About Di & Cliff
Hi! We are city folks who retired early and moved to the country 10+ years ago. We're responsible, conscientious folks (yes, even the teens!) with experience owning/maintaining a big city house as well as 34 rural acres with a variety of animals. I (Dianna) am a mom who loves live theatre, organic gardening, and a good book. I lead two reading g...
Hi! We are city folks who retired early and moved to the country 10+ years ago. We're responsible, conscientious folks (yes, even the teens!) with experience owning/maintaining a big city house as well as 34 rural acres with a variety of animals. I (Dianna) am a mom who loves live theatre, organic gardening, and a good book. I lead two reading groups in our small town, one for high school kids, the other for younger kids. I’ve traveled for business and pleasure, and would love to get back into travel mode!Cliff runs a non-profit agency in a nearby town, and has done lots of volunteer work since selling his business. Our girls have been homeschooled their whole lives. One has just started university (all San Antonio-area housesitting opportunities are most welcome!), the other is taking dual-credit classes at a local university. Both are mature and responsible … and are animal lovers excited about the prospect of playing with new dogs, cats, etc.
Why we want to house sit
My grandmother inspired my interest in travel from the time I was young until she retired from foreign service, teaching me to pack lightly and think big. I want to do the same for my daughters. A friend who housesits through Trusted House Sitters suggested this approach since it fits with how we want to travel, not as quick-trip hotel tourists, but as settle-in and soak-up-daily-life visitors.There's also the added bonus of having a kitchen available. Dianna loves to cook!P.S. We have a daughter in college in San Antonio, and are always looking for excuses to visit. Housesits in the Texas Hill Country and San Antonio areas are always welcome!
We can offer a flexible, responsible, mature approach to normal household issues and animal-sitting, as well as garden maintenance. Because we homeschool and live on acreage (34 acres outside a very small town), all of us have a fair amount of experience with day-to-day upkeep of a home, property, and animals. We’ve had horses, ducks, chickens, a rabbit, cats, and a dog. We “babysat” pet rats for traveling friends, and checked on friends’ property when they were traveling.I’m also a bit of a neat freak and very organized. The kids can chant my "leave it better than you found it" mantra before I get past the first syllable, they’ve heard it so often. We’re flexible about living arrangements, too. We lived for many years in a big city (Houston, TX, USA) before moving to rural East Texas. We love big-city life for its theatre, food variety, and activity, but we very much appreciate the quiet, green, and pace of country life, too. My girls and I treasure our “theatre weekends” when we travel to shows and eat ethnic food you just can’t find in East Texas! I've traveled for business and pleasure, and am not intimidated by different forms of transportation and food, among other things. My Asian hosts on one business trip repeatedly commented on how unusually accepting of local food and customs I was. For a trip to Central America, I revived my college Spanish well enough to get around just fine. I’ve not traveled internationally in a while, but I have enough experience not to be shy about it.Between the two of us, Cliff and I have worked at a multi-national corporation and several non-profits, as well as owned two successful businesses. We’re hands-on folks who can find our way around a garden, a profit/loss sheet, and a curriculum plan equally well.Perhaps just as important is what we *don't* bring to the table ... we don't smoke, we're not partiers or heavy drinkers, and we don't have legal troubles or criminal records.We ARE, however, ready to hit the road, house-sitting style!