Today is Thursday, January 2, 2014. 2014. It’s going to take me a while to adjust to writing that, since 2013 just started flowing from my pen.

From my perspective, it’s been a relatively peaceful transition between the years. Friends and family have visited, lights have been twinkling in the summer neighbor’s homes and candlelit strolls have been taken through the woods to celebrate the coming of another year.

Sophie, Susan, and Jason Balaban were at their Wayside Farm home visiting from their other life in New Jersey. They decked the halls with a gingerbread house creation, wandered woodland paths and caught up with friends.

The Powell/Miller homestead at Quansoo sat quiet over the holidays as the gang ventured to see family in Arkansas. Adam, Peter, and William all caught a much-needed dose of Powell family goodness.

My mom, Diana Lees, travelled from her home in Waltham to bring hugs to her grandchildren. She hasn’t been to visit in a few months, so she managed to grab a hug from her honorary grandchild, Bella Thorpe.

The Keene clan embarked on their usual Christmas adventure to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to catch up with the Noyes grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. John, Hillary, Adelaide, Thea, Ella, and Lathrop were missed at the town Christmas party but, as always the Colorado family was thrilled to have their company. They even managed to catch up with our summer friends Grady, Allie, Quinn, Lori, and Craig Keefe since they call Steamboat their winter home.

Congratulations to Prudence Fisher on the birth of her daughter Brooke Elizabeth Peters. Prudence has cared for many of our children over the years. I am sure little Brooke will be well loved and will certainly be comfortable around horses. I am sure we will see her giving winter sleigh rides with her grandfather Freddie in no time flat.

Can’t decide what to have for dinner? Pick up the phone or stop by Menemsha Fish Market. Stanley and Lanette Larsen are celebrating their 10th year of having winter hours. This past weekend, wild salmon was the special at $16 per pound. They always have a special of the day, so give a call to see if it tickles your taste buds or just call ahead for a cooked lobster or two 508-645-2282.

It’s about time to plug the Chilmark School PTO/Outing Program winter fundraiser. The annual event will take place in just about a month’s time. February 8 is the date you need to mark on your calendar. Rock away those winter blues with Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish. The hours are 7 to 11 pm, and the site is the Community Center. There will be a silent auction, live auction, dessert bar, kick-up-your-heels dancing, and so much more. Tickets are $15 and available online at, at the school, at Menemsha Texaco and through all school parents. The PTO is once again looking for auction items, big or small, give me a shout if you’d like to contribute. And, a big thanks to those who have done so in the past.

I will you all happiness, joy and peace in this new year. I look forward to catching up and swapping stories with you in the year to come.

Oh! How could I almost forget! A very happy sixth birthday to Miss Emily Boyd, my most favorite New Year’s baby. And a very happy New Year’s birthday to Sarah Andresen and Jenny Christy. A birthday tune should be sung for Sam Eddy, Steve MacQuiggin, Chris Fischer, Cody Coutinho, Alec Gale, Mathea Morais, and Rebekah Thomson.