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 27: Mundane Monday

2020 Life Logs, Day 27: Mundane Monday
Date: Monday, January 27, 2020
Weather: Partly Sunny; High 43 degrees, Low 30 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

No earth-shattering news from here today. It was a mundane Monday. I did make an appointment with a dog trainer and I spent time organizing any writing I have done to date that might be included in a book about the Voyage of Windbird. Then there was reading, working on what I think is another impossible 1,500 piece puzzle, walking, walking, and playing with Shadow, and doing some cooking. Mundane. But let me share a quote about mundane from B, F. Skinner. “Even the mundane task of washing dishes by hand is an example of the small tasks and personal activities that once filled people’s daily lives with a sense of achievement.” I did wash dishes by hand today since I don’t have a dish washer, so after reading this quote I am feeling a sense of achievement! More seriously, however, making progress on my writing does give me a sense of achievement and I will continue with that tomorrow morning. In the afternoon, I meet with a friend from the Memoir Writing class we are taking to do a peer review of our writing. It gives me a sense of excitement to finally be making some progress on writing.

2020 Life Logs, Day 26: Shadow Gets a Winter Coat

2020 Life Logs, Day 26: Shadow Gets a Winter Coat
Date: Sunday, January 26, 2020
Weather: Partly Cloudy; High 48 degrees, Low 33 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Ollie, Jonah, Shadow, and I spent our morning together at my house and Shadow was much better behaved than last night. Still, I will contact that trainer on Monday. Just after noon, I took the boys home. Sam had just gotten home from his Boy Scout Klondike Camp Out weekend. Sam was frustrated that the weekend didn’t go perfectly, but that’s the never-ending story of a perfectionist. Yet, even though he is much younger than some of the other boys, he is the leader of his patrol and he was very proud that they won third place in the weekend events. We are all so proud of his developing leadership skills. Congratulations, Sam.

Sam has been very concerned that Shadow doesn’t have a winter coat and that problem was solved this weekend. Next door neighbor, Melissa Keefe, had a beloved dog named Ginger for many years that died during the last year. Yesterday Heather was talking to Melissa and mentioned how distressed Sam has been over Shadow’s lack of a winter coat and Melissa offered Ginger’s coat. It is tartan plaid and has just a little room for growth. We waited until Sam got home today to give it to Shadow. Sam was so happy that Shadow will no longer need to be cold and Shadow accepted the gift graciously. The weather is going to get colder as this week progresses, so I’ll get a chance to try it out. Thank you, Melissa. I know how much Ginger meant to you and I’ll make sure Shadow makes good use of Ginger’s coat.

2020 Life Logs, Day 25: A Two Pebble Overnight

2020 Life Logs, Day 25: A Two Pebble Overnight
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Weather: Overcast with Drizzle, Pouring Rain Late; High 49 degrees, Low 37 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It’s a Goldpebble overnight here in the cottage, but there are just two Pebbles as Sam is camping with Scouts this weekend. Today was drizzly and windy, but not cold enough to need gloves when I took Shadow walking. And even now it is 49 degrees out. Sam might be wet, but he shouldn’t be freezing. I had another laid-back day and enjoyed the evening with Ollie and Jonah. We had our favorite dinner when they come over—artichokes, corn-on-the-cob, calamari, and ice cream for dessert. Jonah ate more than I have ever seen him eat. He finished off his artichoke, then his corn, and then asked for more calamari. For a child who eats more like a bird, it was quite an occasion. He called it a feast but reminded me that he still had a little room for dessert. After dinner we watched a movie, or at least the boys did. Shadow just couldn’t settle down, so I spent most of my evening dealing with him. I would put him in the crate and think he was settled. But the minute I brought him back out, he was crazier than when I put him in. So it was back in the crate again. He just gets so excited when he is with the boys, but I have got to find a way to deal with this. That trainer that I had begun to think I didn’t need is going back to the top of the priority list. I will call on Monday and make an appointment as I definitely need guidance.

Since the cottage is so small, once I put the boys to bed, I always come into my bedroom to write my log and read and try to make as little noise as possible. I am sitting here on the bed with a sleeping puppy and I listening to the pouring rain. It is so loud that I am afraid it might wake the boys and I’m dreading taking Shadow out for his last potty break of the day. After I call the trainer on Monday, maybe I should go buy an umbrella!

