We are Mark and Judy Handley. We have been writing about our experiences on this website for almost eleven years now. For six of those years, we were sailing around the world on our 42-foot sailboat, Windbird. During those six years and the five years since our circumnavigation, we have posted a log almost daily. We lived aboard all of those years and loved every minute. But we have now sold Windbird and are living in a harbourside apartment in the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. The website title has been tweaked just a bit to reflect our new status, “The Voyage of Windbird . . . and Beyond.” We decided not to change things totally because we want to leave the three and a half thousand daily logs and all of the accompanying photos on the website for anyone who might be interested. But for those who would like to continue to follow the current “Voyage of Windbird”, her new owners have a website that will chronicle the adventures. We are proud to introduce you to Sam and Dawn Weigel whose blog “Weigels on the Water” can be found at: http://wotwater.blogspot.com/

NOTE: Due to Google upgrading Picasa to Google Photos, many of our old photos are now broken.  We are actively working on fixing this – thanks for your patience!

2017 Life Logs, Day 88: The Pendulum Swings

2017 Life Logs, Day 88: The Pendulum Swings
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Weather: Partly Cloudy; High 50, Low 31 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

The pendulum swings—yesterday I thought I was just a tad better, but today I am just a tad worse. When I saw the doctor last week and was put on an antibiotic for an ear infection, he told me to call if after the course of medication, I was no better. So today I called and will be seen tomorrow afternoon. Heather keeps reminding me that I have two different things going. I must have had the sinus/ear infection for a while when it was discovered by the doctor last Wednesday, but then I got this cold/flu/whatever that so many of us have. I think I just have to live through the latter, but I want to be proactive about getting rid of the infection.

I went out for a quick shopping trip mid-day, but otherwise, I just sat here and read. I cannot remember spending so many days doing absolutely nothing in my entire life. It is just not in my DNA. But I’m afraid this is going to have to continue for a few more days.

2017 Life Logs, Day 87: Feeling Just a Tad Better

2017 Life Logs, Day 87: Feeling Just a Tad Better
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Weather: Another Day of Drizzle; High 45, Low 38 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

I woke up this morning feeling just a tad better. It was enough better that I decided not to call the doctor. If tomorrow I feel even just a bit better, then I will focus on recovery. The weather forecast says we will have a high of 50 tomorrow with some sunshine, so that might help as well. But then the weather forecast calls for a little snow and more rain on Friday and Saturday, so I won’t let tomorrow’s sunshine get me too excited! For now, I’ll just focus on putting one foot in front of the other and hoping to make a little progress.

2017 Life Logs, Day 86: Maybe Tomorrow

2017 Life Logs, Day 86: Maybe Tomorrow
Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Weather: Chilly, Rainy Day; High 47, Low 37 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

I had another day just like yesterday, but tonight I seem to feel just a tad better. So maybe tomorrow will be my day. The good news is that Heather, Jed, and boys are all on the mend. In the meantime, I keep trying to eat healthy foods and I do a lot of reading to pass the time. Warmer weather would help, but it doesn’t look like that is in the forecast. We might see a little sunshine on Wednesday and Thursday, but the high temp will remain in the 40’s. So more of the same weather wise. Let’s just hope that it is not more of the same health wise. I’m definitely looking for improvement on that front.

2017 Life Logs, Day 85: Getting Good at Doing Nothing

2017 Life Logs, Day 85: Getting Good at Doing Nothing
Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Weather: Overcast and Chilly; High 46, Low 35 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

This cold/flu persists and it is forcing me to get really good at doing nothing. I talked to Heather late today and she reports that everyone in the Goldstone household is feeling a tad better today. That is not the same for me, but maybe tomorrow.

2017 Life Logs, Day 84: Still Cold, Still Sick–Yuck

2017 Life Logs, Day 84: Still Cold, Still Sick–Yuck
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Weather: Overcast and Chilly; High 48, Low 30 degrees F
Location: At Home in the The Studio, Falmouth, MA

There’s not much to say today except that it is still cold and we are all still sick. Although it was 10 degrees warmer today than yesterday, it still feels like winter. And Heather, Jonah, Ollie, and I are all still sick and now Jed has this ‘whatever’. Actually, Heather and Ollie report to feel a tad bit better today, but Jonah and I seem to be staying even or maybe even going back downhill. I’m going to go to bed with the hope that tomorrow brings a brand new day where we all feel better. That is the hope, but whatever this bug is that we all have seems to be a tough one with lots of staying power. We shall see.

