Hello everyone!  We just got back home from our little jaunt through Massachusetts and New Hampshire which I wanted to share with you. Now we’re packing again, this time for our cross-country trip! Here are some sounds of New Hampshire Lake Life for your morning Musica.

When we got home, we went on our walk in the woods on a cool crisp morning, the breeze making the hairs on my arms stand up ~ I picked these up — they set my Gypsy Blood Astir!  I know it’s still hot in most of the country, but in New England, I can feel, smell, see and hear my favorite time of year creeping up on us in the most wonderful way.

This gate is on the hotel grounds of the gorgeous Church Landing Mill Falls Hotel where we stayed on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, New Hampshire. We went to this lovely place for a book signing at Innisfree Bookstore, but once we saw this hotel and this lake we thought about staying forever!  I love this shape of gate/trellis and how it frames a peek-a-boo view.  Just makes you want to go through it. And P.S., if you are going up there, the food in the Lake House Grill dining room was outstanding!!!

This hotel room was a gift.  Between the bookstore and the hotel, they gifted us two nights here in this little piece of heaven.  We had no idea where we were going, we just put the address of the hotel they’d suggested into the GPS. We expected a normal motel room where perhaps we would have a discounted first night.  We found out our stay was a gift and for two nights when we checked in!  We walked into the room, there were squeals because it was so gorgeous — it had a deck, this is the deck, that’s a corner of the room there,  I took this photo about 3 seconds after we entered — I ran straight out to the deck with the camera because we arrived just in time for moon rise and the cricket serenade.

The next night, we got this . . .

The full Green Corn Blue Moon shining Pink on Lake Winnipesaukee!

Just below our deck, running the length of the hotel fronting the Lake was this grassy knoll with lawn chairs and little stairs leading down to the water . . .

Lovely gardens and gates with peek-a-boo views of the lake . . .

And Adirondack chairs strategically placed for water watching and breeze feeling . . .

We went on walks and climbed up Lockes Hill in the Kimball Wildlife Forest . . .

Which always makes me very happy, taking long walks in nature . . .

Especially this one, to the summit, with a view of Lake Winnipesaukee and a few of some of its two hundred and fifty islands.  People live on those islands, often in old “camps” and go everywhere via boat on this lake in the summer time.  Some of the boats are classic antiques.  On Golden Pond was filmed near here.  Oh the loons!

Then it was time to go to the bookstore.  We could see pretty easily that we were in the right place!

And then we went inside and there were the Girlfriends waiting for us!

I was able to spend a little time with everyone, talk and visit.  But the line is always the fun thing, I can hear them out there getting to know each other and laughing ~ I want to go get in line too!

We brought along some extra boxes of books to leave behind with Bev when the signing was over.  A FINE ROMANCE is sold out at the Publishers (unbelievable!!!!), we’ve reordered and are once again taking preorders for signed books from the studio,  but if you are having a book emergency and need a signed copy right now, try calling the nice folks at Innisfree Bookstore, 603-279-3905.  We also left lots of signed books with Titcombs Bookshop in Sandwich, 508-888-2331.

Here are two people who worked at Innisfree, both sweethearts, Brandi and Martha . . .

We would have stayed at Church Landing Mill Falls Hotel the whole time, but they were sold out for the weekend, so we had to move.  And this is where we went, to the Lazy E, with Lazy being the operative word, because how could you not be with this as your morning view:

Our little cabin had a kitchen. You take your tea out here in the early morning and watch the old boats go by and listen to the wake lap against the shore.  They have a bonfire at night too, you can sit outside, smell the wood fire, watch the sparks go up and join the stars.  It’s a beautiful world up there.

We loved walking through the neighborhoods and looking at all the lake cottages, big and little . . . I had to take a photo of this darling bird house! Look at the little benches at the door and the window boxes!

I thought this was a mailbox, but I’m not so sure.  Whatever it is, it’s cute!  Then it was time for us to go to Milford to the . . .

Toadstool Bookshop for another book signing.

The Fine Romance Van has been wonderful!  We weren’t sure we were going to like it, but it’s like going to a birthday party wearing the cutest dress, it just makes things more festive!

And here I am, answering questions for that person standing in the way back . . . or something like that . . .

And more girlfriends, more fun talk, more meeting and greeting.  The room was also full of husbands and guy friends, although you can’t really see them, they sort of hang around with Joe!

Here’s Girlfriends who are regular visitors to the Blog, from left to right, Kate, Judy, Rachel and Jackie, out front gracing the Fine Romance Van . . . Hi Girls!!!  Thank you for coming!!  

Jan (in the middle) is the manager of the bookstore — she made it such a nice event — providing tea and scones for everyone!  They were all wonderful — that’s Melanie on the left and Prudence on the right.  Thank you Toadstool Bookshop!!

Then it was off to early dinner, before our drive back to the island — Chicken Caesar Salad for Joe (with balsamic vinaigrette), Lobster Salad for me (blue cheese on the side), iced tea with lemonade, and then of course for the devil that lives inside us both, Onion Rings (roughage)!  We loved the picnic tables and the sounds of the crickets and this fall-like day — such a perfect time to take advantage of the outdoors. (BTW, Here are some good Autumn Picnic recipes, we loved this spur-of-the-moment picnic so much — just click on each recipe and it’ll come up.  Remember spontaneity is a wonderful thing, so it’s good to plan for it!)

We got to Woods Hole in time to make the freight boat home . . .  just in time for sunset and cries of sea gulls and smell of ocean . . .

And pink peach red orange blue yellow lavender sky — it was a gorgeous cool, fall night on the water . . .

As lovely as New Hampshire is, I guess we won’t be moving there anytime soon.  There’s no place like home!  “If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air . . .”

And when we walked through the door, we had a surprise waiting for us!  It came directly from another house we love, Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, England (I wrote about our visit HERE).  Yes!!!  There was a lovely English accent waiting for me on our telephone message machine! Onto my knees I went, leaning in close to the table hear, with my pen and paper at the ready.

The call was from the museum gift shop (here where I bought my quill pen and ink that I wrote with in our book).  The caller’s name was Ann and she said she’d read  A FINE ROMANCE, and loved it (eeek) and wants . . . wait for it . . . to carry OUR book in the Jane Austen Gift Shop in Chawton, England!!!!  I am not kidding.  This has happened.  I can barely imagine a place where I’d rather see our book.  

Although the photos we are receiving are kinda really so WONDERFUL ~ our book is experiencing the very best life has to offer!  I’m living vicariously through it now!  Talk about travel!

Buckingham Palace Gates, for example!  Can you believe it?  But there it is!  Taken by our Girlfriend Laura who is flight crew from SFO and took it with her to England just for us! Isn’t this wild?  I think I see the Queen peeking out her window . . .

Yes!!! I guess I don’t have to tell you who this is!  This should make my dad very happy.  He’s been wanting our book to get into the hands of the Queen since the very beginning!  This photo came from the English Rose Tearoom, in Carefree Arizona, just down the road from where my dad lives.  I want to take my dad and his adorable wife Jeanie for Tea there when we get out to see them next month! 

And then there was this.  OK?  Has my cup runneth over?  Yes, it has.  As most of you know by now, this is our book on the rock wall overlooking Post Office Meadow in Near Sawrey, in the Lake District, with lovely evocative Castle Cottage in the background, where Beatrix Potter and her beloved husband William Heelis lived for thirty years. ♥ Taken by our Girlfriend Eli, who lives in the Lake District.  She got on a boat, crossed Lake Windemere to take our book to Near Sawrey. 

Eli makes darling knitted sheep too!  I had to show you!  Sheep!

And then we have the cat lovers . . . the animals who are happy to see Girl Kitty and Jack get a little bit of attention.  This is Jackie’s (she was in the photo with the Fine Romance Van at the Toadstool Bookshop) dog Bentley.  Black and White fur people are so decorative!!!  And go especially well with a red ribbon!

And then there’s Peaceable Kingdom right here, our Girlfriend Cathy’s two sweethearts, Poetry the cat and Gabriel, her dog.  They live the cozy life!

Tuckered out from “reading all night,” Maria’s pup is sound asleep.  Look at his soft flappy ears and his big beautiful paws.

Which reminds me, I wanted to show you what I brought home for Jack.  Oh he loved this.  Eyes big as saucers when I pulled it out of the bag.  All those rubber bands for MEEEEE????

Both he and Girl were so well cared for while we were away.  My friends Elizabeth and Cathy were here from California.  So the kitties were hugged to the point of thinking they were staying with four year olds! 🙂  Hugged, loved, well fed, kissed, petted, scratched, followed around, and generally messed with.  Jack was worn to the bone.  He even looked a bit jaded ~ something in the eyes.

But that doesn’t stop Elizabeth, she can’t help it, she adores Jack.  Here she is, informing him that she’s “coming in.”

Oh My God, he thinks, eyeing her madly, you are a MANIAC

Please Mother, take me a way from her!  She’s crazy!!  S A V E   M E !!!

But I don’t save him because I understand Elizabeth’s need.  When something is so precious it must expect to get hugged and kissed constantly.  Excuse me, I have to go attack him myself now!  The guy gets no rest.

Girl slept with Elizabeth every night (but is back next to me since we got home), and Jack slept with Cathy and everyone was happy.  ‘Cept me now, because early Saturday morning we go again, and this time, it will be for months.  The kitties will be loved (we have friends moving in here for the duration), but I will be lonely without them, and can already hardly wait to get home!

 To go means even more appreciation when we return.  Fall, crossing the USA is going to be wonderful!  Seeing our family and friends in California will be heaven!  Must take the bitter with the sweet ~ Ahhhhh, life is good. 

