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!

2019 Life Logs, Day 140: Sam’s 6th Grade Band Concert

2019 Life Logs, Day 140: Sam’s 6th Grade Band Concert
Date: Monday, May 20, 2019
Weather: Mix of Sun and Clouds, Windy; High 68, Low 54 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I can’t believe my first-born grandchild is in sixth grade and will be in middle school next fall. But attending his 6th grade band concert tonight gave evidence that this is true.

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Sam plays percussion and was on cymbals for the first song and then on tone block and drums for the other songs. He is also a drummer for the jazz band that played next and he was the drummer for the first song, My Girl. I heard this song at the district-wide concert a couple of months ago, but hearing Sam drum for one of favorite songs ever is very special. One of Sam’s very best friends, Robert, is the other jazz band drummer, and he drummed for the second song. Then both of them sat back and air-drummed for the last song which was an improvisation for horns. A high school senior led the improv and then the students went with it. They were amazing. Sam’s good friend Sebastian is truly a gifted saxophone player. Wonderful to see such talent. Afterwards we went to Smitty’s to celebrate with Robert and his parents and brother. As we enter the last month of school, I think there is concert every week going forward. Jonah has a band concert next week, Ollie the next week, and then there is Jonah’s 4th grade graduation with 4th grade chorus concert. So you’ll be reading about more concerts as we move toward the end of the school year.

2019 Life Logs, Day 139: Soccer Sunday Morning

2019 Life Logs, Day 139: Soccer Sunday Morning
Date: Sunday, May 19, 2019
Weather: Sun Early, then Clouds and a Little Rain; High 64, Low 58 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Jonah had an 11 am soccer game today, but he had to be at the field an hour early for practice and a team photo. Sam spent the night with his friend Sebastian last night and Ollie and Jonah stayed up much later than usual as they, along with their babysitter, were invited next door to the Keefe’s for a sit around the ‘camp’ fire last night. They slept in and then Heather had to take off with Jonah to get him to the field while I went over to help Ollie get going. Ollie and I went to pick up Sam and made it to Jonah’s game just as it was starting. Jonah played a good game. His team lost today, but Jonah made the only goal of the game for his team, so he was at least happy about that. After the game, I took the boys home and fixed lunch for them while Heather went food shopping for the week. When she got home, I stayed on for part of the afternoon helping out with chores around the house. Mid-afternoon, I took off to go home for a late lunch and to make a trip to water plants for friends who are out of town. I wanted to get back to Heather’s to finish up some jobs there I had started, so I skipped going to the gym to ride the stationary bike. I had dinner at Heather’s and when I left tonight, most of the chores that needed to be done before the start of the week were completed. I really don’t know how single mothers survive, but as Heather pointed out, they simply would not be able to allow their kids to do all the things the Goldpebbles do. Some weeks it takes all three of us, Heather, Jed, and me, to cart kids from place to place. This week we are down to two of us, so I will be continuing to help out a bit each day . . . something I love doing.

2019 Life Logs, Day 138: Sonnay Fiddlers and Dinner with My Daughter

2019 Life Logs, Day 138: Sonnay Fiddlers and Dinner with My Daughter
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Weather: Sunny with Cape Cod Blue Sky; High 68, Low 49 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

What a fantastic day! This afternoon I went with Heather and boys to the Falmouth Cultural Festival where Ollie was playing violin with the Sonnay Fiddlers. Sonnay stands for ‘students of Nikki—not all young’ as the fiddlers range in age from Ollie’s age to some my age. Ollie started taking violin lessons from Nikki in January and today was his first public performance. It was informal as the group was playing onstage while people were visiting the booths from around the world, but each piece they played got applause which gave it a concert-like atmosphere. Ollie was the youngest of the group and I was very impressed with his stage presence. Sam and Jonah found friends, so after watching Ollie play with the group for a while, they went outside to kick a soccer ball around. After Ollie finished performing, Heather, Ollie, and I visited the booths from around the world and then went outside to check out the impromptu soccer-football game on the church lawn. The cultural festival was taking place in the community building of the downtown St. Barnabus Episcopal Church and when Ollie asked me to take a photo of him jumping in the air with Sam and Jonah playing with friends in the background, I saw such a beautiful view of downtown Falmouth through my camera lens. The white steeple of the Congregational Church across the Green, the stone spire of St. Barnabus in the foreground, and the beautiful blue sky.

