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 3—Star Wars Continued

2018 Life Logs, Day 3—Star Wars Continued
Date: Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Weather: Sunny and a Tad Warmer; High 33, Low 11 degrees F
Location: At Home with Patsy and Joe in Mt. Juliet, TN

On December 29, 2015, Mark and I were here in Tennessee with Patsy and Joe. It was considerably warmer on that day and we went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Today Patsy and I went to see the new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, to continue the tradition. At one tense moment in the movie, the film just stopped and the lights in the theater came on. At first we thought this was part of the movie. But it soon became evident that it was a fire alarm and we walked out into the hall. Thankfully it was a false alarm and the movie continued, but it was an interesting addition to the total experience. Other activities for today were centered around helping Patsy sort through and organize boxes of photos and memorabilia. Seems like that is a never-ending process. I talked briefly with Jed and boys tonight. Heather was not home, but the boys were busily preparing for a snow day tomorrow. It was still cold here today, but a bluebird couple were busy preparing a nest in the backyard birdhouse. I guess the early birds get the birdhouse even if the worms are still in hiding.

2018 Life Logs, Day 2—The Ninth Day of Christmas

2018 Life Logs, Day 2—The Ninth Day of Christmas
Date: Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Weather: Still Sunny, Still Cold; High 26, Low 9 degrees F
Location: At Home with Patsy and Joe in Mt. Juliet, TN

“On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me . . . nine ladies dancing.” The ninth day of Christmas also honors St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen from the 4th century. I’m afraid I’ve never heard of them before, so today I just celebrated those ladies dancing. I managed to spend another day in the kitchen experimenting with healthier food choices for Patsy and Joe. I enjoyed, and I hope they did, my lunch time muffins in a mug. These are gluten-free muffins made in a large coffee mug and baked in the microwave for one minute. They were fun to make.

My sister and I stayed up late last night watching an old favorite movie, Dirty Dancing. The late-to-bed night gave me a slow-to-start morning which developed into an unfocused day. I am hoping to regain focus tomorrow and help Patsy start to put away the Christmas decorations. We are treating ourselves to a mid-day movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. So to bed now to get ready for a new day—the tenth day of Christmas.

2018 Life Logs, Day 1—Day One of a New Year

2018 Life Logs, Day 1—Day One of a New Year
Date: Monday, January 1, 2018
Weather: Still Sunny, Still Cold; High 22, Low 4 degrees F
Location: At Home with Patsy and Joe in Mt. Juliet, TN

My father always said that they way you spend New Year’s Day is the way you will spend your next year. So, I guess I am going to spend 2018 in the kitchen. Somehow Patsy and I managed to spend our entire day cooking. I made gluten-free waffles for breakfast, helped Patsy learn how to make a flourless chocolate decadence cake, and then fixed dinner for us and for Janet and Monica. When they arrived, they immediately herded us all outside to see the Supermoon. It must be a good omen to start a new year with a full moon. Tonight’s full moon is called the Wolf Moon and on the last day of the month we will have another full moon. It will be called a Blue Moon as it is the second full moon in one month. But it will most likely look red, not blue, in some areas, as it will be a total lunar eclipse, known as a Blood Moon.

I received an email from the owner of The Studio apartments this morning asking if he could turn up the thermostat in my apartment. I left it at 54 degrees, but he fears that might not be enough to keep things from freezing. So I willingly gave him permission to turn up the heat. It must be really chilly back home. And speaking of ‘chilly’—I checked the blog of my good friends Mike and Linda Stuart tonight. They are currently biking through Patagonia to the tip of South America and crossed from Argentina to Chile on the 30th, just in time for the new year. Linda, being the math teacher that she is, posted a great New Year’s greeting. I hope she won’t mind that I have ‘borrowed’ her greeting to post here. And wherever you are, stay warm.

