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 144: A Much Better Day

2024 Life Logs, Day 144: A Much Better Day
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2024
Weather: Rainy Day; Temp 65, Low 56 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth, MA

I woke up at 7 am and decided to get out of bed and start my day an hour earlier than usual. After doing some of the basic stretches, it was obvious that it was not quite as painful as yesterday. So, Shadow and I did the quarter mile walk around the block and I was off to a much better day than yesterday. Then Karen Baranowski called and asked if I needed a little outing. An emphatic YES was my answer. I asked her to come take me to Soare’s Nursery to buy some plants, so she did. We were just beginning to browse when we heard the first thunder. We sped up our browsing and put the plants we wanted to buy on the cart. We wanted to do some more browsing, but when we felt the first rain drops, we rushed to check out and got into the car before it started pouring rain. I invited Karen in for lunch when we got home, and we promised to return to Soares another day when the sun is shining. Karen’s visit was just what the doctor ordered. Thank you, Karen!

I spent the rest of my day back in the routine of exercise, ice, elevate and then tonight I attended a Newcomers DEI committee meeting. Tomorrow, I have my last home PT session and will be released by the home health nurse. I am not sure when I will get the green light for driving, but I’m hoping that I will be able to drive myself to my first outpatient PT session on Tuesday. Life is looking brighter.

2024 Life Logs, Day 143: The Routine of Recovery

2024 Life Logs, Day 143: The Routine of Recovery
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Weather: Sunny and Warm; High Temp 66, Low 55 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth, MA

I find I am struggling with the routine (and pain) of knee replacement recovery. I know if I do not do the required exercises multiple times a day that the outcome will not be good. But the stretching hurts which makes me dread doing it. I much prefer just lying on my back, icing my leg with it elevated. Even the beautiful weather today did not tempt me to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. The physical therapist was here today, and she assures me I am still ahead of the recovery curve, and that I just have to keep exercising through the pain. I know it will get better, but I sure wish I could transport from here to there!

2024 Life Logs, Day 142: Election Results

2024 Life Logs, Day 142: Election Results
Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Weather: Finally, A Sunny Day; High Temp 62, Low 52 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth, MA

I am starting this log at 8 pm, sitting here at home on pins and needles, awaiting the results of the local election. Is Heather going to be a member of the Falmouth Select Board or not? We should know in the next hour. And in a few minutes, Heather will pick me up to take me to campaign headquarters, Grumpy’s, to await the results with her most ardent campaign members. Before leaving, however, I just wanted to say that children should not do things that make their parents so nervous! Just kidding.

10 PM. She did it!!! Heather Martin Handley Goldstone is Falmouth’s newest Select Board Member. A coalition of people who did not know Heather or know each other pitched in to support her. Many of those people were at Grumpy’s tonight to celebrate with Heather. She managed her own campaign, but she had the help of a few women who have worked with candidates in the past, a few good friends, and this newly formed group of eclectic supporters. Plus, Jed who has been super supportive, and me. I did what little I could do between my two surgeries. It takes a village. So tonight, I am a very proud mama. I know Heather is the right person at the right time to help Falmouth make decisions for the future. Go, Heather!!!

So, Heather had to find a place downtown where people could gather to be thanked for their support and to celebrate if she won. The restaurants don’t stay open after 8:30 and the main restaurant/bar downtown was hosting a Trivia Night. Just out of town on the road to Woods Hole is Grumpy’s. It is a bar, not a restaurant, and has been a local dive for many years. When Heather and Jed were in graduate school, I remember them talking about going to Grumpy’s. The name definitely sticks with you. Heather never got to leave the community television station as planned to come pick me up. They asked all the candidates to wait for the results. But Jed called and came to get me. I just couldn’t miss this. When the first word came through that she had ‘unofficially’ won, I could hardly believe it. In a small town, it is always difficult to get elected if you don’t have the endorsement of the political powers that be. She did not. But she obviously had the endorsement of a whole lot of Falmouth friends, old and new. Thank you, Falmouth.

