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Felicidades (at least 65 Percent)

Posted by Cassie

AEE sign 3 molestos
This sign says: It is time to have electricity. We are upset and have not seen work crews. The generator costs money and we are broke!

It is amazing how much better life feels with electricity and water. I will never take those basic services of modern life for granted again. We are only two people of about 65% of the island that currently has power however.

AEE sign 2
Another sign notifying the electric company of a house that still has no power

It is sort of strange how and where the power is distributed. For instance, our neighborhood was the first one in Puntas to get reconnected, and now, nearly a month later the nearest road to us still doesn’t have it. The patchwork connection is frustrating for those without. Just because you see your neighbor connected doesn’t mean you will be.

AEE is out there doing their best!

Still this doesn’t stop the Christmas spirit. Puerto Rico is well-known for the length and type of fun celebrating during the Navidad season. We have been enjoying spending time with friends and going to various events and get-togethers.

Britton with flower bunch  Flanthony   Britton Coral

Tommy tuna poke Kim Party Kim and Cassie Fun socks
Tooting In the barrio Christmas pool day
Christmas Crop

Chrstmas Party fun

Steps beach sunset Steps party
Winter Solstice Party at Steps Beach

Pretty J Britton playingPicturesque scenes

Britton and Cassie cabin
Enjoying nice nights out

Cassie and Blue Santa
And the Christmas Spirit of Puerto Rico

When we are not out celebrating, we have been working on the property. We have added some water tubing to irrigate the gardens more and have found more plants to add to the collection. Now that it isn’t raining very often, the work is a little easier because things aren’t growing quite as fast.

Tarantula in the gardens

Iguanas out en force!

Flower bunch short hike around the property for this beautiful tropical bouquet

Uprighting palm tree

Uprighting a coconut palm took quite some doing!

It feels that the more people who receive power, the more powerful and happy people are as well. The general sadness that we saw immediately after and for the first month or two has shifted over the hump to a general happiness. At least 65%. Christmas and holiday spirit has lifted even the lowest spirits some, but we are all still awaiting the full glory of island life once again. The clean-up continues, but overall things are looking more and more beautiful every day.

Trash pile
One of the piles of post-hurricane household rubbish

Christmas day
And a serene Christmas moment at dusk


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Season and Party Greetings 2016

Posted by Cassie

Whew! We are in the midst of the Christmas party season here in Puerto Rico! It has been so much fun! We hope all of you are enjoying the holidays as well!

We have been going out to parties and events almost every single night for the past 2 weeks!

A fun ugly sweater/white elephant party with our great friends the Kersch’s- a little hard to find sweaters in the tropics though!

I still somehow managed to garner 3rd place in the contest though! haha

And afterward we ended up at the neighborhood bar where the reindeer (me) played some cowbell

The winter solstice party on the beach was awesome too!

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We hung out with friends, played music, hula hooped and played with fire

Our friends the VanEes celebrate 3 birthdays in December! We are always honored to be included

formerly-known-asOur band also had a gig at Calypso which was a lot of fun!

Thanks to Daisy for this pic

When we’re not out partying, we’re still slowly and steadily moving over to the cabin and spending time enjoying the beautiful tropical winter.

Hooping you have a Merry Christmas!

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Season’s Greetings: 2015 Christmas in Puerto Rico

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We hope everyone has been enjoying the holidays. Here in Puerto Rico we have been hanging out on the property and with friends.

Cassie in the plants
Enjoying outdoors in our tropical garden on Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve we stopped by the grocery store and saw Santa sweating outside in his fur suit and hat. I think the tropical version of Santa should be able to wear shorts.

Cassie and Santa

Papo was working nearby so he stopped by for lunch and brought us a bunch of delicious Puerto Rican Christmas food and some just-picked oranges from his farm. What a great friend he has become. Then that evening we played music with the band at Shampoo’s place.

Noche Buena con papo
A beautiful Noche Buena

Christmas Day we went to the pig roast on the beach and spent time with awesome people, swam in the sea, and even played a little music barefoot in the sand. Another wonderful tropical Christmas here in Puerto Rico.

Christmas on the beach
A fun big group of people at the pig roast

Bonfire Xmas magic

Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad! We are so thankful to live so richly in moments more than things.

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