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!

Life After Windbird, Day 117: Ready for Take-off

Life After Windbird, Day 117: Ready for Take-off
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Weather: Partly Sunny; High Temp 48, Low 34 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Tomorrow I fly to Nashville to visit with my sister, so I spent part of today getting ready for take-off. Then I went to pick Sam and Jonah up from school. Once we got home, I launched into a laundry folding frenzy while the boys did homework and played with Molly and Joey next door. When Heather got home, she fixed a great taco dinner for us and Ollie organized an after-dinner imaginary boat trip to the North Pole with Sam and Jonah’s help. Tomorrow is Jed’s birthday, so I gave him my present tonight. I then said goodbye and headed home. I immediately got online to check-in for my Southwest flight tomorrow. I have never flown Southwest and I have never actually done the online check-in for any flight. Mark always did that. When I checked in, I got a printed boarding pass with no seat assignment. I thought we always had advance seating assignments, so I emailed Alan and Helaine Kanegsberg who are Southwest pros. Helaine called to explain to me that Southwest doesn’t have assigned seating, just an order of boarding dependent on the number on your boarding pass. So all is well. I am set to fly out of Boston at 6:25 pm.

Life After Windbird, Day 116: Time Out to Focus on Christmas

Life After Windbird, Day 116: Time Out to Focus on Christmas
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Weather: Sunny and Chilly; High Temp 42, Low 36 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

I leave here for Nashville day after tomorrow and won’t be home until Saturday, Dec 17th. That is too late to order anything to be sent to Puerto Rico, so I took a time out from other activities today to focus on Christmas. With suggestions from Justin and Jo, I was able to order gifts for Jo and for Coco. I’m still working on Ziggy and Justin, but I made progress. The Goldstones are another issue. I have ordered Heather’s Christmas present and I have an idea for Jonah. But I still need to figure out Jed, Sam, and Ollie. Since I do most of my shopping on Amazon, I can continue this process when I get to Nashville. I certainly don’t want to spend most of my time there dealing with Christmas shopping, but at least I know I can complete the process once I am there if I don’t get it done before leaving on Thursday.

I started my day with a trip to the chiropractor. This was another routine check-in, but today I was released. No more check-ins–just call if I have a problem. So that was good news. When I got home, I continued working on organizing the presentation about our trip around the world that I will make to the Newcomers Club in January and then I ran some mundane errands and did a little local shopping to round out Coco’s Christmas and to buy a few items I need for my trip to Nashville. The low-carb diet I have been on is starting to kick in. I have lost a few pounds and needed a belt to hold my pants up! And I needed socks. So, nothing elaborate, but it takes time to go from store to store to find what you need.

Tomorrow morning I’ll do a little packing and then in the afternoon I’ll head to Heather and Jed’s. I’ll pick Sam and Jonah up from school and then stay for dinner. Thursday is Jed’s birthday, so tomorrow will be my chance to wish him a happy 45th!

Life After Windbird, Day 115: Too Many Computers

Life After Windbird, Day 115: Too Many Computers
Date: Monday, December 5, 2016
Weather: Overcast with Rain; High Temp 46, Low 35 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

I have too many computers! Better too many than not enough, but my day was spent staring at computer screens. That’s not what I intended to do, but one thing led to another that required cross-referencing documents from one computer to another. I was really just trying to get a head start on a presentation I will make to the Newcomers Club here in Falmouth in January about the favorite places visited while sailing around the world. I started by looking through the ‘Windbird Presentations’ folder on the computer I am currently using. This is the Asus that was Mark’s computer. There were lots of files that I knew should be there, but they weren’t. So I turned on the Toshiba computer that I was using prior to the email fiasco in November. The files I was looking for weren’t there either, but there were a few files that were not on the Asus. So I had to cross-reference files and copy and paste the ones that were missing. Then I dug out the computer that Mark used prior to the Asus. I need to get rid of that computer because the keyboard doesn’t work (has to be attached to an external keyboard to type). Near the top of my ‘to-do’ list has been cross-referencing files and folders to make sure everything has been transferred to the newer computers. After just checking the ‘Windbird Presentation’ folder, it became evident that there is LOT on that computer that is nowhere else. So I ended up spending a great deal of the day just getting the one document folder the same on all three computers. The good news is that much of the work is already done for that January presentation. The bad news is that I now know that I really have to cross reference all the other document folders on all three computers—not hard, just time consuming.

