This September found us back on island for a work trip to install 18 new sliding glass doors. Yes, 18. As we landed in St. Thomas, my hurricane app notified me of 2 storms brewing. This got me thinking about the Buffett song (and Kenny Chesney's cover of it on his latest album).
... Big storms coming soon
I passed out in my hammock
God, I slept way past noon
Stood up and tried to focus
I hoped I wouldn't have to look far
I knew I could use a Bloody Mary
So I stumbled next door to the bar
And now I must confess
I could use some rest
I can't run at this pace very long
Yes, it's quite insane
I think it hurts my brain
But it cleans me out and then I can go on..
Great Expectations made it through the 2017 storm season with a few bumps and bruises, and we’ve invested heavily in making the property stronger than ever.
Most predictions were that we would have a mild season. We did. Florida and the Carolinas didn’t. Our maintenance guru’s home island, Dominica, got some big winds and water again like last year. St. John received some much needed rain multiple times this fall as systems passed mostly south of us.
The 2018 season has come and gone and we’ve owned the villa for just over 10 months now. If you have been keeping track, we have spent a lot of time & money focusing on constant upgrades. We’re proud to have enough solar and battery storage to run off grid for days without sun, years with daily sun. This September/October we worked 10+ hrs a day, nearly every day, to make each group of guests vacations even better:
After a dozen trips to Home Depot on St. Thomas and 11 disappointments, we've learned a couple of big lessons:
Next week we're shipping down new wall safes for each room, new shower heads and replacement faucets for some bathrooms, and new bedding for 2 more rooms. It's a never-ending labor of love being a Villa Owner.
Some complain about the daily struggles of island living; I think we spent our entire lives training for this next stage on St. John.