I think I have everything out of (Freudian slip) in control for us while we’re on the road.  Hair cut, ✔, Tea packed, ✔, Clothes Pole in Van so we can hang things up (Thank you Joe) ✔, twenty pounds lost since May ✔ (just thought I’d throw that in 🙂 ), house decorated for Autumn-ish-ness ✔, Storm windows figured out ✔, Dinner reservations made with friends next to water tonight ✔, three-month supply of cat food stored ✔, Litter box emptied, washed, bleached, rinsed, and refilled ✔ ~ Next year’s calendar covers are designed; quotes and Christmas art have been sent to YANKEE Magazine for our Holiday feature article; the second printing of A FINE ROMANCE will arrive at the end of October; more calendars are ordered (hopefully we won’t run out this year); soon Kellee will be putting up new FREE THINGS for Fall in our web store; cute ads are designed for TEATIME Magazine; any day now our engraved Glass Charms (Martha’s Vineyard, Girlfriends, and A Fine Romance!) will be at the studio; plus our cute Tea Tin is on the way, and my favorite lavender tea too. There are new Emma cups, including the Royal Baby Mug, and a new Emma Peter Rabbit design should be here any moment that is SO darling! Lots of fun things are coming for Autumn and the holidays.  It’s our own little world of sugar and spice and everything nice.  

We have Bookstore Events and Tea Parties planned (see EVENTS in the right-hand column of this Blog) although we had to stop making appointments after Wichita because we don’t have books, but we’ll gear back up as soon as they come in).  It’s only kitty kissing needs to be done now, and a whole lot of it. 

Ooops, Girlfriends,  Jack just dropped the ball behind me.  Gotta go.  Love you!  I’ll keep updating the blog as best I can on our trip . . .  I want you to see it all!  Have a wonderful day! 

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380 Responses to PACKING AGAIN!

  1. Diana says:

    Thank you so much for keeping us updated on your adventures. The scenery is wonderful. What a great book also. Love it.

  2. Paula B. says:

    Today was a ten plus, weather-wise here in Rhody. And, as I was swimming laps in the pool, I realized that these days are getting numbered, so sad to see them go. Around three or so in the afternoon, the day’s shadow starts to change, another season is announcing its return. Don’t go beautiful sunny days with warm temps and cool nights. Ah, summer in New England, whose beauty is only enhanced by its short duration…. Had tears in my eyes when I read the part of this post announcing that THE book will be available in the Austen book shop, oh my! And, then the pictures of the book “visiting” England, especially with the wooly sheep, so sweet. And, your stay in New Hampshire – could almost make me forsake the beach for a northern lake with a mountain view. Here’s to packing up and a wonderful trip across America!

  3. Lynn in Simi says:

    Will be waiting to meet you at Remnants of the Past in San Luis Obispo. I finished the first reading of “A Fine Romance”. So wonderful. Then I rented “Miss Potter” and watched that! Thank you for all the darling suggestions and decorations and reading ideas! Just bought your 2014 calendar as well. Forgot to take my book on the road trip to Colorado, but will keep it close for all other trips!

  4. Nancy B says:

    Oh, Susan! These pictures are just wonderful. They prove to me that our visit to New England last Fall was too brief. I would dearly love a vacation by the water somewhere. Thanks for all the lovely pictures at the book signings. The people all look so happy. 🙂 Have a simply fabulous trip!!! Oh, I have apples waiting on the counter to be made into a pie. I will follow your recipe…YUM!

    Happy Travels!
    Nancy (from Bakersfield)

  5. Another lovely post and photos; your joy and enthusiasm shine through every word. Isn’t it wonderful how the i-net has brought so many people, from so many places, together to celebrate your book? As I was reading, I kept thinking…thank God for the i-net and blogging; it makes it all *real*.

  6. CarolK (The Garden State) says:

    I LOVED listening to the loons while reading your blog. We LOVE Lake Winnie so much. It’s a great place to spend a week or two. Thank you for the lovely pictures. Can’t wait to see the shots you’ll be taking as you cross the country. Have a safe, fun-filled trip. Hey! I really thought that was the real Queen, didn’t see the third hand! What a hoot! Hugs from soggy NJ…

  7. Leslie says:

    I was so thrilled to meet you and have you sign my books. You are just as lovely as I knew you would be. Lakeside grill is always yummy and Meredith ia always so beautiful. Loved meeting Joe and he took our photo outside the bookstore – Leslie and Nona. The van is just so fun. Enjoy the rest of the book tour – everyone is so excited to see you. The book is fantastic. Love Leslie from NH!!

  8. Heartsdesire says:

    Can’t believe fall is almost here, but what a great time to be traveling across the country. So glad you’ve had such great success with the book, it really is a wonderful book and I so enjoyed reading it. Waiting patiently for your lovely tea tin and lavender tea. Can’t wait to see what treasures you will unearth on the trip.

  9. Deborah Heater (Indiana) says:

    I’m not sure what the appropriate saying is for travelling across country in a vehicle?? Bon Voyage is more appropriate for sailing/flying abroad isn’t it?? Anyway, wishing you safe travels and more wonderful greetings like you have already experienced. Susan, I feel in my heart what you must be feeling leaving your “babies” behind… know they made it just fine when you left for England. I know 3 months is such a very long time and I suggest Skype so you can see them and they can hear your voices?? After saying this I’m not sure if that is a good idea because then they will miss you even more not to mention what it will do to you?? You need to do what you need to do and everything will be fine, and when you return the love will be there waiting on you (don’t forget to leave an article of clothing for them to nestle in) I suggested you do this last time and I think you said it helped!! Enjoy all the “goodies” each region will have to offer as your crisscross across this Beautiful Land of ours!!! Yay on your weight loss just in time for some delicious applecrisps, pumpkin rolls, caramel corn….ok….now I’ve depressed myself (not really 26# for me is reward enough:) Safe travels and please have Joe honk the van horn when you get to Goshen, IN…….I will be there in spirit. Enjoy spending time with your family….I’m sure Jack will love the AFR Van (be sure to get a pic with him in the driver’s seat). Blessings

    • sbranch says:

      It did help, I always do it now! Thank you Deborah. It is the hardest thing to leave them. I would so love to take them with me, but I know kitties, and they love their home too much.

  10. joann says:

    Oh what fun!!! I shall have to tuck these little gems away for places to stay the next time we take a jaunt to New England…. they look wonderful, so thank you so much for the recommendations!!

    I would have to squeeze Jack, too………….. and the words you insert for their speaking are just perfect! I can just hear ’em saying those very words!!

    OK, pack more cutie clothes…….



  11. Tim & Laurie Sweet says:

    Susan & Joe;
    Can’t wait to see you in Grand Rapids, Mi on 9/7!!!!! We’re about ready to re-read “A Fine Romance”! Even before we got it. we knew it would be wonderful. We know you’ll be rushed for time, but hopefully, you & Joe will get to visit our “West Coast” on Lake Michigan (best places…..either Holland or Grand Haven ( it may remind you a little of home, but alas….no salt air or salt water…..but no sharks either)! If you choose Holland & have time stop at OBI (Ottawa Beach Inn) for their fresh lake perch…..fantastic!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy the ride!!!!

  12. Nancy says:

    Oh, Susan, you have done it again! I just went on a mini vacation, by reading your post! I really needed that, thanks so much! HOT day here in AZ (what’s new?), and I am feeling it, in sprite of all my autumn decor, that’s been out since early this month. I have to create my own seasons! Working on gingerbread, too, getting ready for Christmas!
    I hope you have some nice quiet times on your trip, and creating time, too. Like me, I know you need both.
    Nancy (Snowflakelady)

  13. Jo says:

    You and Joe have been spending the last few days at the hospital with my husband and I, his heart had a problem but he’s okay now. I read most of “our” book to him and he said that he thought you must have been following us on our trips, as you took us to most of our favorite places. Thanks for the memories and the calm brought to an anxious situation.

  14. Janet [in Rochester] says:

    OMG – the AFR book tour blogs are turning out to be every bit as wonderful as the QM2/England tour!! Who knew?? Now I want to go to NH too! The photos were gorgeous, the reading [as always] sublime! I’ll be getting in bed with my Mac tonight – AND a breakfast mug from my English china pattern [16-ounces] full of hot Earl Grey tea – AND fresh, flannel Yardley lavender-scented sheets – AND flameless candles. I’ll go back and read everything again, slowly this time, and click on every link. Sue, I especially love it when you link us up to all the hotels and restaurants. I’ve spent MANY a pleasant hour perusing the menus [and OK, vicariously eating too]. FYI – I collect menus and now I have the fun of saving the electronic ones I come across too – in addition to “real-life” paper ones. I’m so thrilled for you at the response to AFR – especially with today’s news that the Jane Austen house wants to carry it. “Thrilled – but not at all surprised,” she says smugly. “All in a day’s work for my mega-talented friend Sue…” I predict Beatrix Potter House will be next – plus many others. The printers won’t be able to keep up with the orders at the rate you’re going. A few days I commented that I saw a 10th printing coming, but now I’m thinking that number is WAY low. Weather here in upstate New York State is quite Fall-like also – in fact we’ve had one of the nicest, most temperate Augusts I can ever remember. Hardly a “dog day” in the bunch. Which is STRICTLY OK with me. I could deal with Fall 9 months a year and a wet, rainy North Carolina-like Winter the other 3 months [as a palate cleanser – so we’d appreciate Fall more]. So glad to see Girl and Jack again – it’s been a while and you know how we love them. Jack’s eyes must have bugged out 4x their size when he saw his present – I’m sure he’ll have a major stash of them in his secret hiding place when you get home for Christmas. Well OK now, keep on having fun on the tour and travel VERY safely! :>)

  15. Kim says:

    Hello Susan,

    It was wonderful to meet and greet you at The Toadstool Bookshop! I just love my book and it is one that I will re-read every year. Thank you for the Bliss Carmen poem today, as well. He is one of my favorites. I hope you and Joe have a simply perfect trip across the United States, and how great that the Jane Austen Museum will be carrying A Fine Romance! You must be in seventh heaven…..

