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

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

2017 Life Logs, Day 236: Back Home on the Cape

2017 Life Logs, Day 236: Back Home on the Cape
Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017
Weather: Sunny; High 78, Low 59 degrees F
Location: Back Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

After a wonderful visit with Ed and Lynne, I started my trek back to the Cape this morning. I made a stop in Warwick, RI, at a dive shop to get new snorkel gear, but even with the stop, I made it home just in time for a 4 pm bike ride the Newcomers biking group. Well, I didn’t actually get home in time to do the whole ride, but picked up my bike and drove in the car to intercept the group at Trunk River and rode with the group from there to Woods Hole. Today’s ride included a stop at a ‘watering hole’ in Woods Hole to enjoy $1 appetizers and a couple of beers. Then it was back to Trunk River where I left the group as they rode back to downtown Falmouth. The Trunk River section of the bike path is right along the water and in the past week, people have built rock cairns all along the shore. Beautiful sight! I stopped to take photos there before heading home. I was only away for two nights, and even though I REALLY enjoyed the time with Ed and Lynne, it is always good to be home.

2017 Life Logs, Day 235: A Lovely Day in the Life

2017 Life Logs, Day 235: A Lovely Day in the Life
Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 85, Low 61 degrees F
Location: At Home with Ed and Lynne Kirwin in Nyack, NY

We had a lovely relaxed day in the life here at the Kirwin’s. Lynne and I started the day with a 15-minute exercise routine she does each morning following a video on Dr. Mercola’s website. It was a quick version of what I do when I go to my 20/20/20 class at the gym, but great to find out about this video that I can use on days when there is no class. We had breakfast out on the roof-top deck overlooking the Hudson River and a little later we went down to the pool. We had planned to read in the sunshine, but we ended up spending most of the time talking to Ed’s grandson, Frankie. Lunch was a soup and zucchini flat bread (gluten-free) that was delicious. Lynne worked at the soup kitchen for a couple of hours in the late afternoon while Ed and I stayed home and read and I watched a couple of episodes of two different internet-based programs, one called GMOs Revealed (quite eye-opening) and the called Interpreting Your Genetics and using that information to live a healthier life style. Then it was time to get dinner ready and just enjoy each other’s company. After dinner, we watched the Nova program about Monday’s solar eclipse and then watched a special on Voyager. Lovely day on the wonderful planet on which we are privileged to live.

2017 Life Logs, Day 234: Arrival at Ed and Lynne’s in Nyack

2017 Life Logs, Day 234: Arrival at Ed and Lynne’s in Nyack
Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 90, Low 72 degrees F
Location: At Home with Ed and Lynne Kirwin in Nyack, NY

It is so good to be here! I had a good trip from the Cape to Nyack. It took an hour longer than Google Maps predicted due to heavy traffic in a couple of places, but that is to be expected in the summer months. For those of you who don’t know, Nyack is on the west bank of the Hudson River. The exit is immediately after you cross the Tappen Zee Bridge and by 1 pm, I was here with good friends Ed and Lynne. It has been eleven months since we last saw each other, so there is a lot of catching up to do. Ed and Lynne both look healthy and happy and are elated that Ed doesn’t have to have another chemo treatment until mid to late October. I didn’t take any photos today, but I’ll do that tomorrow. This afternoon, Lynne and I went to see Dunkirk with a couple of her friends from the soup kitchen. Ed and Lynne, and a whole slew of wonderful volunteers, work each week to provide meals for the needy, and it was nice to meet a couple of the volunteers. And I think we all enjoyed the movie. Well, ‘enjoyed’ is probably not the right word to use for a war movie, as they are always harrowing to watch. But this one was skillfully crafted to show the resilience of the British. More than 330,000 French, Dutch, and British soldiers were rescued by personal small craft that dared to cross the Channel to pick them up. After the movie, we came home and I sat and watched while Lynne skillfully crafted a great dinner. We had oven-roasted cauliflower, asparagus, and wild King salmon with a salad. Yummy!