2017 Life Logs, Day 83: Sickies

2017 Life Logs, Day 83: Sickies
Date: Friday, March 24, 2017
Weather: Overcast and Chilly; High 38, Low 25 degrees F
Location: At Home in the The Studio, Falmouth, MA

We are a bunch of sickies here. I went to Heather and Jed’s this morning to spend the day with Jonah, but when I got there, I found that Ollie was also going to be at home with a fever. And even though Heather was going to work, she was feeling just awful. Then there is me. You would think that since a started a round of antibiotics on Wednesday for an ear infection that maybe, just maybe, it would also help in other ways. But no, just like Heather and Jonah, I just keep getting worse. And poor little Ollie was much worse as the day progressed. Hopefully a weekend of rest will put us all on the road to health again.

What do two little boys do when they are home sick? They started out by working puzzles and doing artwork, but soon this morphed into putting on ‘armor’ and playing indoor ice hockey! Jonah was the team captain of the Boston Bruins, Zdeno Chara, and Ollie was the team captain of the New York Raiders, Ryan McDonagh. After an hour or so of hockey, I was very happy that the boys decided to switch gears back to the quieter activities. We had lunch and I could see that Ollie was fading and his temperature was back up. Heather came home in the early afternoon and had to make the decision to postpone Ollie’s birthday party with friends scheduled for tomorrow. That will have to happen next weekend. The focus for this weekend will be rest, rest, and more rest in hopes of that all of us start to recover. Since I am on an antibiotic and just seem to keep getting worse, it is obvious that this is bug is a tough one. Hopefully the antibiotic will get rid of my ear infection, but otherwise, I’m going to have to heal naturally.

When Heather got home, the boys lobbied to watch a movie. Given the circumstances, it seemed like a good idea, but no one could agree on the same choice. Finally, it was agreed to watch ‘Sing’. Heather and I weren’t so much in favor of this, but it was actually a great choice. Very funny and entertaining.

As I prepare for this weekend of healing, I just had to check the weather to see if it was going to cooperate. Not so. For as far as the forecast goes, we will continue to have highs in the 40, even low 50’s on a couple of days, but with lows in the 30’s. Somehow this doesn’t feel much like spring. Hopefully April will bring spring-like weather.

2017 Life Logs, Day 82: Contact with Adventuresome Friends

2017 Life Logs, Day 82: Contact with Adventuresome Friends
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Weather: Mostly Sunny and Cold; High 38, Low 25 degrees F
Location: At Home in the The Studio, Falmouth, MA

I have to admit that I am not feeling very adventuresome today. The antibiotic has not yet kicked in and I’m not feeling all that great at all. Unfortunately Heather had to stay at home again today with Ollie and Jonah was sent home from school with a fever and was told not to return to school until Monday. So none of us are getting better quickly. I will spend tomorrow at home with Jonah and whomever else is not able to be out and about and hopefully we will all be better than today.

But I did hear from friends that are feeling adventuresome today. First I heard from my biking friends, Mike and Linda Stuart. Due to continuing rains that are causing floods and collapsing roads, they had to fly from one place in Peru to another. They weren’t biking, but the trip was quite an adventure. They had to box up their bikes, wait days for a flight, wait hours on the tarmac in Lima just to be returned there with plane problems, and then finally got to a place high in the mountains called Cajamarca. They had issues with security along the way with their boxed up bikes, so they were really excited when They were exhausted when they arrived, but were very happy to get those boxed up bikes in the baggage claim area. There is a forecast of two more weeks of rain, but they are happy to be where they are, safe and sound. It was great to talk to and see them via Skype tonight.

And this evening I heard from Sam, Windbird’s new owner. He and Dawn sailed Windbird into Georgetown in the southern Exumas this week with Sam’s parents aboard. Sam’s parents will fly home to Minnesota and Sam and Dawn will now explore further south and then return to Georgetown in mid-April where I will meet them for a sail north to Eleuthera and the Abacos in the northern Bahamas. At least that is the current plan. And it was so interesting to hear that when they got on the cruisers net in Georgetown, they immediately heard back from fellow cruisers in the area that crossed the Pacific with Mark and I on Windbird. The cruising community is amazing.

2017 Life Logs, Day 81: Visit to the Doctor

2017 Life Logs, Day 81: Visit to the Doctor
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Weather: Party Sunny and Very Windy; High 45, Low 15 degrees F
Location: At Home in the The Studio, Falmouth, MA

This incessant wind is getting to me. Walking from this apartment to the car feels like a hazardous activity. Actually, just opening my front door feels hazardous because the wind catches the door and pulls it hard away from me. I know March can be a windy month, but I am more than ready for the cold and wind to subside. But that is not in the forecast for the next week. So I guess I just hunker down and wait.

