Today is my day for B I R T H D A Y   G R A T I T U D E  and we’ll start with my favorite song ever in the history of the world . . .  MUSICA Good Morning Crocus,  Good Morning Daffodils, Hello Tulips,  Hi there Miss Hyacinth! Hello fresh spring air,  you smell so good!  Hello Sunshine ~ Hello GIRLFRIENDS!  

happy april!


T O M O R R O W   I S   M Y



So many things  to be grateful for and I thought today would be a really good day to talk about them.

my favoriteLet me first say that if I put every one of my blessings in this post, reading it would become a full time job because they pretty much go to the moon.  But I have to start somewhere!  My favorite magazines have arrived and for my own birthday present to me, I’m taking them to lunch this week.  Me and them, alone, at a corner table, with a knife to hold them open so I can eat Sesame Noodles and read at the same time.  One of my most favorite luxuries, reading all alone in restaurants (a sidewalk cafe on the Champs Elysees?  Oui!)

JackAnd him, my shadow, he’s more than a luxury, he is my must-have.  And the very best present I could ask for, he and Girl have been playing this last week, chasing each other up and down the stairs, you can hear their feet running back and forth upstairs, ambushing each other, jumping off the beds.  It’s wonderful!  So good for Girl and just what I was hoping for her when I brought Jack home.  I hope it lasts. Jack is 2 1/2 years old and this is a first!

sunrisesSpring has come to Martha’s Vineyard!  The early morning light is exquisite.  Pristine, fresh, clean, and a miracle if ever I saw one. Especially after this winter!

forsythiaI have huge amounts of gratitude for Mrs Bowditch who lived in our house from 1949 until 1980 and was so good about planting for spring bloom. I got to meet her once.  She’s been my inspiration.I hope she knows I’m taking good care of her house for her.

come and get your happinessOur daffodils are in bloom.  Thank you!


the walk

We have nature’s address, it’s out through the woods along a dirt path that takes us here . . . no leaves on the trees yet, but the sun is lovely and the breeze smells wonderful, and you can hear the waves.


Crocus! Pure miracles.  First there is snow and then there are crocus!


I’m grateful for talented Kellee who made me this kitty last year. xoxo

kids say the darndest things

And for little children who write me beautiful letters with borders.  Thank you Little Children! xoxo



I’m grateful for these, my own research department, my diaries . . . Yes, I know I’ve been MIA from our dear blog, and I’ve missed you!  But every time I’ve tried to do an update (and I have tried!), I think “Oh, just let me add this one more little thing to my new book and THEN I’ll go do a new post” . . . that’s when I fall into “the zone” and have to say help I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.  But no one comes, so what can I do?


I can’t save myself, and honestly, I really don’t want to.  I like it in there.  I’m driven in the best possible way.  I wake up and RUN to my paper and pen before all my morning fresh-from-dreamland thoughts disappear.  I have 418 pages of our new book written, Girlfriends.  Of course, probably 50% of it is what English people would call “a crapjob” ~ but that’s OK, first I have to get the whole entire thing down on paper, and we’ll worry about crap removal later on.  I promise, it will be distilled, only the juicy bits will be left when I get done.  It’s almost my birthday and  I feel so grateful to have this passion.


Daddio and Joey-0

And then this . . . digging through my photos, I found this one.   I am SO grateful for these two cutie-pot-pie Leos in my life, the Blog Daddy, John Patrick Stewart Jr. (hi Dad!) and my partner in crime, Joseph Buckminster Hall.  

little family

And I’m so grateful I was ever a part of this group of little people. ♥    


Gladys Taber

I love sharing my birthday with Gladys Taber.  I love being born on the same day as someone who was a light to the world. 


I’m excited that Joe and I will be at the Friends of Gladys Taber meeting in Connecticut in June — I’ll be speaking and signing A Fine Romance and we get to tour her house Stillmeadow for the very first time!


High school

And right after that, I come home to this . . . these are my high school girlfriends (last fall in California) . . . and they are ALL coming to stay in my house for four days in June! I’m grateful I have this to look forward to!  We have stories, we laugh, we have fun!  They are like sisters to me.  I have some house fluffing to do!  (And with my “passion” in full bloom plus old man winter to sweep out the door, this house needs it! 🙂



I’m thankful for this, because this means YOU. 

girlfriendsCounting the blessings of my last year, one of the best of all was going out to meet so many of our Girlfriends.  Look how cute Lucy and Ethel are!  I’m telling you, this was a ball!


in CAA Fine Romance was such a blessing ~ it took me here  (both of those horse pictures are still on the door of my studio, one from Jessie and one from Sydney) . . . and it took us all here   To Beatrix Potter’s house in the Lake District.  M A G I C A L , I almost can’t believe we were there.


