Welcome to The Voyage of Windbird . . . and Beyond.  My name is Judy Handley and I live on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.  For six years of my life, my husband Mark and I sailed around the world.  I documented that story, one day at a time, in this blog that was then just called The Voyage of Windbird.  Those daily logs from 2005 to 2011 tell the story of our circumnavigation.  While sailing, my daily logs were sent via Ham radio to the internet to appear on this blog spot each morning.  My son Justin made that happen, and to this day, I don’t understand the process.  But it was like magic.  I would sit in the cockpit each afternoon around 4 pm and summarize the day’s activities.  During the evening when the conditions were just right for sending radio emails, my husband would send the log.  The next morning my son, my daughter, other members of my family and good friends would read the news and know exactly where in the world we were and what fun we were having.  

After almost 6 years of traveling, we sailed into Woods Hole on Cape Cod.  We continued living aboard for the next five years and I wrote about that, adding ‘and Beyond’ to the title of the blog.  Then shortly before Mark’s death in 2016, we sold our beloved Windbird and my travel logs became land logs.  At this point, I had written a daily account for each and every day for 11 years.  I fully intended to end the blog at that point, but when I wrote that news in a log, I got many responses saying that I really needed to keep posting.  At the same time, I realized that I couldn’t stop writing.  Summarizing each day had become a permanent part of my life and I will probably continue writing until I can no longer.  These postings reflect the ordinary, and sometimes the extraordinary, days in my life and I would like to invite you to join me on my journey.

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

2020 Life Logs, Day 173: Gardening and Skate Park

2020 Life Logs, Day 173: Gardening and Skate Park
Date: Monday, June 22, 2020
Weather: Foggy Morning, Partly Cloudy Afternoon; High 74, Low 63 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It was another foggy morning, but the fog didn’t clear by noon as it has on most days recently. The overcast skies persisted into the afternoon.
Eventually we got a little sunshine, but it just didn’t feel like a beach day. So, after lunch, I persuaded the Goldpebbles to go to the Skate Park for an hour or so. We made a stop at the downtown skateboard shop on the way and I bought a trick skateboard to add to our repertoire of skate park equipment. Sam has a long skateboard, but that is not what is needed at the Skate Park. The new board ended up to be a great addition to the two scooters that we have. Both scooters are old and need to be replaced, but for today, at least, each of the boys had something to ride on. We basically had the whole park to ourselves and we all enjoyed our little outing. Sam used the new skateboard most of the time while Ollie and Jonah used the scooters. Fun time.

I came home to do a little cooking and finish a gardening project I began this morning. I restrung the bean tower that will serve as a trellis for the vining luffa sponge plants, put it in an area I cleared in Shirley’s landscaped area next door, and planted the seedlings I started inside in early May. Hopefully the plants will like the sunny spot and I will get lots of luffa sponges in the fall. These can be used as you would use any sponge. So, if I get a good crop it will be fun to experiment with different ways of using them.

2020 Life Logs, Day 172: Happy Father’s Day and Happy Birthday to Jo

2020 Life Logs, Day 172: Happy Father’s Day and Happy Birthday to Jo
Date: Sunday, June 21, 2020
Weather: Overcast Early, Then Sunny; High 80, Low 63 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Here’s hoping all of you fathers out there had a wonderful Father’s Day. And a very special Happy Father’s Day to the fathers of my grandchildren, Justin and Jed. I know Justin spent his day at the beach where Jo tried out her new paddleboard birthday gift from Justin. And I know Jed spent his afternoon at the beach because I was with him. We had a great time and I’m hoping that Justin, Jo, and kids also had a great day. Happy Birthday, Jo.

This morning I delivered the strawberry-rhubarb pie that I made for Jed for Father’s Day. Jed is still recovering from the biking accident he had recently, so he was the only Goldstone that did not participate in the 5k run for the Falmouth Education Association this morning. This fundraiser is usually a run on the waterfront and through the adjoining neighborhoods in Falmouth Heights. But because of the coronavirus, the run was done informally in various neighborhoods and parts of town. Heather and boys ran and biked in their neighborhood. I arrived shortly after the end of the race and was convinced by Sam that I needed to join in for a family afternoon at the beach. They had decided to go to Quissett so I could bring Shadow, so I headed back home to get things ready for the afternoon.

