1. A quiet house. No music, no television, no telephones ringing, no footsteps up above...it's been a glorious few weeks of silence.
2. Getting a big hug from a new co-worker, just because she felt like it, and sensed that I needed one. She was right, and she saved me from myself today, and she doesn't even know it.
3. Learning your way around a new town.
4. The sound of boats on the water.
5. Hedge clippers. When all else fails, take your anger out on the weeds and bushes.