A fine romance at Castle CottageAnd tomorrow, on my actual birthday, I get to go to lunch with my best girlfriends here on Martha’s Vineyard ~ flowermaking me grateful for a Spring Birthday ~ the perfect excuse for a girlfriend lunch.   And then we’re all going to the nursery together!  Our nurseries close in the winter, so this will be a treat, our first visit this year!  Sometimes my California girlfriends wonder why I would want to live in a place that has such a cold winter, and this is part of the reason.  It’s  thrilling to go to the nursery for the first time, seeing the first flowers, smelling the warm sun on grass.  It’s a miracle every year.  The more miracles, the better. 

To remember on your Birthday

And this weekend, I’m going to write us a new Willard!  Oh yeah, I think you deserve a birthday present too . . .  make sure your addresses are all up to date.  It won’t go out for about a week and a half, I’ll be sure to let you know.

magicOne more wish, my birthday wish for you is that you go through your days gracefully growing more beautiful and wise, never missing a sunset or the opportunity to count your blessings, I hope that’s how we stay forever young. xoxo Love you . . . Wham, *❊ BAM,✱ whoosh,✶* sparkles *♫*✱•*¨*•.☆.♪•*¨❋**••*¨ ✱*•★.* ♪* ✱ •*¨✸*•.★.♫•*¨☆✱*•*♥. . .  feel that?

aint life grand

D O N ‘ T    F O R G E T    T O 

The little things in life SB

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  1. Norma Herrin says:

    Sending Birthday Wishes to you, hope it will be grand. My birthday is on Easter Sunday, two girlfriends are taking me to Easter Tea at The Chocolate Angel Tearoom…..yummy!
    Thank you for the beautiful blog today.

  2. Judi from Mikwaukie, OR says:

    Susan, to celebrate the gift of you….have a grand birthday and a very Blessed year:)

  3. Cindy Maulin says:

    hi Birthday Girl!!! aren’t birthday celebrations the best celebrations of them all? I love them…mine and everyone else’s!!! It’s a time to be with special friends and wonderful family…..It’s YOUR special day but it’s a day that becomes special to those who love and care about you. Thank dear Susan for using your gifts to make the world a little smaller….a happier place to be. Hope your day is spectacular and your year filled with joyful moments…. cheers!!!! xo
    love, cindy
    ps…I tried to post my comment via iPad but those pesky gremlins played havoc with my words….that’s why the two posts!!!
    pps…just wondering where you and friends will have lunch…we loved our time on MV this past July and ate at many a good spot across the Island… toodles!

    • sbranch says:

      I don’t know yet! I’m to get into Martha’s car and that’s all my job is when it comes to this lunch!

  4. Chris H says:

    Have a wonderful, wonderful day tomorrow dear Susan!
    I know the joy you’re having in writing this new book will flow out onto the pages which will then bring us great joy too! Happy writing.

    • sbranch says:

      I think we’ve all faced some of the same things . . . it’s that connection we have. Thank you Chris.

  5. Nancy B says:

    Happy Birthday, Susan! Have fun with your magazines and girlfriends and your trip to the nursery. Sounds like fun! Tomorrow my two daughters are taking me on a trip to celebrate my 75th. I’m absolutely thrilled to reach this milestone and to have this time with them. They had planned for us to have High Tea on the Queen Mary, but we had to cancel that. (The Grand Prix is in Long Beach this weekend.) So instead we are going to Corona Del Mar and will have tea there for our get-a-way. My real B-day is Monday. They are both teachers so this week-end is better than next. (Easter) I’m so blessed!

    Many blessings on your Birthday!
    Nancy (from Bakersfield)

    • sbranch says:

      Oh Nancy, how lovely, I should have known you were an April baby when I met you. Yes, stay out of Long Beach this weekend, but so many other wonderful places to choose from. Say hello to your girls for me! Happy Birthday!

  6. Jean W says:

    Happy Birthday! !!! APRIL is a perfect month to be born. The earth is waking from winter and all the flowers begin to appear. Enjoy your day! !!!

  7. Marion Rose says:

    Happy Birthday Dear Susan——-The daffodils are dancing to your Birthday
    Song. We must be kindred spirits, we like the same magazines, quiet times
    reading with a cup of tea. My son will be 50ty on April 15!!! The Spring was
    a wonderful time to have a first child. Oh how the time goes by—-seems
    like yesterday. Have a Happy Day—–

  8. Pat W. says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday Susan!!! Thanks so much for this blog; very uplifting & exactly what we all needed it after such a rough winter. You bring so much joy to all. We celebrated my husband’s birthday today with two lovely granddaughters & daughter & finance…plus chocolate cake. First one had to be thrown in trash & I raced to supermarket for fixings for 2nd, which turned out perfect. Nice day for my special spouse….

  9. Kay Swanson says:

    Happy Birthday to you! Your sweetness and generosity bubble over with both your words and artistic talent. Thank you for giving readers, like me, “presents” galore! Here it is your birthday and you are showering us with gifts! I wish you a wonderful day filled with everything that makes you happy and a year ahead filled with many blessings! P.S. Loved the photo of your dad and Joe…two handsome guys!

  10. Elaine Depo says:

    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Susan, Happy Birthday to yoooooooooouuuuuuuuu ~ and many more!! May your heart be filled to overflowing surrounded by those you love. Have fun!

  11. KAREN from Charleston SC says:

    Oh Susan, Your photo of Beatrix Potter’s home across the road from her Hilltop work home evokes so many happy memories for me!! It was almost a year ago my hubby and I visited this grand site, all green with splashes of white sheep all over the hillsides surrounding Lake Windemere. We thought we had been transported to heaven; such serene surroundings!!!

    My hubby’s birthday was 4/4/44, which always brought chuckles from the most serious of faces. Sadly, he passed away just six weeks after we arrived back home from our England Trip. However, the trip and the voyage home on the Queen Mary 2 was all he could talk about to anyone he could persuade to linger in his hospital room long enough to hear his stories of human English angels who were so kind and who came to our rescue time and again with our luggage, etc.

    Thank you once again for persuading us to take the plunge and travel on “The Queen”. It was the best memory he could have kept with him until the end of his life. He loved everything about that magnificent ship!! I only wish he could have read “A Fine Romance”!! He was a romantic at heart, so would have loved every single page!!!

    Thank you for the joy you keep bring me!!
    Karen Ruth

    • sbranch says:

      Oh Karen, I’m so sorry to hear your husband is gone. I remember you planning this trip, how wonderful that you were able to make that amazing memory together. This is one reason I refer to A Fine Romance as Our Book, now it can be a sort of memory book for you too. Life is a voyage in and of itself isn’t it? Sending big love . . . xoxoxo

  12. Delores Berg says:

    Birthday greetings from Sweden!
    My daffodils are also blooming and spring has certainly arrived here in the far north!
    Thank you for your inspiring blog, it is a joy to read! (and gives me a glimpse into your life in the US)
    I wish you much joy in the upcoming year!
    This year my birthday book for friends is ‘A Fine Romance’ . Thank you for creating such a marvellous book!

  13. Margie says:

    Happy Birthday Susan!!! I truly hope you have a wonderful day. Enjoy your lunch and the visit to the nursery. Our nurseries close for a period in the winter too. I met one of my girlfriends at one of our favorite nurseries on Thursday and we were like two kids in a candy store. Not only do they have flowers but they have the most adorable gift shop so of course we had to spend time there too. Here in Ohio they say we are about 3 weeks behind in the growing season. I have to tell you I received your new book A Fine Romance from my husband on the first day of spring. I just love it and after such a long winter the book is perfect. The drawings and pictures are just breathtaking. Thank you so much and can hardly wait for your next one to arrive that you have been working so hard on but thank you for sneaking some time in to blog because I so enjoy reading them.

  14. Lisa Jorgensen says:

    Happy Birthday Susan!! You are a “light to the world” also, and we are all the better for it.
    What a great photo of your Dad and Joe! Hope you have the most beautiful day and year, and all your birthday wishes come true.

  15. Audrey by the sea. says:

    I think Mrs. Bowditch would totally approve of how you are taking care of her/ your beautiful house, not to mention the happiness and laughter that flows out of the doors and windows. Imagine what she would think of Jack and Girl romping up and down the stairs. It’s perfect!
    Have a quiet alone Birthday and a loud MV girlfriend party. You must have a balance after all.
    Please hug your diaries for us and steady on as you write your newest book.
    Yes, we can feel your birthday wish to us…but, wham, bam and whoosh back to you for a very Happy Birthday Susan.

  16. pam says:

    I hope you have a magical day! Happy Birthday!!!! Xopam

  17. Ilene says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday Susan! I know you are thrilled to share your birthday with Gladys Tabor, but I am thrilled to share my birthday with YOU! You are such an inspiration to all of us! I feel such joy whenever I read your blog,turn the pages of your books, fill in the squares of my Susan Branch calendar, or use my heart tea kettle from your shop. Hurray for April 12th birthdays! Hurray for you!!!! Wishing you a very happy day and many, many more years filled with happiness, good friends, and fun! Love, Ilene

  18. Daralyn Ruchalski says:

    Wow! What a treat! Thank you, this post was worth the wait and the daily checking <3 I hope you have a wonderful birthday! Enjoy all of your special plans!

