In the Good Old Summertime

Another beautiful day in Paradise and lots to share in celebration of the good old Summertime!  And a drawing-winner too! Plus MUSICA

From the land of swaying flowers and fat bumblebees . . .

I bring you the glory of summer . . . starting with ripe tomatoes . . .

This was our first taste, one of our favorite days of every summer, the ripening, the picking, and the eating of the first tomato . . . we shared it, very simple, sourdough toast, mayonnaise, sweet, vine-ripened, still-warm-from-the-garden tomato, salt & pepper … heavenly! Summer joy.

Now this is the part of summer I could really live without. We get humidity sometimes (that’s not rain out there), and it’s so heavy and thick, you actually have to chew it before you can breathe it.

This is how I feel on those days. Hideously inelegant.

So, I turn on the air conditioner, and read in my chair with Jack, my kitty, next to me, while the sun flitters over me, and count my many blessings.

Because soon . . . these summer days will just be a memory . . . even on our walk, the leaves are starting to show the strain of having to hang around for much longer . . . 🍂

So we are intent on getting everything out of these summer days possible. This is my great-niece Maggie who came to visit … she’s nine ~ she would say hello, but she’s busy. We loved enjoying a little bit of summer through her eyes!

And my here’s grand-nephew Wyler… he’s 7 . . .

This is Eliza, who just turned 13 … Look how brave they are… jumping off this bridge is a right of passage in a Vineyard summer.  I don’t think I would do it, but they all did! Their parents too!

There goes Eliza!

Family came to visit! From New Hampshire, my niece Jess, her husband Cory, and their two girls …  and from Durango, Colorado, my nephew Ben, and his wife Paige, and their two boys.💞

And so it was . . . we did all the Vineyard things . . . like clamming … this is Paige, married to my nephew Ben, with their youngest son, Beckett, who’s four ~ he’s got clams!

This is Ben, Ben is Paige’s husband, my nephew, and Jess’s brother …😘

Ben and Jess are the children of my brother, Jim. This picture of Jim and Ben has hung on my wall for years, I LOVE it. Colorado, with snow on the high mountains and wild flowers under their feet, and two good boys. Have I confused you enough name-wise? Well, there will not be a test, ignore everything . . .

That’s Jim, next to me (with rollers in my hair) … back row on right… closest to me in age, he was my partner in crime crowing up … 💖

So, it was wonderful to have his children here . . . this is Jessica, Jim’s daughter, Ben’s sister, my niece, and the mother of these two . . . .❤️

. . .Eliza and Maggie, who’s father, Cory, you’ll meet in a moment.

There he is, in the back row, in pink with the hat on! Here they all are. Lovely people! So much fun!

They brought home lots of clams and Uncle Joe showed the boys how to shuck them. Fascinating!

Then Joe taught them how to make stuffed clams (kind of lost the boys here, but definitely not the rest of us!).

I showed them how to make my Dad’s famous garlic bread (their great-grandfather, hard to believe!). Almost ready for the broiler! (P.66 the new Heart of the Home!)

Of course we had the Island food of choice . . .

Bowls full of steaming lobsters . . . Paige demonstrates, while her son,

Brave Beckett, touches lobster (of course, already cooked).

And me and Jess, we’re just happy!

We ate outside every night. Paper plates, candles, and twinkle lights! Corn on the cob rolled in the butter stick, watermelon chunks, hot bread, crispy potato pancakes, fresh swordfish and juicy pink steak. We had it all!

If you’re happy and you know it, say “Rawr,” and show us your watermelon!

My backyard never looks like this. Ever ever.

But I liked it. They told me this was a “rocket ship to the moon!” Looks pretty good! Excellent imagination and creativity! They got an A!

Inside was a human sacrifice. Somebody had to do it. We’re talking science here, the furtherment of mankind. Three cheers for Beckett!

And here? The proud sisters of Mission Control, Eliza and Maggie.

The first morning, while everyone was still asleep, I peeked out my upstairs bedroom window like I always do to see what the weather is like, and was shocked! Where was I? What’s all that stuff on the lawn? Blink-blink. This can’t be my house!

I went downstairs to find the victim taking his revenge on the girls of Mission Control …

Off we go on an Island tour in the Fine Romance Van! Turn up the MUSICA! Because

We drove all over, had lunch with a fabulous view at the Aquinnah Shop above the Gay Head Cliffs. (That man over there, standing, wearing the hat, really liked us!)

And I can see why . . . Ahhh, family!

Here comes the french fry thief …

This is where we were eating. Very good view from the roof for the french fry thieves. See the three jars down there,  on the left on the railing?

Sun tea. My kind of restaurant.

Here we are in Menemsha (where Jaws was filmed) … walking the jetty, looking at the boats …

Joe got us a plate of ice-cold oysters to share . . . (Jess and Cory again, who run five miles a day or so, even in the humidity!).

Delicious! Icy, shivery, like liquid silver! (If you’ve never had them, don’t worry, they taste MUCH better than they look!)

Here we are, Paige, Joe, Cory, Ben, Beckett, and me … al fresco eating at it’s very best!

While Maggie and Eliza looked for buried treasure . . .

. . .and found it, tiny little shells and beach glass, the best sort of Island souvenirs. (Love the color on Eliza’s nails!)

One day we were looking for these two…found them leaning against the washer and dryer in the pantry. Why? We don’t know . . . Wyler’s T-shirt says “Shark Proof.”

Little pile of sweetness ~ Cousins! Maggie, on the right, is going to be a writer. She was telling me about the Warrior book series she’s been reading (by Erin Hunter) … all the characters are kitties in clans (such as Riverclan or Thunderclan), with names like Tigerstar and Squirrelflight.  She was SO excited and animated telling me about these stories, now I want to read them!

We so enjoyed every moment with them . . . and then as quickly as they came, it was over, poof! and off they went …  but the memories, along with summer, stayed …

So we went looking for some more

Freshest air in the world, salty, windy, lovely sound of the waves . . .

We went to visit Joe’s niece Jennifer and her husband Mark … they live in New York, but they’ve rented this “camp” by the water every summer for years. We had gazpacho (con tomatoes!), salad, and quiche! When I see Jen, I think of this quote . . . ❤️

You get to their house by a very (very!) long dirt road through the woods and scrub oak . . .

The house is unfinished inside, has no insulation, it’s the opposite of fancy, but really comfortable, perfect for reading and dreaming . . .  this is the view from the kitchen window . . . there’s nothing out there but the wind . . . I could barely keep my eyes open!

It was a perfect day for a walk on South Beach ~ that’s Mark and me and Jen, Joe has the camera.

Looking back from the beach to the house …

Can you picture yourself here? Deep breath of ocean air, feeling drowsy? . . . ommmm . . . .

Sometimes people ask me what to do when they come to Martha’s Vineyard, and honestly, this is more or less it. You listen to the screen door slam. It’s the opposite of what to do, it’s more like how to be!

And so, you know Girlfriends, it’s time . . . you have been so patient . . . but Vanna has arrived in all her glory . . . and it’s time to give away the luv-lee journal of Beatrix Potter.

And my story of finding her in the English Countryside, at the end of a very long path I began to walk when I was around 22.

Don’t forget, you lucky winner, about the secret that’s hiding in the back of the Beatrix book!  SO, who shall it be darling Vanna? I want you to know, Vanna’s toenails are polished gold, they’re shiny, like earrings, and she is now perched, toes curled and clutching the edge, on top of my art table. Now she’s up, graceful as a swan, and over, and INTO the vat she dives, with all your names, swirling down and down and down . . . scissor-kicking her way to the bottom, a whirlwind of papers, flying around and through the air now . . . and . . . here . . . she . . . comes . . . clutching one fluttery piece of paper, and now, handing it to me . . . the winner of our luv-lee little giveaway, chosen especially by Vanna from over 2,000 entries from all of you darling kindred spirits, is YOU, dear KERRIE FOLEY, (but only if you promise not to DIE if you win, like you said you would do in your comment!). Because you just did win!

CONGRATULATIONS, KERRIE! I’ll email you; you can reply with your address ~ I’ll sign both of your books and pop them into the mail for you.💞

AND, now it’s almost time for me to go write a new WILLARD, because by the time I’ve written it, and you receive it,  it will almost be September, we will be feeling it (eeek with joy), and I have new news to share.  Make sure you and the ones you love are signed up for this little bit of “All Good News” celebrating the change of season, that starts off a little like this (in case you’ve never seen it):And, oh my goodness! Just as I was about to sign off . . . UPS pulled up outside my window, be still my beating heart … I grabbed my camera . . .

