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Mosquito netting hanging over the bed

The Best Stuff

Our favorite things have changed since we retired

Good Times are Free

Checking our spending vs. the budget and see how we’re doing halfway through the year.

Black Sand Beach, blue water

New World Explorers

We explore beaches and mountains and cliffs, oh my!

Cases of beer stacked

Preppers

We prep for the Zombie Apocalypse and the 2018 Hurricane Season.

Wilson volleyball with blood stain, from the movie Castaway

Are We Crazy?

We ponder the question of our sanity, knowing full well the question may not be answerable!

Two marine batteries cabled together

The Sound of Sunshine

We dive into the background, technical details, and sizing of our small solar backup power system.

3 Solar Panels on the ground

Follow the Sun

We discuss our small solar backup power system, which helps us ride out the many power outages on Vieques.

Beach, water, island in the distance

Island Shopping – Is The Cart Full Yet?

Another episode of island shopping, where we take a good hard look at Vieques and try to answer the question: Is this the place?

Norm and Deb, ocean in the background

Retirement First Anniversary

A short summary and song playlist from our first year of retirement and of blogging about it.

Satellite Picture of the island of Vieques

Island Soul

The island shows us some new beaches, introduces us to great people, and teaches us how to get by on this rock.

Messy pile of $20 bills

How Much is Enough? – Closing the Loop

We wrap up this series of posts by pulling together the spending and income parts, and discussing strategies and tools for success.

Random pile of 20 dollar bills

How Much is Enough? – Paying for It All

We discuss the income generation part of retirement, ya gotta pay for it somehow!

How Much is Enough? – The Spending Part

We discuss the very important spending part of retirement.

Stack of $20 bills

How Much is Enough? – A Foundation for Retirement Planning

Here we talk about the early steps in preparing to retire.

Small beach with overgrown trees, and crashing waves

Island On Our Own Time

Where we find time to go to the beach, and a few other places!

Refrigerator full of food, drinks, and leftovers

Coste de Vida en Vieques

We discuss the cost of living in Vieques, including some anecdotes of everyday purchases.

Stack of 3 boxes, all with crumpled and rounded corners

Oh No! Mo’ Stuff!

We needed a few things to really settle in to this island, so we found a few ways to get them.

Fresh Eyes

We get a visitor, someone to see the place with a fresh set of eyes.

The Cost of Paradise

Power to the People! Actually no power to the people, and other limitations of island life.

Vieques Virgins

Early impressions, thoughts, and random bloviating on our new lives in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Keep Them Doggies Movin’

More island hopping, this time across the Caribbean from Roatan, Honduras to Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Roatán Wrap-Up

We wrap up our thoughts on Roatán, and compare it to Utila and Ambergris Caye.

FIRE!

Money can’t buy happiness, but if you take control of it, you can take control of an important part of your life.

A Little Bit of Mañana

Exploring Roatan, on island time.

Roatán in a Rush

Running out of time (already!) in Roatán!

We’ve Gone and Done It Now

Where we go to another country and back to stay in good with the Immigration folks.

Detour Ahead

When you’re in a foreign country, you pretty much have to do what you’re told.

Island (S)hopping

Hopping to a new destination in the Caribbean.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Making the call on Utila – should we stay here, or go off exploring some more?

Looking for Booty

Looking for booty all over this pirate island

When Your Money Turns Red

We talk about costs, spending, and budgets for this island life. Ya gotta pay for this somehow.

Island Oddities and Laughs

We discuss the island oddities that make us laugh, then they become the “new normal” and we forget about them.

Critters

The one about the creatures in this strange land.  We’ve met a few but there’s sure to be lots more.

Beauty and the Beast

There’s more to the tropics than beaches, piña coladas, and beer.  There are a couple other challenges.

Rehab, Relapse, and Skid Row

Cheap waterfront bars and restaurants are one of Utila’s draws.

Typhoid, Flip-Flops, and Lempiras

A Day in the Life, and other miscellaneous thoughts on Utila

Life on a Rock

Early Impressions of Utila, Honduras, and living on a Rock!

Big Planes, small planes, and tuk-tuks!

Where we get on a big plane, then on a smaller plane, then on a(really small)nother plane, to finally arrive in Utila, Honduras. The adventure starts now!

Hurricane satellite photo

Blown off Course

Where we (only figuratively) get blown to another island.

Honda Element filled with luggage

Still! Too Much Stuff

Yep, it’s still about the stuff!

A Beautiful Life

Saying goodbye to a wonderful lady

Back to Colorado

Roadtrip to CO – a lot of driving, a few sights!

Real Life

Back to CO for important family time

Sunset on Siesta

The sun is going down on this island, but it will rise again!

The Dog Blog

Our constant traveling companions – Kirby and Maxwell!

Witness Protection

Where we (don’t really) answer the age-old question, “Where are you from?”

A Different Florida

We discovered a new territory and staked our claim!

But Wait!

Final thoughts on the heat, the wildlife, and the beauty of the Florida East Coast

That’s a Wrap

Wrapping up the Indialantic stay – bye bye bye to home sweet home 

To Infinity, and Beyond!

Things that fly over beaches, old friends, and more STUFF!

The Space Coast

Home Sweet Home – Indialantic, FL and the Melbourne area.

Dixie

Still heading south, but we made it to The South!

Texas welcome sign

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Where we drove friendly, the Texas way!

Adios Colorado

Tearful goodbyes and homelessness.  It’s good though!

All That Stuff

You can’t travel with a bunch of Stuff.  This is how we took care of that problem.

Retirement Itself

Ya got to retire before you can write a retirement blog!

A Twinkle in our Eyes

The start of it all was a series of long talks while sitting in the hot tub staring at the stars.