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 […]

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. […]

Doing the Mango Tango

Remember when you were in grade school and everyone wanted to know things like:

“What’s your favorite color?”

“What’s your favorite song?”

“What’s your favorite fruit?”

Well never, ever did I answer number 3 with “Mango!”

The Zapper

John is a mosquito magnet. He’s been this way since I’ve known him. No matter how much toxic bug repellent he slathers on, they still seem to love taking a bite out of him. Chiggers are worse, and wasps and bees buzz with delight when he walks outside.

It’s great for me being married to such a munchable man. Whenever I’m with him I never have to apply any kind of repellent. I just walk beside him and the flying beasties leave me alone. It’s sort of like hamburger vs. prime rib for them, I guess. It’s a no-brainer.

Adios Pinkie, Hola Stripe

The first Sunday of our big adventure started with so much promise because we had a plan. We were up bright and early and enjoyed the Holiday Inn breakfast and a quick dip in the hotel pool. It was time to do something about Pinkie, my humongous hot pink rolling duffel that had made my life miserable the past few days.