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!

2018 Life Logs, Day 144—Girls Night

2018 Life Logs, Day 144—Girls Night
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018
Weather: Mostly Sunny but Cool; High 64, Low 51
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was a just one frustration after another, but tonight was delightful. I met Oliva and Jane at the Falmouth Public Library at 5 pm for a lecture in the Science Before Supper series sponsored by the Marine Biological Lab. The top was ‘Understanding Aging’ using a novel aquatic animal model. There was a good turn-out and it was great to get a bit of science in before dinner. Earlier in the day I had offered to have Jane and Olivia come home with me for leftovers for ‘supper’ and that is what we did. Heather and family have been here, but Jane and Olivia were my first non-family guests. We relaxed with a glass of wine while dinner warming on the stove and then we continued our conversation over dinner. It was a fun ‘girls night’.

My frustrations today came from in-the-house projects. I drove into town first thing this morning with a list of what-to-buy-where. That all went fine except that it took four times longer than I expected. When I did finally get home, I started in on the projects. I won’t go into specific detail, but generally I just simply could not get screws to go into the walls without great difficulty when trying to put brackets on the wall for book shelves, to install a paper towel holder, to install curtain tie-backs, and on and on. My carpentry skills are pitiful, but I will persist.

2018 Life Logs, Day 145–Another Work Day Inside and Outside

2018 Life Logs, Day 145–Another Work Day Inside and Outside
Date: Friday, May 25, 20 418
Weather: Sunny and Breezy; High 74, Low 60
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I launched an all-out effort today to try and get my list of jobs, both inside and outside, completed before the holiday weekend. I was successful inside, but it took most of the day, and didn’t leave the time needed to complete the outside jobs. But good progress was made. I got the wall-mounted shelves securely in place. I hung curtain rods, a big bulletin board for the boys, and a few pictures. It doesn’t sound like much, but when you are doing it by yourself, measuring is extremely difficult and I didn’t always get it right. So that meant precious time was spent starting over to get it right. When I moved to the outside list, I got two of the 4 x 8 raised beds ready to plant, as well as a smaller 2 x 7 raised bed. And I added a new 4 x 4 bed to an existing 4 x 4 making a third 4 x 8. In between all this, I met with Meghan Hannawalt whose business is natural brush cleaning and poison ivy control using her goats. The business is called ‘Get My Goats’ and during the second week of June she will be bringing her goats here to do a little work.

Hopefully tomorrow morning I can get the third 4 x 8 raised bed filled with garden soil and get a few things planted. But late morning, I will head to Woods Hole for May Fair and some afternoon activities with Heather and the boys. Jed is away this weekend attending the 25th anniversary of his graduation from Yale, so I will be available to help Heather tomorrow and Sunday and then Monday morning we have the Veteran’s Day observance downtown and on Monday afternoon we will try to get Heather’s garden and my raised beds planted. Heather’s garden is already half-way there, but I haven’t planted anything yet. Tis the traditional weekend for planting in the northeast, so we will try to get the job done.

2018 Life Logs, Day 143—Weather Ping Pong

2018 Life Logs, Day 143—Weather Ping Pong
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Weather: Sunny and Warm; High 72, Low 53
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

The weather ping pongs back and forth between sunny, warm, and beautiful and overcast, cool, and rainy. A day or two of this and then a day or two of that. But that is better than overcast and rainy weather every day. So, I’ll take the ping pong weather. Today was beautiful. I worked on getting shelves put up in the third bedroom that is going to a playroom for the boys and a pantry and work room for me. But it was so beautiful outside that I abandoned that work to get outside and work on the raised garden beds.At one point, I took a little break and walked down to the water and had a couple of surprises. The geese have had babies and they are so cute. And I came upon what looked like an all brown ferret. He stopped to give me the once over, as I did him. But in looking up what I saw, I think it was an American mink, not a weasel or a ferret. Tomorrow I’ll try to get photos. In the late afternoon, I drove to Hyannis to buy one more 4 x 4 foot raised bed to complete my garden design and then I attended the evening ice cream social, book fair, and art walk at East Falmouth Elementary. Jonah gave me a tour of his art work

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and then Ollie gave me a tour of his with a bit of a flair, Ollie-style. Too cute. Tomorrow is supposed to be another beautiful day. I plan to get up early and finish putting the shelves up in the third bedroom and then I am hoping to finish the installation of the raised garden beds in my front yard. Maybe I’ll even get some planting done.