2017 Life Logs, Day 233: Solar Eclipse 2017

2017 Life Logs, Day 233: Solar Eclipse 2017
Date: Monday, August 21, 2017
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 82, Low 69 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

The highlight of the day for many Americans was the solar eclipse, but here on Cape Cod the eclipse was not so dramatic. I think about 65 per cent of the sun’s surface was blocked by the moon in Massachusetts and that does not produce the same dramatic results as a total eclipse. Unfortunately, I had an annual physical examination that was scheduled a year ago and I was in the doctor’s office at 2:48 pm during the height of the eclipse. However, I could see out a window and the light level dimmed only a bit. By the time I got outside it was 2:59 and it just looked sunny. When I donned Mark’s old welding mask to look directly at the sun, I could see that that the moon was partially covering the sun. I must have looked quite a sight, but I sure am glad I kept that old welding mask! Even witnessing a partial covering of the sun is exciting. I got a text from my brother-in-law in Nashville and they had a very dramatic experience as they had a total eclipse.

At the actual time of the partial eclipse here, I was in deep conversation with my physician. The discussion was not about my health, which seems to be just fine, but about an experience his two young daughters had this week. We got into the discussion of children when the doctor asked me about my career. When I explained that I was a teacher of young children, he shared the experience of his daughters. The family is Muslim and late last week the two little girls came home frightened to death. They had seen two Nazi flags flying in their town and the conversation at the dinner table that night revolved around their fear. They actually asked if the family should leave this country. They were born here. They are Americans. But for the first time in their lives, they are afraid to live here. This really breaks my heart. No child should have to feel this way. How did we get to this point? And how do we turn this around?

There was an early morning text from Bruce Woodin canceling our sail. Siggy, the Woodin’s dog, has congestive heart failure and he had a very bad night and they were taking him to the vet. They feared the doctor would recommend that they put him down. But when I met Jane Woodin and Olivia White for lunch, Jane announced that Siggy is doing better. The vet prescribed new meds with the hope that this will help. Jane, Olivia, and I had a lovely lunch at The Flying Bridge. This is a restaurant here on the Falmouth Harbor and lunch was delightful. We were very belatedly honoring Olivia’s 80th and the outdoor harborside setting, the food, and friendliness of the staff made for a delightful lunch. The bright spot of the luncheon was when two of the waiters came to sing Happy Birthday to Olivia.

2017 Life Logs, Day 232: Falmouth Road Race Day

2017 Life Logs, Day 232: Falmouth Road Race Day
Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017
Weather: Perfect Sunny Weather with a Breeze; High 81, Low 64 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Since I live just a few hundred feet south of Mile 6 of the Falmouth Road Race, there is no ignoring it on this day. The music and cheering started early, so that prompted me to get out and about in the crowd. As I walked out of the drive-way, I stopped to say hello to Camille and her daughter Amanda. Camille and her husband Paul own The Studio and live in the apartment above me in the summer months. She was out in her pink golf cart cheering on the runners. We talked for a bit and then I headed toward the beach. The walking was easier than it looked as most of the people watching the race were right on the edge of the sidewalk leaving room for me to make it through behind them. It was tight in places, but it was a fun walk. There were more than 11,000 runners this year and as I walked I felt like all of Falmouth came out to cheer them on.

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Once I got past the finish line, I realized that I couldn’t cross the street. I had to walk the full length of Falmouth Heights Beach before I could turn to head back home. By the time I got back to Falmouth Heights Road at Mile 6, most of the runners had completed the course, but there were lots of participants still walking the course. The road was paved with Poland Springs green paper water cups as Mile 6 was one of four official water stops. I picked my way across the street, walking over the water cups and through the walkers and runners. When I got back to The Studio drive-way, Camille was still there in her pink golf cart and now she was distributing Mimosas to people lining the streets. I declined the champagne, but I had a virgin Mimosa to be social. I headed home to have lunch and then I headed to Woods Hole to see the 2 pm production of ROSE, a solo performance portraying matriarch Rose Kennedy. The setting is a sun room in the Kennedy’s Hyannis home and the date is July of 1969 . . . just a few days after Teddy had the tragic accident on Chappaquiddick. The actress, Linda Monchik, has performed in New England for 25 years and she did a wonderful job of portraying Rose Kennedy. What an interesting woman. Rose was an Irish American born in the North End of Boston in 1890. The play brought out the dilemmas that women of that era had to deal with and it revealed the way this strong woman dealt with the loss of her children. Today was the last performance and I hated to spend such a beautiful afternoon indoors, but I am very glad I went. Thanks, Olivia, for the recommendation.

