List Three: Free Or Inexpensive Things That Make Me Happy
For Tammie’s list, click here. These are great fun to compile. I have a couple repeats off Tammie’s list. Great minds think alike, and all that.
1. Rainy days. My favorite kind are the really, really rainy stormy days that last for at least 24 hours. Those don’t happen too often here but I LOVE IT when it does. I hope our new house has the kind of roof where you can hear the rain.
2. Peet’s Tea. Oh, we love Peet’s at our house. My favorite is the Russian Caravan. Terri can’t live without her Jasmine Green Tea.
3. Library books. I think I might die without the library.
4. Pandora radio. For when I’m in the mood for something like “___” but don’t want to bother with iTunes.
5. Streaming Netflix. Now I can watch old episodes of The Cosby Show whenever I want.
6. Driving my car at night with a favorite song playing really loud, and really belting it out.
7. Cheese samples at the grocery store. I don’t regularly buy cheese anymore but I figure a cube or two can’t hurt.
8. Drugstore lipstick. This has saved many a day for me. My name is Daphne, and I am a lipstick addict.
9. Thrifting. This can be super-cheap or not-as-cheap, depending on what I find. But a brand-new, tags-on, good-label shirt for $1.50? That makes me happy.
10. Making art, especially if it’s something I’m comfortable doing. New art is scary. Familiar art is fun.
11. Having coffee in a coffeeshop with a friend.
12. Making the cat dance. What? You can’t tell me you haven’t made your pet dance once or twice. Cleo can really bust a move sometimes.
13. Driving Buddy (the cop car) around with Terri. It never fails to crack us up.
14. A hot bath, a good book, and a glass of cold water.
15. Mountain View Cemetery. I will miss being a block away, whenever we do move.
16. A ride on a cable car in San Francisco. It’s not as cheap as it used to be but it’s a pretty great thrill for $5, every so often.
17. My collection of vintage jewelry, mostly from my grandmother. I have weeded it out through the years (lots of tacky stuff among the genuinely beautiful and valuable). I have a whole dresser drawer devoted to it. I’d like to start collecting it again, I think. I’ve been wanting to ‘collect’ something (but something actually useful or interesting, and certainly not expensive) for awhile, and I think vintage costume jewelry might be the winner. I was also contemplating a collection of owl-shaped salt-and-pepper shakers. Creating a collection wouldn’t be free, but it could be inexpensive. I love bargain-hunting.
18. Tidepools. I don’t get to see these much right now (there aren’t good tidepools close by) but I do love them.
19. Birdwatching. Both Terri and I love birds. We are not at all serious about it. We just like to watch birds. We also like to watch dogs. And cats. And pretty much any animal.
20. Peanut M&Ms. I’m actually not that into chocolate, and if I’m going to have a chocolate bar, I am kind of a chocolate snob. But for sheer cheap candy joy, I love peanut M&Ms.