2018 Life Logs, Day 142—Back to Yucky Weather

2018 Life Logs, Day 142—Back to Yucky Weather
Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Weather: Overcast with Sprinkles Here and There; High 72, Low 52
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Yesterday’s glorious weather was short-lived. Today we were back to overcast skies with sprinkles here and there. But it is a little warmer, so maybe more sunny days are to come. I made a trip to the Swap Shop to take things we weren’t able to sell at the weekend yard sale. Then I borrowed Heather and Jed’s van and picked up some used 6×6’s that friends Terry and Olivia were getting rid of. I will use these to create another raised bed. Thank you, Terry and Olivia. I came home and did a little gardening and a little work around the house and then this evening I went to Heather’s to spend the evening with Jonah and Ollie. Jed was in Boston, Heather had a district-wide school volunteer dinner, and Sam had an all-evening activity. I enjoyed the time with Jonah and Ollie, put them to bed, and didn’t get home until 11 pm. Tomorrow I plan to spend the day at home working on getting the raised bed ready for planting. Hoping for sunshine.

2018 Life Logs, Day 141—Glorious Weather . . . finally

2018 Life Logs, Day 141—Glorious Weather . . . finally
Date: Monday, May 21, 2018
Weather: Sunny and Beautiful; High 71, Low 50
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It seems like we have had weeks of bad weather. Actually, it has been only ten days since the last warm, sunny day. But generally, it has been a cool, cloudy, rainy spring. Finally today, the weather today was just glorious. I went to the gym, stopped at the grocery store, stopped at Heather’s to borrow some garden implements and ended up staying long enough to hoe between the rows of young plants in her vegetable garden, came home to make some phone calls and take a shower, and then it was time to pick Jonah up after school. I ended up staying at Heather’s and helping get ready for a cook-out for Jonah’s Cub Scout Pack members and their parents. The glorious day slipped away much too quickly, but I’ll hope for more sunshine tomorrow to work on getting the raised beds in my front yard ready to be planted with veggies. A little warmth and sunshine does amazing things for my energy level and I hope to take advantage of that tomorrow.

2018 Life Logs, Day 140—Yard Sale Day

2018 Life Logs, Day 140—Yard Sale Day
Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018
Weather: Overcast with Light Rain and Wind AM, Some Clearing PM; High 63, Low 54
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

The weather didn’t cooperate as forecast, so instead of the rain ending around 6 am, light rain continued off and on during the morning. And it was windy. So not the best weather for a yard sale. But the decision had been made that it would go on despite the weather, so it did. This was a fundraiser for the East Falmouth Elementary PTO, but due to the weather, we didn’t get a lot of visitors. But despite that, Heather and I got rid of a few things and what I didn’t get rid of, I refuse to bring back into the house. I will take the furniture pieces to a local shop tomorrow that I hope will take them and I will take the small items to the Swap Shop at the town dump on Tuesday (only open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday AM when it is sunny). It is incredibly hard to get rid of things you don’t want around here. I actually drove all the way to Hyannis after the sale was over and had hoped that Goodwill would take everything. It was the first time I have ever been told by a Goodwill that they take only furniture in pristine condition. Falmouth is getting a Habitat for Humanity Restore that supposedly opened recently, and hopefully that will make things easier. I drove there today and saw OPEN signs, but there was a chain across the road. So not open today. Maybe tomorrow.

Being at the school all morning gave me the opportunity to see the pergola that was installed this week that will be used as an outdoor classroom space. This pergola is a large structure with corner pillars supporting a lattice roof that will accommodate a whole class underneath. This has been a labor of love for Heather and it has not been easy, but the results are spectacular. There is still work to be done, but the basic cedar structure is in place. A nice touch is the black locust upright posts that are integrated into the roof. The next step is to add a special kind of wood chip flooring that is ADA (American Disabilities Act) approved. As an outdoor classroom, it must be accessible to all students. To celebrate the success of this project, I bought sushi for all of us for dinner tonight. Way to go, Heather! What a wonderful addition to East Falmouth Elementary School.

2018 Life Logs, Day 139—The Royal Wedding

2018 Life Logs, Day 139—The Royal Wedding
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Weather: Overcast with Light Rain; High 54, Low 53
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I’m not usually one to watch things on television like a royal wedding, but I find myself glued to the TV tonight watching the CNN rerun of today’s grand affair. I was at Heather’s for lunch, and afterwards, Heather, Jed, and I watched some of the wedding on Heather’s tablet. I was absolutely captivated. So, I am spending my evening watching the whole thing again. It was obvious from what I watched earlier today that the Harry and Meghan made sure that their wedding made a statement, actually many statements, for what they see as the future. What a fabulous combination the two of them bring together. The setting in the chapel at Windsor Castle was just spectacular, as was the weather. And everything seemed to go so perfectly. Watching this has been such a nice break from what seems to be constant bad news in this country. I thought Bishop Curry’s sermon about love was spot on. Harry and Meghan certainly give me hope for a world filled with love.

