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 Los, Day 178: Theater Day at Highfield

2019 Life Logs, Day 178: Theater Day at Highfield
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 75, Low 61 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Just finished watching the second night of Democratic debates. In my opinion there was no doubt that Kamala Harris was the star of the night, but it was wonderful to hear the ideas of all. What an impressive group of Democratic candidates. It is time to narrow the field, but all are well-spoken and intelligent with interesting ideas to contribute.

I spent my morning by going to a chiropractor appointment. My back is steadily improving, but I will be seeing the chiropractor another couple of times next week. Then I spent three hours waiting for a tow truck to come pick up my car. Jed stayed home today to be with the boys so that I could deal with my car. Thank you, Jed. When the tow truck finally arrived, the guy looked under my car and immediately announced that I have a broken axle. I had the car towed to the garage recommended by Triple A, but by day’s end they still hadn’t gotten the official diagnosis to me. I called and they say they will contact me in the morning. So more on the car tomorrow night. I have to say that the waiting for the tow truck was very frustrating. I have AAA coverage, but this was the first time I have ever had to used it. I was shocked at the wait time to just get through to an agent, and then very frustrated that I was given a time by which the tow truck would arrive, but then waited another 45 minutes more. But once the tow truck came, I put that behind me and went on with the day.

Jed, Jonah, Ollie, and I spent our afternoon at a College Light Opera Company production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore at Highfield. Ollie was not enthusiastic about attending, but he got more and more interested during the performance. Jonah loved the music and really enjoyed visiting the orchestra pit. During the intermission, we headed over to the Highfield lawn to visit the completed Stickwork structure. Very impressive. And after the performance the boys enjoyed climbing in a beautiful old tree before we headed to Woods Hole to pick up Heather and take her home so she could then head to Wellfleet for the evening. Her work life is so busy these days. Hopefully by August when she goes to Maine for vacation, she will get a chance to relax. Tomorrow the Goldpebbles and I are back to a normal day with the US versus France match in the Women’s Soccer World Cup series in the afternoon and maybe a trip to the beach in the morning. But the boys might want to finish off these first couple of weeks of summer with just hanging out. Summer lessons and classes begin next week, so just doing nothing is a most appropriate way to spend tomorrow.

2019 Life Logs, Day 176: Adding Bubbles to a Rainy Day

2019 Life Logs, Day 176: Adding Bubbles to a Rainy Day
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Weather: Overcast and Rainy; High 73, Low 63 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today we managed to add a few bubbles to this rainy day. For years, no bar of hand soap has survived the Goldpebbles. One of them or all of them, not sure which, finds a way to destroy any bar of hand soap by poking holes in it, so Heather decided a couple of days ago that we should start making our own liquid hand soap. Thus, no bar to destroy. Instead, today I gave each boy a bar of soap to destroy by grating it like parmesan cheese. Then we added boiling water and glycerin, mixed it, microwaved it, and finally used a mixer to beat it which produced the bubbles. We’re letting it set overnight and if it is the right consistency tomorrow morning, we will pour it into pint canning jars and put on the dispenser lids that Heather ordered from Amazon. The reason we are doing it this way is to keep from buying liquid soap in plastic containers. We buy unpackaged hand soap at Whole Foods and can buy the glycerin in a gallon container that will last for ten years’ worth of liquid soap making, thus reducing our use of single use plastic containers. I’ll report in tomorrow night on the success, or lack of success, of this experiment. The other major activity today was watching yet another Women’s World Cup soccer match. Today we watched Italy versus China. The boys were cheering for Italy and they won the game. Then near the end of the day, we watched the last twenty of the Netherlands versus China game. The team from the Netherlands won and will play England on Thursday. Then on Friday, the US team will play France. Jonah is excited to see that game as his good friend Luke will actually be at the game in Paris with his mom. Lucky little boy! We have one more week of World Cup soccer games and are hoping the US team will reign supreme. Tomorrow we switch from soccer to baseball. It is Jonah’s tenth birthday and he is very excited that he gets to throw the first pitch in the Falmouth Commodores game tomorrow evening. And it is supposed to be a sunny day. Life is good.

