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

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

2017 Life Logs, Day 351: Another Day in the Life

2017 Life Logs, Day 351: Another Day in the Life
Date: Sunday, December 17, 2017
Weather: Sunny and Cold; High 3, Low 19 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

It was another day in the life. I stayed inside all day except for one little foray out to Staples and CVS for needed supplies. I spent my entire day wrapping more gifts, starting the window insulation project, and working on sending holiday/thank you cards to all who supported Justin and Jo after Hurricane Maria . . . lots of people and lots of personal notes to be written. I wish I could say I finished that job, but it will continue tomorrow. We are still in the deep freeze, but tomorrow the high temp is supposed to reach the low 40’s. Heat wave!!!

2017 Life Logs, Day 350: Just a Day in the Life

2017 Life Logs, Day 350: Just a Day in the Life
Date: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Weather: Sunny and Cold; High 34, Low 18 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Today was just a day in the life . . . Zumba class at the gym, a trip to the post office to send one more package to Puerto Rico, a short trip to the Goldstones that turned into a much longer stay as I got easily sucked into working a 150-piece puzzle with Ollie, home to work on writing a holiday letter to friends and addressing holiday cards. That was it for today. It was sunny but still very cold, so the little snow we got over the past two days is still with us. It is beautiful and the kids sure are enjoying it.

2017 Life Logs, Day 349: Making a List and Checking It Twice

2017 Life Logs, Day 349: Making a List and Checking It Twice
Date: Friday, December 15, 2017
Weather: Sunny and Cold; High 29, Low 23 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Today I took some time to assess where I am in terms of Christmas gifts. I think this is called “Making a List and Checking It Twice.” I had lots of questions I needed to answer. Have I ordered or bought everything for the Goldstones and the Handley-Hunts in Puerto Rico? Exactly what is the status of the packages that have been sent to Puerto Rico, either through the US Postal Service or Amazon? What gifts will I be taking with me to Nashville? In the midst of answering these questions, I got three different deliveries of Christmas gifts for the Goldpebbles from the USPS and FedX and that launched a frenzy of wrapping. It seems everything I have for Ollie, Jonah, and Sam is BIG, so the packages don’t fit under my little tree. They are now sprawling all over one corner of the living room! I didn’t finish my Christmas assessment, but I am getting close. I had hoped to get holiday cards in the mail today, but that will have to be a job for tomorrow and Sunday. Hopefully by the end of the day on Sunday, I will have Christmas giving under control.

I talked with Justin this morning and then I had a great conversation with good friends Ed and Lynne Kirwin. They are in St. Mary’s, Georgia, getting Constance ready to launch and then sail to Fort Lauderdale. They have had some chilly weather, but today things were starting to warm up a bit. They found out this morning that they will go in the water on Tuesday, and hopefully everything will be fine and they can head out for the trip south. At this point, the weather next week looks good until Christmas Eve. So hopefully they will be in Fort Lauderdale before then. I am just so happy for them that they are getting to spend time on Constance.

It was another day in the deep freeze here, so yesterday’s blanket of snow is still on the ground. And while I was in the gym for a late afternoon class, more snow started to fall. I don’t think we area slated to get much between now and midnight, and then the snowfall should end. It will be Monday before temps are back in the 40’s, so the snow that we have will probably be with us until then.

I learned a new Yiddish word today, mishegas, which means insanity or craziness. A meshugener is a crazy man. So, if anyone asks me to sum up 2017, my response will be be “mishegas”. And I think you can guess who I name Meshugener of the Year.

2017 Life Logs, Day 348: Snow, Lovely Luncheon, Plus Two Reasons to Cry

2017 Life Logs, Day 348: Snow, Lovely Luncheon, Plus Two Reasons to Cry
Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017
Weather: Sunny, Cold, and SNOW!!!; High 26, Low 17 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Oh, it snowed last night . . . and this morning. Beautiful, beautiful, white fluffy stuff–just enough to make the world glisten, but not enough to cause traveling problems. Perfect, as today was the Newcomers Holiday Luncheon. It was a lovely affair, made even lovelier by the snow-covered world. The luncheon was conceived by good friend Jane Woodin and Jane Murphy, co-chairs of Programming for Newcomers, and planned by two women from the Dining In group I am a part of—Karen Baranowski and Midge Frieswyk. And they all did a fantastic job. The luncheon was delightful with good food, good music, and good friends. Thanks to all who worked to make this such a wonderful experience.

