We could not have asked for a better Memorial Day weekend. The weather was spectacular and the town was gorgeous. Everything was so green: the trees had burst their leaves, the lawns were mowed to perfection, and all the flower boxes, planters and beds were filled with beautiful flowers.

Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Anna Marques, Ryan Murray, and Nisha Sankitts, who all celebrated on May 25; Nathaniel Garcia and Christopher Pitt on May 26; William Trapp on May 27; Niccolas Cardoza on May 29; and Michelle Herrick, who will celebrate her day on May 31.

Special wishes go to Janice Donaroma who celebrated her day May 22.

Pete Look and Phyllis Brown returned home from Florida in time to welcome a new great-grandchild. Isabella Charlotte was born to Robyn and Simon Bollin and her big sister Kayleigh. Robyn’s mother Polly Maciel has been here from Maine to also welcome the baby along with Polly’s friend Janice Berry.

Peyton Barber Riegel made her first visit to the Vineyard this weekend. It was Peyton’s special day as she was christened on Sunday, May 25.

Peyton was born on May 3 at 5:38 p.m. and weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Her proud parents are Amanda and Chip Riegel of Rhode Island and her maternal grandparents are Tim and Marylou Golding.

Peyton was christened on Sunday by the Rev. Bob Edmunds at Saint Andrew’s Church, the same church at which her great-grandfather, the Rev. John Golding, preached in for many years. It was a great weekend for everyone involved and congratulations to Amanda and Chip on their new addition to the family.

My brother Frank and his wife Linda and my niece Deborah were here for the weekend. There was some digging for little necks, a night out to eat, a trip to the beach and of course some gardening.

Frank mentioned that when he arrived he smelled the lilacs and it took him back to Eastern avenue, the street where we lived in Fall River all those many years ago. It was funny that he said that because the smell of lilacs takes me back to the Tisbury School and the parade down to Owen Park. My mom would give me either lilacs or lily of the valley. It always amazes me how one smell can take us back in time so quickly.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.