2017 Life Logs, Day 365—Happy New Year

2017 Life Logs, Day 365—Happy New Year!
Date: Sunday, December 31, 2017
Weather: Sunny and Cold; High 22, Low 7 degrees F
Location: At Home with Patsy and Joe in Mt. Juliet, TN

Happy New Year! We are having a quiet New Year’s Eve here at Patsy and Joe’s. It is just too cold to go to any outside activities, so other than a trip to the grocery store, we all stayed inside for the day. It was sunny but the high temp for the day was 22 degrees F. Not as cold as it could be, but cold enough. I talked to Justin this morning and the temp in Rincon was in the 80’s. That certainly sounds delicious! Thankfully the solar power is still chugging along giving them no problems for now. They have been collecting piles of wood to burn and were hoping for a big bonfire for New Year’s Eve. Justin said that from a small 50 by 50-foot area, they collected enough wood for two huge bonfires. Maria took down so many trees. But thankfully, in their climate, new trees are emerging to take the place of the fallen. Justin is texting as I write letting me know they had a great New Year’s Eve with friends, watching fireworks from their rooftop.

I had a great conversation with friends Ed and Lynne tonight. It is just so fantastic that they were able to sail Constance from the Florida-Georgia line to Fort Lauderdale and now have her tied to the dock at Ed’s son’s home on the New River. Ed’s son and family are away for the holidays, so Ed and Lynne have had the house all to themselves. They have spent the past week getting everything off Constance and they are so thankful to be able to do in the warmth of Florida sunshine. Ed is feeling and looking great.

My last phone call of the evening was from Heather, Jed, and the Pebbles. They have returned home from Maine and despite the severe cold, they had a wonderful time. And they had a great visit in New Hampshire today, on the way home from Maine, with friends of Heather’s from her high school days at St. Paul’s School. They all gathered in Nashua, New Hampshire, where their children enjoyed sledding together.

2017 has been quite a year for me. I spent time visiting with my sister in Nashville, time with Justin and family in Puerto Rico, time sailing on Windbird in the Bahamas with Sam and Dawn, and time with the Goldpebbles. We had magical reunions with all of my family in West Virginia in June and with all of Mark’s family in Florida in November. All of those were wonderful times, but then we had the hurricane season. Irma hit Florida and Puerto Rico, and then Maria hit Puerto Rico with a vengeance. The past 100+ days have been a roller coaster ride for the people of Puerto Rico and for those of us so connected to them. The ride is not over, but the thankfulness to all of the wonderful friends and family who have supported the rise of the new Puerto Rico is deep. The generosity and kindness of so many people will never be forgotten. In 2017, you turned what could have been a time of despair into a time of hope. Happy, happy 2018!

2017 Life Logs, Day 364—Downtown Nashville

2017 Life Logs, Day 364—Downtown Nashville
Date: Saturday, December 30, 2017
Weather: Overcast and Chilly; High 37, Low 13 degrees F
Location: At Home with Patsy and Joe in Mt. Juliet, TN

Oh, my. It is cold. Not as old here as further north and east, but still cold. I got a great photo from Grandma Marti (Jed’s mother) today showing the Goldstones all wrapped up for an outdoor walk in the Maine deep freeze. Brrrr.
My morning and early afternoon was spent in downtown Nashville. Monica and I went with Janet to her Saturday morning volunteer job with the homeless. This takes place at the First Presbyterian Church which was started in 1849 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. The chapel was done in the Egyptian Revival architectural form and is one of the largest and best preserved examples in the United States.

The volunteer work for the homeless happens in a small room with outside access where folks come to buy copies of The Contributor newspaper that they can resell at a good profit. It was quite an interesting group of people who came in to buy the papers today . . . ,many colorful stories. And after that stint, Janet, Monica, Logan, another volunteer, and I headed down to Broadway to go to one of the bars on Honky Tonk Strip with live music. We went from that bar to the FGL (Florida-Georgia Line) where Monica’s very favorite musician was playing. Great afternoon in Nashville.

