Hello! I have been living in Penticton BC, Canada for the last nine years and prior to that lived in California and Arizona for 19 years. I have dual Canada/ USA citizenship so now that I am retired, I plan to spend much of the winter in warmer places. Aeither in the USA or abroad
Last winter I spent the winter travelling in the southern USA with a few months in Key West Florida and a house sit in San Diego. I also did a sit in North Vancouver Canada in the early spring of 2019.
This year 2019 into 2020 I am traveling in Southeast Asia. Vietnam, Thailand, Bali Indonesia so far.
Prior to this year I went through a phase of staying put in Canada and not been traveling very much. Though previously, I have done sits in Sedona, AZ, San Antonio, Texas, Monterey, Ca North Sanich, BC, Canada, Squamish, BC Canada and an extended sit (over a year) in Tucson AZ. Over the years I have cared for dogs, cats a rabbit and birds. I have had the pleasure of tending to some lovely homes and gardens with great care as well.
For the past 28 years I have been self employed as a professional massage therapist and some time as an instructor of massage. I held on to my office in downtown Penticton, Canada in case I wasn’t certain of retirement. Now that I’ve been traveling all winter, I’m feeling certain and embracing the retirement lifestyle.
I have also done a bit of work creating videos, managing social media and building s for people promoting their businesses. I like creative projects but I’ve yet to decide what’s next. For now, I’m enjoying travel
Some other details. I was born in Toronto, Canada and spent many years there working in social services. Though I still have family there in Toronto, I prefer small town life and I adore BC with mountains lakes and wide open wild nature.
I like to garden, do photography, I have lots of friends in Penticton and I'm quite social though I also appreciate quiet. I like to read, meditate, hike/ walk- travel and explore new places.
I have taken great care of my own homes both as an owner and renter, including doing basic maintenance and repairs. Have lived a number of times in other peoples homes, caring for their pets and property and I and understand the importance of doing this with attentive and loving care. I am reliable, considerate and trustworthy. You can be assured great care of your pets and your home.
I have had wonderful flower and vegetable gardens and enjoy doing this work. Have had dear pets of my own (dogs, cats, birds and fish) as well as having helped to care for those of others.
If we live some distance away from each other, I can video interview with you on , , What'sApp or Facetime (free online internet video) I have a Canadian phone # but it is just going to voic till I return to Canada. That number is connected to if you use that service. Otherwise you could me.
Because I'm a videographer, I have video taped many of my house sit and character references, twelve videos in total. I am happy to send links of these to potential homes I apply to sit. There is only provision for one video on the Housecarers site but I have many more.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs and plans. I look forward to chatting. Thanks for your consideration, Rita