It was a beautiful and very warm afternoon with lots of people on the beaches. Unfortunately, when the Goldstones arrived at Quissett there was no place to park. They called me and told me to stay put. They were going to check out Menauhant and let me know if we could meet there. But that was also a no go because there was no place to park. The backup to the backup was my suggestion to try Callie’s Beach off a dirt road in Mashpee. This beach is on Waquoit Bay. I was introduced to it by Karen and Peter Baranowski and on weekdays there are usually very few people there. It was a little crowded on one end of the beach today, but on far end, there were only a couple of other families. I was able to take Shadow with me to this beach and we had a lovely afternoon. It is very shallow, so the boys could walk and snorkel far out into the bay. The boys were able to get Shadow to come out into the water a little ways with them, but he always headed back to shore to bury himself in the sand. I’m beginning to think he didn’t get the water gene. The boys and Jed and also launched into building sandcastles all along the water’s edge.

Before I left for the afternoon at the beach, I delivered a strawberry-rhubarb pie to the aunties next door and I got Shirley’s permission to plant my luffa sponge plants in her landscaped garden which gets full sun all day. I have no place in my yard that gets full sun, so I am very excited about getting Shirley’s permission to plant on her side of the driveway. I’m hoping to get that planting job done tomorrow. This evening when I got home from the beach, I gave Shadow a much needed bath to get rid of all that sand and then I headed down to the dock with him so he could dry off in the sunshine.
It was after 6 pm and at that time of day, the only sunny spot is down by the water. I love sitting on the dock in the sun, so we enjoyed almost an hour of drying time. Then it was back to The Cottage so I could bake a strawberry-rhubarb pie for myself. I watched a Masterpiece Theatre double-header and just had my first piece of that pie. It did not disappoint. But what was disappointing was that I had to spend part of the evening trying to deal with a computer issue. Something is blocking my email from coming into my Outlook account. I can get email on my phone but can’t get into it on the computer. Unfortunately, I will have to continue with that issue tomorrow.

2020 Life Logs, Day 171: First Day of Summer Strawberries

2020 Life Logs, Day 171: First Day of Summer Strawberries
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020
Weather: Sunny; High 79, Low 62 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

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My first official day of summer celebration was to go pick-your-own strawberries. Sam, Ollie, and Jonah went with me and we picked eight quarts. I thought it was fairly easy picking, but after about six quarts, they were tired. They found it hard to believe that some people have to do this all day, every day as a job. Sam doesn’t eat strawberries and won’t even touch them, so I sent him through the rows to scout out the best places to pick. But halfway through our picking time, he tried touching a strawberry and found it wasn’t as repulsive as he thought. So even he pitched in and helped pick. I sent them home with six of the quart baskets and I kept two and turned them into strawberry rhubarb pies—one for Jed for Father’s Day and one for me. If the Goldstones haven’t eaten all of the other six baskets by tomorrow morning, I think I’ll go get another one and make a pie for the aunties next door. In my opinion, strawberry rhubarb pie is simply one of the tastiest foods in the whole world.

Summer solstice came a day earlier than usual since 2020 is a leap year. Usually summer solstice falls on Jo’s birthday which is tomorrow. And tomorrow is also Father’s Day. So this is a bit of a festive weekend.

2020 Life Logs, Day 170:  Drip Irrigation System; Afternoon at Menauhant Beach

2020 Life Logs, Day 170:  Drip Irrigation System; Afternoon at Menauhant Beach
Date:  Friday, June 19, 2020
Weather:  Foggy AM, Sunny PM; High 78, Low 62 Degrees
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

During a foggy early morning, I continued the work of expanding the drip irrigation system that I have set up in my three raised beds to a fourth bed and beyond.  Days ago, Jed and Jonah helped me clear a wooded area.  I have now planted tomatoes and squash there and this morning I extended the drip irrigation system to cover this area.  I didn’t quite finish the job but will continue tomorrow.  And I don’t have all the bits and pieces that I need to do the job as I would like, so I have ordered the parts and will add those later.  The good thing is that I can use the drip irrigation as is until I get the additional parts.  I love having the watering system on a timer and not having to worry about getting the hose out everyday to water.  It saves time and saves water.  Definitely a win, win situation.

