ACcenutate the POSITIVE

Yes, when we AC-centuate the Positive, we find we have so much to be grateful for! Some MUSICA? Yes! Not sure if you’ll have time to read this today, but I couldn’t let Thanksgiving go by without sending you LOVE.💞 

My house is wonderful right now, everywhere I look, pure domestic bliss.🍁 Oven warming the house, pie crust, all pinched and pricked, ready to be filled and put into the oven, music playing old songs, Little Women on TV (for old-fashioned, back-in-time, I like the black-and-white version on Thanksgiving), volume down, music up …🎶

Dish cloths washed and folded, bread drying for the stuffing. Maybe this year, more than any other, as I’ve stood at the kitchen sink washing dishes or watching the birds at the feeders, I’ve been counting my Getting the cranberries ready . . . 
It’s just going to be the two of us, plus Jack, in front of the fire. I’m roasting a big chicken, stuffed with my grandma’s heavenly stuffing, making gravy and mashed potatoes ~ all the goodies, corn pudding and Pumpkin Pie too! Making extra cranberry sauce so we can have my delicious

And I don’t even mind it being quiet here … I consider it to be a part of the blessings . . .💞

What’s making it all bearable is that the vaccine is coming soon. I KNEW the scientists of the world would walk on water to get this to us as fast as they humanly could, and look at them! Heroes, like the doctors and nurses and other front-line workers, who’ve stood by us, even giving up their holidays, sacrificing for us, while saving and comforting so many despite their own fears.😢 They make me cry. True blessings of Thanksgiving.🕯🕯🕯 We’ll be lighting candles in their honor and saying prayers of gratitude. As for the vaccine, I’ll wait until I see Dr. Fauci put that needle in his arm, but then? Oh yeah, we are having it!💉 We already have two plans set in stone: One, California, next fall, a family reunion next to the creek, big long table, lots of delicious food, and us, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, in-laws, out-laws, together at last, in honor of our mom/grandma, and OMG: HUGS galore. Eeeek. I can’t wait. I will NEVER take a hug for granted again! The other plan involves a ship across the Atlantic!🚢 Everything to look forward to. And in the meantime . . . a long dreamy winter . . .

We’re all hunkered down here, storm windows are on, wood pile is stacked, it’s brisk and beautiful on our walks ~ when we get home, I make tea, Joe makes a fire, I carry my tea to my studio, and paint. I just did this portrait of Beatrix Potter, for the HERO page in my 2022 calendar, you know I love her. Watercolor brush, swirled in water, ringing the side of the dish, dipped in paint, swooped across the paper, spreading color any old way it wants! Portraits are my favorite thing to do, and slowly but surely, over the years, with lots of practice, I’m not unproud of them! Practice is the miracle ingredient.💝I still don’t understand how this art thing happened, but OH! Thank you!🙏 I am so grateful!

I’ve been busy reading my quote books and painting what I love, no real rhyme nor reason …

I’m going to do lots of meditation this winter, make myself strong, mentally and physically (at least for my age and weight class🤐), so when the time comes I will be READY!🤸🏾‍♂️

So I have a surprise! FINALLY. The new puzzles were just shipped to the Studio and they sent me samples! I HOPE they make it to California by the end of next week! Trust me, the MOMENT they arrive, Sheri and Kellee (they’ve been working out to get ready) will SHIP like crazy! 💌 I am so proud of these two women, such hard workers who love you ALMOST as much as I do. You can tell by how they decorate the packages they send you! Big pats on the back and “thank you” to both of them!💖 Something ELSE I am grateful for!😘

Of course I opened the box and spread out the pieces. I love it. Perfect for winter. Talk about a meditation!

Couldn’t wait to get started…See I have all the border pieces in a pile? SUCH a sense of satisfaction when you find a piece that FITS!

And look at this darling new thing! Janie, our creative Girlfriend who makes all our bunting and banners, made these for us! A few of my new books, Home for Christmas, came from the printer damaged … so we decided to recycle the pages and make them into limited edition Christmas trees! And Janie made them for us!