2017 Life Logs, Day 363—Granola, Football, and SOLAR in Puerto Rico

2017 Life Logs, Day 363—Granola, Football, and SOLAR in Puerto Rico
Date: Friday, December 29, 2017
Weather: Sunny and Chilly; High 36, Low 14 degrees F
Location: At Home with Patsy and Joe in Mt. Juliet, TN

I got a text at 7:30 am with a photo of a Maximo Solar van parked beside Justin and Jo’s home. The solar had arrived!!! I wanted to shout from the rooftops. But I restrained myself, waiting to hear that the system had been installed and was working. Later in the day, Justin sent photos of the system installed and the lights on in their house. I was elated. I am so happy that they will enter 2018 with electricity. Their electricity from the grid was restored the first of December, but that didn’t last long. It was intermittent and then it was gone. But now the lights are on as long as the sun shines. Happy, happy for Justin, Jo, Ziggy, and Coco. But so sad for so many Puerto Ricans who still have no electricity. I sure wish I could wave a magic wand to restore power to all of Puerto Rico.

It seems to be chilly everywhere, so we joined the crowd by having another chilly day here. But at here the least the sun was shining and I know Tennessee is not nearly as cold as back home. So, all is well. Janet came over late-morning so that I could help her make her first ever batch of granola. It is truly interesting how my granola recipe has evolved over the years. Somewhere I have the original recipe that I got from a woodworker in Minnesota in the 1970’s. I’ll have to find it to compare to today’s version. I used the same recipe for 40 years, but in the past couple of years, the recipe has gone from mostly oats with some nuts and seeds to a half and half mixture. I used to use olive oil; now I use coconut oil. I used to use honey; now I use maple syrup. I used to eat granola almost every morning; now I have it for breakfast no more than twice a week. Just interesting how things change over time.

Tonight Patsy, Joe, and I are at Janet and Monica’s watching the Cotton Bowl. Ohio State is playing USC. Janet and Monica are both Ohio State graduates and enthusiastic football fans. So, tonight we are all enjoying the fact that Ohio State has been ahead for the whole game. It will soon be over and Patsy, Joe, and I will head home. Tomorrow morning, I go into downtown Nashville with Janet to help her with her Saturday morning volunteer work with the homeless. After that, we will meet Monica and some friends who are visiting in Nashville on the famous Honky Tonk Strip. Sounds like fun.

Life Logs, Day 362—The Darkest Hour

Life Logs, Day 362—The Darkest Hour
Date: Thursday, December 28, 2017
Weather: Sunny and Chilly; High 36, Low 19 degrees F
Location: At Home with Patsy and Joe in Mt. Juliet, TN

I somehow managed to cook my morning and my evening away, but in the middle, we went to see the film about Churchill–The Darkest Hour. We all agreed that it is a powerful film telling the story of Churchill leading up to World War II. The role of Churchill was performed most convincingly. You felt like you were really watching Winston Churchill, not an actor. So, thumbs up to The Darkest Hour.

I received a message from Justin this afternoon that sounded encouraging for the installation of the solar system tomorrow. Justin got a call today from Maximo Solar giving him the name of a technician for an 8:00 am contact. Fingers crossed!

2017 Life Logs, Day 361: More Food Shopping and Cooking + A Personal Treat

2017 Life Logs, Day 361: More Food Shopping and Cooking + A Personal Treat
Date: Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Weather: Partly Sunny and Chilly; High 30’s, Low 20’s F
Location: At Home with Patsy and Joe in Mt. Juliet, TN

The here is chilly, but when I look at the forecast for Falmouth tomorrow, I see we are going to be twice as warm here with a high of 36 degrees F. And when I looked at the high in Boothbay, Maine, for tomorrow where Heather and family are for the week, I had to look twice to make sure I was seeing straight. They are going to have a high of 5 degrees F. That’s not chilly. That’s truly cold. And while we are all in the deep freeze, Justin and family in Puerto Rico will have temps in the 80’s. So to help us forget about the weather, Patsy, Joe, and I are going to the movies tomorrow. Joe wants to see the Churchill movie, The Darkest Hour, so we will do that in the afternoon.

