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!

2024 Life Logs, Day 56: Covid Day 4

2024 Life Logs, Day 56: Covid Day 4
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2024
Weather: Beautiful Sunny but Cold Day; High Temp 32, Low 28 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth MA

Have I only had Covid for four days? It feels more like four months. I have completely lost track of time. But I am feeling better today. When Heather and gang got home at 10:30 last night, she brought over their humidifier, and it really helped me to get a good night’s sleep. And the highlight of today was another Goldstone delivery. The whole family came over after dinner so I could see them through the frosted storm door. I heard the doorbell ring and expected it to be them as Heather said they were coming over. But no one was at the door. Then Shadow discovered the boys making crazy faces at me through the dining room window. Between back surgery recovery and now Covid, I haven’t seen a lot of them in 2024, but hopefully by next week we can be back to normal.

2024 Life Logs, Day 55:  Covid Day 3

2024 Life Logs, Day 55:  Covid Day 3
Date:  Saturday, February 24, 2024
Weather: Overcast, Rain Overnight; High Temp 47, Low 17 degrees F
Location:  At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth MA

The sky is crystal clear tonight, giving the perfect backdrop for the full moon.  I was just out with Shadow and got to see the full moon in all of its splendor, but I didn’t stay out long.  It is 28 degrees F outside, but Weather Underground says it feels like 18 degrees.  There’s not that much wind, but it is coming from the north, and it really feels chilly out there.

Day 3 of Covid was the worst yet.  I barely slept last night.  Every hour, a cough would wake me up, and then I would spend what seemed like the better part of the next hour trying to get back to sleep.  Then I’d cough again, and the cycle would start all over.  When I got up this morning, I felt really awful.  My temp was 101, so after taking Shadow out for his morning constitutional, I got in the shower in the hopes that would bring my temp down a bit.  It did, but I still felt awful.  I washed my hair, so I laid down on the living room sofa (with Shadow on top of me) to let it dry and didn’t wake up until almost 2 o’clock.  I still felt awful, but I knew I would feel better if I took Shadow out for a walk.  I needed to braid my hair first, and I could barely do that.  It is the first time in my adult life that I have thought about cutting off my hair.  But I was finally able to get it braided, and then went out with Shadow to make our quarter of a mile walk.  When I came in, I ate lunch, and laid back down again.  This time I didn’t wake up until 7 pm.  It’s almost 10 pm now, and I am ready for another long winter’s nap.  I am feeling better than I did this morning, so I’m hoping tomorrow morning will be even better.  This strain of Covid is miserable, but I know it could be worse. At least I can breathe, and I do not have incessant coughing.  So, I’m counting my blessings and hoping today was the worst day and that it will be uphill or at a plateau from here.

2024 Life Logs, Day 54: Covid Day 2

2024 Life Logs, Day 54: Covid Day 2
Date: Friday, February 23, 2024
Weather: Overcast with Rain in PM; High Temp 45, Low 34 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth MA

Day before yesterday, I was so happy that my recovery from the back surgery was going so well and that soon I could begin an exercise regime. Then yesterday, Covid hit and my body has been sent for a loop. I can only walk to the end of the block and back and that is only two tenths of a mile. My right knee was giving me fits before, but today I could hardly walk on it. I did make it to the end of the block, but it was not easy. Even my back is hurting when I walk, which must be Covid related as it happened yesterday for the first time since the surgery. And I feel just terrible, but thankfully not so bad that I can’t carry on with daily chores. So, I was elated when I got some videos and photos from Heather of their fun the past two days. If I can’t get out there and do fun things, at least I can live vicariously.

Yesterday the Goldstones tried something new. They went into the backcountry of Bolton Valley on splitboards.

They went out and up and then rode back down. I had no idea what a splitboard was, but Heather’s description was that it is literally a snowboard cut in half like skis. Then today they all did downhill skiing at Bolton Valley. Heather explained that they spent a fair bit of time together, but that she would go down the side of the park from time to time to get photos. She got a great photo of Jonah coming over a ski jump.

Then when they got back to their rental and the other boys were in the shower, Ollie was out back cross-county skiing.

They are all exhausted, so no skiing tomorrow. They might go to Montpelier to check out the UVM campus and then head home.

