We are Mark and Judy Handley. We have been writing about our experiences on this website for almost eleven years now. For six of those years, we were sailing around the world on our 42-foot sailboat, Windbird. During those six years and the five years since our circumnavigation, we have posted a log almost daily. We lived aboard all of those years and loved every minute. But we have now sold Windbird and are living in a harbourside apartment in the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. The website title has been tweaked just a bit to reflect our new status, “The Voyage of Windbird . . . and Beyond.” We decided not to change things totally because we want to leave the three and a half thousand daily logs and all of the accompanying photos on the website for anyone who might be interested. But for those who would like to continue to follow the current “Voyage of Windbird”, her new owners have a website that will chronicle the adventures. We are proud to introduce you to Sam and Dawn Weigel whose blog “Weigels on the Water” can be found at: http://wotwater.blogspot.com/

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

2018 Life Logs, Day 95—Meeting Two Phenomenal Ladies

2018 Life Logs, Day 95—Meeting Two Phenomenal Ladies
Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Weather: Sunny, Windy, Cold; High Temp 44, Low 27 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

I have mentioned in recent logs that I am considering a move to a small cottage owned by a friend’s aunt. The friend is Karen Baranowski and her aunt is a 93 year-old woman named Shirley. Shirley and her 99 year-old sister, Doris, live part of the time in Doris’ home in Scituate, about an hour north of here, and part of the time in Shirley’s home here in Falmouth. Shirley owns her home and the adjoining lot with the cottage. That cottage has not been lived in since Shirley bought it about 20 years ago. Over the years, family members sometimes came to stay in it during the summer, but otherwise it has just been sitting there. Karen introduced the idea of selling or renting the cottage to her aunt after she heard me say I would like to a place with lower rent than I now pay, but that I would still like to be near the water. That sounded like the cottage to Karen, so she approached her Aunt Shirley. Before Shirley was willing to make a decision, she wanted to meet me and today was that day. It was the first time I have ever driven along the coast on the way to Boston to where Scituate is located. It is a lovely area. And when we got to a place where the North River runs out to sea, Karen pointed out Doris’ home on a hill overlooking the entire flats of the river. What a great location! Once I met Shirley and Doris I decided that living in homes with beautiful views must help one to stay young. Both women need walkers to get around, but their minds are still young and we had a delightful few hours together. Shirley is ready to rent to me, so now I just need to make that decision. I am going to spend the weekend looking at other possibilities and then make up my mind. But whether I move there or not, I hope to visit with Shirley and Doris from time to time. I shared much about my life with them today, but I would love to learn more about their lives. Together they have 192 years of experience to share. What a treasure.

2018 Life Logs, Day 94—Happy Anniversary to Justin and Jo

2018 Life Logs, Day 94—Happy Anniversary to Justin and Jo
Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Weather: Overcast, Foggy with Rain, Super Windy; High Temp 55, Low 31 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Happy 11th anniversary to Justin and Jo. The traditional gift for the 11th anniversary is steel, I suppose because it is virtually resistant to corrosion and damage. If you have made it through 11 years of marriage, you are probably in it for the long run, thus resistant to damage just like steel. This past year has certainly shown that Justin and Jo are both resistant and resilient. May their relationship stay as strong for all the years to come.

I have to comment on the weather. Today was really depressing. Our April weather feels more like March weather. We certainly had March winds today and it was overcast, foggy, and rainy the entire day. Yuck! Jane Woodin stopped by just to say hello this morning which was a pleasant part of an otherwise depressing day. After she left, I drove around town looking at homes in my price range. That was really depressing, and sometimes so absurd it was funny. Near the end of my little tour, I drove by a house on the edge of a golf course. There were no other homes around, except for one right next to the one I was looking at. It was very tiny and right next to it was this two-story behemoth of a home, and then just manicured golf course all around. Really funny looking. I found neighborhoods in Falmouth I never knew existed. One home had burned down, some had neighbors with huge work trucks in the drive-ways, and others had neighbors with so many cars and so much junk scattered about that I was sure I wouldn’t want to live there, no matter how nice the house. Then there was the one that was hidden behind other homes and was surrounded on all four sides with 6-foot wooden fence. I thought I was in a fort. The bottom line is that there is nothing desirable in a price range comparable to the little home I have been considering. Tomorrow I drive off-Cape to meet the woman who owns that little house. Because I am a friend of her niece, she had agreed to think about selling to me, dependent on how our meeting goes. What I hope to find out is whether or not she might rent, rather than sell. She is 93 and no longer sails, but she did sail for much of her life. So, we have that in common. Hopefully the meeting will go well. On Friday, I will drive around and look at few homes that are in the next financial bracket and if there are any that I want to look at, I have a realtor lined up for Saturday morning. Hopefully by the end of the weekend I will have a better idea of my options. And if there are no options, I will stay here for another year and continue looking for the ‘just right’, affordable place to live.

