Winning a $40 gift certificate for a local book store . . . waking up to rain . . . finishing the first draft of a children's story . . . after nearly a year of waiting, finally being able to put all my boxed up things back into my storage unit out back . . . working on Christmas projects . . . reading an Edith Wharton novel for the first time . . . receiving a new manuscript for beta reading . . . being blessed with true-blue friends.