This morning I did more food shopping and I started a batch of chicken mineral broth. Then I went to get a massage. My niece Janet gave this to me as a Christmas gift and it was fabulous. Patsy went with me, but while I was having the massage, she went clothes shopping. When we got home, I spent time doing a variety of jobs. The biggest one is finding a way to get my brother-in-law to buy into some major life style changes. He is having various health issues, but is not taking steps to address any of them. My job while I am here is to try and get him to buy into the idea of taking control of his situation and making the necessary changes. Today’s goal was to get him to drink a healthy amount of water. That effort failed. But we’ll try again tomorrow.

2017 Life Logs, Day 360: Food Shopping on Boxing Day

2017 Life Logs, Day 360: Food Shopping on Boxing Day
Date: Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Weather: Partly Sunny and Chilly; High 30’s, Low 20’s F
Location: At Home with Patsy and Joe in Mt. Juliet, TN

Today was Boxing Day, a shopping day in this country, and my sister Patsy, my niece Janet, and I spent our day food shopping. We did a massive Costco buy and then went on to Whole Foods to fill in the blanks. It was a successful trip and we spent the rest of the day eating and enjoying cooking!

2017 Life Logs, Day 359: Christmas Day, Blizzard to Sunshine to Tennessee

2017 Life Logs, Day 359: Christmas Day, Blizzard to Sunshine to Tennessee
Date: Monday, December 25, 2017
Weather: Blizzard to Sunshine
Location: At Home with Patsy and Joe in Mt. Juliet, TN

Christmas Day ranged from blizzard to sunshine on Cape Cod. We were up and opening presents by 7:15 am, although I was awakened by a herd of reindeer upstairs at 5:59 am. Actually, that was just an over anxious Sam who was told he had to wait for brothers to wake up! Santa made three little boys in the Goldstone household very happy this year and I heard from Justin and Jo in Puerto Rico that Santa also put smiles on Ziggy and Coco’s faces. Sam got the sled he wanted, Jonah got Legos which were high on his list, and Ollie got a hanging tent for the backyard called a Hugglepod. Ziggy got electronics sets and Coco got the American Girl Welly Wisher Doll she was sure she couldn’t live without. It was love at first sight this morning. Justin said Ziggy really enjoyed inventing different gizmos and gadgets with the LittleBits set I sent him. And Justin and Jo sent me a family photo from today that I had requested. Since there was not a strong enough signal for a video call, the photo was perfect. And at the Goldstones, the boys dug into their stockings stuffed with goodies from Santa before opening Santa’s gifts. They love their stockings! After opening Santa’s gifts, we stopped to eat a bite, and then launched into the many presents. I got Sam a draftsman’s table top board with all the things that go with it to encourage his recent interest in architectural and engineering design. I tried something new with Jonah and Ollie by giving them a shared gift. They both had asked for adventure gear for the backyard. Ollie really wanted a zip line, but I ended up getting a Slackers NinjaLine and Cargo Climbing Net. This line and net are strung between trees with equipment for turning little boys into monkeys. Heather read one of the books Ollie got aloud and it made us all teary eyed. The book was Malala’s Magic Pen telling the story of a little girl in Pakistan who thought she could change the world if she had a magic pen. It is a true story and, indeed, she is changing the world through writing with her ‘magic pen’ and has even won a Nobel Peace Prize. There were many special moments,

and special ornaments and cards made at school by Ollie and Jonah which were so precious. And Sam had gifts for everyone that he bought with his own money at school craft fair which was so very thoughtful. So we had a lovely morning and then all of a sudden the world darkened a bit and we looked outside to see icy rain pouring down and trees blowing sideways. For a few minutes it was a proper blizzard. But it stopped, or slowed down considerably, as fast as it came. By the time I left in the early afternoon, the sun was shining. But the blizzard was enough to shut down the airport in Boston for a couple of hours and to cause Heather and Jed to cancel their travel plans to Maine for today. By late morning when Jed talked to his mother, they had gotten 5 inches of fresh snow on top of the snow they got earlier in the week, and it was still coming down. So the Goldstones will drive to Maine tomorrow morning and I took the bus to the airport which was open again before noon. My 6 pm flight to Nashville went out about 25 minutes delayed, but I was at my sister’s house by 9:30 pm. We stayed up late talking, but it was the perfect end of a perfect Christmas Day.