I know what they mean about writer’s block. When I tried to start this article, I could not think of a way to start it without being repetitive. So when I woke up this morning, Mother Nature left me her sign by leaving a coat of frost on the roof. And the saying goes if we get three frosts in a row it is spring. So one down, two to go.

Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Caroline Fournier, Caitlin Grzesiuk and Jermaine Mendez, who celebrated their day on March 22; Celia Mercier on March 24; Charlotte Hammond on March 25; Amelia Durawa on March 26; Keira Mercier on March 27; and to Diogo Goncalves and Alexander Vukota, who celebrate their day today, March 28.

Congratulations to Conor Smith who won the Island Geography Bee. Conor then took a statewide written test and won the rights to go to Clark University in Worcester to compete with the other winners. If Conor wins the state competition, he will win the right to compete in Washington in the national bee.

Conor is the son of Alison and Thomas Smith, and Tom happens to be an alumnus of Clark University. Congratulations and good luck Conor. We are all so very proud of you.

The students of Rebecca Barca-Tinus will be performing in a free string concert at the Whaling Church in Edgartown on tomorrow, Saturday, March 29, at 4 p.m. The one-hour concert will feature students of all ages from all over the Island showcasing this year’s hard work including Vivaldi, fiddle and Suzuki favorites.

Mark your calendar. On Tuesday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the school library, Carrie White will give a presentation on keeping your children safe.

Twenty-four years ago I was working at Village Fair, where the Sundog is now, and met this 18-year-old summer girl who was here from Connecticut living in her family’s summer home on Watcha Path. Of course I picked on her a lot in a loving sort of way but she thought differently. She invited me one night to take a ride with her. We drove and walked on South Beach and talked for hours and became fast friends.

That friendship is still alive to this day. Carrie O’Connor Stanley and her husband, Rob, are here this weekend with their children, Robert (Robbie), Cathleen (my godchild) and youngest son, Conor. The children love the Island as much as their mother did.

Of course with our busy schedules we don’t talk as much, but when we do talk it’s like it was yesterday. I love their visits. The kids love walking on the beach and collecting beach glass and wampum. Their visits are all too short but Cathleen is ready to come for a longer visit and I can foresee her coming for the summer to work soon. I can only hope that she has the same summer her mother and I did in 1984.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.