    All my best to you and yours! Kim

  16. Judy Tracy says:

    Loved these pictures and stories. They are so representative of why we all hold you in our hearts. This couldn’t be happening to a nicer couple. We were in Wolfeboro/Lake Wentworth this summer for a family wedding. It surely is a beautiful part of this country. Safe journey!
    My Jim read your book before I could get to it and enjoyed it so much. He said he just didn’t spend time reading the recipes. He knows that is my department. I think I am going to start re-reading A Fine Romance again when I finish Edith Holden’s The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, another special hand-drawn book.
    Thanks again for how you inspire us.
    Judy Tracy in Newport Beach, CA

    • My daughter had her honeymoon in Wolfboro, NH last week! As I was looking at the wonderful pictures, I was wondering if she saw similar views. I loved looking at everything on your trip! It really a lovely area.

  17. Vicki Panzarino says:

    I was glad to hear you loved Winnipesaukee….after all our years of vacationing there, it remains our favorite place. (except of course for HOME). I wish everyone could have a magical place to return to that totally warms their heart even by just thinking about it. I’m still very smile-ly whenever I think of actually meeting you in NH. Loved all those “girlfriends” too, chatting up a storm! How excited you must be to have the Jane Austen House wanting to carry your book. We all knew it was a winner but now you are Internationally acclaimed and it couldn’t happen to a sweeter person. Goodness only knows what all this can lead to…Do I sense a Nobel Peace Prize in the offing? You certainly do spread joy and peace and just the right amount of humor to all. Loved the post…all those cute four legged friends and the photo of the queen is just the best! Enjoy your last couple days in MV and then a safe wonderful adventure across the USA……Hugs, Vicki

    • sbranch says:

      LOL! Maybe someone will take our book to the moon! Loved meeting you Vicki! xoxo

      • Vicki Panzarino says:

        Forgot to mention….you look terrific! 20 pounds is no small accomplishment! Gets harder to maintain with each year so you should be very proud of that self-control,,,,,,,wish food wouldn’t be so delicious…it would make it easier to cut back! I remember someone once saying the only enjoyment one gets from food is only when it’s in your mouth (taste buds)..before you swallow. I always try to savor the taste for as long as I can….slows me down lots, too.

    • Becky Maggio says:

      Nobel Peace Prize!!! Yes, Vicki….I agree 🙂 Hey, Susan! Continued love & Prayers from the South. Hanging on to every posting from you these days and loving every second of it!! Sharing your book with one of my dear friends today ( I have 2 ) but honestly, I’m having a little anxiety about letting go…haha!! She will just borrow it but I’m afraid she may not want to return it. And like so many of the other girlfriends I have already looked at the websites of places you & Joe have stayed and are seriously talking vacation plans for next fall! New England has been on my Bucket List since I was a little girl and read about it. Thanks to YOU I know dreams can really come true. Take care Sweet Sue ( and Joe)

  18. Mona says:

    Susan, your pictures are fabulous. You should charge a travel agent fee because I feel like I’m right there along with you on your trips!

    Something about autumn satisfies me like no other season. We got to be in New Hampshire and Vermont one year in the fall, and, being from the west, we couldn’t take enough pictures of the colors! We drove around Lake Winnipesaukee, too, and just loved it. If we ever recover from buying our house, we can start making plans to go back. Leaf peeping and antiques and long drives! And I’d love to stay at that beautiful hotel.

    Your book signings look like so much fun! Everyone is smiling, and guess why! It is so exciting to meet you, but the difference is you are already friends with everyone. It’s just that now they can see you up close and personal, and tell you how special you are to them. I can’t wait to see more pictures!

    What a blessing to have someone look after your precious kitties while you are gone! They are so darn cute. I can never see enough pictures of them. You and Joe take care and have a blast traveling cross country! =^..^=

  19. Carol C says:

    A 20 lb. weight loss since May? Congatulations!! We are on a motorhome trip following Lewis and Clark’s trail. This trail is full of booby traps. Here in St. Louis they invented peanut butter, ice cream cones, hot dogs on buns and a thing called gooey cake. These folks are geniuses! I feel compelled to try the gooey cake and we went to a Cardinals game last night and, of course, had to have a hot dog!! It’s all part of the experience but the spread has begun. Your post makes me want to turn this RV around and head for New England. Vermont and New Hampshire are so beautiful! Hope you got to Keepsake Quilts while up at Lake W. Wonderful place! Hope we cross paths out west some place. Tomorrow we move to the Kansas City area. Anyone out there have suggestions for places to go or things to see along the L/C Trail? We are trying to do it all and still get home in time for Fall! Safe and happy travels to you and Joe, Susan!

    • sbranch says:

      What a wonderful trip! I have to be sure not to go that way! 🙂 I didn’t get to Keepsake Quilts, but years ago there was a story about me and quilts and art and all of that in their catalog, and the gal that wrote that nice story was there for the signing! That was pretty neat. We’ll be in Kansas City too, let me know if you see anything fun!

      • EsSuzy says:

        I would suggest a visit to the Arabia Steamboat Museum in KC. I had never heard of the Arabia Steamboat and its story when I went there so it was all a pleasant surprise. It’s a stop I think anyone would like and they have a cute gift shop too.

      • Carol C says:

        I hope KC has cooled down by the time you get here! It was 108 degrees today! We really enjoyed the Harry Truman home and museum and went to a wonderful museum, the Nelson-Atkins, but that was about it. There are lots of great sounding quilt shops according to my Quilter’s Travel Companion, but I dared not go. The back of the jeep we tow is getting full and we’re only 600 mi. from home

  20. Michele Perkins says:

    Good Evening Susan!

    How exciting it was to see your new blog this afternoon! Wasn’t Meredith, N.H. great! My husband, Gray and I had lunch at The Lake House Grill and had a delicious meal as well. What a treat for you and Joe to be guests of the Inn there – you deserve to be treated like a queen after creating such a special book.
    Your blog was such a delight and all your photos were fabulous! Can’t wait for all your new items to hit your “store”, especially the glass beads. Am so looking forward to them.
    Have a safe and wonderful trip across the USA! Have to run, thunderstorms are arriving any minute and the thunder is getting quite serious.
    Gray says “Hi” to Joe and so do I.
    Again, Susan, it was so much fun meeting you both last week – you made my summer. Am glad you liked the “sheep” cookies. 🙂
    Michele and Gray

  21. Karen Z (Victoria, Australia) says:

    Dear Sue, haven’t commented for a while. I’m so happy for the success of your book. Mine has arrived and I wish I could send you a photo of me by the fire reading with my little Sheltie, Scout. She sits very contently while I am enjoying “A Fine Romance”. Love the Loon musica, I loved it with the pics of the lake where you stayed. Will put it on my places to visit if I get to America.

  22. Cindy says:

    Hi Susan,
    I am so happy that the book is in the Jane Austen bookstore! Congratulations! I loved every minute of reading A Fine Romance and was surprised to find the Poppy from Joe for all the blog girlfriends. That was so sweet. Have a safe trip. I will be following the blog to be in on the adventure. Thank you for including us.
    Cindy (Charleston, SC)

  23. Gert~Iowa says:

    Susan, Wow what an amazing time you must have had! Every place you stayed looked just so inviting…who wouldn’t love to stay there? The moon, the inviting water, flowers and! Oh and the impromptu picnic! I’m loving it! But of course the book signings had to be the highlight of your trip…meeting and visiting with your “fans!” (Really…your “girlfriends!!”)

    I know you will miss your kitties and will need to give them lots of ((hugs)), playtime and snuggles….but they will be in such good care!.. Your trip will be so much fun…and I know you’ll be so glad to see your family!

    I’m so glad to see you’ll be home for fall! I know it will be so beautiful out there!

    I see you are coming to IOWA CITY…..”so close yet so far away!”….I wish I were well enough to travel over there:-( But I have your book and I am able to travel with you everywhere! Thanks for your blog! smile….


  24. carmel says:

    Oh my, the magic continues. Couldn’t happen to two nicer folks. It’s been a difficult first week back to work (teacher work week) and your pictures (which took my breath away) and comments surely brought me repose and joy. Congratulations on your book being sold at Jane Austin’s gift shop. What a great compliment! I’m still keeping you and Joe in my prayers for a safe, successful trip. I love the pic of the black and white dog. What a sweetheart! And so are you, Joe, your dad, Jack, the kittens and all the girlfriends on this blog.

  25. Patsy in Nixa, MO says:

    I knew it! When I saw that skinny little tush in the tangerine slacks, I thought, “Hmmmmm, our leader is losing weight”, and then you confirmed it. Twenty pounds since May is a lot. EAT MORE CARBS.

  26. Sylvia in Seattle says:

    Surely someone is going to see that The Queen gets/sees your book! I predict one day you two will meet. If not herself, then suitable representative. So much fun to see the book showing up in all the right places :-). Love ELI’s blog and those adorable sheep. I must try to knit one or more. I mentioned your book to my friend Mary in a letter. She is a retired cranberry farmer on the WA coast and had a gift shop for a while in Grayland WA. She sent a reply tucked into a 1996 vintage Love Lace Family card with four hats charmingly depicted by yourself. She was thrilled to know I was a fan and swears she will NOW finally get a computer :-). I sure hope so because she’s missing all the FUN! I was thrilled to get that SB card and plan to frame it and hang it on my sewing room wall. Loved the pics of the book store proprietors. Great to see Jack and Girl. Love the BIG pack of rubber bands. Thank you so much for connecting us all up in this fun way. :-). Happy travels.

