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!

2020 Life Logs, Day 55: Free and Easy Day

2020 Life Logs, Day 55: Free and Easy Day
Date: Monday, February 24, 2020
Weather: Mostly Sunny and Warm; High 52 degrees, Low 38 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Windbird sailed through Indonesia as part of an organized rally. We did that because the rally organizers arranged all the Customs paperwork which can be very complicated in that country. Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, consisting of five major islands and 30 smaller island groups. There are actually 17,508 islands in Indonesia and the country is 3,000 miles from east to west and a little more than a 1,000 miles from north to south and each province has different rules for visiting boats. So it is complicated, thus the rally. The rally coordinators were a couple and the woman organized the activities on the various islands. We could choose to participate or not, but sometimes when we did participate, she would come on the radio in the morning and declare particular days as “free and easy.” This meant we had no organized activities and could whatever we wanted. I have adopted that term for days when I basically check out and do nothing of consequence and today was one of those days. Shadow and I slept in, went for a long walk, played ball outside in the sunshine and relative warmth, drove into town to run a couple of errands, and took another walk. During the evening, I did try to salvage my reputation of always being busy by spending some time writing. But I even did that in a “free and easy” way. I hereby declare today as a great day!

2020 Life Logs, Day 54: Together We Have It All

2020 Life Logs, Day 54: Together We Have It All
Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
Weather: Mostly Sunny and Warm; High 49 degrees, Low 35 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Years ago, one of my nieces gave everyone in the family a pillow that says, “My family puts the FUN in Dysfunctional.” That pretty much sums up my family. The Martins are a fun-loving bunch with its share of issues, but we stick together. Last week while Heather and Jed were working fast and furiously to get the house ready for the painter, they were listening to music when the song ‘Together We Have It All’ popped up. The chorus says, “We may not have it altogether, but together we have it all.” All Heather could think about while listening to the song was my family and how truly those words apply. It does take a village to get the job done. While they were in Maine skiing/snowboarding the inside of the house was painted top to bottom, with the exception of three rooms. Only one of those needs painted, but the downstairs bathroom needs to be totally redone. So early this morning, Heather, Jed, and Sam headed home to put the house back together while Jonah and Ollie stayed with me. I had an afternoon group class with People Training for Good Dogs, but after that was over, I took Shadow home so he could nap and I went back to Heather’s to help. All together, we mostly got today’s jobs done. We packed up more things in the den to go to storage and moved new things in. Heather’s goal is to make the house look bigger by storing away as much as possible. It is looking great and as soon as the den, playroom, and downstairs bathroom are done . . . and the basement and garage . . . the house can go on the market. Heather is in DC for three days this week, so a lot of the work will have to wait until the weekend. But together, we will get it done.

2020 Life Logs, Day 53: Goldstones Return from Maine

2020 Life Logs, Day 53: Goldstones Return from Maine
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Weather: Sunny and Warmer; High 41 degrees, Low 39 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It’s late and I am the only one still awake. Heather, Jed, and boys returned from their skiing/snowboarding few days in Maine, but they couldn’t go home tonight as the painters were still frantically working to finish up when they returned this evening. I anticipated that and had invited them here for dinner and to spend the night once. They all had a wonderful time in Maine. Heather actually did some downhill skiing with a little coaching from Jed’s Aunt Carol and she really enjoyed it. She has always been a cross country skier, but with snowboarding boys, she might find herself doing more downhill. We had a nice dinner together where I got hear some of the stories from the week and then we watched a Harry Potter movie. Jed went on back to the bedroom to read and hopefully go to bed early as he feels like he is getting sick again. He was barely over a bad cold when they left, and it is rearing its ugly head once again. Heather is excited to go home in the morning and put the house back together. She went over later this evening to feed the guinea pigs and said the paint job looked great. Maybe by the end of next weekend their house will be ready to put on the market.

I spent a couple of hours of my day in my last private class with People Training for Good Dogs. I have learned a lot but still need lots of practice. The Goldpebbles have at least one more private class and I will start attending the weekly group lessons starting tomorrow. Shadow is still very much an exuberant puppy, but he is definitely responding to corrections and love the praise he gets when he responds. He is still having tummy issues, but during the training today, Melissa had some suggestions that I am trying. He was worse this morning, but better tonight. Hopefully the ‘better’ will continue.

2020 Life Logs, Day 52: Sunshine and Snowflakes

2020 Life Logs, Day 52: Sunshine and Snowflakes
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Weather: Partly Sunny and Cold; High 29 degrees, Low 23 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Sunshine and snowflakes falling from the sky make a beautiful combination. You just don’t get to see it very often. But this morning the sun was trying to break through a thin layer of clouds that were dumping big, beautiful snowflakes. Over a period of a couple of hours, there were enough to give us a very thin and fleeting blanket of snow. And it was below freezing, so it was not only beautiful, it actually felt like a winter day. Shadow and I braved the cold to go for a long walk and then we played outside in the yard for quite a while.

