Almost Turkey time!  MUSICA ~ you have to watch the little dance that goes with this one! So sweet! Then play it again and come read . . . xoxo

Hello Everyone

Free range turkeyTurkey dinner anyone? Yummy! Our “free range” turkeys are very calm, considering the date and all, milling around our backyard.  All white turkeysThat’s because they know they’re safe, culinarily unattractive with nothing to worry about. Not like these crazy babies that came running to see us a couple of years back when we pulled over to take pictures of them.


Maybe you remember them? So cute! Our wild Island turkeys are not grain fed like these cuties (except of course at our house, where they get bird food), they are mosquito and fly fed, and look pretty much inedible to me. Whenever I see these guys up there  I always think maybe we will have salmon for Thanksgiving! You can’t imagine how sweet they were, and curious about us.


I just finished writing a brand new Willard (this photo is from the last one) . . . I have so many fun surprises for you! A  preview of how the new book is coming along and MUCH more! It should start going out next Tuesday, so watch your mail box ~ it usually takes about four days for them all to go. Hope you love it!

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drying sheets on the line

We have been sleeping so well. And this is why ~ the sheets! They are so cozy and crisp because we’ve gotten into the habit of drying them on the line.’Course that home-sweet-homewill stop when it starts freezing out there, but it’s been HEAVEN, a noticeable difference, they way they feel and smell, even inspires conversation between Joe and I when we’re on our walk, saying how delicious they are. If you can do it, if it’s not already snowing on you, and there are no rules against clothes drying on your line, try it!

little birds little things


And while I was out there I had to take a picture of the ground. So pretty under the maple tree ~ SO gorgeous despite dastardly worm-bites from killer worms we’ve managed to attract here on the Island. But we are going to get rough with them this year and put some oil on our tree trunks where they lay their eggs to keep them from ever hatching. Still pretty, if a bit gnawed.


Kitty in the window

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I gathered the sheets and took them in, and this was waiting in the window at the back kitchen door.So lucky! ♥♥

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cozy fire

I had to get the sheets in before it started raining . . . rainy daywhich it did, all day yesterday. It was perfect Willard-writing weather, tires slapping the street outside my window, raindrops pattering on the glass, while I thought about what would be the perfect new Giveaway to celebrate this Willard (a surprise!) ~ it was a delightful rainstorm which inspired us to light the first fire of the season last night.


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Thanksgiving table

We’re having people to dinner tonight (which is why this is going to be a short post ~ I have to go cook!) I’ve been looking at some of my dinner-party table settings . . . and starting to think about Thanksgiving, which always makes me think about my grandma.

Thanksgiving with Grandmagrandmathanksgiving

My grandma taught me how to set the table when I was little.


Forks on the left, knife and spoons on the right . . . Handy information I’ve used all my life.

my recipe box

Think I’ll go check my recipe box and see what good old recipes inspire me today. It’s raining again, a perfect day for

homecookingOff I go dear ones, out to brave the drizzle and cut the last of the marigolds for the kitchen window . . . what are you up to this weekend? I will be painting! And getting Vanna in shape for the big drawing next week. Yay! Love you, XOXO

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776 Responses to ALMOST TURKEY TIME

  1. M. Elizabeth Schwanke says:

    Thank you for taking me down the path of all things fall, with the touch of Thanksgiving. Even the clothes on the line. When my dryer died two yrs ago, I decided to forgo the purchase of another one, and just dry’em on a rack as my grandmother did. Even Martha Stewart touts the advantages of this task. I like the lofa action of the towels. Purchasing a steamer at a local thrift store helps with the wrinkles. Thanksgiving is my All Time Favorite Holiday. Busy but also Peacful. Thanks for spending your time with us! Eliza

  2. Sophie T says:

    I just got Willard in my email box! It’s always a delight to read your newsletters and blogposts, and see all those wonderful illustrations and pictures of your magical island. I wish I have the chance to read your books (no chance to find them in my French-speaking part of North America, though… unless they are eventually also translated into French! Congrats on the Chinese translation, by the way ; the book looks great!).

  3. Laurie Scott says:

    Love to lose myself in your site full of recipes, quotes, art, and goodies. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  4. Darlyne says:

    Hope when you do your Book Tour, you can stop in or near Chicago.
    Try “Anderson Book Store” 630-355-2665
    They have (3) suburban stores here.
    I’ll be looking for you somewhere nearby!
    Oak Lawn, IL

    • sbranch says:

      Like last time, The Book Stall will supply books for a Women’s Exchange Event at a country club in either Wilmette or Winnetka (I forget, but we’ll put it up in time for everyone to see it). We went to Anderson bookstore last time.

