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Butcher, Baker, Chocolate Maker Butcher, Baker, Chocolate Maker

Butcher, Baker, Chocolate Maker

One of our favorite things about traveling to new places can be summed up in one word:  FOOD! 
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Bringing Home the Bacon Bringing Home the Bacon

Bringing Home the Bacon

I’ve had a love affair with bacon all my life. In fact, it’s the main reason I’m not a vegetarian. But folks, Ed and Peg’s bacon is no ordinary bacon. It’s more like meat candy.
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Cooking Belizean with Chef Rick Cooking Belizean with Chef Rick

Cooking Belizean with Chef Rick

If you really enjoy eating, it's great to have good friends that are professional chefs. We lucked out with Chef Rick, here in Belize!

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Ajaw - The Chocolate Maker Ajaw - The Chocolate Maker

Ajaw - The Chocolate Maker

I love chocolate. Always have, always will. But, to be honest with you, I've never given much thought as to where it comes from. I’ve always been aware that there was such a thing as a cacao bean, but frankly,...
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Care Packages Care Packages

Care Packages

September is definitely hurricane month for this part of the planet.  They happen.  They are serious business and should be taken seriously when they occur.
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Where Everyone Knows Your Name Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Where Everyone Knows Your Name

How does this sound to you? The coldest Belikin beer in Belize with a side flask of Caribbean Rum…with your name taped on it.  Or throwing darts with a group of locals and expats that make you feel like...
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Sneak Peek Inside Our Bags Sneak Peek Inside Our Bags

Sneak Peek Inside Our Bags

We travel with 4 suitcases and 4 carry-on bags. Everything we own is fitted into these 8 receptacles.  Because of our pared down minimalist lifestyle, we’ve learned to be smart about what is important for...
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Estate Sale Estate Sale

Estate Sale

In November 2016, John and I made the decision to join the ranks of traveling, housesitting nomads, which was, for us, monumental. We had a business and a lot of STUFF we had to get rid of to make our dream life...
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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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