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The art of house sitting

May 1, 2013 - Pam Rodgers

Admittedly, house sitting for my brother while he has been in China has been a very easy task. He doesn’t have a dog or a cat to feed. The only plants he has are outside and thanks to the inconsistent weather, they are not ready to do anything with. The biggest task I’ve had to do was mow his yard on Tuesday.

Perhaps this is why I volunteered for the job.

The main reason I’m there is to get his mail and show a presence at the house so it doesn’t look empty. I believe I’ve been doing the job very well.

Staying at his house has benefited me more than anything. I have a short drive to work, which helps me save on gas. He has a well stocked pantry and refrigerator that he said I was welcome to use. And, I’m used to staying there because of my night shifts and on bad weather days. It’s really my second home.

It’s a pretty sweet deal.

However being the kind of person I am, I feel obligated to help James in return and not be a freeloader. I have his mail sorted into three neat piles: urgent, need to see and junk mail. I have done some laundry in his absence, cleaned his garage and done some general cleaning and house keeping. I think it will be nice for him to come back to a tidy house, especially since he will be dealing with some wicked jet lag.

All I have left that I wanted to get done is make the beds, vacuum and clean the bathrooms. Guess which one I’m procrastinating on the most. ;)



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