2020 Life Logs, Day 24: Free and Easy Friday

2020 Life Logs, Day 24: Free and Easy Friday
Date: Friday, January 24, 2020
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 46 degrees, Low 31 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was just delightful and convinced me that all of my Fridays should be ‘Free and Easy’. The weather was perfect—sunny morning, a few more clouds in the afternoon, and it felt warm. No gloves, no hats, only a light weight winter coat was needed, so Shadow and I had a nice long morning walk in the bright sunshine and another slightly less sunny afternoon walk. Having Shadow has accomplished one goal and that is getting me outside to walk in the winter weather. And I am really enjoying it. Other than my outdoor forays, walks plus playing ball with Shadow, I read a chapter in the amazing book Heather gave for Christmas, worked on my puzzle while watching the Impeachment Hearings, made a necessary trip to Job Lot and the grocery store, and gave Shadow a late day bath. Surely I did something else, but if I did, I can’t remember what it was! I had wanted to go to a climate change presentation in Woods Hole tonight, but I just couldn’t get myself out the door. Instead, I cuddled a wet puppy after his bath and watched more of the Impeachment Hearings. Tomorrow is another day with nothing on the calendar, but tomorrow night Ollie and Jonah are going to come for dinner and spend the night. Sam is away at a Scout Klondike Camping weekend and Heather and Jed are going out. Shadow and I are looking forward to an evening with J & O.

2020 Life Logs, Day 23:  Reliving the Dream

2020 Life Logs, Day 23:  Reliving the Dream
Date:  Thursday, January 23, 2020
Weather:  Sunny; High 43 degrees, Low 28 degrees F
Location:  At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Friend Bruce Woodin asked me to give my Voyage of Windbird around the world presentation to his small group of ROMEOS—Retired Old Men Eating Out.  They ate in, not out, today at Bruce and Jane’s and this ROW (Retired Old Woman) gave the presentation.  I love giving the presentation as I get to ‘relive the dream’ every time I give it.  Sailing around the world was Mark’s dream and I went along reluctantly.  But by the time we got to the Caribbean, it became my dream as well.  Instead of the normal 45 minutes, I think it took me two hours to give the presentation to the group today.  There were only six of us and there were questions throughout that took extra time.  But no one fell asleep, so I felt successful!  Thanks, Bruce, for inviting me to present to your very special group of friends.  I loved the small group setting.

Because I got home later than expected, I decided to skip my afternoon Memoir Writing class and spend time with Shadow.  I hate leaving him in his crate for more than 3 hours in a day, so instead of writing, Shadow and I walked and played ball outside in the sunshine and watched the Impeachment Hearings when we came inside.  I’m starting a new puzzle, so I worked on separating out the border pieces while watching the Hearings.  Tomorrow I have nothing on my calendar, so Shadow and I can play the day away.  I do have to go to the grocery store as my refrigerator is void of fresh veggies and I’m sure I’ll find other things that need to be done, but it is a good feeling to look forward to a completely free and easy day.

2020 Life Logs, Day 22: Back to ‘Normal’

2020 Life Logs, Day 22: Back to ‘Normal’
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Weather: ; High 34 degrees, Low 23 degrees F
Location: Back Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I’ve been home for a little over 24 hours and I definitely hit the ground running. But that’s the normal state of things. Since Jed is out of town, I pitched in last night and today to help Heather with childcare. It’s the least I can do to thank her for taking care of Shadow while I was in Florida. Plus, there’s nothing I love to do more than be with my grandkids. Heather had an early morning meeting, so Shadow and I started our day playing with Ollie until it was time to walk him to school. I was very impressed with how good Ollie is with Shadow on his leash. And believe me, that is not easy. But Ollie and Heather had walked to school yesterday and Ollie obviously paid very close attention to directions and knew exactly what to do today. After dropping Ollie off at school, Shadow and I returned to Heather’s and finished up a laundry load I had started when I first arrived earlier in the morning. Once the laundry was done, Shadow and I headed home for another walk and lunch (for Shadow). Today was friend Karen Baranowski’s birthday and at noon she picked me up and we drove together to meet Olivia White and Jane Woodin for a birthday luncheon at The Lobster Trap in Bourne. We are the female half of our Newcomers Dining-in Group and we get together for birthdays every year. Happy Birthday, Karen! Today we were missing Midge Frieswyk as her husband Bill fell and broke his hip last week and had to be taken to Mass General in Boston for a hip replacement. Bill was already in a rehab center after breaking an arm and a wrist as the result of another fall. We had a wonderful lunch, great seafood, but our thoughts were definitely with Midge and Bill.

When I got home, I had an hour to spend with Shadow before our next outing. We played outside and cuddled on the couch while I caught a bit of today’s Impeachment proceedings, and then we were off to pick Ollie up after school and take him to violin lessons. We stopped by Heather’s and I asked Sam if he would puppy sit while we were gone. He was glad to do it, but when Ollie and I were about half-way to his violin lesson, I got a call from Sam. He was panicked because Shadow had nabbed a chocolate cookie from him. I have told the boys that dogs should not have chocolate, so Sam was afraid it might really hurt Shadow. I felt bad for Sam because he felt responsible. But I assured him that he was not at fault and that one little chocolate cookie was not going to hurt Shadow. I then went in with Ollie for his violin lesson. I love hearing him play. Such a delight. Then after the lesson, we headed home with Jonah and his friend Kaiden who walked over after their jazz band practice at nearby Morse Pond School.