Afterwards, Jane Woodin and I (later joined by Bruce) headed to the Falmouth Public Library for a viewing Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth Sequel. The first film, An Inconvenient Truth, came out in 2006. If you are not familiar with these films, they outline concerns about climate change. I saw the first film in late 2007 when Mark and I flew home from New Zealand for my sister and brother-in-law’s 50th anniversary. I found the information profound, but it certainly didn’t make me cry. However, the sequel I saw today did make the tears flow. It outlines the role Al Gore played in helping to get the Indian government buy into the agreement and, more importantly, it showed just how hard all world leaders worked to make that agreement happen in Paris in late 2015. There was such obvious joy when they announced an agreement among all of the world’s participating countries. That didn’t make me cry. But the timeline that showed that our current President pulled the US out of that worldwide agreement, a fact I already well knew, hit especially hard this afternoon. The film documents just how hard it was to get the buy-in of all countries, and to see it in black and white, that the United States, my country, pulled out of this historic agreement, brought me to tears. It was enough to make me want to become one of Al Gore’s trained climate warriors. Bruce and Jane reminded me that I probably don’t have time for that, but part of me knows that I don’t have time to not become involved. I looked it up when I got home and found out that the next training is in Mexico City in March. The website says, “Give us three days. We’ll give you the tools to change the world.” Very tempting. Then tonight I saw a news report featuring Ady Barkan, a young American activist, a trained lawyer, and a disabled American with ALS, plea for all of us to get involved in the protest against the current Republican tax plan. As he explained so eloquently, his life literally depends on defeating this tax bill. His plea was so compelling that it made me cry for the second time today! But despite the two tear-jerking sessions, it was a good day.

2017 Life Logs, Day 347: Giving Santa a Helping Hand

2017 Life Logs, Day 347: Giving Santa a Helping Hand
Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Weather: Sunny, Cold, and VERY Windy; High 38, Low 22 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

An early morning ding on my phone got my attention and then directed my day. The ding was a text on my phone from Jo in Puerto Rico. Santa contacted Justin and Jo to let them know his elves needed help in finding the gift that suddenly Coco has her heart set on. Who can refuse a request from Santa’s elves? Certainly not me, so I got on my computer and on the phone and found the item. In order to help Santa, I needed to drive to Hyannis to pick up the gift and then get it to a post office. Santa pointed out that, unfortunately, the window for sending things from Amazon has closed, but the post office is still optimistic that they can get things to Rincon on time for Santa to deliver. Other than a 9:15 am Tabata class at the gym, the shopping expedition was my day. This evening I went to East Falmouth Elementary School to the 3rd and 4th grade craft fair. Jonah was selling his wares. I bought a few bars of his soap for gifts, bought some bracelets from Mollie, and a different kind of soap from Leo. Molle and Leo are neighborhood friends that are often at the Goldstones. Tomorrow is a busy one with a Newcomers holiday luncheon and a viewing of Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth Sequel. I have nothing other than a 5pm class at the gym on Friday, so I am looking forward to a day of nothingness.

2017 Life Logs, Day 346: Happy Hanukkah

2017 Life Logs, Day 346: Happy Hanukkah
Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Weather: Partly Cloudy; High 50, Low 25 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

I started my day with Tai Chi. And then tonight we lit the first candles of Hanukkah when I was invited to have a wonderful artichoke and risotto dinner at the Goldstones. Earlier in the day I attended the Woods Hole Woman’s Club holiday meeting with singing provided by the students of the Falmouth Academy choir. Then we had “greens workshop” where we made holiday decorations of fir, cedar, holly, pine, and all sorts of other beautiful greenery. So, it was a really mixed day, all good. The wonderful mix of Jewish and Christian tradition reminds me of what Ollie said on Sunday night. Sam was making the argument that in this country everyone, regardless of religion, celebrates Christmas. Ollie simply said, “The Chinese do not.” Out of the mouths of babes. But the fact that we can celebrate the rituals of all religions is very special. Happy Hanukkah!

2017 Life Logs, Day 345: Christmas Shopping and a Movie

2017 Life Logs, Day 345: Christmas Shopping and a Movie
Date: Monday, December 11, 2017
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 41, Low 29 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Today’s activities included a class at the gym to start the day, a Christmas shopping trip to Hyannis, and an evening movie at the Woods Hole Library. I do most of my shopping online and after today, I will try to do 100 per cent of it online. The lines in the stores are long, long, long, and no fun at all. Plus, the selection if very limited. I didn’t get home until after 6 pm and I was meeting Jane Woodin in Woods Hole at 6:45 pm for a movie at the Woods Hole Library. I ate a quick dinner and headed out. The movie we went to see was The Glass Castle. This film came out in August and didn’t get rave reviews. It is based on a real-life story and I found it quite engaging. Thanks, Jane, for inviting me to join you . . . and for supplying the refreshments!

