The weatherman says that this is seasonal weather, but I think it has been warm. The wind has been a factor in the coolness but otherwise I’ll take it. 

Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Cuyler Fisher, who celebrated Jan. 1; Kayla Bundza and Alexander Dunham, Jan. 3; Aliyah Bennett, Jedadyah Hartman, Amelia Russell-Schaeffer and Tatum Thomas, Jan. 4; Caron Marson, Jan. 5 and Isabelly Belo, Jan. 6.

I hope you had a great New Year’s. I was home and made it to midnight. I wanted to make sure the ball dropped, and it would be 2021. But the highlight of my night was watching Anderson Cooper take tequila shots. You can tell it is not one of his habits. I think I got a kick out of it because he is always so well-dressed and very professional that it was nice to see him letting his hair down.

Like most, I am home almost all the time now, so when something funny happens you have to take advantage of the laughter. I feed the birds and love to watch them swoop on and off the feeder. But of course, with the feeders come the squirrels. Merida the dog watches out the glass back door for the squirrel, cries, and then wants to go out and chase it. It is now a game for the squirrel, which races along the top of the fence as the dog chases it along the deck below. Then the squirrel runs up a tree to look down and snicker at its pursuer.

The ritual started as usual one recent morning, and I went to the door and saw the squirrel on the fence — not the feeder — directly across from me. I opened the door, and the dog ran automatically to the left and down the stairs. I looked across at the squirrel, and it looked directly at me as if to say “What the heck is she doing? I am right here.” 

Merida came back up the stairs and saw the squirrel, and as usual the squirrel then ran along the fence with Merida by its side running down to the back yard and the tree. Now this may be one of the “you had to be there” moments, but it was comical to me.

For different activities or if you want to learn something new, look up the Edgartown Library. They have some awesome programs going on and lots of new books you can stream with your CLAMS card. 

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.