We posted this ad a few weeks ago, but our housecarer fell through--so we're still looking! We're ideally looking for someone who can arrive December 26 and leave January 3, 2021, but if you can't do all those dates, we might be able to work with you--we could get family & friends to swing by in the interim.
About logistics and covid-19 safety:
We've been very careful to stay isolated during the pandemic, especially because one of us is immunocompromised. Both of us have been healthy and we've kept our house clean, so you should be safe here. We ask that during your stay, you also follow all safety guidelines issued by health agencies: avoid indoor public spaces except for necessities like groceries, wear a mask during those times, attend social gatherings only outdoors and keeping six feet apart, avoid anyone who may be sick, and wash hands frequently. We also hope to find someone who can travel here by car and not plane, and who doesn't live too far away--especially since there's always the chance that laws or illness could cause plans to change at the last minute.
All that said, now for the fun stuff! :)
We have two sweet kitties, a brother and sister who sometimes snuggle together; they are shy at first but love people and laps. We're hoping to find a cat lover who can keep them company. Both cats are gentle and shy, so we're especially looking for someone quiet, gentle, and comfortable administering a simple liquid med (read on...).
Bear, our tuxedo, has either feline IBD or small-cell lymphoma--we think just IBD, because he's had no symptoms in the past year except lethargy. Poor little guy!! He just needs one easy med once per day, liquid prednisolone administered through his mouth, which he doesn't mind too much. To help him with the stress of our leaving, the more snuggles he gets from you, the better. :)
Our home is cute and quiet, 1500 square feet including 2 bedrooms (one of which is also the TV "den"), 1.5 bathrooms, a living room, "bonus" office room, and sunroom with skylights. The sunroom is our favorite space in the house: out the French doors is a covered back patio leading to the terraced backyard. The front of the house has another nice porch area that gets lots of afternoon sun. We have WiFi; TV with so-so reception; and a DVD player; we don't have cable. The house is shaded and stays cool during hot weather with ductless AC units, and cozy in winter months.
We're situated just an eight-minute walk from Multnomah Village, a beloved little Southwest Portland shopping area with cafes, pubs, restaurants, a local bookstore, and antiques. (Cafes, pubs, and restaurants currently offer takeout.) The 44 bus stops two blocks from our house and runs downtown every 15 minutes--downtown is a 15-min bus ride away, or 10 min by car. Also nearby are several parks: Spring Garden Park has walking paths and is just a block away; Gabriel and Woods Memorial Parks are larger with more forested trails and are within a 10- to 15-minute walk. (All are open.) Our home and neighborhood are the ideal place to feel quiet and peaceful while still being very close to Portland's attractions.
Let us know if you're interested or have any questions. Kili and Bear would love to meet you!
Katie & Ron