    • sbranch says:

      In those first couple of sentences, I had to look and see if my dad was writing this! xox Have a great day Sylvia!

  27. Beth Keser says:

    What a great blog today! Congratulations on the Jane Austen bookstore -how great is that? I have to wait until next year for your booksigning in CT, but I am enjoying the fact that you are sharing all the other ones with us! Have a safe trip, cant wait to experience the next trip with you and Joe.

  28. Dorothy says:

    OMG! Have time off! Will see you soon in Hudson, OH,
    EKKK- cannot believe it!

  29. Sylvia Faye says:

    Susan you always make everything you do sound so charming and interesting. I love your posts.
    Truly wonderful to have your book in the Jane Austen Bookstore. I am predicting that you will have to have a third, fourth, fifth and sixth printing before Christmas.
    By then maybe I can budget one for my home. I love seeing all the pictures of the ways our girlfriends send into you with that most special book…’A Fine Romance’.
    The poster of your book in front of the bookstore was so special. Will they give it to you later to have as a keepsake?
    A wee suggestion: Keep all the pictures together that are sent into you with your book in them and later make a book with them putting them into the areas of the globe they come from. I think that would be a great followup of the book and along with the pictures write and watercolour pictures to go with your trip and all the bookstore signings. It also would be a ‘sellout’, n’est ce pas?
    Blessings to you and Joe and the kitties.

  30. Anne says:

    I love listening to the loons 🙂 Can’t help but think of Katherine Hepburn doing her loon call in the movie. I LOVE your book Susan! It’s sooo wonderful 🙂 I’m savoring it – I want to read it fast but I’m reading it slowly – taking my time. On page 70 now – “The New Rules” – love them – No. 1 is the best 🙂 You’ve had quite a few “peah-cida’s” by now(heehee)! Your love story with Joe was/is so touching – it brought tears to my eyes 🙂 I love that your Mom just new about him being crazy about you:-) Mother’s are brilliant!

    Have a fab cross country trip! Enjoy yourself and soak in all the love! xxoo

  31. Susan ( an Ohio gal in SoCal ) says:

    Well, I’m certainly glad I wasn’t the only one who was fooled into thinking HRH was really HRH HERSELF! There was another picture somewhere with two ladies on each side that really seemed real to me. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed this first leg of your trek across the country. I hope you get many more special gifts along the way; you are so deserving for all the love that you spilled onto each page. When I showed the book to my husband, I just had to say, ” Isn’t this a beautiful book?” He agreed. All of your attention to detail was hard work. And soon you’ll be setting off again. There’s nothing better than a road trip! Hope you get honks and waves from girlfriends who happen to see you while they are out and about!

  32. Leslie H. says:

    I am so so happy for you! Look how much joy and wonder that sweet book has brought to so many! Looking forward to seeing you in Hudson, Ohio. We have beautiful autumns here, but I’m afraid it’s still a bit early. Hopefully a few trees turn early just for you so you can get your fall fix! You deserve it 🙂

  33. Francine Werlinger says:

    Hi Susan! As usual, thanks for sharing your adventures with us! Always such a delight! And you look so cute in your pictures! I love your outfits. Can’t wait for your teas and tins to be available!! Safe travels!

  34. Karen says:

    Hi Susan! I was one of the lucky ones that got to meet you at Innisfree Bookstore in Meredith. I can’t even tell you how much that meant to me- I have been a fan for a very long time. I forgot my nametag on my desk at work – I think I was overly excited! Your pictures are wonderful and I am so glad you got to stay at Church Landing, isn’t it just beautiful there? I live only 10 minutes from there and sometimes my girlfriends and I will go to Lake House Grill for Drinks and Appetizers because it’s just pretty there- even in the winter. So glad you enjoyed the area! Please come back soon. And Joe is a sweetheart! Have a safe trip as you head out Saturday morning, Karen

    • sbranch says:

      What a wonderful place to live Karen! Lucky you. I bet it’s gorgeous in the winter too. We’ll be back for sure. Thank you for coming to the bookstore, it was so nice to meet you!

      • Karen says:

        Thanks ! I love where you live too Susan! I visited Martha’s Vineyard last October and fell in love with it! I want to go back the first chance we get! Charming place- I know why you love it so much. And I forgot to let you know that I met a new girlfriend at the book signing in Meredith- Vicki from New Jersey- a kindred spirit! And she took pictures of me with you and then she sent them to me in the mail yesterday in a little Susan Branch photo album! Wasn’t that sweet of her? I am writing back to her over the weekend -yes, a hand written letter- see what you inspire? And the book? It’s just the best Susan- I find myself laughing out loud at parts of it, such a treasure! Thank you so much for writing it- it is truly a gift you have given all of us!

      • Vicki Panzarino says:

        Hi Karen… good to meet you in NH…..Hugs

        • Karen says:

          Vicki! This is too funny- I was wondering if you read the comments and would see this-lol! Thank you so very much for the pictures- it means the world to me. It was great meeting you too and maybe we can get together for lunch next summer when your on vacation!

  35. Pat Simon says:

    A Fine Romance is now just like Flat Stanley…..having its picture taken everywhere! If you don’t know who Flat Stanley is – he is a book character that now travels all over the world and has his picture taken everywhere with everyone – kings, queens, movie stars, athletes, authors…EVERYONE. Children around the world enjoy his book adventures and take him along on their own adventures, take photos with him and write in a journal that travels with him. He is big time – he can be Googled! And now your book is just like Flat – photos around the world. Very exciting. Hoping you will come somewhere near Maryland for a book signing. 🙂

  36. Jane S. in PA says:

    What a great post: beautiful scenery & all the girlfriends, too. And what exciting news from the Jane Austen gift shop. That is the highest compliment. I am so glad you were our “ambassador” to England, and we are so proud of you! Something else I wanted to mention about the book: I realized I had a smile on my face whenever I was reading it! It should be “prescribed” for everyone. xxoo

  37. Cindy Maulin says:

    hi susan!!!!!! jeepers!!!!! what a fantastic post…my cheeks actually ache from smiling…:-) I just love all of the pictures, but I have to say that the rock fence sans sheep…well…teary-eyed for you….The Queen just cracked me up ~ you’ve got friends in high places!! I think that having “A Fine Romance” in the Jane Austen Gift store must be the biggest thrill yet….how wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing that signing trip with us….love to see you and the Girlfriends…I have come to the conclusion that this blog and all that comes with it is one of the happiest places on earth….. 🙂 🙂 xoxo love, cindy
    “There is no charm equal to tenderness of the heart…” Jane Austen “Emma”

  38. Sharon from So. Calif. says:

    Hi Susan, Thank you for your lovely post, I know how difficult it must be with your schedule and all, I don’t know how you do it! But I am sooooo very glad you do! Loved ALL of the pictures, the full moon over the lake, I now want to plan a trip to Meredith, New Hampshire it looks so beautiful. I wrote down the name of the hotel you stayed at and the Lake House Grill. Was your picnic lunch with Joe from this restaurant? The salads looked to good for words! I want one NOW! In your Autumn Picnic I clicked on the link for the lobster salad and it would not come up!! My darn computer! Can you possibly reprint that recipe again?, whenever you can. The Queen did fool me too for a minute until I noticed her “other” hand and it seemed in an odd spot!! LOL! I also LOVED Eli’s sheep, do you think you can carry them in your shop? She did give directions on how to knit them but alas, I do not knit. Many “CONGRATS” to you on having your book sell in Jane Austen’s gift shop! WOW!! On my closing note, thank you for the Loon Musica, that was my very 1st time to hear a loon, it was beautiful. P.S. Loved Jack and Girls pictures as always and what a wonderful souvenir Jack got!!! Be safe, we all love you so xoxoxoxoxo

    • Janet [in Rochester] says:

      Sharon – I couldn’t find the recipe for Lobster Rolls either – so it’s not you! The gremlins must be back… :>)

  39. Irene Talaasen says:

    Wow, I am jealous of all the girlfriends at your signings. Maybe when the next printing is out you can come to Colorado Springs or Denver. I would come to Denver too……they have the wonderful Tattered Cover Bookstore and a signing there would be delightful!! I will be waiting. Loved hearing all your adventures across New England and now cross country. I am about half finished with your book and I love it. First the travel blog and now the book and I feel like I have been to all the places. You are a treasure!! so sweet and real!
    Blessings on your travels 🙂

  40. Chris Wells in Knickerbocker, W TX says:

    Dearest Susan,
    Like you, I am kissing the kitties good-bye….a neighbor will be checking on them…wish I could find a live-in sitter like you…puppies are headed to Pet Camp, I am packing and cleaning and checking lists.
    A Fine Romance indeed has MAGIC! The top of the charts, all the way to England! I am so happy for you!
    Burst out loud at the sight of Jack being loved by Elizabeth……is that how my cats really look, when I scoop them them up and smother them with kisses! Hahahahahahaha!
    I think they really love it…’s just not dignified…if you are a cat! You mustn’t show it!
    See you soon…safe trip!

  41. Amy says:

    Hi Susan! Any plans for a stop in North Texas on your book tour? We might try to make it to the Wichita signing-only 5 hours away by car! It would be so worth it, but it would be wonderful to see you in Texas! Take care and safe travels!