  5. Loved the book and everything Susan does…had a wonderful time in Sandwich, MA recently at the book signing. Lots of fun! Thanks for all you do Susan to keep us inspired!

  6. JoLynn Holmwood says:

    “Darfarlarfing”, love it! Greeting my hubby this way from now on! Happy Thanksgiving Girlfriend😊

  7. Bonnie Schoening says:

    Congratulations on your new book – can’t wait to read it

  8. Donna Money says:

    Love your art work so much! Love your blog as well! Thank you for sharing your heart! 🙂

  9. I love your books, you write so down to earth on all factors of life. Nature, animals, antiques, travel, England, France, Italy all my favorites. Keep writing & I can’t wait for the new book in April.

  10. Linda Tytko says:

    Dear SUSAN can’t wait till the next book comes out please stop by Cleveland again , Kathy and I would love to see you.

  11. Judy Bradford says:

    Love you blog and work long time.!!!! If I could have a kitchen it would be just like yours! JudyB

  12. Judy Flynn says:

    Hi Susan,
    I don’t have time to read all the comments to see if someone already mentioned this, but The Great British Baking Show, (which I love!), is doing a Christmas show starting Nov. 30th, for four weeks, on ABC! It looks like Mary will be the only judge. I can’t wait. Have fun watching. Judy

  13. Julie says:

    My grandmother “Nana” was the heart of the home and my family. She made me feel like I was the most special granddaughter that could ever be, and always had a twinkle in her blue eyes. She was 5’2, eyes of blue, the sweetest person in the whole world. She let me stir the pancake batter, “iron” her wash cloths, and walk a half block to the corner market for a quart of milk, with a little note & dollar bill safety pinned to my shirt. It was the early 60’s, when you could still do such things. I am so thankful for her love at Thanksgiving and always and can still feel it filling my heart all the way from heaven.

  14. Sally Peters says:

    Hi Susan,
    I enjoy your blog ( and books) so much! It’s raining and chilly here today in Indiana and I am reading your blog under my blanket with cup of spiced cider. Seeing your pictures, especially the fire in the fireplace, makes me feel warm and cozy.
    I have always loved the New England part of the US and I am sure if we lived close to each other we would become fast friends with our common interests!

  15. Chris P. says:

    I love the new charms, especially the I LOVE AUTUMN!

  16. Sue M. from Northern (Central Valley), CA says:

    I was so excited to get an email with all your newest doings and pictures. You’ve put me in the mood to get ready for Thanksgiving next week (going to go through your Autumn Book again)…I love your ideas and own most of your books. From one “Susan” to another, we have a lot in common… and am glad I got caught up on everything and look forward to your Scottish Adventure (I keep saying someday I’ll get there…). If I don’t win your generous giveaway, I’m asking for them for Christmas!

  17. Sarah Deller says:

    You are such an inspiration – I love reading your stories & seeing your wonderful artwork! Keep up the good work! Hope to meet you some day at one of your book signings!

  18. Nancy says:

    I love that you used the poem about guests on your Willard. I have read it so many times on my calendar and just love it! I want to paint it on my front door!

  19. lucia hsu says:

    ooooooooooh!!! I married a Chinese gentleman the second time around in my own fairy tale! I would love to win this giveaway and have him read it to me, haha! you and I are the same age and I raised my four children with your books and recipes! I remember the photo of you in red in the snow on back cover and I thought you were so pretty…and still are! who would have thought we would “rendezvous” by way of china?! best wishes to you and joe!
    xoxo lucia hsu xoxo

  20. Nancy says:

    You are so busy it makes my head spin! Don’t know how you keep up with it all, but I am glad you do. Thanks for all you do, and share.

  21. Joy Howard says:

    Susan I wish you knew how much your pictures and writing gets me through some tough days. My mind gets carries away to a better time . please keep up the good work. xoxoxo Joy

  22. Karen Adams says:

    I always feel cozy reading your books, blog, and recipes. The Chinese book would be a fun read! Will be anxious to hear about your new adventures overseas.

  23. Dianne Fuller says:

    Hi Susan, I love reading your blog and Willard. Your photos of your home are so beautiful. I would love to win your books and also that sweet mug. Tea would be so yummy in such a sweet mug. Happy Thanksgiving!

