Why I want to house sit
I am always looking for enriching journeys and life experiences. Different cultures, different types of food, habits, interesting people and their life stories, these are things I am always curious about. My work allowed me to travel to United Arabian Emirates, Greece, and since 2017 I have been living in England and turned into a Yorkshire tea drinker! (a drop of honey, 2 slices of lemon and, of course, mince pies. Yum!)
At this time, I am starting a new chapter in London!I love its pace and beautiful energy,and I am happy to spend my free time outdoors.
I've been having pets since I was a child: dogs, hens,chickens, turtles, hamsters,parrots and Guinea pigs. I am absolutely in love with horses, even if I couldn't afford to have one of my own. My best friend in my childhood was my dog, a boxer who used to snore under my window. We used to play football together and hide and seek .
I can't even begin to tell you what was happening when he couldn't find me!Let's just say the natural order of things in the house was completely turned into chaos, and when I would finally come out of my hiding place, he would be so upset, he wouldn't "talk" to me for a whole day....
I became a total cat lover 2 years ago. A very dear friend gave me a cat. On Christmas, I was very sick with a terrible cold, fever, coughing, and a lot of pain. My cat came to my bed and wiped the tears from my eyes with her paws, curled near me to keep me warm and finally sat near my pillow and guarded me all night. She didn't move until I was finally able to come down from the bed. I opened the door and she ran outside in the yard...poor thing, she kept it all night!
My work took me to quite a few places in the world,and, even if I am a marketing and sales professional,with a B.A. in Economics, I have been doing many other different jobs.
I lived and worked in Greece, in 2009, being responsible for the smooth daily running of a 14 rooms family hotel: starting with fixing the morning coffee for the tourists and continuing with keeping them entertained, and willing to come back the next year, and making sure the whole place was always impeccably clean. Each room was cleaned up,and the linen and towels refreshed every 2 nights.
The most funny part of that hotel was the group of 30 plus cats.....yes, 30 plus! The owner of the hotel was a huge cat lover, and a part of my job was to feed them everyday and make sure they kept happy and playful. As a thank you, the cats kept on bringing me all kind of trophies....not all of them a pleasant or even a desirable view on the hotel steps in the morning.
Couple of months later, in November 2009, my best friend and mentor got sick, so I moved in with her to help her get back on her feet. As she was bed ridden, I became her carer and advocate, making sure that she and everything she owned were safe and protected and doing everything in my power to help her get well, wearing all the hats that I had to wear: carer, mother, nurse, jester, doctor, entrepreneur etc etc But that's too long and too painful story to be told. Let me just say that, out of all my experiences, this was the most life changing, eye opening and awakening one. It made me a better person and made me rethink everything I had taken for granted until then.
Strictly regarding house maintenance, I always made sure that the house and especially the kitchen were impeccably clean, as I was always cooking for her a few times a day. Her health improvement was very much related with eating freshly cooked, nutritious food everyday. I took care of my beloved friend and her property for seven years,during which time I learned how to cook very well and how to take care of the garden. I planted many trees, roses and took care of them so they grew and blossomed beautifully. I am happy to have saved 3 Christmas trees which are now growing tall and strong.
In 2016, I did house and cat sitting for a friend for 2 weeks, while she was on vacation. She had a lovely Siamese cat that gave birth to 2 kittens! I took them all to the vet, helped the cat learn the proper position to feed the kittens. I built a wooden house for the mother and the babies, put insulation to make sure that both the mother and the babies were safe and warm. During a sunny day, I took the mother and the babies out for a picnic! She left the kittens in my care, curled nearby under the shade of a tree and slept, while I kept the kittens near me on the blanket. If you want to see this lovely cat picnic, please open the video playlist in my profile and have a good laugh!
In 2017 I came to UK- a long time dream coming true!- and, for a while, I worked as a live in carer. My client was a lady with dementia. Her being mentally incapacitated required a very delicate and careful approach on all daily tasks, in close collaboration with the family and social services,to make sure herself and her property are safe and well looked after.The mental health committee rated her as having 10 out of 10 level of care,meaning she was safe, happier than before, eating very well and being very tidy. Part of my responsibility was also preventing my client from reaching the gas, sharp kitchen tools, and anything that might have endangered her or her property.
Presently, I am saving money to buy my own house and l wothe big lovely city of London. I will happily meet you on Skype for a pre meeting! Since I was working as a live in carer, I have done the special DBS check for the people working with vulnerable adults and children, and I will gladly show it to you.