Home in the Time of Pandemic

Hi Everyone! It’s time to stop and put the kettle on! Get yourself a cup of something and come back so we can catch up. As always and forever, home is what you make it. And that’s true even and especially in the time of Pandemic! We’re living through a very sad time for so many, our friends, and neighbors that we love. So let’s put on a little MUSICA, and sing along, and for the lucky of us, all that is not so good, becomes a blessing.❤️ 

If you like this song, go tell your remote that you want to see the old movie Without Reservations with John Wayne and Claudette Colbert! Have you seen it? Sometimes I feel like I’ve seen every good old movie ever made . . . and then something like this comes along and surprises me and makes me wonder what else they’re hiding! The stars spend lots of time on the train (you get to see lots of 1946 scenery) ~ you’re listening to the theme song now ~ how could it not be darling? It’s free on TMC.

We took off our storm windows yesterday. The doors are open now, the sun is shining, it’s about 68º, the wisteria’s in bloom, so are the lilacs, and the sea breeze is blowing fragrance through all our rooms. Sleeping is heaven! We’ve waited months for this! Do you believe that purple? Mrs. Bowditch, the woman who lived here before us, planted that maybe 50 years ago and I thank her every spring.

Why does fresh laundry flapping in the wind make everyone so happy? I don’t know, but it’s true. I think because we’re in love withAnd we know it when we see it, smell it, hear it . . . There’s no place like home.

Have I ever shown you my kitty graveyard? Where Girl Kitty (in fact, two Girl Kitties), Bill and Man Kitty are buried? The history of my world. 

 Every spring I go out and move the debris off their graves and sweep them. Sweet little corner of my garden.💞

Days get longer, sun rises earlier, casting long shadows through the morning windows . . . Makes me run to get the camera.Everything I need is here.

The sun through the leaves makes these shadows move and dance like sea water with the sun shining on it. Gotta take a picture! 

It is so quiet on the island . . . Notice how our walk hasn’t been “prettified?” It is as it always was. Woods and dirt roads, potholes and all. Just the way we like it. New spring leaves, wild blueberries, beach roses, and the sea.

I thought you’d like a little ocean view this morning.


We’ll never forget this Memorial Day . . . it’s never been this quiet. No one came! Except of course for these guys. The ferry went back and forth to the Mainland but stayed mostly empty. We are all so grateful that people are choosing to stay home. It’s strange and we miss them and the excitement they bring, but we’re just not ready for it yet.😷 When all this is over, we will happily welcome them back with open arms.💞

We hung our flag as we always do . . . Everyone did, the island has gone back in time to how it was before it was discovered! Very quiet. We’re still coping with the virus. We get a new case almost every day, our curve, small as it is, hasn’t flattened. No stores are open, no restaurants either. The Island has always been a little cut off from the real world, but now more than ever. Actually it’s a lot like it is in the winter, when we have it all to ourselves, only the sun is shining! So we do what we do in the winter, entertain ourselves! Only now, we can do it outside. Usually my friends are working and we don’t have much time for fun in the sun!   


It was my dear friend Lowely’s Birthday . . . so we decided to try having a party . . . we miss each other!🎉 We’re all extremely virus-aware, none of us go ANYWHERE, except maybe every three weeks to get food, fully masked and gloved! We want this thing to end as FAST as possible, so we do our part by staying home. We’re the lucky ones. So many MUST go out, I’m sure many of our girlfriends too, are needed to keep everything running and to take care of the sick. I join with the whole world when I say, on bended knee, thank you for what you are doing.💞 

For Lowely, I asked everyone to bring something with a candle in it, even the birthday girl had to bring her own “cake,” and this was hers, a beautiful triple-cream cheese! Isn’t it cute? A true “cheesecake!” Notice she put her ring on her candle? We all put our rings on what we brought (mine was a Honey Crisp apple with a candle stuck in it) so we could join in on Lowely’s wish, and blow out our candles when she did.

This is how we normally do it . . . the birthday girl (OR boy!) blows out the candles and we all get our wish.

I miss doing what I would do for a NORMAL birthday party . . . setting the table, and making actual food too!

This is the view from our upstairs window. I learned a lot. I learned that a circle seems right and looks good, but when a person is in her chair, the person straight across is THIRTY FEET away. That’s a little too much social-distancing. More distancing than social. Hard to hear anyone from 30 feet! Next time I’ll do two rows, with ten feet between them and stagger the chairs. This would work at a park or a meadow too … if everyone brought their own chairs, their own masks, their own food. The smaller the group probably the better. I’m looking forward to lots of one-on-one this summer.So something awful happened. I accidentally whacked my very first cup, called Little Things, on the kitchen faucet and chipped it. Joe tried to sand it down and save it, but the first time I poured water into it, a crack appeared, and it sprung a leak. It was the end of that cup and, here’s the hard part: it was my only one!😱 I LOVED this cup (I saved it, might put a plant in it or some pencils).

It was like an old friend, being my first and all. And “Little Things!” The one on the left is paper, my first mock up. I went around for the last two weeks moaning. Then yesterday . . .

I said to myself, who is in charge here? And made the executive decision to RE-ORDER it. Now, of course they won’t let me order just one ~ they have a minimum order requirement. And I started thinking that because it was the first, maybe someone else wants one? I told Twitter I was reordering it, and from their reaction I realized perhaps my cup had sacrificed itself for the greater good.😇 With one life to give for her fellow girlfriends. So Little Things will arrive in our Studio in August and is up for preorder now. Because this is a re-order, I only got the minimum, which I think should be enough, I hope. This time I’m keeping two. Taking no chances.✔️

Then I noticed one of my other favorites, my Bluebird cup, and realized, eeek, I only have one.😳 Way too precarious a situation. So I ordered that one too . . . 

I remember painting for it . . .

 And then it came in and I loved it. And it will do the same in August, and I will love it just as much. And all because of the self-sacrifice of Little Things.💞 If you missed either of these the first time, we are getting a second chance!

And last but not least, a little preview of my new Christmas book due this August or September, depending on when I get it done. I have a deadline! When I’m not walking in the morning, or hanging clothes on the line, this is what I’m doing. Writing, painting, drawing, erasing, and re-drawing. Thank GOD in heaven for erasers.

Am I having fun or what? Painting jammies!

I have never painted Nipper before . . . he was our childhood dog. I can still hear my brother calling, “Here Nip!” before going out on his paper route. Isn’t he the PERFECT 1950s family dog? Sweetest boy in the world. I loved painting him. I never realized how feathery his paws were, or how long his ears were. You get to know people when you paint them.💞DamPanic or no DamPanic, my dreams never change.💖

Bye for now dear ones. Back to work I go! I hope you are safe and sound🙏, getting some fresh air, and enjoying this one amazing life we were gifted with. Learn the words to that song, sing it around the house ~ singing makes your heart lighter.😘  Me and Millie. Jack would have loved Millie.💞 

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669 Responses to Home in the Time of Pandemic

  1. Carol on the Farm in Iowa says:

    Hi Susan,
    I ordered my Little Things cup last night!
    In your second laundry on the line photo in this post, I can see a little side porch peeking out under the laundry. It appears to have steps down both sides. I had never noticed it before and love it! It makes me wonder what room of the house in opens from? Could you sometime please show us a photo of this porch? Thanks for your happy post!

