Johanne and I have been house and pet sitting for 18 months now and we love every moment. It has its challenges but they a minuscule compared the joys we are experiencing.
So don’t get me wrong I would not change our lifestyle for anything. I do however want to share with you two things, that when combined, add a sense of pure luxury to any house sit: a fluffy- soft pillow top mattress and fresh local coffee.
Now we have learned that “fluffy-soft” and “fresh” are relative in nature. Much like: “no mosquitoes here” and “my dogs never bark”, these terms are subject to wide interpretation.
Let me paint for you my perfect house sit. The owners have left us the keys to their clean and comfortable home; they will be away six weeks. The fridge is full of fresh local fruits and veggies, the private pool is just a few steps from the living area.
The delightful pets are low maintenance and a joy to care for. Getting the picture?
Morning sunlight warms my face and a soothing ocean breeze ruffles the curtains. We are lying on a cloud, a king sized cloud at that. Down filled pillows cradle our heads. As we arise, there are no stiff joints or cramped muscles, our entire beings have been thoroughly replenished. Waking on a cloud brings a smile to my existence.
Into the kitchen we glide where the day begins. With care and attention, exotic local coffee beans are ground to perfection. By a simple process their richness is turned into liquid gold and my senses come alive with anticipation.
Pouring the elixir into mugs turns whole milk a lovely teak. The aroma is divine!!
Johanne and I settle on soft chairs and marvel at our surroundings. We hold hands and clasp our prized mugs with the other. Full bodied, full-sized (Vancouver sized) cups of java. Simple indulgence at its fullest.
We share our dreams and contemplate the day in front of us. It is a moment to appreciate the fullness of life. A life so rich that I ask for a top up! On many days it is served with a slice of homemade banana bread. A few simple pleasures have turned this perfect house sit to extraordinary.
I raise my coffee mug to you and hope that all of your future sits are filled with fluffy-soft luxury.
Although I have been in Mexico more than a dozen times I always find pleasant new surprises. It is a country so rich in history and interesting geography.
Currently we are vising Quintana Roo, the state that forms the eastern part of the Yucatan peninsula.
According to the guide books Chetumal was suppose to be a place that was not worth visiting however Johanne and I found it to be most enjoyable. It is very safe and largely overlooked by the Cancun crowd.
Clean and quiet a wonderful malacon stretching for miles along the Caribbean shore.
How can you not love a place that has a statue of Bob Marley?
We had a wonderful house sitting assignment that allowed us to become immersed in Island Life. “Oh what lovely pets and kind owners”.
Ocho and Queenie
Merida, Mexico – 2 Short Term Sits
Sept., 2016: We were very fortunate to have the pleasure of minding two families in the heart of Merida. These mini sits looking after charming cats and dogs allowed us to enjoy everything that Merida has to offer.
Playa Sisal, Mexico- 18 days
Sept.-Oct., 2016: What a joy it was to discover this isolated corner of the Yucatan.
When we first contemplated the opportunity of pet sitting for 12 rescue dogs we had a lot of questions. How will this work, who feeds them, how do you walk 12 dogs, what are we saying yes to?
The Beach Crew
Actually it worked very well, Karen has done a wonderful job of providing a loving home for these beautiful animals. Overall, the dogs are very well behaved and it was a such pleasure to spend time there.
Thank you to Karen and her mom for sharing the joy!! Hugs
If you are looking for a very cool place to escape to, take a look at Karen’s vacation rental property directly on the beach. A more peaceful place would be difficult to find.
Sept.,2016. We had the pleasure of sitting for our new friends Vikki and Carlos in Caucel, a suburb of Merida. They have a successful property management business and are pet sitters themselves, so they knew what is important to owners who leave their property to house sitters.
3 playful cats
1 lovely rescue dog
Oascar the rescue turtle
beautiful song birds
We were amazed at how much fun turtle watching can be!
“Thank you again for a job well done with heart and soul”
Vikki and Carlos, Merida
Laguna De Apoyo – 4.5 months
April. to Sept., 2016: As we were leaving, we found it was very difficult to say good bye to our newly adopted family. Yes, house sitters do become attached to the pets!!
and a lovely cat
There were so many happy moments spent caring for this crew.
This is one of those very special assignments that will always be close to our hearts.
We hope to return often to visit with the wonderful owners and their pets.
Pica, Bella, Simba and Teddy the inhaler.
“We highly recommend Doug and Johanne for any and all house/pet sitting positions. Doug and Johanne took wonderful care of our 5 dogs, 1 cat, paraketes, chickens and turkeys while we were visiting with family in the United States for 4 1/2 months”.
Gazing out over what remains of a once great civilization, so many questions arise.
Pyramid of the Soothsayer
Many of the answers remain a mystery today particularly what transpired to cause such a rapid and dramatic decline to this once powerful civilization?
Founded around 700 AD the Mayan center of Uxmal was the home of approx. 25,000 people. It is said to be the most majestic of all the Mayan cities. There is much Mayan mythology about the city once being ruled by Dwarfs.
I found it interesting that this center was built where there was no cenote for water as is the case with other site.
Getting up is the easy part.
We were extremely impressed at how well preserved and presented this UNESCO location is and our 3 hour walk about was very enlightening.
Johanne and I have found this to be a very safe and comfortable city offering many enchanting plazas and parks. Strolling the tree lined streets we discover a variety of interesting nooks and crannies.
There is free nightly entertainment at various locations in the historical district where you can experience a real local flavour.
Every Sunday they close off much of the old city around the Plaza Grande so that families can ride bicycles together.
Artists and musicians add to the relaxed atmosphere and there is great street food to experience.
It is a city steeped with culture and tradition, plus it offers a high quality of life to its residents and guests. We are always greeted with warm and welcoming smiles.
The city is also an ideal starting point for visiting the pristine beaches
along the Gulf of Mexico as well as the numerous nearby Mayan sites such as: