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 289:  Opposites

2019 Life Logs, Day 289:  Opposites
Date:  Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Weather:  Mostly Cloudy; High 64, Low 51 degrees F
Location:  At Home in The Cottage. East Falmouth, MA

Yesterday and today were opposites.  Today was as slow and easy as yesterday was busy.  Yesterday was mostly sunny and today was mostly cloudy.  Yesterday there was very little wind.  Today it was windy, causing leaves to whirl to the ground.  I did go for a bike ride, made a few changes to tomorrow’s presentation, and took Ollie to violin lessons.  That was about it.  Tomorrow I head north to Dedham to visit with Alan and Helaine Kanegsberg and give the Voyage of Windbird presentation at Newbridge on the Charles tomorrow evening.  I’ll spend the night and shop my way home on Friday.  We are supposed to get rain tonight, but I’m hoping it ends before I leave home late tomorrow morning.

2019 Life Logs, Day 288: Happy Birthday, Jane Woodin

2019 Life Logs, Day 288: Happy Birthday, Jane Woodin
Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 67, Low 42 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage. East Falmouth, MA

It was a busy day, but the highlight was celebrating the birthday of friend, Jane Woodin. Her birthday was actually earlier in October, but she was traveling at the time. So the celebration with the ‘Friends Five’ had to be delayed until today. A few years ago, Jane, Olivia White, and myself started getting together to lunch on our birthdays. Then we all became part of a Dining-in group with two additional couples, so Midge Frieswyk and Karen Baranowski were added to the group making us the Friends Five.

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It is a special thing to have a group of female friends and we really enjoy our birthday outings. Today we had lunch in Woods Hole at The Landfall. We got a table by the windows and we were able to watch Olivia’s daughter, Sheri, coming into port on the WHOI scientific vessel, the Neil Armstrong.

I started my morning at 8 am with an annual dermatology skin check, attended a For Your Health seminar on the evils of sugar in our diets. After lunch with the Friends Five, I came home and watched sat in the sun in the front yard while listening to an online program on the effect of the microbiome on the development of Alzheimer’s. And I ended the day fixing Taco Tuesday dinner for the Goldpebbles and getting them to bed. Heather was moderating a presentation on microplastics at the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole tonight and Jed joined her for dinner and the presentation. Once the boys were in bed, I watched the Democratic debate quietly on my phone. I had hoped to go on a Newcomers hike in the morning, but it is late and I think I’ll just sleep in and get my exercise by riding my bike. Then I’ll put the finishing touches on the Voyage of Windbird presentation that I will make on Thursday evening at Newbridge on the Charles. I’m looking forward to that and to visiting with Alan and Helaine Kanegsberg. Now to bed so I’ll have the energy to do these things.

2019 Life Logs, Day 287: Skype Calls with Family and Friends

2019 Life Logs, Day 287: Skype Calls with Family and Friends
Date: Monday, October 14, 2019
Weather: Overcast and Rainy, Again; High 69, Low 46 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage. East Falmouth, MA

The highlights of my day revolved around Skype calls. When I got home from my Monday morning pilates class at the gym, I got a call from Justin and family. And then tonight I got a call from friends Linda and Mike Stuart who are on the island of Lankawi in Malaysia. It was great to catch up with both. Ziggy and Coco are in school this fall for the first time since Hurricane Maria and they had Columbus Day off today. They attend the private school they were in before the hurricane and Coco was very excited that on Fridays she gets to go sailing or sometimes horseback riding. I want to go to that school. Justin took me out to the driveway to show off their new Toyota Tacoma 4-wheel drive truck. They had a Dodge Caravan that simply could not handle their driveway. It is challenging as you have to drive up a hill that is at 45-degrees steep or maybe steeper. When it is wet, which is often in Puerto Rico, they sometimes couldn’t get out. And now that they kids need to be taken to school each day, getting out became more important to have a reliable vehicle. That, plus the Caravan was literally falling apart. They are all very excited to have the new truck. My conversation with Linda and Mike was prompted by an email I sent to them this evening, their early morning. I read their blog and found that they were on the island of Lankawi and not particularly happy with it. I had raved about it, as had others, but it seems things have changed. I sent them parts of my logs from our explorations there, so Linda called to talk about that and their return to the US for a few months this winter. I am trying to figure out when I will visit with them. Linda and Mike are my friends that are biking around the world, but they have decided that it is time for a break. Linda’s mother is in her 90’s and not doing well, so it is important for Linda to come home to visit with her as well as to regenerate and get ready for the next world biking adventures. I am so thankful for Skype!

