July Fix

Oh, No!  How does this happen!  We go over our calendars a thousand times (it feels like) and yet we still miss things.  This year we managed to leave off an entire day.  It probably wouldn’t matter all that much unless your birthday is July 31!  Then it matters!  Not to mention that time already goes by fast enough ~ we don’t need to be losing entire days.  I am so sorry.  So what do we do?

Since we can’t re-print the entire calendar to make the correction, we thought the next best thing is to give you a replacement July 31 you can print out for the part of the calendar that is incorrect. Just open and print this pdf file, cut it out, and tape or glue it on to your calendar. (Sort of like a kiss and a band-aid  to make the boo-boo better.  Sort of.  So sorry,  you know I never said I was perfect and this is just a normal proof in the pudding.) I promise to try harder.  xoxo


239 Responses to July Fix

  1. Diane Thompson says:


    I just ordered your 2014 Calendar, and so glad I read the reviews. I might have missed this myself! I do have a question, what size is the calendar? Couldn’t find any dimensions.

    Thank you! Love your work!

    Diane 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      The wall calendar is 12 x 12. Thank you Diane!

    • Courtney says:

      Wonderful fix…my husband will be so happy to get to celebrate his birthday this year!! : ) I always tell my kids, “It’s not that you make mistakes that is important…everyone makes mistakes…it’s what you do after you make a mistake that counts!!” Thanks for the fix!! xo

  2. Jeannie Admire says:

    I love that even SB, with all the editing/proofing help you can find, makes an occasional mistake. Your humanity connects us; you’re my friend and soulmate, even if we never meet face-to-face. THANKS 🙂

  3. evangeline says:

    thank you for the “fix”… this only makes the calendar more appreciated… as an artist can say… “I meant to do it that way!” ha ha… Really it is ” more special” makes me smile every time I look at it… Thank you for being you… fun, silly, caring,thoughtful, and a wonderful artist.. continue on… you make so many people happy … thank you.. evangeline

    • sbranch says:

      You little doll! I’ve been feeling really bad about this. Thank you for being so nice! ♥ On a scale of the worst things that can happen in life, it doesn’t even move the needle, but for a calendar…it’s not good. xoxo Evangeline.

      • Carol Maurer~~~~ Kennewick, Wa says:

        Susan ~~~ don’t feel bad any longer!! We all still love you 🙂
        I’ve got my calendar ‘fix’ now. Going to tape it to the calendar.

        Carol M

  4. Jenny says:

    July 31, 2014 will be my 15th anniversary! Just tried to put it on my new calendar and then I smiled. This is what I love about your books and calendars. Still very personal–hand-written and all. In this crazy, crazy technological world we live in today, precious little is heartfelt and personal. I love the “human-ness” in all of your work. This just endears me to you even more! And thanks for the PDF!

    • sbranch says:

      Now you are making me cry. That is the sweetest thing for you to say Jenny. How does a person just forget to put your anniversary on the calendar????? Currr-A-zee. So sorry. Will do better. xoxo

    • Kim says:

      This is exactly what I was going to say!
      Well. Not the Anniversary part, but the rest of it.

  5. Shannon (Pennsylvania) says:

    Jeannie, Evangeline, and Jenny…so true! Hooray for endearing imperfection :). I love the calendar blind-aid! It makes the calendar all the more precious, and it tucks in the corner of the page perfectly.

    • Shannon (Pennsylvania) says:

      Band aid, that is 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      Blind-aid, I think you said that on purpose! 🙂 OK, I accept any aid I can get!

      • Janet in Rochester says:

        Perfect, shmerfect! You know what “Perfect” people are? BORE-RING!!! PS – I’ve seen mistakes numerous times on other calendars in my day – and this is the FIRST and ONLY time I’ve ever seen anyone [A] ‘fess up to it or [B] provide a correction for it. Besides, the big calendar is now a collector’s item for future Antiques Roadshows!

        • sbranch says:

          LOL Janet!

          • Rhonda D. says:

            I agree with everything you said Janet. This will be the calendar (the unique one) that will be sought after. I’ve seen some pretty high prices on some of your used calendars on Amazon, Susan…makes it more valuable (especially to us who love you). This may not come out the right way, but every time you do something that you feel is less than your perfect, it gives me the confidence to step forward into my future. As Jenny said above, I, too, love the “human-ness” of all your work. It makes me want to try. You are my “Beatrix Potter” in life…you are changing it for the better day by day, everyday. July 31st (or lack thereof), is really a good thing. xo

  6. Pam Campbell says:

    The Amish put a small mistake in all their quilts on purpose because they believe God is the only perfect person. Just say you did it on purpose! Love my calendar, the “fix” is so cute!