    • sbranch says:

      Wichita is a definite, and on the way out. Texas is still not quite planned, and will be on the way back, in the middle of November. If any of that helps . . .

  42. Laurie says:

    I was smiling and so envious of your lovely time at the lake. In awe of the beauty of New Hampshire. Crying when I read about your phone call from jolly ol’ England and your great news. Giggling when I saw the picture of the queen with three hands. Grinning at Jack and his lack of enthusiasm at being loved so much. You have definitely taken me on a roller coaster of emotions tonight! I so hope I can attend your book signing in SLO. Safe travels!

  43. Loved your blog post so much. I so miss New Hampshire. We had a weekend home not too far from where you were in Meredith. Gosh I love it there. I have been to that bookstore many times. And you were right; On Golden Pond was filmed not far from there on Squam Lake in Holderness. So beautiful there.

    Anyway, loved seeing all the great pics. Hope you can stop in Salt Lake City.
    And you look great congrats on 20 lbs lost!!!!!!!

  44. Jane says:

    Let’s get right to it — HOW did you lose twenty pounds in three months? My life is a constant battle of trying to keep off 40 lbs. that I lost 7 years’ ago. I am a faithful Weight Watcher member, even today. BUT I would love to hear some of your tips and recipes as I’m always after great ideas. I’ve read the Girlfriends book so many times and always remember your talking about eating bites of cottage cheese. Today, I did just that, with icy chunks of watermelon as a chaser. What else? You are amazing in just about every single way and I adore the new book!!! I’m on the second reading and nearly done. You inspire me, always. Happy trails —

    • sbranch says:

      LOL, thank you Jane! OK first off, I exercised, I walk, ride a stationary bike, stretch and do floor exercises, lift little weights. Secondly, sometimes I didn’t eat dinner. And the third thing, I read that humans have PH just like our plants and we should “balance” our diet so we are not getting too much acid or too much alkaline. You can Google for a list of acid and alkaline foods. Neither are “bad” for you — it’s just the balance that matters. I saw the list of foods and realized that I was eating much too much acid — and so now I’m eating less acid and more alkaline, starting with a cup of hot water with fresh lime juice first thing in the morning (alkaline) before my morning tea (acid). A delicious way to eat if you have Gazpacho and cold slaw around all the time. More apples, roasted carrots, salads. Get pink grapefruits and oranges and make a bowlful of segments to last for a few days. You lost 40 lbs! That’s pretty darn wonderful!!!

      • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

        I was told the same thing about PH by a herbal pharmacist. He helped my get rid of a terrible kidney stone, a few years ago. My sister and I do the water thing before morning coffee.

        • sbranch says:

          Such a little thing, but I feel like it’s been a big help!

          • Janet [in Rochester] says:

            I have you have something there, Sue. My great-aunt SWORE by a morning glass of hot water and lemon juice & she lived a very long and full life. For the last 40 years or so she traveled back and forth between New York and her daughter’s home in… ALASKA! She was there for the huge earthquake in 1964. She was also a WONDERFUL cook and wrote the best letters to my mom [her niece] that I loved reading too. I miss her. :>)

          • Karen Saunders says:

            It’s suppose to de-tox your liver too.

  45. barbara miller says:

    oh, Susan, I loved this touring blog. I miss my New England. so thank you! I am saving my pennies for a book. b

  46. Anna, Camano Island,Wa says:

    I just have to tell you that going on this book signing adventure with you is almost as much fun as going on your trip through England with you was. We are seeing so many wonderful, beautiful places and you make us feel like we are almost there enjoying it all with you. That is really wonderful that your book is going to be in Jane Austens gift shop too, wow. I have a feeling it won’t be the only book shop in England that will want to carry this special book. Can’t wait to go on the rest of this trip with you, bye for now.

  47. Eli says:

    Hi Susan! Greetings from the English Lake District. I’m thrilled that your amazing book is now so ‘loved’ on both sides of the Atlantic. I know there are many places in England that would love to stock it and I’m certain it should be available from all the National Trust shops as their many customers would adore it. Without doubt Prince Charles would love your book!! Have you sent him a copy? He’s passionate about many of the places you visited. For correspondence this is his official address. Do let him see the book.

    The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
    Clarence House
    London SW1A 1BA

    Best wishes from Windermere.
    Eli x

    • sbranch says:

      Aren’t you a sweetheart Eli — thank you! It feels a little silly to send Prince Charles a book, but I do say nice things about him! Give my love to Windermere today … xoxo Thank you for the wonderful photo, I couldn’t have loved it more!

      • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

        I meant “me” get.

        • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

          Oh no! Wrong place…LOL

          I kept reading the blog and then hit send. Anyway…I say go for it!!! Send a book to Charles! If we can write to you, you can write to him.

          • sbranch says:

            After all, I did write his mother once! I guess I could write him! 🙂

          • Janet [in Rochester] says:

            I agree! Send a copy with your compliments to the Prince of Wales – and tell him how completely over-the-moon you were on your AFR visit! Eli’s completely right. Prince Charles works tirelessly to support and promote so much of what AFR is all about! Even if he never sees it [and I bet he might], no doubt someone on his staff will – and who knows? :>)

        • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

          This correction was for something I wrote before in the blog. That is why the LOL on the next line.

          I was wondering if you like loose leaf tea??

      • Didn’t Jane Austen dedicate Emma to the Prince Regent? I’m sure he got a copy. And Jane Austen didn’t even mention HIM in the book itself. So Prince Charles would probably like a copy of your book since he WAS mentioned. 🙂 I say! Someone in England should send him a copy to avoid any feelings of silliness on your part!

        • sbranch says:

          Now that makes perfect sense, because there would be a pretty strong feeling of silliness, although there are a lot worse things than that in this world!

          • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

            Send one to Sir Paul too!
            Something below your Autograph…such as,
            I thought I would return the favor! or You gave me yours, now I give you mine. LOL
            For sure send one to Prince Charles!!!

      • Lee Rose says:

        Oh yes, you must send a copy to Charles!!! How great would that be?

  48. Eileen F says:

    Hi Susan,
    Thank you so much for sharing so much of your life through pictures with all your girlfriends! You make it feel as if we are almost there with you.
    I didn’t know your dad lived near Carefree. I grew up in Glendale, and my mom still lives there. My friend and I will go visit the English Rose Tearoom the next time I am there.

    Love your books and your blog. I am thankful to my friend who gave me one so many years ago.

  49. Lisa Jorgensen says:

    Thank you once again for taking the time to share all your wonderful adventures with all of us. I look forward to reading about your cross country moments too.
    Love the photos of your book at all those great locations. But I especially love the photos of all the “furry kids” with the book. Jack and Girl Kitty are so cute and sweet, but I can see a little touch of sadness in their eyes because they know their Mommy is leaving soon.
    I look forward to fall so much even though it is 102 degrees in the SF Valley.
    Have a fantastic journey!!

  50. sondra fox says:

    When I saw the Queen Mother, I said to myself, “self, I don’t recall the Queen coming here to the USA, lately. ” Then I figured it out. It takes me awhile.

    Jacks pictures are so crazy. You can see the helplessness in his eyes. He knows he’s lost the battle to keep the needy woman at bay. No wonder you like that particular woman to take care of your darlings. She loves your Jack.

    Can’t wait until you reach the shores of sunny CA. I certainly want to be in a line at some nearby bookstore, with you signing books. Still trying to figure out “HOW DO YOU DO IT?” What energy & stamina you have, Susan. Must be the vitamins you take!

    Has anyone ever mentioned to you Susan, that you look like Petula Clarke? The only thing missing is the blond hair.(Sandy from Chihuahua Flats)

  51. Janet [in Rochester] says:

    PS – these CLASSIC SUE comments made me smile:
    “…there were squeals because it was so gorgeous…”
    “…then for the devil that lives inside us both ONION RINGS…”
    Please don’t EVER change, my friend! :>) ❤

  52. Hi Susan! I am so very happy for you! Congrats on the weight loss (I am in the process and have lost 14 pounds so far!!!) and on your book success! Now I have all the more reason to go to visit Jane Austin’s home – YOUR book will be in the gift shop! YAY!! You are an inspiration to us all! Thanks for keeping us updated here on your wonderful blog!

  53. Georgie says:

    Good Morning Susan!

    Reading this was pure JOY!!! Your blog is alive with the pictures and thoughts of your travels! Each journey tops he next with incredible destinations and girlfriends! I’m immersing myself in the hotels, the cottages, the walks in the woods, the lapping water of the lake and the gorgeous views of the green moon… Pure abandonment all around!

    You fill our lives when you share your joy!

    Isn’t it AMAZING just how much living you’ve crammed into the past two weeks! I’m sure you’re A Fine Romance can is wondering… What’s up next? These folks will keep my wheels turning! Ha!

    I found myself with tears in my eyes when I saw our book showing up in pictures you wrote about!

    Keep packing… You’ve time for one more lobster roll before your BIG trip! We’re all waiting to jump in the van and roll across the country with you and Joe!

    XOXO Georgie NJ
    P.S. Pack some extra tea for me with cream. xoxo

  54. Patty in Michigan says:

    Wow! Your list of things you have gotten done is impressive. Especially the part about losing 20 pounds since May. Congratulations! We are getting more excited for your visit to Michigan. Was able to get my daughter (15 years old by the way!) and my mother a copy of the book. We are all reading it together – so fun! Then taking the trip to see you here in Michigan together!