Once Heather got home, Shadow and I headed to our house to have a quick dinner before I had to leave . . . again. Wednesday night is my Mah Jongg night. I hated to leave Shadow, but he probably slept the whole time I was away. I did come home a little early tonight to be with him as I have to leave again tomorrow morning. Right now, we are sitting on the couch, me writing this log while watching a wrap up of today’s Impeachment proceedings, and Shadow cuddled up to me sleeping. Tomorrow I give my Voyage of Windbird to a small group in the morning and go to my memoir writing class in the afternoon. Uh oh, I haven’t done the writing assignment. I might have to tell the instructor that the puppy ate my homework!

2020 Life Logs, Day 21: Happy 13th Birthday to Sam

2020 Life Logs, Day 21: Happy 13th Birthday to Sam
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Weather: Cool in Florida, Cold on Cape Cod; High 46/29 degrees, Low 37/16 degrees F
Location: Back Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

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This evening I arrived back on Cape Cod in time to be a part of a birthday dinner for Sam. He had his ‘official’ birthday dinner on Friday night, but apart from the birthday party, each year the boys get to request a favorite dinner on their actual birthday. Sam is my oldest grandchild, but I am having difficulty believing that he is already 13, a full-fledged teenager. Mark and I came home from New Zealand after our first year of cruising around the world to be here for Sam’s birth. In the 13 years since then, he has grown to be a handsome, thoughtful, loving, and talented young man. I made it home this evening just in time for the birthday dinner. Sam requested Indian so we had his favorite chicken tikki masala, vegetable korma, saag paneer, samosas, and naan. And then we had chocolate pudding with whipped cream for dessert, instead of a birthday cake, at his request. He was a happy birthday teenager.

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My short time in Bonita Springs visiting with Linda and Mike was short, but it was just delightful. This morning Mike left early to play tennis, but I got a few more minutes to visit with Garrett and Linda. Linda and I walked Garrett to the gym for a workout before he started his work day. Then Linda drove me to the airport and was returning to go play pickleball, her new passion. Thank you, Mike and Linda, for a wonderful few days. My three days there were all sunny and warm enough to really enjoy the break from a northern winter. We have had many unseasonably warm days making me feel like winter has not yet begun here, but while I was away, the temperatures plummeted. I definitely got a taste of winter on arrival in Boston.

I was very excited to see Shadow when I arrived at Heather’s and we had a happy reunion with many puppy kisses. But it was obvious that he had really enjoyed his time living with Heather and Goldpebbles. He also loves Jed, but Jed has been out of town since Saturday. Heather reported that Shadow has taken her for many brisk walks and the boys reported that after the first day, Shadow settled down with them instead of always being a wild child. All three boys seemed to really enjoy Shadow’s long weekend visit. Then when I got home with Shadow, I was busy putting things away and all of a sudden he disappeared.

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I found him up on my bed cuddling his stuffed puppy friend. I brought him back into the living room, continued putting things away, and he disappeared again . . . back on the bed with his stuffed puppy friend. He has never been able to jump up on the bed before, but it was obvious that he was ready for a long winter night’s sleep. I think maybe those boys wore him out!

2020 Life Logs, Day 20: Pool, Hot Tub, Beach, and Feast—Tough Life

2020 Life Logs, Day 20: Pool, Hot Tub, Beach, and Feast—Tough Life
Date: Monday, January 20, 2020
Weather: Cooler but Sunny; High 71 degrees, Low 47 degrees F
Location: At Home with Linda and Mike Stuart, Bonita Springs, FL

Overnight the temperature dropped, but not enough to keep Linda and I out of the pool for water aerobics. The water was warm and I didn’t really notice the chill in the air until I got out of the pool. So, Linda suggested we head to the hot tub to warm up and it did the trick. While we were in the pool, the sun burned through the cloud cover giving us another sunny day, perfect for our next foray which was to the beach. Linda and I spent the afternoon on Bonita Beach sunning and walking. I was in my bathing suit and I was plenty warm, but Linda had on her long-sleeved jacket and still felt a little chilly. I’ve always been told that’s how you tell the locals from the tourists in south Florida. When the temperature falls, only the crazy tourists are still out in bathing suits and in the water. That’s me. The couple of hours we spent on the beach were like magic. I love hearing the waves crashing on the shore and today they were doing just that. But all good things must come to an end. It was time to go buy food for dinner and get home to prepare it. Linda’s brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Mary Ellen, were coming over for dinner. Since Garrett and I were also visiting, Linda and Mike decided to get grass fed beef tenderloin steaks to celebrate the occasion. There is a farm store in Bonita that sells grass fed, grass finished beef, pork, lamb, and chicken straight from the farm that is about an hour away. The tenderloins were at least two inches thick and delicious, along with the scalloped potatoes, asparagus, and salad. We ate, drank, and talked away a lovely evening. It was late when Jack and Mary Ellen left, so I decided to head to bed. I’m writing this log on the plane ride back to Boston and will post it when I arrive.

