West Tisbury: Windy weather and mice


Updated: Jan. 31, 2:52 pm

The wind blew and blew last week and through the weekend. It wasn’t that cold, but there was no interest in a beach walk at our house. No one wanted to be scoured by sand blowing in our faces.

That left the dogs restless, looking for some amusement. Nelson, too. I was watering plants in our sunroom when some movement caught my eye. It was a little brown mouse that Nelson had brought inside. The mouse had gotten away from him and was now hidden behind a large flowerpot on the floor, with a determined cat running back and forth looking for a way to get at his prey. I picked Nelson up and put him in the hallway, shut the door, and tried to get the mouse safely outside, edging him closer and closer to the open door with a broom. I thought he made it (he was under a bench beside the open door, which I left open while I was bringing in firewood), so was surprised when I saw him scoot across the living room several hours later. What would have made him go back into the house instead of out the door? He was right there.

By now, the cat was outside looking for other adventures, and the mouse had disappeared. When Mike came home, we moved furniture and looked everywhere. No mouse. Sadly, Mike found him dead in the cellar a few days later. I appreciate the idea that our cat keeps our house mouse-free, but wish he wouldn’t bring them inside to do it.

Of course, Talley and Nanuk slept through everything.

It looks like the marching and political interest of the previous weekend has translated into tangible action. There are two meetings this week to introduce West Tisbury residents to our town and state government, with ways to get involved. The first, “What Makes West Tisbury Tick?” will meet at the West Tisbury library Saturday morning, Feb. 4, 10 am to noon. Town officials will be there to talk about how to run for office, join or work with a town committee, or get a warrant article to the town meeting floor. The event is co-sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard League of Women Voters.

On Sunday, Feb. 5, our new State Senator Julian Cyr and State Representative Dylan Fernandes will be at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center for “A Community Conversation on Policy” from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. This will be their first time appearing together on the Vineyard since the election. They want to hear our questions and concerns. A Portuguese translator will be on hand. This meeting is being hosted by We Stand Together, a Vineyard community organizing group focused on civic engagement and supporting democracy.

Other library events include: Friday games for teens and tweens from 3 to 5 pm; a Saturday afternoon seed swap and germination testing meeting of the Martha’s Vineyard Community Seed Library at 1 pm, and an artists’ reception for the opening of a Monoprints Art Exhibition at 4 pm; Chess Club for Kids with Doug Brush and Ken Vincent meets Sunday at 1:30 pm; Monday at 11 am, Kanta Lipsky will give a hand massage workshop, part of the “Explorations in Healthy Living” series, with soup, bread, and conversation to follow; and last, Curious George will visit our library on Thursday, Feb. 9, for story time at 10:30 am.

If you are a knitter or crocheter looking for a project, Jan Paul of the Heath Hen has a suggestion. Our local Red Stocking was short of hats and mittens this past December, and Jan has found a second charity needing help, the Amigo Afghan Project. Buy a skein of yarn at the Heath Hen, make and deliver either a hat or pair of mittens for Red Stocking, or 10 knitted 5-inch squares for an afghan, and you get 10 percent off your next purchase through the month of February.

The February meeting of the Neighborhood Convention will be held at the West Tisbury Church on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 11 am. The Rev. Cathlin Baker will be the speaker. Her topic is “The Journey — Reflections on Faith and My Sabbatical Journey.” Bring your lunch and stay for conversation afterward. All are welcome.

I just got a phone call that Tori Gadowski, daughter of John and Jennie, has died. Her family is planning a celebration of her life for this Saturday, February 4, 11 am, at the Public Safety Building. It will be a West Tisbury potluck, appropriate for a born and raised West Tisbury girl, so please bring your best dish to share and your best hugs and friendship for Jennie and John, and Tori’s two daughters, Jada and Janelle. My condolences to you all.

I want to thank everyone who sent me letters, emails, or called on the phone after reading my article about depression in last week’s Martha’s Vineyard Times. I knew my friends would be supportive, but I was deeply touched by the number of people I have never met who reached out to me.

There were a couple of things I forgot to mention, and I’ve included them in a letter to the editor in this week’s paper.