While pouring through the contents of the ‘Windbird Presentations’ folder, I decided that I really need a good Pacific-centered map of the world to hang in my hallway. All of the maps Mark and I used in past presentations were Eurocentric and those maps really don’t do justice to the island countries of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. For instance, the Republic of Indonesia is a country of 17,508 separate islands. Only 6,000 of those islands are inhabited and Mark and I only visited something like ten of those islands that stretched over 1,500 miles. Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world and eighty-some percent of those people are Muslim. It is easy to get side-tracked when thinking about the most important things to include in a presentation when there is just so much information. But back to the maps, I think it is much easier to see the expanse of Indonesia on a Pacific-centered map than it is on a Eurocentric one. I found a beautiful canvas three-foot by four-foot National Geographic world map that I would love to have, but then I found another NG world map that is about four-feet by five-feet. It is not canvas, but I want the really big one. So “hint, hint” for a Christmas gift if either of my children might be reading this!

Monday night is Scout night for the Goldstones, so I headed over at 6 pm to have my game night with Ollie. We played four different games and then headed upstairs to read. Ollie chose Curious George’s Christmas which is a book of Christmas carols and Raffi’s book of holiday songs. So we sang our way through bedtime reading. Jonah and Heather joined us for some of the singing. They all have such beautiful voices. It was definitely the highlight of my day.

Life After Windbird, Day 114: Christmas Parade and ‘Interesting’ Concert

Life After Windbird, Day 114: Christmas Parade and ‘Interesting’ Concert
Date: Sunday, December 4, 2016
Weather: Sunny, Windy, and Cold; High Temp 41, Low 27 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

The weather for the annual Falmouth Christmas Parade was windy and cold, but it was sunny. So that saved the day. I drove downtown a bit early to secure curbside seating for Heather, Ollie, and myself. Since Jed, Sam, and Jonah were marching in the parade with the Boy Scouts, there would just be the three of us to watch. I sat there basking in the sun with my winter coat and hood on to protect me from the wind while reading my book. It actually felt quite cozy. And when Heather and Ollie arrived, we settled in to get ready for the parade. Unfortunately, the people just the left of us decided to stand out in the street obstructing our view. This is the first time I have encountered this at a Falmouth Christmas Parade. Usually people are extremely aware that they should not stand out in the street, but not this year. And when Heather said something to the woman standing in the street directly in front of her, the woman basically scoffed at her. Despite that incident, we enjoyed the parade. After the parade, I invited the Goldstones over for an impromptu lunch and to help decorate my tree. It was the first time I have seen my Christmas ornaments since they were put in storage in 2003 and it was fun to see which ornaments the boys chose to put on the tree. Some of my ornaments are for a much larger tree and the boys did a nice job of sorting those out. I now have a fully lighted and decorated Christmas tree.

Shortly after 3 pm, we all dispersed. I was headed to a 3:30 concert at a local church with Jane Woodin and Heather, Jed, and boys were headed home. Jane called me just after I arrived downtown for the parade to invite me to the concert. I assumed it was a Christmas concert and thought that sounded like fun. So I said I would meet her at the church. It started shortly after we arrived and it was not what I was expecting. It was a super religious version of a Christmas concert. As I sat there, I wondered if Jane invited me because she thought I needed to give up my sinful ways. But as soon as the not so beautiful singing ended, Jane said, “Let’s get out of here.” When we got outside, she apologized saying that the concert was certainly not what she expected and I gave a big sigh of relief knowing that my friend was not trying to save me! We then headed to Jane’s house to have a glass of wine to wash away the memories of a not so great concert.

When I got home, I had a Skype video call with Justin, Jo, Ziggy, and Coco. I asked Ziggy and Coco what they wanted for Christmas and got the stock reply from Ziggy—Legos. But Coco gave us a bit of a surprise by saying she wants a castle and her own iPhone. I remind you that Coco is only four years-old, but she has BIG ideas. Justin and Jo will be moving into their new home beginning on December 28, so this Christmas will be a bit of a transition time for them. I would love to fly down to see them for Christmas, but I think it is best that I wait until February or March once they are settled in the new home. Mark and I, plus Heather and family, were with them for Thanksgiving last year and Mark and I spent Christmas in Puerto Rico in 2014. But I haven’t had a Christmas with Heather, Jed, and boys since Sam’s first Christmas in 2007. Justin and Jo and Mark and I joined the Goldstones in Maine that year—the last time we have been together as a family for Christmas. One of the only regrets I have about the years that we were gone sailing around the world is that it meant we no longer had a home to carry on the family holiday traditions. It is a bit like being a man without a country. And once we returned, we found our adult children had fallen into traditions of their own. Heather, Jed, and boys go to Maine every Christmas. And Justin and Jo are always at home, but home has moved from New Mexico to Culebra in Puerto Rico to the west coast of Puerto Rico. In the last five years, Mark and I spent two Christmases with my sister and brother-in-law, two with Justin and Jo, and one visiting with friends in New Hampshire. So this year I will enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with Heather, Jed, and boys before they head to Maine the day after Christmas. I’m not sure what I will do during the week between Christmas and New Year. Maybe I can take that week to write about the memories of that very special man that I am missing so much.

