With the weather cooling off for a few days, I thought it was time to get out some winter clothes. I think I stalled it. As I put some short sleeves away and some sweaters out, plus the long sleeves, exchanged shoes for flip flops, bam, it is 72 degrees the next day. That is New England for you.

Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Wendella Rosa, who celebrated her day Oct., 5; Luan Do Prado, Rayssa Moraes, Oct. 6; Alana Rosbeck, Oct. 7; Sarah Martins, Nazare McIntosh, Oct. 9; and to Otavio Mendes and Grady Phelps, who celebrate their day today Oct. 11.

The Wharf Restaurant in Edgartown has generously offered to host a dine to donate evening on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5 p.m. to close. A percentage of proceeds for food will benefit the Edgartown Library and its programs.

I have said it many times that the nursery is so pretty with the fall colors. I thought about it the other day, that this is like the last hurrah for colors until spring. Yes, we will have Christmas and it is beautiful, but they are not the flowers. But it gives us something to look forward to, seeing who gets the first crocus bloom.

Each night when I come home from work Merida is waiting for me to go for her walk. There are days that it happens, and sometimes it is just the ball throwing in the yard. But on the nights we go, it is always fun to meet up with other walkers. Gene Townes and his little dog are usually headed out or just coming back from their walk. Merida loves it because Gene usually brings back a ball for her. One afternoon I came home and there were six or seven on the front lawn, and I giggled to myself imagining Merida seeing all the balls and not being able to get to them. So when I saw Gene, I thanked him and he said she watched every ball land in the yard, and looked like she was trying to figure a way to get to them. I keep trying to tell her she is a herding dog, but she has claimed herself as a retriever.

This is a long weekend and lots of things are going on. Family permit scalloping is open and hunters will be sitting in trees again as bow season opened this week. Please be careful if you are out walking.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.