  19. Diane from Poulsbo says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! May all of your birthday wishes come true! Have fun on your special day! Xoxoxoxo

  20. SuzK says:

    Wishing you have a wonderful birth day Susan. Looks like Mother Nature is sending us a great weather for your special day.

  21. Kari says:

    Zing-Zing!! That’s how I felt when I saw the picture of Alex’s sweet little handwritten letter with the chicken border. How could you know it was his masterpiece and the most he had written that year! I just sent your book to my mom and wrote her a message about the note you wrote to my class just 4 days (!!!) before you set sail!! I keep the note in my desk drawer with the pencils and pens and markers and lunch count tallies. Thank you for seeing the beauty in handwritten notes, in flowers in bloom, is timeless tunes, in quiet places and in celebrations! Thank you for your gratitude everyday!
    Slainte and Happy, Happy Birthday!!
    Love, Kari

    • sbranch says:

      I have all their letters Kari and love them dearly, but those little ducks got to me. You are such a wonderful teacher, the way you layer education with example — I don’t know quite how to say it, but the world is lucky to have you guiding these little people.

  22. April Anderson says:

    Have a wonderful birthday, Susan! Mine’s next week on the 18th. 🙂

  23. sylvia Faye says:

    Susan your posts always brings that little bubble of joy into my heart. So many people find life a drudge and you are still the ‘little girl’ who finds wonders in just the everyday things of life….Jack, flowers, letters, girlfriends, your parents, family, walks with that ‘special man’ in your life, good homemade food, and most of all it puts a spring in the step of each of us, your blog, girlfriends.
    My father’s birthday was in April (17th) and I loved him so dearly as you do your father. Maybe being born in the spring lasts a lifetime in ones heart and soul.
    May tomorrow be warm and sunny as your own disposition. I will remember you in my rosary and pray for abundant graces to wing their way to you. Do blow out all the candles and thanks for this post and looking forward to Willard.
    With a joyful heart, bon soir!

  24. Sherri Fabbri says:

    Hi Susan! I might be one of the first to wish you happy birthday on the actual day! It’s midnight where I am ( Modesto, California)- and you’ll probably be up soon, since you are a morning person! I hope you have a wonderful day! Also enjoy your time with the Gladys Tabor group! I have 2 of her books so far- My Own Cape Cod and Reveries at Stillmeadow. I hope to get more! I can’t wait for your next book! Blessings to you on your day!

    • sbranch says:

      Yup, here I am. On my actual Birthday, thinking I prefer yesterday when my birthday was tomorrow. Soon my birthday will be yesterday!

  25. Danella on the West Coast says:

    Happy Birthday Susan! Have a wonderful day. Our daughter, whose birthday is April 9th, was expecting her fourth child on April 12th. She already has three gorgeous little boys, 7, 4 and 2 1/2 but her beautiful daughter decided to come a couple of days early and was born April 10th. Three little boys and now a little girl. We are ‘over the moon’ happy with her arrival. I’ll think of you tomorrow and hope that you are having a perfectly spectacular day. You certainly enrich mine every time I read you blog. Best wishes.

  26. Dorothy says:

    I don’t normally write but just had to say Happy Birthday!!! You bring such joy to me and all your girl-fans-friends!!!

  27. Happy Birthday Susan! Blessings to you today on the anniversary of your birth!
    May all the joy you’ve brought to us return to you today! Hugs!

  28. judi says:

    Sue darling, Happy, happy, happy Birthday, dear one! 🙂 Now I am going to go back and read all of the other comments. xoxoxo judi

  29. Elizabeth says:

    Happy birthday from Chilmark, Susan!
    It’s a wonderful month for birthdays! My sister’s was the 5th, my husband’s was the 8th, and mine is the 20th, which I share with 3 friends!
    The Black Dog Blackout Cake is quite an incredible indulgence for a birthday! My husband requested it this year, and I happily acquiesced!
    Have a happy happy day! May all your birthday wishes come true!

  30. Cindy Tuning says:

    Happy Birthday Susan!! Hope you have a lovely day doing what you love best. I’m in England,safely arrived, and loving it as much as you did. Lambs everywhere! Flowers blooming and adorable old villages some with castles , some with cute little shops ,one with both a Cath Kidston AND a Laura Ashley shop. Such a happy post to read today. Old friends are such a treasure.