2024 Life Logs, Day 53: Covid Strikes Again

2024 Life Logs, Day 53: Covid Strikes Again
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2024
Weather: Partly Cloudy; High Temp 36, Low 35 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth MA

During the night, I woke up with chills and body aches. This was obviously not the allergy reactions I have been having this week. I guess it is possible that those symptoms were the beginning of Covid, but I don’t think so. When I got up, the first thing I did was do a Covid test. The top line was so light I cold barely see it, but the bottom line was purple. I’ve never seen a purple line before, but I know it is possible. But I did a second test just to make sure. It came out just the same. So far, it is a light case. I feel good enough to walk a quarter of a mile with Shadow, but no further as back pain starts. I have a sniffly nose, a very low grade temperature, aches and pains all over, and chills from time to time. Coughing has not started and I can only hope it stays away. I called my doctor to see if I could get Paxlovid, but they are using a new service called Bright.md SmartExam where you have to go through an online question and answer grilling about your medical history. I spent about 45 minutes answering the long list of questions. I messed up the first time and had to start over. When when I did complete it, I got a message saying the physician who read my exam said there was not enough information and the screen directs you to call your doctor to schedule an appointment. I called and got an answering machine and did not hear back. I will try again in the morning.

I did watch Oppenheimer tonight and I liked it even more the second time. Reading the background of the various cast of characters really helped me have a deeper understanding. And now it is time to take Shadow for his final walk and then go to bed. Hopefully there will be no coughing.

2024 Life Logs, Day 52: Dissecting Oppenheimer

2024 Life Logs, Day 52: Dissecting Oppenheimer
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Weather: Mostly Cloudy; High Temp 37, Low 26 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth MA

So, I went to see Oppenheimer last summer and was a bit overwhelmed. I really knew nothing of his story other than the fact that he developed the atomic bomb. I knew that there was something called the Manhattan Project, but I knew none of the names of the scientists in the project or others who contributed. Still, I was in awe of Cillian Murphy’s portrayal of Oppenheimer. And when an actor is that spectacular in a role, you know the director gets equal credit. Christopher Nolan gathered an extensive and talented group of actors. In fact, when I looked it up today, there were at least 19 main characters and 16 supporting cast members. No wonder I was overwhelmed when I first saw it. As I left the theater, I promised I would acquaint myself with Oppenheimer and the whole cast of characters and then watch the movie again. I intended to read ‘American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer’, but that didn’t happen. So today I Googled my way through J. Robert Oppenheimer and the characters that Christopher Nolan decided to include in the movie. Why am I doing this now? Because Oppenheimer, the movie, is streaming on Peacock and I want to watch it. Maybe I’ll be ready tomorrow night.

Another project also took a very long time. After two days of preparation, I was finally ready to assemble the 12 main characters and the 8 supporting cast member ingredients to make a Wild Rice and Mushroom casserole. This was a recipe with a long list of ingredients, reminding me of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer long list of characters. To get ready to assemble the ingredients for this recipe, ahead of time, I soaked and cooked the white beans, trimmed and sliced 3 leeks and 2 fennel bulbs, and cooked a pot of wild rice. These ingredients were in the refrigerator waiting to be called on. But that still left a long list of other ingredients that needed to be chopped or diced and then cooked on the stove top before putting them all together in a casserole dish. Often, vegetarian recipes require a huge amount of chopping of fresh veggies and this was certainly one of those. It tastes good, but there are things I would change if I made it again. I am trying hard to eat a plant-based diet, but recipes like this one are enough to steer me in another direction.

2024 Life Logs, Day 51: An Allergy Mystery

2024 Life Logs, Day 51: An Allergy Mystery
Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Weather: Sunny; High Temp 33, Low 26 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth MA

So, I came home from the birthday luncheon yesterday and walked with Shadow. When I came back inside, I found I was having a hard time keeping my eyes open. This has been happening to me many afternoons since my back surgery, but I don’t always succumb and lie down and take a nap. But I did yesterday. I was on the living sofa surrounded by my jasmine plant on the windowsill and a vase of roses on the end table. When I woke up, I had a drippy nose and runny eyes. This happened to me last week one day and I was fine the next, so I started looking around to see if there was something I could be allergic to. My new jasmine plant is in the living room, but it has been there for at least three weeks. Heather sent the dozen roses I gave her for Valentine’s Day home with me when they left for Vermont because since the roses arrived at their house, the cats have been eating the leaves causing them to throw up. At least that is the theory for the cat tummy upsets. But I’ve never had an allergic reaction to roses before. I dug deeper and realized I had on the same sweater I had on last week when I had the allergic reaction. I have had that sweater for over 30 years, maybe 40. It is one of my favorite pieces of clothing, but. it is very heavy, and I only wear it when it is really cold. I can remember a number of times in my life when wearing that sweater, I have gotten instant cold symptoms, but nothing like yesterday. I took off the sweater, put it in the panty, and shut the door. And I put the roses in the half bath off the living room and closed the door. Almost immediately I was better. I still had some symptoms this morning, but I am feeling fine now. I always assumed that sweater was cotton and I could never figure out why that would give me an allergic reaction. But I just looked at the label. The sweater was made in China, and it is 55 per cent ramie and 45 per cent cotton. I had to Google ramie. The first thing that came up was the ramie plant that produces a fiber that it is an alternative natural fiber to replace cotton. It comes from the plant Ramie Boehmeria nivea, a flowering plant in the nettle family native to eastern Asia. Could I really be allergic to this? Strange. I am going to take the roses out of the bathroom and if I don’t have a reaction to them by tomorrow, then I am going to get rid of that sweater. As Mark’s mother would say, “Sadness doeth prevail.” But enough, is enough.

