We are a healthy, active retired professional couple in our mid sixties from Calgary Alberta Canada. I (Ernie Ferster) worked in the oil & gas and coal mining industries in Canada and the USA as an Engineering Technologist and my spouse (Karen Woycenko) worked her entire career in Calgary as a high school teacher. Both of us have worked continually for over 30 years and have been retired now for several years.
We lead an active lifestyle and enjoy skiing, biking, walking, hiking, golfing, snorkeling, yoga, skating, etc. Karen is a former world level champion baton twirler and international judge and currently does some technical consulting work for local clubs and instructors. Since retiring, Ernie has spent some time volunteering at a local golf course and doing some part time work as an Extra in the film industry. We are both non-smokers and only casual, social drinkers. We have traveled extensively, especially over the last 8 years.
We have over 30 years of home ownership experience and are very familiar with all aspects of home management, maintenance, care and security. Besides looking after our own homes on a full time basis, we ocassionally help friends and family with their house management requirements. We are very clean, tidy and reliable. Ernie is an experienced handyman and has remodeled and/or upgraded, either partially or completely, several homes over the last 30 years. He also has extensive experience in all aspects of outdoor home and yard maintenance and care.
Why House Sitting?
We are interested in house sitting not only as a means to see more of the world but to give us different cultural experiences by actually living in someone's home as opposed to hotels. We like dogs and cats but would prefer not to look after exotic or barnyard animals. We currently do not have any pets at home; however, in the past we have had both cats and dogs as house pets. Our schedules are very flexible, allowing us to leave home any time of the year and to stay away for extended periods of time.