2024 Life Logs, Day 141: Get Heather Elected!

2024 Life Logs, Day 141: Get Heather Elected!
Date: Monday, May 20, 2024
Weather: Mix of Clouds and Fog with Some PM Sunshine; High Temp 62, Low 48 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth, MA

Tomorrow is local election day. It is time to get Heather elected! I have never been very good at sitting on the sidelines, but here I am, hobbling on a replaced knee and not really able to be helpful. This election is a nail biter, so I will just sit here and do just that.

I woke up this morning with more pain in my knee than I have been experiencing. The physical therapist assured me that all is well, but the home health nurse comes tomorrow, and I will check with her as well. But it seems a bit better tonight. Rehab for a knee replacement is a tricky combination of exercises that are painful and ice and elevation. Too much or not enough of any one thing can set you back. I’m hoping tomorrow is a good day and that tomorrow night I can attend the thank you party, hopefully a victory party!!!

2024 Life Logs, Day 140: Healing Day, Dinner at Goldstone’s

2024 Life Logs, Day 140: Healing Day, Dinner at Goldstone’s
Date: Sunday, May 19, 2024
Weather: Overcast, Some Fog; High Temp 55, Low 49 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth, MA

This was a quiet Sunday. I woke up with more swelling in my right leg that comfortable, so I spent my entire morning on my back on the sofa with my legs up on the arm of the sofa. The keeps them well above my heart level and helps reduce the swelling. It worked, but I was more active in the afternoon and tonight they are swollen again. After I send this, I will be back on the sofa with my legs over the arm. Just sitting up with my legs up doesn’t really do it, but you can’t just lie on your back with legs up all the time. Exercises and movement are equally important. It is all a balancing act.

Heather and family had a quiet day after last night’s prom. Sam came home at 5:30 am when the After Prom at the rec center ended. But Heather was on food prep duty there until 11 pm and Jed was on chaperone and then clean-up duty from 3 am until the clean-up was done. Jonah and Ollie had sleepovers with friends after attending a Revs game at Gillette Stadium. They didn’t get back on the Cape until after 11 pm, so they had late nights as well. I was invited over for dinner. Thank you, Goldstones. And I think that after bringing me home, they were all headed to bed to get ready for another busy week. The local election is this Tuesday, so tomorrow and Tuesday are super busy days. Then Jed flies to Amsterdam on Friday and Memorial Day weekend begins.

It was also a busy weekend for Justin and family in Puerto Rico. Justin and Jo’s music ensemble, Silvermouse, had their first concert of Summer Tour 2024 at the Earthship in Aguada in Puerto Rico. The just after Memorial Day, they fly to Washington, DC, for the next concert and then to come visit here in Falmouth before heading to the UK. Jo said last night’s concert was a huge success. Go, Silvermouse.

2024 Life Logs, Day 139: Prom Night for Sam

2024 Life Logs, Day 139: Prom Night for Sam
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024
Weather: Overcast with Periods of Rain; High Temp 54, Low 50 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth, MA

I watched my children grow up and now I am watching my grandchildren do the same. There are those special moments along the way that mark the transition from stage to the next. Tonight was Sam’s Jr-Sr Prom and this afternoon Heather called to see if I would like to go to Sebastian’s home, one of Sam’s friends, for a pre-prom photo shoot. I jumped at the chance to go, and as I stood there taking photos, I realized this was one of those special moments. Sam has been friends with Sebastian since they were babies. And this afternoon they were dressed to the nine’s and certainly no longer babies! Sam’s friend Robert was also there. They met in 5th or 6th grade, so that history doesn’t go back as far, but still they were boys when they met, not the young men they are today. Sebastian has a steady girlfriend, so she was there with her family as well. But many kids these days go in groups rather than with a date. Looking through the camera lens was like looking through a window into the future.

The prom here is held at the Coonasmessett Inn where they had dinner followed by dancing. That ends around 10 pm when everyone goes home to change into comfy clothes. They then check into the rec center by 11 where they spend the rest of the night into the early morning playing games of all sorts. Once they check into the rec center, they cannot leave until one of the chaperones has called a parent. Students over 18 can then drive themselves home, but anyone under 18 must be picked up by a parent. The hope is that it is a fantastic, fun, but safe event. This has happened for 30 years in Falmouth and every year the students really look forward to After Prom.