  24. Charlene Brummitt says:

    Hi Susan,
    You know I love your blog and receiving Willard. I am excited that they would considered a movie or TV show. That would be great! I wish you were coming to North Carolina on your book tour. I live in Chapel Hill but Raleigh is pretty close and so is Greensboro. I will keep an eye out for your final book tour schedule. I hope you have a great holiday and keep your wonderful paintings and words coming. You brighten the day.

  25. Gale Puffenberger says:

    I am greatly enjoying Fairy Tale Girl & looking forward to the next installment.
    Now that coloring books for adults are all the rage, would you ever consider doing one? Your illustrations would be perfect & a joy to de-stress with.

  26. Susie Strassburger says:

    Susan you are indeed a precious person. You have given so many people happiness and joy to their lives. Thank you so much for being the beautiful soul you are. Your giveaways are another example of a precious soul. So beautiful! My holiday’s are never complete with you! Love and hugs from North Carolina to you and Joe!

  27. Leesa Wisdorf says:

    What a gift you have: the ability to write in a way that takes me with you to places I can experience through your books, blog, etc.. As a life-long Beatrix Potter fan I was able to see her home through your eyes and cried along with you as the reality of walking along the paths she walked overwhelmed you.
    Then there’s the artwork – your illustrated quotes inspire me to take time out of a hectic life to remember that there is great joy in creating. It is a healing and rejuvenating activity that all of us should make time for. So thank you Susan for reminding me that every day is a gift and to look for joy in the every day moments.

  28. Eileen Leech says:

    Congratulations on the new book… hope it isn’t too late to get in on the giveaway. It sounds fantastic..I always love reading the books.

  29. Robin says:

    Since I moved from Maine to Florida, I miss fall the most. Lots of happy memories of brilliant color, family get-togethers, cold crisp days, apple picking, etc. : your beautiful illustrations bring all it all back to me! Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving!

  30. Anne Holm says:

    I was so excited to see Powell’s marked on your map, I will definitely let them know that it would be great to welcome you here! Love your writing, I always have your calendar and enjoy dropping in on your cosy world. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  31. Aprile Wicker says:

    I love reading your books, your blogs and of course Willard!!! I wish you would come to the Dallas area on your book tour. Thank you for your inspiration. Hope you and Joe have a wonderful Thanksgiving .

  32. Cheryl from Bigfork says:

    As always, loved your Blog and just read Willard. Packed with lovely descriptions, details and interesting information…arf arfy! Of course, I had to pre-order Isle of Dreams and can’t wait for the continuation of your life story……

  33. Debbie F. in Indiana says:

    So much news in the Willard this time! A Hollywood movie! How exciting for you! How exciting for us!! Thank you for showing the bookstore map for next spring. Cincinnati is a bit farther than spitting distance but would be a lovely drive. I hope you will get to go there. Thanks for sharing your life so generously and making us smile. Happy Thanksgiving

  34. Joyce Price says:

    Love your jest for life and making us all your friends thru your website. Enjoy it all. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks.

  35. Robley says:

    I look forward to seeing “Willard” in my inbox. Always a pleasure to read and dream over all the different things. places etc. that you write and draw. I bought your first book in the 80’s off the book rack at the supermarket. It is worn and well loved !

  36. Karen Giordano says:

    I so enjoyed reading the new book and can’t wait for April!
    I do hope you make it to Nashville this Spring on your tour! I live in
    Alabama, but my daughter’s live there and I would love to see you at a book signing
    there. What a fun trip that would be!
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving!

  37. Marnie says:

    I have put your new book on my Christmas list, and since I have been such a good girl, I am sure Santa will bring it, if you do not happen to pull my name. I just love your books and all your writing.

  38. Helene says:

    Beautiful……….as always.

  39. terry says:

    Reading Williard and your blog is such a great way to start the day.

  40. Tracy says:

    Wanted to request having you come to the Atlanta Book Nook but am not sure which one it is. I cannot fine one with an Atlanta address. …only Marietta, Lilburn, and Decatur. Could you please clarify which one?
    Thank you !!

  41. Jill Wilhelm says:

    Today was the first time I have read your Willard newsletter. I really loved it. I see that you have a book of your original snailmail Willard letters. Hope to purchase it and read those precious letters as well. I just love your book A Fine Romance. It was so special to see the places your visited. Kind of reminded me of the time I spent in England and Scotland back in the 1970s. Susan, you are so creative. I have always loved your artwork too. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas too!