2018 Life Logs, Day 93—Rainy Day

2018 Life Logs, Day 93—Rainy Day
Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Weather: Overcast with Rain; High Temp 40, Low 39 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

So we had a few days near the end of March with temps nearing 50 degrees, but the rest of March was cold and miserable and April is continuing that trend. This morning was overcasee that in the immediate future. In fact, I see snow again on Saturday. But the osprey have returned, so evidently they think it is spring. Good for them!

I went to Tai Ji this morning and this afternoon I finally finished Ziggy’s book about Finca Maravilla. I spent some time looking online at possible homes to buy and made another visit to the home that friends are offering. Heather went with me this afternoon to see that home and she feels that the kitchen is a deal breaker–just too small. Somehow, I think I could adjust, but maybe not. I’ll keep looking, but the search is so frustrating because places look good online, but then when you do a drive-by, you can immediately see the problems. Often it is undesirable neighbors that are just too close. I’ll continue this search for the next few days and see what I come up with.

2018 Life Logs, Day 92—Snow

2018 Life Logs, Day 92—Snow
Date: Monday, April 2, 2018
Weather: Overcast, with Snow in the AM; High Temp 39, Low 32 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

I felt like it was an April Fool’s joke this morning when I looked out the window and saw everything covered in white snow. But it wasn’t a joke. It was real. It continued to snow during the morning, but only the ground was white. It was just above freezing so the roadways were clear. I went to an early morning class at the gym and then went to H&R Block to get my taxes filed. I am fighting a cold, so I took time to rest this afternoon—a most uncharacteristic move on my part. I made it through the entire winter without getting sick, and my body is really working hard to resist this cold, so I am doing what I can to help-out. We shall see who wins.

2018 Life Logs, Day 91—Happy Easter

2018 Life Logs, Day 91—Happy Easter
Date: Sunday, April 1, 2018
Weather: Overcast and Windy, A Little Sun Late Day; High Temp 51, Low 33 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

My memories of Easter are of warm weather, spring dresses, and even wearing white shoes. That was in West Virginia in the 1950’s, but I checked the weather there today and it is as cool there as it is here. This makes me think my memory is faulty, but I just found a photo of me on Easter Sunday 1957 that confirms my memory. But whatever, it did not feel like spring here today. It felt cold and was windy and dreary until late afternoon. I did get rays of sunshine from Puerto Rico in the afternoon when Jo sent photos of a Happy Easter there. That brightened my day and then the Goldstones arrived here in the late afternoon bringing more sunshine. The Easter Bunny had hidden eggs, so we had an egg hunt. Each boy found eight eggs, one of which included a ‘trade in coupon’ for a magic trick and that led to lots of fun as each magician presented their trick. Then during dinner, the Goldstones each shared their favorite activity from their outing to the outer Cape yesterday and today. I’ve left out lots of detail, including the frustrations when some magicians wanted to share their tricks and others did not and when Ollie never found one of his eggs, I have to talk to the Easter Bunny about that one. But despite a few frustrations, it was a good day.

2018 Life Logs, Day 90—Considering a Move

2018 Life Logs, Day 90—Considering a Move
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Weather: Sunny; High Temp 51, Low 37 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

It was a beautiful, sunny day and the high temperature was 51, but for whatever reason, it felt really chilly to me all day. Maybe I am ‘frozen’ because I am considering a move. Just the thought of having to pack everything up makes me catatonic. Regardless, I am considering it. This morning Bruce and Jane Woodin met me at the prospective property to give me their opinion. We couldn’t get into the house but they could look in the windows. Their general thinking is that the location is great and if I can rent it, I should do that as I will save a considerable amount of money each month. It is tiny and there are issues, but probably nothing I can’t work around. So I’ll first see if the owner is interested in renting with an option to buy instead of selling it immediately, and if so, I’ll then make a decision.

I somehow managed to spend the rest of my day doing laundry and shopping for groceries, household items, clothes, things for an Easter Egg hunt, etc. The Goldstones are out of town tonight, but they will return tomorrow and I invited them over for Easter Sunday dinner and an Easter egg hunt. That means I’ll spend tomorrow getting ready for that. It is always nice to have an excuse for house cleaning as I seem to only get that done when people are coming to visit!

2018 Life Logs, Day 89—Easter and Passover Traditions

2018 Life Logs, Day 89—Easter and Passover Traditions
Date: Friday, March 30, 2018
Weather: Overcast and Foggy; High Temp 51, Low 36 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus over 2,000 years ago while Passover celebrates the ancient Jews leaving Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. Both are determined by the spring equinox which occurred on March 20th this year. Equinox means ‘equal night’ in Latin, so ten days ago we experienced day and night of equal length all over the world. This year, the first night of Passover was today, Good Friday, and Easter will be on the second day of Passover this Sunday, April 1, which is also April Fool’s Day. Easter and April Fool’s Day occur on the same day about three or four times each century. The next time this will occur is in 2029, then 2040, and then not again until 2108. So make good with your Easter April Fool’s jokes!