. . .  and ran to the kitchen door, because I feel like I’ve been waiting forever, and now, Hooray! It’s my turn! So many of you have been writing on Twitter and Facebook to tell me you got your cups! And I’ve been whining and moaning because mine hadn’t come yet!!! But just as I was finishing this post, here they are! (Yes, three boxes, I told you I was doing my Christmas shopping!)  Sorry, I was too excited to hold the camera still . . . and then I took a big time-out for the grand opening of the cups …

Ta-daaa! First box I opened turned out to be the Bluebird of Happiness. How appropriate! I love it! 

(‘Course the moment I grabbed the camera and began to run to the door, my shadow was right behind me!) What is it, what is it? A cup? Are you kidding? All this for a cup? 🙀

And then, more appropriate timing . . . the next one out was the Martha’s Vineyard cup!  Then the Santa cup, and then the darling new smaller size, Autumn. Which means, I am SET! 💙What a nice note to end on! Blessings to you all…. I hope you are loving these last lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer, these ARE the good old days!  Thank you for all your sweet comments, Girlfriends. More fun for us to come soon. And now . . . I’m going to make a cup of tea! XOXOX

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434 Responses to In the Good Old Summertime

  1. Robin in New Jersey says:

    Beautiful post. Beautiful family. Visiting Martha’s Vineyard is on my bucket list!

  2. Izzy says:

    Gorgeous time and place. We spent a few summers on Nantucket and if it was anything like your Vineyard Island we actually had a dehumidifier in the basement to keep the wet dew away… I love your illustrations .

  3. Diane M. Ely says:

    Today, my mugs arrived. They are so great, Two Isle of Dreams, one for my friend who will visit Martha’s Vineyard with us in two weeks, and an Autumn cup and a Bluebird! Thank you for your wonderful creativity!
    Just so happy,
    All the best to you! cannot wait to see what you will come up with next, tea plate?

  4. Tina Mandeville says:

    Oh how I LOVE very bit of this post, Susan! Sheer summer nirvana!!!

  5. Hi Susan! We just got back from vacation – we went to Atlantic City and spent 4 glorious days at the beach and walking the boardwalk! We had a wonderful time, and I was feeling a bit sad getting home, when I saw your blog post! How awesome it was to read all about your summer and your sweet family, and Joe’s, too! I LOVED the photo of you and Joe in the candlelight and how you said the memories stay!!! YAY for memories!!! And great big congrats to Kerrie!!!! Oh, and I got my set of cups in the mail, too. They are WONDERFUL!!!! Thanks!!!

  6. Cecelia says:

    Oh, Susan, I got my cups today!! One for me and one for my friend who had two families of bluebirds in her garden this year. The cups are so lovely-the china is so thin and delicate and the design is precious. I can’t decide if she needs hers now or if I have to wait for Christmas. Thank you for your love of all things wonderful.

    • sbranch says:

      I am having the same problem. Going to dinner at a friend’s house tonight. Do I take her a cup now (NOW NOW) or wait until Christmas? I want to do it NOW, and for all we know, we won’t be here at Christmas! So I think NOW is going to win the day! xoxo So happy you like it Cecelia, thank you!

  7. LINDA S> LORENZ says:

    Hi! Eye surgery was a piece of cake!! Of course I was asleep during it so that helped ALOT! Dr was very excited that my retina was not detached, and he got out as much of the blood as he could, it will take time he says for my eye to heal, and hopefully I will be able to see something! Got your book about your childhood and found that we have a lot in common, my Mom was 17 when she married my 9 years older dad, and was 18 when she had me! Mom is now 84, and I am 65, my middle sis is 62 and my baby sis is 58. Dad sadly passed away in 2013. Loved your family pictures, you have a great family! So I read your book with one eye, in 2 days, and loved it all!
    Our family grew up in the Bronx NY, playing in our yard with our two boy cousins who lived with my Aunt and Uncle in our two family house with a huge porch painted green. Your thoughts about the 50s and 60s brought back alot of happy memories! THANKS! And that you actually met THE BEATLES!!!! SO COOL!
    One of my idols was BEVERLY SILLS the opera star, and I got to meet her on a plane trip my friend and I were taking to Mexico, I was so in awe of her I could not say a word and she still gave me her autograph! My other idol happened to be Elizabeth Montgomery, and though I never met her, I have a lot of ELIZABETHS in my life, I was born in ST ELIZABETHS hospital in Manhattan NY, my moms middle name is Elizabeth (first name Helen) and I have a cubic z heart necklace
    replica of the necklace that she wore on Bewitched, and a hand written letter from Erin Murphy who played Tabitha! I had written to her when Elizabeth Montgomery passed away. WHEW! I have gone on! Time for more eye drops! So till next time, hugs and love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Xoxo

