It’s a Miracle!

Well, it’s a miracle, I still remember how to do this! Including even MUSICA!  I still got it!

I just wanted to say hello to you all, send a thousand kisses, and tell you how sorry I am for being away for so long.  But most especially I wanted to thank everyone who’s been sending me  positive messages via the blog and email. You will never know how much they’ve meant to me. They’re like verbal backbone strengtheners! And I’ve needed every one of them! There’s an element of guilt you know, locking yourself away like I have. Your words tell me you forgive me.


The Fairy Tale Girl

Especially on the days when the blank page just stares back at me.  If you wonder where I’ve been, I drew you a picture  . . . I’ve been doing this and this and this and this for all these weeks and months.  And I am so close now.  And when I get done, I will do my best to make up for lost time.  I know you wonder why I don’t just put up a little something to say hello, but it’s the concentration thing that I really need to write a book, and almost everything breaks it.

Fairy Tale Girl

Pay no attention to me . . . I have these little guys on my side now, one of them sits on my paintbrush just like in the picture below . . . and I’m almost done! I probably should have started writing books like these when I was 28 rather than 68 — I’d be so much better at it by now!  ‘Course, then this would have been a much shorter book!  (But that could be a good thing!) You do what you do when you do it I guess.

The Fairy Tale Girl

I think it’s turning out good ~ I just want to set it free and let it fly by itself and very soon, I’ll be able to do that.  I just underestimated how much time it would take.  But you know I couldn’t turn it in until I felt like I’d done my best on each butterflies in lovepage.  You scrapbookers know what I mean! Also, I’m VERY boring these days, you would have been sick of me by now anyway because it’s all this, all the time.  I’m a broken record living in Groundhog Day.  Yes, you’ve heard this song before! 🙂 But soon, I will get interesting again. There will be food and gardens and home grown tomatoes and farmers market and walks and ocean pictures, maybe even a train ride and a Willard! Lots more Jack and much more Girl Kitty, and maybe even a little Joe.

The Fairy Tale Girl

One of the big excitements this week was when I remembered my baby book and thought how cute the pages would look as end papers for the book.  That’s one of them up there.  With my baby hair still on it!  (What I ought to do is take that hair in and see if they can make a clone of me from my baby hair and have the clone finish The Fairy Tale Girl!  Good idea!)  Remembering those pages put me in a good mood for two full days!  On one of them my mom writes about my birthday and says I received squirrel slippers for a gift! She is going to LOVE this book!  BTW, she is healthy and happy and so is my dad!  I spoke to him this morning and he says, Hello Girlfriends!

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Pookie Boy! Even though this is short, and just a hello and big thank you, I know you would maybe never forgive me if I didn’t include a photo of my sidekick who is always right here beside me, just like you, through thick and thin ~ Jack will also be glad when I’m done working, he’s ready for MUCH more playing.

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But he still loves me. And look at those paws. OMG I want to eat them.

I promise I’ll be back soon.  Your generous words of encouragement, here and on Facebook and Twitter too ~ they’re what I’ve been leaning on to get through this. You keep me sane, and that is saying something ~ XOXO and see you soon! Back to work I go . . . I’m writing the words for the copyright page now!  P.S. don’t get me wrong, this is a labor of love. I would do it no matter if anyone else wanted it or not.  It’s been in me forever and has always wanted out.  It’s actually more of an exorcism than a book writing adventure! xoxo

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582 Responses to It’s a Miracle!

  1. jesse says:

    Dear Susan, I love to read about your creative proces…all the difficult moments, and the blanks as an artist, are necessary to create another wonderfull book…Please take your time. We will all be waiting very patiently…I know I will…
    Lots of good vibes, energy and love from holland…

  2. Penny says:

    Lovely to hear from you Susan! I can’t imagine how much work it is to make a book, and I know you would hate it if one little corner of one little page wasn’t just as perfect as you could make it. I have enjoyed reading all the comments from the Girlfriends on this post too. We may never meet, yet are all connected to each other and you, by your love of the simple, good, beautiful, ordinary and extraordinary things in life. You express in your writing and paintings what we all feel. Thank you so much for just being you! X

  3. Sylvia in Seattle says:

    Wonderful that you checked in 🙂 I admire your drive and stamina. Can’t wait to have the finished product on my nightstand. I will enjoy thinking about you resting a bit when that happens. But then – good grief – you will have to start on Volume II. Hardly know what to say about that. Love the end paper idea 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      I’ll be much better at Volume two — At least I’ll have a better idea of what I’m doing. Not starting with something totally new and unknown. Thank you Sylvia!

