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 341: Lunch with a Friend

2017 Life Logs, Day 341: Lunch with a Friend
Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Weather: Sunny, Cooling Down; High Temp 48, Low 32 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Today was spent at home doing a little house cleaning and getting ready for lunch with a new friend, having lunch, and then talking the afternoon away. I met this woman on the Newcomers field trip to the Harvard Museums. We enjoyed talking over lunch that day in Cambridge and promised to get together to get to know one another better. Today was that day and we managed to talk away the afternoon. I then went to the gym for a 5 pm kick-boxing class and came home to fix dinner and do a little more online Christmas shopping. That’s it for today.

2017 Life Logs, Day 340: Jonah’s Elementary Chorus Concert

2017 Life Logs, Day 340: Jonah’s Elementary Chorus Concert
Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Weather: Partly Cloudy; High Temp 57, Low 35 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

It was another one of those days that just seemed to slip right through my fingers. I went to the gym to the Wednesday morning Tabata class. This is the toughest of the classes that I attend. It really challenges me, but I survived another one! I came home with the intent of working on Christmas for the Goldstones, but ended up decorating the Christmas tree and finishing my online shopping for Justin and family instead. I did some prep for tomorrow’s lunch as I have a friend coming that I met through Newcomers. We got into a conversation over lunch when we went to the Harvard Museums and tomorrow’s lunch will be a continuation of that. Then it was time to get ready to go pick up Jonah and deliver him to the high school for a district-wide 3rd and 4th grade chorus concert. Heather was on the air fund-raising until 7 pm, so I offered to take Jonah to the 5:30 pre-concert practice with the other schools while Jed, Sam, and Ollie had dinner. I dropped Jonah off, ran some errands, and then came back to attend the concert. Jonah loves to sing, and he looked so handsome tonight in his blue button-down shirt. He was in the second row and Molly, the ‘girl next door’ was in the first row in red. It was a fun concert. It started off with the combined schools singing ‘Simple Gifts’. This has been sung to the Goldpebbles since birth, so the concert began on a most familiar note. I think the highlight for Jonah was when the high school acapela group sang. As soon as the concert was over, he wanted to go out into the hall to buy one of their CD’s.

When I got home I hung a new grow light over the plants I brought in recently from the deck. They were in desperate need of light. In doing this, I realized that the parsley plants needed to go back out on the deck. They have an infestation of what I think is fungus gnats whose larvae destroy the roots of the plants and the gnats are extremely irritating to adults. Last year I tried recommended vinegar and soap remedies, but nothing got rid of them. I finally sterilized the soil and was hopeful that they wouldn’t return this year. But they have. If anyone has a remedy that works, please let me know. For now they will stay out on the deck until it gets too cold for gnats or the parsley freezes.

2017 Life Logs, Day 339: Puerto Rico Up-date

2017 Life Logs, Day 339: Puerto Rico Up-date
Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Weather: Overcast with Afternoon Rain, Windy; High Temp 56, Low 52 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

The only news in my life today was that I went to Tai Chi with friend Olga Mitchell. I had never been before and quickly found out that learning Tai Chi is very disciplined. Today I was allowed to do the warm-up exercises, but new people were sent out in the hall with a teacher while the experienced group did their first ‘set’. If I understood this right, a set has 64 moves. In the hall, myself and other newbies practiced the first move. I went with Olga out of curiosity and am not sure that this will be something I am going to add to my life. But I will research and consider it. After Tai Chi, I headed off-Cape to do some Christmas shopping and to go to Costco and Home Depot. I could have gone to Hyannis for Home Depot, but I needed things from Costco and there is a Home Depot next door. I now have the food items I needed and a grow light for the potted plants I brought inside from deck.

I have been getting inquiries from friends asking how Justin and family are doing in Puerto Rico. Things are definitely continuing to improve, but I am going to let my daughter-in-law Jo tell you about it. I am copying here her post from Facebook last Friday, December 1.