  42. Patti Hespell says:

    I so enjoy your emails, blog and Willard so much. .. What a wonderful life you have and so kind of you to share it with your wonderful books. I’m hoping Santa leaves something from your collection under my tree this year! Have a wonderful holiday.

  43. Linda says:

    You give us a place to escape to in this crazy, sometimes troubling world…

  44. Charlotte Greathouse says:

    Love your hand written books and drawings,illustrations, etc. Also love Emma Bridgestone pottery— joyful mug in the drawing for books and mug. The mug pictured in your store doesn’t seem to be the same—no “joyful” printed on it.

  45. Karen Weeber says:

    Hello Susan!
    I was delighted to find Willard waiting for me this morning. Don’t you just love this season? Northern Indiana had beautiful color, and now most trees are bare promising a time of rest for them, but lots of activity for me! There is cooking and baking, shopping, reading and dreaming to do.
    Looking forward to the next book.

  46. Terilee Peavler says:

    Another wonderful Willard, as always! We do hope you can make it to the Nashville bookstore on your tour – we live in East TN – it would be a 4-5 hour drive – but I would do it for YOU! 🙂
    Asheville, NC, is, ironically, only about an hour’s drive from us, and there is a wonderful bookstore there called Malaprops – it would be wonderful if you could go there sometime.
    And what a thoughtful wonderful giveaway you are having this time! Crossing my fingers, but am happy for whoever wins it! Thanks, Terilee

  47. Bob Wilks says:

    Don’t know where to begin…your blogs and Willards written around Thanksgiving and Christmas are always my favorites…thank you…again, you and Joe enjoy your time at home during this time of year…and finally…I so hope that Parnassus Books in Nashville makes your tour list…about 200 miles away, but if any way possible I will be there with my better half!…a great idea to include in our 50th anniversary year!

  48. Ann Williams says:

    Always love receiving your Willard email and have to read every word of it immediately. I’m 78 and your words always evoke so many memories. Thank you.

  49. Carolina says:

    Susan, year after year, you inspire me to live the best life that I can! Thank you.

  50. Rosemary Hambrick says:

    ‘Tis appropriate at this time of Thanksgiving to express gratitude for
    all of the joy you bring to others. Your talent, inspiration & “heart” are
    such lovely & special gifts, which you abundantly share. Thank You!

  51. Nancy says:

    Oh, Sue … thanks for using the expression “spitting distance” in your Willard … this proves beyond all doubt that you are a born-again New Englander! Add “all the way ’round Robin Hood’s barn” to your vocabulary (when talking about taking the long way anywhere) and you will be embraced as family even in the backwoods of Maine. “-) I say this because my “fairy tale” journey was the reverse of yours; I was born a Connecticut Yankee but drove my battered Pinto wagon to California (Bay Area) when I was 24 and never looked back. Also thanks for the Arf and Arfy tutorial. My dad taught me an alphabet sign language he learned in the Navy (not ASL … and I don’t know anyone else who knows our private alphabet); I used it to spell-talk to him whenever I had a thermometer in my mouth. Happily I wasn’t a particularly feverish child, but we also used it to talk around family sometimes. Anyway, your book has brought back many memories of my own life so far (just turned 60 — fun!), and I am going to pre-order the second installment directly. Blessings on your head and have a wonderful holiday season!

  52. Laurel says:

    Your Willard was a delight. I’m especially happy that you have put The Kings English on your book tour as it is just 40 miles north of me. Utah has had its first snows but there are a few colorful leaves hanging on for Thanksgiving. Looking forward to your Scotland tour. My great grandmother emigrated from there as a little girl in the 1880’s. That adventure is part of a very sad story but I’ve always longed to go back for her. Now I can do so through you!

