Are you looking for a change of pace, maybe slow things down? That question weighed heavy on my mind for 25 years, I knew there had to be a better way to spend more time enjoying life away from work. I once heard a European say, “Americans work too much” and I’m beginning to believe it. According to a CNN Money report, nearly four in 10 workers report logging 50+ hours weekly and the average American worker clocked 47 hours; that’s a lot of hours away from home and family. I decided to change career paths for the third time, but this time in search of something totally different from the thankless positions of my past. So, I turned to house and pet sitting.
What is house-pet sitting, you ask? Just what the title implies, you care for someone’s home and pets while they are away. If you’ve ever had to board a pet, you know it can be expensive and stressful for both owner and pet. Same thing with your home; when you go away on vacation do you worry about your home sitting empty and being vulnerable to severe weather or even criminal activity? A House-pet sitter stays in your home, cares for your pets, and maintains the house and other chores needed. Imagine the peace of mind traveling knowing your pet and home are in loving and caring hands around the clock. That’s my new job.
After 18 months of travel and 17 housesits later, I’ve been humbled by the generosity of others and uplifted by the love of their devoted pets. From llamas to kittens, and everything in between, I’ve been forever changed by the sweetness of a wet nose. With each sit, I learn something new-whether it’s how to care for an aging pet or prepare a home for a hurricane–it all contributes to my repertoire of life experience.
What does it take to be a trusted house-pet sitter and travel to exotic places? It’s easier than you think. Visit trustedhousesitters.com and look around first. If you like what you see, a minimal annual subscription connects you to amazing places, pets, and people.
I travel, therefore I am ….happy!
The Happy Humbleweed-Lori
Yes, it’s true! You can have a culturally enriching experience in Las Vegas. It was a sign, a neon sign that convinced us. Las Vegas is known for its bright lights and glitz. Without it, Las Vegas is just another dry desert town. Well the folks at the Neon Museum in Las Vega have a real class act. They’ve taken on the responsibility to tell the real story of Las Vegas by way of iconic lighting fixtures and the signs of days gone by. The museum docent was amazing and obviously had a passion for her job and the Vegas story. The tour took us through the “Boneyard”, the largest outdoor collection of vintage signs.
The museum lobby and visitors center is housed inside the former La Concha Motel (moved from its original location) designed by architect Paul Williams in 1961 to create a futuristic feel to the Vegas Blvd. The motel closed its doors in 2003 as the landscape of the desert city was evolving. In 2006, the structure was moved to the Neon Sign Museum and restored to its former glory as the visitors center of the museum. A must see during your next visit to Las Vegas.
Kudos to the Neon Museum for sharing tales of light that may have otherwise faded into the dust.
We’ve seen the light!
Meadow’s road trip to Colorado! #humbleweeds (at Colorado/Kansas Border)