Because I love My Life

Greetings from Minnesota, USA (again, I will be here a long time)!
I am just sharing my joy and happiness that’s all.
Got some tunes going on and have been enjoying the sun, the wind and the lake whilst I pedal…
Cats think I’m crazy. I’m ok with that, the birds are with me
Who else is loving life today?


@Amparo Hey that looks really nice! Are you kayaking…paddleboarding? Its nice to be in a place where there are lots of wildlife thats for sure…a coffee and some music on that outside deck in nice cat company is a good day in my book!

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What lovely images @Amparo, especially kitty and the hummingbird … and the view from your exercise bike is beautiful one that you will never tire of I’m sure, unlike the peddling:))

Thank you for sharing why you “Love Your Life” :heart_eyes:

I do enjoy kayaking but no kayak on board and though the owner said “do what you wish in the garden” it’s going to take a bit to get to the lake!

Giving it a go though! :laughing:


@Amparo good luck with that…put a rope around your ankle so you can find your way back to the house! Its a good workout thats for sure!

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Sunday Bliss

Just a touch please


Looks like a great place to be! Are there any kayak or paddleboard rentals at the lake?

Purrfect :heart_eyes_cat:


Just booked 3 more weeks in the land of my childhood dreams and got yet another raving 5 star review.
I love my life.
Thank you THS!


Wish I had thought of recording the sounds last night. Two huge storms blew through. With the noise of the rain on the leaves and all the other forest noises surrounding us I didn’t mind being woken up for a couple of hours. And now we have full water tanks again.
Life is good.


perfectly delicious.

i just received a gift from a HO I recently sat for – a beautiful convertible handbag/tote bag. I am thrilled! I love these people and their animals. It was my second sit for them and hope there will be many more.


Well I am downright overwhelmed right now.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the USA and I am on a sit in a beautiful peaceful piece of green earth with two gorgeous cats and the deer that come to visit each morning.
A delivery just came to the door.
Fresh flowers, champagne and all the fixings and trimmings for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for one, complete with pumpkin spice cakes and creme brulee.
It’s a wonderful life.
One that I am most grateful for.
oh and yeah, it’s from them. :heart:


@Amparo, from what I’ve learned of you since joining this forum, I’m not surprised that homeowners value you and want to show their appreciation. You once posted that you wished you could clone yourself. You are certainly unique, in a wonderful and beautiful way, and if only more people were more like you, the world would be a much better place. Enjoy your Thanksgiving party - one human being, grateful for all your animal friends :heavy_heart_exclamation:


Thank you @Snowbird
Truly in all sincerity I have so very much to be thankful for, not just because it’s a holiday. I had actually forgotten.
I am moved every single day by the kindness and beauty that I see and feel everywhere I go. That has been compounded exponentially since I started doing this.


One day I hope we can cross paths :dancer:.

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Me too and I think it will happen.
Ok let’s put it out there
2023 Australia :australia: NewZealand here I come!

Took some time today to just reach out to some of the good people I have come to know pet sitting and booked 2 new sits in the UK.
Christmas every day.

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Today, I sit quietly on a homestead in North Carolina with chickens, the most handsomest rooster I’ve yet to see, a purrfect kitty and white squirrels contemplating. Life for me is like a game of chess and every move, every decision will have an impact on what happens next.
Despite the dreaded crud, I have managed to live in the manner of my choosing. I have travelled non-stop, flying an average of once a month meeting amazing people, pets and plants.
Went to visit family for a couple of weeks. I do that every so often to remind myself how much I enjoy what I do. Oddly enough, the only crud I got was there, the infamous never fail, Kiddy Krud you get from kids who go to skool and daykare and come home with pink eye and runny noses.
In a few weeks I will be departing for my first international flight since 2020, I thank the powers that be for that.
Things have changed as they always do and so have I. We adapt and carry on the only thing that is certain is that I must go.

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more clearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization… Robert Louis Stevenson, Scotland, Travels with a Donkey


A Month in North Carolina and I met this Guy!

Now this guy definitely got my attention. Extremely attractive, playful and attentive, he/she especially enjoys the nuts being it’s a squirrel.
The homeowner told me they (the squirrels not the nuts) were unique to this area, protected and highly valued and so I was instructed to feed them twice a day as part of my daily routine. Seeing this most unusual squirrel and then meeting his family peaked my curiosity. I had to learn more about this very, special squirrel.
White squirrels are not albino grey squirrels, which are even rarer (1 in a 100,000). They are leucistic, genetic mutations of grey squirrels, often called morph squirrels and can have a small grey patch or stripe. They are extremely rare and tend to colonize in certain areas. Brevard, North Carolina is one such area.
Story has it that they were brought to Brevard, NC from Florida after a carnival truck overturned in 1949. In 1986, the city of Brevard declared an ordinance to protect the species. They are wild and cannot be hunted or captured. In my brief inquiry, I learned that there are only about 50 in the United Kingdom.

This was a completely unexpected thrill to find a family of three right on the property of the current house sitting adventure, to learn that I get to put nuts out for them twice a day, then sit back and watch these beauties.

In Mythology, to see a white squirrel means that great change is coming and preparations should be made.

Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action. John Muir, USA and Scotland, The Mountains of California, 1894