  55. Shawnee Moschiano says:

    How exciting that your book will be in the Jane Austen gift shop!! Those little lambies are adorable too, is it possible you can get some for your on line shopping store? My sister, Gioia, and I visited with you at Innisfree, and I must say that it was a true pleasure to meet you! We arrived quite early and I spotted Joe behind the bookstore with your Van, and just went bonkers! I spent a lovely week in New England with my sister, but now I am back in Naples, Florida :(… Home is where your heart is, but I think I left my heart in New England…Thank you for the lovely pictures, especially that MOON! As I have said before, your blog makes being homesick easier. Love ya Susan!!

    Be safe driving West! xoxo

  56. Teena (Indiana) says:

    Susan, you do amaze me! The best word I continue to use to describe you is INSPIRING…you put such thought into everything you do and don’t leave out a thing. You embrace life and seem to take in all that you can, and it is so enjoyable to read about it all. Thank you for taking the time to share. Congratulations on the weight loss…it is very motivating. The photos on this post are beautiful! Makes me feel like I was there. Such exciting news continues to come about your book, making it’s appearance in England…the gift stores, etc. Where the excitement will continue to go, who knows?! Best wishes on this next adventure and leg of your journey! All I can say is…thank you…………..

  57. Judy from Maine says:

    Good Morning Susan,
    First off you have no idea how excited I was to meet you in Meredith, truth be told I was also a little nervous…I was meeting a star. Didn’t have to feel that way at all, the book signing was wonderful. I met some really nice ladies in line and of course got to meet you too. It was a special day indeed. Now you are about to do the number one thing on my bucket list, a cross country tour by car, well, I want to do it in an RV, but same thing. I can’t wait for you to get started and I know you will share all the fun and excitement of the trip with us. I feel like I’m one step closer to my some day trip. The only thing is I am a bit sad that you will miss autumn in New England this year, but what an adventure you/we are about to have.

  58. Lori from Maine says:

    Hi Susan ~ Loved your pictures of Meredith, NH. Hubby and I have been there several times. We go to concerts at Meadowbrook ~ a really pretty outdoor venue near there. We saw the beautiful “Green Corn” moon at our camp, sitting on the beach enjoying a campfire and a glass of wine, listening to the loons. Life can’t get much better than that! Enjoy your cross-country trip…it sounds wonderful!!
    xo from SW Hbr., ME

  59. Barb from Ohio says:

    Hi Susan, I posted a comment yesterday here but I think it must have gotten lost out in cyber space, but I just wanted to say that I enjoyed the pictures of your first couple adventures in book signing. Love the one on the lake with the full moon and the warm cozy glow of your cabin shining through the window on the deck. You must have been thrilled to see all of the happy anxious girlfriends lined up waiting to meet you in the bookstores. The picture with the Queen threw me for a few minutes–I thought it was real until I noticed her clasped hands off to the left side of the book, and the third hand at an odd angle holding the book. Glad you are enjoying your trek across country so far and I will be looking forward to meeting you next week in Hudson. Have a safe trip down to Ohio!

    • sbranch says:

      We have gremlins here Barb, every so often a comment, and sometimes even mine, goes missing. So sorry, but here we are now! Off to Ohio on Saturday — see you there!

  60. Beverly Brewer says:

    Such a pretty post! Am so glad you are treated to such gorgeous scenery and warm-hearted GFs as you begin your book tour! Loved every meticulously crafted page of AFR and I am remembering your diligence in the wee hours of each morning as you created this beautiful masterpiece for all of us! We all are familiar with the saying “A book is a present you can open again and again” and your book takes the cake for that! I gave a copy to Joanne, my wonderful boss and friend, who owns the English Rose Tea Room, and she loved it too, of course! She was born and raised in Hampshire and told me that she and her Mum visited all those beautiful places when she was growing up, so the book is full of sentimental memories for her! We had fun staging the Queen photo shoot and I was smiling behind the Queen and we were all giggling as Jo took several pics. Jo’s wonderful young nephew was visiting from England and he was in on the shenanigans, too! Jo always makes the days fun and delightful for all of us and we love her British humor! We’re all looking forward to your visit and have other “cardboard people” to add to the festivities—Prince William and Kate, a palace guard and Colin Firth! Have a safe and sound trip—we’ll be waiting for you and Joe!

    • sbranch says:

      Fun Beverly! Tell everyone I said hello and thank you!

      • Nancy B says:

        Mystery solved! LOL

        Nancy (from Bakersfield)

        • Bonnie says:

          Nancy from Bakersfield, I lived in Bakersfield for 23 years with my first love. We ran Kephart Insurance Agency for Farmers for 15. Lived in Rosedale!!!! It’s a small world, huh????

          • Nancy B says:

            I recognize that name, but I don’t think we ever met. We have lived here since 1966. This place has really grown over the years. I liked the small town better. 🙂

  61. Bonnie says:

    Susan, Well it must be meant to be! You will be less than 1 hour from my home on 9-16-13, and I will be (barely) back from my CO vacation atving and rockhounding, so I think I will come to meet you and have you sign a book for me. If you need a place to stay, I have an extra house by Baldwin City, KS. About an hour from where you are booksigning. the house is lonely! (and lovely). I built it after my first love died, but then meet my second love before I ever lived in it. You never know where this life will lead!!! See ya! B

  62. Peggy Cooper says:

    Oh my dear, what a wonderful post. I didn’t have time to really do it justice yesterday, so I waited until this morning to read it so I could savor it. I was lucky enough to spend several days at Lake W (not even going to try to spell it) when I was probably about 10. I had a friend whose uncle owned 2 large cabins there, so I was in little girl heaven swimming in the lake every day, and dreaming on the dock every evening. I loved the picture of Bentley the black and white dog reading your book. Looks so much like my Abigail. Oh, and that tea shop in AZ – I could spend days in there. So sorry to hear you probably won’t be coming to CO since the books are sold out. I mean, I’m so happy for you, but sad for me. I love my copy of the book, but Miss Katniss Everdeen loved it too, and she ripped up the cover a little bit, so I wanted to get another one. She doesn’t usually bother with my books, but someone on Facebook said she probably couldn’t wait to get into it :o)

    • sbranch says:

      I’m sad for me too, I love Colorado and was looking forward to that part of the trip! We’ll try again!

      • Tawni urrutia says:

        Uh-oh Sweet Susan!! Does this mean you’re cutting your trip short due to the SELL OUT of the magnificent AFR? Can you hear the Lucy Ricarrdo WHAAAAA in all the western states if that’s the case?!
        Tawni…in Lodi, Ca

        • sbranch says:

          Yes we are. That’s a very big problem because the whole point of this trip is to go out and meet all of you — but bookstores don’t really want to do book signings without books! We are still going to Bakersfield, Pasadena, Orange County and San Luis Obispo, hopefully Palo Alto and Danville, but we’ll see how the incoming books coincide with Time.

  63. Angie(Tink!) says:

    `♥*¨`*¨♥*¨`* Sweet Sue! 🙂 Huge Smile on Me Pumpkin Face! First This Blog Is Beyond Amazing! & In Every Photo of You… You Are Glowing! Your Happiness is Radiating from The Inside Out! (& 20 pounds since May! Amazing & You did Not Need to Lose any weight But Now You Must Feel as Fabulous as You Look!) Sweet Sue You Have Begun An Amazing Adventure! Meeting All Your “Fans” Now Friends….All The Tea Parties at All The Bookstores! All The Lovely Places You & Joe will Be Staying At…Just Breathe….I’ll Be Keeping You In My Prayers Every Day Keeping You & Joe Safe & Sound…You Know My “Virtual” Bags are Packed along with a Huge Picnic Basket of Yummy Treats (Healthy Ones Too!)….Thank You for Bringing Us Along This Road~Trip…I Love The “Fine~Romance~Van” 🙂 Girl & Jack will Be Safe & Loved Until Mom & Dad Return (Jiggity~Jig Home Again Time) I’ve Begun Your Autumn Book This Morning Part of How I Welcome in September “Gypsy Blood Astir” Yay! 😉 I’m Sending You & Joe Off with a Little Traveling Pixie~Dust & Always Huge Warm Hugzzz & Love! Safe Journey Sweetest Sue! You are Loved & We are All so Proud of You! Twirling into All The Magic of Your Book~Tour! 🙂 xoxo Poof! `♥*¨`*¨♥*¨`*`♥*¨`*¨♥*¨`*`♥*¨`*¨♥*¨`* P.S. The Photo of The Queen with Your Book Amazing! 😉 & It Could Happen One Day! Yay! Cheerio! 🙂 ♥

  64. Pat Johnson of Paso Robles says:

    OK NOW I can write this blog……yes, it brought tears to my eyes when I discovered that OUR book was selling in the Jane Austen Book Shop – and then the pic in the meadow looking across at Castle Cottage. My oh my – this “ride” has been too amazing for all of us!!! I am still (slowly) reading it and just this morning I retrieved my grandmother’s tea pot (out of the cupboard) to wash and USE!! It needed a special place and I decided on the dining room table so I could see it everyday. Thank you so much for opening up the world for me and giving me info that I would never have had otherwise. That “gift” alone is priceless!! And the pics you shared – we looked at the same moon and you gave me a most beautiful look at it – thank you!! Travel on, my dear – most exciting is the trip back home to Dad and Root Beer Floats!!! (My Dad & I had the same routine – that and Dairy Queen!!) Know you and Joe are loved each and every day as you travel along the way. Have a GRAND TIME!!! Hugs galore!