“Two nights ago two very incredibly hard working humans began working on the broken electricity line from our property to the main road, which has had power back for a solid week now. At 2am.
2am!
Justin went up the hill and said hi, they told him that in two hours we should have electricity back.
Cue deep sleep.
The next morning – flick breakers on – and boom! Voila! Hey presto! Holy McCowboy! We have LIGHT!
We humans are light beings, we all generate our own light, we Handley Hunts are natural humans, we were doing just fine without. But it has been so long, and – oh! – electrification really IS pretty amazing.
This weekend, for instance, Justin and I will be able to fire up the sound system and make our own tunes – LOUD and PROUD. He can use that new guitar pedal that he got for his birthday on September 14th and only got to use ONCE before Maria devoured our normal.
So, yeah, we are back to fully utilitized(!?!) – at least until we fully solarize – and it really does feel very wonderful. I have done load after load of laundry, and using the oven feels like such a treat. And as for having a FRIDGE – ladadaaaaa! So amazing.
These past 9 weeks, or whatever it is, have been incredible and I will forever be grateful for this time. Maybe that sounds a little odd – and certainly I am in a position from which it is easier to make a statement like this. But, yes, I am so grateful for the lessons and the growth, the love, the sharing, the journey through fear, the wisdom and insights shown to me by my children directly and by going through this process consciously with them.
I am grateful to this LAND that held us and protected us and provided us with yet more reason to STAY and dig deep deep roots and hold on. This land that nurtures and nourishes us, and that has regrown and flourished about us, and invited us along with her.
Grateful for this shout from the creator. This unignorable demand that we slow down, slow waaaaay the flooff down, work hard, hold onto each other, plant, make, listen, share, love.
Grateful for this ISLA. Her soul. Her people. Her lush, living greenness that just HAS to grow, is compelled to renew, to regenerate, and produce fruit, and life and shade.
Grateful for our FRIENDS and our FAMILY who poured out support, love and donations of food, much needed items and resources at our most needy hour to date. And whose donations we are still sharing and distributing and using to regrow and help others renew their lives, one offering at a time.
What an incredible journey life is. Sometimes all the feelings can be just overwhelming, uncertainty and fear can threaten to defeat us, and the sweet pain of loving can feel almost too much to bear. Yet we rise and we grow and we choose love and we trip and fall and get up again. We move through our sense of separation into something that feels right. And we forgive ourselves.
Glad I got to incarnate. Thanks to my parents for fancying each other, and thankful for each day I get to breathe life.
Love and blessings to ALL, from my home to yours ? ?? ?? ? ? ? ? ? ?”

Note: I talked to Justin late this afternoon and found out the electricity went off this afternoon. Hopefully that is temporary. We are still waiting for the solar system to be installed . . . promised no later than December 19.

2017 Life Logs, Day 338: Sam’s 5th Grade Band Concert

2017 Life Logs, Day 338: Sam’s 5th Grade Band Concert
Date: Monday, December 4, 2017
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High Temp 49, Low 32 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

For me today was a class at the gym, time catching up on emails, researching possible Christmas presents, a little shopping trip about town for various things, and some cooking. Then I got a call from Jed asking if I could do some emergency shopping for Sam. It was 5:30 pm at the time and Sam had to be at his school band concert at 6:30 pm wearing a pair of dark pants. He has outgrown all of his, so he and Heather had gone shopping and found a pair of 10 slim black pants that should have been perfect . . . so they didn’t try them on. But when it was time to get ready, Sam tried to put on the pants and he couldn’t button them. This is the first time ever that a pair of slim pants were too small for Sam. So, this is when I got the call from Jed asking if I could go back to Walmart, buy a pair of 10 regulars, and make a quick home delivery. I left immediately and found a dark blue pair of pants in the right size, but not a black pair. I found a black pair in a different brand, so I purchased both and took off. I delivered them and thankfully the blue pair did the trick. Then we were off for the concert.