My big accomplishment today was finishing my current book, The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese. It is an epic tale following the members of a family for over three generations, some 77 years. It incorporates the history of southern India, the geography, the food, the culture, all while telling the story of family members who suffer from an affliction they call “the condition.” Family members with “the condition” have often been known to be eccentric, lose their hearing early I life, and die by drowning, often in shallow puddles. Why? It is a bit of a mystery, is definitely a story of deep and lasting love, and the characters seem so very, very real. It is set in the state of Kerala on the southwestern Malabar coast of India where 44 rivers weave their way from the mountains to the sea. Mark and I spent six weeks anchored off the city of Cochin (the British name), Kochi (the Malayalam name), but often called Ernakulum, so I loved the geography woven into this book. I watched part of an interview of Verghese by Oprah this afternoon. She admitted that it is hard to give a one sentence summary of what this book is about. But I will try. It is about human nature and all of the wonderful, and sometimes terribly tragic things that happen to ordinary people. It is 715 pages in length, so epic in more ways than one. Definitely worth the read.

2024 Life Logs, Day 50: Birthday Lunch with Friends on Presidents Day

2024 Life Logs, Day 50: Birthday Lunch with Friends on Presidents Day
Date: Monday, February 19, 2024
Weather: Sunny; High Temp 37, Low 22 degrees F
Correction: Yesterday I recorded the low temperature as 39. I wish. It was 24 degrees F. F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth MA

Today, on the third Monday in February, the US celebrates the birthdays of all US Presidents, past and present. But it wasn’t always this way. When this holiday first started in 1879, it was meant to celebrate just one man, the first US President, George Washington. It evolved to include Lincoln, and now all. Coincidentally, I met with friends today to celebrate their birthdays. This is a birthday group consisting of the women in my Dining-In group. Karen Baranowski’s birthday was in late January, but she was in Florida then. Midge Frieswyk’s birthday is later this week, and today was the only day that all of us that are in town right now were available. Happy birthday to Karen a little late and Midge a little early.
Our conversation today kept veering into the political realm. We all agreed that Biden and the Democratic Party, as well as individuals like us, need to spread the good news of what the Biden administration has accomplished to date. Historian and author, Heather Cox Richardson writes a daily letter and I remembered one that pointed out some of the good things. I am copying that letter here to help spread the good news.

Heather Cox Richardson: What Biden Has Accomplished
By dianeravitch
January 10, 2024

Heather Cox Richardson touches on some of the high points of Biden’s three years in office. If he had enjoyed a solid majority in both Houses of Congress, he would have surpassed Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson in constructing a fair society where everyone has a chance to lead a decent life. Trump celebrated Infrastructure Week yearly but did nothing. Trump said he had a healthcare plan that was better than Obamacare, but we never saw it. Despite stubborn opposition from Republicans, Biden was able to deliver.

Richardson writes:

One day short of his first 100 days in the White House, on April 28, 2021, President Joe Biden spoke to a joint session of Congress, where he outlined an ambitious vision for the nation. In a time of rising autocrats who believed democracy was failing, he asked, could the United States demonstrate that democracy is still vital?

“Can our democracy deliver on its promise that all of us, created equal in the image of God, have a chance to lead lives of dignity, respect, and possibility? Can our democracy deliver…to the most pressing needs of our people? Can our democracy overcome the lies, anger, hate, and fears that have pulled us apart?”

America’s adversaries were betting that the U.S. was so full of anger and division that it could not. “But they are wrong,” Biden said. “You know it; I know it. But we have to prove them wrong.”

“We have to prove democracy still works—that our government still works and we can deliver for our people.”

In that speech, Biden outlined a plan to begin investing in the nation again as well as to rebuild the country’s neglected infrastructure. “Throughout our history,” he noted, “public investment and infrastructure has literally transformed America—our attitudes, as well as our opportunities.”

