We've been very happily married for 23 years. We love connecting with dogs, cats, chickens, fish, and reptiles. Actually, all animals. We are non-smokers, drug-free, Covid-vaccinated, and have our own car.
Back in February 2021, we sold everything, packed what was left in the car, and have been traveling ever since: camping, staying with friends & in s, and of course, housesitting. We are thoroughly enjoying the nomadic lifestyle and love staying in people's homes for longer stints. We're looking for a nice house in a rural, mountainous area (ideally but not exclusively) with mellow animals to care for and plants to love.
Jerilyn is a retired SAT/ACT test prep business owner, and Mathew is a graphic designer who works remotely part-time.
Mathew was born into a household with cats and kittens (Frisky welcomed baby Mathew in his crib with a gopher - a sure sign of acceptance!) Jerilyn's Mom was allergic to furry critters, so she grew up with fish and in college had a tank of snakes, skinks, anoles, and roaches (food for the rest). She had to wait until adulthood to get her own cat, Winky.
On our epic journey, we started out spending only a day or three in a place. Over time, we have discovered the joy of staying longer in an area, getting to know the terrain, flora, and fauna.
Maybe it's our open-hearted presence, but cats and dogs just seem to like us. It's a pleasure to connect with them, love them up, and put them at ease. We also enjoy caring for gardens and houseplants.
We started housesitting from online sites in May, but we've cared for friends' plants and animals and been excellent guests at dozens of s for years. We are comfortable administering medication to compliant pets.
We also owned a rental for 16 years and understand the importance of others caring for your home - and how awful it is when they don't.
We are both 57, mature, respectful, quiet, and neat. We have boatloads of common sense, are emotionally stable, and responsible. We keep cool heads in challenging moments and emergencies. We love hiking in the mountains, art and museums, canoeing and kayaking, and playing and cuddling with furry things.
We are homebodies, even though we live a nomadic life. We don't party or go out at night. We are huge nature lovers, and enjoy hiking.
Wherever we stay, we leave it cleaner or in some way better than when we arrived. We both love order and cleanliness, and not having a place of our own anymore, we appreciate "home", no matter whose it is, and treat it like it is ours.
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There's a particular beauty in the housesitting lifestyle, one that relies upon trust in the essential goodness of one another, and that is a lovely premise on which to build a life.
We also have a side business called Neat Freaks. Being neat freaks ourselves (you have to, if everything you own can fit into a Subaru Outback!), we love to help people free themselves both physically and mentally from their clutter.