Surviving Irma

Well, history says there has never been a direct hurricane hit on our part of the North Coast. We thought for sure Irma would break that historical record and prepared accordingly. We boarded up almost all of the ocean-facing windows on both levels (we ran out of...

The Golden Gate Bridge Syndrome

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and we always classified never-ending cycles as the Golden Gate Bridge syndrome – once they finished painting the bridge, it was time to start over on the other end. That’s kind of what’s going on at Villa Samia these days....

Crazy in the DR

Our recent trip to Santo Domingo to finish our residency renewal process was bizarre on so many levels. I don’t even know where to start! We chose to take the Metro bus because managing a car in Santo Domingo is just such a huge hassle. Metro has historically used...

Back to Santo Domingo

Tomorrow we head back to Santo Domingo to finish up the residency process. Plus I have any appointment with the eye doctor. So it will be a busy day on Monday with an 11 AM bus return on Tuesday. We are hoping to get both the residency card, which you have to get from...

Dr. Bob to the Rescue

A couple weeks ago, one of our dogs, Samantha, had some kind of episode. She was literally screaming for an hour, then only yelping every once in a while. Of course, these things always happen on a Saturday night. By Sunday morning, she seemed fine, except for...