Tag Archive | house sitting


It may appear that I’ve gone MIA again. I promise, I have things to write about and the will to write them, alas, I have not the time. We’ve been house/dogsitting for the past nine days — the dog requires most of the work — and running Rana to her summer science/reading program. It’s a big damper on my blogging mojo. But don’t lose heart, there will be posts coming. Soon, I hope! In the meanwhile, take a look at how else I’ve been keeping busy whilst having access to a real oven!

Mmmm! Raspberry crumble, Brownies from Heaven, and Cranberry Oat Cookies!

Mmmm! Raspberry crumble, Brownies from Heaven, and Cranberry Oat Cookies!

A glimpse into my day

Just four more days until we return to the cabin. It has been a nice respite to be in our friends’ house while they were on vacation. I made use of the oven today and made sure the kids spent lots of time outdoors to enjoy the sun!

For the first time in 8 months… cookies!

Turned out to be a sunny day after all

While I took a picture of this flower, a dragonfly landed on my fingers. I wasn’t quick enough to get a photo of him, too.

Still not a cooking blog

Alright, there hasn’t been much crafting going on lately what with all the packing and whatnot for house-sitting. But I did get to do something I haven’t done in eight months.

I made apple crisp!

We had it for breakfast this morning with yogurt and then the kids and I polished it off this afternoon for a snack. Mmmm.

Cherish your ovens.

For three weeks

  • I will not scrape my hands on the ceiling when I change clothes.
  • I will not bang my head on a log when I put my kids to bed.
  • I will not have to start a fire.
  • I will not have to check the stovetop for mouse poop before I start cooking (Official Mouse Count is up to 30, btw).
  • I will not have to drive 8 miles to a grocery store that I don’t even like.

For three weeks

  • I will have an oven and plan on using it every single day.
  • I will have a bathroom counter on which to set my hair brush and makeup. It’s the little luxuries.
  • I will be able to put Konik in a separate bedroom from his sisters. They might actually sleep!
  • I will be able to send the kids outside to play, even when it’s raining. Hurray for covered patios!
  • I will have the pleasure of walls and doors in between rooms.

For three weeks

  • I will miss hearing the river rushing by.
  • I will miss seeing the hummingbirds at our window feeder.
  • I will not have my sewing machine.
  • I will be paranoid that my kids will break something.

For three weeks we will be house-sitting for friends, F & S, in another town. They get to go on a tour of Europe by motorcycle. We get to stay in a house with heat. Not knocking the cabin — without our other friends, M & M, so generously letting us stay here, these past eight months would have been dire indeed. But it will be a nice change of pace and as close to a vacation as we’re going to get this year. F does have a sewing machine in her house and said I was welcome to use it. I may, but don’t be surprised if the next few weeks are rather crochet-heavy. I’ll see if I can come up with something else to break it up a bit.

We will be coming back to check on the cabin periodically and mow the lawn  weed-whack the yard  trim the greenery, so don’t anybody get any ideas about crashing our pad. We don’t have anything worth stealing anyways, but do feel free to take a couple mice with you when you leave.