  4. Mary in Phoenix says:

    Good Monday morning and a special thank you for taking the time to write to us. That speaks volumes about girlfriendhood ♥ A song by a neighbor of yours comes to mind right now … ANTICIPATION 🙂 🙂 🙂 …. “We can never know about the days to come … But we think about them anyway … And I wonder if I’m really with you now … Or just chasing after some finer day. Anticipation, Anticipation … Is making me late … Is keeping me waiting.” The end in sight must be exciting … and bittersweet ♥ xoxo

    • sbranch says:

      Hi Mary! I haven’t gotten to the bittersweet part yet, but I’m sure it’s coming . . . I’m still in the “let me be done” phase! 🙂 Nice to hear from you! Stay cool!

      • Mary in Phoenix says:

        You have the patience of a saint and the focus of a camera … capturing life perfectly! It’s impressive 🙂 Hope you have a fun trip in mind as a reward ♥ Just went to the Long Beach Antique Flea Market last weekend and thought of you. That is how we Phoenicians escape the heat 🙂

      • Jack says:

        It has been said that, “Anticipation is the greater part of Realization!”

  5. Connie Rose Woehler says:

    Good Morning Susan! So glad to hear from you yesterday. Opened my e-mail after church and there you were … a Sunday blessing … you made it such a sweet day! I just have to tell you that I got to go across the pond to visit London and Paris 2 weeks ago for Sam and I’s 40th Wedding Aniversary! Along with me I took your “A Fine Romance” book rereading it on the plane and using it as a guide … as my Sam drove us 5 hours north of London to Hilltop Farm. It was such a dream-come-true trip for me and I want you to know that your book was a perfect guide to enjoying the English Countryside! We stayed at the Swan Hotel and visited Hawkshead and Ambleside and enjoyed Lake Windermere. The gorgeous countryside filled with sheep farms was idyllic and it all just brought your book to life for me. It as so amazing, a journey that I will never forget! Thank you so much! I CANNOT wait for your next book! Hope you enjoy this last week of July. Blessings to you!

  6. Margot at the Beach says:

    I know when one has a major project one must keep one’s head down. I FINALLY finished striping two layers of wallpaper plus one extra different design (which I liked) off my kitchen walls, two coats of primer and a lovely yellow. So SUNNY now! Plus I did my hallway in blue, which wraps into the kitchen. It took me a month plus.
    Your baby book looks like mine. My first baby boy weighed the same as you did…I hope you mom didn’t have progressively bigger babies. Poor Mom!
    I didn’t have squirrel slippers, but I had a squirrel mat in kindergarten for naptime. LOL

    Heading out for a walk with my Arnie on his first day of vacation. Vacation…that’s what he thinks…hehe…I have a hunny do list!

  7. Betsy B. from Indianapolis says:

    From all of the responses above, I can clearly see that I am not the only one who has wondered what happened to you?! Your being MIA even caused me to think that somehow I was deleted from the mailing list.

    This is yet another summer that has flown by. It must be the age because last time that I checked, there were still full calendar days to be counted. We flew to Montana recently to attend a wedding of a dear nephew. It was a most touching and meaningful event that was officiated by the bride’s rancher grandfather. He was eloquent and endearing. The scenery was spectacular as was the wildlife.

    A friend was here one day last week and noticed Heart of the Home….Vineyard Kitchen book up on it’s stand with a Kale Soup recipe showing. She immediately took a picture of the recipe and then I told her all about this blog. She is one of us in all aspects and I hope that she will find the time to become your fan.

    So looking forward to your book and to having you back with us with your insights and fun. This “literary pregnancy” has gone on long enough, right?!

    Hugs, Betsy

  8. Lindy Hebel says:

    What a great way to start a Monday! Good to hear from you AND that all is well. Hope you are taking time to walk each day and soak in some of the splendor all about. We are having a perfect summer here in Holland, MI. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! you’re almost there.

  9. Toby Goode says:

    Abscence makes the heart grow fonder 🙂

  10. Chris Wells In Knickerbocker, W TX says:

    We are all still here!
    With much love from Texas!

  11. Linda Metcalf says:

    Ahhh…..there you are. Safe and sound and busy. Take your time. All is well.

  12. Jennie L. says:

    You are so sweet to check in when you are so busy! Totally worth it- I can’t wait for another book! Hope you know how special you are to all of us! Was such a nice surprise to see your post today! 😉 *hugs and encouragement and support* We will all be here when you are all done, so don’t worry!

  13. Laura says:

    Hi Susan! Hi Girlfriends! So happy to hear from you. I can’t believe it’s almost August! It’s been a rough summer, so lately I have been going back and re-reading all of your blogs from the beginning to find some peace, happiness, love and beauty. It has been my daily meditation in positivity and has helped so much. So, thank you Susan for your wonderful blog archives and for all of your hard work this summer which will make so many very happy in the future. Sending big squishy hugs!!! xxxxxxx

  14. Connie T says:

    So happy to be surprised by a new post and lovely musica! Love you, Susan, and you take all the time you need. We’ll wait for you! Thanks for the little message of hello from you!

