Puerto Rico in a... shell (or two)

Sights on Tomorrow

Vacation begins tomorrow at 2 p.m. and I AM SO READY.

I had the weekend from hell with an unfortunate situation at Ann's Airbnb + textbook scammy/scummy guests.


The "linty" stuff in this photo is water dripping from the bathroom above.

Long story short: I got a message with a bunch of photos of dripping water in the basement at 9:59pm on Friday, also that they hadn't had hot water all day, and, oh by the way, "we found a condom in our bed."

I'm almost as FURIOUS now as I was at 10:00 on Friday, and I think my face is just as red.

Rusty & I were there within minutes to assess, turn off the gas to the water heater, etc. There were supposed to be two guests, but it was evident that there were more, and it was all just so stupid... "we didn't want to cause problems" by telling me that there wasn't any hot water.

I got the plumber there as soon as I could on Saturday, and found that the guests had vacated without a word and basically incommunicado, which only added to my fury (the incommunicado part). (There was an exchange with Ann later that evening, along with a demand for a full refund, of course.) They didn't trash the place, thank god. Turns out, the threaded connection for the shower head gave out, likely hastened in part by some aggressive handling of the shower control (which will need to be replaced), so the water was just spewing out the pipe between the walls, and then through the floor, and on the water heater which caused it to kick out (and thankfully, not get toasted altogether). The alleged condom (complete with incredibly vague & generic photo) was allegedly found in the bedroom most recently occupied by Ann & Brian! She is more than a few years past menopause; the bed had been unmade/remade at least twice since the previous booking; and the description of where it was actually found was different from each of the allegedly offended parties. Dumbasses.

The plumber will be returning today to finish repairs... because there are new guests arriving on Friday! Rusty & I have to get the place shipshape tonight. I had a good head start over the weekend, so it shouldn't take too long.

I can't say I wasn't shaken quite a bit by the whole thing. I had my own gracious and respectful guests this weekend, so at least I got a little dose of GOOD.

Island breezes, crashing waves, tropical temperatures, sand between my toes... I hope it's enough!!

In other news, and as a palate cleanser...


Rusty & I had the kids on Thursday night for a few hours, as Ali attended the funeral of a friend from high school. All four kids are in that photo with Rusty -- can you pick them all out? Davy found the Cold Turkey Chicken Viking Hat that my co-quitter friend Ann made for me when we quit smoking -- almost 17 years ago! Isn't he adorable? I could spam you with a few more photos but I'll refrain.

Do you remember my weird amaryllis situation a while back? Kym had suggested that I cut it & plunk in water to see if it would at least bloom.


And it did! It's so pretty, and there might be another blossom or two yet to come. It was so nice to notice that yesterday!


I spent a little time with my spreadsheet for the Temperature Blanket, too. I finished the one for Rusty's panel, and got the data organized for all the other panels. There are a lot of color changes, but it's looking pretty great -- and I'm so curious to see how the other charts compare. Photos as soon as I get some good light!

I helped Mamie, the new owner of the coffee shop, with her first payroll yesterday, working out a couple of things she wants to do differently, and I'll continue helping with other bookkeeping for a few months... at least until her head stops spinning! She's got so much on her plate right now. I'm looking forward to closing the door for good on all that, but I'm not a jerk.

Yarn was wound and a few items gathered for possible vacation knitting/crocheting... I'm finding it hard to concentrate on that task. I have to figure it all out by tonight, though, because we're packing up tonight (after the Airbnb is set) and we're leaving right from work tomorrow afternoon.




Robby H.

Oof! Vacation here you come! Sending wishes for a speedy and smooth turnaround on Ann's place and a sandy, sunny vacation that makes you forget all of that.


You certainly need and deserve a vacation! I hope you get things straightened out as easily as possible and have no more scammy, scummy destructive guests. May karma bite them all on the butt and I hope your vacation is even better than you hope. Enjoy!


So glad you have something wonderful to distract you from the fury and disgust you deserve to have. What a horror for you (and Ann). Getting away and relaxing is just what the doctor ordered. The kids!!! So dang cute!

Margie D

So sorry the AirBnB guests were no bueno! Hopefully you'll be able let it go while on vacation. Enjoy your time away!


Oh, Vicki! Some people are such assholes. Can you leave a review about THEM so other hosts know??? Is there any recourse???? Anyway. You CERTAINLY deserve a lovely vacation! Enjoy every moment! Bon voyage, my friend! (And I'm so glad you got a bloom out of that goofy amaryllis.) XO


Have a fun and restful vacation. Sounds like you really need it.

And may karma come to bite the ass of your horrible AirBnB guests.


I guess the good news is that it's taken this long to have a bad guest experience? But still, I wish that hadn't happened to you and I hope they have some consequences for what they did. Vacation will be all the sweeter for the struggle to get there!


Sorry about the jerks. I don't know what is wrong with some people. I think it's a very good thing that vacation is coming up so quickly -- you have more than earned the break!

Love the kiddo pile. Junah looks so big in relation to the others!


I hope you left a scathing review for those toadish 'guests' (I use that term very loosely! Oy... what asshats!)

I am so glad that you are on your way to someplace warm and wonderful. May those ocean breezes just blow those jerks right out of your memory!

Susanne Scheurwater

so sorry for the asshats that entered your sphere!! It takes just one......
Hope your vacation is all you want it to be and more! Have a wonderful one!


How awful those scam artists were. I hope you can report them to AirBnB. Glad you had some nice guests of your own. May your well earned vacay refresh and revive you. Love the pic of Rusty and all the kiddos. Davy is such a cutie-post all the pix you want of him.

gale Z

Wishing you a FABULOUS and well deserved vacation. Those "guests" sound despicable, so sorry! Having a bad renter really leaves a nasty feeling....becasue who acts like that???? ugh. Have an extra margarita and foret about'em!
PS grandkids adorable and how is Junah looking that old????


I can only hope y'all are having a fantastic time and remembering cute smiling little kid faces and not the ugh from those last folks at Ann's. ENJOY!!!!

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