  7. Gee, where else but here could you find the illustrator of a beautiful calendar take the time to make a “special fix” to print out? YOU ROCK and that’s why we all love you! xoxo Jacqui

  8. It’s a take-the-day-off day! And since it’s not a real day anything we do on that day doesn’t count against us!

    • sbranch says:

      I know, and those with birthdays, they get to have a year off and become one year younger. Something good about everything!

  9. Margot in Virginia Beach says:

    You give me hope, that someday I can get all my creative projects done. I have trouble starting things, as I am afraid to make a mistake. How creative is one who can fix a creative work of art??? Like one girlfriend said, “YOU ROCK!”.

    PS I never look ahead on a calendar anymore. I do put the birthdays on the calendar, but only one month at a time. I am trying to savor the rest of my life!

    • sbranch says:

      I’ve always said my best art supply is the eraser! 🙂 Thank you for the support Margot!

      • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

        I think I was the kid in school who used an eraser the most. Later it was the seam ripper… Am I just to fussy?!

        • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

          I don’t think an eraser will fix the color side of my printer. 🙁

        • sbranch says:

          Clearly fussy is not my problem! 🙂 But you know, we gotta at least try.

          • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

            Thank you for that. I agree that we must try. Once someone told me to wipe the word perfect from my vocabulary. Some people don’t even try to do things correctly and then they say, “Who cares!” Working from home must be wonderful. A place a way from nay sayers.

          • sbranch says:

            They will try to invade, sometimes get inside heart, must evacuate.

            “Ring the bells that still can ring
            Forget your perfect offering
            There is a crack in everything
            That’s how the light gets in.”
            Leonard Cohen

          • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

            Thanks for the poem. I really like poetry, and I used to write some in high school.
            Have a terrific day!

  10. Michelle says:

    Truly was looking for a “snow-day” in summer! Instead of watching the snowflakes fall and drinking hot chocolate, I will sit on the porch swing and watch the grass grow! Still may do that on July 31 – the day that got away!

    Thanks for the fix though and Happy New Year!

  11. Erin Spining says:

    Awwww! I love the personal way you fixed our calendars! What a creative thing to do…give us all a band-aid! I agree with all the comments-kind of fun to see a “whoopsie-daisy.” You are so humble and human about it all too. Love your blogs, pictures, books, etc. Always an inspiration to enjoy the simplicity and human-ness of life. Happy New Year!

  12. Catie Cook says:

    On January 2nd, I wrote all of the family / friends birth and anniversary days into my 2014 Susan Branch calendar. And there are TONS of them! But none that fall on July 31st! Thus, I didn’t even notice that it was missing! But I so love the “blind/band aid” you provide that I’ve already printed it out and taped in onto my calendar… it is precious and beyond. Love it! This could be the best SB calendar ever! Thank you, Susan, for being you. You’re the best.

  13. Nellie says:

    Well, it is taking a very long time to download this PDF file onto my computer screen. I hope you will have it available for us awhile longer. I will have to try another day.

    xo Nellie

  14. Sue Yarberry says:

    You are such a sweetheart Susan to not only send out apology for misprinted calendar yet to go above and beyond the call of duty so to speak and provide a pdf correction that can be cut out and placed in calendar. Thanks so much for thinking of us – your by mail family! 🙂 Can you also send us your bean soup recipe …while it is not 12 degrees here in California it still sounds yummy! Tried your iceberg lettuce wedge with blue cheese and pomegranates, etc. Delicious! Have a blessed cozy day!
    Your Blog Sis,

  15. LindaSonia says:

    Stuff happens… but I’m happy to see there is no problem with my mini calendar!! 🙂

  16. Susan says:

    For some reason I am finding the idea of a missing day charming. It would be great fun if you designed a sticker sheet to go with your calendars – with stickers to show special days, etc. would that ever be a consideration?

    • sbranch says:

      I just need to find someone who wants to license my art to make stickers … one of these days!

      • KAREN from Charleston SC says:

        I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have calendar stickers!!! It would be SOOOO much fun for birthdays, dental/medical appointments, vacations, school happenings, but MOSTLY girly things!!

    • Maria in Long Beach, CA says:

      I agree with the sticker idea 🙂

      • Catie Cook says:


      • Janet in Rochester says:

        Me too!!! The massive stash of Susan Branch stickers that I cleaned our local JoAnn’s out of about 10 years ago [yikes] are nearly gone. Who are these dolts who won’t make us stickers anyway?? Couldn’t we Girlfriends help somehow? What if we carpet-bombed some manufacturers with requests? ☀️

  17. Lorraine ( Kalama, WA.) says:

    Dear Susan; I love that the calendar has a mistake in it…makes it more valuable like a finely minted coin with a little flaw in it! I am leaving it just as is ! Oh and the soup looks great too…and in that copper pot that you made the almond brittle in. I’m still on the lookout for one just like it! I’m making a Cuban black bean soup with what is left of a ham; served with toasted pepitas, cilantro, diced avocado on top. Hope you are having a good day and staying warm and cozy…39 degrees here in Kalama with light rain.