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Later in the afternoon, I went to Heather and Jed’s to do a laundry and then take the Goldpebbles to Menauhant Beach for a couple of hours.  The boys seemed to really enjoy the afternoon.  They skipped rocks on the water and then treaded water.  Jonah treaded water for 15 minutes and then Sam had to do the same.  At one point, Jonah sat down and scooted his way down to the water.  It looked like track a sea turtle would make coming ashore to lay eggs.  But to Jonah it looked like a water slide and he and Ollie worked all afternoon to try and find ways to get water to slide down rather than just sink in the sand.  They added rocks.  When that didn’t work, they embedded a boogie board in the track and that did shed water.  Sam didn’t join in with the water slide project.  Instead, he spent a lot of time reading on the beach.  Jonah’s comment was, “That’s what teenagers do.”

I took the boys home and had dinner with them.  They wanted me to stay and watch an episode of Our Planet with them, but I really needed to get home to spend some time with Shadow.  But when I got home, I signed up for a free month of Netflix and watched the same episode of Our Planet that the Goldstones were watching.  It was about endangered forest wildlife.  

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There was a segment about the dry forest in Madagascar and it brought back so many wonderful memories of the many days I spent there observing Coquerel’s sifaka lemurs frolicking in the trees.  A truly amazing experience.

2020 Life Logs, Day 169: Afternoon at The Knob with the Goldpebbles and Shadow

2020 Life Logs, Day 169: Afternoon at The Knob with the Goldpebbles and Shadow
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Weather: Sunny; High 74, Low 62 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

The Knob in Woods Hole may well be the most beautiful spot on Cape Cod. It offers a nature trails and stunning views of Quissett Harbor plus three different beaches, and all are dog friendly. You are required to keep your dog on a leash, and in these days of the coronavirus, you are required to wear a mask on the trails and when close to others on the beach. We were not aware of the mask requirement and had to go back home to get masks for the boys before heading down the beach. This afternoon we only accessed only one of the beaches and Sam did take Shadow down one of the nature trails. He had hoped to be able to get down to the beach from the trail, but the first few trails were blocked off. Once we all gathered on the beach, we did find one path from the beach that led up to an open trail.

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As the boys played in the water and one the beach, I enjoyed the views of the Harbor and thought of all the wonderful times we had in the Harbor during the two summers that Windbird “lived” there. This afternoon we chose a place far from other people and were able to let Shadow be off leash most of the time so he could frolic with the boys. Sam was determined to get him in the water, but Shadow would only go out so far on his own. Finally, Sam carried him out and put him in deeper water to try and get him to swim. It worked and Sam was very excited. But Shadow headed quickly back to shore and immediately dug a hole in the sand and rolled in it trying to dry himself. Quite a mess, but nothing a bath when we got home didn’t solve.

It seems when we go to Quissett, we always have a great wildlife experience. One summer Sam discovered a huge school of Menhaden and we got in the dinghy and followed them around. Another year we found sea stars on the sandbar. And the year that Jonah picked up a green crab that molted in his hand was quite spectacular.

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Today’s adventure was catching a pufferfish. Evidently the boys saw it when they were out in the shallow water and herded it to shore where Jonah put it in a bucket. It was a large pufferfish and the bucket was just too small, so I suggested they dig a pufferfish swimming pool so they could observe it for a few minutes before releasing it. This was a northern pufferfish, Sphoeroides maculatus, in the family Tetraodontidae. It is found along the Atlantic coast of the US and Canada, and unlike many other pufferfish, the flesh of the northern puffer is not poisonous . . at least not as far as I know. Some pufferfish have enough tetrodotoxin to kill 5 adult humans and it has no antidote. I did not know this until I did some research tonight. And some pufferfish have a stronger bite than a piranha. Yikes! I need to do a little more research to know how to manage a situation like this in the future. Bruce, if you are reading this, weigh in and let me know if I let my grandkids unknowingly engage in a risky activity. I sure hope not. I do know people eat the northern puffer, so they must not have the tetrodotoxin that can kill adult humans who eat them. In any case, it was a gorgeous day and the boys really enjoyed their adventure with Fluffer Nutter, their name for this particular pufferfish, and with Shadow.