Kellee and Sheri packed them three-to-a-package . . . Two for you and one to tuck into a Christmas card!🎄

Mine are already hanging from my kitchen windows!

Something else, I’ve started putting my Yard Sale on the blog as promised ~ all things I love, some of them you’ve seen before, some of them I’ve had here, and some I collected on our cross-country adventures … To view them, click on Shopping at the top of the blog page, see the list on the left? Scroll to the bottom and click on Vintage. This way, we can shop our way across country next fall and can get MORE!

And, mark your calendar, because on December 6th at 4pm EST, I’m doing the very last virtual event to celebrate my new book Home for Christmas ~ it’s a Christmas Tea, hosted by the wonderful independent bookstore in Plainville, MA called An Unlikely Story! And guess what? These generous people are doing it for FREE.❤️ You don’t have to buy anything to join in… which means you can ALL come, even if you live in Canada or England or Norway, everyone is invited! If you DON’T have a book, or maybe even if you need to buy books for winter or for Christmas gifts, please make a list and consider purchasing your books from them if you can! Never did “shopping small” mean more than it does this year. HERE’S where you go to sign up!

Well, time for me to go. Here’s a view of our wild turkeys, flaunting themselves the day before Thanksgiving! They know they’re safe with us!🦃

Well, Girlfriends, time for me to put on my apron! Tomorrow we will toast you, our family and friends, and the coming new year. We’ll count our blessings out loud and say prayers for those who’ve lost loved ones, and for those across our country who are facing food lines. Please find a way to donate if you can ~ these lines won’t end at Thanksgiving and you know, it could happen to any of us. I have every faith that we will come out of this thing better than ever.❤️ Happy Thanksgiving!

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343 Responses to ACcenutate the POSITIVE

  1. Laura says:

    Happy Turkey Day!

  2. D Word says:

    Thank you, Sue. I am thankful for you. Happy, the Corgi, and I wish you lovely holidays.

  3. the day after Thanksgiving but the sentiment is still real…happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
    trees and puzzle sold out…wow!

  4. Jen Pen says:

    Stay safe!!! 😷
    I made Kamala Harris’ cornbread stuffing!
    We had a V(I)P Thanksgiving!
    Thanks for all the JOY!

  5. Jennifer Lauri says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to someone who makes my daily life a more beautiful experience. To see things through your eyes….ahh…that’s the trick!

  6. Lynn Cooper says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all! Loved the quote by Chief Seattle as well as many other things in the blog. I spent Turkey Day alone and away from my children and grandchildren. They got together for the day and Face Timed during dinner with the phone focused on my three grandsons, ages three and under. What entertainment it was to watch the three of them eating side by side. Wish it was safe for me to join them but I’d rather be alive for next year’s feast than to have risked it this year.

    Can’t wait for my puzzle to arrive. I set up my long rectangular puzzle table in the basement and it is waiting for the puzzle to arrive. I used to do puzzles on the dining room table but that posed a problem because every time I walked by the table I simply had to add a few more pieces and ended up wasting too much time or else getting to bed too late. So now my puzzle table is in the basement next to the cat litter box. Perhaps I will move the box!

    Enjoy the long weekend everyone. Stay safe and stay healthy. Those masks really do keep many of us safe. None of us want to get sick and end up being that empty chair at the table for next year’s holidays so “be careful out there” and use good judgement.

    Just to add, Susan, that I plan to make your cranberry orange jam. It sounds perfect on an English muffin or on a sandwich with chicken or turkey, cheddar cheese, and some mesclun.

    Everyone enjoy the rest of this long weekend!

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, I see the problem. My puzzle is set up in the living room. VERY difficult to pass it by!!😂 You’ll love that cranberry marmalade, it’s heaven! Happy weekend Lynn!

  7. Melissa says:

    It’s so exciting when I find a new blog post on here and get to hunker down with my new rascally tuxedo kitten Purrlick (who reminds me of Jack when he was little). I hope you had a wonderfully Happy Thanksgiving. I can’t wait for the 2022 calendar with the portrait of Beatrix!!!