    • sbranch says:

      I think I got that pan in a yard sale. Sometimes I find great old copper pans that way. Always looking for them, I have a tiny collection of some interesting shapes.

      • Lorraine ( Kalama, WA.) says:

        My husband and I go to yard sales all the time…I looove antique furniture and he loves clocks that he buys and repairs for resale and occasional small items if they strike our fancy. We have furnished our home basically from yard sales…love the treasure hunt. Can’t wait for spring !

        • sbranch says:

          You find the best stuff at yard sales … !

          • Just Joey says:

            I had the perfect copper wash basin that I took to the garage to shine it up. It was hidden because I was having a garage sale, but someone dug it out while I left my son in charge. Not knowing, he sold it for a dollar! I still could cry, but he was being helpful and he means more than a wash bucket.

          • sbranch says:

            Oh dear. Interesting manners are always on display at yard sales! I’m amazed sometimes when we have a yard sale and people just sort of go everywhere! There was this one couple who would run around at really busy yard sales putting post it notes with SOLD on things so then they could go back and leisurely choose among things and know that no one would take it.

  18. Marian says:

    Oh my goodness. If that’s the only mistake that has ever happened then you’re one lucky gal. I know this sounds crazy but I think this is awesome. It makes the rest of us feel not so bad. I’m sure I make a lot more mistakes than you. Thanks for giving us a way to correct it though. I collect your calendars and keep all of them. I’m going to have to find a binder to put them in.

  19. Julie Buck says:

    What a clever fix! Thank you – I’d never have noticed it until August first (or at least, what I would have thought was August first, hahahaha.)


  20. Cadie says:

    Don’t worry, we forgive you! Accidents happen! I’m printing out the fix-it right now. 🙂 I’ve always loved your calendars and will keep using them year after year. Every month when I turn the page it’s a fun surprise!

  21. Barbara Thomas says:


    You know the Amish theory right about perfection, right? Every quilt has a mistake, you leave it in on purpose! Don’t beat yourself up about it. We think it’s charming!

    Kind regards, Barbara in Lodi, CA

  22. Patty in Michigan says:

    I have been reading through the comments and many are just so sweet! The tiny error has brought much sweetness and kindness from so many girlfriends. I was looking at each month just today and after I said, I’m so thankful for Susan Branch!

  23. Maria in Long Beach, CA says:

    I noticed “the missing day” when I went to write in my friend’s birthday. She was ecstatic! Not another year older 🙂 I’m keeping mine the way it is. Makes it extra special!

  24. Connie Sue says:

    Got it printed! took about 15 seconds! Thanks!

  25. Barbara B says:

    What a great way to fix the calendar. I just printed it, then, I decided not to use it. I have purchased your calendars every year and have saved every one. I pull them out periodically and continue to enjoy them. I think the missing date makes it more of a “treasure”. Thank you, Susan for your care and concern for your loyal fans.

  26. Tana says:

    I printed out five of them to cover the five calendars I bought. Now I sit here and think this might be your Beatles White album cover. It was 1966 and I was at my sister’s apartment. Her roommate had that album and we all heard about the controversy over the cover and how some covers had just had another totally white cover put on top, but most covers were reprinted and there was no cover-up. I was looking closely at the cover and this was one with a glued white cover on top! What fun! It took the three of us days to get to the real cover!
    If I glue these covers, will the calendar be worth more in 45 years with no glued cover-up? Now I don’t know what to do. Anyway, I enjoy mistakes.

  27. Joanie B from San Diego says:

    Very ingenious fix, and I’m sure that you are all wondering “What WERE we thinking about to have missed it?” Ah well, life does that to us, but you made yourself some bean soup and life goes on! I am making some Homestyle Broccoli Soup for dinner, our favorite, 😀 Happy New year to you and your Crew of Calendar specialists!

  28. Kiki Nakita says:

    So glad. July 31st, 2014 will be our first wedding anniversary. Also knee deep in A Fine Romance. It’s so relatable because I grew up in the heart of England, but am now in the Carolinas. My husband had it nicely wrapped and in my stocking. Excited to see where you go when you leave York!

  29. Gail Rose says:

    Susan, this is so funny. It makes you one of us. How many times have I skipped a day. Just pour yourself a cup of tea and relax girl. It’s ok. Hi,Joe…

  30. Jenn says:

    I probably would never had noticed…but it’s my sweet husband’s 40th birthday! Thank you for acknowledging it and doing a fix – it won’t affect my love for your beautiful work!