We have had so few sunny, warm days this spring and today was one of them. So as soon as we returned home, Heather and I went into a work frenzy getting soil transported from the drive-way to her newly built deep beds. Brian from next door saw us transporting soil via wheelbarrow and volunteered to transport for us with his little mini-tractor and trailer. Hallelujah! We only had an hour to work before Heather was supposed to head to an evening event, so Brian’s help was just what was needed. Jed is out of town for the week, so Heather had decided to cash in on a free babysitter for the night, something she and Jed had won in waffle at a Woods Hole Oceanographic. The babysitter arrived before we finished doing the garden work, so we quickly finished up and I headed home. I was just settling in when I got a call from Heather. She had changed her mind about going out to the planned event and wanted to know if I would like to go out to dinner with her. Since it is a rare event that I get to spend alone time with my daughter, I jumped at the chance. We had a wonderful evening together. Dinner was fantastic, but the time to just be together and talk was even better. Life is good.

2019 Life Logs, Day 137: Dinner and Movie with the Goldpebbles

2019 Life Logs, Day 137: Dinner and Movie with the Goldpebbles
Date: Friday, May 17, 2019
Weather: Overcast with a Few Sprinkles; High 65, Low 51 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

My day was spent dealing with paperwork and making related phone calls. What I thought would take an hour took six hours! But at least I did get the job done. By the time I finished, it was late afternoon and I needed to head to the gym to ride the stationary bike. Before leaving, I spent some time on the phone talking with friend Karen Baranowski who has been at her son’s home babysitting her four grandchildren all week. She and Peter are home for 36 hours and then they head back to stay with the kids until her son and his wife return from a get-away on Tuesday. While I was talking to her, I heard my phone beeping with another incoming call. When we hung up, I checked to see who had called and it said it was Heather. When I called, Ollie answered the phone and explained that he was the who had called to invite me over dinner and to watch a Harry Potter movie. I whole-heartedly accepted the invitation but explained that I had to go to the gym first to do my stint on the stationary bike. When I arrived for dinner, I was given my Mother’s Day present which was a bat house. Heather got one, Jed’s mother got one, and I got one. Bats pollinate plants, they cut down on mosquitoes and other bugs, and flying bat poop is a good thing! Who knew! It is big enough that I will need help hanging it on a tree, but I am happy to welcome bats. I then gave each of the boys a small gift from their Great Aunt Patsy. She chose some small items that belonged to Joe to send to the boys. Ollie got a rechargeable flashlight, Jonah a small flip light to examine treasures, and Sam got drawing calipers to add to his draftsmen supplies. We ate dinner while watching the third Harry Potter movie and afterwards Ollie went straight to the kitchen to write a thank you note to Aunt Patsy. He was supposed to be brushing his teeth, so when he gave me the thank you note to send to her, he apologized that it wasn’t his best writing as he was in a bit of a hurry. But he got that thank you note written, and it looked like neat handwriting to me! Tomorrow there are no soccer games, but Ollie has a his first violin concert. So that is how we will spend our afternoon.

2019 Life Logs, Day 136: Super Coral Reefs

2019 Life Logs, Day 136: Super Coral Reefs
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 68, Low 48 degrees F
Location: Back Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

The highlight of my day was watching Heather moderate a panel discussion following a viewing from the film, Super Reefs: The Future of Corals.

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When I found out about the event, I tried to register, but it was already ‘sold out’. This was an event sponsored by Woods Hole Oceanographic in conjunction with the Woods Hole Film Festival. It was free, but you had to pre-register. Thankfully, the panel discussion following the film viewing was live streamed on Facebook. I watched that way and even took a few photos of my computer screen to document the event. The panel of experts were all excellent and Heather did a fantastic job of moderating the discussion. I know I am prejudiced, but she is really good! One of the panelists was so passionate that it brought me to tears. Super reefs are coral reefs that are able to survive the warming of ocean waters caused by global warming. Some of these super reefs can breed resilient larvae that can reseed other reefs. The most passionate of the panel members is a Woods Hole researcher who has dedicated her life’s work to try and save the earth’s coral reefs by identifying and studying super reefs. In answering a question from the audience, she stated that 80 some percent of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is dead as a result of a huge spike in temperatures in 2015 to 2017. Breaks my heart when I think about this, but it was good to hear the panelists look to the future with things that can be done to try and minimize destruction as we move forward. The film was made to bring attention this issue and I hope I’ll be able to see the full film this summer during the Woods Hole Film Festival.