2020 Life Logs, Day 168: New Car Battery & Falmouth Skatepark Afternoon

2020 Life Logs, Day 168: New Car Battery & Falmouth Skatepark Afternoon
Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Weather: Overcast AM, Sunny PM; High 72, Low 58 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

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It was almost 1 pm when I arrived at 43 Grasmere and it was still overcast. The boys and I had planned to go to the beach, but the clouds and the fact that Ollie had to be home by 4 pm helped us to make the decision to skip the beach today and go instead to the Falmouth Skatepark with scooters. There are only two scooters, so Sam decided to stay home. The Skatepark has added a new addition with what Jonah calls the pit and both boys enjoyed their time there. They wore masks as there were a few other kids, but I finally convinced them that there were so few people that going without their masks was okay. It was hard sell, but they were SO hot. I wasn’t even scootering around and I had to take my mask off at one point as I was really overheating in the sunshine. But taking the mask off and on at intervals gives you a chance to cool down. It will take a few trips out in public to figure out when masks are absolutely necessary and when we can go without them safely.

A construction detour around the area when my car was located made getting my car back at the end of the day a much longer ordeal than it should have been. But get back, I did, and hopefully we won’t be stranded at the beach again this summer.

2020 Life Logs, Day 167: Boston, Beach, Dead Battery, and Dining-in Outside

2020 Life Logs, Day 167: Boston, Beach, Dead Battery, and Dining-in Outside
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Weather: Sunny; High 72, Low 52 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

What a day! I know I say that often, but this really was quite a day. I got up early to check my emails to see if I had heard back about my order for a wetsuit for Ollie. Last night I got a confirmation, but then I got another email that said, “Don’t leave yet. We are processing your order.” At 8:30 am, I still had not heard from them, so Shadow and I started driving north to Dedham to Dick’s Sporting Good. I couldn’t wait any later to leave or I wouldn’t be able to get back in time for my 1 pm beach date with the Goldpebbles. When I reached Dick’s Sporting Goods in Dedham, I checked my phone and the email had arrived. “This item is no longer in stock.” Ugh. I was there, so I went in to inquire and was told that even though their website shows a couple of different full wet suits for kids plus a number of shortie wet suits, they no longer carry them in the store. I then called United Divers in Sommerville, just north of Boston. It was the only other place I could think of that might have a wet suit. Unfortunately, the person that answered the phone was not very helpful. He could only tell me that they a couple of full wet suits for kids and that I would have to come in to check the size.
It was another 30-minute drive to get there, but I was determined to find a suit for Ollie. United Divers is tiny little shop. I parked in front and went in to find that they did, in fact, have exactly two wet suits for kids, and both were a size 8. That was lucky. They looked a little too big, but I bought one anyway and headed home. I got home with just enough time to take Shadow for a short walk, feed him lunch, and pack the car with the beach gear. Last night I thought we would be spending the afternoon with Meghan Hannawalt’s goats at the Goldstones, but Heather had sent a text this morning saying the goats were not arriving until 5 pm. So, that gave us the beach time. I was a bit late picking up the boys, but they were ready to go. We had to wait for Ollie to put on his wet suit and he was so happy that finally something fit him. It is a tad too big, but not enough to be a problem. And I don’t know who was happier, Ollie or me. Now we have three Goldpebble Surfer Dudes.

The boys and I spent a couple of hours at the beach. They knew we needed to leave by 3:30 so I could get them home and get to the Frieswyk’s for our first Dining-in Group dinner since the beginning of March.
Ollie and I were the last ones to get to the car and when I put the key in the ignition and tried to start the car . . . nothing but a click, click, click. I have noticed a clicking noise for a couple of weeks now when I go to start the car, but it has always kicked over. Not this afternoon. Since I had been hearing this clicking noise, I had convinced myself that it was a starter issue, not the battery. But I called Jed and he came with battery cables. And that did the trick. I had been delayed by about 30 minutes, but at least I had a car that was running. Jed took the boys and I headed home to again walk and feed Shadow, get the food ready that I was taking to the dinner, and off I went. I was a few minutes late, but I felt lucky to be there at all. We met on the Frieswyk’s deck which is large enough to accommodate the nine of us with plenty of room for physical distancing. We each brought food to share that we had packaged in individual servings. And when we were distributing the food, we all wore masks which we removed once we were seated and eating. It was great to be together with this group of good friends and we’ll try this again in July. Thanks to Bruce Woodin for taking photos of some of us tonight.