  31. KAREN from Charleston SC says:

    I have it on good authority that if this is the worst mistake you’ve ever made, you will surely get in to heaven. 😉 Please don’t let this phase you. The fix is adorable and the fit is perfect!! You are the best, dearest Susan!!! I just gave a lot of your books away to a new friend, and she is beyond thrilled to have learned about you; ANOTHER CONVERT!! She’s going to sign up for your BLOG right away. I hope one day you will know how many lives you have touched for the better.

  32. Paulie says:

    Well this is one time I should not have been too quick to fix things. Love your fix pdf however, my repair came out pretty well so will leave well enough alone. I divided the 30 square horizontally with a fine black line and drew in a perfect copy of the number 31 with a green perm scripto pen into the new half. Looks great and didn’t have to move anything else. So no problem at all and loved the imperfection too !~ They say many artists do that on purpose so that in the future one can tell it is their original work. So Susan you are ahead of the game. Smile. We are in for more winter, snow and cold ! Stay warm and paint more goodies!

  33. I did notice it was missing because July 31st is my brother’s birthday! I think it’s a unique calendar and I’m leaving it the way it is. However, I am heartbroken about Iris. I am a dog lover and enjoyed your blogs about her. She will be dearly missed by us all.

  34. Judy E says:

    Still love my calendar anyway. This will just give me a happy thought come the 31st!!!

  35. Susan from Colorado says:

    Oh Susan, if that is bad news then all is right in the world! When you think of REALLY bad stuff, missing a day in a calendar is hardly any thing to sneeze about! (My #3 child, Sara Jane, has a birthday on July 30th so life is good) Thanks for the PDF and I will print it out and stick it on the cutest calendar ever!

  36. Mia Sophia says:

    Funny! I just ordered the calendar this morning. Then, later received your beautiful blog. Thank you for the “bestest Band-Aid” ever for the little boo boo. A touch of care…All is Well! I too hope you can continue with your stickers! They are my favorite. My collection is getting low because I use them often. Thanks to You!

  37. Kathy S. says:

    Mine now has a hand coloured square band aid in July! Love the handmade look of your calendars . A little mistake reminds me that it was made by a person (a very creative country girl ).Thanks Susan

  38. Patricia Ruehle says:

    Susan you are a “class act”. Thanks for the heads up and the quick fix. Since I am still dealing with putting away Christmas pretties, the calendar will have to wait. I may decide not to fix it at all, and keep the original as a reminder that we all make mistakes, but not everyone is big enough to admit them.

  39. Nancy says:

    Oh, so sweet, Susan! You are human just like the rest of us. As a secretary, I would always proofread and proofread and then sometimes, no matter what when the final printed copy came out, guess what was staring me in the face!! All is well with the calendar! Thank you so much!!! I save my calendars from year to year. I just finished reading the month of January from 2012 and 2013. Love them! You are a bright spot in my day.

  40. Vita Avanesian says:

    Hi Susan,
    When you said there would be bad news, I panicked and thought, Is she quitting the Blog!???! I was relieved to find we were only missing a day! Ha ha!
    I printed out the pdf and it was too big, do you know what size it should be to fit the calendar? Technically challenged, Vita

    • Diane says:

      Well, Vita, I’m technically challenged, too. The same thing happened to me even after I put the size to 100% instead of the 200% that came up. But that’s ok. I like the calendar just the way it is!

      • Vita Avanesian says:

        Hi Diane,
        I fixed the problem by unclicking the fit to page option on the printer and replacing it with the “none” option! thanks to everyone for helping with this problem! Vita

  41. Marie says:

    I just experienced this ” too big” problem as well. I just thought it would print out to the correct size to fit our calendars. Apparently, more info is needed?

    • sbranch says:

      I sent your comment to Kellee, we’ll see what she can do. Thank you Marie.

      • Joan says:

        Yes, mine printed too big also and couldn’t figure out how to “fix it.

        • sbranch says:

          I asked Kellee about it and here’s her answer: Alfredo had the same problem, but I noticed he had something clicked in his printer options called “fit to page”. This was re-sizing it. Once we un-clicked this, then it printed perfectly.

          Hope this works!

  42. Teresa G., Lafayette, CA. says:

    I have a good idea! How about we make July 31 an official holiday for 2014? How about a universal day of forgiveness? Is that too “heavy?” How about “Eat all the calories you want today because the day was going to be skipped?” I was just reading some of your comments and I felt bad that you felt bad. We love you, Silly Rabbit!

  43. Claudia says:

    I’d say you have inadvertently created a collectors item! I’m leaving mine as is, cherishing the fact that we ALL make mistakes!

  44. Kathie from CA says:

    I have two calendars and will just replace July 31. No problem. It is a very tiny problem in the whole scheme of things. Have a Happy New Year.