  15. mari1017 says:

    Paint & write on, my friend! It’s what you do that stirs our memories & baby book searches ♥ Can’t wait to read yours – always a joy!
    So happy to hear that your mom & dad are both well 🙂 Thanks for checking in with us girlfriends – your encouragers are truly here & supporting you on your way.
    While you are pushing to meet your deadline, savor the moments – your creativity is so much a part of the life of all your books! Looking forward to the finished product!!! Hugs!!!

  16. Kathy says:

    FORGIVE YOU?????? Of course we do because we are ALL waiting here on the edges of our seats for your book!!!!! I treat your books as a vacation, a respite from real life and I really NEED THOSE, so I’m very excited for your book. When I read A Fine Romance, I made sure I was in a favorite spot, with a pot of tea brewed and a cat or two for cuddling and I read it in little bits of bliss, to make it last longer, just as I eat a gooey fudgie brownie in little bits because I really just want to CHOMP CHOMP it in two bites but then, it’s gone . . . savoring your books gives me more little occasions to stop and really be in the moment. So while we’re patiently waiting (even though inside we’re thinking “come on, get on with it, woman!” HEE HEE), I have many little respites to look forward to. Happy day to you!!!!

  17. CarolK from NJ says:

    There you are! I was wondering when you were going to come up for air. I’ve got your book on pre-order and the excitement is building. You know I’m going to jump on my porch swing with it and a bunch of pillows and some pink lemonade and read, read, read…….Just remember, we’ll all be waiting for you at the finish line, waving our hankies in the air in celebration…..Jersey hugs Kiddo…..

  18. marty from NYC says:

    Every day-sometimes twice, I have been checking in-with little but a glimmer of hope knowing how busy you are. Then Ta-da! – Susan in her own words. So excited for you as you go into the last round before the book is ready.

    You encourage all of us-so it is so good to know that we can send back all those good vibes to you. Take a deep breath and forge on, knowing that we are backing you all the way and will be delighted when the book can make its way to our homes. Sending all good wishes your way– Marty

  19. Judy Ann from Georgia says:

    It is so good to hear from our Susan and glad to know you are Ok and the book is almost finished. I was so worried. I checked every day to hear just one word. I know how it is to write a book. It takes a piece of your heart out of you while you are in the long process. It is almost like “birthing”. And when it is done…it is like the “baby” has arrived! I wrote a children’s book called “The Stuff Family” about a family that have too much stuff and are selfish and don’t share, but their house explodes and they lose everything, but soon find out what true love is when their neighbors come in and help them re-build.
    I am so glad you are almost finished. I have already purchased your new book and cannot wait till it arrives in my mailbox!! I am so excited for you when your new “BABY” arrives and all of us girlfriends can share in this good news and read all about your life. I am so excited for you Susan. We all love you so much and cannot wait until things get back to “normal” and we get those luscious blogs about those walks down to the ocean where we can smell the ocean, and those delicious recipes we can make, and see your wonderful house decorated and we can share and decorate our own homes with your great ideas.
    We love you so much and miss you, but at the same time, we all anticipate this joyous time when this new book will arrive. Just keep plugging…the end is near…
    We all love you, and the kitties and Joe!
    Judy Ann from Georgia

  20. Dolores says:

    What a delightful surprise to see your new post and the adorable pictures of Jack! I have missed your lovely adventures but I knew that each day we didn’t have a new post meant we were that much closer to a delightful book! So carry on as they say knowing that we all love and support you and I cannot wait to read about your fairy tale life!

  21. Jane says:

    Finally, Susan! Just a little peek once again into your idyllic world on that gorgeous isle. I’ve missed you so much and look forward to Autumn posts as I just can’t wait for the season. In the meantime, we have moved from crazy, traffic-locked Seattle to a lovely island with an acre and deer and bunnies, and so very quiet, that my husband had a hard time sleeping for six months! I preordered your book at my old address so I must send an email to someone to change it so that I receive The Fairy Tale Girl as soon as possible without the mail forwarding thing. I have missed your inspiration and your real life posts — I think of you as a friend for so many years, since I received your very first book! My love, Jane

  22. What a joy to find a post from you! With “Musica”, too! I am so looking forward to reading your book when it is finished and out in the world! I am sure sometimes it must seem to you that it is an all consuming endeavor, but how blessed you are to be able to put the gift of so much beauty into the world and give the gift of so much happiness and inspiration to your readers! Because of your work the world has many happier people walking around and that happiness will spread around in a satisfying way….Thank you, Susan Branch!