  65. Mary from NJ says:

    Hi Susan…enjoying the calmness of the loons during this posting. So glad to catch up on your recent book signings and adventures in the A Fine Romance-a- mobile. Before I head out–had to tell you I was flipping through Victoria magazine UK addition in Wal-Mart yesterday and there was full page ad on page 16 for the book! xoxoxo

  66. carolshapiro says:

    Oh my! Bliss! So, so happy! Last week I had hoped to get to your book signing in Sandwich but something came up so I couldn’t….however, was really disappointed to see on your website that you had sold out the first printing (how wonderful for you and you deserve it!!! ) , and already proceeding with a second printing! Thankfully, in your blog, you had mentioned that Titcomb’s should have some extras on hand, and yesterday I was blessed to be on the Cape and visited Titcomb’s specifically to see if they had more of your first edition books, signed- and THEY DID!!! Of course, guess who stayed up until 2AM reading your book??? it’s “lovely” as the Brits say!!! Can’t wait to get back to it! Fighting weeds right now in the yard, but happy thinking about getting back to reading your book later this afternoon!!! Susan, your books never disappoint- I have most of them- but this latest book is just very, very special indeed.

  67. Mary h says:

    I bought your book a few weeks ago at the Innisfree book store and wanted to let you know how much I love it and that it is my souvenir from a very lovely day trip to Meredith.

  68. Heather says:

    I love the Loons – Sounds of Nature video and all of pictures and words. It makes me think of “home”. Indeed ,Lake Winnipesaukee, Meredith and Moultonborough, N.H. were once called home. All our children were born there at Lakes Region General Hospital. We were active members of Calvary Bible Church right there in the center of Meredith. Innisfree Bookshop was one of my favorite places to visit and buy books. I walked our boys in their double stroller along the paths of the waterfront park. Meredith is a wonderful place to walk around.
    For the last 7 years there we lived in Moultonborough on Red Hill. It was dirt road and on the side of that almost mountain. We loved it out there in the woods. We could hear the loons on Wakondah pond nearby. We truly counted it a blessing and privilege to live year round where looking out your living room window, or driving down the road to go grocery shopping at EM Heaths – or to work – or to church was like moving in a post card. We miss it. There is one day of the year that we esp. miss it. That is the 4th of July. Going to see fireworks was a snap. You never had to wonder where to go or where to park when you got there.
    There are lovely places to go here in CT. too. For us it requires more time, thought and planning to go out and enjoy it. Gosh, I’m a little homesick and it’s been 8 years!
    I hope to get “A Fine Romance”at least by christmas. It’s on my wish list!

  69. Heather says:

    Oh yes! I do congratulate you for your book being sold at the Jane Austen’s gift shop!

  70. Rhonda P. in Woodson, TX says:

    Thank you, once again, for the wonderful post! I have finished my book and I think I’m having withdrawals…I will definitely have to read it again, slowly this time! Love it, love it, love it. Thanks for your time keeping us “up to date” and connected!

  71. Mary Bowes-Andrews says:

    Love the book, but am a bit mad because I cannot stop buying copies. Saw you at Bunch of Grapes signing , and bought second book and calender. Currently I am on book number six (early Christmas gifts , if I can stop giving them away!) Hope you can do more Vineyard or Cape signings. Enjoy your travels with the book—Have you thought about running a Country Tour of England ever? It could be a modern day Enchanted April.
    Just wishing,

  72. Anne Branco says:

    Congratulations on the success of A Fine Romance! (Although not a bit surprised) I just finished reading my copy. I’m going to begin reading it again, more slowly this time. ( I just devoured it!) It has been my “lullabye” every night before bed. Although I have to say I laughed out loud several times about your driving experiences. I could sooo relate! I read it out loud to my husband so he could see that I’m not the only wife hitting “the brake” on my side of the car! Have a safe and wonderful cross country trip. Anne
    P.S. CONGRATULATIONS on losing 20 pounds! Way to go! (You look marvelous.)

  73. Julie Buck says:

    Loved the picture of your book with Queen Elizabeth! I have one of me with her – had tea there with my girlfriends in February! You’ll have lots of fun! I love reading all about your adventures – am slowly reading (trying very hard to make it last, so am only allowing myself one day’s worth of diary per evening) the book and just loving every minute of it!


  74. Absolutely, a magical post with the loons sounds in the background. I felt I was there with you and Joe; just like our trip to England. I have sooooo enjoyed the book, and the wonderful places it has been. Thanks for those posts too, Susan. We need all the cooling off we can see and feel here in Arizona, to alleviate all the suffering we do in the summer. Well, this has just been the most exciting ride, hitching on to your star, so to speak, with all the journeys you take and the excitement that surrounds Susan Branch. I can spend all day, and frequently do, following you on your blog, shopping, twitter, facebook, the book page, and on and on. Just a way to life we Girlfriends have, and it is truly wonderful. Thanks for making it so! Love ya and lots of hugs, Judy

  75. I couldn’t wait for you to make it West so I ordered a signed, first edition from Titcomb’s Book Shop. This copy will be a gift for a friend and they offered to gift wrap it for free! I am so excited!

    I loved reading about your trip and seeing the lovely places you stayed and visited. One day I will make it to the East Coast and visit all these charming places.

  76. Michele says:

    Hi Susan! Looks like so much fun. You SO got me with the pict. of the Queen! And seriously, congrats on the 20lbs!!! AND the book at Jane Austen’s, too!
    (I tried to post a comment a few days ago, but I think it got lost in the ‘Time Vortex’).

    The ‘hubby’ told me the other day he was going to try and takes us to the TEA in IL!!! I am hoping it works out. (It’s kinda a ‘birthday make-up’. He and our “fur~baby” gave me two little bleeding heart plants for my birthday, but sadly, they didn’t make it. So, (hopefully), we’ll get to come and meet you (and Joe :0). I think tea and meeting you all would TOTALLY make up for a few tears shed over my little, lost plants! :0)

    Hugs and Kisses to the kitties, (if you can fit them in with all the ones I am sure you are giving them :0)

  77. Lisa says:

    Oh my goodness, I just burst into tears of JOY for you when I read about the Jane Austen Gift Shoppe calling you. How wonderful!

  78. Patsy in Nixa, MO says:

    I just received my Tea Time magazine and there was the ad for “our book”. It looks great! Makes me want to buy another copy (my fifth), so I probably will.

    How nice that this issue features autumn (our favorite time of year) and also the Dunbar Tea Shop in Sandwich, MA, as well as the Sandwich Glass Museum, a must see for all Girlfriends who love beautiful things.

  79. What a beautiful place you stayed! That moon was amazing! Glad the kitties were in such great hands while you were gone. I know that puts your mind at ease. I hope you head down south to Atlanta on your book tour. 🙂

  80. Karen C says:


    I loved your blog, made me really want to visit New England. I always enjoy all the girlfriends comments too. It is amazing how different we all are, yet we all thinking the same things. Have a wonderful trip, it will go by before you know it. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for a safe one. Hugs Karen C
    I love your red sneakers! How cute they are, just like you! I am sure they hold the secret of your 20lb weight loss.

  81. judy young says:

    Just wanted to say that I loved this post, but then I love all your posts! This one was really exceptional, and newsy, with lots of great photographs. Finished reading AFR two nights ago and am now re-reading it, a little each night; that way I can go to sleep dreaming about England!

    I so love that you are having a grand time on this book tour, you and Joe certainly deserve it. I saw something on the internet news yesterday about independent bookstores across America seeing a resurgence. It said they were doing well, as opposed to the BIG bookstores that were losing money. I think you are single-handedly bringing back the independent bookstore with your success! So marvellous. It’s all mind-boggling actually, the success you are enjoying with this book. Your heart must just be bursting!! Love you, safe travels!

  82. Rhonda D. says:

    So many lovely photos of everything…so many continuous small treats. You have my dream life Susan. You are so blessed. So thrilled for you that the Jane Austen Gift Shop is going to carry A Fine Romance. Congratulations! That is beyond wonderful. I finished reading your book…I think I literally “inhaled” it. Before I read it from cover to cover, the scent (yes, I do believe it has its own very special aroma) of a new S.B. book just overwhelmed me. I’ve never had a new book do that to me before. I loved it! The Bliss Carman poem is one of my favorites. Since I live in New Brunswick and autumn is my favorite season, a bit of heaven knocked on my door today.

    We just had some disturbing news. A step-sister of ours, a young mother, has been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. She is having a mastectomy (sp?) on Sept. 6th and will have to do chemo for 9 months. There just seems to be so much of this stuff around now. So glad for your blog Susan…a beautiful, calm, happy place to come in the midst of the storms of life. Thank you for providing this safe haven for us. Have a wonderful trip…my prayers are with you.
    P.S. I do believe that sheep can have feathers if we want them to (smile). xo

  83. Mary S. says:

    Those pictures of Elizabeth holding/squishing Jack are hilarious!!! That’s how I would be with him, ’cause that’s how I am with my kitties!!
    Love from Mary S. in Fresno, CA

  84. judi says:

    What a fun post. Great to see “the girlfriends” at the delightful bookstores & by the van. The poem is one of my very favorites for fall and have used it on cards for more than 25 years. And oh, the loons and lapping water . . . sniff, exactly like northern MN and so many wonderful times we had up there.
    Great to see Lake “W”. Neighbors here have a summer camp on that lake. You so captured the “magic” of the north that once you drink it in it lives in your memory forever – be it Maine, NH, Michigan, WI or MN – so beautiful!
    TWENTY pounds – uff da, once the weather cools a bit hope to get moving outside:)
    Safe travels to you two and the whole U.S. is leaving “a light on” for you. xoxo

  85. Deb OBrien says:

    I keep coming back~~just want to see more~~Love <3 the tour of everywhere you are going~~Thank you for sharing the photographs of the places, as well as the booksignings, for I just love those places you are visiting.

