Winter has arrived. The flip flops are off, the boots are out and the heat and pellet stove are on. It sure did not take long for everything to get into winter mode. The plants got hit and now it is either compost them or cut them back and put them to sleep for the winter.

Happy Birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Caleb Guerrero, who celebrated Nov. 11; Kalleb Oliveira, Nov. 13; John Chandler, Mylena Silva, Nov. 14; Azor Hartenstein, Noah Smith, Nov. 15; Christopher Barbosa, Brooke Ward, Hiaggo Goncalves who celebrates his day Friday Nov. 17.

Elyce Bonnell posted in Facebook this message: “It is that time of the year again! I am gearing up for another Islandewide book drive for kids! Last year we were able to put together 300 book bags containing 4 books each! I am accepting donations of NEW or LIKE NEW condition children’s books for age’s newborn-teen. Donations may be brought to the Edgartown Library during open hours. We are happy to give you a donation receipt form. If you would like to reserve a bag for a child or would like to be a part of the process, please email me at or call the library at 508-627-4221. Thank you so much to all of my friends and family who have sent me books.

Don’t say I did not warn you but the Christmas greens will be here this week. A wreath, roping, bunches of greens, kissing balls, swags, yes they are here. Then on Thursday, the poinsettias will arrive. It sure came fast, as predicted.

Last week I was Martha Stewart, this week I would like to be the Barefoot Contessa, as I watch and look at all the recipe videos on Facebook. There are different appetizer ideas like brie cut into cubes and put in a muffin pan lined with crescent roll dough with cranberry sauce on top and baked, to main dishes to four different pies on one cookie sheet. I always start out with good intentions when I copy them but never seem to get to the project, although, the brie recipe does sound darn good.

Over the river and through the woods, a favorite holiday song of Thanksgiving season and sung many time when I was little. I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope you are able to be with family or friends. Please check on your senior friends or give them a call, you may make their day.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.

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