The sitters we had lined up for January have just told us that they can't do the last couple of weeks, from January 17 or 18. Can you help?
Our house is on 5 acres just outside Corvallis, an appealing (approx. 50,000) university town in the Willamette Valley.
Corvallis is about 1.5 hours from the Oregon coast, Portland, and the Cascade Mountains. Even better -- we think -- is the outstanding extensive network of hiking and biking trails 10 minutes drive from our house in the forests owned by the OSU College of Forestry.
We have a small flock of chickens and ducks and geese, and we sell eggs to regular customers; a sitter would need to close the birds into their house in the evening, let them out in the morning; collect the eggs and put them into an outside fridge for customers to pick up; and make sure that the birds have food and water.
Our dog will also be here. She is an older border collie/retriever mix. She has been left with sitters before, and done well. She is used to walking in the woods once a day.
We recently acquired a cat. She is mostly outdoors but shows up a couple of times a day for food and affection.
We built our own house. Like most owner builders, we have not quite finished it -- some windows have no trim, there is a part of a wall by the stairs with no drywall. But most people think it's a great house. That said, if you are used to a suburban ranch house and a house cleaner, this is not the house for you. There is wifi and satellite TV. Downstairs is one big open space (plus mudroom, laundry room). There is a bedroom with a queen bed upstairs for the sitter(s), as well as two bathrooms, one up, one down. I can send photos of the house.
There is also a newer building (that was professionally built) with a shop, a music room, and an exercise room. There are two queen futon beds out there (but no bathroom).
Obviously, it's not going to be as wonderful a place in January as in July, unless you work at home or just want to watch a lot of Netflix. We have ductless heating and a woodstove that we rarely use now.