I have been watching a docuseries online and learned a couple of things today that I would to share. Dr. Dale Bredesen is the President and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. He has spent 30 years searching for a treatment for Alzheimer’s. He is not there yet, but he has found that prevention Alzheimer’s and all memory issues is where we should put our attention. Prevention requires attention to what I’ll call the Big 5– a healthy diet, an active lifestyle, avoiding stress, having good sleep habits, and avoiding toxins in the environment. His recommended diet is called KetoFlex 12/3. The ‘flex’ part means that there is flexibility in the type of diet, but whatever diet, it must include mostly vegetable. It can include organic and grassfed meat if you want, but meat should be viewed as a condiment rather than the center of what is on your plate. All processed foods and sugar should be avoided. The carbohydrates in your diet should come from whole foods, not breads and pasta. The ‘keto’ part refers to ketogenesis, a body process that can be brought about by fasting. He recommends that you eat dinner at least 3 hours before bedtime and that your next meal after dinner occurs at least 12 hours later. That is the 12/3 part of the diet. He also says that your brain needs good fats and he recommends S.M.A.S.H. fish. That stands for salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, and herring. I love salmon, but the ‘mash’ fish are going to be a stretch for me. I’ll start by trying to learn to like sardines. The new science shows that memory issues can be turned around if the person affected is willing to make changes in their lifestyle to address the Big 5. He uses an analogy that the brain of people with Alzheimer’s a little like having 32 or some random number of holes in a roof. You can’t patch just 2 holes and eliminate water from dripping into your house. You can’t fight memory issues without addressing all of the Big 5. But if you want to prevent memory issues, you can start small and work your way slowly to addressing all aspects.

I spent part of my afternoon practicing and timing the Voyage of Windbird presentation that I will give on Thursday. In my first practice session, I was only one minute over my goal of 45 minutes. I’ve adjusted a few things and will practice again tomorrow and hope to get under the 45-minute timeline. But tomorrow is busy day. I have an 8am annual dermatology appointment, a For Your Health seminar on the topic of sugar in the diet, a luncheon with friends to celebrate Jane Woodin’s birthday, and then I will kidsit the Goldpebbles for the evening. Heather and family returned from Maine late this evening and tomorrow night Heather is moderating a session on microplastics in Woods Hole and Jed wants to attend. So, I volunteered to fix dinner and get the boys to bed. I’ve set my television to record the Democratic debate and as I will probably miss the first hour while getting the boys to bed. But I’ll get home in time to see most of it and can catch what I do miss on the recording. With such a busy day coming up, I’d better get myself to bed.

2019 Life Logs, Day 286: Visit from Candi, Lynn, and Sue

2019 Life Logs, Day 286: Visit from Candi, Lynn, and Sue
Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019
Weather: Partly Sunny; High 72, Low 48 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage. East Falmouth, MA

A beautiful full moon tonight and sunshine today after five days of overcast and rainy weather made today a special day. But even more special was the visit of my sister-in-law Sue and my two nieces. It was wonderful to welcome them to Cape Cod. After we had lunch in the cottage, we went a little tour of Falmouth and Woods Hole. Our first stop was Nobska Lighthouse. The lightkeeper’s house is undergoing renovation but the lighthouse itself has already been renovated and today they were giving tours of the interior. Lynn couldn’t make the climb up to the lighthouse but Candi, Sue and I did, and then Candi and I went on a tour of the interior. I have visited the lighthouse many times but have never toured the interior. The views Vineyard Sound, the Elizabeth Islands, and the Woods Hole Cut are spectacular from up high. Our next stop was Woods Hole where we did a driving tour and then parked the car and walked down Water Street. On the way home we stopped at Highfield Hall to see Stix Works and visited the French bakery on Main Street to buy dessert to take home and enjoy. After dessert at home, Sue, Candi, and Lynn headed to Plymouth where they will spend the night before heading home tomorrow. So glad they came to visit. It was a really enjoyable day.