After the performance, I walked down the street to Woods Hole’s Waterfront Park and sat in the sunshine and read my book in the sunshine for a bit before returning home. I heard from Heather this afternoon. They were at an amusement park in Goteborg (Gothenburg) and rode on the Lisebergbanan, a roller coaster that travels at just over 50 miles an hour! Lisebergbanan translates as Liseberg rail line and the cars looks look like a train. Heather sent a text saying it was quite scary, but there were no tears. So, I guess everyone enjoyed the ride. I also got a text message with photo attachment of Ziggy climbing a scary rock. This afternoon was adventure time for my grandchildren!

Tomorrow is a full day—up early to go feed guinea pigs at the Goldstones, sail on Pooh with Bruce at 8 am, lunch with Jane and Olivia at 11:30 am, annual physical at 2:00 pm, and hopefully out in time to see the eclipse at 2:48 pm. Then I’ll get ready for my trip to Nyack on Tuesday morning. Whew!

2017 Life Logs, Day 231: Glorious Weather, Glorious Day

2017 Life Logs, Day 231: Glorious Weather, Glorious Day
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Weather: Sunny; High 84, Low 67 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

The weather today was just glorious, and although I did nothing ‘special’, I had a glorious day doing ordinary things—going to the gym, picking tiny tomatoes at Heather’s and roasting and freezing those, canning marinara sauce using locally grown organic tomatoes and garlic, doing laundry, and catching up with friends via Facebook or their websites. I borrowed the local paper from Heather and Jed’s and actually took time to read a newspaper for the first time in months. And I’m looking forward to another day like this tomorrow. I’m still deciding whether I will head down to the beach in the morning to watch the runners in the Falmouth Road Race cross the finish line. The Road Race runs right past The Studio and last year we watched from here to cheer Heather on for the last mile of the race. If I watch the race tomorrow, I’ll do it from the beach as I’m missing my beach time. Or I might skip the Road Race and go to a play in Woods Hole in the afternoon. Or I might just do nothing!

I really enjoyed catching up on where in the world all of my friends and family are right now. This started because I got an early morning Facebook message from Sam and Dawn on Windbird listing their 2017-2018 sailing destinations and asking sailing ‘buddies” to indicate their interest of when and where. I bid on Puerto Rico next March. That could be great fun and give me a chance to see Justin and family as well. Sam and Dawn will be arriving here in Quissett Harbor in just a couple of weeks. Dawn’s mother from South Dakota is doing the passage from the Chesapeake to here with them. Sam is trying to fit this trek in between flying assignments for September. So we have to hope for perfect weather. Next I checked in on my biking friends, Linda and Mike Stuart. In their quest to bike around the world, they have made it to Argentina and are about 500 miles north and a little west of Buenos Aires in the outback. Yesterday when they stopped at a little roadside store, the women knew who they were. She told them she had read about them in the newspaper. Linda and Mike had been interviewed but had no idea the article had been printed. Here’s the link to the article.http://www.resumendelaregion.com/recorren-mundo-bici-desde-tres-anos-llegaron-alta-grac/ The article is in Spanish, but you can probably get the gist or use an online translator to get it in English if you are interested. And just a couple of days ago they were in the town where Che Guevara grew up. They are biking through amazing history. Next, I checked in on Heather and Jon Turgeon aboard Evergreen. They were here just before Thanksgiving 2016 and then returned to Evergreen in Spain and have done a lot of touring in Europe. They are in Guadiana, Portugal, waiting for hurricane season to end so they can head across to the Caribbean. But they continue to balance sailing with touring on land to see some amazing sights. Most recently they enjoyed the macaques and tunnels at Gilbraltor. My niece Janet and her significant other, Monica, are also seeing some amazing sights as they tour Scotland and Ireland. A couple of days ago they were at St. Andrews in Scotland and today they traveled to see the castle where Game of Thrones was filmed. And I know they visited a few pubs in between! Heather, Jed, and boys have moved from the village by the sea to an apartment in the city of Goteborg where an annual cultural festival is happening. And then there is my son who lives in Puerto Rico. I saw a picture of him on Jo’s Facebook page jumping off the top of what looks like a very high waterfall. Wow! Friends and family all over the world. So, what am I doing here? Enjoying every moment of my little vacation at home.