2024 Life Logs, Day 138: Bits of Sunshine

2024 Life Logs, Day 138: Bits of Sunshine
Date: Friday, May 17, 2024
Weather: Sunshine AM, Clouding Over in PM; High Temp 65, Low 51 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth, MA

There were bits of sunshine today, but not enough to say it was a sunny day. The gray sky returned in the afternoon and there is a chance of rain tomorrow. Maybe Sunday? The PT arrived at 9 am and gave me a good report. Flexibility has gone from 98 to 102 since Tuesday, and that is great. I still have considerable swelling in the right leg, but that is to be expected. I no longer need to use the walker, but she suggests a cane when I am outside. No walking Shadow on a leash for another week, but I can walk outside, just no further than around the block. Detta left at the same time as the therapist, so suddenly I was alone. And actually, that is not a bad thing when all you are supposed to be doing is keeping those legs above heart level as much as possible. Detta got me through the worst days and now I am totally independent. Thank you, thank you, thank you, to Detta.

This afternoon, I got a card from a good friend from my days in Concord, NH, Cheryl Dolin. I have always had this aversion to resting during the day, but this card said, “It’s PRODUCTIVE to REST. Slow down, take care, and grant yourself grace.” Great advice, Cheryl.

2024 Life Logs, Day 137: Another Rainy, Dreary Day

2024 Life Logs, Day 137: Another Rainy, Dreary Day
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024
Weather: Overcast and Rainy; High Temp 59, Low 53 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth, MA

Since I am spending almost 100% of my time inside for a few days, I guess I shouldn’t care that is rainy and dreary. But dreary outside means dreary inside, and I don’t like dreary. So to brighten our world, Detta was my indoor gardener for the day, transplanting indoor plants from one pot to another. One plant was given to me by a friend dear to Detta and to me, Leslie Kole. She brought it to me on the day of Mark’s celebration of life and, within a year, it had outgrown the pot it was in. For the past seven years, every time I have looked at that plant, I have thought about buying a bigger pot and replanting. Today that finally happened. Two more plants that came into my life this winter and were just left in their pots from the nursery also got a permanent home today. And Detta dug up some of the many lilies of the valley to take home. She also ran errands twice during the day. I just alternated doing my exercises with putting my feet up with ice on my knee. That is certainly not exciting, but it is what needs to be done to heal.

2024 Life Logs, Day 136: Dreary Day

2024 Life Logs, Day 136: Dreary Day
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Weather: Overcast and Rainy; High Temp 64, Low 56 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth, MA

What a dreary day. But despite the weather, Detta and I managed to have a good day. We did some indoor gardening and not much else except work on my recovery. Detta did all the work of keeping me on schedule and I did the walking and the exercises prescribed at yesterday’s physical therapy evaluation. Things are still going along with no problems, and I am able to move around with minimal pain. I can only hope recovery keeps going smoothly.

2024 Life Logs, Day 135: Wonderful Friends

2024 Life Logs, Day 135: Wonderful Friends
Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Weather: Sunny; High Temp 63, Low 52 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth, MA

Heather left to go to work this morning after making me promise not to get up until my friend Karen Baranowski arrived to be Nurse Karen for the day. I didn’t sleep much last night as I was high as kite from the steroids I was given in a knee surgery cocktail, so taking an hour-log nap was great. When Karen arrived, we got to work on a campaign ‘get out the vote’ project for Heather. We put a stamp and an address label on 1,000 post cards. We worked all morning , me with my leg propped up on a chair with an ice pack strapped on to my knee. At noon, we stopped to make lunch, and just before we sat down to eat, Olivia White arrived to help with the postcard project. Then later in the afternoon, Claudia Needham stopped by to help. By 3 o’clock we had completed our project. Hooray for wonderful friends!

I had a visit from a visiting nurse today to check on my progress after the knee surgery, plus I got a call from two different nurses from Cape Cod Hospital checking up on me. Then I had my first in-home PT session. I am doing really well so far, and I have now been given my marching orders for a daily exercise program. Hope I can keep up with the program.

Karen left around 4 pm and Detta arrived by 5 pm. As always, we have talked away the night. She is a great nurse and will be with me until Friday. Then I’m on my own.