  45. Lynn M.I. says:

    Thank you for the easy fix! Please don’t be too hard on yourself. We all make mistakes! I appreciate all you do to make the world a more beautiful place to be–through your art and through your sweet, fun self.

  46. Ann McKenna says:

    I just put all the birthdays and appointments on my Darling SB 2014 calendar and didn’t even notice the missing day!!!! Like Vita, I thought the “bad news” was truly bad news! What a relief!!! I like imperfect things and people much better than the perfect ones, if there really are any of either! I will print out the correction but I won’t glue it on—I’ll just tape it so I can take it off when I’m feeling especially imperfect. Thank-you for sharing yourself with all of your darling girlfriends. I have just the best memories and pictures of your signing my “A Fine Romance”, talking with you and good ol’ Joe in San Luis Obispo Nov. 10, 2013. He really IS so nice! (BTW, it’s just UNDERSTOOD that YOU are extremely nice!) The bonus is that I (and my husband) made 2 wonderful new girlfriends while waiting in line!!! I can’t thank you enough for the joy you have given me in so many ways. I’m happy for your being home and “caught up” with things. I’m still behind and am trying to get my house back together after putting Christmas things away 🙁 I absolutely LOVE decorating for Christmas and feel sad when it’s time to put it all away. After I get my little house clean and organized I feel much better and besides, Valentine’s Day is coming!!!! Love, Ann

    • sbranch says:

      Always something good to look forward to … Nice to hear from you Ann — I always feel like the line at my booksignings is truly where the action is! Thank you for coming. xo

  47. Ann McKenna says:

    Oh my goodness!!!! I forgot to tell you something! I save my calendars each year and use them in different ways. January 2013 is now on my fridge so now I have 2 cute January pictures and wonderful little tidbits of knowledge, humor, food, etc, to read all the month through!!!

  48. Ann McKenna says:

    And, so sad about Iris. She was beautiful.

  49. Ruth Steele says:

    I loved all the comments, and smiled often. Loved your sharing Leanord’s poem, I plan to store that in my memory to pull out when a mistake is made, mine, or someone else dear to my heart, (like you, Susan) who feels very sad about it. Your blog’s always greeted with a big smile at our house, like other friends have said…I hoped, hoped, hoped that you weren’t thinking of not having time to send us delicious thoughts, culinary and otherwise…

  50. Janis (Cranberry Corner) says:

    Dear Susan,
    Have you ever heard of Wabi-Sabi? Well, me either until a few days ago. The boo-boo on the July calendar is Wabi-Sabi, the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional… (according to Leonard Koren). The first quilt I made for my mom, I made sure she knew that it wasn’t perfect. She said, “Oh, well…it’s not supposed to be perfect. That’s the beauty of it.” She always knew exactly what to say. ♥

  51. katherine says:

    Okay, I must confess that your good news bad news thing put me in a bit of a momentary tail spin. I just love your blog and you so much…I was thinking that you were going to stop blogging and I was going to be very very sad….anyways I got my July 31 printed out and glued on. Now all is well and my cousin Lisa can have her birthday! I love my Susan calendar! My 14 year old daughter, Emma, was eying it up too and I said that it was mine!! Perhaps I will order her one! I am re-reading your book, A Fine Romance….I just love it! A great read for these very cold hibernating type days we are having in PA! We are making bean soup soon, thanks for the recipe! Thanks for the wonderful tribute to Iris! Animals are a big part of our lives here on the farm…to be loved, celebrated, taken care of and mourned too! We are coming into our lambing time and there are always a few losses each year and it never seems to get much easier. My girls are always hoping for at least one bottle baby to bring inside the house…so we will see what happens this year.

  52. Sharon in South Carolina says:

    I totally agree with Janet . . . this Susan Branch Calendar will be a prized collectible and will probably be more valuable . . . kind of like US Error Notes. I am so glad I have one! I am going to print the “band-aid” July Fix and put it in a baggie for safe keeping.

  53. Di Word says:

    As my mother would have said, “That only makes it more precious!”.

  54. Linda Stone says:

    You know, I always thought July was just 1 day to long, anyway! I love it!!!

  55. Rhonda D. says:

    Printed off my “fix” for the calendar last night, took the time to make it fit well, used the right kind of tape so I can remove the fix if I want to (I keep all these calendars, so I love both versions); a big smile came across my face and I started chuckling. This is so much fun! I thought, “How many people on this planet right now are doing this, fixing a calendar we love so much?” Only us normal, lucky ones here in “The Village-on-the-Branch.” Susan, you make life so creative, so intertesting, so much fun for us. Have you ever had any thoughts on making a monthly planner, (like 8″ x 11″), similar to the calendar, but more like a day-timer? That would be awesome.