2019 Life Logs, Day 175: Women’s World Cup Soccer Spain vs US

2019 Life Logs, Day 175: Women’s World Cup Soccer Spain vs US
Date: Monday, June 24, 2019
Weather: Another Beautiful Day; High 84, Low 60 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

In the summer of 2014, the Goldpebbles and I enjoyed the Women’s World Cup soccer matches. Now four years later, we are doing the same. Our Monday revolved around the game today between the US and Spain. The US Women’s National Team (USWNT) won their berth in the quarter finals today by winning the game. Spain came out on the field, fully fired up and ready to unseat the favored US team. It was a rough and tumble game, but the US team captain, Megan Rapinoe (ra-peen-o), won the day. She has nerves of steel, giving her complete composure in every situation, and is now my new sports hero. She has an athletic build, very short white hair (today tinted pink), and in no way looks like a super model. But in a pre-game piece, she was featured with a Paris designer and looked every bit like a model. Even the Goldpebbles were impressed. Other than watching the game today, the boys played soccer, did their daily routines, had a Nerf gun battle, and Ollie had a violin lesson. It was really warm today and I tried to get them to go to the beach with me after the soccer game, but that was nixed. Rain is forecast for tomorrow, so we’ll plan some indoor activities.

2019 Life Logs, Day 174: Opportunities

2019 Life Logs, Day 174: Opportunities
Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019
Weather: Beautiful Day; High 83, Low 62 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was a warm, beautiful day. I’m afraid to say it, for fear it will go away, but it finally feels like summer is here. My back is better today, but I decided to stay home and do nothing. And I really enjoyed my quiet day. I ended the day by being the lucky recipient of a Goldstone summer cookout which was delicious and I spent the rest of the day catching up with friends. I talked to Lynne Kirwin who is recovering from a shoulder replacement and she is doing great. I caught up on the blog written by sailing friends Heather and Jon Turgeon and found they have sailed back from the Bahamas and are now in North Carolina working on building the interior of their ‘land cruiser’ that they will probably be driving north to Vermont for the summer. I met with Midge Frieswyk and her daughter Allyse who is planning a trip to Bali and shared my experiences there. And I read more of the adventures of my New Hampshire friends, Mike and Linda Stuart, who are biking around the world. They are currently in Australia and have made two trips out to the Great Barrier Reef (by boat, not by bike!!). The photos from the first trip last Thursday were amazing. Their second trip was also amazing, but it added an environmental education aspect that the first trip did not offer. I loved the photo Linda posted of little Nemos with the heading, “Please help save my home.” There were a number of marine biologists onboard and I have a feeling Linda kept them all busy the entire time with her questions. What she already knew, but had reinforced by every biologist on this trip, is that each of us really can make a difference, even from here, in saving the reef—the world’s largest coral reef system and one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. What follows is copied from Linda’s latest blog post. I do hope you take time to read every word and take advantage of some of the opportunities.

FROM LINDA’S BLOG POST:
For the rest of the blog I am going to talk about things I can personally do to help save the reef. I know sometimes it feels like it is a lost cause, I am only one person, what difference can my actions make? Alex gave me the perfect line that I am going to try to remember, and I am going to repeat too many times below to help me make it my new mantra. Before I tell you the mantra, first, let me ask you, do you know about how many people are on this planet? That’s right, 7.7 billion people and it is growing. When Mike was born in 1960 there were only about 3 billion people. So back to the mantra. One person can make a difference if we all work together collectively. The saying Alex told us all was, “It is only one water bottle, said 7 Billion People.” Yay, my mathematical mind went crazy. Think about this. If less than half of the population used just one less water bottle on just one day, that would be 3.5 billion less water bottles on the earth – in just one day. That is with only half of us doing our part. So, the mantra goes, “It is only (enter good environmental practice here) said 7 Billion People.” You can even round it up to 8 billion if you want, since we are closer to that number. My new mindset is that I, and you as well, now have ‘fragments of opportunity’ to help the reef and the planet as a whole. Below are the rest of the suggestions made by the biologists on the boat.
Opportunity A: (I know I have written this before, but since it was mentioned so many times today I feel I have to repeat it.) Reduce single use plastic straws, plastic bags, plastic water bottles, plastic spoons to sample ice cream, plastic shampoo bottles. Whenever you have an opportunity, take it. “It is only one plastic shampoo bottle, said 7 Billion People.”