In Falmouth, all 5th and 6th graders attend Morse Pond School. They have an auditorium, but it is not large enough to hold all the people attending a band concert. So the concert tonight was held at the middle school. Since we were there early, Ollie took the opportunity to read to Heather. I can’t believe he is old to read, but he is, indeed. The Auditorium was packed and the concert was delightful. Well done! Sam plays drums this year along with eight other 5th graders and they kept the beat perfectly throughout the two songs performed by 5th graders. Then the 6th graders performed, followed by the 5th and 6th grade jazz band. I was impressed with each presentation. It is obvious that the music director, Mr. Borning, not Boring as Oliver pointed out, does a great job with these kids. The songs they played were enjoyable. But the thing that struck me the most is that my oldest grandchild and his friends are growing up right in front of my eyes. As a drummer, Sam was in the back row right in the center. In front of him and to his left were two of his soccer friends, Gus and Sebastian, who play saxophone. Sam and Sebastian attended the Woods Hole Day Care together, so they have been together since they were two. In front of Gus and Sebastian was Talia. Heather and Talia’s mom were in a breast-feeding support group together, so Sam and Talia have been friends for ten years. I first met Talia when Mark and I came home for Sam’s first birthday in 2008. It was just a coincidence that from my camera vantage point, these friends were in the photos I took of Sam. But seeing how grown up they look was a stark reminder of just how quickly the years pass. It really does seem like it was just yesterday when they were toddlers. I think that big, gorgeous moon tonight was in celebration of these friendships.

2017 Life Logs, Day 337: Falmouth Christmas Parade

2017 Life Logs, Day 337: Falmouth Christmas Parade
Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Weather: Mostly Cloudy; High Temp 49, Low 33 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

It was another busy holiday-centered day. The Goldpebbles spent the night and this morning we had a Lego love fest. They have a collection of Star Wars Lego sets here that they build and rebuild. But overnight, Santa made a delivery of a Christmas Lego set for each boy, so they delighted in building those sets. Yesterday, Heather and Jed got my Christmas tree standing. I just couldn’t get it to stand upright in the stand I have, and it made me feel a little better to find that they were having some of the same problems. We finally used fishing line to tie it to the ceiling! This morning, Sam helped me get the lights on the tree and he, Jonah, and Ollie made a good start on putting the ornaments on before it was time to leave for the Falmouth Christmas Parade. Heather and Jed came and Jed took Sam and Jonah to their designated meeting places . . . Jed for Scouts, Sam for Morse Pond Band, and Jonah for the Falmouth Soccer Club. Heather, Ollie, and I waited a bit and then drove downtown to try and get front row seats. We look my beach chairs and set them next to the curb in front of the Public Library. Today Ollie decided to go as Santa Claus, so he carried all of the things he had brought to my house for the weekend in a sack pretending that it was full of toys. There were very few spaces left by the time we got there, but we found our space and enjoyed watching the parade. The first group to come by each year represent the local government and are dressed in period costumes declaring, “Hear Ye, Hear Ye, the 54th Annual Falmouth Christmas Parade is about to begin.” There are floats, bands, clowns, horses, dogs, and lots of kids and adults from local organizations in the parade. We saw Jed walking with the Scouts and Jonah walking with the Soccer Club. And we saw the back of Sam’s head, identified by the green, not red, Santa’s hat, as he rode by facing in the opposite direction playing drums in the back of a truck. As always, Ollie’s favorite was the Brian Boru Pipe Band. Mine, too. But this year a local building company had a float featuring bathtubs and toilets. The toilets were decorated to look like reindeer . . . the most creative thing I saw today!

When Heather and Jed went to Sweden this summer, they first stayed in a vacation cabin owned by a science colleague who lives in Sweden, but spends time in Woods Hole collaborating. She is now visiting here and she found us and watched the parade with us. After the parade, we invited her to join us for lunch at Crepe Cod, a new restaurant in town this year that we have all wanted to check out. They offer sweet and savory French crepes with a Moroccan twist. Delicious. The savory crepes are made with buckwheat which makes them gluten-free. Love that. But I have to admit that Jonah’s sweet crepe made with traditional white flour looked absolutely yummy. I’m not much of a restaurant person, but I’ll return there again. The food is good and is personally delivered by the chef. Bon appetit!