  56. Linda Phariss says:

    What a marvelous idea to place a lovely band-aid over the boo-boo. Might you consider throwing little printable “boo-boo” gifts to us to print and glue to our calendars during the year, just the heck of it? (Although the calendars are sweet just the way they are.) I have several years worth of your calendars, safely stored and valued as much as any diary. All the busy days of raising two children, their activities, their ups and downs, their cute quips, I have recorded into my sweet little squares. I treasure all that you have contributed to all of us. You are so valued and loved. You bring out the best in all of us. Thank you for doing what God intended you to do. We are all better for it. xoxoxox

  57. Nina From England says:

    O Susan! Ditto to everything the girlfriends have said so far! I hadn’t noticed myself but now I know I shall leave it be! I think we all have to do something that is special to each & everyone one of us on that day. Something small but significant! July 31st – Happy Susan’s Girlfriends day!
    I too have kept all your calendar’s I love looking through them now & then & this one will be my favourite! Wished my birthday had been July 31st! Next year can you miss off June 25th please! LOL xxxx

    So sorry to hear about Iris she was such a beauty! xx

  58. Candice OHIO says:

    Thank you Susan and Kellee for the brilliant idea of any “easy fix!” But you know that it is really just perfect the way it is, unbeknownst to you that you put your own individual Susan Branch mark on it (in more ways than one!) and it makes it XXX-Tra special!! We are all imperfect human beings no matter how much we try to be perfect. It is the good Lord’s way of showing us that we are not.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Warmest regards,
    Candice xo

  59. LynnCC says:

    Every thing I sew/create has something amiss. My wise young son told me many years ago, “It’s your signature stitch, Mama.”
    As a wise, dear friend once told me (I’m substituting the pronoun), “(We) don’t have to be perfect, (we) only have to be “good enough”. Simply by trying we are all “good enough”!” You, dearest, Susan, are good enough indeed!
    Be kind and gentle with yourself. xoxo

  60. Linda Rogers says:

    Wouldn’t life be boring if no one ever made a mistake? How on earth would we ever learn anything. My 2014 calendar is now a “collector’s” item, like those stamps with the upside-down airplane!

  61. Jane says:

    Susan, I just purposely came home today with one of your calendars for this year. What a joy! I love the fact that no one is perfect! Except God! Your artwork sends me for a brief vacation, or what I lovingly referred to as a ahhhh moment. I will celebrate 31 July as it is my granddaughter’s birthday. Have a wonderful day. I am already enjoying this fun calendar!!!! And I will leave it the way it is!! It is just right!!!

  62. Carol Tuchschmidt says:

    I just ordered my calendar the other day, and now I’m hoping it comes with a mistake! I wanna be in the Mistake-of-the-Month (of July) Club, too! I just love your ‘fix.’ And (as so many others have commented) the fact that you ‘fessed up and fixed the boo-boo just makes it **all** better. “Blind-aid” and all! XOXO, A Girlfriend in Steamboat Springs

  63. Pat says:

    Thank you for the calendar fix. However, missing a hot Phoenix day in July is not a problem. I was so glad to read in your blog that the new “Days” books are available. I have ordered two as my sister and I both “need” one. I want to remember quotes, blessings, birthdays and prayers. Please bring back the stickers for each month. The stickers are such an addition to our new days book/journal. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

  64. Carol Tuchschmidt says:

    P.S. If we don’t paste the “fix,” does it mean that we’ll be in suspended motion and won’t age…indefinitely? Or something??

  65. Joyce says:

    Oh dear! My calendar is hanging happily, on the wall beside my desk, where they hang year after year since I began buying your calenders. I had peeked ahead a bit of course, but hadn’t noticed the date deletion in July. IT is my birthday month, however I only looked at my birthday date of course, not further down. HA!
    Thank you for the little fixer upper! I’m printing it off right now.

  66. Marylou from Grass Valley says:

    Susan you are so clever to figure out a fix. I love your calendars! I get one every year! I love your art work and quotes and poems! Keep up the good work!
    Happy New Year!!

  67. Nancy says:

    I wish you had left some of these COLD days off the calendar! Thanks for the warm day in July back on it! Keep warm and well on your island.

  68. Wendy-Lou says:

    Dear Susan, This connects us all even more, it’s being human and there is nothing to forgive. When I teach my parenting I always say if you make a mistake you fix it some way and move on to more important things, unconditional LOVE. I Love you even more you are a true friend, soulmate, such a happy connector of wonderfulness ! Knowing you are in this wonderful world makes it such a beautiful place, carry on. oxoxoxoxox Wendy-Louise

  69. Sandra Gergash says:

    No worries! Sometimes making a mistake is the best thing that can happen! I worked with a new boss, and every day I made one or two mistakes. About a month later, I finally went through the work day without making any. Feeling good, I went into his office and told him he would be proud of me because I didn’t mess up. His response? ‘Well, that’s no good because you didn’t learn anything.’
    Perhaps starting next year on July 31st … the day could be commemorated with a picture of a band-aid or a boo boo bunny??
    You’re a GEM! Thanks for doing what you do!