The Goldpebbles suggested that tomorrow we go to the beach at Quissett where we can take Shadow with us. So that is the plan for the afternoon, but I plan to spend the morning doing absolutely nothing. After today, I need a little down time.

2020 Life Logs, Day 166: Day of Dilemmas

2020 Life Logs, Day 166: Day of Dilemmas
Date: Monday, June 15, 2020
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 64, Low 52 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today turned out to be a series of dilemmas. The first dilemma was solved early when I figured out how to send a birthday gift to Jo in Puerto Rico. When I tried yesterday, the website said it couldn’t send to her address. But sometime during the night, it dawned on me that I had used the address for USPS, which is how I thought the company shipped. But this morning I read the fine print and found they ship via UPS. I put in the address for that, and it went through immediately. I don’t think it will arrive in time for her birthday, but hopefully it will be there soon. The next dilemma arose when I drove to the U Pick strawberry farm to check out availability for afternoon picking and found out that so many people picked over the weekend that they are closed for picking until next weekend. Bummer. What to do? I drove to the Goldstones and announced that we wouldn’t be picking strawberries. Instead we would go buy a couple of quarts to make a strawberry syrup for them to use in the Soda Stream and that we would spend the afternoon washing cars. Dilemma number 2 solved. We had to move fast to drive Heather’s car to my house to wash it, drive back to their house so I could get my 3:30 call from the neurosurgeon and so that Jonah could have his 4 pm music lesson. The boys cleaned the inside of Heather’s car and checked it off the list and cleaned the inside of the van. We’ll hope to have time tomorrow to wash it on the outside. We are trying to avoid washing cars in their driveway right now as the water all drains down toward the garage doors and the drainage system is blocked. Water is left standing which makes for a bit of a mess, so it is just easier to do the washing at my house for now. The last dilemma today was that the first two wetsuits I ordered for Ollie were TOO SMALL and the third wetsuit that arrived this evening is TOO BIG. I ordered another one tonight, but it was the only one that is available until July. I kept searching and found one wetsuit in a sports store near Boston that looks to be his size. I ordered it for curbside pickup. If I get confirmation by morning, I am going to drive to pick it up. Hopefully that will solve that dilemma.

I did have my online visit with the neurosurgeon this afternoon to go over my MRI results. He says my back is operable due to the severe stenosis in the lower section, but he is not recommending surgery at this time. He thinks the main problem is the herniated disc in the lower lumbar area. But after listening to the chain of events, he feels it might be reabsorbing and healing itself. That’s the best case scenario. He recommends no more physical therapy for few weeks while I continue to take it easy and give the back more time to heal. Right now I am not having the pain. If that is still the case once I finish the current 12-day round of Prednisone, he suggests I then very slowly start walking more and doing a few stretches and strengthening exercises. If the pain returns, however, he suggests I try a cortisone shot. We shall wait and see.

Tomorrow afternoon friend Meghan Hannawalt is bringing her goats to Heather and Jed’s to get rid of some unwanted poison ivy. Depending on timing, I might just hang out at Heather and Jed’s with the boys to watch the goats do their magic. If time allows, we might work in a trip to my house to wash the van. Then tomorrow late afternoon I get together with my dining-in group.