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We had a couple of snowy days just after I got Shadow and he loved it. Today was no different. There was not enough snow to romp in, but he used his nose like snowplow making furrows in the blanket of snow to mark his track. And in doing so, he ate as much snow as he possibly could. It is such a delight I

Today was Midge Frieswyk’s birthday. There are five of us who go out to lunch for birthdays, but two friends are out of town. So today it was just Midge, Olivia White, and myself. We went to Bleu, a restaurant with French bistro fare in Mashpee Commons, and had a fabulous lunch. We weren’t planning to get dessert, but when I saw a dessert named Madame Feufeu, I insisted we order it just because I loved the name. I didn’t realize the chef’s name is Fredrik Feufeu. I was thinking of Little Rabbit FooFoo! But whether Feufeu or FooFoo, the dessert was wonderful. Happy birthday, Midge.

When I returned home, I took a couple of hours to do nothing and then launched into writing a new intro to my website. I have not updated it since Mark died, so it is way past due. Shadow and I just got back from Heather and Jed’s. While they are gone, I go over morning and night to feed the guinea pigs and to check on the painting progress. I was pleasantly surprised to find that all of the trim in the whole house has at least one coat of fresh paint, plus the kitchen ceiling and walls. This morning I was not sure the job was going to be done by the time the Goldstones get home tomorrow evening, but tonight things are looking good. The report from Maine tonight is that Heather actually did some downhill skiing today. She is cross country skier and doesn’t love downhill, but it sounded like she had fun. Jed hit a tree today, but both tree and Jed are fine despite the fact that Ollie’s text said it was a BIG tree! And everyone was having so much fun that they continued skiing into the evening. Life is good.

2020 Life Logs, Day 51: Another Run Around Day

2020 Life Logs, Day 51: Another Run Around Day
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Weather: Partly Sunny; High 33 degrees, Low 17 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

February 02, 2020, was a very special palindrome day as the date read the same forwards and backwards in all date formats—UK, USA, and ISO. Today’s date was not a palindrome, but as I wrote 02/20/2020, I enjoyed writing all those 2’s and 0’s again. What I didn’t enjoy about today was that it ended up being another run around day. I had only one thing on my calendar and that was to go to a doctor appointment at 12:40 to review the results of a recent bone density scan, so I hoped for an easy-going day. But then I read my emails and saw that I had left my Mah Jongg card behind last night at Judy Pooley’s home. She is leaving on Saturday morning, going to South Carolina for a couple of weeks, so I had to go to her house to pick up the card. It’s not far, but it delayed my morning walk with Shadow. When I got home, I did take a nice, long walk with Shadow and then it was time to head out for the doctor appointment. My primary care physician has changed locations since my last visit. I thought I knew his new location, but when I got there, it was not the right place. So, I had to make a call, put the address in Google Maps, and backtrack a bit. I had all sorts of paperwork that I had filled out due to the move and when I gave that to the receptionist, I got a bit of a lecture about not sending it in ahead of time. Did I not get the return envelope with the forms? No, I did not. And I had called at the time to find out where to send it and was told to just bring it with me. Oh, well. We got through that confusion and then I was given more forms to fill out, each requiring me to write today’s date. That’s when I fell in love with all the 2’s and 0’s. When all of this was done, I was informed that I arrived an hour and 40 minutes early for my appointment. That is not what my calendar said, but regardless, I had to wait. I had not been sent a reminder because I hadn’t turned in the forms. Ugh! I decided to drive the 20 minutes back to Falmouth to run a few errands and then returned for the appointment. But with the driving back and forth, it was late afternoon when I got home. I took another long walk with Shadow, visited with Shirley and Doris next door for a bit, and then came home and gave Shadow a much needed bath. I have been hesitant to do this for days because I know he is not feeling great, but the time had come. I am taking him back to the doctor tomorrow morning to see if we can figure out why he is just not interested in eating. Something is just not right. I then have a luncheon with two friends to celebrate a birthday. By tomorrow afternoon, I’ll finally get the time I need to catch up on returning emails and just relaxing. Maybe.