Opportunity B, Part A: Be a more conscious shopper. Is there a product that uses less packaging? Do you have to buy new? Can you find a used, but still good product? (That made me think of my mom as she likes to get great deals at the Salvation Army. By buying used she is making better choices for the planet even though she has probably never even thought about it in that way).

Opportunity B, Part B: Be a more conscious shopper. Is there a product made from recycled materials or waste that you can use? Does the company have a strong environmental rating? Carli told me about some of her clothing being made from waste. I was like WHAT? She said, look up Oceanzen. So, I did, and they make fabric that supports the removal of marine debris from our oceans. Bikinis made of nylon waste such as recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets that have been recovered from our oceans and recycled into swimwear! By regenerating waste, this company is not only making it new again, but they are also saving a whole heap of precious, finite resources and energy whilst also reducing carbon emissions. OMG. I did not even know such a thing existed. “It is only one recycled bikini, said 7 Billion People.” Hahahaha.

Opportunity B, Part C: Be a more conscious shopper at the supermarket. How much packaging does the food have? How many greenhouse gas emissions are produced to raise and harvest and distribute this food? Is there a locally raised option available? This one I honestly have been working on a bit lately, as you probably know. I have started to notice, especially here at Coles, that they sell lots of veggies in $2 and $3 and $5 bags. Before I just thought, “Well that is convenient, just the amount I wanted and only for $2 bucks.” Now I go get that same veg, like string beans, and put them in the paper mushroom bags. I am also thinking about our meat consumption. I am not ready to give up meat, but I could do Meatless Mondays. “It is only one meatless meal, said 7 Billion People.” I asked Maryanne to explain why less meat helps the planet. She suggested I think of everything, when it comes to environmental practices that is, in terms of energy and carbon dioxide. Meat takes more energy and resources to produce food than plants do. Often pastures are created by cutting down trees, and then whatever is fed to the cow is grown using energy, wheat or grass or whatever, then the cow eats that and farts and emits methane which is a greenhouse gas emission, then there is lots of energy used to process the cow into edible pieces, and of course ship it all over the world for us to buy it. I am starting to be more and more convinced, so I need you all to send me some good meatless recipes that Mike will want to eat so I can go for not only Meatless Mondays but also Fabulous Food Fridays with no meat.

Opportunity C: Get out of your car once in a while. Take a walk, a bike ride, a bus ride, share a ride with a friend, or carpool. Use your energy to get where you need to go rather than fossil fuels. Not only will you save money, but fewer cars on the road means less carbon and pollution will be in the air. This will protect the environment by keeping the air, water, and land clean. “It is only one trip, said 7 Billion People.”

Opportunity D: Make your voices heard. Write letters to your government officials and vote. Here in Australia, and lately at home in the USA, coal is making a comeback, largely due to our governments approving or changing environmental laws. Mining and burning coal is driving global warming by causing waters to warm and become more acidic. This causes huge stress for corals, causing ‘mass bleaching’, and if conditions do not improve – they die. Remember, bleaching is the way a coral expels unhealthy algae and is a natural process in some coral but it is not natural to have larger sections of the reef all become bleached. Climate change is the big elephant in the room when you talk about a healthy reef and this is the biggest thing you can do . . . educate everyone, including your politicians. This should not be a party thing. We all live on the same planet. It is a people living on the planet thing, regardless of which party you like. Catastrophic climate change – fueled by burning coal and other fossil fuels – is the biggest threat to our Great Barrier Reef. In 2015, Sweden threw down the gauntlet with an ambitious goal: to eliminate fossil fuels from electricity generation by 2040 within its borders, and has ramped up investment in solar, wind, energy storage, smart grids, and clean transport. If Sweden can do it, so can we! Make America better than Sweden!

Opportunity E: Come see the Great Barrier Reef. Fall in love with it. Your love will hopefully inspire you so try to save it, and your visit will infuse some money into conservation efforts to preserve sections of it. You will want to share your photos with people and make them love it too. You will want people to take every opportunity they have to keep this resource, and the diversity of species, alive for everyone to experience. You will want to reexamine your habits so you can better choices. You will have one of the best days of your life. Win. Win. Win.

