A Whole October of Good Luck

Gotta say Rabbit-Rabbit first, because that’s a whole October of good luck for all of us which we will need if we ever hope to get through 2020 in one piece! Then must pass out the luv-lee MUSICA because it is in charge of lifting hearts ~ but, really my very first words to you this morning are

Yes, I do, so very much And you probably know why if you read the comments in my last blog post. “I hope the angels know what they have . . .” wrote our Girlfriend Annie in Sydney, Australia about my mom.😢 Dear, kind, loving words AND thoughts (because you knew I knew) from ALL of you, meant the world to me. Teary-eyed, I read every wonderful word. Then I went to my art table and painted that ⬆️ because I was thinking it the whole time I was reading. Big, tall, skinny, and watercolory, it had to fit on the page. This connection between us was what I felt even when writing my first book, and look at this, it happened!👏👏👏 So, a little gift for you, a small token of my great affection, I give you, The Sky . . 

Just like I label some of my photos by color, I have a huge number labeled “The Sky.” You can see why . . .

It’s one thing that follows us wherever we go and gifts us with works of art like no other. The orange on the water! Dark at the top, dark at the bottom, both moving toward the center and the light. And all free, a gift from God.

In this photo we’re driving across England. We pulled over and got out of the car for a deep breath of this soul-expanding open space that smelled of grass and freedom.

Delicate, soft, flittery, blue and lavender and peach … a calm sky that says Forever, adding Hope, Truth, and Beauty.

And this! Where the clouds are chasing the sun into the sea… a reminder that at some amazing moments in our lives, there is no better place ON EARTH for us to be . . .

Stormy skies at sea . . . a parting of the clouds, where the sea and the sky are like a bowl . . . and we were the toy boat floating in it… I love looking at these pictures and thinking about being here again! Lots of foreverness out in the Atlantic . . . you feel small and so so so so lucky.

This is moonrise over our harbor . . . rocking boats . . . lapping water . . . cry of gulls . . . smell of saltwater . . .

Streaks of white contrails made by water vapor from airplanes, turn to ice that slashes through this Scottish sky. (There’s a little checked-upon Morning Science for you!)

Green and pleasant land . . .

     On our way to Boston, Storm and sunset made beautiful music together . . .

Sun peeks through the clouds . . . the last warm rays touching the water . . .

The Shenandoah is a wonderful addition to our harbor . . . see how the light touches on everything white and makes it glow? That’s what happens here sometimes as the sun goes down, especially wonderful against that dark sky.

Doris Day’s voice soars in my mind,  🎵 You sigh, a song begins, you speak and I hear violins, it’s magic . . .🎶

Pink halo over Stonehenge under the same sky since it was built 2500 years before the birth of Christ. And yes, we are a part of this.

This sky was right outside our kitchen door … Yes, Toto, in our very own back yard.

We pulled up to this rock wall for me to take a photo of this  rainbow over Galway Bay in Ireland . . .

and snow flowers

The discussion here, driving from Colorado to Utah, was, “Look at that sky! Yikes! Is this the right way? Should we turn around?”

And just down at our own beach where we walk every day, water and sky, all pinky blue, if you were painting this scene you would also use blue when you painted the sand . . .

We get lots of gorgeous skies from our room with a view when we’re crossing the country by train . . . here at a Kansas crossroads . . . look at all those choices!

Rich colors of purple and orange, mixed with the wind and sound of the waves are beautiful together in this Menemsha sky.

Lambs tails . . . look at them all running away!

Sometimes the sunset in our rear view mirror grabs my attention . . . I never want to miss anything!

I almost missed this picture of the sun, it almost slipped away! We were just getting on the ferry to home . . . I had to take it right through the rigging, but I GOT it!👏 And now, toOh yes, and last night was the Harvest Moon, our sky, filled with moon which woke me up this morning when I caught it trying to break into our bedroom through the cracks in the curtains! 

