Nobody is complaining about the weather except maybe the heating companies. It is hard to believe it is November and I am still in flip flops, and Elizabeth Oliver who lives in Menemsha was actually in the water swimming on Sunday. I just fear we will pay later but for now let’s enjoy it.

Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Zoe Tucker, who celebrated her day Nov. 4; Emma Braillad, Nov. 5; Gabriel Brito, Nov. 6; Hannah McCormick, Nov. 7; Seamus McKeon, Nov. 8; Sienna Crowell, Evan Donnelly, Demyen Heil Nov. 9; Hevelyn Dias, Julia Murray and Jameson Whitmarsh, who all celebrate their day today, Nov. 10.

Back to the weather — do you realize Thanksgiving is in a couple of weeks and Christmas is just a few weeks after that and we still have plants that need to have the frost hit them before they can be put away? And the poinsettias will be here next week? Wow! It has been hard to get a grip on putting plants to bed for the winter when it feels like summer. Most plants have gone back to the farm to get covered for the winter, the fish in our fish pond are still looking for food when they should be quiet at the bottom of the pond, and my lantana is still blooming. So I guess what my point is that when it gets cold, reality is going to set in and we are going to wish we started getting ready for the holidays sooner.

In the next paragraph I am probably going to sound like Martha Stewart, but believe me I am far from that. However, as I was bringing plants in from the deck I moved a plant on my desk and noticed that I had a big water stain and mark from the pot. Fear not, I remembered a tip on Facebook that said rub the spot with Ketchup. Yes I said Ketchup. So I said why not try it. So here I am smiling to myself thinking I am actually trying this idea. Well darn, I waited a few minutes and wiped it off, and bam, the stain was gone. So that is my Martha Stewart moment and yes it did work.

Felix Neck will hold their Fall Festival on Friday, Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join them as they celebrate their 37th annual fall festival. With hayrides, face painting, live music by The Flying Elbows, food, wreath making, and crafts for kids, there is fun to be had by the whole family.

Debby MacInnis, who joined the Edgartown Library staff as children’s librarian on April 20, 1977, is spending her last month of a remarkable career of service. On Debby’s last day at work is Friday, Dec. 1. The Friends of the Edgartown Library are holding an open house in her honor from 1 to 4 p.m., and the whole community is invited.

Just to give some perspective, consider that Debby MacInnis began her service to Edgartown during the presidency of Jimmy Carter, before more than half of the library’s current staff was born. She has served under six library directors. She has read books at Story Hour to children who have since brought their own children, even their grandchildren, to the library for programs. Please feel welcome to stop by the library on Dec. 1 as they celebrate Debby’s legacy of service. And visit her in the children’s room any time this month to wish her well in retirement.

By the time the next paper comes out we will have celebrated another Veterans Day. Please take time from your busy schedules to remember those who gave up their tomorrows so we could have ours. Thank you to all our brave men and women who keep us safe everyday. Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.

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