2017 Life Logs, Day 230: Dinner at Terry and Olivia’s

2017 Life Logs, Day 230: Dinner at Terry and Olivia’s
Date: Friday, August 18, 2017
Weather: Overcast and Rainy; High 75, Low 72 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Tonight was the Newcomers Dine-in Club gathering at Terry and Olivia White’s home. They prepared a wonderful Indian dinner that was enjoyed by all. Olivia put on an Indian feast that was as delightful to the eye as it was to the palate. I especially enjoyed her beautifully decorated raita. Newcomers is a large organization with many smaller club opportunities. I was invited to join the Dine-in Club which is now four couples plus me. Each month a different member invites the other members into their home for dinner, thus the name ‘dine-in’. Next month we will dine-in here at The Studio. I’ve never been much of a club joiner, but this is a really great group of people that I am enjoying spending time with.

My day started with a bike ride with Jane and then I spent the afternoon processing tomatoes to make marinara sauce. Summer before last we processed over 90 pounds of organic tomatoes. We canned enough sauce that summer that we didn’t do much last year. This marinara sauce is a staple for the Goldstones and the cupboard is bare. When I went to the Farmers’ Market yesterday, I bought the first installment of locally grown organic tomatoes. This first 9 pounds are now in the refrigerator as uncooked sauce that I will process and can this weekend. Carrie from Peach Tree Farm didn’t think she would have another batch for two weeks. So, I now know what I’ll be doing over the Labor Day Weekend.

Heather and gang had to pull up roots from the beautiful location where they have been staying the past few days. The moved on to the city of Gothenberg. They will be there for a few days before making their final move to Stockholm. Yesterday Heather and boys visited Nordens Ark where they saw the world’s largest cat and the world’s largest owl. Heather got great photos showing the relative size of the boys’ ‘wings’ as compared to the owl.

2017 Life Logs, Day 229: Same, Same

2017 Life Logs, Day 229: Same, Same
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017
Weather: Partly Sunny; High 77, Low 64 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Today was more of the same ordinary living. Love it! I added time to try some experimental recipes that unfortunately did not work. So, time lost, but lessons learned. Tomorrow is more of the same but culminates with a Newcomers Dinner Club dinner at Olivia and Terry’s.

2017 Life Logs, Day 228: Another Delightfully Ordinary Day

2017 Life Logs, Day 228: Another Delightfully Ordinary Day
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2017
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 80, Low 59 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Bike ride with Jane Woodin . . . catching up on communications . . . checking in on the Goldstone homestead . . . more food shopping . . . fixing and eating another dinner created from locally grown food. That’s about it. Nothing exciting, just delightfully ordinary and relaxed.

Dinner was planned around one large patty pan squash from Heather’s garden. I stir fried that with garlic and spinach from a local farm and parsley and basil from my deck. I bought flounder at The Clam Man and added salt, pepper, and thyme from Heather’s herb garden. Delicious. Earlier in the afternoon when I arrived at Heather’s to water the garden and bring in the mail, two of the three letters the kids were waiting on had arrived. Sam and Jonah received their teacher assignments for this school year, so I took photos and sent them in text messages to Sweden. Ollie’s assignment didn’t come today, so I’ll check again tomorrow. Even with the cloudy and rainy weather we have had, things are terribly dry at Heather’s. I did some watering today and will return tomorrow to do more. In my back and forth text messages from Heather, I found out that Day 4 in Sweden was a little better than Day 3. So, progress is being made. Heather posted some pictures of the boys playing on the rocks in the area where they are staying in Grundsund, Sweden, and it looks beautiful . And it made me a very happy Oma to see those Goldpebbles enjoying the rocky seashore. Hopefully tomorrow will be even better than today.

2017 Life Logs, Day 227: Time and Money

2017 Life Logs, Day 227: Time and Money
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Weather: Partly Cloudy with Some Rain; High 80, Low 66 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Naturally I miss those Goldpebbles that have been my companions this summer, but I also am enjoying my little vacation from Camp Oma. I spent my day doing ordinary things—a little house cleaning, a little shopping, but basically nothing of what I would regard as important. I enjoyed doing those ordinary things, but at one point, I felt like time was slipping through my fingers. I tried to make a comparison of time and money, as both can so easily slip away, but then I realized my comparison didn’t hold water. Time is elusive. There is no way to bottle it or invest it like you can do with money. You can protect your money and make sure it doesn’t slip away. Time, however, just keeps ticking away. It is up to each person to make the best of it every moment of every day. Some days are grander than others, but the real determination of grandness is whether or not you enjoyed your day. I enjoyed my ordinary day, and have now justified it to you as grand. And I look forward to another grand day tomorrow!