It seems funny not to turn the clocks back in September now, but it is nice to have the light at the end of the day.

I was getting nervous as all the rain filled the almost dried-up ponds. As you know, I was once told when the ponds are full it is time for winter. I don’t think we are ready for that yet.

Happy birthday to all who celebrated this past week. Big balloons go out to Ethan Creato, Brendan Donnelly and Joao Goncalves, who celebrated Sept. 27; Ellie Dolby, Ashley Pearlstein and Lucy Ulyatt had their day on Sept. 28; Samantha Hargy celebrated on Sept. 29, and Elijah Montoya-Bridgestock and William Vilota-Jurczyk had their day Oct. 1.

Happy birthday also to Trisha Willoughby who celebrated her day Oct. 2.

A yard sale will be held tomorrow with all proceeds to benefit homeless animals on the Vineyard, who will need food and heat for the coming season as well as medical attention.

The sale will include many items including a small freezer, clothes dryer, couch and a seascape painting. Smaller items are a cat cookie jar, a large painted goose and a punch bowl set ideal for the coming holidays. Donated items are welcome.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 31 Worcester avenue in Oak Bluffs. For information call Verna Carr at 508-696-8305.

Sonny and Cindy Laurent are here from Plaquemine, La. They arrived Monday night after a three-day drive. They are happy to be here as they had to deal with hurricane Gustav, which hit their town pretty hard. They came with pictures of their huge oak tree, which was believed to be about 200 years old. Gustav blew it down. Sonny and Cindy’s house was not hit, but the neighbors were not as lucky; the tree landed on their three cars. It was not pretty. They felt badly, but were happy nobody was hurt. The neighbor’s tree also fell and went through their roof and car port. Cindy said that they were so grateful for the Salvation Army and Red Cross who were there with a hot meal and to help with other needs in town. We take for granted all the luxuries we have like electricity and telephones, but when they are missing for a week or more from your daily routine you learn to appreciate them. So with this all happening in their lives just a week ago, we are happy to have them here safe and sound with a tale to tell.

The corn stalks are in as are the pumpkins and gourds. The nursery is so colorful with the mums opening up and the asters in their full glory. I don’t know what I like best — the colors or the customers who come in and walk around taking in the surroundings.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.