Life After Windbird, Day 113: Lots of Christmas Activities

Life After Windbird, Day 113: Lots of Christmas Activities
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High Temp 50, Low 37 degrees F
Location: At Home at The Studio, Falmouth, MA

05-heather-with-her-three-boysWith 22 days left until Christmas, we jammed a lot of activities into this one day. The first weekend in December is Falmouth’s big Christmas kick-off. Heather and boys spent the night here last night so we could use my place as home base today. Three of the big events of the day were taking place directly across the harbor from here, so it was easy to see and hear what was happening right from my deck. Heather went over early to register the boys for the 9 am half-mile Elf Run and herself for the 9:30 am three-mile Jingle Jog. Ollie decided not to run, so Heather went with Sam and Jonah and Ollie and I came along a few minutes later. Both Sam and Jonah really enjoyed being part of the Elf Run.01-elf-run-here-comes-sam02-elf-run-here-comes-jonah Spirits were running high with everyone dressed in crazy Christmas costumes. When Sam and Jonah finished the Elf Run, the got a big kiss from momma and then I drove the boys back to my place.04-kisses-from-the-head-elf We put our chairs out in front of The Studio to watch the Jingle Joggers as they ran past. There were more people in this race than I expected and everyone was in a jolly mood. We could see Heather coming in her red shirt and green leggings.07-heather-runs-the-jingle-jog-green-pantsWe cheered Heather on as she ran past and when the last runners went by, we headed back to the apartment for hot chocolate to warm us up a bit. It was a gorgeous day, but the wind made it feel even chillier than it was. I left the front door open so we could hear the music from across the harbor, but Ollie quickly requested that we shut the door—too cold. Sam and Jonah, however, sat on the deck to drink their hot chocolate and watch the activity across the harbor. Heather returned and we all watched from the deck as Santa rode into the harbor in a boat and docked just across from us.09-santa-arrives-in-falmouth-harbor As he got off the boat, the boys yelled, “Merry Christmas.” But they opted to not stand in the long line to sit on Santa’s lap. They unanimously decided to write letters to Santa and put them in the special mailbox on the Falmouth Green. Instead, we went to Coonemessett Farm to buy Christmas trees. Since Sam was born in 2007, the Goldstones have never spent a Christmas at home. They always go to Maine to be with Jed’s family. But this year they are going to stay home until the day after Christmas when they will drive to Maine. So this is the first time the three boys have gone to get a Christmas tree for their own house. They chose a beautiful Frazier fir and I chose the skinniest tree I could find as my space is really limited. I think I have a balsam fir, but not sure. I loved the fullness of the Frazier firs, but they were all just a little TOO full for my space. We went back to Heather’s to put up their tree and decorate it.11-decorating-begins-with-candy-canes The boys dug into the plastic bin of Christmas decorations just like it was a treasure chest.12-ollie-and-jonah-dig-into-the-christmas-treasure-chest I helped Heather get the tree into the tree stand and then Sam took over to help her put the lights on the tree. Once the lights were on, Jonah and Ollie pitched in to put the first decorations on—real candy canes. And then they dug into the box of Heather’s ornaments. Every year since their births, Mark and I gave Heather and Justin a special ornament. We continued this up until they got married. Since then we have continued the tradition to include spouses and grandchildren, but not every year. But Heather’s thirty some ornaments from 1975 to 2003 were more than enough to fill the tree along with the few ornaments added since then.14-finishing-touches-on-the-decorations After the tree was decorated, I borrowed the boys’ boom box and headed home to put my tree up. Heather offered to come with the boys, but I knew they needed some at home time. It is not as easy to put up a tree by yourself, but I got it up, got the lights on, and enjoyed doing it. Since I have decorated all the windows and sliding doors in the apartment with white icicle lights, Sam suggested that I buy colored lights, like the ones on their tree, for mine. Jonah and Ollie agreed, so I followed their advice. I haven’t had colored lights on a tree for years, but I like the contrast with all the white lights in the windows. I will save decorating the tree for a time when the grandkids come over and can help, but I love just sitting here and looking at the lights. And I’m using the borrowed boom box to play my Christmas CD’s. On Windbird we had a 10 CD-changer, but I have no such thing here. I guess I’m going to have to invest in some sort of stereo system, but for now, the boom box with one CD at a time works just fine.