My plans for the day included doing a couple of projects at Heather’s and then coming home to do some organizing and cleaning in the basement. But I ended up spending the whole day at Heather’s. Heather is still not able to do simple things like carry a pail of water to use when mopping the floors, so I stayed and helped while Sam and Jed drove off Cape for a soccer game. Before Jed left, he built a new guinea pig home to combine all three guinea pigs. Until today, Ollie’s addition, Zuzu, has lived in his own cage. But slowly they have been introducing Zuzu to the other two, Max and Mort. It is a slow process, but they are hoping the new cage will allow all three to live together peacefully. Tomorrow we will spend our morning and early afternoon at the fund-raising yard sale at the elementary school. It was supposed to happen today but was postponed until tomorrow because of the rain forecast for today. Actually, we didn’t get rain today until later in the afternoon and could have gone ahead with the sale this morning. But, that is not what the forecast indicated. Chances are now that we will get rain tomorrow. But the sale will go on, rain or no rain.

2018 Life Logs, Day 138—Eating Weeds

2018 Life Logs, Day 138—Eating Weeds
Date: Friday, May 18, 2018
Weather: Overcast, Windy, and Cool; High 59, Low 46 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I’ll get to the ‘eating weeds’ part of this log a little later. First, I will walk through the day that ended with me eating weeds. The cool, overcast weather today did not encourage active, outdoor activities, but that is good when you have a lot of indoor activities that need to be done. Today was the day that I promised to get my IKEA wardrobe transformed into a pantry with sturdy shelves, and got it done. I think I have been putting this off because doing it required skills that I have rarely had to use. That is because I always let Mark do all of the building projects with me as a helper. Now that it is just me doing the whole project, it takes me a bit to convince myself that I can do it. But do it, I did today. I removed the IKEA shelves that I had already put in place with the flimsy IKEA plastic pins. They were supposed to hold those shelves in place . . . just not with any weight on them as I quickly learned. I replaced the pins with metal brackets and screwed those in place. This took lots of measuring and drilling, and then screwing them in place. I put the shelves back in place and filled them with containers of food. Sounds easy, but it took me most of the day. Nevertheless, I am proud of the results. I then spent time organizing the rest of the third bedroom where the IKEA pantry is located. It is full of furniture that will go to the East Falmouth Elementary School yard sale that has been postponed from tomorrow to Sunday due to rain, as well as the bit and pieces of things that have not fit in somewhere in the house. I took those things down to the basement and as soon as the extra furniture is out, I can put together this room that will serve as a pantry, playroom for the grandkids, office, and who know what else. We shall see. I then moved outside and filled two more 4 x 4 foot raised beds with the garden soil purchased at Costco. My, those bags are big and heavy! And I just didn’t have the energy to get the 4th bed filled. There is a 5th bed across the walkway, but I have remove the sod inside that one before filling it. Another day.

I switched gears and took off for Heather’s with more of the little plants I have been growing indoors to transplant in her garden. First, I checked on the bean plants I transplanted yesterday and the news was not encouraging. Two of the three are very wilted. So, I didn’t transplant the rest of the beans and the cucumbers. I did plant four zucchini plants and then headed back home. I’ll wait for warmer weather next week to continue transplanting. But before I left, Heather gave me a bag of dandelion greens she picked while weeding yesterday. She knows how much I value eating spring ‘weeds’ as their nutritional content is off the charts. Did you know there are over 250 different species of dandelions? All are edible and there are no poisonous lookalikes, but there are lots of lookalikes. One way to determine a true dandelion is to run your fingers along the main vein on the underside of the leaf. If it is completely smooth, you have a true dandelion. I think the bag of ‘weeds’ Heather gave me might have been lookalikes as the vein felt slightly prickly, and if so, that meant they would be slightly bitter. My mother always said that when you eat spring ‘weeds’ you should mix in a little bacon grease to remove the bitterness. I fought this for many years as an unhealthy practice, but I now agree with her. So, I fried a couple of strips of bacon and then stir-fried the dandelion greens in the same skillet. They were delicious.

