Washington State housesit on the banks of the Nooksack River

House Sitter Needed for Username: MiddleForkRiver   


Posted or Updated: Apr 19,2024   Applications: 3

Mt. Baker Foothills, Deming
Whatcom,Washington United States

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From: Sep 14,24  
To:      Oct 11,24
Days:  28, Short Medium Term

We seek a responsible person (or couple) who generally likes staying home and is in a position to watch our pets and property. While I am inclined to think that would mean older folks beyond the temptations of youth and irresponsibility, we'd certainly consider anyone who matched our needs. And, of course, someone who enjoys pets, in this case our two rescues: Mia, a chihuahua mix from Oaxaca, and Baillie, a border collie from eastern Washington. It seems that we just have an affection for rescues. And sorry, but you have to  maintain a no-tobacco and no-overnight-guest policy. Pretend you are in a monastery or convent, perhaps.

We live on a dead-end country road in the woods on the Nooksack River's Middle Fork. If you are attracted to tranquil forest settings, are inclined to curl up with a good book or glass of wine, you will probably find that it's pretty nice here. You may end up feeling like a park ranger; at least we do. We've been here 42 years and have the company of good, helpful neighbors. That just sweetens our existence.

Clearly our sitter will have to favor this kind of setting. We want someone who is willing to stick around, notwithstanding shopping or a stroll on the road.

You'll need a car. The weather, given that it will be entering fall, will range from highs in the low 60s to lows, perhaps, in the high 30s or low 40s.  And maybe rain; maybe not.

There are nice local spots (a dandy pub and restaurant a few miles north, others a few miles south) and a full grocery store 8 miles west toward Bellingham. And a wonderful local library in the metropolis of Deming, about 5 miles down the road. In fact, we're on the library board and we--the community--actually own it. It's a pleasant, slow existence and stands in sharp contrast to my own upbringing in Southern California.

Truthfully, the setting is gorgeous if you like nature: deer pass through, beaver occasionally swim up the river, bear have strolled by occasion (even a cougar), eagles perch in the trees and salmon spawn in season.

Our neighbors are wonders. To the east is the home of dear friend of over 40 years, a retired Los Angeles police officer, so you can feel secure. To the west a blueberry field owned by a delightful couple from Seattle. And the road has little traffic as it's dead end. You don't have to go far to find someone with whom you can share a cup of coffee.

There are places to walk, with the dogs and without. A hike up the Van Zandt Dike nearly from the front door. The river is there to be explored, even fishing in season. A couple of camp chairs can be planted along the river and a bit of wine or a fine pint go a long ways toward calming your soul.

We even have bikes you can ride when the weather allows, high speed internet (DSL, so not Seattle high speed but good enough to stream), large screen tv, the usual accouterments, and cell coverage.

We are headed to Portugal and our departure is September 17 and return October 10.  If you could arrive around September 14 or so, we'd have time to acquaint you.  And we have a guesthouse next door on a couple of acres that, when your house sitting is done, you are welome to stay in for another week if you want to explore the area more deeply.

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