  23. Hi Susan, It is so wonderful to hear from you! I was getting a little worried about you even though I did not send you any messages. Instead I kept checking in on here to see if I missed something. I truly treasure all of your work. It puts me in a very happy mood. This little connection is a wonderful lift to the days and weeks.
    It was also good to read that you have been busy with your book. The fact that distractions prevent you from moving forward is validating for me because I thought it was just me who gets stuck or turned around.
    I’m so glad that you are doing well, and I look forward to August 30th because even though that’s the day after my birthday, I can still celebrate!!!
    All My Best Wishes, <3 xxoo

  24. Cheryl Craven says:

    So lovely to see your latest post. You certainly have been working away on your book! I eagerly await its publication as do all your girlfriends!! And I doubt you could ever be boring! Love Jack and Girl Kitty.

  25. Paula says:

    Hi, Susan~~

    On a whim~~and a desire to see something new from you, I checked your BLOG today (actually, yesterday, but I am just now getting around to completing this comment today), and it was good to read your hello and see your painting and Jack.

    Thank you for demonstrating FOCUS for me! It is really difficult, with all of the choices of what to do and what to read and such, to stay focused. Shutting out interruptions is THE way to get something done, and I need examples of that!

    Your quick hello was very kind and much appreciated, though I hope you never feel guilty! You are dear and generous to take time to share (and you HAVE spoiled us a bit: we have come to expect frequent, beautiful, interesting, heart warming BLOG posts from you), but you do have a private life and I respect that!

    I have preordered your book, and I look forward to receiving and reading it. I pick up A Fine Romance when I am desiring to pamper myself with beauty and your drawings. Of course, I have your calendar to enjoy, as well as several of your books.

    I love the fact that your books are in your own “font.” Years and years ago, I copied a recipe out of one of your books, that was not mine, trying to mimic your style of writing. 🙂

    I hope your time spent completing your book is very pleasant and that you are able to get outside and enjoy your yard!

    Blessings and joy to you and Joe,


  26. Ann says:

    Oh, I’ve missed you. The beauty in your Martha’s Vineyard world is so lovely that I miss that too.

  27. Jack says:

    I can see it now, your new book comes out, gets delivered first to all the girlfriends and then there are a thousand heads bent, intent on reading, l o s t in absorption and remembering their own pasts, comparing in wonderment, the parallels, and the can’t wait to see what’s on the next page! Then going back to a previous episode for verification and realization, finally reaching the end of the book ……going to get tea and reopening to random pages for another go. Putting the book down briefly to take care of a chore …. Then picking it up again to start rereading, again from cover to cover.
    The blog is going to be better than ever with all the commentary as they recall their own life stories and episodes to relate, with questions as to when will book two be ready!
    Time will tell if my predictions come true ……Can’t Wait! BD

  28. Cynthia Tench says:

    It is so easy for us to take your beautiful, inspiring books for granted, Susan, forgetting the many hours of loving work that are required to bring them to fruition. You are an inspiration for me in all of life, especially now, as you demonstrate that it is not enough to just dream our dreams. Action is essential to make them come true.
    I am keeping you in my prayers………Cynthia

  29. Shelia Wotring says:

    Oh My gosh! Whew! I can exhale now! Like a breath of fresh air knowing that all is well with you and yours! Thanks for the little break in your creation! We appreciate it! Cant wait for the book! Yikes! We are sooooo excited!

    Shelia in Virginia

  30. Kathy Korb says:

    Hi Susan,
    The last words of your blog about having to write the words, whether anyone else would read them or not, is what inspires me! That is your purpose/passion in life! I hope I can continue to live the life I am meant to live. That is why I your blog means so much. It reminds me to live my life with passion/purpose everyday, whatever it is. You are my example and I thank you for that!! Good luck and many blessings as you complete the books! Can’t wait!! Kathy from WI

  31. Kelley S. says:

    Dancing a jig to have a new missive from you, Susan! So happy and relieved that everyone is good and well and that the new book is coming along. You know we are all behind you, cheering you on and looking forward to reading The New Book. We have all missed you. Are you and Joe still taking your walks to the water and sharing Morning Science? Take time for tea, kitty love and don’t forget to eat!

  32. Elaine Depo says:

    Hello, hello, hello! SO very happy you touched base with us today! The work you’re putting into this book is staggering ~ i just know it. People who aren’t familiar with your amazing books may not realize how your hand touches everything. A Fine Romance is absolutely the prettiest book ever (not even counting informative!) ~ this one will be perfect as well. I can’t wait till that day I go the the mailbox and it’ll be there….thank you! Glad you can at least take your morning walk!

  33. Kathy Phenix says:

    So good to hear from you. I have been wondering where you had gotten to. I must say Jack looks like this project has “aged” him. Maybe matured would be a better word. He’s lost his kitten look. But I’m sure once “Mom” is able to spend hours shooting elastics for him, he’ll find “his kitten” once again. I do appreciate the portraits of Jack though, I needed a Jack fix. Hang in there and get it all done to your satisfaction. I’m sure it will be wonderful.