2019 Life Logs, Day 285: C & C & C

2019 Life Logs, Day 285: C & C & C
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Weather: Still Overcast and Drizzly; High 61, Low 48 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage. East Falmouth, MA

C=Computer – C=Carpentry – C=Cooking. That sums up my day. I spent most of the day at my computer finishing the PowerPoint for my presentation on Thursday. It is complete, but I’ll continue to send time making sure I can fit it all in a 45-minute time frame. It is always a challenge to fit almost six years of world travel into a 45-minute presentation, but I hope I’ve done it this time. I didn’t do any carpentry, but Nilson Fialho came today to replace pieces of trim on the cottage that were rotting and he finished that job. Then this evening I spent time doing a little cooking to get ready for tomorrow. My sister-in-law Sue Cook from Florida is in Massachusetts visiting with her two daughters (my nieces Candi and Lynn) and they are all driving down from the Boston area to visit for the day. We will have lunch here at the cottage and do a little touring in the Falmouth and Woods Hole area. Sue was married to my brother who died 55 years ago today. Sue was from the Boston area and moved back to Massachusetts after my brother died, but the family has always stayed in touch over those many years. I’m looking forward to spending tomorrow with Sue, Candi, and Lynn.

2019 Life Logs, Day 284: Still Raining, Still Sitting at My Computer

2019 Life Logs, Day 284: Still Raining, Still Sitting at My Computer
Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
Weather: Still Overcast, Rainy, and Windy; High 58, Low 53 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage. East Falmouth, MA

I did exercise this morning, I did go to the gym to ride the stationary bike this afternoon, and I did manage to can the marinara sauce. But otherwise, the rain continued to come down and I continued to sit at my computer working on the Voyage of Windbird presentation. Late this evening I was just about finished when I lost an hour and half worth of work. Stupid mistake. So, I will continue tomorrow. Hopefully this storm will finally pass sometime tomorrow morning about the same time that I hope to finish the basic work on the presentation. I will continue putting the final touches on it right up until I give it on Thursday, but once the basic PowerPoint is completed, I can get back to life as usual.

2019 Life Logs, Day 283: James, Lumpy, and Cool Beans

2019 Life Logs, Day 283: James, Lumpy, and Cool Beans
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
Weather: Overcast, Rainy, and Windy; High 58, Low 54 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage. East Falmouth, MA

Do days ever go as planned? I thought I would spend my morning and early afternoon working on my Voyage of Windbird presentation, but I never got there. As my good friend Lynne Kirwin always reminds me, “We make plans, then life happens.” Yes, it does. I ended up spending my time finalizing the plans for a Newcomers Teacher Group field trip to New Bedford and getting that information out to people which took much more time than I anticipated. But I did get that done and am looking forward to the historic tour of “The City That Lit the World” . . . New Bedford, Massachusetts. In the late 1800’s, it was the whaling capitol of the world as well as a center of manufacturing, especially the textile industry. Much has changed since then, but New Bedford is still ranked as America’s #1 commercial fishing port. I look forward to the tour on October 29th.

In the afternoon, I attended a Technology Tips learning session focused on Dropbox, hurried home to have dinner, and then attended the evening Newcomers General Meeting featuring Greg Skomal. Greg has studied Cape Cod sharks for 30 years and after tonight’s presentation I can see why he is sought out as ‘the North Atlantic’s go-to-guy for separating fact from fiction about white sharks.” He shared a visual tonight that showed the movement of three great sharks that spend the tourist season with us here on Cape Cod and it was fascinating to learn that the three sharks have completely different favorite places. A great white that they have named James hangs out near Chatham, whereas Lumpy prefers Monomoy, and Cool Beans travels the full length of the Outer Cape all the way up to Provincetown and then does down the Cape Cod Bay side of the Outer Cape down to Wellfleet. If you are not from Massachusetts, the names of those places won’t mean anything to you, but the idea is that the research is identifying patterns. The end goal is to try and learn enough about the travel patterns of the great whites to help people learn how to live with these creatures as our neighbors. Not an inviting thought, but Greg makes you want to learn more. Kudos to friend Karen Baranowski who arranged for tonight’s presentation.

As there is no school tomorrow or Monday, Heather and family left this afternoon for a long weekend in Boothbay, Maine with Jed’s mother, Marti. Thankfully for them, the weather in Boothbay looks better than here, so hopefully they will have a wonderful fall weekend. The nor’easter we are experiencing here will stay with us through tomorrow and part of Saturday. So, I do plan to spend both days inside finishing that Voyage of Windbird presentation.