If you would like to check out Linda’s blog posts, click on the following and scroll to the bottom of the page for the latest post: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=tS&doc_id=13549&v=7Xh

2019 Life Logs, Day 173: Ollie Performs with the Sonnay Fiddlers at Arts Alive

2019 Life Logs, Day 173: Ollie Performs with the Sonnay Fiddlers at Arts Alive
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny Early, Late Day Thunderstorms; High 82, Low 58 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Finally, on this first full day of summer, it was warm enough to actually feel like summer. Hurray! I went over to work in garden at Heather and Jed’s for a bit this morning and while hoeing, I felt that twinge in my lower back that I never welcome. I know it means that my back is out of alignment. I have been exercising my knee, but I haven’t been as dutiful in doing the abdominal exercises necessary to keep my back in line. And that always leads to my back going out. I will get an appointment with the chiropractor as soon as possible, and just be super careful that I don’t completely throw my back out before then. By the time this happened, it was noon and time for everyone to head downtown. Jed had to drop Ollie and Heather off at the library for Ollie’s performance with the Sonnay Fiddler’s group at Arts Alive, but then he took Jonah to the pediatrician. He has had a place on his leg that looked a bit like a bug bite for a week or so, but this morning it was obvious that it had become infected. They called the pediatrician and got the call back just before leaving for downtown that she could see him right then. It was a little more serious than we had thought and he is now on both oral and topical antibiotics. But he and Jed did make it downtown for the performance. I had to go home to get out of my gardening clothes and then pick Sam up from a Boy Scout car wash before meeting up with everyone, but Sam and I made it as well. Arts Alive is a Falmouth festival celebrating the arts. There are a few tents on the library lawn, and different groups perform throughout the day and evening. Ollie still likes to have Heather on the stage when he performs which is fun for both of them. But he is quickly becoming more confident about performing in public. The fiddlers range in age from seven to seventy (or there about), with the majority of the fiddlers in the middle and high school range. Not all can play all of the songs, so they sit and watch and hop on stage to play when they know the song. The group is fun to listen to and, of course, I love watching and listening to Ollie play the fiddle. After the hour-long performance, we all headed to St. Barnabus for the traditional strawberry shortcake to kick off the summer properly. After some food shopping, I then headed home for a quiet evening. Hopefully my back will feel a bit better by morning, but I’ll skip the hoeing tomorrow!

2019 Life Logs, Day 172: Happy Birthday to Jo and Welcome Summer

2019 Life Logs, Day 172: Happy Birthday to Jo and Welcome Summer
Date: Friday, June 21, 2019
Weather: Overcast with Rain; High 67, Low 58 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Hello, Summer! But where are you? Around noon today it officially became summer, but we saw no sun today, or yesterday, or the day before. It has been rainy, cloudy, and cool for what seems like days, but the weather forecast starting tomorrow actually looks warmer. Maybe the advent of summer solstice really is going to issue in more summer-like weather for us. We shall see. This summer solstice was shared today with my daughter-in-law Jo as June 21 is her birthday. I heard from her late this afternoon and know that she had a delightful day at home with Justin, Ziggy, and Coco. And with the birthday money I sent her, they were going out to dinner at the Pool Bar tonight. The Pool Bar is a sushi bar with a swimming pool and it is one of my favorite places on the planet. Happy Birthday, Jo!

It was another laid-back Camp Oma Day. We did our daily chores, Jonah and Ollie did a music practice duel with one playing guitar alternating with the other playing violin. I was the judge and the duel ended in a tie, so we all celebrated with the boys playing Sam’s drums. Sam had a play date this afternoon, so he was not home for the music competition. Later in the afternoon, Jonah, Ollie, and I went downtown to the Guv Fuller field to throw a baseball in the rain. Next Wednesday is Jonah’s birthday and it also happens to be the WCAI night at the Falmouth Commodores baseball game. Since Heather works at WCAI, she was able to arrange for Jonah to throw the first pitch of the game that night and he wanted to practice on the field. I ducked into the dugout to get out of the rain as Jonah pitched and Ollie caught. It was actually a perfect way to end our first week of Camp Oma. We were a bit wet when we got home, but we had fun. Here’s hoping for sunnier weather next week.