  34. Bev says:

    So glad you are touching base to let us know that you are thinking about us. I am excited about the book. Just recommended the last one to friends who are going to England soon….and she said she already had it! ;0 I have ordered “girlfriends” for several friends and just now realized I missed someone. YIKES!
    Wishing you a happy summer day…..

  35. Peggy says:

    It is easy to forgive your absence when we have a book to look forward to! All good things to you!

  36. Pauline says:

    It’s so good to hear from you!! You have been missed….I’ve checked every few days, just in case! And prayers were said for you. I am a scrapbook-er and understand your desire to get everything just right. 🙂 Your baby book page looks so much like mine. Love their illustrations! So excited to see all the illustrations you and the paintbrush fairies have in store for us.

  37. I am so tickled to hear from you and know that you are writing. I applaud you! I also look forward to more blogs when it is done and the opportunity to own it as I have many of your works. Blessings to you Susan!

  38. Frances Fowler says:

    It’s so good to hear from you — we all understand you’ve been in a “lock down” state of creativity and work. Hopefully it’s been a wonderful summer to boot, with cool, icy drinks, salty breezes, and nightly strolls. SOMEONE looks a bit perturbed that he hasn’t been oohed and aahed over for a few weeks, but obviously was poised for his closeup by the second picture. Can’t wait for the new book!

  39. debra sewell says:

    I was so afraid i was lost to this list. I have missed you. I am glad you are ok and very looking forward to new book. I also had that same baby book which i love. I have been researching my grear grandmothers life. And my ancestors in Quebec

  40. Janis (cranberrycorner) says:

    Keep going! ♥ We will wait for you, no matter how long it takes. 🙂 Girlfriends are timeless and ageless. Love and hugs to you!!!

  41. So good to see a post from you, Susan <3 I know I am excited about your new book. So happy I pre-ordered it. I also purchased the desk blotter calendar and it is to die for! My sweet little kitten Mia loves to climb on my desk and sit on it. As long as she doesn't start chewing on it I'm okay with that. And Jack, oh my goodness, he looks soooo grown up! Please give him and Girl Kitty a kiss from me and Mia.

  42. Joy Pence from Ohio says:

    You know we all miss you, but we TOTALLY understand. I cannot even imagine how one could even begin to write a book, let alone illustrate it, so I am sure that pure concentration is vital!!

    My oldest daughter was married this past Saturday and it was lovely. She was a beautiful bride. Momma was very proud, but also very tired as I thought I could do it all….grew the sunflowers, decorated and made all the food. When Saturday came we all had such a wonderful time celebrating the new chapter in my baby girls life! Everyone said how sweet and relaxing everything was. Like your quote for this month….The country habit has me by the heart. It was a true country wedding!! Hugs!

  43. linda Matera says:

    Hi Susan—-It seems i try to send you an email from my email.Not sure if you ever get it.
    Anyway——–just finished A Fine Romance.A beautiful book to read & display in my “tea room?.
    Also wanted you to know that your blogs/emails make my days better .
    Even typing with this adorable font—happy happy.
    Heading into my sewing room—(always quilts to finish)with tea in hand.
    Hugs,Linda ..from Connecticut

  44. Peggy says:

    Will you be doing a book tour for the new book/books? I didn’t get to go last book tour! Made me so sad!

  45. Marianne says:

    Hello Susan! My husband and I just returned from a 2 week trip to England for my birthday/anniversary gift. Thought of you and Joe quite often on our journey and probably walked many a footpath you too also walked! Wonderful land to wander! Also brought back to the states memories of drinking Pimm’s cup, so I purchased a bottle here and am practicing the cocktail with friends this summer! LOVED England! Thank you for the encouragement!

  46. Mary Lou says:

    That was so kind of you to check in with us. Thank you!

  47. Arlene Burch says:

    Missed your blog! I’ll just go and read some from the archives! Glad all is well:)

  48. Judy in CA says:

    Bless your heart, Susan. We could never be upset with you. Hugs from California.

  49. Diane V. says:

    I know we all understand your absence here and are so excitedly waiting for your book! Good to see you back!

  50. Pat Beckman says:

    Good luck, we will love this new book like all the rest. Reminds me of what my Mother always said about having another baby.. There is always love enough for one more!

  51. Mary Beth McGrath says:

    Thought of you on Saturday when we went to an auction at the former home of L.M.Montgomery ‘s grandfather in Park Corner, PEI. My bidding number never saw the light of day, but it was wonderful to see and touch things that she knew and used! Sad to see, as well, but some items did stay in the family.
    Keep on keeping on – your girlfriends are patient!