I think by evening, we were all on Christmas overload. That plus degraded children’s behaviors, and the time Jed needed to be picked in Sagamore (30 minutes north of here), meant that we did not go to the lighting of the Green tonight. I offered to go get Jed so Heather could stay home with the boys and hopefully enjoy some peaceful time together. Not sure if that happened, but I can always hope. As Jed and I got close to home, he said he guessed he would have to start working on Christmas lights. I smiled when we drove up to the house and the Heather and boys had the Christmas lights already on in the front yard. And I know they were really hoping to surprise him with the fully decorated Christmas tree.

Today behind us, we now have to gear up for tomorrow’s Christmas parade. Unfortunately, I am feeling just awful. I have had terrible sinus issues the past two weeks but during the night last night, I woke up sneezing with what is now a full blown head cold. Ugh! Hopefully I can get this under control before I head to Nashville on Thursday.

Life After Windbird, Day 112: Some Days Work, Some Days Not So Much

Life After Windbird, Day 112: Some Days Work, Some Days Not So Much
Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High Temp 50, Low 37 degrees F
Location: At Home at The Studio, Falmouth, MA

My day got off to a good start with a walk with friends Jane and Olivia. I came home and put up Christmas lights around the inside of the windows in the apartment and that went fine, too. But when I went to pick up Sam and Jonah, things quickly went downhill. We needed to get packed up for the overnight at my house, but Jonah wanted to play and just wouldn’t cooperate. We ended up in a shouting match that was none too pretty and from there things continued to go downhill. We barely made in time to pick up Ollie and then had to backtrack to downtown to pick up the pizza I had ordered an hour earlier. We made it to the Lighthouse Christmas caroling event late, but we did make it. There was a cold wind blowing in off the water and it was quite chilly, so as soon as the singing was over we headed home to have hot chocolate. By this time Jonah and I were once again speaking to each other in a civil tone. I felt terrible about the earlier encounter, but as we all know, kids sometimes push us over the edge. Then the technology issues started. We wanted to listen to Christmas music while having the hot chocolate, but the CD player wouldn’t open. I had planned to have the kids watch The Polar Express after hot chocolate, but I couldn’t get the new DVD player to work. And then I even had trouble getting the smart hub on the TV to work. Finally, Sam figured out how to purchase a Christmas episode of Wild Kratts on Amazon and that saved the evening. And things got even better when Heather arrived. It’s been a crazy week for her in Jed’s absence and with public radio fund raising beginning, but we made it. She arrived with all kinds of fun holiday things for the boys to wear in the Elf Run tomorrow morning. And what more can a parent ask for than having a child sitting on your bed reading to your grandchildren. All is well that ends well.

Life After Windbird, Day 111: Deliciously Warm Start to December

Life After Windbird, Day 111: Deliciously Warm Start to December
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High Temp 60, Low 39 degrees F
Location: At Home at The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Today was deliciously warm, but when we wake in the morning, it will be considerably cooler. Unfortunately, after today’s teaser, the whole weekend and next week look much more normal for this time of year. Nevertheless, today was a delightful first day of December.