    • sbranch says:

      It goes into a small entry hall between the living room and the dining room! Yes, I’ll take a better picture one day!

  2. Linda G. says:

    Dear Susan,
    You should be a therapist for mental health! I always feel so relaxed after reading your blog and viewing your photos. Thank you and be safe ❤️

  3. Grace Arjona-Ramirez says:

    As always, what a ray of love & sunshine you are. 💖 Re-reading your memoir trilogy ~ Absolutely Inspiring ~ thank you sooooo much. 🤗 Cannot wait for your new book, what joy! ✨😍 With loads & loads of love & appreciation from the ♥️ of my 🏡.
    Grace Arjona-Ramirez

    • Abby says:

      Which 3 books are Susan’s memoirs? I’m newer here! (Loved the 0ost Susan!)

      • sbranch says:

        Fairytale Girl, Martha’s Vineyard Isle of Dreams, A Fine Romance ~ you can start with any of them, but that’s what they are in order. Glad to meet you Abby! Welcome to the neighborhood!

  4. Mary Vlli says:

    Thanks for the delightful blog, Susan. I gasped at the beauty of that Wisteria! I live near Michigan State University and they have one just like yours! Very old with trunk-like branches!
    Also, the photo with you and Jack – so cute!
    Hope you’re enjoying your tourist-less spring time. 🙂
    P.S. I appreciate the conundrum of chair placement for your gatherings. Quite a challenge!

  5. Angie says:

    Thank you Susan for all the sweet words you share about being home. I adore everything about our home and all the love it holds♡

  6. Sandi James says:

    I was wondering if your still working on your book about England and Scotland ? I haven’t noticed anything about it lately. I sure hope it’s still going to happen. I’ve been waiting till your book to plan my trip for ideas.

    • sbranch says:

      I broke my wrist last year around this time and had to put it on hold . . . then it was Christmas, then my calendars were due … so I thought I’d do a Christmas story so there would be something for this year, and go back to work on my England book when this one goes to print!

  7. Mary Therese Slota says:

    What a slice of heaven it is to read your blog! Thank you for sharing. mimi

  8. Emily D. says:

    Just ordered my “Little Things” cup. Your chip was my gain as I missed out on it the first time around! :). I’m currently reading “A Fine Romance” and loving it. It is filling the void as I was supposed to be leaving one week from today for my first trip to England, Wales, and Scotland. Now, alas, the trip is postponed until next year (hopefully). But I’m getting to experience England through the pages of your book and that is a very good thing! Stay well!

  9. You broke your beautiful cup, I broke 12 of my glass insulators when a shelf fell. Years of collecting. I manage to glue 3 but now I can only look at the stack in my little patio garden. At my age I wouldn’t even try to replace any.

    I like your cups but alas I can’t order any. Really fixed income with a car in the shop. Pray Chrysler gets my part to the shop. Daughter goes in groceries for us, or I order online.

    Love your wisteria.

  10. Barb Kuzdzal says:

    I’m hoping you’ll order more mugs. I’d love the Santa one and a red heart one. I think they all would sell all over again. They all are wonderful.
    Barb Kuzdzal

    • Mary says:

      Barb, I agree with you!! I have missed some of the adorable mugs and truly think that any of them would sell! I’m sure there are lots of “us” out there!!!

  11. paula says:

    hiSusan !!
    Thanks for the new stories ! I have a kitties graveyard too 🙁 , when I go to the gardens I talk to them haha. I love your cement kitty statue, I wish I could find one that sweet.
    That would be wonderful visiting the island, but when we visited in Sept, it was not to terrible crowed !! We have no vacation planned at all , I said I would even go to the westside of Michigan which is lovely all the quaint towns and the lake , but as my friend said , “Would Michigan even let you in ?” I have revisited several of my past vacations in my daydreams and makes me smile, what wonderful memories.
    Well, I may just need to order the “BLueBird” mug, I love those pretty little birds!!
    BLessings to you and yours , xoxo

  12. Laurie S. says:

    I am so glad you wrote a new entry. I’ve been checking everyday for a couple of weeks. Your words are so comforting during this time. Because of you, I have started revisiting some of my vintage stuff and using them to feel more “homey”. I just put my grandmother’s old Heisey sugar and creamer on my dining room table and are using them as votives. I’ve always loved them, but didn’t use them often. Now they are out and beautiful. I got the idea from your glass blog entry. Thanks for all you do to help all of us enjoy the beauty that is already all around us. You rock!!!

  13. Cynthia says:

    That wisteria! What am I doing wrong? My Dad planted some vines for me at my old house in the early 1990s and they bloomed so beautifully, eventually. I sold that house to someone I know so I still get to see the blooms occasionally. I planted wisteria at my new house as soon as I could, almost ten years ago. I get copious green leaves but no blooms! Any advice? I know I never did anything for my old one that bloomed beautifully….it just did! The most romantic flowers in the world, in my opinion!

    • sbranch says:

      I know that happens. There was once a wisteria in the parking lot of the Black Dog Tavern here on the island. Cars would whack it, trucks would knock it over, and every year it just GOT UP and went on blooming. Sometimes I think they need a little whacking to bloom … but before you do that, Google it … because this is a normal, but problematical thing for some wisterias. ❤️

  14. Laura in Portland, OR says:

    Can we pre-order the new Christmas book??? I so hope so as it would be such fun to have that to look forward to.
    I love the sheets hanging on the line…I can smell them in my memories.
    Have a sweet summer.

  15. Maureen says:

    I always love reading your blog. I’m so glad to be working from home. Home is haven especially during this pandemic.

  16. Kelly Field says:

    Thank you, Susan, for letting me have a glimpse into ‘your world’ through your pictures, your ‘people’, your Love of Life…with all its ups…and downs, your walks to the water, your sweet nature, your beautiful garden, your charming home, your magical celebrations, your simply and authentically being you❣️Thank you. 😘

  17. Lisa Mattingly says:

    Thank you Susan for sharing your world with us! I enjoy seeing your collections and watching your garden transform.

  18. Hilda C. White says:

    So, Susan, I have ordered your “Little Things” mug because I missed out the first time…thank you for offering it again.
    Was wondering if it might ever happen that the Autumn mug might reappear at some point? That was one I also missed. : (
    At any rate, I always look forward to new posts from you… now more than ever.
    So grateful for the gift that you are in so many lives. So much so in mine!
    Your friend in Pennsylvania,

  19. Vicki South of Arroyo says:

    Oh, it’s so nice to see a new post from you, Susan; thank you!