  52. Janet Conn says:

    Thank you for taking time to post. I’ve missed you. Congratulations on being near the completion of your book. I CANNOT wait to read it.

    Take care!

  53. Mame Johnston says:

    I couldn’t believe the picture of your baby book. My mom gave me mine before she passed and it is exactly the same one. 1946 was a good year, right? Be well and keep on going forward! We’re all waiting with bated breath!

  54. judi says:

    Oh, hello sweet one. Know you have been busy and we all look forward to your taking a breather. Ear scratches, nose kisses to the kids and a pat on the back & hug to Joe too. We’ve missed you all. Xoxo judi

  55. Linda... Gardnerville, Nevada says:

    Good Morning Susan!
    I admire your focus, resolve & concentration! Any artist knows that focus is a must and the slightest distractions slow down the creative process. Kudos to you for sticking to the matter @ hand and avoiding diversions ! We can hardly wait for the book and will be glad when you’re back to ‘the girlfriend routine’. Good luck with this last stretch! Congrats on the project you will be sharing with all of us. Miss your sweet and charming words but we know you’ll be back soon. You’re loved by so many and inspire us all.
    Hugs, Linda

  56. nonnie says:

    Good luck Susan . .you’re almost at the finish line!

  57. Diana H. says:

    Hi Susan!!…. Well, if Joe and the kitties can be patient, then I suppose we must as well!… Thank you for the little update… Please take care of yourself and I know that you will be giving us such a great gift!….. I can hardly wait to have it in my hot little hands!… Thanks for letting us into your very beautiful and enriching world… Hope your Monday is going well….Thanks again! From the girl you uses too many exclamation points!!!!! LOL… 🙂

  58. Kris Teachman says:

    Hi Susan…So glad to hear you are ’emerging’ from the pages of your new adventure! Missed you at the reunion…but sooo many people and so little time if only to share a few words to reconnect! You probably have heard that it was great! Glad that you are experiencing MIRACLES! We always need them! Life is changing, and life is good! Love, Kris

  59. Charlotte Geraghty says:

    Oh my GOSH – you’re back!!! I’ve been checking every day and so worried. You inspire me so much and love you 🙂

  60. “I like missing someone and being missed; I like looking forward to seeing him again. I like getting emails and texts with lots of xxx’s.”
    Deborah Moggach

    Sue, you were missed 🙂 XXX♥

  61. Oh my! You can not imagine how excited I was when I saw you had a new post. I have missed you so very much!! I know that sounds like something you would say to an old friend but I really feel that way. I have been following you since you published your Christmas From The Heart of The Home book, which by the way is my favorite so far! I’m glad your book is coming along. Can’t wait to see it. Continue on and you know we are all here for you!!! Miss the kitties and Joe!

  62. Meghan says:

    Keep up the good work!

  63. Linda smith says:

    Feel the LOVE!!!

  64. charissa says:

    Aack I think I just posted my comment to the wrong post. SORRY I meant it to go to your newest one but no matter you will get it either way. Ps u don’t need to post this;) you can moderate to the trash

  65. Suzannee Capolingua says:

    Hello Susan,
    Nice to see you come up for air even if its just for a moment in time. I have so missed you and knew you were deep into the book with the deadline looming over your head. I wish you productive days and restful nights. Good luck with the finish line in view! Love and Hugs Suzy

  66. Margot at the Beach says:

    We need some of that fairy dust here. Arnie fell asleep on the couch after lunch, and my feet hurt. I should take a nap too. LOL

  67. Sheryl Pierson says:

    Good Day Susan,

    I’m so very happy that you posted your lovely blog, and BTW never feel guilty for doing your work. The work that you were gifted to do!!! Our lives consist of nurturing, and being nurtured, and we Girlfriends are most happy to nurture you through this busy time. I received my 2016 calendar, beautiful!!! I can’t wait to get your new book. As a lover of fairies, they are the best, my home, and gardens are full of them. Take care of yourself, kisses to Jack and Girl.

  68. Sue in Fl says:

    It was so wonderful to hear from you today. I hadn’t checked your blog in a few days but saw on Facebook that you had done a new one. It’s always a pleasure to read. I know you’ve been busy with your book and that you would do the blog when you could. I’m very anxious to see the book and also for you to have a much deserved break! It brought back fond memories to see the page from your baby book. We are the same age and I had one almost identical including the lock of hair. Unfortunately most of mine was lost in the fire that burned down my parents house and took the life of my dad. I was able to salvage a few signed pages of it which I cherish. So thanks for sharing that. I wish you Godspeed on the completion of you book and will be looking forward to more frequent blogs when it’s all done.
    Sue in Fl.