2017 Life Logs, Day 344: More Holiday Fun with Heather and Boys

2017 Life Logs, Day 344: More Holiday Fun with Heather and Boys
Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 40, Low 32 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

No matter how hard I try, it seems to be almost noon before I can get out of here and on to whatever I have planned for the day. Part of that is that at 9 each morning, I am either at the gym or exercising at home. By the time I do that, get a shower, and do a few chores, it is magically after 11 am. So today was no different. It was almost noon before I got to Heather’s to continue to help with her continued weekend clean-up. She had made amazing progress since yesterday (Yeah, Heather!!!) and we got a few more things done this afternoon. Then it was time to gear down and get ready to go to Highfield Hall to see The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Jonah was anxious to go, but Sam and Ollie were much harder to convince. But I think they enjoyed it and enjoyed the fact that most of the cast and much of audience were kids. We then came back to my house to celebrate with a sushi dinner. When we have sushi, Jonah eats calamari, but this works. Jed was in Washington, DC, all weekend to visit with his mother and attend her annual Christmas party. He will fly home tomorrow morning. This week should be a bit calmer in the Goldstone household. Since last week was a bit crazy with Heather on duty selling Christmas trees for the PTO and on the air fund raising for WCAI, in addition to working full-time. I don’t know how she does it, but I know she is looking forward to a quieter week.

2017 Life Logs, Day 343: Wintry Mix

2017 Life Logs, Day 343: Wintry Mix
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Weather: Overcast with a Wintry Mix; High 38, Low 31 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

My day was spent at the Goldstones doing what I could to contribute to the declared ‘clean the house’ day. I mostly folded laundry with help from Jonah and Ollie. During lunch, I got a kick out of Sam talking about the weather. He said that if you live in New England, you just have to know what a ‘wintry mix’ brings, and he is correct. This was one of those days with a little bit of snow, a little bit of rain, and sometimes even a little bit of small hail. And we certainly had all of this today. After lunch, Heather took Sam and Ollie for play dates and Jonah and I made crafts for his upcoming school craft fair. Then it was time for Oma to get home and find something to wear to the Highfield Mix and Jingle affair where I was to meet up with a group from Newcomers. It was great fun to be in the beautifully decorated mansion, mixing and mingling with friends. Afterwards I joined a group of women from Newcomers, the Singles Group, for dinner at The Flying Bridge on the harbor. It was a fun evening.

I saw Bruce and Jane Woodin at Highfield and am thinking of them tonight. This morning they had to put down their beloved twelve year-old dashhound, They were out of town yesterday and I went to their house to feed Siggy at 4:30 for them. He was okay then, but by the time they got home at 9 pm, he was starting to fail. This was not unexpected as he has been battling congestive heart failure for some time now. But expected or not, it is always a tough decision to make. Siggy, you will be missed.

2017 Life Logs, Day 342: Happy Birthday to Jed

2017 Life Logs, Day 342: Happy Birthday to Jed
Date: Friday, December 8, 2017
Weather: Partly Sunny with A Little Snow on the Way; High 41, Low 31 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Today was Jed’s 46th birthday and tonight at dinner he declared himself a middle-aged man. I almost fell off my seat! Hard to think of your children or their spouses as ‘middle-aged’. I don’t even want to think what that makes me. But I do wish Jed a happy birthday, regardless of age. Heather invited me to join them at The Lanes for dinner and bowling to celebrate the occasion. Bowling has never been my forte, but it was an enjoyable evening with family. It was fun for the boys and that made it fun for all. Happy birthday, Jed!

Jed flies to DC tomorrow to spend a couple of days with his mother. She has an annual holiday party for all of her friends and neighbors on Sunday and Jed has gone the past couple of years to help out. Heather has declared tomorrow a “clean out the house” day. That means cleaning and getting rid of things no longer needed. I volunteered to go over to help, so that will be the day tomorrow. We are supposed to get a little snow tonight, less than an inch, and more snow turning to rain by the afternoon. It will be wet and sloppy outside, making it a good day for staying inside and getting work done.