2018 Life Logs, Day 137—Low Key Day

2018 Life Logs, Day 137—Low Key Day
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018
Weather: Overcast and Rainy; High 64, Low 51 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today I did a little of this and a little of that. I didn’t make a lot of forward progress, but I enjoyed the day. I made a big batch of my favorite veggie soup, using up the last of the chicken broth that I didn’t can on Tuesday. And I did some organizational things around the house. Mid-morning, Karen Baranowski stopped in to update me on what is happening with my neighbors, her aunts. I mentioned in yesterday’s log that the 99 year-old aunt, Doris, had fallen twice in the past two days and that her daughter had come down to take her to the doctor and then spend the night. Karen added this morning that Doris is still unsure on her feet and that they were considering next steps. I am not sure what decisions have been made, but it is possible that Doris’ daughter, Caroline, will take the sisters back to Scituate and get in-home help for Doris there until she regains her strength and balance. If they have to leave, I will miss visiting with them. So I took over some of the soup I had made for their lunch and visited a bit. Doris is such a gentle person and so mentally alert for someone who will turn 100 in October. I enjoy both Doris and Shirley immensely. I also offered the use of the transport wheelchair that I bought for Mark but really never used. The offer was enthusiastically accepted, so I went to Heather’s to get it. I also took three of the six “magic bean plants” and transplanted them in Heather’s garden. If they make it overnight, tomorrow I will take the rest of the bean plants and some squash plants and transplant those. These drizzly days are perfect for transplanting and by Monday, we should have warmer, sunny days which will encourage the growth of the transplants. I have two big jobs planned for tomorrow—putting new brackets in the IKEA wardrobe that will support the shelves with heavy weights and getting all the bags of garden soil in the raised beds. Jed delivered a 6 x 6 today to keep visiting cars from backing in to the raised beds. Thank you, Jed! And tomorrow I hope to go get some 4 x 4’s that Olivia and Terry want to get rid of. Not sure how I will use them, but I know I will find a way.

2018 Life Logs, Day 136—Change of Address

2018 Life Logs, Day 136—Change of Address
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, Rain Beginning Late Afternoon; High 62, Low 52 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It goes without being said that when you move, you have a change of address, and you need to contact credit card companies and other vendors to let them know. I have been so busy, however, that I have neglected to make the necessary contacts, so today was the day. Much of this can be done online these days. I tried that, but I ran into one little problem after another, and ended up spending most of my morning on the phone. I still haven’t contacted everyone, but I made a good start. I took a break at noon to go out and empty bags of garden soil into one of the raised beds. The estimate of 5 bags per 4 foot x foot area was just right. While outside, Shirley from next door came outside and I walked over to say hello. We examined the fruit trees in bloom and listened to the very loud birds talking to each other. On Sunday, Heather spotted a beautiful Northern Flicker in my side yard and yesterday Shirley saw a juvenile Oriole. One of these days, I am going to slow down and just sit and do some bird watching. But not this week! Rain is in the forecast through Sunday and I have a huge Must Do list. But back to the conversation with Shirley, she wanted to let me know that her 99 year-old sister Doris that lives with her, fell early morning. She also fell yesterday and even though Shirley called 911 to get help getting her off the floor, Doris was fine. She also seemed fine after this morning’s fall, but best to check. Her daughter drove down to take her to the doctor, but I haven’t heard the result of that yet. Hopefully, all is well.

I had a 2 pm Physical Therapy assessment and hurried off to that. I was very impressed with the two therapists doing my assessment. There was a young woman named Hannah who must be in training because she was under the constant direction of Tom. The two of them worked for an hour isolating every issue that could possibly impact my left knee. I will continue with training appointments for the next month and then hopefully will just have to keep doing the exercises at home. I left there and drove straight to East Falmouth Elementary to pick up Jonah and Ollie. I was there until 7:15 pm when everyone but Ollie and I returned from soccer practice and a make-up soccer game for Jonah. Ollie and I stayed home and worked on a project. Ollie has been wanting to make a huge gods eye or Ojo de Dios with multi-colored yarn. But since he has never made one before, we watched a how-to video on YouTube and then he was off and running. I got him started but he needed no further coaching. The only help he needed was when we switched from one color yard to another. The multi-colored yard was beautiful, but we found that we needed to unravel and then rewind each color separately, so he could change colors when he wanted. It was a fun project and brought back memories of the first time I made gods eyes. That was with Heather when she was two. I still have those gods eyes and put them on my Christmas tree each year.