    Today, I have a dilema~~I feel it is time to bring out "Autumn" {the book} but don't want to put down "A Fine Romance" ~~ guess I shall just be greedy and bring out both? Now, that sounds like a plan 😉

    Looking forward to travelling across the great continent with you~~I've done it four times myself! {once by plane so got the overhead view, once on Greyhound, twice by car} Oh! Oh! Oh! "hiraeth" setting in now {great Welsh word, hiraeth, for it has no translatable meaning, it is all about feeling inside, I know you and the Girlfriends will understand this}

    Safe Journey!

    Waving from Across The Pond
    Debs from Wales xoxo

  86. Doreen Strain (Florida) says:

    Hi Sue, happy to hear you and Joe are having a great time. The Church Landing Mill Falls Hotel looks so quaint. I’ll have to put it on my “to go places” list. I’m enjoying looking at all the pictures of the “girlfriends” and putting faces to names. I’m also thinking about how many wonderful memories you are making in the lives of the “girlfriends” who have been able to go to the signings. Angie Tink and I were chatting on FB yesterday about all the fun you guys are having. Just loved listening to the music and the loon sounds while reading your blog. Well, enjoy your time on the road and meeting the “girlfriends”. I’m sure it must be wonderful for them to see you in person and know we are all connected through your blog bloodline! Happy Autumn…enjoy the views as you travel and make sure to take lots of pictures for us of the changing of the season as shown to the world by the color changes as you go. FOSB 4~Ever! ~ Doreen ~

  87. Sweet Pea says:

    Happy Trails To You! You do know I will be coming along.
    Keep us posted..(I really didn’t need to say that did I?)I know you will…you never forget us! One of the many reasons we love …love …love …you so!
    So happy for your successes with the book :-))
    My love,
    Sweet Pea

    • sbranch says:

      We are heading down a little street in Pittsfield, MA right now, on our way to the Clark Museum to get a little culture in our lives!

  88. Linda Trokey says:

    Susan, your journey has just begun and New Hampshire is breathtaking. I could almost smell the hint of fall in the air through your descriptions and photos. That is a trip I hope to make next fall and you are fast becoming my favorite trip planner. My heart did a little happy dance when I saw your new book in Jane Austen’s store. I am not a bit surprised though as the book is absolutely beautiful and I find myself pacing myself as I read it because I don’t want it to end. Thank to one of your wonderful girlfriends, I received a copy as an anonymous gift and cried when I opened the package. I am so grateful to “the” girlfriend who did this kind and wonderful thing for me as it felt so good to feel true joy again after a long season of sorrow.

    Love and blessings for a safe trip,


  89. Jack says:

    That call of the loon ….. you could always do that and when Carol Burnett would do her Tarzan call on TV, you would always answer her with your Loon call …. Mom and I always wondered where you got that……

  90. Rae Ann R. from western Minnesota...soon to be back in Michigan... says:

    20 pounds lost!!!…Congratulations…loveloveloving reading about your adventures in the USA…still trying to get you to our locally owned bookstore Between the Covers in Harbor Springs MI…Katie C. the new very young owner is trying to reach you via email…hope you can visit our stomping grounds right after Grand Rapids MI…packing here too…today is my hubby Dave’s last day of official work…after 42 years, he is finally retiring…the moving truck will be here a week from today…EEKKKK…still lots to pack…and then we will be off on a new adventure of our own…24-7 togetherness…I can’t wait…travel safely girlfriend…and Joe too…xoxo…

  91. Carilyn Wolski says:

    Hello Susan! Oh how beautiful all of your recent blog pictures are!!! Jack and Girl Kitty will be in good hands for sure! Good luck on the road traveling! I was looking in my mother’s 1948 cookbook today and happened upon a Sally Lynn (bread ) recipe. She lived in Bath, England in 1680, evidently through “Googling” her, I learned her recipe is a secret and the tea house in her home is the only place where it’s original recipe is baked. Others have tried to replicate it through the years. I am so curious to know if you ate this kind of bread while in England? (I might just try this recipe once the weather becomes cooler this Fall.) Take care!

    • sbranch says:

      What a fun history to learn about. I’ve heard of Sally Lunn bread but I’ve never made it, here’s a RECIPE I’m saving to try this winter when I get home. Did you get her very own recipe?

      • Carilyn Wolski says:

        I am not certain. (This old cookbook says”recipe is right from Bath, England, the home of Sally Lunn.”)But, when I researched her, it stated the home was renovated in 1937 by Marie Byng-Johnson who found her recipes in a secret cupboard in the old paneling. The original recipe was passed on with the deeds to, which is now called Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House on 4 North Parade, Bath, England. Thank you for your recipe. I will be making both, to compare!!! Hopefully, my hubby and I will travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan to see you and I will give you a copy.

  92. Janet says:

    How wonderful to have your book in the Jane Austin Gift Shop! How great is that?!?!! Isn’t it amazing what this social media can do? This is and has been so much fun. Thanks for taking us along.
    Athens, Georgia

  93. I was in Schuler’s Books in Grand Rapids Mi. today, and saw the anouncement of the Sept 7 book signing (Alpine Ave. store) and they do have a nice number of books waiting for everyone. I’m looking forward to meeting you in person. Leaves here are beginning to look like the ones from your yard. It should be a beautiful drive as you pass through all the states on your way to the west coast. Drive safely! 🙂

  94. Love this post. Of course I love them all. There are some cute photos of people and pets with your book. I have one I posted recently on my blog of me reading to Hattie , my Barred Rock chicken peeking into the book. We are at Beatrix Potters and she was all excited to hear about it. 🙂 How does one get the pix to you? Happy & safe travels. Bummer the book is sold out already. I know my neighbor would LOVE it. I am reading it AGAIN. My other neighbor hinted at borrowing it on a trip this past week, but I am afraid of losing it so since its signed.. sorry.. must get your own copy.:))

  95. Shawnee Moschiano says:

    How exciting that your book will be in the Jane Austen gift shop!! Those little lambies are adorable too, is it possible you can get some for your on line shopping store? My sister, Gioia, and I visited with you at Innisfree, and I must say that it was a true pleasure to meet you! We arrived quite early and I spotted Joe behind the bookstore with your Van, and just went bonkers! I spent a lovely week in New England with my sister, but now I am back in Naples, Florida 🙁 … Home is where your heart is, but I think I left my heart in New England…Thank you for the lovely pictures, especially that MOON! As I have said before, your blog makes being homesick easier. Love ya Susan!!

    Be safe driving West! xoxo

  96. Carolyn says:

    Have a wonderful trip! My sister’s and my “royal baby” Emma mugs arrived–perfect for tea while reading A Fine Romance! Thanks for the NH photos–a lovely final bit of summer. Thanks for sharing, as always.

  97. Barb in MI says:

    How wonderful that your book has sold out and is being enjoyed in so many places! I received mine within days of its release and have read it cover to cover and gone back to it many times. I thought I was being so clever, though, in planning a trip to Martha’s Vineyard. I’ve always wanted to go there, and with the book’s release planned for September, I hoped maybe a visit then might find you at a book signing on the island. As it turns out, you will be in Grand Rapids on the day we leave for MV!! Oh well, maybe our paths will cross some other time. Have a safe trip across the country and enjoy the love from all those lucky girlfriends who get to meet you!

  98. So nice to see all the girlfriends at the book signings and all the beautiful places you stayed in New England. Lovely, just lovely. Looking up your blog before bedtime is like reading a good Fairytale….makes sweet dreams. Jack and Girl Kitty look so spoiled and loved. One of our sweet fur babies passed on this past Monday; he was nearly 17 and lived a very loved life. We will miss him. Now I have only one cutie left….Little Guy…who is 6. It seems like an empty nest. Question, girlfriends: get a new kitty for Little Guy (and me?) or keep him King of the Home? Time will tell. Have a great trip west Susan. I’ll be awaiting your blogs.

    • sbranch says:

      So sorry to hear about your kitty. Seventeen, that’s good, but that’s a big part of your life too. We are so lucky to have these little fur babies to come live inside our houses! I vote for a new kitty!

      • Wendy Louise says:

        I vote a new kitty for Little Guy, then he will really be King !
        Sounds like great fun to me………picking out a kitty. 🙂 Susie let us know if you do. Wendy- Louise

      • Deborah Heater (Indiana) says:

        New Kitty for sure Susie…..before he becomes the King!!! I truly believe “most” cats like having a companion, the plus to having a new baby it will keep Little Guy young at heart not to mention how much fun you will have! 🙂

    • Julie H from Michigan says:

      So sorry for your loss Susie. I understand and lost our 17 yr old cat who was the queen here. We have a 12 yr old male cat and we are debating on getting 2 new sibling kittens. They were rescued from an abusive family. We put them in the living and my elder cat just hissed and moaned at them. I wonder if he will attack them if he gets mad enough. We are not sure if we should interrupt his life with these two kittens. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

  99. Jackie P says:

    Hi Susan,
    Laughed so hard reading about Jack’s and Girl Kitty’s sitters. I’m afraid I have a bit of that four-year-old in me, too, when it comes to loving ❤ adorable critters!

    Last week at this time I was so anxious to see you at the Toadstool. It was such a fun day! Loved your discussion with the audience — it was so exciting to see you ✭in person✭ and share the experience with kindred ☼ spirits. Enjoyed visiting with Joe, too! And Bentley has been on cloud ☁ nine since his photo made the blog! (me, too!) Don’t forget to take some time out for yourself!

    • sbranch says:

      Your dogs are so gorgeous Jackie!! Beautiful critters! Thank you for being there — it was wonderful to meet you and see so many of our blog Girlfriends!

  100. Lori Edmonds says:

    Thoroughly enjoying “A Fine Romance”!! Such a delightful book : )

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