20 Things I Learned from Hurricane Irma

September 13, 2017 Vieques, Puerto Rico We were lucky. Irma did little structural damage to Vieques. The trees and landscaping were not as fortunate. Huge trees were uprooted and many roads were semi-blocked from branches and debris. The electrical and telephone poles are still standing, but there was some damage to a few power lines. […]

Hurricane Irma

John is a hurricane pro. He grew up in the Parish down the river from New Orleans (St. Bernard) and experienced several major hurricanes and a lot of tropical storms. If you are house sitting in the hurricane belt, during hurricane season on an ISLAND, then he’s the man you want to have around.

I’m a hurricane rookie. Growing up in a suburb of Dallas, I always thought a hurricane was merely a tornado that came from the ocean. I know, I know…silly me. I have a lot to learn.

Chanticleer Alarm Clock

Today was a solar eclipse. From what I understand, many people across the US were able to witness this incredible phenomenon. Posts were prolific across all the social media platforms and news stations almost made it a holiday. As long as nobody glared directly at it, it was a really big deal. We tried to join the worldwide merriment, but basically, here on Vieques, the sky got a little darker and the roosters stopped crowing.

Creepy Crawlies

Since my Mama’s passing in July my siblings have all bonded like never before. Mama would be proud.

One of the ways that the four of us (plus our four spouses) communicate is by group texting. We all post things that are happening in our lives from our four spots on the globe: San Antonio, TX; Rockwall, TX; Utah; and Vieques, Puerto Rico.

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. There are two towns on Vieques, Isabel Segunda (Isabel II) and Esparanza. Highway PR 997 is a two-lane, cross-island road between the two towns. To get to this main thoroughfare, we travel on a .75 mile stretch of road called La Recta Marta.

We have renamed it Mango Dump Road.

Mosquito Pier

August 1, 2017 Vieques, Puerto Rico We realize that the name, Mosquito Pier, sounds frightful. Who would ever want to spend time in a place named after one of the most vile flying varmints on the planet? But, where else could you walk a mile over clear, turquoise water? Where else could you swim with […]

Monster Mango Buffet

July 19, 2017 Vieques, Puerto Rico written by: John Today I learned a valuable lesson in proper mango management and what size vessels are needed when collecting mangos. Here’s what happened: I went out for my usual morning mango collection, as we have many, since they are in season and our trees are loaded. The […]


July 12, 2017 Vieques, Puerto Rico 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.” I miss him. I also miss my Mama. A lot. Here’s the video that was […]

El Perro Negro and the Flip Flop

July 1, 2017 Vieques, Puerto Rico One of our favorite places here on Vieques Island is the National Wildlife Refuge. It used to be a US Naval Base. It has the best, most even stretch of paved road on the island. At the end of the main road it splits into various branch trails that […]

Mango Munch Festival

June 20, 2017 Vieques, Puerto Rico We’d heard that the horse to human ratio here on Vieques was about 1:3. One horse to every three people. According to the latest census, the island’s population is right around 8000, so sharing the roads, parking lots, beaches, etc., with the horses is a way of life here. […]