  53. Bethany says:

    Please tell Hollywood I’m willing to play you in whatever format they decide upon 🙂 You are such an inspiration–I feel we are kindred spirits indeed. I’ve never been able to progress beyond stick figures and rainbows, but I mentioned I want to try watercolors and my mother said “I was wondering what to get you for Christmas….” so I’m even more super excited for the holidays now. Your work is literally my inspiration. And if Hollywood doesn’t want me, I’m willing to take the books and mug off of your hands as a consolation prize 🙂

  54. Julia says:

    The Chinese book is so cute. Can you believe it?
    Gotta go now and read my new Willard. Thank you
    for that. Julia

  55. My Willard just arrived and I savored reading “all about it”! I could smell the cinnamon and sage, too. I am happy to say I ordered the gingerbread cake tea and a honey pot today, so am eagerly awaiting my goodies to share with a friend who is coming over soon. Thank you, too, for the wonderful Irish welcome rhyme, which I plan to use with two groups that I facilitate. I am a lucky lady today! Thank you, Susan.

  56. Rachel Ramos says:

    What a wonderful way to begin my day. In the last few days i have been feeling icky, had to stay home and rest up. Upon returning to work, i opened my email, and there it was, your blog!!! I feel better already. I cannot wait for my lunch break so i can loose myself in your blog. Thank you for sharing your world with us, you make the world a better place!

  57. Sherryl Wynne says:

    Harfparfy Tharfanksgarfivarfing!

    Was that right? So much fun! Can’t wait to tease my family with this! I love you Susan (Joe, too).


  58. Sarah says:

    I always loving reading the newsletter- thank you so much for sharing your heavenly slice of life!

  59. BARBARA MACEY says:


    Thank you ever so much for today’s riveting post–I found it just when I needed to “sit a spell.”
    We too miss The British Baking Show & my daughter heard that ABC has bought the show, (she didn’t hear the details to know if they will show repeats or new episodes). At any rate that apparently is in the works—we will be so very happy as last Sunday evening had a void which left us wanting more.
    Again, thank you ever so much for all your musings especially “The Grandmother” ones.

  60. Maryann Spence says:

    Your blog posts (and the Willard, too) are as though I’ve just stopped by for a visit and a cup of tea with you. Always enjoy your pictures and commentary. Autumn has so many positive aspects – best of all, it’s a respite from all the garden chores, canning, yard work, summer company – a time to go “aaaaah”! Thank you for all you write.

  61. Linda says:

    Have been waiting for the newest Willard. Loved the Fairy Tale Girl!!!Could not put it down.
    Looking forward to the next book!
    Fall is my favorite time of the year, with all it’s beauty and bounty. My son just moved to
    Revere, MA and we are excited to travel from Pennsylvania to visit him for Thanksgiving,
    and to spend time in Boston. We love anything New England. My husband actually makes
    Nantucket and Shaker baskets, and we have visited the area many times. We are so looking forward to this trip.
    Your blog took me back to the holidays when I was a child and the time spent cooking and baking with my mom and grandma. How I miss the smells and the good times. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

  62. Jody Rhode says:

    Can hardly wait to start reading your book~
    Love your blog and your Artwork.
    Always loved Gladys Taber. She wrote for us
    from her heart.
    Thanks for being such a great “girlfriend”.
    jody (*J*) xox

  63. Jan H. from St.Paul, Minnesota says:

    Thank you for ALL the years of enjoyment reading and cooking from your books! You have such a talent writing and drawing that it brings the warm and loving feelings in our hearts forward. It is such fun to spend time in your world through all your adventures!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  64. Mary says:

    Really enjoyed reading the Willard and seeing your beautiful book written in Chinese. Now I will wait on pins and needles (quite literally since I am an art quilter) for the movie/TV version. I would love for you to try to visit the independent bookstore in Chapel Hill, Fly Leaf, and Fearington Village, McIntyre’s, in North Carolina. There is also an independent bookstore in Raleigh, Quail Ridge Bookstore.

  65. Kymberly Frolick says:

    You and your work bring me hope and joy!

  66. Sharon O says:

    I love your blog it is a breath of fresh air in this ‘world’ … would also love more of your books. Such a delight you are so gifted. Hope to see you in Portland Oregon someday.

  67. Valerie says:

    I love the Great British Baking Show too! I thought for sure it was between Ruby and Kim but, I’m happy for Frances 🙂 I miss it already and can’t wait for next season! I’ve been seeing an ad on TV for a new abbreviated version of it, with fewer bakers, that they’ll be airing on network channels soon. Mel and Sue aren’t hosting so that will be weird but, Paul and Mary will be there of course!

    Have you ever seen the British series, Lark Rise to Candleford? If not, you should check it out. I think you would love it. I’m on series three now and, with only one more to go, I don’t want it to end. Much like our beloved Downton.