We can feel the summer going, but we are stretching it out as long as we can. The flaming candles in the “bug buckets” make it cozy. But time is passing, September is gone, we’re already wrapping ourselves in blankets when we sit out late … so we just did the MOST wonderful thing. I’m so excited!!! We finally broke down and ordered one of these:

Yes, we did. A fire pit! Look at it! Isn’t it cute? I can’t wait! It’s supposed to be delivered October 6th. More stars! More sky! Now that we finally did it, I don’t know what took us so long. We celebrated 31 years in our house last month ~ It deserves a little something new and hygge for good behavior.💞  

It comes with a screen and a poker … all for around $200, I think it will be TOTALLY worth it. Fire pits come in all sizes, shapes, and styles; HERE’S the one we chose. See the ring around the top? I hope that’s for our feet! I think I might light a fire on December 31🎉, bundle up, and take my 2020 calendar outside. I see myself scanning the sky for stars on the last night of the year, staring into the flames of a cozy wood fire, burrowing under my blanket, saying prayers to go up in the crackling sparks and smoke, as I toss the pages of 2020 into the fire and BURN IT UP, while praying for a peaceful, healthy, boring 2021 filled with hugs.💞 So MUCH to look forward to, holidays and decorating and cold weather and blue skies for all our West Coast Girlfriends . . . I just turned in the art for the cover of 2022! This is the year we think we’ll get to go back to England!But of course that doesn’t stop us from finding magic in the here and now . . . it’s in us, and around us, no waiting required!

Our woods are turning gold, leaves dance like fairies in the trees, magic abounds this time of year! We dawdle here every day.

Cool wind and the smell of leaf mulch, Joe and I walk to the sea, do our Morning Science, and solve all the world’s problem . . . 

So exciting out there watching everything change, so much FREE stuff!🍂

Better than any florist ~ we bring it all home . . .For the ultimate in a homemade happy life, don’t forget your health darling Girlfriends . . . make sure you are MOVING. Too many things can go wrong when we don’t! And our energy levels get so much better if we DO. This dampanic is making me fat ~ we got a little too good at lockdown around here (I mean what’s a donut in times of trouble, or two, or a bag of potato chips to soothe the spinning head? Tater-Tots and ice cream and peanut butter on toast to tranquilize the bewildered soul) ~ when the pants got uncomfortable, I decided to do something about it … will tell you in the next post!

I’m so glad you’re all getting your books! I’m receiving lots of cute photos like this one from our Girlfriend Cynthia. Looks like Santa’s traveling around the world early this year! For our UK Girlfriends, Amazon UK has the book now, and I’m hearing many nice things from our Girlfriends on Goodreads and Facebook. Thank you all so much … I love writing books for you!💞 

And look at this photo I borrowed from Facebook posted by Karen K. . .  she took a picture of our Titcombs virtual Tea Party! She’s in my kitchen and I’m in hers! Love Karen’s red!♥️🌹💄❗️📕🍎

Look at my homemade set up! Proving, no, I do not know what I am doing. But it all worked out, it was so much fun! I know not everyone was able to make it, so I’m going to do two more mask-free Sunday Teas this month! The first one will be via Zoom on Sunday, October 18, at 4 pm EST for Bookends Bookstore in Ridgewood, NJ … you can sign up HERE. Yes, there will be signed books and door prizes (Puzzles!)! The very next Sunday, October 25th, we’ll be hosted by the wonderful King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, Utah, for a Crowdcast event …. you can register HERE. It’s a great way to get out and about without leaving home! And where else can Girlfriends from Hawaii, England, Texas, and Australia all meet at the same time?

I know you’re probably not coming to every one of these events, but I do want to thank you for helping me support these lovely Independent Bookstores who need us all the time, but especially during these days of the Panic! These bookstores are a tradition, they’ve been serving communities 30 and 40 years! I’ve visited and fallen in love with them in real life … I can’t wait to go back someday in PERSON! Do you know that for every $100 you spend at an independently owned business, $68 will stay in the community? Keeping our small-business economy alive is part of what we need to do. I do love seeing the patriotism of dampanic as we get through this thing together, sea to shining sea.❤️

See what I have? A cricket singing in the kitchen.🎵 Yesterday, on the same day as full moon and rabbit-rabbit, making October a red-letter month already!