2017 Life Logs, Day 336: Elf Run, Jingle Jog, Santa, and the Lighting of the Green

2017 Life Logs, Day 336: Elf Run, Jingle Jog, Santa, and the Lighting of the Green
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Weather: Partly Sunny; High Temp 44, Low 32 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

As expected, this day was jam-packed with holiday activities. All of the Goldstones spent the night last night and after a first breakfast of cereal and oatmeal and a lot of scurrying about to get dressed in holiday fashion for the Elf Run and Jingle Jog, we were all out the door, in the van, and drove around to the other side of the harbor. The Elf Run for the little ones was at 9 am and Jonah and Ollie, AKA Rudolph, ran in that event. Just like last year, Jonah has no interest in dressing in holiday fashion, but Ollie was all into that today. When I picked the boys up yesterday, Ollie came up with a Rudolph costume that worked great. He got out his brownish tan overalls and he borrowed a brown long-sleeved shirt from Jonah and picked out a white t-shirt to wear over the brown. “You know, Oma, deer have patches of white.” Yes, they do. He added a winter hat that matched the color of his overalls. With the addition of a pair of light-up antlers that fit over the cap, he had the perfect costume. He was a little slow getting dressed this morning, but we finally got Rudolph out the door and he and Jonah enjoyed their run. After the Elf Run, Jed, Jonah, Ollie, and I drove the van back around the harbor to my place so we could watch the Jingle Jog. Sam started calling it the Jingly Jogidy yesterday and we have all adopted his terminology. He ran in the Elf Run last year, but this was his first long distance run. It was only three miles, but that’s long distance to me! As rang jingle bells as we watched the Jingly Joggers. Sam come by first with Heather close behind him.And when we walked down the street to watch them on their return loop, Sam was still in front and doing great and Heather was right behind him, where she intended to stay until the end of the race. After they passed our return watching spot, Jed, Jonah, and Ollie headed to the finish line and I walked back home to get second breakfast started. They all arrived back on this side of the harbor in time to watch Santa arrive on the other side. The boys had requested bacon and hot chocolate, so they had that while Heather, Jed, and I had a mushroom and spinach omelet. Then we parted ways. Jed went home to work on an outdoor project. Heather and Sam went home so Sam could practice on his drums for tomorrow’s parade and then went on a shopping trip to look for new running shoes for Sam and a winter coat. Jonah, Ollie, and I headed to Highfield Hall to meet Santa and to see the Christmas decorations. There were craft projects for kids and train displays that they both loved. And the room-sized Victorian dollhouse was of interest as well. As we walked back the beautifully decorated staircase, the highlight of my holiday season happened. Some started playing Christmas carols on the grand piano on the first floor. Jonah and Ollie both stopped immediately to look down on the piano. They were both mesmerized by watching the very grandmotherly looking woman play. She looked up at them and mouth “Rudolph?” The both shook their heads and as she started playing, normally shy Ollie quietly sang along. It was like magic. Everyone on the first floor watched him singing and then applauded when the song was over. Jonah is usually the singer, but today Ollie stole the show. It was a truly magical moment that was enough to melt this Oma’s heart. But with little boys, magical moments are just that. We were on to the next activity which was rolling down the hill in front of Highfield and on to the Village Green to check out the displays. Then to the Goldstones to work on a craft project Jonah is doing for his third grade craft fair. We also picked Sam up and then headed to the British Beer Company for dinner and after that, back to the Village Green to sing Christmas carols under the holiday lights that came on at 7 pm tonight. I think we are all exhausted, but it was a great day. The boys are spending the night again as Heather and Jed are attending a holiday party. But tomorrow morning, we gear up for the Falmouth Christmas Parade. Sam will be on a school float playing drums to accompany Christmas carols. Jonah will be walking in the parade with his soccer team. And Jed will be marching with the Scouts. Usually Sam and Jonah would be marching with the Scouts as well, but this year, there was too much competition. That leaves Heather, Ollie, and I to watch. So we will enjoy!