  69. Cindy says:

    Yes, it is difficult not seeing your posts pop up in my email……BUT, I remind myself that you’re not just writing a book. You’re taking us on a journey in words and photos and drawings and wonderful, personal tales are WORTH waiting for. Of the thousands of books I am sure I have read over the course of my life, none has given me the sense of “gift” as yours have. “All good things come to him (her) who waits”. So, all of us, all of your dear friends are simply waiting patiently (well, perhaps a little bit on the edge of our chairs :). Praying your hubby is good at neck rubs to ease the aches of bending over your work table for hours on end, for the last spurt of energy required to sail over the finish line and for immense satisfaction when the work is DONE!

  70. Steph D says:

    I’m so glad you’re BACK! I check every day or so just to make sure I haven’t missed you. Cannot wait for the book! 😀

  71. Katherine M. in Austin says:

    Thrilled to see a new post and a report on your well-being! I hope the rest of the finishing up goes smoothly and swiftly. I am truly looking forward to the book. Take care of yourself and strokes to the kitties!

  72. I think I may have the same baby book. Mine has a pink cover. I treasure it for the comments from my mother. I turned 70 in June. Mom has ben gone since 1988. Love your books, Susan.

    • sbranch says:

      Mine’s pink, fabric, “silk” I think 🙂 I’m putting in six pages from it so you’ll know for sure when you see the book. xo

      • Donna C says:

        My babybook may also be the same….pink ‘silk’ cover. Such sweet pictures. I was born in 1941. Can hardly wait for your new book. Thank you for giving us the update.

  73. Chrissy says:

    Listen up, Darling Sues!
    You had me a tad worried about you. But, a creative flow must not be interfered with!
    Pray, get on with it so you can grab some summatime!
    Love and hugs and excited for the results,

  74. Karen Williams says:

    Hi Susan,
    Dearest One…so pleased you are back, in rude health and beavering away like a mad thing on a mad day! Have so missed you whilst you’ve been a busy girl, but glad it was nowt we’d said or done to offend you!!
    Jack’s looking as cute as a cute thing on a cute day too…I’m just so flipping excited you are there and the book is almost cooked!
    Received my copy of your 2016 calendar for a friend’s birthday gift…she will love, love lurve it!!!! I’ve also been ‘posting’ little secret notes inside the case of my husband’s iPad or my daughter’s bag…just lurve them….almost as cute as Jack!
    Just thanking the Lord you are all ok over the pond!
    Karen x x x xoooox x x x

  75. De Hunold says:

    Susan, I’ve been wondering when you would resurface in blog land! Thank you for a tidbit of what’s going on in your life! I must tell you that I’m anxiously waiting on your new book to arrive in the mail, and that I thought of you when I learned “The Great British Bake Off” would be airing its new season (I think this week). If you haven’t watch, you must!

  76. Christie says:

    Susan we totally understand and are so willing to wait for your wonderful project!!
    Loads of hugs and inspiration,

  77. Ann Jass says:

    How wonderful to read your post this morning. The quote from Dinah Craik is sheer perfection and inspiration. Can’t wait until your book is available! Thank you for sharing your artistry and heart <3 Ann

  78. Lorrie says:

    I go away for the weekend and come back to find that Susan’s posted. Hooray, hooray!
    You’ve been missed but for a good cause – one that we will all benefit from. Happy writing. Happy painting. Happy remembering!

  79. Debb S(from Minnesota) says:

    So delighted to see lovely pics and read heartfelt words from you today, wonderful Susan! Your writing balances and inspires me at the same time to enjoy the day…especially the early morning hours with a cup of tea in a beautiful mug and my beautiful tuxedo kitty Iris by my side as I renew my JOY for the day! Reading your posts definitely does that – I hope you feel the love and gratitude being sent your way!

  80. Marian from Orange, CA says:

    So good to hear from you! Can’t wait to read your book. And I hope you are soon able to rest up and resume a normal routine. God bless you.

  81. Carolyn in Thomasville says:

    It’s really okay! Take your time and enjoy the process. When write an appointment or note on my Susan Branch calendar and the “I-have-to-see-some-more-Susan-Branch” mood hits. I’ve been going back and reading the older posts and enjoying them over again! Go outside and enjoy yourself a bit. It will be winter again all too soon!

  82. Susan says:

    Forgiveness not required….you are doing the work you are meant to do. Knowing that you are well and the book is coming along is great news. Looking forward to having it in our hands to enjoy with a nice cup of tea. Stay well, get rest, enjoy the process, we know the end product will be worth it all.

    • sbranch says:

      Would someone please tell me how to not answer every single one of these comments, you people are so wonderful, I have to almost handcuff myself! I read a few comments, I realize I want to comment on all of them, then I stop and don’t approve any. Then I go back, do it again, and this way, nothing gets approved. So I am trying to force myself to read and not talk. Help! OK, here I go, but thank you a thousand times!