Is this quilt cute or is this quilt cute? Do you love it? Well, so do I! But I think I will love it even more if it somehow ends up getting a new home! Maybe yours! What do you think of that? A new giveaway as a special thank you and extra connection for all we are to each other ~ all aired-out and ready to go! I found it in an antique store many years ago. I don’t know the name of the pattern, and it’s not signed, but it was obviously made by someone with a joyful heart!💖 You know what to do, leave a little comment so you’ll be entered in the drawing.💝Yes, we do . . . so maybe even something more? Make my life a little happier? 🎄 Why NOT?

So if you were at the Titcombs Tea Party event, or have had a chance to read Home for Christmas, you know my book was partly inspired by this little book called Once on Christmas, published in 1938, which I found a long time ago in a used bookstore and mostly used each year at Christmas. It looked adorable on the coffee table in front of the fire. But it gained new meaning the afternoon I read it out loud to my two young nieces.

It’s a sweet little memory of Christmas at the turn of the century…❤️

… illustrated with charming line drawings by Lois Lenski.

  A book made extra special because it’s out of print, and the vintage ones have become very hard to find.

But, and you know what I’m going to say! We did it! We found one. And now, drum roll, this little book will be going off to one of you!💖 At the bottom of this post you’ll see a whole bunch of tiny words in grey letters, and at the end, the word “comment.” That’s what you click on to leave one. I love reading them, and I often comment on your comments! But something tells me this might be a busy giveaway, please forgive me if I don’t get to comment . . . I’ll be reading though!❤️

We just found out they don’t want the kids to Trick-or-Treat here on the island this year. I was hoping, masks seemed so perfect for this time of year. But no. But that doesn’t mean we can’t decorate and be festive and lift the hearts of others with some pumpkins on the porch!

Or in the garden . . .

They make so many cute ones these days!🤣

They look good on the fridge . . .

And over the front door . . .

Or on the kitchen table . . .

Because it’s that time of year, and no dampanic can tell us what to do with our pumpkins!

I’ll tell you about the new fire pit in the next post, with pictures! I have a new recipe for you too, all kinds of good things, but I’ve gone on long enough. Remember to leave a comment if you want to be entered in the drawing. No matter HOW many comments we get, you’ll still have a better chance of winning than by playing the Lottery! Plus, no numbers, and no money!💝 Love forever, your pal for life . . . 💖 

I’ll leave you with THIS . . . 💝

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2,585 Responses to A Whole October of Good Luck

  1. Barbara Reynolds says:

    Thank you for all you do always. I have loved you and your work for many years. You are sunshine and light especially in these dark times and what the world needs now. I absolutely love your Christmas book; what a gift to make anyone smile and the true spirit of Christmas–you brought me back to happier and simpler days. Bless you and your work always.

  2. cathy bullard says:

    I just found some of your Wilburs when they were on paper & sent to us. What a treasure.

  3. Elaine Anne says:

    Autumn, Autumn, Autumn, my favourite season in the USA. So wonderfully colourful and thought provoking. Thank you for your great sky pictures, you know what we love.

  4. How sweet of you to think of us and figure out a way to make everyone happy after a long hard summer. Your books are delightful and I have the Fall one out on my coffee table to enjoy! Would love to win a giveaway though! Thank you! Sweet hugs from Florida, Diane

  5. Jen Sperry says:

    Thank you for the joyful boost this post gave me today. I send the same back to you 🎃

  6. Susan Anglin says:

    Susan, your work and your words restore joy! Thank you for the peace and comfort you bring to us through your positive spirit. I ALWAYS feel cozy and warm when I read your blog. May blessings abound!

  7. Melissa C. says:

    Nothing makes my day quite like reading a new blog post from you. It’s like getting the nicest letter from a friend – complete with lots of beautiful photos! 🙂

  8. Jenny says:

    I think I’ve entered but just in case posting a hello!