I started my day early, arriving at Heather’s at 7:30 am. Heather had to be at work at 8 am, so Sam, Jonah, Ollie, and I had breakfast together and got ready for school. Ollie and I delivered Sam and Jonah to East Falmouth Elementary and then I drove Ollie to Woods Hole. By the time I got home it was 10 o’clock and then just after noon, I headed back to Woods Hole to pick up Ollie. He wanted to drive by Nobska Lighthouse on the way back to Falmouth and then we headed to the Green in downtown. There were Department of Public Works trucks surrounding the Green and lots of workers putting the final touches on the holiday displays. We ignored the workers and enjoyed the displays with only one other mother and her two children. Ollie got to be the conductor on the child-sized Silva Express train,01-ollie-the-conductor-all-aboard run the glass-encased Polar Express HO scale train, and look in wonder at Santa and his sleigh being pulled by nine reindeer. While we were singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I got a call from Heather. She had gone home to get the van and take it in for maintenance, but found my car instead of the van. We had not communicated about this. I didn’t know she needed the van, so I had taken it this morning so I could take some items to the Swap Shop at the town dump. I still can’t get a dump sticker, so I needed to use her van which does have a sticker. So Ollie and I quickly left the Green, headed to the town dump, and then met Heather at the Toyota dealership. We left the van there and she drove Ollie and I back to her house. She then headed back to work to do the 4 to 7 pm on-air fund raising shift at WCAI and Ollie and I headed to East Falmouth Elementary to pick up Sam and Jonah. The boys and I had a great evening together culminating with a taco dinner and game night. When Heather got home, she floated an idea by the kids that they all come here for an overnight tomorrow night. There are some kid and adult runs on Saturday morning—a 5 K Jingle Run and a Kids Elf Run and then at 10:30 Santa arrives in the Harbor by boat. So I’ll spend tomorrow getting ready for the holiday weekend. Heather has another 4 to 7 pm on-air fund raising stint tomorrow, so I’ll pick the kids up from school, pick up pizza for an on-the-go dinner, and go to the community Christmas caroling at Nobska Lighthouse. After that, we’ll all meet back here for the overnight. Then we’ll run, greet Santa, watch as the lights on the Green come alive, welcome Jed home from his week in Europe, and enjoy the holiday parade on Sunday. Busy holiday weekend in Falmouth.

Life After Windbird, Day 110: Same, Same

Life After Windbird, Day 110: Same, Same
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Weather: More Rain; High Temp 51, Low 47 degrees F
Location: At Home at The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Today was mostly more of the same–more rain (just a little cooler), more work in getting the kayak stored for winter (not done yet), more exercise at the gym, more grandkids after school. The new thing today was gearing up for decorating for Christmas. When I went shopping at Home Depot yesterday I bought mini-icicle lights to surround the deck. But when I got home, I realized that was a huge mistake. Since I live in an apartment, I have no access to outside power. Duh! So today I tried to figure out a way to hang those icicle lights inside. That required a trip to the hardware store to buy coax cable staples to hold the lights in place on the inside of the windows and sliding glass doors. I also had to buy some extension cords and little indoor plug-in switches with toggles so I can turn the lights on and off without unplugging them. I’m going to go back tomorrow to see if timer switches might be a better choice. But I am making progress on decorating for Christmas.

Tomorrow my day starts early and ends late. Heather has to be at work by 8 am, so I will arrive there by 7:30 to get the boys ready for school. I’ll get home around 10 am from taking Ollie to Woods Hole, but then I have turn around and go get him at 1 pm before daycare nap time. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to pick him up until after 4 pm and that would mean that Sam and Jonah would have to ride in the car for an hour after school to go pick up Ollie and then drive back home. And that doesn’t sound like much fun for anyone. So Ollie and I will have some special time together in the early afternoon before we pick up Sam and Jonah. Heather has to be at work doing on-air fundraising until 7 pm tomorrow evening, so I’ll be fixing dinner for the boys as well. Busy, busy week for Heather, and therefore for Oma, in Jed’s absence. But I am really enjoying the extra time I’m getting to spend with the boys.

Life After Windbird, Day 109: Ten Degrees Makes a BIG Difference

Life After Windbird, Day 109: Ten Degrees Makes a BIG Difference
Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Weather: Lots of Rain, but Warmer; High Temp 57, Low 46 degrees F
Location: At Home at The Studio, Falmouth, MA

At this time of year, ten degrees makes a BIG difference in just how warm or cold we feel. And it seems like every few days we go from what feels relatively warm to what feels downright cold. These days I keep three different jackets hanging on the coat rack—winter jacket for the cold days, polar fleece jacket for the warmer days, and foul weather jacket for the rainy days. I started today with a polar fleece, but by afternoon I had to change to the foul weather jacket as it was pouring rain. But the temperature stayed in the 50’s and it felt relatively warm. Unfortunately, this is short-lived as on Friday the temperature will start to dip again and by the weekend, it will be in the 40’s during the day and below freezing at night . . . and it will feel cold no matter how sunny it is. I was hoping it might be a bit warmer in Nashville when I arrive there next Thursday. But when I checked the weather tonight, the forecast tells me it will be colder there than here and that I will arrive with the first snow of the season. Brrrr. But despite the weather forecast for cold weather, I am really excited about my visit with my sister Patsy, brother-in-law Joe, and niece Janet. I’ll only be there for a little over a week, but that will give us time to do a little holiday celebration together.