2020 Life Logs, Day 50: Post Office Run Around and Mah Jongg

2020 Life Logs, Day 50: Post Office Run Around and Mah Jongg
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 4 degrees, Low 22 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

What a day! Something that should have been so simple ended up taking a great part of the day. Friends that are out of town asked me to pick up a package delivered to their home. I had the tracking information and once I saw it had been delivered, I went to pick it up. But it was not there. There was some confusion because the package was coming from out of the country. There was one tracking number for passage into the country, but another once it arrived. It was sent via UPS, but once in the US, it was to be delivered by the US Postal Service. I talked to UPS and then I talked to USPS Customer Service. No help. They suggested I go to the main post office in Falmouth. I did. I suggested that maybe the package was not really delivered to the house since mail was on hold. I asked them to check. No package. So I was told it must be in the North Falmouth Post Office. I drove there. No package. But there was a young postmaster who finally figured out the problem and sent me back to the main post office downtown Falmouth. I was still told there was no package, but I persisted, talked to a supervisor, and sure enough—the package was there all along. During all of this, I went to a Lunch and Learn program about horseshow crabs and picked Heather up from work mid-afternoon and drove her to the bus station for her trip to Maine to meet up with Jed and the boys. I spent late afternoon time with Shadow and then went to play Mah Jongg tonight. I got home for the last 45 minutes of the Democratic debate. And now it is definitely time to go to bed. Tomorrow should be a much quieter day with only one appointment. I’m ready for a quiet day.

2020 Life Logs, Day 49: Goldpebbles Off to Maine

2020 Life Logs, Day 49: Goldpebbles Off to Maine
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Weather: Rainy; High 49 degrees, Low 31 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

This was one busy, busy day. Since all of the Goldstones had spent the night, we started with breakfast before Heather headed to work and Jed headed home to get ready for their trip to Maine for three days of snowboarding at Sunday River. Sam, Jonah, and Ollie stayed with me and we had a great morning. I took them home at 11:15 so they could pack their bags for the trip. That was bigger job than anticipated and the 12:30 pm take-off time just didn’t happen. But they did finally get underway. I headed home to take Shadow for a walk and give him lunch, then I returned to Heather and Jed’s and spent the afternoon taping off the living room so that it would be ready for Heather to paint the walls once she got home from work. When she got home, I went back to walk and feed dinner to Shadow before returning to get the kitchen and dining room ready for the crew that will be coming tomorrow to paint some walls and all of the woodwork throughout the house. What a big job it is to get ready for painting. But the job did get done. I left Heather as she was still painting the living room and headed home to spend some time with Shadow. Heather arrived a couple of hours later and we spent too long talking and got to bed after midnight. It has been a crazy few days trying to move things to storage, Heather and Jed will have to do the walls and trim in that room next weekend. Hopefully after that, the house will be ready to put on the market.

2020 Life Logs, Day 48: The Work Continues

2020 Life Logs, Day 48: The Work Continues
Date: Monday, February 17, 2020
Weather: Partly Sunny; High 46 degrees, Low 28 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

We were all up early this morning, as Heather had an early morning appointment to get her hair cut and Jed went home to get the stairwell painted. By the time the boys and I arrived at their house around 10 am to get clean socks and a shirt for Ollie, Jed had finished the stairwell. Ollie, Jonah, and I left Sam at my house with Shadow and we went into town to find some sort of storage box for each of them to pack up everything on their desks. We wanted a wooden box with a lid, but we ended up with plastic as that was the only alternative in the size we needed. We then rushed home to get their desk items packed up. Once done, they went off to play Harry Potter with Joey and Molly next door and I went home to get Sam and Shadow. We got back just in time to fix lunch and head to the our ‘people training for good dogs’ class. The Goldpebbles and I spent a couple of hours with Melissa Berryman learning how to think like a dog. Melissa asked the boys to tell her how people greet one another. They answered that sometimes people shake hands. Then she asked them how many times they had seen dogs shaking hands. Well, never. But she explained that people often extend their hand with outreaching fingers to a strange dog to show that they are friendly and that some dogs will see that as an invitation to bite. She recommends patting your leg and inviting the dog to come to you. If it does, then you can pet it. Otherwise, no petting of dogs you don’t know. And if you are walking your dog and people ask if he is friendly before attempting to pet him, tell them that your dog is friendly with you, but that you suggest they ask the dog if he would like to be petted. You then directing them to pat their thigh along with a friendly greeting and see if your dog goes to them. If so, then they can pet him. If not, walk on. This is just one example of what she teaches, but today she spent most of her time explaining how to use high and low pitched sounds to get a dog to do what you want—low tones for the no-no’s and a really high-pitched ‘good’ immediately when the dog responds. The thing we are having to work so hard on with Shadow is getting him not to jump up on us. He is responding beautifully to the training method, but we do all have to be on the same page. Thus, the classes.
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I took the boys to my house after the training session to give them a treat for successfully completing their first class. I then left Shadow at home to take a nap and returned to Heather and Jed’s with the boys. Heather was still completing the painting of the second upstairs bedroom and Jed as loading things into the van to take to the storage unit. I continued to helped pack things that need to be put in the storage unit, but it had become apparent that the goal of getting all of the downstairs rooms painted before a professional painting crew comes on Wednesday to paint all of the trim in the house was just not going to get done. I left at 5 pm to come home and fix dinner and the rest of the crew arrived a couple of hours later to eat. Heather had bought artichokes as it is the season, and an array of cheeses, a loaf of rustic Italian bread, and raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries to add to the feast. All I had to do was cook the artichokes and get everything on the table. After a wonderful dinner, Heather and Jed returned home to keep painting. Heather has to go to work tomorrow and Jed leaves mid-day with the boys to go for three days of snowboarding at Sunday River near Bethel, Maine. Heather will join them on Wednesday evening. They are coming back here to spend the night and I expected them before now. I can’t wait to find out what the new plan is for proceeding, depending on just how much they got done tonight. Heather still has tomorrow night and I have offered to do what I can tomorrow afternoon. They have accomplished so much this weekend, but the work continues.

