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Simple Things That Make You Happy Now

PigsDad

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Lack of traffic!
While I am seeing some of the side effects (less pollution / clearer skies), since I'm not driving much, I'm not personally experiencing the easier drives w/ the very light traffic because I'm not on the roads! :D In fact, the last time I filled my car with gas was the first week of March, and I still have 2/3 of a tank!

Kurt
 

artringwald

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Only two things bound to soothe my soul
Cold beer and remote control

 

heathpack

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While I am seeing some of the side effects (less pollution / clearer skies), since I'm not driving much, I'm not personally experiencing the easier drives w/ the very light traffic because I'm not on the roads! :D In fact, the last time I filled my car with gas was the first week of March, and I still have 2/3 of a tank!

Kurt

I am working 3 days a week now. I typically spend 2hr 15min to 2hr 30min per day commuting, 4 days per week. So thats 9-10hr per week just on my commute.

Now: 50min per day x 3 days per week is 2.5 hours total. Ie what used to be one day's commute is now an entire week's commute.

Its sweet.
 

heathpack

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Solo bike rides. Starting when I get going, no rushing to meet up with someone. Riding my own pace. Going where I want. Leaving the house without a specific plan.

I miss my cycling friends, but I am enjoying my solo rides for sure.

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In fact, the last time I filled my car with gas was the first week of March, and I still have 2/3 of a tank!
Same here! Your post caused me to look online. DW and I each bought gas on March 5, and none since. Still plenty of gas in our cars!
 

artringwald

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Solo bike rides. Starting when I get going, no rushing to meet up with someone. Riding my own pace. Going where I want. Leaving the house without a specific plan.

I miss my cycling friends, but I am enjoying my solo rides for sure.

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Absolutely! I've been riding every day as the weather permits. However, the trails that I used to avoid on weekends because of too many people, I have to avoid every nice day. Fortunately, there's very little traffic, so I don't mind riding on the roads.
 

CalGalTraveler

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We ordered pizza for the first time using DoorDash. We received credit for the entire meal compliments of Chase Sapphire Reserve card. Apparently this is a new benefit. :)

Our neighbors coordinated a "front porch toast" last weekend. Fun to see everyone and socialize while still social distancing. We usually are too busy running around town to see each other.
 
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rhonda

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Love, love, love the dish! Is that depression era glass?
My mom had a large collection of both green and pink depression era pieces. They were so lovely!

Then I came home and made myself my banana cherry chocolate frozen dessert with my Yonana machine. It hit the spot, Yummy. Lots of smiling today.
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Panina

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Love, love, love the dish! Is that depression era glass?
My mom had a large collection of both green and pink depression era pieces. They were so lovely!
I believe it is but not 100% sure.
 

amycurl

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Cocktails made with fresh berries by my spouse. Being able to sit on my side porch in the middle of the day to attend work meetings. Finding ways to share meals and food with my mother, even though we're not eating at the same time or in the same place. Having lunch everyday with my family. Taking a short walk around my own neighborhood with my spouse nearly every day. Not having to set an alarm clock most mornings (looking at you at your 8:30 am Friday calls, Emergency Management!) Not spending so my hours in the car shuttling my daughter around town.

The last few weekends, we've been driving short distances (less than five miles) to walk in other, first-ring neighborhoods, where we can still easily socially distance from others (in many cases, I suspect those neighborhood streets are less crowded than many of our parks and trails would be.) It's amazing how much more you see and find on foot than you do in a car.
 

Luvtoride

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Enjoying some quiet time with Rick. We watch shows together in the morning between chores and closet cleaning. We watch movies and prime TV shows in the evening (but my stepdad joins us for that). Cooking dinner has been kind of fun together.

Sure missing my five grandkids, however. Bella doesn't know the meaning of holding still for a video chat. She turns 3 next month. I used to spend a lot of time with my 5-year-old granddaughter, but she is another one that won't do video chats. The older kids, it's like pulling teeth to get them to say anything. The baby has been quite entertaining with his crawling and pulling himself up to a stand. I get videos of those activities.

How old is the baby? Our grandson is 15 months and is pulling himself up and looks to be testing out taking steps soon. So much fun to watch!


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WinniWoman

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Saturday I enjoyed my Lobster roll, but not as much as I would have if we were eating in the restaurant. I would have much rather have had my son over for dinner with us.

Because Saturday was such a gorgeous day we went out and explored a new area and lake nearby. Walked a few miles and then sat in the sun by the beautiful, scenic, quiet, peaceful lake. The icing on the cake was hearing the loons for the first time. I had heard them on recordings but never live. It was very exciting.

Then later after lunch I went down to the big lake here. I should have taken a towel so I could put my feet in the water as I walked along the beach. Next nice day I will be sure to do that.
 

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I laid around in the yard Saturday as the hawks were flying. There were maybe a dozen of them. There is a massive nest in my front yard, but they are very discreet on entry and exit, so I am not sure how many of these big birds live in that nest, and which simply nest nearby.

It was a beautiful day with enough breeze for them to mostly float. It is mating season so they were all showing off for each other.

Every so often one would land in one of my trees so I could get a better look. It has been a while since one landed on my deck rail, which I really like, as then I can see really up close how beautiful these massive predators are. And take note of the scary talons I don't expect to ever be used against me.

When friends (used to) visit, they would get freaked out by how low a hawk might fly over my house, but I am used to being in the flight path and know when something keeps blocking light from the skylights, that it is flight time, go look. I guess I have a good relationship with the birds, as they sometimes seem to be showing me their fresh catch.

Nature grounds me. I am so very much looking forward to constantly warm weather. More happiness is coming, with fresh warm tomatoes enjoyed right off the vine...
 
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