In mid-August last year, Mark and I had annual physicals with a new physician. He is a young man and when he met with Mark, he immediately came into the room where I was and stated that he was ordering a weekly visit from a home health care nurse among other interventions. I was taken back a bit, but less than a month later when Mark died, I understood what Dr. Munir had seen that none of the rest of us had noticed. He explained to me at the time that oncologists notoriously never deal with end of life issues. And he was right about that. I got to thank him today for his interventions and then we addressed the reason for my visit today. For over thirty years, since the first time I started getting annual check-ups and blood tests, I have always had a high bad cholesterol count, but an even better high good cholesterol count. But in August, Dr. Munir did not have access to my previous records, so he insisted that I return in six months for a follow-up appointment. That should have happened in February, but I was in Nashville. So the follow-up happened today, and just as I had reported to him, the bad cholesterol count stayed high, but the good cholesterol number countered it. But the really good news is that the ratio between the two was cut in half between August and now. Good news which might be due to my new low-carb diet or increased exercise, or both. But whatever, it is working. When I mentioned the sinus issues I have had off and on since December and my current cold/flu symptoms, he started into an education campaign to convince me that too many times antibiotics are prescribed when not needed and that in many cases using age-old herbal remedies actually work just as well. He was building his case when he looked in my ears. Then he changed his tune. He said that I have infections in both ears and that I would definitely need an antibiotic, plus ear drops, plus an anti-cough capsule. So I went from herbal treatments to antibiotics in the span of a few seconds. I totally agree with Dr. Muniz that antibiotics are prescribed too loosely, and I am not totally convinced that I need to take the anti-cough capsules, but I did start the antibiotic and ear drops this afternoon. Within five hours, either the medications or just the natural progression of whatever I have, caused me to become a drippy mess. I had been very clear with the doctor that I wasn’t sure what I have is a cold because I have not had a runny nose. Well, now I do, but not bad enough to make me want to take something to dry things up. I’ll wait until morning to see how things are then. Let’s hope a good night’s rest and the new meds kick during the night and that in my morning I awake feeling much better.

2017 Life Logs, Day 80: Happy Birthday to Ollie

2017 Life Logs, Day 80: Happy Birthday to Ollie
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Weather: Sunny; High 53, Low 35 degrees F
Location: At Home in the The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Happy Birthday to a very special little guy in my life. Ollie turned five today and all of a sudden he looks so grown up. Heather posted the following tribute to Ollie on her Facebook page. It captures the “essence of Ollie” perfectly.

Oliver is
Always aware of the love and beauty around the him;
Petrified of ‘being seen;’
Happy to share his birthday with a friend;
A master with Legos and puzzles;
Wise beyond his years;
FIVE.
Happy birthday to my Ollie Lama!

I woke up this morning feeling worse than yesterday. Heather was not able to go to work today, but Jonah felt good enough to return to school. Then at noon, Heather got a call from the school nurse to come pick up Sam. So whatever this cold/flu yuckiness is, it is spreading through the family. Thankfully, Ollie has been spared to date, so he felt fine on this birthday. And that was a great gift. But speaking of gifts, I got a text message from Amazon this morning telling me that one of Ollie’s gifts from me was not going to arrive today. A new bow arrived yesterday, but the chin rest for his violin was not going to arrive. So I immediately started searching online and found a place to buy one here on the Cape. Unfortunately, the place was an hour’s drive from here, but I decided to go for it. I got the chin rest, hurried home to gather up gifts and food, and went to pick Jonah up from school at 3:30. Once Ollie got home from school, the birthday party began. He opened his gift from Sam and Jonah which was a new soccer ball and all three boys opened a present from me which was a new Adidas soccer outfit for each. They immediately put on their soccer shirts and wanted to put on the shorts, but I reminded them that it is still too cold outside for shorts and they went along with that without too much of a fuss. When they came back inside from the soccer game, Ollie opened more presents, played his violin, built a Lego piece and then we had dinner. After dinner, he opened even more presents. I think he was a very happy five year-old on his birthday.

2017 Life Logs, Day 79: Welcome Spring

2017 Life Logs, Day 79: Welcome Spring
Date: Monday, March 20, 2017
Weather: Sunny; High 37, Low 32 degrees F
Location: At Home in the The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Spring made her entrance today, but as Ollie points out, tomorrow (his birthday) will be the first full day of spring. He is very possessive of that fact. Yet, we did officially welcome spring today and the weather cooperated. Well, the high temp was still in the 30’s, but with no wind and full sunshine, it felt much warmer . . . almost like spring. And on this special day, I want to say happy birthday to the other Goldpebble grandmother, Grammy Marti. Sure hope you had a wonderful day.

I spent the morning with Jonah who had to stay home from school due to a fever and a cough. Mid-way through the morning, we decided to watch a video. I wanted to see Moana, but Jonah wanted to see one of his favorites, Hook, starring Robin Williams and Julia Roberts. He had seen it before, but I hadn’t. And I loved it. After the movie, we continued to spend a quiet morning, then in the early afternoon Heather and Ollie came home. Heather has the same thing as Jonah and was feeling just awful, but Ollie was feeling fine. He just wanted to come home to get ready to celebrate his birthday tomorrow. Can’t believe he is going to be five years old