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Holy Cow! Holy Cow!

Holy Cow!

Before coming here I thought that Belize was basically one big jungle. I thought we’d see exotic jungle animals everywhere, like monkeys, toucans, and maybe even crocodiles. But we’ve never...
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Beware the Tata Duende Beware the Tata Duende

Beware the Tata Duende

One of the most popular tales told, to even tiny children, is one about a troll-like characters called Tata Duende.  He is creepy, tricky and downright scary, so be afraid, very afraid.
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Where to Find the Perfect Housesit Where to Find the Perfect Housesit

Where to Find the Perfect Housesit

If you are seriously considering a life as a housesitter, we're is here to rescue you from hours of frustrating searching and combing the Internet looking for the next sit. Check out our comprehensive list of...
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Home, Sweet, Housesit Home, Sweet, Housesit

Home, Sweet, Housesit

If you are anything like us you’ve dreamed about your adulthood goals for a long time. And, as you get older, like us, perhaps you’ve realized that now is the time to do something about making your dreams...
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Stairway to Heaven Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Imagine yourself being dropped right smack dab in the middle of an Indiana Jones adventure.  That’s what visiting a Mayan ruin is like, sans the bad guys.  Exploring, climbing, and squeezing through...
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The Magnificent Maya The Magnificent Maya

The Magnificent Maya

Deep within the jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico, Belize and Guatemala) lie the legendary temples and palaces of the Maya. I’m not sure whether it's just because we’re old and have a deep...
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Food, Glorious Food Food, Glorious Food

Food, Glorious Food

Imagine a beautiful beach.  The waves are steadily rippling onto the bright white sand of the shore.  The sky is blue and no artist (alive or dead) can replicate how beautiful the clouds are, as they gently...
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Fish Monitor Fish Monitor

Fish Monitor

When I’m writing or cartooning, I get really absorbed in what I’m doing. If you write, or have ever lived with a writer or artist, you know what I’m talking about.
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Shell Shock Shell Shock

Shell Shock

So, here we are at a wonderful housesit on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, also known as the Mexican Riviera.  It’s gorgeous, however getting here was arduous, at best.
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To Market, To Market To Market, To Market

To Market, To Market

John and I have always loved going to estate sales, yard sales and farmer's markets.  There’s something about buying from local community members that is special and we have always made it an adventurous...
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Meet the Menagerie Meet the Menagerie

Meet the Menagerie

Prepare to be wowed by some of the cleverest, cuddliest and cutest animals south of the “wall.”  Meet the menagerie of Rancho San Francisco.
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Rancho San Francisco Rancho San Francisco

Rancho San Francisco

Once upon a time in a fun land called Mexico, there lived a multi-talented lady named Doña Stephanie.  Doña Stephanie loved animals. 
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Maybe Mañana Maybe Mañana

Maybe Mañana

Reflections on 2017, looking to mañana, 2018.

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The Fun Side of the Wall The Fun Side of the Wall

The Fun Side of the Wall

Just south of Guadalajara, sister cities, Chapala and Ajijic sit on Mexico’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Chapala.  Both cities have unique charm, temperate climates and amenities galore, which have made...
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Acclimation Acclimation

Acclimation

Our next house sit is in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.  Before jumping into a new culture and country, we decided that it would be best to go to the U.S. for a week to wash our salvageable clothes, take hot showers,...
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Bittersweet Farewell Bittersweet Farewell

Bittersweet Farewell

We said farewell to Vieques, Puerto Rico, on November 2nd. For us, goodbye is bittersweet, especially when it means we are walking away from memories, special friends, a weeping community and an island limping...
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Bug of the Day Bug of the Day

Bug of the Day

John grew up in New Orleans. He’s been through a lot of hurricanes and tropical storms.  He understands hurricane preparation, as well as hurricane recovery.  One of the things he tried to get me...
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What's My Line? What's My Line?

What's My Line?

We've learned so much about what it takes to be disaster/hurricane survivors.  Our friend Bill describes Viequense survival with the three R's:  resilience, resourcefulness and respect.  The people on...
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Telephone Hill Telephone Hill

Telephone Hill

We are three weeks past Hurricane Maria now. We’ve been told that full cell reception will be restored any day. Right!
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The Bare Necessities The Bare Necessities

The Bare Necessities

Last year when we downsized (sold our cars, home, furniture, business and personal belongings) to travel the world as house sitters, we thought we were trimming our lives down to the bare bones.  We kept only...
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Iguana Refuge Iguana Refuge

Iguana Refuge

Before we came to Vieques we had done our research about all the critters here on the island.  We knew that there were supposed to be a lot of iguanas here.  Either we weren't paying attention at the...
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They Call This Wind Maria They Call This Wind Maria

They Call This Wind Maria

Nothing that we went through during Irma prepared us for what Hurricane Maria did to us and the beautiful island of Vieque, Puerto Rico. We had followed the hurricane experts' predictions about Maria's path and we...
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20 Things I Learned from Hurricane Irma 20 Things I Learned from Hurricane Irma

20 Things I Learned from Hurricane Irma

Yesterday was the 7th day we had no power, Internet, or water.  We have limited cell reception if you stand in a certain place on our upper porch and hold your head a certain way.  So all of our family and...
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Hurricane Irma Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma

John is a hurricane pro. I’m a hurricane rookie. As we sit here this evening and wait for Irma, I can’t help but think that this past week’s hustle and bustle and preparations here on...
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Chanticleer Alarm Clocks Chanticleer Alarm Clocks

Chanticleer Alarm Clocks

Today's solar eclipse got me to thinking about how marvelously tuned in with the universe the feathered friends that share our yard actually are. They knew something cosmically weird was going on and they shut...
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Creepy Crawlies Creepy Crawlies

Creepy Crawlies

Yesterday my younger sister Della snapped and sent us these two incredible photos of local beasties that inhabit the wily northern kingdom called Yellowstone, which is close to where she lives.
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The Legend of Mango Dump Road The Legend of Mango Dump Road

The Legend of Mango Dump Road

The house we are sitting, here on Vieques, Puerto Rico, is in a barrio called Monte Santo, which is right smack dab in the middle of the island. To get to either of the two towns on the island, we normally take the...
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Mosquito Pier Mosquito Pier

Mosquito Pier

Where else could you walk a mile over clear, turquoise water?  Where else could you swim with the turtles, and enjoy postcard perfect coastline views that will take your breath away with no crowds, no tourist...
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Mama Mama

Mama

Today we buried my sweet Mama.  I came home for a few weeks to help make arrangements and help my dad.  John stayed at our house sit on Vieques to "hold down the fort."
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