  9. lee says:

    Wishing you a lovely peaceful Oct! Thank you for sharing all your words and pictures with us. Such a nice blog to ready and relax and no worries! Thank you for the beautiful giveaway also. Best….

  10. Katherine says:

    Awww I love your posts. Your pictures are lovely. All those wonderful fall colors!

  11. Christen says:

    Hi Susan

    I was so excited last week to be in Vineyard Haven last week and get ready for Christmas with a bag full of your calendars and books! Pure happiness!!


  12. Pam Davis says:

    In these current, and at times quite stressful days, I feel so much better reading your words of happiness, adventure, love of memories, and friendship. The pictures you paint in your writings lifts the soul. And it’s so true, “believing” is magic!

  13. Lida says:

    Thank you, I always enjoy your blog posts and look forward to many more!

  14. Rebecca Brooks says:

    Once again I’m transported away from the cares of life to your inspiring words, to enjoy your creative art and see pictures which take me far away from life here in Nebraska. We lived for several years in Florida and getting to the ocean and beach was such a treat. Now I can smell the salty air and feel the breeze again as I enjoy your pictures! Thanks for all you do to enrich our lives and bring a smile to our faces! Rebecca

  15. Paula LaMont says:

    Thank you for the beautiful skies full of hope and promise, as I recover from surgery yesterday you as always have been my bright sparkle ❤️

  16. Marilyn Seals says:

    Your zoom and web site isn’t working the way you say it should. I don’t know how to follow you – please give better instructions.

  17. Mary Z in NYC says:


    I’m enjoying “Home for Christmas”.
    The quilt is so pretty, and I loved the vintage book when I saw it at the Zoom session.

    Mary Z

  18. Marie Bailey says:

    \i so love Autumn with all the colours too, it sets you up for the winter and Christmas Enjoy your day Marie

  19. Marie Bailey says:

    I so love Autumn with all the colours too, it sets you up for the winter and Christmas Enjoy your day Marie

  20. Ann says:

    What different moods the sky can reflect, as your pictures show — fascinating!
    Happy Autumn!

  21. Debbie says:

    Love, love, love every post you make. I feel like I know you personally. The quilt looks like one my husbands grandma made. Happy Fall!

  22. Martha Neely says:

    Susan, you have outdone yourself with this post! We can never have to much beauty and positivity! Sending love to you and your “boys” from NC

  23. Patti Gill says:

    Quilts are meant to cuddle under! This one will bring such joy to the gifted one . It’s a spring time theme to lift the spirits no matter the season! Good luck to all of us!
    Love to Susan!
    From Patti

  24. judy cortner says:

    i estimate i have been your fan for about 35 years.
    i was around 45 years old when i found you
    and was living the city life in clayton, missouri(suburb of st louis, mo)
    i am now living the country life in washington, missouri
    a quaint river town on the missouri river.

    i always love to see your name in my e-mail list
    computers are new to me.

    i would love to win the quilt to cozy up with this winter
    as my present quilt is beginning to wear thin.
    my aunt made it for me.
    she made and gave all her nieces and nephews
    a quilt when they married.
    when i was 30 years old she said
    she did not believe i would marry.
    she was correct (smile)
    so she made and gave me my quilt !!!
    i have been using it since i was around 30 years old
    i am 78 years now !!!
    thank you for following your gift, susan,
    and bringing loveliness and joy to the world and ME!
    be well and safe,

  25. I love your blog and use your calendars every year because I love your illustrations. They make me nostalgic for my childhood. Thank you! Have a great day!

  26. Jan Anthony says:

    What a lovely quilt indeed! It looks as if it could have been made just recently. I love happy colors in quilts and literally everything. Winter is just around the corner, I am cherishing these delightful Autumn Days with all my heart. Thank you for sharing your creations and whimsy with us, Susan!!

  27. amy says:

    I enjoy your blog and all of your artwork, and your kitty is so precious. I love the quilt and it inspires me to start quilting! Thank you for the contest.