    • sbranch says:

      Oh how wonderful to hear from you Cindy!!! Thank you for your little description, I can just picture it!

  31. Hi Susan,
    a very happy birthday and many happy returns in good health !!
    Greetings from The Netherlands.

  32. Kathy George says:

    Can’t let this day go by without sending a Happy Birthday wish and many more. I am so excited about the new book. It’s sounds wonderful and your excitement about writing it is contagious. Enjoy your day.

  33. Paulie says:

    Happy Birthday Susan !
    May this Birthday be as special as you are ……..and may all the blessings continue to grow with time. God Bless!

    P.S. Aren’t Leo’s wonderful? I had one too ! But Stubborn also. Tee hee!

  34. Joanie B says:

    A glorious Happy Birthday to you! So glad you are finding delicious ways to celebrate it!

  35. rjchiodini says:

    birthday wishes to you…hope you have a fantastic day! i just celebrated #66 on april 7 and i was surrounded by love and grandchildren!!! happy birthday, susan and than you for a wonderful blog, your yummy cookbooks and you! rj

  36. Maria Touet says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Susan–to a great day and a wonderful year!
    That’s my favorite song, too!

  37. Pam says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUSAN 🙂 🙂 🙂 Hope you have a lovely day. So many good things on your blog. Lots to look forward to and lots of happy memories and you share them all with us, thank you.

  38. Jackie M. says:

    Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday, Susan! I hope it is a delight from beginning to end!

  39. Kelly says:

    Happiest of birthdays to you!

  40. Mary Brehm says:

    Happy Happy Birthday Susan. Your energy and enthusiasm is infectious. It is finally spring here! The gold finches and chickadees are chirping away and I am going out to rake and maybe by some pansies. Love their little faces. My little kitty (his name is Cheddar Cheese) is positively boiling over with spring fever! He has been ricocheting all over the house from window to window meowing and yowling so loudly. I have a little harness for him and let him outside for the first time since last fall. He was so darn cute…all bluster inside and then a total whip once he stepped out the door. There are tons of chimpmunk holes in the ground and he sticks his paw in and it goes all the way up to his shoulder…so funny. Enjoy your day and once again, thank you for being you. Your friend, Mary Brehm

    • sbranch says:

      I open the door a bit as I come in, but Jack never even tries to go out. He stands at the open door and can’t get enough of it, but I think he would be a scardy cat too if I let him out.

  41. Jack says:

    May the Lepracans be near you ,
    To spread luck along your way ,
    And may all the Irish Angels .
    Cherish you on your birthday !

  42. Barbara says:

    Wishing you the very happiest of birthdays Susan…with love!

  43. Susu S. says:

    Happy Birthday from just outside Cambridge, England. May this be your best year yet!
    With great thanks for your lovely blog,

  44. Sue says:

    Happy, happy birthday, Susan! I was thrilled to see you and your high school girlfriends…there were six of us as well, from eighth grade on. One has passed away from cancer, one is somewhat AWOL, but four of us are headed for Bermuda on a fabulous cruise in June, our fourth “Great Girlfriend Get-away.” Aren’t we fortunate to have that continuity of friendships in our lives? Those friendships are what sustain us through the highs and lows that life throws in our pathways, and we are so much the better for the strength and love they give us on our journey.

    Another Sue, in Texas

  45. Lori Cooper says:

    The Happiest of birthdays to you! Your warm and sincere observations are such a gift, here’s hoping you receive some of the same feelings back from the world today! 🙂

  46. Patti Eckert says:

    Happy birthday to you! And my daughter, Nikki. 2 of my favorite people!!! 🙂

  47. Darlene B says:

    Dear Susan, Wishing you a very Happy Birthday filled with all the things that bring you joy!! What a beautiful day it is! xoxo

  48. Elizabeth says:

    Happy birthday, Susan! Have a wonderful day, much happiness and joy, and maybe a chocolate or two!

  49. Kathy B says:

    Counting your blessings is a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday! Wishing you a wonderful day with your friends – – I have counted you a friend for decades now, even though we have never met 🙂 We have moved often over the years with my husband’s work, and in homes from the west to east coast you have been painted on the walls in quotes in the laundry room, painted little bottles of perfume with your quotes in my dressing area, and even a whole wall in a breakfast room with bees and beehives with the whole scene of “a wrathful race, but Oh Honey” page from one of your books. I will count you in my blessings today, I continue to love the inspiration you share, so…THANKS Girlfriend!! And Happy Birthday!!

