One lively kitty in quiet Cape Cod home
As a biologist (I work with insects), I enjoy nature, the outdoors, travel, and gardening. Since my household now includes a cat, I know I'll occasionally need a pet sitter when I travel for work or vacation, and my cat would prefer having a live-in sitter than a drop-in visitor. Kiri really likes to play! I
Our Home & Location
My home is in a quiet residential neighborhood across the street from a large pond. The house has two levels, the upper level with two bedrooms, bath, kitchen, living room with picture windows, and deck, and the lower level with a large bedroom, two sets of glassed doors facing the pond, a bath, and laundry room. Alas, it has no fireplace or wood stove, but it has central heating and air conditioning. The yard is mostly wooded but I've planted pollinator gardens both in shade and sun, including a dry-wall terrace garden for perennials and vegetables.
The kitchen is fully equipped with the standard appliances. There's an outdoor gas grill on the deck and another on the porch on the lower level....
Santuit Pond across the street is used mostly for fishing and paddling. I offer a one-person sit-on kayak and a two-person canoe, which you can launch within minutes. The pond is surrounded by trees and homes. The neighborhood is great for walking or cycling, and is near nature trails.
A four-minute drive will get you to a nice swimming beach on a pond, but drives to ocean beaches take about 25 minutes.
Grocery stores are 10 minutes drive away in three directions, while a large selection of shops and restaurants is 10 minutes away at the Mashpee Commons.
Public transport on Cape Cod is sparse and not within a comfortable walking distance from my house.
In season, outdoor activities on Cape Cod include swimming, whale watching, paddle boarding, hiking nature trails and the National Seashore, golfing, birdwatching, fishing, and cycling. The Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich is a must-see, with a carousel, art exhibition hall, a children's fun area, windmill, and car museum among the gardens. Indoor activities include the Benjamin Nye House and Hoxie House in Sandwich, which offer glimpses into the homes and lives of early European settlers, and Highfield Hall in Falmouth, which showcases the summer home and gardens of a wealthy family in the 1800s to early 1900s. The Sandwich Glass Museum has a vast collection of glass objects and molds, and highlights the local manufacture and use of glass tableware and lamps in homes in the 1800s. The Brewster Natural History Museum, several Audubon wildlife sanctuaries, and the Woods Hole Aquarium highlight the local fauna and flora.
Don’t miss art, food, and theatre in Provincetown; the story of wireless communication at the Chatham MARCONI-RCA WIRELESS MUSEUM (the site of the US Navy’s top-secret “Station C” during World War II, where it intercepted and decoded German U-Boat signals); and the J.F. Kennedy Museum in Hyannis. There are theaters, music, and educational lectures all over the Cape. Route 6A is the most scenic road on the Cape, past villages, woodlands, marshes, mansions, antique shops, art galleries, and restaurants.
A little further away and off Cape, the Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth is a living museum of native Wampanoag and Pilgrim village life soon after the Pilgrims arrived; the history of whaling and natural history of whales is at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford; there are opulent mansions open to tourists in Newport, RI. And it’s easy to see a bit of Boston in a day. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
During July 1 to July 28, 2018, my sitters will stay in the upstairs quarters because there will be Airbnb guests in the lower level. You will not need to interact with them unless you want to. I'll explain more if you're interested in sitting here. I may also take Kiri away with me. If she's here, responsibilities include feeding Kiri twice a day and playing with her; she also likes to be walked around the yard in her harness. She's an indoor cat, so you would need to scoop out her litter box every two days and replenish it. In summer, please water potted plants by hand (when needed, a few times a week) and possibly some of the yard (the hoses are very light). In winter, please stock the bird feeder and water the indoor plants once a week. In case of snow, you will want to park at the bottom of the driveway and you may need to dig out your car and shovel a narrow path to the door. Snow is more likely in January and February than in other months.