    I love hearing about your quiet island. And I know the national parks are for ‘the people’, but I was otherwise hoping Yosemite would stay closed this summer [give the place a rest!] since the wildlife are having so much more freedom and what I’m sure is just downright BLISS for them. I’ve enjoyed seeing the park service’s photos of bears in the meadows or a coyote lounging in an asphalt parking lot (cars for coyotes.. ?? .. is a nice, temporary change).

    Maybe tears are always a bit too close to the surface these Covid-days, but I feel them spring in my eyes when I read your most recent Covid-posts. You say every right thing; you echo our thoughts and give us something new to think about; but it’s your own brand of contentment that shines through as an example, turning ‘being home’ into all the positives. (When of course, in a few ways, a lot of us are just getting somewhat sick of ‘being home’. It’s a continuing adjustment.)

    By complete happenstance and not having seen your Twitter, I checked into the Susan Branch store just yesterday, when your Patsy-Popsy post was still the most recent, and to wow-surprise saw the reappearance of the cups, so I (immediately!) bought THREE. I’d had this on my mind, too, once I started using the cups instead of displaying them as your art in my kitchen, that were I to lose one, I’m one & done in the worst way. My husband didn’t mean to do it, but I had my birthday cup sitting in the kitchen sink, waiting to be washed, and he slung a dirty table knife into it and I guess that weighty-whack was too much for it because, unbeknownst to me, the cup got a fine-fine crack (like what cup WOULDN’T with that kind of abuse!). Next time it was clean and I poured in hot water for my tea, that told the tale, with water on the counter-top; leaking! So I hurriedly then bought another birthday cup while you still had them. (And yes, my damaged birthday cup is now a little ‘planter pot’ for a wee succulent that doesn’t take much water; has a little plate under it for extra security from leaks; has worked out perfectly.)

    Anyway, despite pinching a few pennies in this uncertain Covid economy, I’m trying to alternatively save money for purchases of cup duplicates now, because I can’t use anything else; I am so sold on your cups with the feel of them in my hand (lighter-weight) and when I go to sip with the thin lip of the cups which just feels better; how much liquid they hold, be it coffee or tea or cocoa or soup or just about anything; yet how durable is the porcelain (on a normal basis, like not around husbands who don’t know the diff of one cup from the rest [he was so sorry; but now I NEVER leave a Susan Branch cup in the sink, because he could forget and do it again!]); and then all that doesn’t even take into account for also how fun they are with your so-familiar and sweet illustrations and little quotes/words/thoughts. Are my enjoyment! I’ve got two now of a few of the cups; I’m one-by-one getting the backups.

    (Is it an indulgence? Sure. But I’m not a gal who, even before Covid, went out to restaurants or took vacations, bought an expensive car, nor jewelry or perfume or fancy clothes and shoes or a lot of other goo-gahs [not that any of that is wrong because none of it is; we all have things we love and we all have to have what makes us happy {let me win the lottery, and I’ll do all that stuff!!}]; just give me SB CUPS [maybe they’re my new ‘collecting’ hobby]. Soothing part of my daily routine, my cup of hot-something…or, for that matter, my cold-yogurt/berry parfait [your cups seem to have replaced BOWLS, as I remember saying once before].)

    Might I also say that I loved the new ‘Summer’ banners your store is featuring; they are so cute and cheery for a new season, out of the winter doldrums.

    Oh my, I can’t WAIT for your Christmas book. Thanks again for taking the time to post when you’ve got a publishing timeline you’ve got to meet with it. (Are you no longer self-publishing, to where you could control your own deadline [??]; just curious … I don’t know anything about how one goes about getting a book published!)

    • sbranch says:

      Lovely to hear from you Vicki . . . thank you for all your kind words. I love how you’re using the cups! Yes, I can control my deadline, but I need to have one . . . the paper for the book has been ordered at the printer, and if we want it before Christmas, I have to do it by a certain time. Sending love . . . stay safe. 💖

  20. Diane C says:

    I love how you celebrated Lowely’s birthday. I’m sure it was just as special to be there together. I need to show your wisteria to my mother. Her parents had it on the front of their house in Mississippi. She had one in Illinois, but she let it take over and was on under the siding and around 2 sides of house. Think of Sleeping Beauty’s castle with vines. Does Joe cut it back every year?

    The painted jammies are so sweet! So sad for the cup, but happy you can order more.

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, we cut our wisteria back every year . . . it tries to break in upstairs, through the windows, if we aren’t careful! 🍃

  21. Cheryl says:

    Love your whimsical style in drawing, painting & living in the world. Thanks for living out loud and sharing your life with the rest of us ❤️

  22. Kathryn Zitelli says:

    My husband just gave me your “Gratitude” book for my birthday. So cute! It’s a very calming book to read during these unusual days. Thank you for sharing your talents.

  23. Kedra Sugg says:

    Susan, I’m been your friend, admirer, purchaser of your books – I guess since the beginning. The last year or 2 your typewriter is different. There are strange marks within the type and on this post there were even words that I could not read – (finally figured out that it was “LITTLE THINGS”.) – it was in several places. This is not a criticism; tho it does sometimes bother my eyes, – but simply a question – as to why the type does this?.
    Of course, I loved everything about this post, but am discouraged that many in our area have decided the pandemic is over – not following guidelines anymore – even at Church!

    • sbranch says:

      That would make me sad to see … people in masks strike me as so respectful. Not to see it would hurt. We’ll see, my prayers are that they will be right and this thing will disappear soon. As for the type … hmmm. I do change the font periodically … perhaps it doesn’t show on your device as it shows on mine. I should find out what is the universal font and use that! I’ll try! Stay safe!💖

  24. Pamela says:

    I’m so excited to see that you are re-releasing your Bluebird and Little Things Cups! I just ordered mine. I have been reading your blog on and off over the years and when our 5 kids were young, we didn’t have extra money for pretties like those! I just recently looked at eBay for a bluebird cup! Someone gave me two little glass bluebirds when I was on total bedrest with my twins for the last three months of my pregnancy. So I’ve always been attached to bluebirds. The twins will turn 30 in December! Are the Little House cups sold out? I couldn’t find a way to add it to my cart. 😢
    I’ve been good about staying home – have had some health issues just before the dam-demic – not serious but still have to follow up with the cardiologist and neurologist. I’m most concerned about my two ER son in laws and my pediatrician daughter. My husband works in a medical setting – and I’ve been keeping busy making masks for their inpatient and group home staff. Now I’m making masks for our six grandkids aged 8 to 9 months. That’s been the worst part of the quarantine is not seeing our grandkids. We do a lot of Face Time and Zoom meetings!

    Thanks so much for bringing such joy into my life. I’ve followed you since your recipe illustrations in Country Living! Be well and stay safe. I’m looking forward to my 2021 calendars – even though my 2020s are pretty blank these days!