2019 Life Logs, Day 282: Sitting at My Computer . . . All the Rainy Day

2019 Life Logs, Day 282: Sitting at My Computer . . . All the Rainy Day
Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Weather: Overcast and Rainy; High 61, Low 53 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage. East Falmouth, MA

It rained all night, so I skipped the hike this morning. Hiking in the rain is not my idea of fun. Instead, my day started with my exercise routine and then a phone call from Justin which is always a delightful way to start the day. All is well in Puerto Rico. Ziggy and Coco are back in school for the first time since Hurricane Maria and they are loving it. They have been home schooled the past two years, which they also loved, but everyone agreed it was time to try formal schooling again. Since the kids are in school, Justin has moved his office back home. Home is a bit chaotic right now as they are having the living room ceiling replaced, but that will be done soon allowing them to all settle in after a summer and fall of travel.

After talking to Justin, I made marinara sauce from the tomatoes from Heather’s garden and also made vegetable soup. I let the marinara sauce burble for most of the afternoon and will get it canned tomorrow or Friday. Finally, I sat down at my computer and I have been here ever since working on the Voyage of Windbird presentation I am giving next week. I love working on the round the world presentation as I get to relive it. It still amazes me that Mark and I really did sail around the world. What a fantastic adventure.

It rained all day and the weather tomorrow is supposed to be more of the same. And I will be doing more of the same by continuing to work on the presentation until 3 pm when I have a Technology Tips class. Tomorrow evening there is a Newcomers Meeting with a special speaker. White sharks will be the topic of that presentation given by Dr. Greg Skomal, marine biologist and shark expert from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. And in between all of this I am trying to arrange for a Newcomers teacher group field trip to historic New Bedford near the end of this month. No lack of things to keep me busy!

2019 Life Logs, Day 281: Here and There

2019 Life Logs, Day 281: Here and There
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Weather: Overcast; High 71, Low 54 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage. East Falmouth, MA

Today I was here and there. I started my morning reviewing previous presentations I have made about the Voyage of Windbird around the world. This review is in preparation of three upcoming presentations. One is next week, so I will be spending a good bit of the next few days working on giving the presentation a fresh look. After lunch, I switched gears and went to visit with Olivia and Terry White. Olivia is recovering from a knee replacement and Terry has been a wonderful recovery ‘nurse’. Olivia’s surgery was just two weeks ago today and I was delighted to see that she is rebounding quickly. While there, I learned that their daughter Sheri, senior engineer in Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering at Woods Hole Oceanographic, who is out on a science mission on the Neil Armstrong science vessel, is prematurely headed back to Woods Hole due to a storm headed our way. I knew it was supposed to be rainy for the next three days, but I didn’t know that we are under a storm watch with rains capable of causing flooding and 25 to 30 knot winds with gusts up to 45 knots. So, time to batten down for a couple of days.

From Terry and Olivia’s, I headed to an appointment with Midge Frieswyk at The Cape Club to make arrangements for the Newcomers Holiday Party. Midge is in charge of the affair and she has asked me to assist her. We met with the Director of Food and Beverage, made food decisions for the holiday luncheon, and then I carried on to the next appointment. This was to hang out with Ollie and Jonah after school as Sam, Heather, and Jed would not be home until 5:30ish. We made gingerbread that we cut into pumpkin shapes for an after-school snack and then I made fried green tomatoes as a treat for Heather and Jed. Last week Karen and Peter Baranowski brought me a bounty of green tomatoes from their son’s garden. I put them in the refrigerator which is keeping them green, allowing me to continue to make my favorite summer treat in these early days of autumn.

Tomorrow morning I am supposed to go on a hike with a Newcomers hiking group that I recently joined, but the weather forecast doesn’t look inviting. The rain could start early in the morning, so I might just stay home and work on the Voyage of Windbird presentation.

2019 Life Logs, Day 280: Laundry Day

2019 Life Logs, Day 280: Laundry Day
Date: Monday, October 7, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny and Surprisingly Warm; High 80, Low 56 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage. East Falmouth, MA

Early this morning I was off to the gym in downtown Falmouth for a pilates class. After the class, I headed to Heather and Jed’s to start my first load of laundry. Somehow with my travels last week, I ended up with much more laundry than usual. I got the first load in and then drove to Mashpee for a chiropractor appointment. Once I returned, I spent the better part of the afternoon, doing laundry loads two, three, and four. I combined H & J’s laundry with mine so I had full loads which meant more folding, but now both households have clean clothes, towels, and some bedding on my end. I spent almost an hour between two loads sitting in the sun and reading in Heather and Jed’s front yard. This day was much warmer than forecast and was just too lovely to spend inside all day. Looks like we are going to be having a few rainy days, so I figured I had an obligation to soak up the sunshine when it was available. Someone has to do it!