Knowing rainy weather was coming this afternoon, I decided to bring the inflatable kayak inside to deflate, clean, and store for the winter. This would have been much easier to do on the deck, but I fear that I missed my window for doing this outside without freezing to death. The kayak is at least 16 feet long, maybe more, and it fills the entire long hallway in this apartment. I thought I could get it deflated and rolled up this morning, but then I realized I don’t know exactly how to do this. Heather inflated the kayak the past two years and Mark deflated and stored it. That leaves me with exactly zero knowledge of how to do this. It is now partially deflated and waiting for a time when I can get some pointers from Heather. After dealing with the kayak, I took off for Hyannis to do a little shopping. My first stop was at Trader Joe’s and I promptly tried to enter through the DO NOT ENTER door. The last time I was there, that door was the entry. Then I found out that in May they had totally revamped the store. Is it really possible that I haven’t been shopping in Hyannis all these months? Evidently. But I made up for lost time today, by going to Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Home Depot. We have none of these stores in Falmouth. In fact, other than a lot of mom and pop stores, all we have is a Walmart, Staples, Michael’s, TJ Max, and Home Goods. The trip to Hyannis was prompted by the fact that I am out of Brazil nuts that are an ingredient in a high protein shake I make two to three times a week. And I could not find Brazil nuts in Falmouth. I got my Brazil nuts today and not much else except for a few purchases at TJ’s for Heather. But it was good to be out and about. Hopefully the stores won’t be rearranged before I return again.

Today I picked Sam and Jonah up from school and stayed with them until Heather and Ollie got home. Tomorrow we flip flop again, and Heather will come home early to pick up Sam and Jonah and I will head to Woods Hole at 4:30 to pick up Ollie. Heather has early morning and late afternoon engagements on Thursday, so I’ll be on Oma duty much of that day. On Friday Heather is also on the air from 4-7 pm, so I’ll be on Oma duty once again. And then the weekend of holiday activities begins . . . Friday night caroling at Nobska Lighthouse, Saturday morning arrival of Santa in Falmouth Harbor, Saturday night lighting of the Green in downtown Falmouth, and Sunday’s annual Christmas parade. Heather, Sam, and Jonah will be in the parade with the Scouts, so for the second year in a row, Ollie and I will be the observers. Last year Heather and Jed were in Europe, so Granddad was in the parade with Sam and Jonah. Busy days coming up.

Life After Windbird, Day 108: Giving Myself Permission

Life After Windbird, Day 108: Giving Myself Permission
Date: Monday, November 28, 2016
Weather: Mostly Sunny and Cold; High Temp 46, Low 34 degrees F
Location: At Home at The Studio, Falmouth, MA

This was another one of those days where I really don’t know where the time went. I get up and do a little of this and little of that, but I don’t seem to make a lot of forward movement. Part of me thinks this is okay and part of me wonders where the old Judy has gone. But for now, I’m giving myself permission to proceed like this. The Thanksgiving weekend was harder for me than I anticipated. It seems that I miss Mark more as time goes on when I thought that it would get easier. So I’ll keep muddling through with the help of good friends and family. I did spend at least two hours on the phone today which is not my usual style. But I got calls from special people checking to see how I am doing, and for that I am very appreciative.

In late afternoon it was time for me to head to Woods Hole to pick Ollie up from preschool. If anything can snap you out of a funk, it is a smiling, loving four-year-old. Ollie and I got home just in time for dinner and then Heather, Sam, and Jonah headed out to Scout meetings. Ollie and I had a game night together and he beat the pants off me. We first played Jack Straws and then Zingo. Zingo is like Bingo and Ollie is just incredibly lucky. He beat me in four games in a row. With Jed out of town for the week, I will be picking up grandchildren every afternoon. Tomorrow I pick up Sam and Jonah and Heather picks up Ollie. Sam is gearing up for a holiday crafts fair at school, so tomorrow after school we’ll work on that. Thank goodness grandkids keep me hoppin’.