    • sbranch says:

      Ask [email protected]/~susanbs3/susanbranch/ about the Little House cup … and please thank your family for what they are doing for all of us. True heroes. Deserve a ticker-tape parade. 😘

      • Pamela in Indiana says:

        Thank you, Susan. I will convey your thanks. They all work very hard at their jobs making sure people are well cared for. Sheri tells me that you are sold out of the sweet Little House cups. I will have to wait until you break yours and order a new batch! Have a wonderful weekend!

  25. Leslie says:

    awww… I’m so sorry about your precious first cup. That’s a true heartache. We will love having the opportunity to buy one, thanks to that chip and crack, but brand new doesn’t replace one and only. 😢
    Your island must be lovely without tourists mucking it up. You’ll need to repeat birthday parties one day so you can hug each other and enjoy the occasion properly.🥳
    I love your little kid pictures. You were such a Shirley Temple kind of darling.

  26. Maria says:

    I had a couple of white mice as pets as a kid! I loved them. I’m thinking I may order the Little Things cup ❤️

  27. Carolyn says:

    Stay well, Susan and Joe! XoC

  28. Kat F says:

    I must have the bluebird cup because we have 3 bluebird houses in our backyard! Can’t wait!

  29. Jane M Alexander says:

    I must go order the Little Cup right away! I did not get one the first time, and I don’t know why! The flowers over you door, blew me away. The fragrance must feel like being in heaven. Oh how lovely. I am in Houston Texas, where things are opening up a little. I was so excited to go shopping in a lovely ladies clothing store, for one hour. My husband does all of the grocery shopping, so I had not been out except to the pharmacy.The ladies store can have 3 customers for each hour. It was wonderful. They had everything necessary to keep it all sanitized. My daughter came to visit, inside our house last week. Social distancing is a little strange, but we managed. My husband and I are doing lots of cooking, and also going through and beginning to organize photos from our grandparents till now, about 100 years. What a job. Memories are mostly really wonderful. Much love to you.

  30. Freddie Ann says:

    What a great way to end my birthday. . .by reading a note from you.

  31. Christie Levin says:

    I could hardly believe it when you said Little Things was returning! When your first cups went on sale, I purchased one Little Things as a gift and was going to order another for myself ‘later’. What was I thinking? When later came, it was too late because they had sold out. I tried to find one in little stores, online, everywhere I could think with no success. So now, just when I’ve decided I really do not have room for one more cup……. well, my pre-order went in today. It is my birthday and Christmas gift to myself for 2020, a little early but that’s ok, I NEED it! Hahaha! So timely!! This month our book club is reading “We TookTo The Woods” by Louise Dickinson Rich, an author I really enjoy. After I finished reading it, I started reading her sequel, “Happy The Land”, and guess what the title of Chapter 10 is? ‘The Little Things’!! Talk about timing! In this chapter she talks about the differences between living in urban areas (before her marriage she was a school teacher in Boston) and living in the wilderness of the northwestern woods of Maine using stories from her own life experiences. Right now, staying at home these past two months, I am continually finding little things to appreciate and enjoy. And I can come here, and enjoy the little homey things you are always sharing with us. When I think of it, I feel positively wealthy with all the little things that enrich our good and not-so-good days, including your caring/sharing, dear Susan, and the friendships formed between the kindred spirits that have met through you. Maybe the little things are really the big things in disguise. xoxoxo

  32. Shirley Graham says:

    Thanks so much!! I have enjoyed as always. Just finished planting flowers on my deck as the deck is what I have now. My daughter & I went “flowering” last weekend & had a ball. Love the picture of you and Millie. So cute. Take care & stay safe!

  33. Debbie Piascik ~ Weedsport, NY says:

    Hi, Susan~
    It feels like I haven’t “talked” to you in forever! Just want you to know I still love you like crazy and appreciate all you do to be a Valentine for the world 😘 You inspire me daily 🤗
    Our region in central N.Y. is beginning to slowly reopen and rebuild but to be honest, George and I are among the fortunate ones who haven’t been too greatly affected. We’re healthy and together 💕 and able to lean on each other for encouragement when it all seems like too much 🙏 So I knitted an afghan, did some embroidery, painted a barn quilt, baked like it was my mission in life (gained 5 lbs but vow to lose it 😏), cleaned up my garden earlier than ever before and found extra time for reading and meditation 🧘🏼‍♀️ ~ all part of the silver lining in this cloudy time we’re in.
    I love hearing how you and Joe have been coping and staying creative. I’m really looking forward to your book! You’re an amazing storyteller and artist, you know?
    So good to “chat” with you. Stay safe and never stop being YOU 🥰

    • sbranch says:

      LOOK how creative you are, and how productive!! Well done! Thank you dear Debbie for those sweet words. xoxo❣️

  34. Marilyn L Young says:

    Is your new book coming out in August a cookbook? Thanks for today, it was a bright spot for me because Ive been home since March 3 and I’m tired of it! I suppose since Ive made it this long, I should stay in for the duration????? When you are 86, have asthma, etc., you stay home and let everyone get your food, etc. Thankfully, I have a great family and wonderful friends and neighbors! Take care you two.

    • sbranch says:

      Go out for a walk, wear your mask, smell the spring … then go home. 💖 You are doing so GOOD!!!

  35. Sue says:

    Love the photo of Jack looking up adoringly into your face! To be loved by an animal is a singular experience!

  36. Zoe Greenwood says:

    Once again your words fill my heart with happiness and hope. Thank you again!

  37. Charlotte says:

    I have a folder where i put all of your stories, Thank you so much for helping me to remember That there are still women like you still in this world.

  38. Lorna Schreck says:

    Another charming hour of reading and remembering; humming along to music I love, and feeling so much closer to the world I love and knew so long ago. I remember family summer picnics where the chairs were spread out like that for the “old folks” and the families just tossed bright quilts and blankets on the ground and the children played with the dog, ducks and each other without a device in their hand or a desire to watch TV. Good times then, and now too! I’ve seen more of my sisters since we began zooming around the country. Life is still good if we stay present, appreciate our heroes, nurture nature and meditate. Those are keys to my tiny gatehouse in the castle! Enjoy the quiet while it lasts!

  39. julia walker says:

    Susan, So good to get this today. Perfect timing for I needed a lift!! Glad your creativity continues in spite of the “dam panic.” I enjoy your small calendar on my desk every day and even had one of last year’s drawings framed for my pastor’s birthday gift. She really appreciated it! Thank you for sharing your life with me. Your friend, Julia PS I hope my b’day card arrived.