  28. Marge says:

    Susan, you are just too good to us! I love, love, love the quilt but my heart went pitter patter when you announced the vintage book, Once On Christmas, is part of your giveaway. I am a retired first grade teacher and I have a great fondness for books. I am hoping to be a lucky winner. 🥰

  29. Tracie Huskamp says:

    I ADORE Books and use the most YUMMY Vintage and Antique Books to decorate the house… I would LOVE to win a copy!!!

  30. Charlene H says:

    Happy October, Susan…it’s been quite a while since my last comment. We no longer live in the San Fernando Valley but further up the coast in Ventura. (Closer to Arroyo Grande!). I kept all your books in our down-size move. Lots of changes in both of our lives. Good to read that your “positivity” remains ever cheerful!
    Charlene H

  31. Dena says:

    nice to see your blog, I received my calendar from you for next year , I get one every year and save them , love the fire pit , might get one for my yard , the one I have is a bit rusted. love sitting around around a camp fire.

  32. Julie Marie says:

    Dear dear Susan!… just catching up with you and so happy to see this entire post!… I’ve been under the weather with a bum hip (pun intended!) and this post from you is better than tylenol, or aspirin, hot pads or anything!… because it made me look at all the good things around us in this beautiful month of October!… loved seeing Casper again!… Ive been waiting!… I have two small old old craft fair ghosts I bought over 30 years ago and when I put them in my window I always face them east so they can look toward Martha’s Vineyard on Halloween night and see Casper!… I need more tea then back to read and look at this post all over again… you are the best!… sending October love and lots of starry nights with your beautiful new firepit… hello to Joe and Jack… love you, xoxo Julie Marie

  33. Nancy McLaughlin says:

    Your blog posts are so enjoyable!! Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s so colorful. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.

  34. DanaCG says:

    Beautiful quilt! That would make the winter months so cheerful!

  35. Jackie in Colorado says:

    Hi Susan,
    I must have missed my email notice on this post, but so glad I found it today! What a beautiful post and just the shot of good that we all need right now….so thank you. And what a find on the little Christmas book! I thought I had pre-ordered your new book but since I haven’t gotten one and can’t find a receipt, I am going to order ASAP! Christmas time is my time of the year and this book will be such a welcome addition. Happy Fall to you and Joe!

  36. Deborah says:

    Susan, the quilt is lovely!
    And your love always shines through💞

  37. Helen Cox says:

    Love that quilt!

  38. Carole Carballo says:

    Susan, Thank you for the sky photos. It reminds me of a time when I was driving with my then four year old grandson and I told him to look at the pink sky, He said, “No Grandma the sky is peach not pink”. He is now 29 and is still looking at the world in a delightful way. Love and hugs, Carole

  39. MaryAnn Nichelini says:

    Thank you for your quick email today. I hadn’t finished reading your October blog (something very important must have come up needing my attention) and since I am a quilter, I would love to win your flower quilt. I have started one of your quilts and when I get it done I will send you a picture. I need to Appliqué the flowers on and then get it quilted.
    Thank you for being you.
    Mary Ann

  40. Thanks for helping to cheer up our sweet and crazy world!

  41. Janet Johnson says:

    That sweet little vintage Christmas book looks wonderful! I’m so sorry you won’t have trick-or-treaters this year. I remember the photos of all the fun you and your neighbors had on that day. This Covid-19 is a real party pooper to say the least.

    The sky photos are so beautiful. God is a remarkable artist! The skies are ever changing and with so many moods. Nature is something so many miss out on these days. Kids are glued to their phones and gadgets and don’t learn to see the sky and the trees and everything wonderful about the outdoors. I homeschooled my kids and we did work mostly at night and went to every nature place in the near vicinity during many of the days. They are in college now, and I miss it!

  42. Kim Campbell says:

    That vintage book is adorable!

  43. Doreen Higgins says:

    Hello Susan, Joe Jack and everyone,
    Such a lovely read and stunning pics!!! I love the quilt and would love it to be an early Halloween birthday gift for me!! This Halloween will be my 65th birthday! I wish us all good luck in the contest!
    Love all of our connections❤️
    Happy Halloween to all 👻👻👻🎃🎃🎃

  44. Sondra says:

    The quilt and book are truly special…both remind me of my school librarian grandmother, Lillian. ♥️🌺♥️

  45. Tammie N. says:

    The picture of the moonrise over the harbor is so beautiful! It makes me wish I was there!