  8. Linda W says:

    Finally had a chance to sit and read. What a brilliant idea to recycle the damaged books – I love it! Have done similar things with old music books that are too damaged to keep and can’t figure out anything else to do with them. Another idea is to use the pages for decoupage. Wouldn’t that be fun with the damaged books? Happy Day After Thanksgiving to all and now….Merry Christmas!

  9. Julie A Miller says:

    Dear Susan,
    Thank you for Joe, Jack and You! You are my daily connection to a much better place to be in this world. Celebrated Thanksgiving and my grandson’s birthday…no cake only peanut butter blossoms, his request! And a traditional dinner for the 3 of us! Tonight the traditional leftovers…potato patties for his Mom and and I, his preference mashed! And Virgin
    River season 2!! Thank you again for all the special things you do….Thank God for you!

  10. Beverlee Ring says:

    Loved this blog post especially… you are helping us get through these crazy times Susan. Thank you.❤️
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and Joe and of course and Jack…

  11. JaneK203 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to the three of you, as well! So glad to have found you and this community of people who are kind and creative and appreciative of blessings. May we all have more of all these things in the coming year!

  12. Margaret Petitt says:

    Thank you for this wonderful blog message. You always know how to make us feel happy after reading your words. “Happy Thanksgiving” to you both. I know your dinner will be phenomenal! Have a blessed day!

  13. Ann Y. says:

    Happy Day AFTER Thanksgiving to you and Joe! We also did the just the two of us dinner…turkey breast in the crockpot with cornbread stuffing. I make your cranberry sauce each year and this year ( since we are eating SUPER healthy since my honey’s heart attack) I tried it with monk fruit sweetener instead of sugar. Here’s a tip…DON’T do that! It did not work…so I quickly made another batch as it is our favorite. Sat at dinner to count our blessings ( BIGGEST that my dear husband survived) and then….got word that a friend and neighbor passed away on Thanksgiving morning from the dreaded virus. So very sad for her, her husband and family….and made us realize how grateful we are to BE! Thank you for your constant reminders to enjoy, be, love.

    • sbranch says:

      What times we’re in. I’m so glad your husband is getting better. And very sorry to hear about your neighbor. This roller coaster ride we’ve been on this year, up, down, up down, I hope it smooths out soon. Counting our blessings brings it all into focus. Love hearing from you Ann. xoxo

  14. KAREN RUTH ULLOM says:

    My precious husband installed cup hooks under the cupboards so I could hang all my Susan Branch cups and people can have fun picking which one they want for their tea or coffee.. It’s so pretty that it looks like Christmas. There wasn’t quite enough space for all the cups since I bought extras. They look SOOO pretty and festive. What will be your next idea that we can contribute to our own Susan Branch house? The Beatrix Potter painting is the prettiest picture of her I’ve ever seen!! HONEST !! I;m going to frame it if that’s OK. Are you going to have a yard sale online? That would be FUN!!
    My precious 5.5 lb snow white Maltese, Tiny Timmy, somehow dug a hole under the fenced-in yard and ran away for a couple of miles while I was having surgery. He’s in the habit of following me everywhere and was looking for me. The rescue person put a photo on Facebook and as soon as my daughter-in-law saw the photo she immediately drove to the shelter where the person who rescued him thought that’s where he should be. As soon as my “daughter” saw Timmy, he immediately knew who she was and so REALLY happy. Thankfully, I didn’t know what happened. until the next day! Our Timmy is like your Jack to us, and I usually grab his cup first. Thank you for making our lives so much more fun and thoughtful.

  15. Terra says:

    This post is cheerful and pretty with too many lovely things I could comment on. Those wild turkeys look happy at your place, I like the quotes you share, and the puzzle sounds like fun.

  16. Mary Ann from Southbury says:

    Wonderful post. Happy Thanksgiving!

  17. Rosemary, nine miles north of Boston says:

    Hello! Just found your post, it ran away from me and hid in my SPAM folder. But I found it and very glad too! Sounds like you had a lovely Thanksgiving. We did too, intimate at home with 3 of us, but shared for a family zoom with older kids living around the country. I say, this Thing will not last forever, we will get over it, get healthy again, and then celebrate with bells on our toes. Keep your posts coming dear Susan, they always make my day. Hugs to all in your home and family, from me and mine.
    Fondly, Rosemary

  18. Valorie Veld says:

    Thank you so much for your positivity!