Otherwise, today was spent settling in after the trip to Tennessee. I went to the gym to ride the stationary bike, went to the grocery store to restock my refrigerator, did a quick laundry, stopped at the post office to pick up my mail, and then came home to fix dinner. For whatever reason, the trip to Tennessee was not good for my knee. It is warm to the touch and a bit swollen, obviously inflamed. But riding the stationary bike at the gym helped loosen it up a bit. I’ll start icing it again, and if that, plus a few days of consistent exercise doesn’t solve the problem, I’ll make an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon’s assistant. But I’m hoping that by getting back into my exercise and walking routines, things will improve.

2019 Life Logs, Day 135: From TN to NY to MA

2019 Life Logs, Day 135: From TN to NY to MA
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Weather: Mostly Cloudy; High 58, Low 47 degrees F
Location: Back Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

In total, it took almost twelve hours, but I am back home tonight. It is actually only a three-and-a-half-hour flight direct, but I used American Airline Advantage miles to book and it didn’t allow for direct flights. So, I had a stopover in Washington, DC, on my way to Tennessee last week and a stop at LaGuardia in New York on my way home today. At least all flights were on time today and things went smoothly. It just made for a very long day. I landed in Boston at 3:20, caught the 3:35 bus to the Cape Cod Park and Ride, and arrived there just after 6 pm. I decided to stop at a favorite Cambodian restaurant that was on the way home for dinner and by the time I was home and unpacked it was 8 pm. Everything here looks almost like I left it. The fish aquarium water cleared a bit while I was gone, which is a good thing, but my tomato plant leaves have continued to yellow. Not sure if it is too much or too little water, but hopefully I can nurse them back to green. It always feels good to get home, but I’m so glad I went to spend some time with my sister.

2019 Life Logs, Day 134: Spring Cleaning

2019 Life Logs, Day 134: Spring Cleaning
Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Weather: Mixed Clouds AM, Beautiful Afternoon; High 68, Low 47 degrees F
Location: At Home with My Sister Patsy Kerwood, Mt. Juliet, TN

It’s late, I’m tired, and I have to get up early to catch a 10 am flight home. So this will be short. I started my day by choosing some photos to be enlarged for my brother-in-law’s Celebration of Life with the neighbors on Saturday. The photos were on my computer, so I sent them to Walgreen’s and picked them up this evening. My niece Janet and I spent the rest of the morning and all afternoon using a power washer to clean the back covered patio and windows. There was lots of stubborn green mod and mildew, so the job took longer than we anticipated. Not a fun job, but we had a beautiful, sunny afternoon for being outside. So no complaints. I had no old work clothes with them, so I ended up wearing a pair of Joe’s Cleveland Browns pajama bottoms and an old shirt Janet brought for me to wear.

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I was quite a sight, but I know my brother-in-law would have loved seeing me in those Cleveland Brown’s pajama bottoms—so I called it a bonding experience. After we finished, I took my sister to the grocery store to make sure she has lots of food choices. She knows she has to focus on gaining weight, so I also made two meatloaves that I know she will eat, sliced them, and put them in the freezer in meal-sized packets. There were so many other things that I wanted to do, but I just ran out of time. Next visit.