  50. Karen P. - Wisconsin says:

    Happy Birthday, Susan! Celebrate BIG today. Maybe you’ve answered this question before but could you please tell me which of Gladys’ books is the one you have pictured above? Thanks! xo

    • sbranch says:

      That’s a page from one of the wonderful newsletters we get from Friends of Gladys Taber when we join her fan club.

  51. Joanne Conte says:

    Happy Birthday! My birthday is on Palm Sunday. Isn’t it great to have a spring birthday? Today, your birthday, I will be attending my goddaughter’s wedding, and it’s a glorious spring day here in NYC. Enjoy your lunch.

  52. carol melville says:

    Happy Birthday Susan. You have been given a picture perfect day.
    Thank you for the gift of yourself that we receive every time we check in.

  53. carol melville says:

    Oops Carol

  54. Sharon F. Corey says:

    This is your birthday! Happy Birthday to you! You’re gonna have a good time!

  55. mary spring says:

    … omG !!.. Susan, how loved you are !!.. how blessed !!.. I just wanted to wish you the sweetest, dearest birthday ever !!.. I hope all of your wishes and good dreams come true !!… wow !! did you pop over to Friends of Susan Branch yet ?!?.. we all so love you !!…..oh, p.s….did I say thank you for such a heart felt post ?!?…it is so charming…thank you for all you do !!..and with love..

  56. Lynn Cooper says:

    Happy birthday, Susan. I hope your day is special and lasts as long as possible. Reading your posts makes my day start off in the most positive way. There is nothing like a cup of coffee, some music, and your blog to get me started. I hope that you have many, many more wonderful birthdays.

  57. Gail H. O. says:

    Wishing you a Happy Birthday on this beautiful spring day!

  58. kedra says:

    Happy Birthday!… and thank you – for always being ‘uplifting” reminding me of good things – even when I’m ‘down’. I’m anxious for your new book – I wonder how many others pull your ‘Spring/Summer book out (or your “Fall” bk. etc.) to start each season and reread it to set the tone of their new season. Mine always sit out on the cookbook stand on the window sill ’til time for the next season’s bk.! Keep calm and write on!

  59. Robin on the Vineyard says:

    Happy Birthday, sweet Susan! Much love to you ~ I hope you have a wonderful day! The weather is gorgeous and special today just for you! Robin

  60. CCW says:

    Dear hero of mine, North Star, natural navigator/gravitator (such a word?) to that which is good and worthy; a shining beacon; a veritable lamppost shedding light into the soul where it has temporarily dimmed and a gentle yet guiding force whose very presence in this world makes it a kinder, gentler and more compassionate existence.

    To your parents, a heartfelt thank you for bringing you into this world and providing you with such a hearty foundation.

    May you have more fun than human beings should be allowed to have and may it rival that marvelous day which will live in infamy when you met the Backyard Beatles in their knickers!

    Happiest of Birthdays Dear Susan!

    Your the tops, CCW

  61. Lorraine says:

    Happy, happy birthday to you! Wishing you a wonderful day and a fabulous year! My oldest daughter, Mary, has the same birthday. She is turning 40 today. My oh my, how the time flies… It seems like just yesterday she was born. This is a wonderful day for a birthday. The weather is wonderful, everyone is happy, and flowers are blooming. Enjoy!

    Thank you for sharing your love and joy with all of us. What you do is no small thing. Never underestimate the importance of spreading positive energy throughout the world.

  62. So enjoyed your birthday posting, Susan. Lots I’d love to respond to, but for today, the most important is to wish you the HAPPIEST of birthdays. Many happy returns of the day — and may you and your lovely magazines enjoy a most delightful lunch out! (It’d be one of my favorite ways to celebrate too!)

    Hugs and blisses,

  63. Joan W. says:

    Happy Birthday, Susan! Your blog brings me such peace and happiness, the least I could do is wish you a wonderful birthday!

  64. Francine Werlinger says:

    Happy Birthday Susan!!! Your birth has added much joy to my life! I have enjoyed your books, calendars, blog, etc. Have a wonderful day!!!!