  19. Sandra Walton says:

    Happy thanksgiving to you both .. and thank you for so much Susan..your positivity, your creativity, your empathy .. your generosity in writing your blogs that link us together and and bring us so much joy..
    Bless you and enjoy as you say this quiet time when we can think reflect and draw strength from our thoughts and families and friends.
    ..and maybe a visit over here at some point too…so precious.
    Sending loving thanks
    Sandra from BIrmingham UK

  20. Kathy Fletcher says:

    Happy Thanksgiving- i was wondering if the book i sent to you was received? i hope so…..its your Beatrix Potter……. thank you for making beautiful art- and i hope the puzzles are back in stock soon on your shopping page…i would like to purchase one for myself – for Christmas….i will even wrap it up and put it under the tree until Christmas day so i will have a gift to open……love and hugs to you and Joe and Jack too.

    • sbranch says:

      I don’t think we’ll get more until February, so sorry Kathy. I’ve gotten so much mail lately, I haven’t had a chance to go through it all, but I think I saw a green Beatrix Potter book…. was that from you? If so, then thank you! xoxo and Merry Christmas!

  21. Beth T. says:

    Love you, too, dear Suse. I opened up my new calendar for 2021 and took my time with each page, each month, imagining that at some point it will be better and a little bit closer to what feels like “normal”–although maybe our new normal will always be tinged with thankfulness, could that be? Thank you for speaking to us in truth and friendship. Love to Joe and Jack, from me and our country home that is filled to the brim with dogs, cats, goats, miniature horses, one red hen, and my dear John.

  22. Rhonda Williams says:

    Lovely post, enjoyed every word. 🙂

  23. Kari says:

    Love the picture of you presenting from your kitchen table, Susan Bee. Darling and so smart to document this time in your career! Hope you feel the magic of this season and find ways to spread it, as I know you will. Hugs.

  24. Patti from Pleasanton, CA says:

    Thanks for your Thanksgiving Day blog, Susan!
    I too loved the picture conjured up by Chief Seattle. We are never alone…

    My hubby, Paul, is my personal chef and he makes his own cranberry sauce and just received a family marmalade recipe from a friend he wants to try. I suggested he mix the 2 for the “best jam in the world”. What a wonderful suggestion you gave us!

    Puzzles are such a fun past time year round but especially in the colder seasons around the fireplace.

    Looking forward to “seeing you” on December 6th
    Stay healthy… sending love from California

  25. Tara says:

    Thank you Susan for your wonderful wisdom and positivity. I look forward to your uplifting blogs each and every time that you send them. Have a wonderful holiday season!

  26. Happy Thanksgiving Susan! I am sure that even though it was different it was still lovely! Despite all the bad stuff 2020 has brought to our tables, we still have much to be grateful for.perhaps the greatest blessing of 2020 has been people focusing on the truly important things in life like family, faith, friends I am counting on the hope that 2021 will be a much better year! I have settled into my new normal and am catching my breath at my Sisters now. She has three cats. One is her old boy, Gary. He’s shy. One, Pumpkin, she inherited from my mom and one is a kitten, Jazzy, she found abandoned in a bush outside her house. Each one a treasure. Love the little glimpses of new art you are showing us here! What a sweet portrait of Beatrix Potter! Your apples are phenomenal! I love all you create and those tree ornaments from your Christmas book are adorable! On my wish list. It’s hard to believe Christmas is less than a month away! It will be different this year, but as Tiny Tim would say, God Bless us everyone!

  27. Evie Tong says:

    Dear Susan … THANKSGIVING is having you to inspire us♥️
    Alo-ha-ha, Evie in San Diego

  28. Ann Solomon says:

    Your beautiful, beautiful words, as always. I love the Indian sayings, too.