But back to Easter and Passover. Easter is all about Jesus and Passover is all about Moses. Both of these men inspired people to strive for kindness, respect, and for justice for all people. I’m all in for that, so I enjoyed spending the day celebrating both traditions with the Goldstones. Since the Goldpebbles did not have school today but Heather and Jed needed to go to work, I went over this morning to be with the boys. I took things needed for coloring Easter eggs with natural dyes—red cabbage for blue eggs, turmeric for yellow eggs, beets for pink to red eggs, onion skins for marbled brownish eggs. I enjoyed the morning with the boys as we hypothesized what color eggs we would get from the various natural dyes. The red cabbage was the real surprise. The boys were certain we would get pink, red, or purple eggs, but actually you get blue eggs from red cabbage dye. The dye is ruby red, but the egg that emerges is definitely blue. So cool.

Heather and Jed both got home early in the afternoon, so I headed home for a couple of hours to work on Ziggy’s book. Then I returned for a Passover Seder. This is a Jewish ritual feast marking the beginning of Passover. The Seder is a feast that includes reading from the Haggadah, drinking wine, telling stories, singing, and eating special foods. When I arrived I was greeting by Ollie in the front yard playing hockey with Jonah, Jed, and Ollie’s stuffed panda that he got for his birthday. Panda was also invited to join us for the Seder which was so cute. I really appreciate being included in the Goldstone Seder tradition and the food tonight was spectacular. Heather made a roasted chicken with lemon, scallions, and green olives accompanied by spicy carrots and salad. Thank you, Goldstones!

2018 Life Logs, Day 88—Out and About All Day

2018 Life Logs, Day 88—Out and About All Day
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Weather: Mostly Cloudy and Warmer; High Temp 59, Low 47 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

My hope to have the time today to finish up Ziggy’s book just didn’t happen as I ended up being out and about all day and into the evening. I had a late morning coffee date with friend Midge Frieswyk to discuss education issues, something we both enjoy discussing. I came home long enough to eat lunch and then I was on to visit with other friends, Karen and Peter Baranowski. Karen has a relative that might want to sell or rent a property that Karen thought I might be interested in. So, I went to see the that. I left there and drove to Hyannis to do a little shopping, but as I am finding more and more, I should have stayed home and shopped on Amazon. The stores had nothing I was looking for and Barnes and Nobles was the most disappointing. I thought I could go there and look for books like I do at the library. But an employee has to do the searching for you, and I found it to be a very frustrating experience. I’ll stick to the library and Amazon from now on. I made a couple of other stops on the way home and didn’t get here until 7:30 pm. I spent my evening on the phone to family while making natural egg dyes. I will be spending tomorrow morning with the Goldpebbles as they do not have school. And if they are interested, we will color Easter eggs with the natural dyes. I got my incentive for this from my daughter-in-law Jo’s Facebook post for tomorrow’s Soul Food Friday at Finca Maravilla. Thanks, Jo!

2018 Life Logs, Day 87—A Day on My Computer

2018 Life Logs, Day 87—A Day on My Computer
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High Temp 47, Low 36 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

I made up for all that gardening exercise yesterday by sitting still all day today. I’ll hit a balance here soon, but I needed to sit still today and work on getting the book Ziggy wrote published on Shutterfly. I’m not quite done, but I made good progress. Then in the early evening I went to the Goldstones to be with Sam while everyone else was out and about. Heather was on the air fundraising. Jed and Ollie went to Kindergarten Curriculum night at East Falmouth. And Jonah was with Sam and I for a few minutes before taking off for soccer practice. I have to be out and about tomorrow, but hopefully I can find the time to the finish Ziggy’s book. That’s the goal for tomorrow.

2018 Life Logs, Day 86—Harder Than I Thought

2018 Life Logs, Day 86—Harder Than I Thought
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Weather: Mostly Sunny, Still Windy; High Temp 43, Low 32 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

My goal for today was to plant 3 rhubarb crowns and then prepare an area at Heather and Jed’s to plant the 15 raspberry canes I got as a birthday present. With the help of Sam, Jonah, and Ollie, the beds for the rhubarb crowns were prepared yesterday and got those planted first thing this afternoon. But in order to plant the raspberries, I needed to remove the sod from a 30-foot long x 2-foot wide area. No problem, right? Wrong. As my body is telling me, I overdid it a bit this afternoon as I can hardly move tonight. I’m sure a good night’s rest will repair things, but I am anxious to test that belief. And the reason for the hurry in getting things planted is no longer there. I had seen a weather report showing rain for the next couple of days. I wanted the new plants to benefit from that rain, but now it looks like the only rain might come mid-day on Friday.

Tomorrow I am going to do some jobs here at home and then at 4 pm I pick Sam up and head to the Goldstones. Heather is on the air from 4 to 7 pm and Jed and Ollie go to Kindergarten Curriculum Night at 6 pm. So I’ll hang out with Sam and Jonah until either Heather or Jed gets home. Busy times for the Goldstones.