  40. Lin says:

    Thank you for your lovely post! As always, you have put some Sunshine in our days What a breath of fresh air!! We’re in Sioux City IA and things aren’t good here. But I truly believe this will bring good things in the end. Such a good time to get those drawers and closets cleaned out! I was touched by your Kitty Graveyard….pulls at the heartstrings! We love them so!! Love your little Millie mouse! We just lost our “Millie” our beloved rescue dog. And I love the picture of you and Jack…..the love that radiates from his eyes is incredible!! My daughter works with several animal rescues and when they get a Tuxedo kitty in, they’re such sweethearts and are rehomed quickly. Be safe and thank you, Susan, for sharing!

    • sbranch says:

      My mom was born in Sioux City … I always watch what’s going on there. I’ve been praying for you. Just stay in until this hideous wave finishes washing over us. 💞😷😘 And thank you for all the sweet words. xoxo

  41. Debra sewell says:

    When my daughter Lydia was about that age she too had a white pet mouse. Miss Mouse. It would sit on her shoulders. Snuggle in her hair. I think Miss mouse lived 3 years. Very sweet. Love this new Willard. Lovely and reflective. Things will be ok.

  42. Pat Harmon says:

    Oh, the wisteria is soooo gorgeous❣️ I too lost my one and only cup, shortly after I got it. With a wave of my hand, whamo! into the sink. And down the drain went my heart. I’m still in disbelief. It was such a lovely cup. Your posts are so welcome. Old movies are the best. Even my hubby is watching with me often. Thanks for the delightful interlude.”

  43. Kelly B. from Pittsburgh says:

    I love the Christmas book already! I feel like you wrote a little about this years ago and I’ve always wanted to read more. Also love your kitty graveyard. Can you tell me where you found the cat statues? It would be the perfect marker for my cat Lucky. You and Joe stay safe and enjoy the peace on the Island.

  44. Joy in Alabama says:

    You said no stores are open, but you have a grocery store open, right???? Glad y’all are doing well!

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, anything considered essential is open, gas stations, post office too … and filled with the brave people who work there.

  45. Nancy B. says:

    So happy to see your party circle. I will be doing the same in June for my women’s club friends. I’m not sure who will attend but they are bringing their own chair,a bag lunch, beverage and of course their masks. It’ll be so good to gather even though apart, and talk,talk,laugh and talk!
    It’s really good to get back to a simpler, quieter time too and reflect on the important things. I loved the practice of placing your rings on the candles, and I do hope you all get your birthday wishes! Thank you for sharing once again.
    I’ve also decided to pre-order the Bluebird cup. The birds are my alarm clock every morning, and my husband brings me a cup of coffee before I even get out of bed, so this will be my new morning cup. I Love it. Thanks for reordering it.
    I hope you will really enjoy the island’s peace as this too shall pass and the hustle bustle will return, but I’m sure you’ll be more than ready when it does. Hi to Joe and Jack. Stay safe, well and prayerful. :))

  46. Kim E. says:

    I love your purple flowers! So much happiness right there over the door. I’ve been binge watching “The Repair Shop” on Netflix. It’s filmed in the UK and features treasured heirlooms brought to skilled experts in a lovely thatched roof shed where they make masterful repairs. All heartwarming stories of treasures restored, even teddy bears. I believe they could repair your cup in a fine fashion! Thank you for letting us be a mouse in your pocket while you live the creative life.

  47. Leigh Ann Puckett says:

    I agree, the Wisteria and Lilacs are heaven!

  48. sharon kay hermens says:

    Dear Susan, It was so nice of you to keep us in tune with your end of the world (you seem a long way from Texas)!! My birthday was May 14th. My friend had our “Lunch Bunch” Garden Party (for me) in her back yard. We had to wear hats…I’m not a hat person but I found one in my closet, glued a silk flower on it and off I went!! It was so lovely seeing the ladies we hadn’t seen since February when we had our last “Lunch Bunch”. We weren’t so spread out as yours were. There weren’t that many of us. It was a beautiful day, warm with the birds singing “Happy Birthday” to (me)!! We all brought our own lunch and my friend purchased a cake. I did get to blow out the candles. So far, 72 hasn’t been so bad!!
    I purchased your cup!! I have your Christmas cup ..with the holly on it. I love it but, I don’t have one for everyday. So, now I will!!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  49. Karen Saunders says:

    I can hardly wait for your Christmas book…..it will have two of my favorite things!!!! Christmas and your art❤️❤️❤️…….Take care dear friend🙂🌷🌷🌷🌷

  50. Lee Gordon says:

    Susan, the purple flowers looked so heavenly! The star jasmine out the front of my house smells so lovely in the late afternoon after the sun has warmed it up. If there is a cool evening breeze it scents my house so wonderfully! One of my favorite things to do is sit out for ten minutes on each side and bask in the sun. I really love getting my vitamin D going. Glad to hear you are working away on the Christmas book…so looking forward to it. God bless!

  51. Laurie says:

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful photo of your wisteria. After a rainy day in Florida with tornado warnings and a scrubbed launch, it brought a joyful peace to me. We do have so much to be thankful for…

  52. Lynette Strohbach says:

    It was my birthday on the 20th of May, and I was able to see a good friend for lunch (takeout) and shopping at antique stores (they just re-opened), and wearing our masks of course and keeping our distance. It was fun and sad at the same time, it’s just not the same. It was nice to see her after 2 1/2 months, but couldn’t even give her a hug. Things have gotten really impersonal, but reading your blog puts the personal back into communicating with our online friends! Thanks again Susan and thanks for the tip on Without Reservations, it’s downloading on the DVR right now. All the best and looking forward to your book coming out soon!

  53. kate jocelyn says:

    My best friend actually had a mouse named Milly– her mom, Ruth, carried her around in her apron pocket during the day! I had a white mouse, but I’ll be darned if I can remember her name– she was fat, I do recall that much about her and she died of fright after crawling under a chair to get out of somebody’s way. Those were the days!

  54. Marty Koehn says:

    I love all the purple at your door . How blessed you are the the former owner planted it. I have the bluebird cup , a friend gave it to me for my birthday . I was in the yard today and my neighbor has a holly tree that is loaded with blooms. There were so many different kinds of bees sipping away and happily buzzing. It made me happy . It’s a Foster holly. Happy spring .

  55. Barbara Anne says:

    What a treat to find a new blog post from you, full of wit, wonder, joy, flowers, linens, marvelous photos, and drawings! I found it just before bedtime so it’s quite likely I’ll have sweet dreams tonight. Thank you!


  56. Becky McMahan says:

    So appreciate the light you shed , Thank you!
    We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in Dec and were hoping to travel on the Queen Mary as you did , to celebrate this year in bonney England. I will just re-read your book about your adventure instead–that will do–especially considering that there is so much heartache and hardship around us, I will not complain.
    Please, please –so want to see even a bit of your next book on England..my Anglophile heart aches. I know you have given the first chapter away at times (and I was going to try to get to the tea in Mass, for that also.) Considering the unique circumstances we are struggling with, might you release that first chapter for sale as balm for our souls? (yes < I am being a little melodramatic I know..:))

  57. Jane says:

    I love you more with each and every post! You are such a sweet, free spirit. My husband and I visited Martha’s Vineyard for his 50 th birthday. I bought a cute souvenir mug which I still have. I’ve only kept little trinkets in it because I’m so afraid of chipping or breaking it and I have such precious memories of that time!