2017 Life Logs, Day 335: Holidays by the Sea Begins

2017 Life Logs, Day 335: Holidays by the Sea Begins
Date: Friday, December 1, 2017
Weather: Sunny; High Temp 54, Low 33 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

It is the first day of December and Falmouth launched its annual Holidays by the Seas weekend tonight. I had a low-key day and then mid-afternoon I went to pick up Sam, Jonah, and Ollie. We packed up clothes for the weekend and headed to Anytime Fitness, the official check-in place for tomorrow morning’s runs. We got t-shirts, jingle bells, and bib numbers for everyone for the Elf Run and Jingle Jog in the morning. Then we drove to Woods Hole to meet Jed at Nobska Lighthouse to sing carols. It is usually really chilly, but tonight the temperature was mild—no hats and gloves needed. After the first couple of carols, some of Sam’s friends came to get him to go run in the field. Jonah loves to sing, but a couple of carols later, the lure of playing with friends became too much and he took off as well. That left Jed and I with Ollie. Ollie was the picture of Christmas wearing a green elf hat and his red winter coat. And he was totally fascinated by the singers leading the carols. He asked me to point to the words in the printed program and even though he can’t read, he mouthed the words and conducted with his hands. There’s no way to capture such precious moments. I just feel lucky to be able to be there to watch.

After the caroling, I left Jed with the boys as they were continuing to socialize and I headed home to get dinner ready. Jed and boys arrived first, and Heather arrived shortly after. The boys burst through the door full of excitement. They had been listening to the songs from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas on the way and wanted to watch the video during dinner. I caved and said that would be fine. Tis the season. The boys and Heather are now asleep and Jed and I need to shut down our computers for the night. By 9 am, Jonah and Ollie will be running in the Elf Run and when they are done, we will watch Sam and Heather run in the 3-mile Jingle Jog. This is the first time Sam has run more than a mile, so Heather is hoping to convince him that he needs to pace himself. This is not a race. It is a fun run!

2017 Life Logs, Day 334: Getting Ready for the Holidays

2017 Life Logs, Day 334: Getting Ready for the Holidays
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Weather: Partly Sunny; High Temp 48, Low 42 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

My day was spent getting ready for winter and the holiday season . . . rearranging the apartment to make room for the Christmas tree that has spent the last week out on the deck and the deck furniture that needs to come for the winter. I brought in the plants from the deck and had to do more rearranging to find room for them. It is a little cozy, but I think I can co-exist with Christmas tree, deck furniture, and large pots of parsley and chives. Tomorrow begins Falmouth’s Holidays by the Sea Weekend. I will pick the Goldpebbles up from school tomorrow and we will head to Nobska Lighthouse for the 5:30 pm Holiday Carol Sing. Jed will meet me there and afterwards we will head to my house for dinner. Heather will join us a little later as it is public radio fund raising time and she is on the air until 7pm. But all Goldstones will spend the night as Jonah and Ollie join the half mile Elf Run at 9 am on Saturday morning just across the harbor. Then at 9:30, Sam and Heather will run the 3-mile Jingle Jog and the rest of us will stand on Falmouth Heights Road in front of The Studio to cheer them on. We will then watch Santa arrive in Falmouth as he comes in by boat just across the harbor. Heather and Jed are going to an ‘adults only’ holiday party tomorrow night, so I will have Sam, Jonah, and Ollie until Sunday morning. I’m hoping that somewhere in there, I can get some help in getting my Christmas tree into the stand and in the apartment. I tried today, but just couldn’t get that tree secured in the stand by myself. Sunday is the Falmouth Christmas Parade. It is an intense weekend of holiday activities, but hopefully after the parade we can all take a deep breath and slide a little more slowly into the season.

I spent my evening at the Goldstones as Heather was a panel member at a special showing of Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth Sequel and Jed had to attend a Scout planning meeting. Heather prepped dinner before she had to leave and then Jed fixed dinner. We had the best salmon I think I have ever had. Jed thought he cooked it too long, but the rest of us (minus Jonah) thought it was great. Jed had to leave before dinner was over and we launched into evening activities. Sam had to finish us a book report, Jonah worked on craft projects he will sell at the school holiday fair, and Ollie practiced writing his name in cursive. Jonah tried to tell him that he will get in trouble if he does this in school, but Ollie didn’t care. He is very pleased that he has been able to learn how to do this. Once the boys were in bed, Jed returned and I headed home.

