Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day, which means we will have six weeks less of winter. If this week’s weather is any indication it might be true, but there is always the doubt and the fact this is New England. But I will take the 40 to 50-degree weather.

Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Tieman Crowell and Ethan Thibodeau, who celebrated their day Feb. 3; Alexander Ethier and Kevin Ramos, Feb. 4; Gloriannie Amaral-Espinoza, Feb. 5; Strephano Avansini, Aliyah Fournier, Feb. 7; Harper Kelly, Geovane Meike and Camden Townes, who all celebrate their day today Feb. 8.

My neighbor Pat Waller celebrated a milestone birthday on Feb. 2. Her family hosted a surprise party at the Newes of America on Saturday night.

I have lived next door to this family for nearly 25 years and know some things but the real way to learn about someone is to listen to their family. Pat is one of six children. She is the third child of two older sisters, and three younger brothers. I have always known Pat as a quiet person and a kind person. I was not wrong but I learned Pat was the one to start the parties when the opportunity arose. Her siblings roasted her but they all agreed that Pat had a big heart and always took care of their kids and made sure they got things they wanted. But her most precious gift was her son Zackary, who was here from Chicago to celebrate.

There was a special menu made for the party and the headline on the menu read: Martha’s Vineyard resident, Pat Waller.

Pat is a lover of animals, an avid sports fan, and is known for her large and giving heart for all around her. Happy Birthday Pat and here is to many more years of love and happiness.

I was reading the news letter from the Edgartown Library. They have some pretty awesome programs and movies going on this month. If you have the winter blues and want to get out either during the day or some night check out the activities at the library.

We made it through another Super Bowl and yes we came out champions again. No, it was not the most exciting game but how lucky are we to live in the time that Boston is the sport capital with many winning teams. Yes, some are sick of hearing it but I will take it as long as I can.

Fern & Feather, the children’s summer camp at Felix Neck, is now open for registration. Visit massaudubon.org/felixneckcamp or call 508-627-4850.

There will be a series of climate cafes coming up. Food Justice is at Rosewater Market on Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.; Extreme Weather is at Mocha Mott’s in Vineyard Haven on March 24 at 2 p.m.; Oceans is at Rosewater Market on April 14 at 2 p.m.; and Recycling Conversations That Matter is at Rosewater Market on May 5 at 2 p.m.

Gather for a coffee and student-led community conversations about local environmental issues and climate related topics at different island businesses. Don’t forget to bring your mug. This is hosted by students of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, Martha’s Vineyard Charter School and Mass Audubon at Felix Neck.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.