  8. LINDA S> LORENZ says:

    Almost forgot, my Mom and Elizabeth Montgomery were born the same year 1933,
    Liz on April 15th my Mom on August 26! (Happy birthday MOM!)

  9. Daniela Medina says:

    Hi dear Susan, i am wondering if you ever drew or painted a compass?if you did, i love to see it. i hope my traduction its ok .:)Thank you.

  10. What a lovely summery post. I loved seeing the photos of all the fun times your family has had with you on the Island! Family times are the best of times. I adore Tomato sandwiches. Always have, always will, especially on homemade bread with some salt, black pepper and miracle whip. I get this love from my mother, who at the age of 85 still has one every day for her lunch. This love affair of hers and mine has been going on for years and years. I don’t think we will ever change! enjoy the rest of your summer. It is already on the wane here, although in truth I don’t think it has ever truly arrived where I live up in Chester. Am sorely tempted to put the heat on this morning, but I won’t! I live in hope! xoxo

    • sbranch says:

      I read that Rachel, my English girlfriend, was tempted to do the same thing! We have rain this morning, but not chill … I’ll take this over the heat and humidity! You have just made me SOOOOO hungry! It should be light in about an hour … I’ll go to the garden and see what has turned red!

  11. Jean Shaffer says:

    Loved this post! Hearing how you spend your summer days with family-so normal(?). Would love to someday visit Martha’s Vinyard and explore many of the sights you have shown. Enjoy the remaining summer as we await the coming glorious fall!!!

  12. Rosanne Murphy (Oregon) says:

    Here in Salem, Oregon we are in the direct path of the solar eclipse coming Aug 21. We will view it from our backyard, but I am not looking forward to the masses that are predicted to descend on Oregon. Just got an email from our seafood market saying to buy early as they are worried the roads will be gridlocked and their suppliers will be delayed. I guess we will stock up a little on food (and wine!) as for a storm, hunker down at home, and wait for the human hysteria to pass! I kept hoping it was just the media blowing it out of proportion, but apparently the hotels and camp sites all over the state have been booked for months and the National Guard is ready. It feels like an invasion is headed our way!

    • sbranch says:

      Eeeek. I think I know how you feel! Yes, good time to hunker down… you’ve got it all in your own back yard!

  13. Naomi Jones says:

    I simply love how to you use the old fashioned and the new fangled to share your heart. I feel like we are kin because you have shared yourself so much. I am reading Jan Karon’s novels (starting with At Home in Mitford). Have you read them? I think you’d love them. They are charming. After I am done with them, it’s time to start your trilogy over again!

    • sbranch says:

      It’s been a long time, but I did read them! Yes, the new is wonderful, but not so wonderful I’d want to give up the old! Gotta have both!

  14. Mary Shearer says:

    I got my Autumn and bluebird mugs today!! Yay! They are sooooo beautiful!! The bluebird is for myself and the Autumn is for a friend. Love from Mary S. in Fresno, CA

  15. Denise says:

    Ahhhhh Colorado! great photo 😉 My friend Janeen + I were the ones that had Joe sign our special cookbooks while in line at the Tattered Cover last year…. hehehe ….. no humidity here!!!

  16. Judy Matthew says:

    Very entertaining description of the visit by your family members. They are fortunate to be able to visit you and your delightful home on Martha’s Vineyard. Wish I had taken my two sons when they were young to the east coast to experience that different life style.

  17. sharon taylor says:

    Hi there Susan, I’m am so impressed that you read and answer peoples emails. I’m wondering as I’ve noticed not everyone gets an answer, how you decide whom to answer and those you read but have no comment. I think as much as your loved and everyone loves reading your blogs because you lift up our lives and dreams and everyone wants to feel as if they are your only girlfriend, I was sad because I didn’t get a response when I wrote about the roses in your garden. Phew got that off my chest. Now looking forward to Willard. And yes here we are into the middle of August, sliding into fall. Loved your family visit story.