2019 Life Logs, Day 171: Establishing Routines While Lazing About

2019 Life Logs, Day 171: Establishing Routines While Lazing About
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Weather: Overcast; High 68, Low 62 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Day Three of Camp Oma 2019 was another laid-back day. The weather continues to be overcast and misty, so it has been the perfect week to just laze about. But at the same time, we are establishing routines for the summer. We have set up a checklist of ‘must do’s’ and the boys are doing a great job of checking off each task each day. They have been doing a lot of reading, playing soccer in the front yard when the weather permits, and watching the Women’s World Cup soccer games from 3-5 each afternoon. Today Ollie had a playdate with his friend Raylan from early morning until 2:30 this afternoon, but he made in home in time to watch the USA versus Sweden game. While the boys are lazing about, I’m taking advantage of the time to do some house and garden chores. I know the activity level is going to speed up as we get further into the summer, but for now, I am really enjoying the lazy days with the Goldpebbles.

2019 Life Logs, Day 170: Wonderfully Lazy Summer Day

2019 Life Logs, Day 170: Wonderfully Lazy Summer Day
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Weather: Big Rain Overnight, Cloudy Day; High 69, Low 59 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

The Goldpebbles and I had a wonderfully lazy summer day. It rained hard overnight, but the rain stopped by morning leaving us with a cloudy day. So, we just laid back and took it easy. Jed was still at home when I arrived and he gave me a cooler with a little bit of dry ice he had brought home from work yesterday. The boys have always loved dry ice experiments, so we launched into that first thing. We used a pH meter to get the pH of the tap water we were using which was 7.80 and then measured the pH of that same water after adding the dry ice and watching it create fog. Immediately the pH dropped to 4.5. I left them with the question, “Why the change in pH level?” Hopefully Heather and Jed will discuss this with them tonight and we will continue the discussion tomorrow. We also experimented with adding dish detergent to make bubbles. Sam and Jonah and I have done this a couple of times in the past, but Ollie doesn’t remember those experiments. He was fascinated, and all three boys would like Jed to bring more dry ice from work for future experiments. This was an unexpected, but fun way to start the day. Then Sam and Jonah read while Ollie used his very neat handwriting to create a daily routines chart for the summer. His writing is neater than mine and he loved doing this. Now we are all organized and hopefully we can stay that way. This afternoon they wanted to watch another Women’s World Cup game, England versus Japan, and so we did. The weather started clearing while they were watching the game, and by the break for half time, the boys were outside playing soccer and I was transporting garden soil from the driveway to the newest raised bed in the front yard. It is slow work, but it is great exercise and I love doing it. I left Sam and Jonah watching the second half of the soccer game while I took Ollie to meet Heather for violin practice. This was a special practice with other kids in his age group that will play with the Sonnay Fiddlers in downtown Falmouth on Saturday as part of Arts Alive. When Heather arrived, I headed back to check on Sam and Jonah, but they were just fine. I hauled two more loads of garden soil before heading home for the day. Hopefully I can finish that job tomorrow.

2019 Life Logs, Day 169: First Day of Camp Oma 2019

2019 Life Logs, Day 169: First Day of Camp Oma 2019
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Weather: Overcast, Afternoon Drizzle, Evening Rain; High 68, Low 58 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