Heather sent another ‘adventure’ photo from today. She took the boys and Shadow for a walk on the cranberry bogs that are close to their house and ventured to the huge hill of sand that the boys love to climb and slide down. Shadow was no different. He loved climbing up and running after the boys as they ran or slid down. His life is going to seem mighty boring when I get home, so I’ll make sure I arrange weekly playdates with the Goldpebbles so they can continue their adventures.

Life Logs, Day 19:  Hanging Out with Friends and Family

Life Logs, Day 19:  Hanging Out with Friends and Family
Date:  Sunday, January 19, 2020
Weather:  Beautiful Day; High 78 degrees, Low 60 degrees F
Location:  At Home with Linda and Mike Stuart, Bonita Springs, FL

It was a day of just hanging out with friends and family.  Add to that clear, blue skies, bright sunshine, and a high temperature in the upper 70’s, and it equals a totally delightful day.  Linda and Mike are here in southern Florida taking a winter break from their bicycle trip around the world.  Their next destination is Europe, and weather dictated that they should wait until March to begin that leg of their journey.  They had planned to stay here in Florida in a condo owned by Linda’s sister until the first of February, spend a month in northern New York where most of Linda’s family lives, and then head to Spain.  But Linda has fallen in love with the weather here in southern Florida and made arrangements to stay here for one more month, making a short trip to northern New York.  And I can certainly see why.  The weather here is just perfect right now and it seduces you into thinking that you never want to leave.  I have one more day and then I head back to Cape Cod.  I’m not looking forward to the winter weather, but I have really missed Shadow and Heather and family.  Today Heather sent a photo of my boys—Shadow, Sam, Jonah, and Ollie—going for a walk, and it jolted me back into reality.  Even if it is cold, I really can’t wait to return home to be with them.

This morning Linda and I did an hour of water aerobics in a warm swimming pool and then I just sat in the sun while Linda swam laps.  We went to Mark’s sister Mary Ellen’s home for lunch and visited with Mary Ellen and Lee and their son Dan and his two teenagers, Noah and Danny.  We returned home to watch the Titans play Kansas City in a game that decided that Kansas City will be going to the Super Bowl (not my choice), and then we prepared a welcome dinner for Mike and Linda’s son Garrett.  Garrett flew in from San Jose late this evening to spend a week with his mom and dad and his wife Katie will arrive on Friday morning to spend the weekend with them.  The dinner tonight was another fantastic meal—salmon stuffed with spinach and Fontina cheese, roasted sweet potatoes, stir-fried oyster mushrooms, and homemade applesauce.  I have not seen Garrett for years, so it wonderful to reconnect with him.  He has to work during the days while he is here, so tomorrow after water aerobics, Linda and I will head to the beach for a couple of hours while Mike plays pickleball.  Then we’ll return home and get ready for another fantastic dinner, this time with Linda’s brother and his wife who live nearby.  It’s tough life down here, but someone has to do it.

2020 Life Logs, Day 18: The Boathouse and Tour of Rialto

2020 Life Logs, Day 18: The Boathouse and Tour of Rialto
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 77 degrees, Low 61 degrees F
Location: At Home with Linda and Mike Stuart, Bonita Springs, FL

It was a lovely day here in south Florida and great to be here with Mike and Linda. During the early morning we walked to the Farmers Market, stopped at the grocery store, sat by the pool for a few minutes, and then drove west of Fort Myers to have lunch with Mark’s family and friends of his brother Steve.We met at a restaurant called the Boat House just west of Fort Myers and after a very long wait, we finally had lunch. But the wait gave us time to visit.

After lunch, we drove to where Steve lives on his boat. The boat is on a dock at what used to be a small marina called Rialto. It is no longer a marina, but the property is just gorgeous. Steve designed the old-style Florida home for the owners, as well as the guest house which also includes an office for him. Steve’s daughter and her husband, Kristy and Nate, drove out to see us with their two boys, Hayden and Caleb. We didn’t get home until almost 7 o’clock and it was just too late for Linda and I to fix the mushroom souffle we had planned. So, we stopped at a place called Black Jack’s and picked up a veggie pizza. I almost never eat pizza, but this was a special treat. Really yummy. Linda and I added sautéed spinach to ours and after pizza, we had the corn-on-the-cob we bought at the morning market. It was another delightful day with delightful people.