  70. Jan from Northern CA says:

    No worries. I just printed out the little boo boo fix. It just makes that month all the more special. Geez, you’re only human Susan, and so are your staff. You all do so much wearing so many hats! All the little goodies, special book marks and tea mixtures, to say the least…..cinnamon apple crisp is my favorite, by the way….need to order more! This just makes us appreciate you all the more.
    I think the fix is very ingenious! Thanks.
    Jan from Northern CA

  71. Sandra from Michigan says:

    No worries! Sometimes making a mistake is the best thing that can happen! I worked with a new boss, and every day I made one or two mistakes. About a month later, I finally went through the work day without making any. Feeling good, I went into his office and told him he would be proud of me because I didn’t mess up. His response? ‘Well, that’s no good because you didn’t learn anything.’
    Perhaps starting next year on July 31st … the day could be commemorated with a picture of a band-aid or a boo boo bunny?? You’re a GEM! Thanks for doing what you do!

  72. Samantha says:

    Your calendars are wonderful, and I look forward to getting a new one each year. I capture all special family events – birthdays, ‘firsts’, etc. Thank you for creating a quick fix.

  73. Vicki Taylor says:

    Oh, my…I wouldn’t have even noticed! But thanks for the fix. It is still the most precious calendar ever!


  74. Dina Meador says:

    Dear Susan, thank you for the fix………….I guess since we have no July 31 birthdays, I didn’t even catch it. I’m saving this 2014 calendar because I will be going on Antiques Road Show in my wheel chair when I’m 100 as this will be very very valuable!!!!

    God Bless!

  75. Samantha says:

    Thank you for creating a ‘quick fix.’ Your calendars are wonderful, and I look forward to getting a new one each year. I record all special family events – birthdays, ‘firsts,’ moments, etc. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us – you’re a Gem!

  76. Amy Price says:

    I love that the calendar is not perfect and I have even entertained the idea of doing my own small box below the number 30. Surely I could attempt this small feat into the realm of creativity. Maybe next year you could turn some numbers around all in a game of hide and seek and fun. Susan Branch you are adorable and you continue to bring me such joy.

  77. Diana says:

    Thanks,Susan. How thoughtful of you to give us a day “off”. I am not fixing mine………………love the idea of having a day that doesn’t exist to do whatever I want.

  78. Sandy says:

    I smiled when I saw the missing date and love your way of “fixing” it. Clever. I will fix mine and the two I bought as gifts 🙂 Loved “your” dog, Iris. Her face looked just like my grand-dog’s face — both are in heaven now enjoying smiling at each other.

  79. Claudia Barnes says:


    vDear Susan, I am glad there will be a July 31, because it will be our 49th anniversary. Only one more year till 50. I enjoyed seeing you at Remnants of the Past. Also I just love the new book. I am going to read it again very slowly so it will not end too soon. Sincerely, Claudia

  80. Kathy Thompson says:

    It’s kind of like a childs Hello Kitty Band-aid….only it’s my Susan Branch band-aid. Somehow it makes me feel like we’re connected. The less than perfect things in life are the most perfect things of all!!

  81. GF Michele says:

    What a brilliant idea! My good friend (and boss) gave me this calendar for Christmas and I didn’t even notice!!! Susan, the fact that you EVEN had a fix, is so great. Thank you for not forgetting July 6th, my birthday 🙂 HA

  82. Robyn Genau says:

    I am leaving my calendar just as it came!

  83. Judy Tracy says:

    It was taking me 4 hours to add in all our family and friends birthday and anniversaries when I came upon the missing day. I doublechecked last year’s calendar to make sure I wasn’t having a senior moment. You are so thoughtful to give us a “fix”. I had to make stickers once for a needlepoint chart I published but caught it before it went to market but still had to paste them on 1000 sheets.
    Thanks for helping us with such a good solution. Printed up easily.
    Amen to the rest of the loving responses. They fit right in with what we all think about you. Hope you warm up a little.
    Best Regards, Judy Tracy in Newport Beach

  84. Elaine says:

    Susan, Thanks for the calendar fix, and for making every day a little brighter! Is there any chance you might be designing Christmas cards in the near future? Your artwork is so beautiful and you always seem to know just what to say to make every season especially meaningful. I sent cards designed by you with a stocking on the front years ago, and it is still my all-time favorite. It would be wonderful if that were a possibility. Hope you would at least consider it…Thanks again. Have a beautiful winter! Love, E

  85. Jill Zentner says:

    Dear Susan,
    Just finished “A Fine Romance”a truly wonderful read. I left England 50 years ago. For the first time I was homesick,reading your “diary”,looking at all the photos and illustrations,my words cannot do the book justice.
    Thank you so much,i have a smile that won’t go away.