2019 Life Logs, Day 133: Catching Up

2019 Life Logs, Day 133: Catching Up
Date: Monday, May 13, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 70, Low 43 degrees F
Location: At Home with My Sister Patsy Kerwood, Mt. Juliet, TN

When I was here in late December, early January, I helped my sister begin putting away Christmas decorations. She has boxes and boxes and boxes of decorations that she puts out each year, and I thought we got most of it put away. But when I arrived this time, the den was still full of boxes that needed to be put on shelves in the garage. So today was the day of catching up–getting those boxes stored away and doing some other organizing and cleaning. When my niece Janet arrived in the early afternoon, she helped-out with the shuffling of boxes and then we took a load of cardboard to the recycling center and made a stop at Lowe’s for cleaning supplies for tomorrow’s jobs. At the end of the day of catching up, my sister and I had a nice dinner and then we watched two episodes of Downton Abbey. We watched episode one of season one last night, and I could see that my sister is hooked. I’ve put all six seasons on her Amazon Prime watchlist, so she’ll have something to keep her entertained for the next few weeks. Weather here is finally sunny, but the temperature has dropped from the 80’s to the 70’s and it feels chilly. But I got a text from Heather this evening saying there was show in western Massachusetts and rain with temps in the 40’s at home. She suggested I change my flight and stay a few more days. It will be back in the 80’s here by the weekend, so staying is certainly tempting!

2019 Life Logs, Day 132: Happy Mother’s Day

2019 Life Logs, Day 132: Happy Mother’s Day
Date: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Weather: Overcast; High 76, Low 48 degrees F
Location: At Home with My Sister Patsy Kerwood, Mt. Juliet, TN

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful mothers out there. . . especially to the mothers of my grandchildren, my daughter Heather and my daughter-in-law Jo. Being a good mother is the most important job on earth. And as all mothers know, it can also be the hardest. There are times of joy and times of sorrow, times of success and times of failure, times of elation and times of deflation. But all of the time, there is love. I heard from Heather and from Justin today and Patsy heard from Jennifer and her daughter Janet took us out to dinner. So we were happy mothers. Patsy and I spent our afternoon on a Costco buying spree and returned home just in time to go out to dinner. “Belly up to the bar” is not an expression I would associate with my sister, but Janet took us to Burger Republic for dinner and there was a wait. So, we bellied up to the bar and waited there for a table. And I actually had the best burger I have ever had there. It was a Black and Bleu Salad—a burger atop a fantastic and huge salad sprinkled generously with bleu cheese. They have an ahi tuna burger salad that looks equally as good. We might have to go back tomorrow night to try that. Tomorrow we might get a tad of sunshine—something I haven’t seen since I arrived. Looking forward to that.

2019 Life Logs, Day 131: Another Low-key Day

2019 Life Logs, Day 131: Another Low-key Day
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Weather: Overcast with Light Rain; High 80, Low 59 degrees F
Location: At Home with My Sister Patsy Kerwood, Mt. Juliet, TN

It was another low-key day here. Patsy and I both have the bad habit of going to bed too late and sleeping in until 8:00 or 8:30 in the morning. I was actually up first this morning and quietly came into the living room and worked on the jigsaw puzzle I was hoping to interest Patsy in working. But I think she prefers her crossword puzzles that she does every morning. We managed to talk away the morning, mostly searching the web for what foods are best to eat if you want to gain weight. Patsy has the opposite problem of most of the rest of us, needed to gain, not lose weight. In the afternoon, I had her take me to the Club House to sign me in as a guest in the guest in the Fitness Room so I could ride the stationary bike. She left me to do that and then I walked home in the mist. It is a seven-tenths of a mile, gently uphill walk, and it felt great to get the exercise in. We continued working on our puzzles and then it was time to go to a neighbor’s home for dinner. Her neighborhood has been so generous, providing her food for the past two weeks. The neighbors also invited Janet and Monica. This evening I have been going through photos of my brother-in that are on my computer and tomorrow will put together a portfolio of photos for a display at the first of three Celebration of Life memorials that will be held in his honor. The first one is next Saturday here in Dell-Web. I’ll be home by then, but I’m so glad that I can help prepare for the celebration. I did a Shutterfly book for Joe’s 80th birthday and therefore have the photos sent to me by friends and family members. Therefore, I have all the photos on my computer making it is easy to choose the ones to print. The weather has been consistently overcast, rainy, and hot since I have been here and tomorrow is forecast to be the same. On Monday and Tuesday we should see some sunshine here, but the high temp is going to go down into the 60’s. I wonder what the weather is like on Cape Cod?