  29. Debbie Boerger says:

    I’ve been a bit “glumpy” lately, but seeing the new post here, and watching Tom Terrific put some pretty lights outside has soothed body and soul. We will pick up our locally made wreaths and centerpiece on Saturday. As all our years of decorations are stuck in Tampa, decorating will be Simplicity itself here.
    Just got another half cord of dry hardwood, which will give us enough to last the Winter. The heat from our excellent woodstove, made in Ireland, is way nicer than heat from the furnace. And, after the fire is out, the heated bricks from the hearth and chimney keep the place very cozy. I still give thanks for our Dear Departed neighbor up the road. He was so pleased to help us plan our Cape the way the old ones did. All those generations of knowledge shared.
    Now I’ll start making the chicken stock for a wonderful thick, multi-bean with chicken soup, a Debbie recipe that was totally “accidental”, but much loved. Friend’s husband is coming home from a longish hospitalization tomorrow, so we’ll deliver some to them. She always brought a meal to us when I had various surgeries and couldn’t cook. A good, West Texas gal, so we speak the same “language” 😉
    Mucho Love from soon to be Very Stormy Maine….

  30. Linda Bee says:

    THANK YOU, Susan! Lovely portrait of Beatrix. Another reason to be thankful – and I like that quote, “Contentment is natural wealth”, so true. Be cozy.

  31. Rene Marie Foust says:

    Susan you are one of the things I am thankful for. Thanks for always giving me something to look forward to.

  32. Donna Wilder says:

    So thankful for you, dear Susan! And especially thankful for our new president-elect Joe Biden!!!! Life seems so much more hopeful and full of promise now, a calming break from the constant vigilance we’ve all had to endure keeping an eye on our fragile democracy. We’ve learned so much these past four years and with that knowledge we’ll go forward with our eyes wide open and our hearts filled with patriotic pride in our great republic!!!!

  33. Terri Brewster says:

    I hope you, Joe and Jack had a beautiful Thanksgiving. In a year that has pushed us to places we never thought we would be I just want to say THANK YOU for being you. As I sit in my home office, craft space and see my desk blotter, your books on the shelf and a blog post in my inbox it truly brings me joy and a smile to my face.
    Can’t wait for the puzzle to arrive. I believe you mentioned in a blog post you were either putting a list together of your favorite quote books or writing a book with all of your favorite quotes. I for one would love to have that. The quotes and positive thoughts you give all of us girlfriends truly can lift ones spirits and brighten the day.
    May you, Joe, Jack and your friends and family have a blessed and joy filled holiday season.

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, I’m writing a quote book with all my favorites in it … so many! Thank you for the kind words Terri … I’m with you, will be happy to see 2021 come rolling in! Sending much love! xoxo

  34. Danielle says:

    Rabbit Rabbit Susan, Happy Holidays!

  35. Viffy says:

    I really enjoyed your Thanksgiving post! It’s a great, simple reminder for us all to keep close what truly matters. I’ve also missed the wonderful hugs with my family and hope that time with them to exchange in person will be here soon!

    Looking forward to your future holiday posts… be well.

    P.S. I’d love the jam recipe too if you can post it 🙂

  36. Debbie Boerger says:

    Oh, the wonderful rain…of course that came with 100,000 homes and other places without power. I think the storm has moved out to sea for all of New England. Await the final tally from the local weather man. You can almost hear all the trees saying Aaaahhhh. Hope you did not have any damage.

    Tom loves Christmas lights, so before the storm he decorated a smallish spruce that’s halfway to the water. With 50 to 60 mph wind gusts, “she” just danced her little sprucey heart out. Sometimes Hula, sometimes Belly Dancing. With the tree and the poinsettias, fresh wreaths coming on Saturday, we’re all set.
    I put little white lights and a red bow on a vine wreath I picked up at a yard sale a while ago. It’s going out on the door of what used to be my studio. Tom will go roaming to get get some fresh greens to make a swag for the road side door. The boy does love Christmas.
    Stumbled upon a sweet little British movie, A Month With Mrs. Potter, not Beatrix, but a lovely contemporary story of a young man and a dying older lady gave each other what they needed. I have Amazon Prime (I know, don’t hate me!!) and I get so much “free”.