  46. Lynne says:

    Thank you Susan for all of your posts! I always enjoying reading, brightens my day.

  47. Karen Baron says:

    I know every word of that song by heart. I was in choir in Kansas even though I was barely a teen when we moved to Southern California that song and sunflowers stay in my heart. The most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen are in Hawaii. I think your ancestors are calling you. My son is in Cambridgeshire attending the University it is serendipity as much of my ancestors are from the U.K. Patiently waiting for Enchanted!🌻🍁🍂🍎 Thanks for a beautiful pictorial blog!

  48. Cindy says:

    Dear Susan,

    You are a gift to the world! Sending you love,

  49. Kerri Fabry says:

    Love Autumn and all the beauty it brings. Enjoyed this post and your love for your fans. Thanks for bringing joy to us by sharing your talents, your insight, your home and family. We are lucky to celebrate family and home in this crazy world. The quilt is a treasure. Wishing you and all the friends out there the best-

  50. Nan from Michigan! says:

    Sooooooo EXCITED about the possibly of a “zoom” book signing!! I’ll be there!! We also used to string popcorn and cranberries with out kids.. I have the last one we made 20 years ago in a box and it goes on the tree every year. The cranberries dried to look JUST like rose hips. I truly love when your blog pops into my email. I save them for a special time when I’m cozy in my chair to read them. You bring sunshine into our home… AND BTW… your Christmas book is FULL of wonderful-ness!

  51. Rosemary Thompson says:

    Thank you for the great pictures of our world!!!
    Love to you, Rosemary

  52. Melissa says:

    Susan, I just enjoy your blog and your transparency in what is happening in your life. You are so relatable to all of us, who feel connected to you. Sending fall blessings!

  53. Keri Hunter says:

    Such a cozy post! I love this time of the year. Almost time to button everything up for winter, but I love preparing for it…cool nights by a crackling fire out on the patio, warm cider, donuts! Your posts give me all the feels.

  54. MoeWest says:

    I hope the kids aren’t too disappointed about no trick or treating where you live. Scary movie night and treats with the family would be a good alternative and safer for all.

  55. Ellen Lage says:

    Please enter me in! Happy fall… pumpkin everything!

  56. nancy neal says:

    Thank you for always making my days with your beautiful words and pictures.

  57. PATRICIA DWYER says:

    Hi, Susan It is so wonderful to have a bi monthly Willard to read this month. Lately, I’ve been reading your prior Willards for October and they are so much fun to read at this time of year. Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us every month. Blessings and hugs.

  58. Lee says:

    Your post is a ray of sunshine. Thank you for sharing with us

  59. Jane says:

    Always. ALWAYS enjoy reading your blog, Susan. It inspires me to get up and get BUSIER doing things. My mind whirrs with things to add to my daily life. So much to do, but not enough time to get it all done. What a dilemma!

    The quilt is adorable, and I can just imagine wrapping up in the quilt, reading Once on Christmas, sipping tea with a scone, and then taking a nap to end a perfectly Wonderful fall afternoon.

    I’ve just finished reading Autumn from the Heart of the Home AND Home for Christmas. I keep looking back at “treasured” notes, reminders, and recipes. Both books are cataloged under HAPPY!

    Thank you for giving yourself away. It’s always good to have mentors to inspire us. Have a Stupendously Wonderful holiday season.

  60. Susan Bryza says:

    So great to read your positive, uplifting blog, Susan! Loved you Christmas memory
    Book. I read it with a flashlight (no power) the night Hurricane Sally was battering our home.

  61. Sherry says:

    I enjoy your posts and love the pictures and stories that you share. Thanks for the opportunity to win these give aways!!