Once home, I had a great conversation with Lynne Kirwin (with Ed adding comments in the background). Ed and Lynne are the friends Mark and I crossed the Indian Ocean with, they in Constance and Mark and I in Windbird. Constance has been in St, Mary’s, Georgia, since Ed and Lynne’s return to the US in 2011. They have gone down a number of times and sailed her to the Bahamas two or three times, but since Ed found out he has pancreatic cancer in 2015, Constance has been sitting there on land. Ed is doing so well that he is not having chemo treatments right now, so they are going down to sail Constance to Fort Lauderdale. The actual sail will only take a couple of days if the weather cooperates, but they have a couple of weeks of getting ready to go. I am just so happy and excited for them and hope all goes smoothly.

2017 Life Logs, Day 333: Taking Care of Business

2017 Life Logs, Day 333: Taking Care of Business
Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Weather: Sunny and Warmer; High Temp 59, Low 34 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Finally, I had a day when I could get started on taking care of business. But ‘started’ is the operative word here. I went to the gym for a Tabata class which is most challenging and then spent the rest of day getting organized. It has been 11 weeks since Maria hit Puerto Rico, and for much of that time, I have been so focused on Justin and family that not much else has gotten done. There is still much to be done on that front, but things are now under control and I can get back to life before Maria. I just needed a day to remember what that was! After spending time getting organized today, I now at least have a list of things that need to be done. I’ll continue on this project tomorrow and Friday, then I’ll turn my attention to Christmas activities for the weekend.

2017 Life Logs, Day 332: Kudos to the US Postal Service

2017 Life Logs, Day 332: Kudos to the US Postal Service
Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High Temp 48, Low 44 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

I could be speaking too soon as I have two very precious packages on their way to Puerto Rico through the US Postal Service, but I have to trust that they will arrive safe and sound just as all of the others I have that were sent to Justin and Jo since Maria. But regardless, the USPS works tirelessly to get the job done. And I have found out in the past two days that they do the big jobs for considerably less than UPS or FedX. Yesterday I sent Justin’s computer via USPS Priority for about $19 plus the cost of insurance. It would have cost somewhere around $85 to send it via UPS. Today I spent part of my afternoon disassembling a large wooden doll house Mark built for Ollie so that I could send it to Coco in Puerto Rico. Ollie has lost interest, but Coco’s life revolves around her dollies, big and small. This doll house weights about 25 pounds and is constructed of Birch plywood. Even dismantled it took a 24 inch x 24 inch x 6 inch box for sending and UPS was going to charge $145 plus the cost of insurance. The US Postal Service Priority cost was $60 plus insurance. I ended up stuffing a lot of Mark’s pants and shirts in the box to pad the cargo and that added another $15 due to the weight, but since the doll house would cost $350 to purchase and Justin will get some clothes, the shipping cost was most reasonable. Thank you to the US Postal Service!!! And unbelievably, when I showed up at the Post Office this afternoon, they reminded me that I left my rolling cart there over a month ago and they have been saving it for me.

I spent my morning going to the hospital for a bone density scan and then made a visit to the chiropractor. I was last there three months ago and I felt like it was time for a tune-up. I made a trip to the Waste Management Facility Swap Shop to drop off some items, came home for lunch, and then headed to Heather and Jed’ to dismantle the doll house for shipping. Then it was to the gym for a Kick Boxing class. It was the first time I have gone to this class, but it was a great workout that I will revisit. Justin called just when I got home to report in. He said that the Florida trip was a wonderful break, but it unfortunately reminded them of what normal life is really like. He is finding it very difficult to get back into the groove of life without electricity. Just keeping up with doing the laundry by hand is tough. But not being able to get any work done without commuting to Mayaguez is tougher. He’s using a tablet to do his work until his computer arrives, and that is not easy either. I heard the mayor of San Juan on the Rachel Maddow Show this evening. She said Puerto Rico needs three things—debt forgiveness, tools for rebuilding, and power. That pretty much sums it up for Justin as well. He is now entering week 11 without full-time work, and even with the support of family in paying the personal bills, the business needs money to make payroll. Hopefully that solar system will be installed soon so they will have power. And then we’ll have to work on getting the internet back. One step at a time. As Justin and Jo both reminded me when we were in Florida, things are tough for them, but at least they have roof over their heads. It is unbelievable to me that there are still so many people in Puerto Rico who still do not even have a tarp to serve as a roof. So sad and unforgiveable. I know this country can do better than this.