    Be safe and well, Susan ❤️

  58. Cheryl Wickline says:

    Thank you for the chance to reorder the first cup. I gave that one to a friend and always wished I had one for myself. It is one of my favorites (well, they are all my favorites). I have so many. Stay healthy.

  59. Penny Carpenter says:

    Such a pleasure to read your blog. Glad you are hunkered down and healthy!!! Love from north Idaho. 🙂

  60. Denise says:

    So enjoyed reading Home in the time of Pandemic. It was like having a fun visit with a dear friend. Thank you for a bright spot in my day

  61. Karen Hellier says:

    Thanks for this. I look forward to each blog entry. It’s like a little escape from our everyday lives and during this crazy time, it’s nice to have a little escape. I was sad when your post came to an end. Stay safe, and happy!

  62. JeanneW says:

    Have you ever seen the Japanese method of mending broken bowls and such with gold? It’s called Kintsugi. I think that would be a very pretty method of fixing your First Cup. Thank you for squeezing in this post in the middle of working on your book. We have needed your posts so much more during this time.

  63. Your cups are divine, I’m so glad for a second chance to order them! Sweet, sweet blessings!!

  64. Nancy B says:

    Just wanted to mention a couple of things that caught my eye. But first, I can hardly wait for your Christmas book! My children grew up with a yellow telephone on the wall in our kitchen like the one in your kitchen. 1970’s and 80’s. (Memories😊). I also am the proud owner of the Little Things cup. So sorry you broke yours. Susan, I want you to know how much I enjoy reading about your mother. Your love for her really shows. So delightful!
    Warmest wishes,
    Nancy (from Bakersfield)

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, we moved into this house in 1989 and never saw a good reason to take out the phone! Works great in storms when our cells stop working! My mom… 💞 xoxo

  65. Linda Money says:

    Hi Susan, so enjoy reading your blog and your lovely drawings, thanks for sharing your little part of the world and indeed, it is.
    My little sister was also named Susan, lost her in 2002 due to cancer at the age
    of 51, do know she would also love reading about your lovely life on the Island.
    Have a blessed Spring & Summer.

  66. Delcia R. says:

    Aww, ❤️❤️❤️ It looks like Jack and you about to have a little smooch! So precious!

  67. Joan Watson says:

    will there be preorder for the Christmas book?

  68. Yay, another post from you! A new post from you always brightens my day! Yes, we are living in a very strange new world, and who knows if it will ever be the same again. Some things are better. It has helped us to all be a bit more aware of our blessings, and things we were taking for granted that we shouldn’t have. The cream of humanity has been rising to the top as well, with people reaching out to others in countless ways (contactless of course) showing love and service in a multitude of ways. But at the same time, I am missing the hugs and face to face conversations, meals out and get-togethers with friends. Facetime is great, but it doesn’t exactly cut it in the same way!

    I adore old movies. One of my favourites is “Our Vines Have Tender Grapes.” It stars Edward G Robinson, Margaret O’Brien and Agnes Moorehead. My ex MIL and I shared the love of old movies together. She would record them and then whenever we went to visit, she and I would stay up late after everyone else had gone to bed and watch them together. It was lovely. I think of all the people in my old family I miss, I miss her most of all.

    The bluebird cup is my favourite cup of yours. I have one and my husband is not allowed to even touch it, upon pain of death. (He breaks things!) I know it seems selfish, and maybe it is, but I treasure it.

    Lockdown hasn’t been too bad all-told. We are lucky ones who have a large garden to ramble around in. The weather has been extremely kind to us, gifting us with plenty of sunshine and nice warm temperatures. All of our needs have been met, in sometimes amazing ways. I have learned a few new skills. Life has been quiet but very good. Thankfully all of my loved ones have thus far been kept safe and sound. My youngest daughter and her husband are medical people, so very much on the front lines, and I do worry about them and their children, but so far so good.

    Hopefully this will not be forever, and in the meantime, let us dwell on all that is positive and uplifting like pretty cups, old movies, good books, pretty walks in solitude, furry friends, all of the helpers out there helping, and gardens coming back to life. But most of all, let us appreciate who and what we have that brings meaning into our lives. God bless us everyone!

    • sbranch says:

      The cream of humanity is rising to the top! So perfectly said. So visual, easy to see who cares about others, and who doesn’t. Like a klieg light shining. Praying your family keeps safe, please thank these perfect examples of “the cream” for all of us. Lovely words Marie, thank you!🌞

      • Elaine in Toronto says:

        Susan, Marie and I met through your blog and now we keep in regular touch. I’m lucky to have two favourite blogs, yours and Marie’s called “And Then We All Had Tea” plus her wonderful recipe one, “The English Kitchen.” Great fun. Hugs, Elaine

  69. Carol says:

    I enjoyed this so much!!!!
    Love to you!❤️

  70. Christie Levin says:

    P.S. Really enjoyed the party preview! Perfectly arranged for safe and festive fellowship. Sweet capture of cuddle time with Jack ~ he sure luvs you very much😻 I also love the 1961-ish photo of cute-as-a-button you. I remember having a boat-neck top for summer that year~I felt kinda stylish &⛵yachty⛵wearing it. 🎵V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N🎶 in the Summertime🌞🎶

  71. Maria says:

    Hi Susan, I noticed your vintage flag. I have a 48 star flag as well from my grandparents. I love the history in it. Really looking forward to your new Christmas book, would love to preorder. Stay well!

  72. Pam says:

    Thank you I so enjoy your blog!! I have fallen in love with blue birds. They nest near our home and our facinating to watch. 🎶 Blue bird on my shoulder. Your cup is perfect 😍

  73. Colleen says:

    Susan..I had to tell you how much I loved your “musica”! There is something about the music from the 40’s that I love. I noticed it was from 1945. That is the year my mom and dad got married. My mom was 19 and dad was 23. Seems so young. But, I always imagine that that was the music that they got to enjoy in those years. How lucky for them! I always think I got my love for that type of music, as a little girl, from watching the old Shirley Temple movies. How I loved them! How quiet your beautiful island must be right now. In one way nice, but I can only imagine it must have a bit of a lonely feeling? Maybe the world is trying to help itself re-adjust and regrow everything it has lost from years of human abuse. They were showing on the news here one day, how in Toronto little foxes are coming out into the open now since there are very few people around. That’s kinda nice, don’t you think?