    I’ll add my voice in thanks, Dear Lady,
    Mucho Love from Refreshed Down East Maine

  37. Maryse C Bellizzi says:

    Hello Susan, I too read The Splendid and the Vile, Churchill being one of my heroes, it was a fantastic read. My other hero is FDR, if you haven’t already read No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin (1994) I recommend it. Doris writes about everyday life at the White House, Winston is mentioned, as these two men changed everything and for the good.
    I wish you and Joe a joyful Christmas season….

  38. Karen Sue Werth, Ottawa, IL says:

    Dear Susan, I couldn’t wait to get the tree up after Thanksgiving and then the house decorated and then to be able to sit by the lighted tree and read your new book “Home for Christmas”. I am only a few years older than you and reading your delightful story was a trip down memory lane for me. The story is a true gift for all, but especially for those of us spending our childhood in the late 1940’s through the 1950’s. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this little treasure of a book. Merry Christmas to you and Joe.
    Karen Werth

  39. Viffy says:

    Thanks again for such an upbeat and fun post! It’s always so nice to see your great photos.

  40. Diane Kessler says:

    I spent Thanksgiving Day with my poor foot up – sprained ankle – but I really didn’t mind because I was reading Fairy Tale Girl! My husband was my sous chef and all I had to do was some minimal cooking. I did manage to make a yummy cinnamon swirl bread pudding. (I don’t do well with pies…) We face-timed with our children and granddaughters. It really wasn’t that terrible. We felt love and isn’t that what matters? So thankful and blessed, and so thankful for you and the joy you bring to my life!

  41. Viffy in MI says:

    Thank you for yet another fun post with great stories and photos!
    I really loved the easy cranberry relish recipe and may give it a try this season.

  42. Care Woodard says:

    I hope everyone had Thanksgivings that, though they were strange, were filled with love. I love how you will be meditating all winter… me too:) Merry Dec! I know you and all the girlfriends will find ways to fill the Great Pause with connection, joy, and love. Your Christmas book has helped!! Beautiful

  43. Kathy Fletcher says:

    well i left a comment and i be darned if i can find it- old age or old eyes? hahahha= i really just want to say Thank you – for bringing a smile to all us “girlfriends” with every blog….and i was wondering if you received a B. Potter book i sent to you? I hope so- but with the mail being so slow-….any-who…..i was just wondering. Sending best wishes to you and Joe and Jack too….

  44. Kathy R. says:

    I finally read your note in time to register for your event! I can’t wait! And I will get the book – how lovely to support both you and an indie bookstore! LOVE.

  45. Viffy in Michigan says:

    Hmmmm… not sure why none of my prior messages haven’t posted… trying again.

    Thanks for the great photos (loved the warm and cozy fireplace) and Cranberry Marmalade recipe.

    • sbranch says:

      You are welcome Viffy! I’ve just been MIA for a couple of days, I’m sure your other messages are waiting here for me to read! Thank you for saying hello!

  46. Vicki South of Arroyo says:

    I’m worried when I read about this huge nor’easter that’s to hit mainland Massachusetts very soon, but I don’t know how it is or isn’t diff when you’re out there on the island, except to remember that you’ve got that strong, sturdy, sea-captain’s house that has endured its share over the decades! Stay safe; stay cozy, Susan and Joe and Jack!

    • sbranch says:

      I KNOW, it sounds wild. Yes, our house has withstood 171 years of them, so I think we will be safe! Thank you for thinking of us Vicki! I’m getting the candles ready!

      • Vicki South of Arroyo says:

        I just got my PUZZLE an hour ago; whoo-hoo, how fun; perfect for hunkering down with a Susan Branch Cup of something delish!

        And, yes, I indeed WAS thinking of you when they show Boston and Cape Cod on the map, about to be slammed, with you and yours ‘way out there in the ocean, but in your rock of a house; however, I know Joe has the fireplace stoked and ready; yes, you with your candles; you know the drill; and I assume you’ll then have a White Christmas (which is something this SoCalifornian [we of the no-snow] has never known, so I need you to tell me about it!).