2020 Life Logs, Day 165: More Running Around & Time with Family

2020 Life Logs, Day 165: More Running Around & Time with Family
Date: Sunday, June 14, 2020
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 66, Low 53 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I did a bit more running around today—to the Goldstones early to deliver some beach items that they were going to need for their family day at Wood Neck Beach and to do my laundry, home to walk with Shadow and give him his late morning meal, a Skype call with Justin, Ziggy , and Coco (Jo was not home and we did some secret planning for her upcoming birthday—shhhh), a trip back to the Goldstones to put my laundry in the dryer, a visit with Olivia White whose sister in India died a few days ago, back to pick up my laundry, to the nursery to buy more strawberries, and home to play with Shadow and get dinner ready. Whew! Doesn’t sound like much, but it took me until late afternoon to get those things done and then I spent the next couple of hours getting dinner ready as I had invited Heather and family over. It was great to have them over. I got to hear about their family day at the beach that they all enjoyed immensely and it gave us some time to talk a little about the summer plan going forward. Afternoon Camp Oma is not really fully beginning until school is out at the end of next week. I had misunderstood what Heather said last week. I thought it was beginning tomorrow, but the boys still have afternoon music lessons until the end of next week, so I will be with them on some afternoons, not on others. Tomorrow we are planning to go ‘pick your own’ strawberries.

2020 Life Logs, Day 164: Chore Day and Back Update

2020 Life Logs, Day 164: Chore Day and Back Update
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 70, Low 54 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It was a Saturday with a lot of running around. Today was a hazardous waste recycling day at Falmouth High School. I volunteered to pick up items from Heather and Jed’s and do that chore first thing this morning. And while I was in town, I filled my empty fuel tank in my car and went to the liquor store to get a couple of cases of fuel for me. It was early and there was almost , curbside. I know from the first time I did this that it is not fast. Then I headed home to make my morning smoothie, to get a batch of chicken mineral broth burbling, give Shadow a bath, and then go for a walk with Shadow. Following the advice of the breeder where I got Shadow, I have been feeding him raw chicken wings late morning, and so far that is working. Sonja, the breeder, told me that is what she feeds her picky eaters, Shadow’s mother being one of those. But I give him the wings outside as I don’t want raw chicken all over my floor. Not sure what I’ll do in the winter, but I’ll worry about that in a few months. Evidently raw chicken wing bones are safe for dogs. But never cooked bones. Who knew? Not me. I gave Shadow that much needed bath and then grabbed my smoothie and my book and went outside to sit and read and have late breakfast with him while he dried out in the sunshine. By the time he ate and we went for a walk, he was dry. That process takes all day in cold weather inside. So much easier now.

I spent my afternoon running around again. This was an unplanned adventure, but in reading my email this morning, I read about a strawberry tower you can grow on your deck. That reminded me that I have a three-tiered hanging basket in the basement that looks just like the tower. Justin and Jo gave it to me years ago when Mark and I were living on the boat. I haven’t used for a couple of years, but I decided to see if there were still strawberries to be bought and fill the hanging basket tower for Heather’s deck. I went to my favorite nursery first, all outside, and they had only one variety of strawberry left. They were beautiful, with red blossoms, but I needed 9 of them and they were going to cost more than I was willing to spend. So, I then drove all the way back home and beyond to the wholesale nursery that exists only in May and June. They have already put everything on sale at 25 per cent off, and I decided to get 6 strawberry plants there and then drive back to the other nursery to get three of the red-blossomed ones. A lot of driving, but when I planted them in the hanging baskets, I was very pleased with the look. I then planted a few things in my garden before delivering the strawberry hanging tower to the Goldstones. Jonah and Ollie love strawberries, so they were both very excited. Jonah took the lead in getting the ‘tower’ from the car to the deck and made sure it was hanging securely. When I left, he and Ollie were ‘petting’ the little strawberries already formed on a couple of the plants. These strawberries will be much loved.

Now, on the subject of my back. I reported earlier that I had an MRI on Tuesday, met with my primary care physician on Wednesday, and he arranged an appointment with a neurosurgeon for me this Monday to review the MRI impressions. In the meantime, the primary care doctor had me cancel any physical therapy sessions until I meet with the neurosurgeon. That was on Wednesday. And Thursday morning I woke up and things were much better than they have been for weeks. I was supposed to start taking Prednisone starting on Thursday to reduce the inflammation, but I put it off a day just see if the lack of pain on Thursday morning was just a fluke. But Friday morning was even better than Thursday. Maybe it is a coincidence and things are just now starting to heal, but I am convinced that the exercises were aggravating the situation. I will get to a point when I can do them again, but for now, I think I just need to give things a rest. That’s what my chiropractor has been advising all along. We’ll see what the neurosurgeon says on Monday. I still have some tingling and numbness in the legs when I walk, but the pain in my hips has disappeared for now making life much more pleasant.