    • sbranch says:

      Very nice. I was thinking the same thing watching the wisteria bloom . . . earth keeps giving and giving, in the most spectacular ways, loving us despite what we do to it, but everything has its limits, and now the earth has the flu. It’s been good to get the humans to stop for a moment. We need a very big rethink on the way we manage things! And yes, those lovely old songs help sooo much. We are definitely kindred spirits!❌⭕️

  74. Merrilyn says:

    Without Reservations was on TCM yesterday. One of my favorites. Love the party idea and the bluebird cup. The one nice thing about this pandemic is that, here in Oklahoma, weather has been good so could get in yard. Also, garden centers considered essential. They worked out online ordering, appointments, etc. to keep everyone safe. Had thing was the Herb and plant festivals had to be cancelled. Looking forward to new books.

  75. Therese says:

    Dear Susan,
    Thank you for this post, sent on a day when my husband of 49 years was in surgery.
    The timing reminds me again that there is a whole community of us
    who have each others’ backs, whether we know it or not!!
    I can turn my awareness to it and feel it buoy my spirit.
    I especially love the photo of you and Jack followed by the girlhood photo…
    and that blue daisy! I love seeing it again!
    All my best to you and everyone on the Isle of Dreams…
    and to this community of girlfriends. Joy, joy, joy.
    It’s what I choose every time. Thanks for the spark!

    • sbranch says:

      Blessings on you and your husband dear Therese, I hope it went well and he is on the mend and the sun has come out again. Yes, we are very lucky. SO many truly lovely people in this world. 💞

  76. Susan Keffer says:

    I have been spending the last couple of months completing your “Grandma, Tell Me Your Story” book for my five grandchildren to read someday, but find I am learning a lot about myself. Thank you for that book and this wonderful blog. I always look forward to it and get so excited when I see it in my email! Take care. ❤️

    • sbranch says:

      THAT’S the fun part! You are making a treasure for your family! Be sure to tell them what you wore! And what you ate!

  77. Sally Jenks Roth says:

    All too beautiful for words…
    You will never know how much this means to me.
    A difficult time for my family and me, this is so soothing.
    Thank you!

  78. Kathy Eriksen says:

    I so love your blog – a mini-vacation from our world of today. Is there hope yet for a re-order of Winter Cup – one I’ve been trying to find for ever so long and Autumn Cup too – would be ever so happy to add these to my growing collection. Please, please, please tell me it could be so!

  79. Pamela T. says:

    I always enjoy your blog. Funny, you mentioned it feels like the Vineyard went back in time. Hudson feels that way too but not in a good way. Very odd! Sadly, very sad, I fear some places are forced to close. We have gained a new neighbor, a really nice young lady, that wanted out of NYC so I’m really happy about that. So many pros and cons, up and downs, and much needed change. I have often wished time would slow down a little and things could go back to a less hurried pace and now it has, for me. Feeling blessed and praying for everyone. 🙏💕🙂

    • sbranch says:

      It’s crazy out there, and getting crazier. If only we were in charge! Praying for those who are to make better decisions. Loved Hudson when we were there . . . sending love. 💞

  80. Yvonne Miller says:

    Thank you-our homes are so important now to keep us safe and maybe less anxious!

  81. charlotte m. says:

    As always, a lovely post. I always feel better when you post, and it takes me right back to my childhood. The dappled sunlight, the clothes in the breeze, are straight out of my childhood. Thank you fro bringing these memories back for me. My daughter had to return to work this week and she says its strange being out in the world again. I can only imagine. I stay home and sew and crochet and bake and embroider. I love all the homey artsy things. I think we are kindred spirits. I look forward to your book, and really anything you publish. I have pre ordered my new calendar already and can’t wait. I love your paintings. Stay safe Susan, we need your positivity and joy in our lives. Hello to Joe and Jack.

  82. Betty Routhieaux says:

    I send the printed instructions for your sweet Mother’s Day crown, along with tiny squares of beautiful scrapbook paper to my daughter-in-law in another state. My son, DIL and grandson all made festive crowns for themselves. I wanted to send a photo…is that possible? Anyway, we haven’t seen them since all this “dampanic” started and we miss them so much. Thank you for sharing the idea. It provided a little fun on an otherwise lonesome Mother’s Day.

  83. Ann English says:

    I squealed with delight-the Blue Bird mug?! Never did I ever think I could justify paying so much for a mug. Oh, but how beautiful! Then, one day, I decided yes, yes, I am going to justify this-it’s ART. It’s a treasure. And, it was unattainable. I looked everywhere-on trips to the Vineyard, Internet searches…I couldn’t find it.
    When the Isle of Dreams mug was reissued, I jumped on it. I drink from this mug most days, and it gives me such joy. It reminds me of some of our happiest memories. We used to live on the Cape-I actually met you there at Colorful Creations many years ago (2002)! We were blessed-another beautiful spot. Vacationing on the Vineyard wasn’t doable $$$$ but we could do an occasional day trip. In recent years, now, sadly, no longer Cape residents, we were able to actually vacation there for a short time, off season. What a treat-so, yes, the mug reminds me of those precious days.
    Ah, but the illusive bluebird. I “NEED” it now. No, I shouldn’t. I do NOT NEED it. I have plenty of mugs. I’m on a fixed and shrinking income in this crazy time, but, JOY-the blue bird of happiness. I WANT it, so I squealed. My husband was surprised, perhaps alarmed. I showed him the photo. He knew about my quest–“It’s beautiful,” he said. “Order two.” Add to cart. Submit!

    • sbranch says:

      LOVE your happy ending Ann! I know ~ when I found out how much it was going to cost us just to get those mugs delivered to my studio I wondered if anyone would ever buy them. But they were SO beautiful, I loved them so much, I had to try… they aren’t like anything else, other people needed to have them too. Now you have three, you have all you need and I promise, those bluebirds will cheer your heart everyday as it does (did) mine! 😘

  84. Susan Mcenerney-Brasier says:

    Hi Susan, I wanted to share with you, that I made your Mother’s Day crown, and I wore it on Mother’s Day. It is now in my creative space. Mother’s Day was hard for me, as I am currently in a not so great space with my children. My heart is broken, as I have a grandson too, who I don’t get to see. Anyway, thanks for the sweetness, it made my day a little bit easier.

    • sbranch says:

      I’m so sorry Susan. Put that crown on and know you have done your best, and will never give up.💞 Because that’s what we do. xoxoxo

  85. Jana Jopson says:

    Thank you a million-billion!

  86. Lisa G. says:

    As a lover of cats my entire life, I have to say I think your kitty graveyard is such a sweet remembrance of little lives well lived and loved. 🙂 Also I think the cat quote from the Brown Fairy Book is fantastic. I’d never heard that one before! Thank you.
    Stay safe and well and happy painting and writing!

  87. Biz G. says:

    Hi Susan,

    I do the same, when I break or crack a cup, it becomes a pencil cup. One cup that I LOVED says “she who must be obeyed” and dontcha know that one got cracked within the first month. Now it’s a pencil cup in my sewing area. Maybe someone was trying to tell me something. LOL Keep safe and well – Biz.

