Confessions of a Housesitter [WIAW]

by Sarah on June 26, 2013 · 13 comments

For the past few weeks I’ve been living in a semi-homeless, stuff scattered around town, limbo as I moved out of my cottage and took up residence as a housesitter who feels a bit like a squatter. (Natural, when there are two of you sharing duties and ‘sharing’ means she really handles everything.)

Because I can’t keep hate keeping secrets, I felt it important to confess some of the realities of taking up residence in someone else’s (or this family in particular’s) home, including revelations I’ve had about my own nature.


Due to the hit or miss nature of the house’s internet, I have been spending more time at local coffee shops and Whole Foods than in the house.

thank you starbucks for the free key lime (mixed with berries) refresher

Most of the time I am working.

piling up all of my work around me makes me feel more productive somehow

But some of the time I’m actually streaming The Bachelorette in the secondary window.

Or putting lots of clothes into various online shopping baskets and periodically going back to check if they are still there.


Although I miss my own kitchenware, I do covet some of their mugs and bowls.

Also, let me state for the record that despite my waxing poetic about having a porch with a view, do I actually want to spend more than ten minutes outside drinking coffee in the rising humidity? (Especially when the opportunity for a refill is a whole flight of stairs away?)


If I don’t have to clean up after myself, I won’t.

so maybe the floor gets a little sticky as i cut into the third watermelon i've consumed in a week...

We have a cleaning guy. So if someone is going to pay someone else to come clean the kitchen and the bathroom, well you can be darn sure I’m not going to worry too much about it.


I have been taking really long showers. Longer than I normally take. I realize that this is harmful to the environment, but somehow since it’s not MY water I’m wasting, I don’t find this to be as big of a problem.


I don’t really like pets.

[Insert photo of adorable dog I’m living with, whom once you saw you would say, “How can you not LOVE him?” and be even more concerned about my levels of compassion.]

I like the idea of liking dogs, of having a pet.

But goshdarnit, they are needy. And they are hairy.

I’m needy enough on my own. [And I have enough hair to deal with.]

I do not–unlike these animals–take random Chobani cups out of the recycling bin or gum packs from my lunch box to gnaw on and leave lying around the house.

(And anyone who thinks cats aren’t needy has never met the ones I have been taking care of, who not only do the nose-nudge constantly, they like to wake me up at 5:00AM either by fighting on top of my head–scratches included--or with this serial killer scratch on my door.)


 The chickens, however. Well, I kind of love the chickens.

Of course, I must confess that as soon as I had all of these beautiful eggs around me, I lost complete interest in eating them. I’m sure I’ll crack eventually. (Pun intended.)

i was forced, however, to use up a container of egg whites in various permutations, including egg white oats


I must also confess, Jenn and you What I Ate Wednesday afficianados, that the foods I’ve been eating have gotten a little weird(er than usual).

Combining housesitting with moving, and consequently transferring your entire fridge and pantry to a new fridge and the house’s dining room table, results in some strange acts of desperate culinary combination.

chocolate protein powder, kefir, frozen banana, psyllium husk, cinnamon, cereal

It also doesn’t help that I continue buying fresh produce because it is just something I can’t do without.

Which means in addition to combining every random item in the fridge for many a meal…

quinoa, hummus, nooch, raw zucchini, snap peas, carrots

….and thawing out all of the frozen fruit.

pineapple chobani, cereal, previously frozen blueberries

…I also find myself roasting everything in the kitchen.

sweet potato 'chips' covered w. cumin, cinnamon, salt, pepper, coriander

And then eating it straight off of the pan.

kohlrabi, previously frozen brussels, japanese turnips

 I guess lots of some things will never change no matter WHERE I’m living.

like a love for ketchup. (on vegan squash casserole mixed w. TVP sausage)


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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria June 26, 2013 at 1:57 am

Don’t feel like getting ready for bed and my Feedly is bare, so I’m SO happy this post popped up to delay my bedtime routine.

Yes! If animals in any way prepare you for motherhood, then good gosh, I don’t know if I will ever be ready. My roommate had a cat in college and as cute as her face was, her smell + hair did not make up for it. As well as the fact that she liked to get me up at 4am.

Dogs on the other hand, I generally like, as long as they belong to someone else.

I want a house cleaner.


Gina @Health, Love, and Chocolate June 26, 2013 at 2:22 am

I always imagined house sitting would be kind of like a mini vacation…minus the actual house sitting part (and semi-homeless part in your case) ;-). The chickens are certainly a perk though!


Fran@BCDC June 26, 2013 at 7:47 am

Wow would it be great to have a cleaning guy!! The roasted veggies look yummy!


Miss Polkadot June 26, 2013 at 8:17 am

Oh, hey, I have the same tray with the birds on it though I’d never – shudder! – place feeding bowls on it. Now really, Sarah, how can you NOT want to use it for your own plates ;)?!
Seems to be quite an awesome house you’re sitting with all the benefits like a porch. Call me weird but I do get why you’re not too keen on the pets, though. I think it’s hard to work up the same empathy as the actual owners because you haven’t developped that relationship with the cats/dogs they have. So despite them being cute you might not “click” with the animals the same way. Do you know what I mean???


Nicole @ FruitnFitness June 26, 2013 at 8:53 am

I used to house (and farm) sit for a friends grandparents when I was in highschool. Their house was so cool and I thought taking care of the three dogs, chickens, pigs and horses was always so much fun. I actually hope to live in the country one day and have my own chickens for eggs. That random quinoa bowl looks very tasty!


Kaila @healthyhelperblog! June 26, 2013 at 8:55 am

I need to get my hands on some psyllium husks! I’ve seen a lot of people using it lately and I’ve been wanting to try a few recipes that call for it!


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl June 26, 2013 at 11:26 am

I always make sweet potato fries, but I REALLY need to start making chips, too! Those look awesome :)


Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) June 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

AIn’t nothing wrong with roasting everything! Welllllll, except it’s summer. Does your house have a grill?! It’s my current obsession 😉
And chickens?!?! I’d LOVE to have chickens!!


sarah @ sarah learns June 26, 2013 at 9:51 pm

i love you sarah, but your lack of affinity toward dogs makes me question all i thought i knew about you.

just kidding. kind of.

and now i want to go buy a watermelon and eat the entire thing right now.


Sarah June 27, 2013 at 10:57 am

I was actually very concerned about your response to that comment. I’m sure I’d like your dogs. Or I’d at least pretend to. :)


sarah @ sarah learns June 27, 2013 at 4:51 pm

i appreciate that. :)


jeri June 27, 2013 at 12:05 am

I hear you on the porch thing, It’s lovely to have a cup of coffee or some iced tea on the porch, but then what? Do you just sit there and wait for Aunt Bea and Opie to pass by?


Brittany @ Delights and Delectables June 27, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I want you to come stay with me! Comfy bed… no animals (except Luvy bahahah.. dont’ tell him I said that!)… full fridge… lots of foodie goodies… ME!


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