  62. Jacqueline M says:

    Hi Susan 🙂 in our neighborhood here in Portland Oregon a bunch of us are decorating our porches a little extra this year for family and friends to see. We can say our hellos from porches and maybe wear costumes too!

  63. Elizabeth Gist says:

    Yes! A fire pit! What fun. Be sure to make s’mores. And “memories of the past will stay and half our joys renew”

  64. Stephanie Hull says:

    I would just love that darling quilt. Vanna pick me😀

  65. J says:

    I love quilts! Whoever wins it will make their day alot brighter bc of your generous heart!
    Stay safe and have a awesome weekend!

  66. Lorri Hernandez says:

    Sweet friend,
    As always you are such a joy! I love your pictures of the sky! Clouds, in all their colors, textures and shapes are pure treasure to my heart, you have captured some especially beautiful pictures of them. Enjoy your beautiful, New England, color filled fall!

  67. What a beautiful find, last Christmas I tried my first attempt at quilting, I made each of my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren quilts for Christmas, nothing fancy since I’m a beginner but each one was made with colors they each liked, it was fun and they all loved them. Unfortunately I did not make one for myself since it took a tole on my machine and right now I am taking care of my husband due to CHF, his heart is only functioning at 25% which creates other problems, I’m thankful for home health aides and Palliative Hospice care as well.
    This quilt is unique and beautifully done and you are so generous to be passing it on to one lucky winner.
    Continue to enjoy your beautiful fall season !!

  68. CISSY says:


  69. Olivia Stellitano says:

    Oh, the quilt will be a great Christmas present for me!!!!!! All has arrived from California…two large calendars..one of each design…my 2 yr datebook, my Santa cup and of course the Santa book….read immediately and enjoyed the Titcombs book store tea. Put on a high shelf to save for under the tree (a 75 yr old kid🌲) Hopefully, can zoom in when you are zoom…ing in New Jersey. You have been a part of my life from your very first calendar, book, country living magazine recipes….love, love,love ya…be well and safe Susan ….and take care of your honeys…Joe and Jack💟💟💟💟💟💟….ps yes, we all voted💕🏃‍♀️🤞🙏

  70. Darla says:

    What a great blog!! Just had time to read it this morning with my coffee!! Thanks again!

  71. Charlotte Thibodeaux says:

    Whenever I open my email and see a new post from you, it feels just like I’ve received a present ready to open. Your words and pictures brighten my day!

  72. Stephanie Hanson says:

    Oh what a fun fall post. Please enter me. Thank you.

  73. Jill Gantz says:

    Precious new book! Lovely pumpkins! Love the new fire pit….so cozy!

  74. Lucille says:

    It’s always a joy to see you in my in box! Stay safe and healthy!

  75. Marie B says:

    I get so much joy from your blog posts, artwork and books! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  76. Ginny K says:

    Such a beautiful lovely quit, whoever wins it will be so happy to have it. What a nice giveaway! Loved seeing all the lovely photos, it was like I got to go on a trip as well. Love seeing all your fall decorations and your lovely cat! Thanks for the chance to win and good luck with all your zoom events!

  77. Mary Gallo says:

    Hi Susan!I am a Massachusetts girl living in New Jersey. I have always lived near the ocean and always will. I love how positive and upbeat you always are…something we need especially at this time. Thank you! The quilt and the Christmas book are so speccial. Thank you for this opportunity. I am wishing you happiness and good health in months ahead.

  78. Debra Austin says:

    Hi Susan! Love all the beautiful sky photos. I live in Tx., and it’s still hot here. I always love reading your blog posts and imagining being where you are. I love all the beautiful fall foliage and colors. We don’t see much of that here in San Antonio. My Autumn book of yours is on my coffee table, so enjoy reading it while watching College & Sunday football. Your calendar hangs cheerfully in my kitchen too☺️ I look forward to getting your new Christmas
    book, which is going on my list. The quilt is so pretty and I’ve always loved Lois Lenski
    since I was in grade school. What a treasure to have that Vintage book! Have a wonderful Autumn and Happy Halloween! 🌻🎃👻 💛🧡 Your biggest fan, Debra😍

