I am going to be a snowbird and/or traveling during January, February, March, April and possibly May of I am looking for someone to stay in my house, and take care of my beloved cat, Nigel Henry while I am gone. Nigel is a very sweet red tabby (think Morris). He loves to snuggle and has a great purr! He will need to sleep with you, as he does with me.
Rochester is a wonderful area if you love winter sports. There is cross country skiing in the numerous parks, where there is also sledding and ice skating. There are several ski slopes within a 50 mile radius for those who like downhill.
If you are more the indoor type, Rochester has many museums, theaters, galleries and a vibrant art and music scene. When Spring comes (late Arpil) there are lilacs and tulips and daffodils all over, as well as the famous Rochester Lilac Festival. Of course, much of this is closed due to COVID 19, but will start to open up again when the vaccines are available, and warmer weather arrives.
My house is a three story Tudor with three bedrooms and 1 full and 2 half bathrooms. The house has high speed internet and cable TV with Roku for Amazon Prime, Britbox and Acorn, among others. I will take care of all the household bills, so you just get to relax, be purred at, and enjoy all Rochester has to offer.
You will need to have your own vehicle. Rochester has public transportation, but it is not the best. It is a hub system, so you have to go downtown and transfer in order to get anywhere! That is very time consuming! The closest grocery store is about 2 miles away but by bus it is a 10 mile/ 3.5 hour bus trip, not counting shopping time.
I take care to make sure my housesitters are comfortable and happy in my home. I arrange to have the driveway plowed when it snows. I introduce my housesitters to my friends and neighbors who will act as "back up" if needed. Chewy delivers Nigel's food and litter (clay, clumping) on a regular basis so you will never have to purchase cat food. I have a very detailed House Sitters' Handbook with all the information you might need in it. (Thanks to previous house sitters who have helped me add things I did not think about.)
Since I pay all the bills, I just ask one other thing of my house sitters. I ask that they send me a Priority Mail envelope every week with the bills in it. I provide the self addressed, stamped envelopes and a list of what to send (and what not to send). All the house sitter has to do is take the envelope to the post office every Tuesday. The postoffice is only about 1 mile (maybe a little more) from my house.
I am booked on a cruise to England on April 22, but I really doubt that will happen. If it does, then I will be home around the 16th of April, stay long enough to unload the car, do a some laundry, pack for the trip, and leave again on the 21st of April, returning near the end of May.
But, I doubt that trip will happen, and in that case I will be home the 2nd or 3rd of May.
This is a long "ad" but I wanted to try to cover all the bases.
Thank you for considering spending a winter in Rocheste with the cutest cat ever. Some of my previous housesitters have agreed to let me give a prospective sitter their s addresses so that you can ask them any questions you might have about what I do for house sitters.
Ann and Nigel