    • sbranch says:

      I’m so sorry Sharon, I hope no one ever takes that personally! Because, I don’t really decide. I want to answer them all, but in the back of my mind I know I need to finish the Willard (or get to the market, it’s always something) so I have to force myself to go past a few, until I can’t stand it any longer. So, it’s very willy-nilly. Sometimes I’ll wake up to find 300 comments waiting and it’s just not possible to answer every one, since I really do have to work. Thank you for understanding. I do read and love them all.

  18. Beth from Iowa says:

    Good Morning Susan,

    I checked the photos carefully and did not see the kitchen sink out on the lawn they must have missed that while building Mission Control!! We love seeing all of the kids in our families – but they can be exhausting. Kudos to all the Girlfriends who are moms I don’t know how they do it!!

    My mugs arrived and they are absolutely the BOMB!!!! My husband carefully tinged the side and they have a lovely ring – the true sign of good china! They arrived while we were on vacation so fortunately no delivery people were tackled in said delivery.😜 I also hope cardinals could be included in new designs – you know we will keep buying them.💖

    Have a great rest of the summer – it’s cooling off in Iowa – the state fair is going to have a record turn out this year!!!

  19. Deborah in Odessa says:

    I love my mugs! Got the Bluebird of Happiness and Autumn. So beautiful.I then ordered another Bluebird for my darling Ava, because she loves your things too. She is 9. Keep on Keeping On!! you are doing great.

    • Chris Wells Knickerbocker, W Tx says:

      Deborah, glad you have survived all the storms you have had your way! We have had wind, thunder, lightning…..little rain!!🙃 And of course it is hot!
      Aren’t the cups wonderful?

      • Deborah in Odessa says:

        Hi, Chris. thank you ,yes survived and yes it is hot. I love the cups. I hope all is well with you. I actually think of you often.

  20. Kathy Thurman says:

    Martha’s Vineyard is on my bucket list. One of these days…… ⛴

  21. Yvonne Bumanglag says:

    Aah! Summer you love and hate butbthats life 😉 . Love the post smiling as always afterward.

  22. Helen Farrell says:

    Love seeing you and Joe enjoying fAMILY TIME. Have a wonderful rest of August.

  23. JudyH says:

    What a wonderful post. I see the smiles and love and I’m reminded of the summer visits of my upstate NY cousins. Between the 4 of them and 7 of us we had so much fun! Memories! Oh sometimes we got in trouble! Two of them are now here in Florida and when my sister and I get together with them it is like reliving those days. Oh how we laugh and talk about our fun times.

  24. Paula says:

    What a wonderful family visit you had!! I miss family get togethers, everyone seems to busy ??! Yes Yes to tomato sandwiches Yummy !!!
    Silly me I would not think you would have humidity where you live ?!
    Lovely picture of you and your Joe sitting in the outdoor evening.
    p.s. I hope to find some Sea glass on my visit coming soon !!

    • sbranch says:

      We didn’t used to have humidity, didn’t have an air conditioner for years and years, no one’s cars had air conditioning either… until maybe 4 years ago, we gave in and put in window air conditioners because we were melting. Walk the beaches and don’t give up, you’ll find sea glass!

  25. Mary in St. Louis says:

    Everything in this post is beautiful, and so exciting ! I love all things summer. Spent a week in Florida with kids and grands, and just love being on any beach ? I could just sit and watch the ocean all day , but I love playing with the kids in the water, and collecting shells . Glad you are also having a great time this summer. Thank you for sharing with all of us . xoxo

  26. Marilyn says:

    Love your site ! It was nice to meet your family . Wishing the summer days lasted longer. Love you all n God Bless

  27. Annette says:

    Received my bluebird mug. What a joy! I’m so grateful to be a part of the Susan Branch Nation.

  28. I don’t know why, but for the first time ever your blog went into my spam folder! Argh!
    I was going to write anyway, because I love the flip flops walking across the days of August!!!
    Lovely to meet your family. If you live in a charming place they will come. I am finding that out! Our family however spends more time driving here than visiting. Crazy!
    And thanks for the garlic bread recipe, although I do have the cookbook. 😉
    Certain Maple trees around here are showing signs of change. I LOVE Autumn, but we really haven’t had enough Summer with all the rain. Tomatos need sun!

