1. how calm Gracie is about the whole thing*
2. having extra towels on hand I can use to block the fireplace doors so the squirrel will think it's night
3. my take-charge husband
4. ...who climbed out on the roof at 10:30 last night to drop a rope down the chimney
5. not having a squirrel in the fireplace anymore**
*we won't mention Butler. Butler is sensitive.
**theoretical, but it's been quiet in there since about 7 this morning and Butler is very calm, so I'm hopeful