  86. Elizabeth says:

    Susan, thank you for The Fix!
    It printed out beautifully and looks perfect on the calendar.
    And the plaids and dashes even matched up!

  87. Star from Cypress, CA says:

    Susan did you know that on last years calender, November the 4th had no number on it? I just drew it like your style and colored it. Just in case no one told you last year.

    • sbranch says:

      I did know that, but that one wasn’t us because that 4 was there on the original art we turned in. So that’s just the gremlins at work as far as we can tell!

  88. Susan W says:

    Everyone says mistakes give you strength and character. Isn’t it grand your missing date wasn’t in the middle of the week in the middle of a month? Just in the nicest little corner -so easy to fix! I must find a printer that works around here. Mine is on the fritz. Going to make tea, pancakes with blueberry sauce. It’s very icy here so there’s no going out until the roads are better. Freezing drizzle last night. Hope we don’t lose electric

  89. Eileen Jones says:

    Dear Susan,

    Thank you for being you! Thank you for the fix! Thank you for your staff! Please keep on doing what you do and how you do it. From Ray Kroc, “As long as we’re green (learning & making mistakes), we’re growing. As soon as we’re ripe (perfect), we begin to rot.” So, keep on being green and keep on keeping on! 🙂

    With sincere thanks from Girard, IL on a beautiful, sunny, crisp, ‘hang-your-sheets-out-on-the-line’ January day,

    Eileen Jones

    *Time permitting and if advantageous, please consider producing the stickers as mentioned in the previous correspondence above.

  90. Cheryl says:

    Susan, I know how this can happen . . . I used to work on a magazine and even with all the reviews we went through . . . when the magazine would arrive we would always find mistakes . . . it just happens . . . gremlins !!

    what I can’t believe is that I didn’t notice it . . . and that is my birthday !! . . . LOL . . . maybe Harry Potter would have noticed . . . it’s his too . . .

    thanks for a terrific fix . . . it works perfectly !! . . .

  91. Cynthia Rowell says:

    Thanks for the “Fix” for July, but my husband pointed out to me if there was no ‘Thursday’ that week I had the perfect excuse not to go to work – I could just tell my boss I’d be back on Friday when I left on Wednesday. Unfortunately I’d already applied the Band-Aid!

  92. Vicki says:

    I’m a little late to the party here…got my calendar for Christmas and didn’t notice the boo boo ’til you mentioned it. Downloading genius FIX band-aid now. Whew. Thank you! I do appreciate it, because 7-31 is my dear Mother’s birthday…and even though she is no longer with us (God rest her soul), it would be a terrible shame to miss it! xo

  93. Susan Shipe says:

    Is the August calendar page affected by this?

  94. Darlene says:

    I love it! Thank you for the quick fix!

  95. Jo-Jo Murphy says:

    “There are no mistakes, only changes in design.”
    I saw your post on Facebook less than an hour after talking with a dear friend about releasing perfectionism. Thank you, Susan, for being a role model on accepting foibles with grace, a sense of humor, and honesty. I was thrilled to see a beautiful patch for our calendars; nice change in design!

    • sbranch says:

      Perfect timing (if nothing else!) Sometimes there’s just no way around it . . . like the alarming sight of a missing day on a calendar!

  96. Christy Etter says:

    Fix affixed! Thanks, Susan. And no worries. I think it just adds to the charm and besides that, it adds to the humanity. We know that it was hand made by you with love, all the better with the mistake. It adds to the authenticity. 😉

  97. Judy Tracy says:

    Thanks for the fix:>) It is a good reminder that we don’t have to be perfect 1000%. As ever, Judy Tracy

  98. Gwen Barath says:

    Thank you for the calendar fix. I just pasted it on and it fit perfectly!

  99. Cheryl from Redmond, WA says:

    I always seem to add a ‘humble square’ to my quilts (not always by choice) but they happen to show up! Just finished a ‘Quilt of Valor’ for a wounded warrior and, after sewing it all together, I notice 2 different background fabrics on one square. My great-grandmother always left those in her quilts, stating that it’s proof that only God is perfect. So . . . . I never fix it.

    • sbranch says:

      Love that Cheryl. I’m sure it will be a topic of conversation in a hundred years, wondering, hmmmmm, look at that one square.

  100. Deb says:

    I just cracked up over the calendar’s missing date… after wondering if I was imagining it… repeating the “30 days hath November…” rhyme to myself a few times… Thanks for the ‘fix’ but many more thanks for the SMILES it brought..!

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