dime and I just enjoy the atmosphere, talk to my favourite vendors and cuddle all the dogs I can get my hands on.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #986 on: July 24, 2018, 06:03:14 AM »
Recently got a bike and have really enjoyed biking to work - I paid $5 for access to the building's bike cage, but I've been using the free rack just outside the cage more often since I can shave a few minutes off of fighting with the lock to the cage, ha ha! But it's nice to have a spot if I arrive too late for the free rack.



What was the biggest hurdle transitioning to biking to work? I've been thinking about for a while now.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #987 on: July 24, 2018, 11:24:57 AM »
Re biking to work: Consider an ebike if you live somewhere hilly. Made such a difference for me.

Re cheap and happy: seeing our dog get SO EXCITED about a walk. She loves to walk and she also loves to jog along when I bike. After a recent bike repair I think she was more excited than I was to put in a mile or so.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #988 on: July 24, 2018, 02:50:08 PM »
Recently got a bike and have really enjoyed biking to work - I paid $5 for access to the building's bike cage, but I've been using the free rack just outside the cage more often since I can shave a few minutes off of fighting with the lock to the cage, ha ha! But it's nice to have a spot if I arrive too late for the free rack.



What was the biggest hurdle transitioning to biking to work? I've been thinking about for a while now.

Mine was honestly just getting a bike. I didn't want to spend $300 to get a new one. I ended up being able to use my mom's old bike.
I also bought a rack, panniers, bell, and helmet since I didn't have those.

From there, I took it out the first weekend I had it and did a dry run of the bike commute all the way to the bike garage.

I didn't do the whole "build up to it" that seems to be common advice. Mostly because bus tickets cost about $3 each and busing actually takes longer than biking. I have only done maybe one perfect 5/5 days of biking, but usually I bike 3-4 out of the 5 days. I sometimes still drive to work, but only if I'm super-late in the mornings. The commute home takes twice as long as the bike commute if I drive.

My commute is only 4km and 90% is either painted bike lane or separated bike lane. Going home, it's 50-100% depending on the route.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #989 on: July 25, 2018, 04:17:16 AM »
Recently got a bike and have really enjoyed biking to work - I paid $5 for access to the building's bike cage, but I've been using the free rack just outside the cage more often since I can shave a few minutes off of fighting with the lock to the cage, ha ha! But it's nice to have a spot if I arrive too late for the free rack.



What was the biggest hurdle transitioning to biking to work? I've been thinking about for a while now.

Mine was honestly just getting a bike. I didn't want to spend $300 to get a new one. I ended up being able to use my mom's old bike.
I also bought a rack, panniers, bell, and helmet since I didn't have those.



Stateside I live in Northern NY where it snows a lot and temps are not ideal but still worth a shot. Especially during the nice summer months.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #990 on: July 30, 2018, 12:14:38 AM »
Seeing a guy across the street picking up trash :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #991 on: July 30, 2018, 05:46:50 AM »
Family reunions. This one was probably the last with a favorite uncle (cancer sucks), but he was feeling well enough to come out for the whole day and it was wonderful to see him. I also had the happy surprise of spending time with my last living great-uncle and great-aunt, both of whom are in their mid-80s and don't always make it to events.

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« Reply #992 on: July 30, 2018, 07:47:12 AM »
Family reunions. This one was probably the last with a favorite uncle (cancer sucks), but he was feeling well enough to come out for the whole day and it was wonderful to see him. I also had the happy surprise of spending time with my last living great-uncle and great-aunt, both of whom are in their mid-80s and don't always make it to events.
So much this.  My parents always regretted the fact that my siblings and I didn't know our cousins very well, so they have sponsored biannual reunions to help us all reconnect and make sure the cousins get to spend time together.

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« Reply #993 on: July 30, 2018, 08:26:23 AM »
Family reunions. This one was probably the last with a favorite uncle (cancer sucks), but he was feeling well enough to come out for the whole day and it was wonderful to see him. I also had the happy surprise of spending time with my last living great-uncle and great-aunt, both of whom are in their mid-80s and don't always make it to events.
So much this.  My parents always regretted the fact that my siblings and I didn't know our cousins very well, so they have sponsored biannual reunions to help us all reconnect and make sure the cousins get to spend time together.

It's a great tradition. We've been doing ours since 1945 (my dad's cousin remembered hearing that WWII had ended on route to the first reunion). I admit to getting a little misty watching the littles take turns at the pińata because I remember doing that with my cousins 30-odd years ago, and my dad did the same 60-odd years ago.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #994 on: July 30, 2018, 09:47:57 AM »
Stateside I live in Northern NY where it snows a lot and temps are not ideal but still worth a shot. Especially during the nice summer months.

I'm up in Western Canada, so we get about 7ish months of cold weather and sometimes snow (I feel like our recent winters have been pendulum-ing between thick fluffy snow Oct-May or a brown Christmas and frigid slush from January to May, the former is my favourite and the latter my bane).

I'm enjoying our super-sunny summertime right now, but come October I expect it to be colder. I do much prefer sweater weather, so the October-November months I think will be fun. I worry a bit about snow, but this winter I chatted with a cashier at my local store who bikes in and she recommended I just let out air in my tires for some extra grip. I'll have to plan for a longer bike commute, but I want to try it out.

I did walk to work in the winter when I first moved to my new place, and it's a nice walk in winter. I find it not too bad, especially since I bought new boots and a coat last winter.

My plan is to bike/walk as much as I can and only take the bus or my car if it's really, really horrible. Considering busing to work is the same cost as parking, it's not much of financial savings over driving.

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« Reply #995 on: July 30, 2018, 12:49:56 PM »
Watch the hummingbirds drink nectar from the lavender.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #996 on: July 30, 2018, 01:19:39 PM »
A skype conversation with our grand kids every morning.
Watching the birds, deer, turkeys, rabbits and other wildlife out the window.

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« Reply #997 on: July 30, 2018, 02:02:02 PM »
An unexpected meeting with and old friend while walking through the city.

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« Reply #998 on: July 30, 2018, 03:50:58 PM »
Time with my husband. We work opposite hours, so a whole day together is a rare treat.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #999 on: August 01, 2018, 11:38:43 AM »
Walking three miles round trip during lunch time to grab a giant $1 iced coffee from McD's, the weather has been pretty awesome lately for walks.

My coworkers are starting to question why I'm so tan when they see me.