If you need a refuge for reading, writing, crafting, making art, or contemplating, my quiet home is the place. Summer in Tucson can be a challenge, but the cool mornings and operatic summer storms make it worthwhile.
I need a nonsmoking sitter for my home, dog, and houseplants, from June 23 to July 15, 2018. The dog is an energetic Brittany Spaniel who needs walking each day; a firm hand is essential as he likes to pull on the leash. He is elderly and friendly but not overwhelmingly so.
The air-conditioned house is on the corner of two dead end streets in midtown Tucson. The neighborhood is very quiet but within a five-minute drive to Trader Joe's, Starbucks, Costco, and local restaurants. It is a 15 minute drive to Sabino Canyon, and 45 minutes to Mt. Lemmon, where temps are degrees cooler. Tucson is a very bike-friendly city with over 100 miles of shared paths that follow along the river banks surrounding the city.
You would arrive before my departure to learn the dog's habits, house and plant care, and the neighborhood. There will be a detailed information packet with all sorts of resources, plus an easy to follow day-by-day To Do list. A interview would be helpful, though not required, to get to know one another. Alternatively, if you are planning to be in the Tucson area beforehand, we can meet in person at my house.
The guest room is small but comfortable with two twin Posturepedic beds, bedside table, luggage racks, and closet. There is a small studio next to the guest room with a drafting table, table easel, taboret, and writing table for your creative activities. The guest bath is just down the hall and has a full tub and ShowerMassage unit.
The house is furnished with an eclectic mix of Southern antiques, trash pile finds, and objects from many countries. The bamboo flooring in the bedrooms and slate floors in the rest of the house make for a very low-maintenance house. There is a garage with automatic door for your car (up to Forester size). A front-loading washing machine is in the garage; my dryer is a clothesline, also in the garage. There is wifi throughout the house, but no TV. An old-school stereo system with lots of CDs and even vinyl might keep you entertained.
The property is landscaped with native plants and is virtually no-maintenance. Potted plants inside and out will need watering. Enjoy your morning coffee or tea outside on a seating wall or in the comfortable patio chairs, serenaded by many species of birds.
The kitchen is equipped for a cook. It has everything you might need except a microwave--I cook real food! Pots of herbs growing outside will brighten up your meals.
A car of your own is a must.