In the first two years of his administration, when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress, lawmakers set out to do what Biden asked. They passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan to help restart the nation’s economy after the pandemic-induced crash; the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (better known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law) to repair roads, bridges, and waterlines, extend broadband, and build infrastructure for electric vehicles; the roughly $280 billion CHIPS and Science Act to promote scientific research and manufacturing of semiconductors; and the Inflation Reduction Act, which sought to curb inflation by lowering prescription drug prices, promoting domestic renewable energy production, and investing in measures to combat climate change.

This was a dramatic shift from the previous 40 years of U.S. policy, when lawmakers maintained that slashing the government would stimulate economic growth, and pundits widely predicted that the Democrats’ policies would create a recession.

But in 2023, with the results of the investment in the United States falling into place, it is clear that those policies justified Biden’s faith in them. The U.S. economy is stronger than that of any other country in the Group of Seven (G7)—a political and economic forum consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, along with the European Union—with higher growth and faster drops in inflation than any other G7 country over the past three years.

Heather Long of the Washington Post said yesterday there was only one word for the U.S. economy in 2023, and that word is “miracle.”

Rather than cooling over the course of the year, growth accelerated to an astonishing 4.9% annualized rate in the third quarter of the year while inflation cooled from 6.4% to 3.1% and the economy added more than 2.5 million jobs. The S&P 500, which is a stock market index of 500 of the largest companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges, ended this year up 24%. The Nasdaq composite index, which focuses on technology stocks, gained more than 40%. Noah Berlatsky, writing for Public Noticeyesterday, pointed out that new businesses are starting up at a near-record pace, and that holiday sales this year were up 3.1%.

Unemployment has remained below 4% for 22 months in a row for the first time since the late 1960s. That low unemployment has enabled labor to make significant gains, with unionized workers in the automobile industry, UPS, Hollywood, railroads, and service industries winning higher wages and other benefits. Real wages have risen faster than inflation, especially for those at the bottom of the economy, whose wages have risen by 4.5% after inflation between 2020 and 2023.

Meanwhile, perhaps as a reflection of better economic conditions in the wake of the pandemic, the nation has had a record drop in homicides and other categories of violent crime. The only crime that has risen in 2023 is vehicle theft.

While Biden has focused on making the economy deliver for ordinary Americans, Vice President Kamala Harris has emphasized protecting the right of all Americans to be treated equally before the law.

In April 2023, when the Republican-dominated Tennessee legislature expelled two young Black legislators, Justin Jones and Justin J. Pearson, for participating in a call for gun safety legislation after a mass shooting at a school in Nashville, Harris traveled to Nashville’s historically Black Fisk University to support them and their cause.

In the wake of the 2022 Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Supreme Court decision overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that recognized the constitutional right to abortion, Harris became the administration’s most vocal advocate for abortion rights. “How dare they?” she demanded. “How dare they tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her own body?… How dare they try to stop her from determining her own future? How dare they try to deny women their rights and their freedoms?” She brought together civil rights leaders and reproductive rights advocates to work together to defend Americans’ civil and human rights.

In fall 2023, Harris traveled around the nation’s colleges to urge students to unite behind issues that disproportionately affect younger Americans: “reproductive freedom, common sense gun safety laws, climate action, voting rights, LGBTQ+ equality, and teaching America’s full history.”

“Opening doors of opportunity, guaranteeing some more fairness and justice—that’s the essence of America,” Biden said when he spoke to Congress in April 2021. “That’s democracy in action.”

2024 Life Logs, Day 49: Too Much Wind

2024 Life Logs, Day 49: Too Much Wind
Date: Sunday, February 18, 2024
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, E 25-35 mph; High Temp 36, Low 24 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth MA

Watching the weather is something you do religiously when you are sailing and occasional gale force wind warnings were taken very seriously. However, this past week here on land it feels like we are getting gale force winds every other day. Today was just too windy—no fun at all being outside. I knew the winds would get stronger late morning, so Shadow and I did our longer work first thing. Then around noon we headed out for our shorter walk, and I truly felt like I was going to be blown away. We only managed to do three quarters of a mile in total today, but I’m happy with that. I do hope Heather and gang didn’t have the same strong winds in Vermont. If walking was no fun, I can’t imagine trying to snowboard on the side of a mountain in that wind.

