Re-entry Part 3

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Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip
Mum mum mum mum mum mum
Get a job, sha na na na, sha na na na na

The Silhouettes – Get a Job

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So let’s see, where was I? Oh yes, after completing a year-long round-the-world trip, I was living back on my mom’s farm in Michigan with no apartment, job or vehicle. Wow, talk about a babe magnet! Oh well, I did have lots of great stories, as well as a wonderful group of friends and family who were putting me up in their homes while I figured out what to do next. You know, the part where I go back to that apartment, job, and vehicle. Except that’s not exactly what happened. No, I took a different path, a more scenic one, and the next place that path took me was Florida.

I was last there in the spring of 2012, when I started out on my little adventure. Now I was going back for two weeks in mid-May of 2013 and I needed a place to stay, which did feel a little strange, considering that Florida was where I called home for most of the past 20 years. Fortunately, my friends came through again and I was able to stay in a furnished house by myself for almost the entire two weeks. My own personal space – what luxury! It had been quite a while since I didn’t have to share living arrangements and it really was wonderful to have a place to call my own, even for a little while. Many thanks to Tim, Sharli, Aimee and Jaron for making my stay in Florida so comfortable! While I was there, I caught up with old friends, ate at some of my favorite places (“Joumana’s” chicken shawarma sandwich, how I have missed you) and met the wee baby Makayla for the first time.

Auntie Aimee with her adorable little niece Makayla and a cool, refreshing beverage of some sort.
Auntie Aimee with her adorable little niece Makayla and a cool, refreshing beverage of some sort.

The days just flew by and before I knew it, it was time to board a plane for the last leg of this mini-trek, to a little island in the Caribbean called Vieques.

Have you heard of Vieques? Neither had I until recently. It’s part of Puerto Rico, but is a separate island about 10 miles off the eastern coast of the Big Island (the place with the ‘A’ on it in the featured photo at the top of this post). It’s actually getting a little publicity right now due to a reality show on TLC called “Wedding Island” that is set here. Not really my kinda thing, but it is big news down here. Anyway, Vieques is where I am, and where I will continue to be till November. Why am I in Vieques? Well, four reasons –

Onyx, the boss. He's got a bum eye and few battle scars. He also is the first cat I have met that is polydactyl. He has 7 toes on each front paw, so they look a bit like catcher's mitts. He's a big softy, unless you  are a strange cat invading his turf.
Onyx, the boss. He’s got a bum eye and few battle scars. He also is the first cat I have met that is
polydactyl. He has 7 toes on each front paw, so they look a bit like catcher’s mitts. He’s a big softy,
unless you are a strange cat invading his turf.


Isabella. She's Onyx's sister and the yin to his yang. The most aloof, she took the longest to get used to me. She is also the easiest to photograph since she will stay put and check me out, whereas the others just come running for a pet and nuzzle (or maybe they're just looking for food).
Isabella. She’s Onyx’s sister and the yin to his yang. The most aloof, she took the longest to get used to
me. She is also the easiest to photograph since she will stay put and check me out, whereas the others
just come running for a pet and nuzzle (or maybe they’re just looking for food).


Esmeralda. The inside cat, she has a special status and she knows it. She does like to curl up next to me sometimes and I have to make sure the area is clear as she has no use or tolerance for laptops, cables or hard-drives.
Esmeralda. The inside cat, she has a special status and she knows it. She does like to curl up next to me sometimes and I have to make sure the area is clear as she has no use or tolerance for laptops, cables or hard-drives.


Star. The newcomer, her arrival has been grudging accepted by the others but there is still the occasional flareup. She also has a bum eye from her life on the streets.
Star. The newcomer, her arrival has been grudging accepted by the others but there is still the occasional flareup. She also has a bum eye from her life on the streets.


You see, they live here and their owner needed someone to look after them and his house while he was away. Long story short, I volunteered, he said “OK” and yada, yada, yada, I’m now a house-sitter and cat-care provider on a little island in the Caribbean. It isn’t a paid position, but the fringe benefits are awesome.
Mangoes are everywhere here!
Mangoes are everywhere here!


This beauty was in the tree next to the house and was at least 3 feet long from tip to tail. By the way, how is it that the SyFy Channel hasn't made a movie called "Biguana" yet? I'd totally watch that.
This beauty was in the tree next to the house and was at least 3 feet long from tip to tail. By the way,
how is it that the SyFy Channel hasn’t made a movie called “Biguana” yet? I’d totally watch that.


Did I mention the house was seaside?
Did I mention the house was seaside?


So that about catches me up. Look for more updates from beautiful Vieques in the coming weeks. Till then, hasta luego!

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