  47. Debbie Boerger says:

    Dear Lady and all in the path of this Nor’Easter, Stay inside, stay safe….and if you get snow, make Ice Cream!
    We’re warned of 50 mph winds with wet snow, but the fire is laid, the music is playing, the wicks are trimmed, good smells from the kitchen, we’re ready. Well, ready unless one of these huge, ancient trees comes down. In the storm at the beginning of this week, we did have some block the road. Our wonderful neighbor is the only one driving to work, always carries his chain saw in the car trunk (boot!) for just such events. He had cut it back so we could get out. I’m so thankful for every drop of rain to recharge our aquifer and make all the “plant people” healthy again.

    Vicki South of Arroyo, I enjoyed your comments about the aboriginal people in S. California. I always did a unit with my students about the tribes in Florida, and who the Seminoles “really” were. Of course there were people there many hundreds of years before that. I read about a web site that tells you who lived on your land before Europeans came. It’s good to know and appreciate them….the rest is up to you. Many years ago, I spent a week in New Mexico, learning about the Dine’ (Navajo) from those very people. It changed my life.

    Vicki, wish all of you safety in this Fire. Another reason to “listen” to the ancient knowledge. Don’t use up your resources just because they are abundant, because they may no longer be there when you most need them.

    Wait, Wait!!! Is that a light at the end of The Tunnel? Keep your eyes on the future, not short-term gratification of getting “together” for a big Christmas gathering. Keep yourselves and your families alive to celebrate Next Year,
    Mucho love from Debbie in Maine

  48. Regina Carretta says:

    Susan …. sending you this beautiful Irish Christmas carol….just lovely and much needed during our times of distancing, of being unsure, of transition…..
    I thought of you : hope you enjoy this and his beautiful talent….
    Regina, Seattle

  49. Debbie Boerger says:

    Speaking of sea captain’s house….this is My sea captain’s house, My Tom, USCG Capt. Ret. Today I oiled and polished the very interesting sea going captain’s chair I found about 26 years ago in a “junktique” shop. It has been mended, braced and spliced many, many times. It has the slant with the ends of the back legs whittled down to fit into the round holes in the captain’s quarters. The decks of those old ships were cambered for various reasons, but this configuration allowed the person seated at a desk…anchored against the hull, to sit somewhat level, at least when in port or on a certain tack. We saw some done exactly the same way on Nelson’s Victory in Portmouth, England. Those were different in that they were finely crafted. Mine was probably on a coastal schooner, running “up” to Boston, repairs roughly whittled. I adore it, and dream of who may have sat in it and what marvels they may have seen.
    We have our Christmas decoration up. Trying to stay well. Hoping that you and Joe are well…and that Mr. Jack is still his adorable self.
    Mucho Love and Thanks,
    Debbie in Beeeutiful Maine

  50. charlotte m. says:

    I just had to rush here and tell you that I received my puzzle this morning and it made my day!!! I cannot wait to get started on it! Thank you so much for bringing this to us!

  51. Kim says:

    Just purchased, This Old House A year on Martha’s Vineyard 2021 Photo Calendar. Looking (saving the reading for 2021) at each month’s beauty, while sipping tea from my Martha’s Vineyard teacup! Thank you Susan for enriching my life, my daughter, friends, and within the year a neighbor and her friends. Your art is forever…..timeless….

  52. Debbie Boerger says:

    Finally got to read all the comments. Looking forward to what everyone will do for our Not Normal Christmas.
    My heart goes out to everyone who will be alone this year, those who will yearn to hug children and grandchildren.
    Having Susan’s blog is comforting, I think, I hope. We are not alone in this.
    Thank you,
    Debbie in Maine

    • sbranch says:

      No, we’re not alone, Debbie, in fact if we’re reading this, we probably the LUCKY ones. Blessings on you, I hope you’re staying snug and warm up there!♥️♥️♥️

  53. Devon says:

    Susan, I’m guessing you know that the town of Jerome, Arizona is named after the Jerome-Churchill family, yes???

  54. Margot says:

    I did read this…but didn’t leave a note. I must say I love any of your still life art. That Indian corn 🌽 is fabulous!

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