01 Goldpebbles Taking a Swim Break

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Today was the first day of Camp Oma 2019. Camp Oma was launched in the summer of 2013 when Mark and I offered to provide summer daytime activities for Sam and Jonah. Ollie was just a year old and was too young for most activities, so he was not really a part of Camp Oma that year. Tonight when I went back and read about what we did that summer, it made my head spin. I think we did every summer activity offered on Cape Cod. But busy as it was, it was so special to see that look of amazement as the boys learned new things. The next summer, 2014, started with World Cup soccer and all three boys were all in as they supported Team USA. In 2015, one of the highlights was when all three boys went for a four-day circumnavigation of the Elizabeth Islands aboard Windbird with Oma and Granddad—their first big trip without mommy and daddy. In 2016, Granddad’s last summer, we scaled down the activities, but still had many special adventures as well as daily swim lessons at Falmouth Heights Beach and Jonah and Sam attended classes at the School of Science in Woods Hole. Swim lessons at Falmouth Heights Beach continued in the summer of 2017 and then last summer when I moved to the cottage in East Falmouth, we switched to swim lessons at Menauhant Beach and Sam and Jonah attended soccer camps at Falmouth Academy. Today, even though the weather was not cooperating, we made a brief trip to Menauhant Beach and I got a silly first day of Camp Oma photo of the boys on the lifeguard stand. We were the only people on the beach, so there was no competition for the lifeguard stand! This summer the boys will again spend part of their summer in swim lessons at Menauhant, part of the summer in camps offered at the Falmouth Academy, and part of it just hanging out at home and playing. We will work in a few field trips, but for the most part, we’ll spend as much time as possible just playing. We started this day with a morning meeting where I got input from the boys on their favorite summer lunches, summer snacks, and a list of things they would like to do this summer. I outlined a list of daily routines that would be expected if they want to earn screen time and they actually agreed with the list. Independently, all three boys listed that they want to spend time at the beach, go fishing, go boating, play soccer, go biking on the bike path, and wander around Woods Hole. Sam’s “advanced age” is showing as he also would like to attend a Van Halen concert. Don’t think that is going to happen. But making a return trip to the Cape Cod Inflatable Water Park was high on the list for all three boys. We did this last summer and they loved it, so we’ll definitely plan to return this summer when it gets a bit warmer. Friday is the first official day of summer, but it looks like we are going to continue to have cloudy, rainy, coolish weather with just a little sunshine here and there for next few days. We are going to have to wait a bit longer for real summer weather.

2019 Life Logs, Day 168: Monday My Way

2019 Life Logs, Day 168: Monday My Way
Date: Monday, June 17, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 78, Low 58 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I had no commitments today, nothing I had to do, so I did Monday my way. I slept in, got up and made my green smoothie, did some house cleaning, did some clothes organization and found items that I have worn once or twice that needed to be laundered, did a little gardening, and had a nice visit with my friend Karen Baranowski. Karen is the niece of the aunties next door, so she comes over to check on them a few times a week and sometimes we have time to visit. By this time, it was mid-afternoon and I made the decision that instead of going to the gym to ride the stationary bike, I was going to go to Heather’s and haul garden soil from the driveway to a new raised bed in the front yard that needed to be filled. Exercising while doing something that needs to be done makes way more sense to me than just pedaling a stationary bike. So, I went over and filled the old Garden Way cart with dirt and hauled some to the front yard raised bed and some to the garden to finish off a couple of projects there. And while doing this, I did a couple of loads of laundry that I had gathered in my clothes organization during the morning. Today was the last day of school and Heather took the day off, picked up the boys when school was released just after noon, and headed to the beach with other mothers and kids. The weather forecast for today was mixed, but the sun held on and they had a delightful afternoon at the beach. It was a delightful day. Tomorrow is the first day of Camp Oma for Summer 2019. This is year seven of Camp Oma. It has evolved over the years and will continue to evolve. Tomorrow I will have a ‘meeting’ with the boys and we will make decisions about this summer. I know their main goal is to just have free time to play, so there will be a minimum of field trip type activities. All three are enrolled in swim lessons and various weeks summer programs at Falmouth Academy. The programs they are enrolled in are all things they asked to do. Sam is doing a photography class the first week of July and later a percussion class. Jonah and Ollie are doing a ceramics class and I think Jonah is adding a soccer camp with a group of his friends. The challenge for me will be that while shuffling them to and fro, I find a way to eek out as much down time at home or at the beach as possible. As they get older, spending time with friends becomes much more important than what they are doing. Summer 2019, here we come!

As a follow-up to Father’s Day, this morning I got an early morning text from Jo with accompanying photos of Justin’s Father’s Day. I mentioned in my log last night that I didn’t have any photos of Justin with Coco and Ziggy on Father’s Day, but now I do. Coco and Ziggy came up with a menu for breakfast in bed for dad. The went shopping to get the food and Jo helped them prepare the beautiful breakfast. Thanks, Jo, for sharing those photos!