The sun is still shining and it is warm. One day has humidity and the other has a nice cool breeze. Fall is coming, and I think we all love the Vineyard in September and October.

Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Samuel Rollins and Emma Searle, who celebrated their day August 25; Brennan Gerard, August 27; Connor Graves, August 29; Ruby Mercier, August 30 and Leilane Dias, who celebrates her day today, August 31.

Special birthday wishes go out to Erika Bettencourt, who celebrated her day August 27, and to Les Baynes, who celebrated August 28.

We were talking at work and wondering what we were going to do on Labor Day. I said that it is not until next weekend and Patty said no, this weekend. I can’t believe that we are at Labor Day already. I know many of us look forward to it from June, but there is a little sadness when your friends start to leave and it will be a while before we get to see them.

The tour buses are back. There were two big buses from the south in the parking lot and I am sure there will be more as we get more into the fall.

Labor Day also marks the day when many students go back to school, both here and to college. Jessica Willoughby is back at school; Delmont Araujo has gone to his first year of college, leaving mom Rachel still a little teary-eyed when I saw her. Megan Rose is going to her senior year; Zack Waller has traveled to Russia for graduate studies, and Cecilia Mercier and April Hargy are on their way to their first year of college. Good luck to all of you.

Nene’s sister, Laura, was visiting for the weekend. Laura was in San Francisco for a month working for a law firm for credits to her law studies in Germany. She and Nene explored the Island and biked all over. Both Laura and Nene left for New York City for some sightseeing and are even taking in the Giants-Patriots game. I told them they’d better cheer for the right team. Then Laura will fly back to Germany and Nene back to the Vineyard to start school.

I hope you all have a safe and happy Labor Day. If you are traveling back to your homes off-Island, travel safe, and if you are staying put on the Island, enjoy your weekend with maybe less traffic.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.