  68. joan spears says:

    As with each holiday season I am grateful for your connecting my dear “pen pal” Phyllis Mullins to me oh so many years ago.
    It is a lengthy friendship that has weathered joy and sadness, but always hope for the future.

  69. annette says:

    Dear Susan, In my next life I want to sketch just like you. You are such an inspiration.Thank you for so many years of cheerfulness .Win or loose.I love all your books. Annette

  70. Terri Hoppes says:

    You bring such comfort and joy to this world, thank you xo

  71. Dava Blevins says:

    I’ve been a big fan since my sister in law gave me the Christmas book for Christmas 20 something years ago. I love how you remind us of the good things in life…sometimes we forget to stop and count our many blessings! So, thank you for that. And btw, YOU are one of those blessings <3

  72. Dava Blevins says:

    Oh my gosh! Almost forgot to tell you to give your precious kitties some lovin from me!!!!!!!!! Please continue to include them in all you do…they are angels sent from heaven ya know!!!!!!

  73. Rebecca Mercer-Ward says:

    I adore you and your blog is my favorite place to go with a cup of something warm and a comfy spot on the couch. You are a treasure. Can’t wait for ‘A Fine Romance’ to be added to my SB collection. Stay warm and Blessed Be.

  74. Edwina says:

    Enjoy reading Willard and your blog. Gets me excited to decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sounds like you have a fun and busy year for 2016. Hope I am a winner in the drawing. Thanks so much.

  75. Susan says:

    Hi Susan – Your books make me smile!

  76. Christine says:

    As always, reading the Willard and your blog is a lovely way to spend a few quiet moments. Makes me want to go do something creative or cozy, or both! 🙂

  77. Tatiana Sciancalepore says:

    I just got my Willard today! Yay! Thank you 🙂 Also, how WONDERFUL would it be if they made that movie! Oh my gosh I can picture it now. It would definitely be a perfect chick-flick. And I mean that as a compliment! Please keep us posted. Also, I will be calling the bookstore in NJ because I would just LOVE to meet you!

  78. Laurie says:

    My 83 year old mom just had her house burglarized. She had a few precious
    pieces of jewelry stolen. We sat together later that evening and read your
    blog. It made us both feel better.

  79. Carol Sheeley says:

    I fell in love with Susan Branch when I made my first scrapbook! Hers of course -as a surprise for my Mother with old pictures, pictures of friends , of her children and grandchildren and my mom and Dad who were married 65 years before we lost her last Thanksgiving! She showed everyone her scrapbook! I brought it to the funeral home for all to enjoy!!

  80. Linda Hufham says:

    Hello, Sue. Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you so much for the Willard and the blog update! Like everyone else, I love them both! It always makes my day to receive them. Looking so forward to your new book! I preordered it today. I don’t have your Christmas book, I was late in discovering your beautiful books. So, of course I’m hoping to be chosen! Just like everyone else. I first discovered you when I was shopping for Christmas cards and found the gorgeous ones you made – one was a cute Santa! And the other was the vintage mixing bowl with a cookie recipe. Everyone loved receiving those! My cousin said theirs was absolutely the best one they got that year! Anyway, I searched for everything Susan Branch after those cards. I have been hooked ever since! I have almost all your books, I think only missing this Christmas one. I even found a copy of The Kitchen Gardens book you gave away that I wasn’t picked to receive. Thank you so much for telling us about that book! Thank you again. Till next time……

  81. Louise Myrick says:

    Willard and your blog made my day, your Arkansas girlfriend, Louise

  82. Louise Myrick says:

    Willard and your blog made my day!

  83. Mimi says:

    Read “Fairy Tale Girl” in one night! Can’t wait for the new book!! I received “Heart of the Home” as a wedding shower gift in 1988 and have all your books. My favorite and most used recipes come from you. I search used book stores for extra copies for my daughter. Thank you for being you!!!

  84. Linda Hufham says:

    I forgot to add – I love that they are talking about making your story into a movie or series!! When I was reading your books, I told my husband they should be made into a movie!!! Yay! I hope it happens, IF they stay true to your story. Love it!

  85. Kathy Johnson says:

    Oh, my! How sweet it would be to win! It just wouldn’t be holiday time without these timely Willards. I look forward to your annual Christmas Cookie Jar Willard. Ah, secret language. Arf language is arfully confounding for me. It may take a while for me to get the art of arf speak. Ours was the language of ob. Insert “ob” before each vowel. Let’s see if this gets past spell check – cobondobomobinobiobum. I think. Thank you for all you do!