  83. Susan Morgon ( an Ohio gal in SoCal ) says:

    Here you are and oh, how we’ve missed you! Susan, we all know how hard you’ve been working, so we totally understand why you’ve needed to be gone. I ,along with everyone else, hope that you’ve been able to enjoy at least a little bit of summer. I’m sure you know that we will all be right here when you are finished and can come back to us again. My husband and Iwill be in Cambria at the end of August – wish your book would be here then, but I will just take another one along to enjoy. Until next time!

  84. June Fisher says:

    So glad you took a moment to lift your head and connect with your adoring fans who are waiting anxiously to start reading your new book.
    I call my bunny Spikey, Pookie, too. Just came out of nowhere. An endearment that develops from our love for these dear little souls who share their lives with us and speak to a place that little else can,
    Always a pleasure.

  85. Shannon Ratliff says:

    What a wonderful surprise to see you in my inbox! Yes you’ve been missed but totally understand why! Can’t wait for new book… Be good to you dear!

  86. Margaret Harke says:

    Can’t hardy wait for this new book. So glad to hear that you are nearly finished.
    I know that it may be hard for you to turn it over to your readers, but we’ll cherish it and find so many helpful and comforting words in it.

  87. Amanda Peak says:

    Oh Suuuusan! We love you and are sooo excited for the book- or is it books? Aren’t there going to be 2 of them? I can’t possibly wait! You are such a light in my life- I love love love all your books & blog postings- it is like a little treat every time I read anything from you 🙂 Good luck & keep it coming for us all! And I love girl kitty and Jack

  88. Jackie P says:

    Good to see your post. We’re all rooting for you. Hope you’ve been able to enjoy some of the summer sunshine!

  89. Carol from PA says:

    A thousand kisses back at you, Susan! I think we (the girlfriends) all agree that you have all the time you need to finish and complete your labor of love. We are a patient lot and are lookng so forward to having you share the story with us. Keep plugging on and know we will all meet you at the finish. Lots & lots of love!

  90. Teresa Jensen, Valencia, CA says:

    Hello. It’s always good to hear from you.

  91. Sandra Barre' says:

    Welcome back! you’ve been missed!

  92. Liz davey says:

    I did a double take I saw the page from your baby book. Mine was the same book! My mother faithfully kept it updated until I left home for college and included newspaper clippings, etc. so it is a book I treasure.

  93. Katy/Oklahoma says:

    I always enjoy your posts. Glad to have you back and glad that your work is going well.
    I look forward being able to get your new book.

  94. Anita ~ the cabin on the creek says:

    I certainly have never had the burden you have with finishing a book, but I sympathize completely in your goal to stay focused. I am the same way when I have a big project.

    I love, love, love the “Oh the comfort…..” quote. I must add it to my journal. What beautiful words!!

  95. Linda Hurst says:

    Susan, missed your blog, looked for it every day, I know you are busy working for US! (So we can have another delightful book to read over and over a jillion times) Thank you for checking in, that will hold us, your dyed-in-the-wool fans until the next time!!!

  96. Rhonda D. says:

    Glad to see you coming up for a bit of air. Keeping you in my prayers as you complete this labor of love. We all know the finished product will be more than well worth the wait. Just too exciting really, but patiently we’ll wait. You know you are in so many of our thoughts and prayers as you work and those prayers do work. You and so many of the girlfriends kept me in prayer as I battled cancer for past couple of years. My Dr. just informed me that my last test results were clear and because it’s been more than two years, he is considering me “out of the woods.” I printed off all the many pages of prayers and well wishes from the blog and just came across them last night….a very precious “package” in my hands. So I know first hand the value of having so many people pulling for you. You go Susan, we’re cheering you on to the finish! It will be amazing! xx

  97. Carol D. from Sierra Madre, CA says:

    Hi Susan, Sooo happy to see your blog post! Hope when you’re not hard at work you are enjoying that beautiful Vineyard summer! Ahh… The Cape and Islands in the summer! What could be better? But hope to see you out in California before too long, too!

  98. diana from ancaster says:

    welcome back to the land of Blog!
    never ever apologize or feel guilty for doing what gives us all so much joy!

    hugs from here!

  99. barbara lassiter says:

    I’m so glad you weren’t MIA because you were ill! Or maybe writing this book counts as that because you had to get it out of your system. 🙂 Anyhow, I know it’s going to be a lovely book and it’s something for us to look forward to sometime soon.

  100. MaryEllen says:

    Hi, Susan! Believe me, none of your ardent fans will hold it against you
    that you are immersed in the manuscript production! I, for one, can completely relate
    to the necessity for complete focus.
    It must be an all consuming effort, and it’s clear to all of us that your standards are
    very high, but that’s what makes the finished products such a joy!
    Go back to your work, no guilt! Don’t worry that we’ll feel abandoned. We’re grownups.

    MaryEllen in Framingham

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