I knew I got my winter clothes out too fast. It never fails, I put the summer clothes away and get out the sweaters and boom, warm weather. I am not complaining because we have had a beautiful fall weekend. The heat in the house was even off and that makes up for when I had to turn the heat on in October. But if this is Indian summer I will take it.

Happy Birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Hannah McCormick, who celebrated Nov. 7; Sophia Dos Santos, Michael Leahy, Seamus McKeon, Nov. 8; Sienna Crowell, Evan Donnelly and Demyen Heil, Nov. 9; Hevelyn Dias, Jameson Whitmarsh, Nov. 10; Caleb Guerrero, Nov. 11; and to Juliet Merrill who celebrated Nov. 12.

The first couple of weeks of November have been something. We have a new President and a historic Vice President, the weather is in the 70s and we even had an earthquake. Social media was filled with people at the beach, Gail Gardner went in for a swim, Pam Silva also took a dip. I could see why as the ocean looked so inviting. Also, my neighbor Dana Vickey and her friend Marissa jumped off the Jaws Bridge.

Speaking of Dana, I had breakfast with her on Sunday and she asked if I wanted to go for a walk and we went to Polly Hill Arboretum. Being a true Islander I can truthfully say I have never been there before. We arrived and we were the only ones there at that time so we had the place to ourselves and it was beautiful. A lot of the trees were presenting their fall colors, the evergreens were standing tall and proud, the hollies were showing their berries getting ready for the holiday season, and the Roddy’s and azalea donning their green. I have to say I can’t wait to go there in the spring. By the time we left there were more people walking the grounds. I hope they enjoyed it as much as we did.

I put a question out on Islander Talk and I got a great response so I thought I would bring it here. The holidays are not going to be like we would normally celebrate and some gatherings will not happen and we need to bring some happiness to the holiday season. So my thoughts are that we could take some holiday decorations and put some outside. If we could light a lamppost in our yard or even lights on a shrub, candles in the window, something to make people want to drive around and see the lights and get us out of the house. If it makes one person smile it would be so worth it. I know our Island community could shine brightly.

A big thank you goes out to Rosewater who gave out free coffee to the voters on Nov. 3. It was much appreciated.

Also, I was told by a Susan Brown that Norma Holmes wore her 1959 Edgartown Cheerleader skirt and vest for Halloween. The ensemble was made by her mother Dot Darnley.

It is never too late to thank a veteran. I did not thank them last week as their day was Wednesday but I am thanking them now and will again many more times this year. Remember they gave up their tomorrows so we could have our today.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.