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 (an accurate count is difficult but it's at least 50, many accessible only by boat and some remain off-limits). 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 click the map icon below to go to the Vieques Beaches page and let us know your thoughts please!

Recent Posts

What We Love

We love to explore deserted parts of this island. The beauty and solitude are amazing.

What’s That Stash For Anyway?

We stash food and drink, not just for hurricanes but also for typical island problems.

You Wanna Know the Secret?

You wanna know the secret to happiness? Little Big Town said you “Can’t buy it, gotta make it.” And they’re right.

The Solar Powered Car

We find a way to use the sun to keep our car running!

Experiences Over Stuff

We have said from the beginning that we want experiences, even simple ones, rather than stuff. This is about some of those experiences!

Could Be Worse…

2018 spending summary, graphed with pretty colors!

Knee Deep In It - Worldwide!

We've started to gain some real traction with this blog, and traffic has picked up significantly since we started doing the Vieques Beach Directory six months ago - it's very popular. Here are some fun stats:

  • We have now reached readers in 96 countries & territories around the world (crawling toward 100!).
  • In the U.S., we have readers in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.
  • We have had over 9000 readers visit the site, hitting 75,000+ pages.
  • Since the Beach Directory was published last October, we are averaging about 1400 users & 8000 page views per month.
  • Our top 5 countries/territories are: the USA, Puerto Rico!, Canada, the UK, and France.

I want to give a special shout-out to Honduras, the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, USVIs, BVIs, Sint Maarten, Trinidad & Tobago, and our other Caribbean kneedeepers! And a big thanks to all of you around the world who are following along - you make it worth the effort and the energy we put into this blog!

So we're "almost famous" as they say (not really). We had a mention in the NY Times Travel section which you can find here (Returning to Vieques) - search for "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!