Knee Deep In It

It's good though

Hi, thanks for stopping by our little island in the sun. We're Norm & Deb, and we retired in May 2017 (a bit earlier than "normal" at 56/52) and started blogging because we wanted to tell our story and stay in touch with friends old and new. Together we went on this journey because we wanted to live our lives on purpose, not on some version of autopilot that many people find themselves in. We also wanted to live someplace warm! So off we went in a generally southern direction with a few detours along the way.

The blog is named for how we feel about this new life together. We're knee deep in it, whether it's going great (the only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair...), or when it's less than perfect (that's life baby). We know it will all work out - it always does.

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If you are new here, you can take a look at where it all began (button below), and then work through the stories and places we've been. You can also click the Subscribe button to get an email each time we put up a new post (no Spam - guaranteed!).

So dig in to the stories and enjoy the ride along with us, and please send us your questions and comments as you go!

Vieques, Puerto Rico

If you are here looking for info on Vieques, Puerto Rico, we have a treat for you. You can find our first post upon arriving in Vieques (and click through the rest of them from there). Of course, Vieques is a whole lot about the beaches so we've also put together a beach directory which, like most things online, is able to be updated and improved as we go. So hit the button below to go to the Vieques Beaches page and let us know your thoughts!

Recent Posts

How Long Can We Live Like This?

Answering an important question – whether we can live a long, healthy, and happy life here.

It’s A Dog’s Life

Our constant traveling companions – Kirby and Maxwell!

Extremely Boring?

It’s hard to get bored when you’re havin’ a ball!

What Did We Expect?

Taking a look at all those expectations we had before moving to Vieques, Puerto Rico

Satellite photo of the Caribbean Sea and its islands

A Year Already?

Having been gone from the States for an entire year, have we learned anything?

María in the Rear View

At the one-year anniversary of the Hurricane María devastation, we are putting that gal in rear view mirror. Vieques has risen, together we are stronger than María.

Knee Deep In It - Worldwide

We've started to gain some real traction with this blog, having now reached readers in 90 countries around the world and all 50 of the U.S. states plus the District of Columbia. This is a special shout-out to the USVIs, BVIs, Sint Maarten, Trinidad & Tobago, and our other Caribbean neighbors/kneedeepers!

So we're "almost famous" as they say. We had a mention in the NY Times Travel section which you can find here (Returning to Vieques) - search for keyword "Norm and Deb" 🙂 ) and have now done a guest spot on Ann Nelson's "Retire Well, Retire Happy" Podcast out of Australia (it's embedded below). Both were a lot of fun - check them out!