    • Margot in Sister Bay says:

      And it is pouring some more. Woke me up at 0300. It will be a long day.

      • sbranch says:

        We had the biggest knock-down thunder and lightening and pouring rain night before last. TV, phone and computers were out for 12 hours! Island living. But today, it’s gorgeous, cool, and our garden is green and SOOOOO happy!

    • sbranch says:

      It works the other way too, I love it when people I care about move to wonderful places!!! Begin plotting right away! Yes, it’s on the way. We have a cool, clean morning so far today. xoxo

  29. Kathie says:

    Dear Susan,

    I LOVE this Willard! I’ve been collecting your cookbooks, books, calendars and stickers for years, but haven’t seen Willard before — until now — thanks to your Facebook page!

    You have a beautiful, fun, adventurous family — which is great! Being from New Hampshire, I love to go to “The Vineyard” as often as possible. It’s a magical place.

    I look forward to more Willards!!!

    Thank you!


  30. Barbara (from Virginia) says:

    Oh, Susan, I painted my bathroom “Woodlawn Blue” today, and LOVE it! Such a wonderful color, that looks great with bright white towels and brushed nickel fixtures. Thank you for passing on the idea. Yes, Summer is almost over because our daughter left for college today, her Senior year. Where, oh, where has time flown! I would have had an anxiety attack with all those people in my home, I’m such a ning-nong about everything in it’s place, so glad you aren’t. Love the changes of the seasons, and Fall is one of the best! Happy Solar Eclipse!

    • sbranch says:

      I love that color…have not tired of it and would do it again! I bet it’s gorgeous in your bathroom! Working at home, being under a deadline, taught me to give up the idea of “everything in it’s place.” But the minute I’m done, I’m a hurricane to get re-organized! xoxo

  31. antonia says:

    I believe I would like to vacation there looks like my childhood

  32. Dorothy Stapleton says:

    I visited a west coast island this summer–Vancouver Island in British Columbia! Have you been there? The tea at the Empress Hotel in the beautiful town of Victoria is a once in a lifetime experience–but I’ve gone twice and I’d go again in a heartbeat 🙂 Absolutely the ultimate!!!!

    • sbranch says:

      I’ve heard about it for years, but we haven’t made it yet. It’s on the list! The never-ending, always-growing list! xoxo

  33. Rachael Beadle says:

    I read your blog and it makes me relax! Take a deep breathe and slow down!! Thank you!!

  34. Donna C says:

    This was such a ‘summery’ post….has everything that a perfect summer should have in it. Enjoy the rest of it and then onto my favorite, autumn. 🙂

  35. Nancy in California says:

    Here’s another fun story from the islands! Susan, did you know about the recently discovered Northern Long-eared Bats on the islands of dreams? And the fact that lovely old houses like yours give them important roosting spots? Squeak on over to the link below and check out your neighbors! So cute!!

  36. rhea says:

    Good morning!!
    So this is what humidity feels like. I thought everybody was exaggerating a little bit when they would talk about it and think, “whats the big deal.” I’m dying!! My hair!!! I look like I stuck my finger in an electrical socket. Took 3 showers yesterday……….The windows are dripping wet and I don’t even know if I need to water the flower beds or not because its so hot and moist out but I’m pretty sure my flowers are screaming at me. Ive never been happier to sit in front of my AC unit until I’m freezing. The only problem with that is when you get up to do something it feels like you have to chew the air to get from point A to point B! The good news is that I haven’t run back to California yet and I love having weather! I thought of you this morning while walking my dog. That feeling is definitely in the air even with the humidity. Seems early to me but I swear the sun is going down earlier and there are splashes of color on the maples. Maybe its because school starts earlier now, not after Labor day, but Im feeling the need to pull out our Fall cookbook! I love Fall. Had to say HI and pet Jack for me 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      Ha ha ha. Poor thing! It’s terrible. I just don’t go anywhere except at night. Isn’t it gorgeous tonight? So nice out. It’s supposed to break tomorrow, but I’ll believe it when I see it! Definitely sun is going down earlier, and when I go to take Joe his tea in the morning, it’s still dark! Have fun Rhea!

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