  79. Susan Boucher says:

    Susan, I believe we’re so blessed when we take the time to look out at the horizon and breath in the beauty of the land and sky around us! It’s those little things in life that manage to get us through the rough patches. Every day we stop and pause for the sunrise and sunset in one of the most beautiful places on earth. MAUI! Somebody pinch me☺️
    Blessings to all!
    Aloha, Susan

  80. Jeannine Leonard says:

    thank you for the idea of throwing the pages of a 2020 calendar in the fire pit on new year’s eve. I am going to do this and get some sparling wine at our local winery to drink to 2021. I enjoy the fall and the holidays, but cannot wait for 2021 to begin.

  81. June Osowski says:

    My cat, Jack, likes to visit my filming of my virtual library storytime! Love the quilt!

  82. Elizabeth says:

    I think I commented but could not find my comment; would LOVE a chance to win such an amazing giveaway!

  83. Fran Elliott says:

    Dear Susan,
    My classmate of 63 years was gifted the (from me) 2021 calendar as a “just because” present..We enjoy your pictures and writings and share your thoughts even though we are 300 miles apart (miracle of e-mail).
    We both had many memories of the pictured stove in our homes from our younger days in PA.
    Take care and STAY SAFE .Fran in VA
    ps love the ocean pictures you share..waiting to go back…..

  84. Warm Quilts says:

    After more than a month of smoke-filled skies, it’s wonderful to view these photos from your special “The Sky” file. I’m loving the Eskimo Legend, Lambs Tails and that joyful, flower basket-like Quilt!

  85. Beth Fracisco says:

    Old books and quilts, such a comfort when we feel like the world has gone crazy. That’s what your books and posts are to me! Thank you for giving me a reason to slow down and savor words, pictures, and HOME!

  86. Sandi from the Cape says:

    So many beautiful pictures in this blog! Is the leaf that is golden and has three sections a sycamore? I haven’t seen one in a long time. The best picture thought is the last one of that darling Jack! Happy Halloween despite no one will give me candy!

  87. Mary says:

    May your decorations cheer the neighbors, despite the Trick-or-Treat restrictions! Your words and illustrations cheer us in these days of restrictions!
    Happy Halloween! Happy FALL!!

  88. MarySue Knight says:

    You certainly have a talent and eye for capturing our beautiful world with your photography. You bring me smiles. MarySue🌵

  89. Diane says:

    Sweet Susan, Thank you so much for all your love, laughter and beauty! The world needs YOU!!!! As we do too!!!!

    Love Diane

  90. Christiane says:

    Sweet Susan, your blog brings me joy every single time I read it, and reread it, and reread it again! The photos and your beautiful words always touch my heart ❤️ ❤️❤️

  91. Mary Rodgers says:

    The quilt is very very cute! I just love it💖💖💖

  92. Mary Rodgers says:

    It’s really really very cute! I love that quilt❤️

  93. Dawn powell says:

    Love 😍😍😍 the quilt!

  94. Theresa Gregory says:

    Susan-I’ve been following you for years, and I never tire of your doodles, your tales, you overall zest for life. I feel like I’ve walked that path to the beach a thousand times with you and a Joe! Thank you for your calming and beautiful spirit!

  95. Laure says:

    Thank you for keeping the magic in life. ❤️

  96. Donna Besst says:

    Oooo lovely quilt!
    I’d love to something from you Susan!

  97. Mary Whiting says:

    Hello Susan,
    I have a few of your quilts having bought them from your “Vintage Finds”. They are a vital part in decorating our den. I would love that beautiful one to add to my collection. How lucky to spend October in New England. Thank you for sharing what I am missing!


  98. Barbara Thares says:

    We are in the midst of our first snow storm.It is beautiful.

  99. Robyn Johnson says:

    Thank you for another enchanting time together!

  100. Kate says:

    Lovely post! I haven’t visited in awhile but so happy I did. We go to MV every year, but not this year. Miss it so much. Fall foliage and decorating, and a quilt giveaway! So much fun in one place.

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