The wind today, combined with the cold, was enough to make me just want to stick my head under my pillow and not come out until the winds calmed down. I resisted, but I smiled when I thought about what I read in the NYT’s The Morning on Saturday. It said, “To ‘rot’ is to spend the day under the covers but. . . Recently, the more Seussian-sounding notion of the “hurkle-durkle,” a 19th-century Scottish term for lingering in bed when one should be up and about, has risen in popularity.” The author of the article went on to say that the “lie-down” is a more respectable way of branding an escape to spend some time off your feet resting. It is a form of rest that “manages to borrow the restorative benefits of the nap, and of bed-totting, without the suggestion of sloth.” So, the next time there is cold, cloudy day with gale-force winds, I’ll just have a “lie-down.” (Although, a “hurkle-durkle” actually sounds like more fun!)

What I did today was curl up with my book (actually my book on my tablet) and read interspersed with tackling more of the paperwork organization that has piled up. Today’s task was organizing a few years’ worth of recipes that I have copied off the internet. Many of my favorite recipes were in that messy pile of papers that are now in plastic sleeves and organized by appetizers to soups and salads. I benefited from the organization right away. I wanted to make something with mushrooms and wild rice, so I Googled those ingredients and came up with a Wild Rice and Mushroom Casserole. I was getting ready to print it when it donned on me that it was one of the recipes I had just filed away. I went to my organized piles and found in under ‘entrées’ right away.

2024 Life Logs, Day 48: Another Snowy Day

2024 Life Logs, Day 48: Another Snowy Day
Date: Saturday, February 17, 2024
Weather: Light Snow AM, Mid-Afternoon, and PM; High Temp 32, Low 23 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth MA

I always think I can do more than I can actually accomplish. But I will still call today a success. I got months of Encore emails and important papers either recycled or in a notebook where they belong. I did not, however, get the accumulation of other paperwork filed away. That is what tomorrow is for! I didn’t walk a mile and half today, but I did walk three-quarters of a mile. It was snowing first thing this morning, so I took Shadow on our quarter of a mile walk around the block, with a promise to do our longer walk when the snow stopped. Around 11 o’clock, we started out with the intention of walking a mile and a quarter, but my right knee thought otherwise. If it is not snowing early in the morning, I’ll try doing the longer walk then and hope my knee holds out. In between filing papers, I read. I’m on page 625 of The Covenant of Water and only have 150 pages to go. It is a long book. I normally only read at bedtime, but recently I read a page or two and then can’t keep my eyes open. It is not because the book is not interesting. I just seem to be exhausted by bedtime. So today I allowed myself to read during the day and that worked much better.

We had a beautiful light snow this morning, probably just half an inch, and then another dusting in the middle of the afternoon and again tonight. We are getting just enough to keep everything looking bright and white. Today was a cold one, but tomorrow looks a tad warmer, hopefully with some sunshine. This snowy black and white landscape is pretty, but I like my sunshine. But sunshine or not, it is going to be windy. That makes it a good day for staying inside and finishing my projects. I have nothing else on my calendar other than going to Heather and Jed’s to feed the cats and the fish. They left just after noon today headed for Middlesex, Vermont, where they are renting an AirBnB for the week. It is about a four-and-a-half-hour drive, but it took them longer as they had to stop to charge their electric car. Jed explained to me last night that the batteries simply do not hold a charge very well in this cold weather. But they made it and will ski/snowboard Stow tomorrow and Monday. Jed said they might do Okemo on Tuesday and on Wednesday they will take the day off as Sam has a full day of visit at Norwich University in nearby Northfield. Heather will go with Sam and Jed, Ollie, and Jonah will look for a one day adventure off the slopes.

2024 Life Logs, Day 48: Artichoke Dinner with the Goldstones

2024 Life Logs, Day 48: Artichoke Dinner with the Goldstones
Date: Friday, February 16, 2024
Weather: Sunny Day, AM Winds 20-30 Higher Gusts; High Temp 38, Low 27 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth MA

It was a day of successes. I walked a mile in the morning and another half mile this afternoon. Woohoo! My back is ‘tired’ tonight and my right knee is giving me fits, but nevertheless, it felt really good to be able to walk that far.

My second success was that I finally got busy filing away papers that have been piling up in the dining room. I’m far from done, but if I stay at it tomorrow, I could have the job done. Again, it felt so good to make progress, in this case, on something I have procrastinated doing since September.

Heather and family leave for Vermont tomorrow for winter school vacation week. Yesterday when I went to Whole Foods in Hyannis, they had the biggest artichokes I have ever seen, and I just had to buy them. I didn’t know when I bought them if the Goldstones had plans for dinner tonight. So, I was relieved when I found out they would welcome artichokes for their vacation send off dinner. Since my big pot that I would normally cook them is being held hostage at Heather’s until my back can once again handle something that heavy, I took the artichokes there.

And now I am off to bed as I can hardly keep my eyes open.