  65. Sandy Fox says:

    Happy Birthday Susan! My husband Bill was born 4/12, just like my brother Steve! We love that date and so happy that you have the same BD too!! We hope you have a great Birthday! My husband is celebrating for day two! We did some of his favorite things yesterday, and today we are going to do more and end the day at the Rodeo 🙂 Can you tell we live in KS!
    Have a perfect BD and we wish you many more Happy and Healthy BDays!
    Can’t wait for your new book!
    From The Fox Family

  66. Peggy Jones says:

    Happiest of Birthdays Susan!!! I’m also an animal lover and adore Gladys Taber. Thank you so very much for bringing us your sunshine… especially on the gloomy days. Happy Spring! <3

  67. Asha says:

    Dear Susan: I am so honored to be able to wish you a Happy Birthday via this blog! Who would have imagined when we were children that this type of almost immediate greeting would have been possible? So here goes: Happy, Happy Birthday, Susan Branch! Blessings for many, many Happy Birthdays to come! Love you! oxoxox

  68. Kay from Kansas says:

    Happy Birthday, Susan! Today is my son’s birthday, too! So it will be easy to remember your big day! Thanks for the great post.

  69. Rita from MN says:

    Happy Birthday, Susan! Your birthday wish to us is beautiful. Brought tears to my eyes this stormy morning in Minnesota.
    PS Saw my first purple crocus yesterday morning! Yes, indeedy, Spring is here!

  70. Mady says:

    Happy Birthday to you, dear Susan! And Happy Spring! Your last paragraph is truly powerful — a beautiful and memorable blessing.

  71. Mary Beth McGrath says:

    Happy Birthday, Susan! Spring is here in mainland Massachusetts , but no forsythia in bloom yet. I am counting the days until our first trip to open the cottage on beautiful Prince Edward Island! Have you ever been there? You’d love it. As an added bonus, we just heard that Prince Charles and Camilla will be there during our trip! So nice of them to take our schedule into consideration. My first “royal sighting” on PEI was Her Majesty when I was almost 12. Have seen all but Princess Anne, however I’ve had many encounters with Anne of Green Gables, who is PEI royalty! Enjoy your day.

    • sbranch says:

      I have never been there! Isn’t that terrible! Must work harder on that!

      • Sherry Palla says:

        That’s where Anna of Green Gables was written, wasn’t it??? Loved those books!

      • Mary Beth McGrath says:

        It is a magical place. To even the score, I have never been to the Vineyard! Let me know if you need PEI info – been going every summer since I was 5.

  72. Michele Gavaletz says:

    Susan, you are a national treasure. I hope you have the happiest of birthdays. You truly deserve it. After reading all the comments, and seeing all the joy and happiness you bring to all of us, your birthday is the perfect time to let you know how important you are to all of us and the connection we feel toward you. Thank you for being a part of our lives. Have a great time with your high school chums – I get together with mine as much as we can. There is nothing like the childhood bonds we share!

  73. Michele Perkins says:

    Glorious, Daffodil, Birthday Wishes Susan!

    It’s a fabulous day here in So. Woodstock with the sun shining and the birds busy having breakfast and feeling the warmth of Spring that has FINALLY arrived! Have a wonderful, fun-filled day and bring home lots of goodies from the nursery. There is an open house today at a nearby nursery that I am heading for shortly and can’t wait to pick up some cheery little pansies to brighten our doorstep!

    Many, Many, Warm Birthday Wishes Susan!

    Hugs, Michele

  74. Becky in the mountains of West Virginia says:

    Happy Birthday! Hope your day is fantastic!

  75. Happy Birthday girl friend. You bring me sunshine each and every time I visit you. It is no wonder that you and Gladys share the same birthday. You both bring joy and wonder to us all.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  76. Barb from Ohio says:

    Happy Birthday Susan!!! Hope it’s bright and sunny on the Vineyard as it is here this morning. I’m out to clean off my flower beds today as the daffodils, crocus and tulips are trying to come up through all the dead leaves. A few other perennials are poking some leaves up through the soil, so it does feel like spring today, finally! I hope you have a wonderful day going out to lunch with the girls and find something pretty to buy at the nursery. Have a great birthday!

  77. Susan Joy says:

    Happy Birthday Dearest Susan!!

  78. Norine Molnar says:

    So grateful I discovered you with your first book! You have been an inspiration to me for all these wonderful years. Happy Birthday, Sue!

    P.S. I lost a kitty this year and found a black and white beauty at the shelter. Her name is Zoey – ZuZu for short – and we both send Girl and the amazing Jack our love. You, too!

  79. maryb says:

    happy birthday susan!! this is a dangerous time you know-when the greenhouses and garden stores put out all the plants and seeds and it’s really too early and still too chilly to plant but you can’t help yourself!! today we’re repairing birdhouses and putting out nesting material and i think we’re going to buy a bat house! 3 of our pond fish made it through the winter so all is good! have fun celebrating!! mb

    • sbranch says:

      I know, it is dangerous. After years of doing it too early I made a pact with myself not to plant until June first — otherwise everything gets tattered by the winds and doesn’t grow very much anyway. It’s hard to wait! But I have a good time just cleaning up the winter debris, making the beds nice, composting and all that good stuff. Anything to be outside on a nice day.