2020 Life Logs, Day 47: Support Staff

2020 Life Logs, Day 47: Support Staff
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020
Weather: Mix of Sun and Clouds; High 42 degrees, Low 31 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

When you are getting a house ready to put on the market and moving, there’s nothing you need more than a support staff. So that is what I am trying to be for Heather and Jed. Their next door neighbors, the Keefe’s, are also pitching in by having Jonah and Ollie spend more time than normal at their house. Ollie and Jonah spent the night there last night, went to hockey practice with Joey this morning, and spent the remainder of the day there until I went to get them at 5 pm to take them back to my house. Earlier in the day, I went to water plants for friends that are out of town and then picked Sam up when he returned from his camping and ski/snowboarding weekend. He had a great time and was very grateful that one of the Scout masters worked extra hard to keep the wood stove burning in their cabin on Friday night when the temps were below zero. It was so warm last night that he slept in only his sleeping bag liner. He did a couple of Black Diamond trails yesterday and was very proud of that fact. I took him home to shower, went to get lunch for all of us, and then took Sam to my house to be with Shadow while I went back to Heather and Jed’s to pack up a few more things. I had offered to fix dinner for all of us, but the boys and I had go ahead and eat without H & J. They arrived closer to 8 pm as they really wanted to finish the painting in the upstairs bedrooms, hallway, and stairwell. Heather got two coats of paint on in the boys’ room, walls and ceiling, and one coat on in their bedroom and the hall and stairwell. They are using No VOC paint, but still they decided to take me up on my offer to sleep at my house tonight instead of uncovering their bed to sleep there. It would just have to be covered again tomorrow. Right now, everyone is fast asleep except for me, so I think I’ll turn in as well. Heather and Jed plan to be up and out of here by 7:30 to put in another long day of painting and taking things to their storage unit. I’ll take care of the Goldpebbles until I take them to their People Training for Good Dogs class at 12:30. I’ll have lots to report on tomorrow night.

2020 Life Logs, Day 46: People Training Class and Helping with the Goldstone Move

2020 Life Logs, Day 46: People Training Class and Helping with the Goldstone Move
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Weather: Mostly Sunny, Still Cold; High 30 degrees, Low 29 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Jonah, Ollie, and I had a good night’s sleep, not waking up until almost 8 am. We had breakfast, and before we knew it, it was time for me to take them home so I could go to “people training” class with Shadow. The one-on-one classes are two and half hours long—lots of lecture and lots of hands on practice. Today we worked on what is called the Leadership Exercise which is basically a version of follow the leader. My job is to show Shadow that I am worth following. This also requires that Shadow learns to sit on command which is something I was not able to get him to do until after last week’s class. Then we worked on the ‘heel’ command using the leash. That was extremely effective. So I think my training is working. On Monday I take Sam, Jonah, and Ollie with me to class so they can learn to better handle Shadow.

After class, Shadow and I went home to have lunch and then we went to Heather and Jed’s to see if there was anything we could do to help with moving preparations. Getting their current house ready to put on the market is the current challenge. The boys played next door at the Keefe’s all day and were invited to spend the night tonight. So, I didn’t get to have them for a second night. But since there is no school this week, I’m hoping all three boys can spend tomorrow night with me. Heather had hoped to paint their bedroom today, but instead the day was spent moving things to a storage unit to make painting easier. Tomorrow will be painting day for the upstairs bedrooms and stairwell and then the Monday holiday will be spent painting downstairs. I’m hoping to spend part of tomorrow helping to get the downstairs ready to be painted. I was amazed at how much they were able to accomplish today. Sure hope tomorrow and Monday are as productive.