  88. Rosemary from Texas says:

    Just yesterday, as I was puttering around, thought to myself…it would be nice for a new post from SB. Yay! I love to check in with you to see what uplifting message you have for me. The dampendic is certainly so bad for so many people…just really heart wrenching. My husband and I are in the neighborhood of your age and so we are able to stay home and not be as affected as far as things we need. As a matter of fact, I seem to be enjoying our home and property much more than usual….the flowers, the porches, the quilt-making. It seems like I am not just passing through on my way out the door, but really taking stock of the blessings. We will have to travel to NY state in July to take care of family things
    It is so fun to read the other comments. I guess I had better go check on the mug situation. Perhaps I am in NEED of another mug…. yeah, right. Have a lovely weekend.

  89. Janet Freeman says:

    Dear Susan,
    Do you stream? If yes, check out ‘Gardener’s World’ on Britbox. It is a great show, from England, and the gardens are so beautiful! I think you might like it. Britbox also has lots of great British drama’s and mysteries. Thanks so much for your blog – it is an inspiration!

  90. Joellen Waldenmaier says:

    I love reading your blog. You lift my spirit and your blog feeds my soul. It is even more dear to me now since we are going through this difficult time. Thanks for brightening my day always.

  91. Mary Ann in Mid-Missouri says:

    Thank you for this blog post. I’m been checking daily to see if maybe I’d missed the e-mail announcing a new one. I love it. I’ve got a rather busy three days coming up. Before I retired from school, I worked for several years, with a blind student in elementary and middle school. We became very close. She is graduating this year. Before the pandemic struck, she had asked me if I would walk her across the stage at graduation. I told her I would be honored. Then, this all happened and we didn’t think there would even be a graduation. Now, they’ve decided there will be a graduation on Saturday, outside on the football field, with lots of room to social distance the families. We are having practice this afternoon, the Baccalaureate will be tomorrow evening (also on the football field) and the graduation at 10:00 am on Saturday. I’ll be perfectly honest and say that I am pretty nervous. I am at the age where I’ve been very careful not to go anywhere I don’t have to go, and I always social distance. But, I also have seen tons of pictures of the seniors partying and getting together in the past couple of weeks since our state has begun reopening. And they are NOT social distancing. I’m not going back on my word to this student, but I am a bit nervous. Wish me luck. Keeping my fingers crossed this will all be over soon. Sending best wishes for you and Joe.

    • sbranch says:

      I would be nervous too. I know you’ll be masked and gloved to the hilt… there are masks that fit tighter than others, see if you can find one of those, or wear two, a mask and a bandana. I hope they won’t have you standing in a line. Can you ask someone? Seems like one person’s “safe” is another person’s pandemic. I’ve seen the kids too . . . hard to judge them, but it would be scary to be around them. A kind and loving thing for you to do dear Mary Ann. Take good care. 💞🎓😘

  92. Barb Murphy says:

    Thank you for the lovely blog today. And the opportunity to order “The Little Things” and “The Bluebird” mugs. I’m so excited! Can’t wait for them to arrive. Here, in eastern Iowa, we’ve had some light rains and Mother Nature is going gangbusters. Our lilacs are done for the year but it was wonderful having the scent from those flowers in our house. We’ve also noticed Hummingbirds, Orioles, Orchard Orioles and Catbirds have arrived and are enjoying the grape jelly we keep in bowls on top of metal poles, (to deter our cats). It’s funny how a little thing like grape jelly can make them so happy. Just like you blog.

  93. Mary Lou Prendergast says:

    This is such a lovely post. Thank you so much for taking time to put your thoughts down on paper in such a charming and reassuring way. Our family has two 2020 high school graduates this year, my grandchildren. We will be having a socially distant celebration for them Sunday and will try to keep it a surprise just for added fun. Our backyard will look just like yours. One question. In the picture of the water, the one with the caption, “I thought you’d like a little ocean view this morning,” what is in the background? Is it a bridge?

  94. Anne says:

    Another wonderful post to read to today! Thanks for sending another out to all us girlfriends! I ordered both cups to go with the rest of my collection. I use them all of the time. The wisteria is so beautiful! I’m finally getting warm weather to want to spring clean. It’s been a roller coaster spring-floods in my hometown (Midland, MI) and the pandemic. We need beautiful things like these cups to get us through!

  95. Paula at the Beach says:

    Yay a new book! Can’t wait. Living at the beach, as I do, the Summer cup is my favorite. My son was visiting me and one morning he fixed his own tea and I was surprised that of all the available “every day” mugs on the counter, he had gone into the cupboard and selected the Summer cup! The appreciation of your artwork is universal!!

  96. Terry Fest says:

    I put my order in for the cup. I have saved everything I ever purchased from you and that goes back 25 years I think. I have every calendar you ever made and I have them on the walls in my studio. I turn each one to the month it is at present (year no important). I have your fabric and have used it to make beautiful masks that I give away (170 so far). I am taking your material and making it into drawstring bags for homemade bread. I will use it for shopping bags with drawstrings and line it with washable plastic – I can’t’ wait to make a bag for vegetables, fruits, greens out of your beautiful material. We keep our homemade bread in a bag. I am lining the material with a flour sack cotton to absorb the oils from the breads and moisture from the vegetables. We take the sacks to the grocery store and place our fresh vegetable in that once paid for. I am so excited to get started. I will have to figure out how to send you a copy of the masks I have made and bags I will make with your material.

    • sbranch says:

      I’d love to see them… send a photo to the studio at [email protected]/~susanbs3/susanbranch/ … I don’t see all that mail, but hopefully I will see this!! Nice to hear from you Terry! ❤️

  97. Gail says:

    Thank you for brightening an otherwise cloudy, rainy day. It is such fun to see what everyone is busying themselves with as we socially distance. In Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia, where I live, we [my husband and I] are gardening, reading and just being at home together. The pandemic has given us the opportunity to be still, and enjoy our surroundings. I feel very blessed.

  98. Terry Fest says:

    broken cup. Once you get your new cup, if you could bring yourself to do it, you could make a small mosaic say 8 x 8 square out of the broken cup china, collecting the pieces and placing them lovely inside the square. It could be a pot holder, a cup holder for hot things. Might be fun to see it that way. Keep it in the kitchen, on the wall with a ribbon, in the art area for cup of tea. Any number of uses as a mosaic.

    • sbranch says:

      I’ve always thought of doing that, just haven’t gotten around to it. We find old pieces of china when we dig in our garden . . . I save them all for that special day!!! ❤️

  99. Helen Edwards says:

    So happy you and Joe are doing well. As always thank you for sharing happiness and beauty 💕

  100. Susan G says:

    Thanks for the great post. I was wondering when your desk calendar would be up for pre-sale. I order one every year along with the wall calendar. Also love your cups ( I have almost all of them) still hope one day you will do a teapot!!

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