  80. Sue Rideout from Maine says:

    Have a wonderful Birthday! Don’t worry about diet today, enjoy yourself!! Enjoy this wonderful sunshine and warm weather – it’s just for you!

  81. Lori says:

    Happy,happy birthday Hugs dear Susan………………… this fabulous blog…….

  82. Barb L says:

    Happy Birthday, Susan! Thank you for bringing joy, laughter and sunshine into our lives!

  83. Martha B says:

    Happy Birthday, Susan! Mine is April 17th. Will head to a Maine beach. Have a group of high school friends (Sixters) that get together in Sept., but we’ll be celebrating our 50th high school reunion in Aug. this year, too. The years go by quickly, so we take Spring and whatever else as they come….

  84. Wow, what a wonderful post! Such a great pick-me-up for the start of my Saturday :). Have a very Happy Birthday, Susan!


  85. Gail Osgood from Atlanta says:

    Happy birthday, Susan! I’m an April baby too! Just another thing we have in common. I also love those magazines. Have you seen a magazine called “Romantic Homes?” If you haven’t yet, check it out. It’s my new favorite magazine. In fact, they advertise your book. I can’t wait to read your new book! Hope you have the best birthday ever!!

    • sbranch says:

      Oh yes, I was looking for my Romantic Homes for the photo but I couldn’t find it! 🙂 You noticed it was missing in the lineup!

  86. Janet G says:

    Happy Birthday to you. It’s your birthday-but we get the gift. Thank you.

  87. Sarah Powell says:

    I know you will be surrounded by all the JOY and LOVE and FRIENDS you deserve!
    Much Love, Sarah

  88. Jane says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUSAN!!! Thank you for the beautiful entry in todays blog! AHHHH!!!

  89. Ruth E. Rupp says:

    Happy Birthday to youuuuu
    Happy Birthday to youuuuu
    Happy Birthday dear Susannnnnn
    All your frieeends LOVVVVVVE YOUUUUUU 🙂 🙂 🙂
    And thank you for just being you!!
    Tons of Birthday Hugs and Lots of Love,
    Ruthie (in Minnesota)

  90. Debbie S., IL says:

    A very Happy Birthday to you, Susan! The newest addition to our family, my son-in-law, has a birthday tomorrow, too – we are blessed to have him! Your posts always remind us to appreciate life’s simple gifts and pleasures and I hope your day tomorrow is filled with those and so much more. Sending a virtual hug your way!

  91. Jan says:

    Wishing you the Happiest of Birthdays!! Happy Birthday!! Hope you are having an ideal day! Thanks so much for all you do to brighten our days! You’re the best! (Lovely post by the way!)

  92. Sherry Svoboda from Maryland says:

    Happy Birthday Susan I wish you a special day of sunshine and flowers and many blessings for someone so deserving as you give us many blessings every day just by being you and giving us gifts by sharing your special talents with us. Relax, Enjoy and Pamper yourself.

  93. Joyce says:

    Happy Birthday to you and Gladys Taber! You are two women who have brought much happiness into my life. I hope that the joy that you have given to others comes back to you one hundredfold. I love you… Your girlfriend, Joyce

  94. Barbara S. says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Dear Susan! May your Birthday be as special as you are!

    Love & hugs,
    Barbara Stillman
    Cumming, GA

  95. Ginger says:

    Happy birthday Susan! April is a special birthday month in my world ~ my mom & daughter both have April birthdays. What a blessing to include you in this month of special birthdays. May your day be beautiful and as inspiring as you are to others.
    Birthday blessings!!

  96. Vida Howard says:

    God was having a great day when he thought of you. Your talent and life is a blessing to us all. Happy Happy Birthday, dear Susan.

  97. jan from Princeton says:

    Happy Birthday, Susan. Thank you so much for the blog, Willard, and all your books (which I love)! I hope you have a very nice day!


  98. Christy Etter says:

    Happy Birthday, Susan!

    You speak a lot of Gladys Taber, a person I know little of. But I am very familiar with Susan Branch and let me just say, dear lady, that YOU are a light to the world. You always brighten my day and change my outlook and attitude for the better. The irony is that it may be your birthday, but we get the presents!! You are our gift. Here’s wishing you the very best birthday yet. Thank you for being such a bright light in this world.

    Christy in SoTex

  99. Diane Williams says:

    Greetings from Wales Susan. I just wanted to wish you A Happy Birthday. Hope your day is extra special.

  100. Nancy T. says:

    I thank God for you everyday! I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

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