Some things on my list are tangible — some never were.

Had you asked earlier, I might have said a uniformed exterminator with a big green bow on his cap. But since my husband, Dan, caught and released our kitchen mice— driving each tiny one, in the car, to the woods nearby —and my Sis already got me pink fur Ugg slippers, these are my picks. (Yes, I am married to a tree hugger who once called Animal Rescue over a chipmunk, and my sister asked for my color choice.)

  1. Books. I heard these authors on our local NPR radio station. Each book is escapist reading during…