  86. Karla Slind says:

    I love your books, I love the writings and the pictures. They are so charming and they always do two things for me. One, make me sad I don’t have the money or time to do the things you show. Two, they make me happy by looking at the pictures and writings. They are beautiful. Before I retired, I used to buy your offerings, but now I cannot. Besides being retired, we have 6 children and spouses, and 14 grandchildren with 15 coming in January. Oh I wish, but if I can even look online, it is wonderful

  87. Donnie says:

    I’ve been missing Willard, so good to see him again! The book in chinese is so interesting and how wonderful that the publisher would keep all the pretty bits you add to the pages. They thoroughly delight!

  88. Helen Smith says:

    Love your books. I think I have most of them and will be ordering the new one. They leave the reader with a wonderful feeling, and there is still much to be thankful for in this world. God is always good and loves us. I am an artist myself and love painting whimsical things.
    Thank you,
    Helen Smith

  89. Bev Lapeire says:

    I just got Willard in my email box! It’s always delightful to read your newsletters along with your blog. I love the articles and all those wonderful illustrations and pictures of your home, must be wonderful to see this everyday. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

  90. Sharon M. says:

    I love your books and I am also a huge fan of Gladys Taber. I have several of her books and I can never read them enough. She was a wonderful person and I’m so happy I “met” her through her wonderful writing. I am also a fan of another Cape Cod author….Thornton W. Burgess. I love animals and my outlook on them is due to this great author. I’ve never won a drawing here and I would be thrilled if you drew my name out of the hundreds and hundreds that I’m sure are entered. Thank you, Susan for the wonderful and beautiful things you do.

  91. Janet Brunnemer says:

    Looking forward to your new book. Disappointed you won’t be coming to a bookstore in Indiana. Love your blog, Willard, and all your beautiful artwork – makes me smile!

  92. Diane T. says:

    Dear Susan,
    My husband and I visited Martha’s Vineyard for the day this past September while visiting Boston and then taking the Tasha Tudor home tour in Vermont. It was not long enough! I bought a copy of The Fairy Tale Girl at the bookstore in Vineyard Haven even though I had already ordered a copy and knew that it was on the way to our home in Texas. Couldn’t resist the temptation! My husband took a picture of me holding the new book while sitting on the steps in front of your beautiful home. I will send it to you! Anyway, I started reading the book and could not put it down! Can’t wait to read the sequel. Love your books, blog, and Willards!!! Thank you so much for being such an inspiration to others!

  93. Margaret D says:

    Thanks for the WILLARD. I just signed up and your journey sounds amazing! I’miss so looking forward to spending time with you!

  94. Kelly in the Poconos says:

    So I was noticing on your map of bookstore stops, you will likely be going through PA to get to Washington DC from NJ. Any chance of a PA stop? I would love to make a road trip to see you… Philly Area? My wishlist… 🙂

  95. Lucie says:

    Would love to take part in the giveaway. Funny to see your book in Chinese!

  96. Rebecca Pittenger says:

    Love, Love, Love, your blog and Willard! You brighten my day each and every time!

  97. Shannon Stark says:

    Hey Susan! Is there a house for sale in Martha’s Vinyard? I am ready to take off and go there! I am not too sure how my 3 kids and my UPS driver husband will handle it….but hey! I am Mom and what I say goes!!! Ha! We will see you in Pasadena when you get here to California! Or Maybe in SLO when we go camping up the coast! Be ready for the Stark invasion!

  98. Doris says:

    So enjoy reading about your life. Happy Thanksgiving. Hope to see you in St. Louis!

  99. Theresa says:

    Love your blog and Willard! Your stories just makes me smile! Would love to win the giveaway. I let a friend borrow my Fine Romance and it has never been returned. I don’t have the new book yet or the Christmas book!

  100. Holly Moseley says:

    Thank you for adding coziness to my day. I’m in a new (to me) home and discovering the treasures left behind by my in-laws. So many stories, mysteries, and useful items that will keep me interested for years, I’m sure!

    And congratulations on the exciting happenings – a book in Chinese that feels like it is truly your work, a possible movie deal, and continued work on your latest book. I am a somewhat published poet and am thrilled every time I see another creation in print. This week I’m over the moon because I will be reading some poems at the launch for the latest anthology of regional writers.

    Thanks for the beauty!
    — Holly

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