Latest Posts

12 Tips to Prevent Break-ins – While Back Yard Entertaining

Keys in door

Warm weather is here in Canada and other parts of the world, hopefully for a few months. It is also the time of year when we are entertaining and aren’t as safety conscious, leaving windows open, unlatching gates and patio doors. The barbecue is going, food is abundant, alcohol may be flowing, talking is non-stop, everyone is having a great time! So the question is, “how do you enjoy back yard entertaining, and prevent break-ins or harm? (more…)

Best Shoes for Travel [what to pack]

someone sitting by a lake with a pair of running shoes

Do you have trouble deciding what shoes to pack for travel? Here we are going to talk about three types of footwear that should get you through most of your travels.

Upon my return from a six-month stay in Mexico, a friend presented me with a calendar that featured shoes – 365 pairs of shoes. The reason for the ‘shoe’ calendar is that she knows I like to collect shoe and hat items. Note: I do not collect shoes to wear, just different collectibles. (more…)

Blood Donor Screening [Who Can Give the Gift of Life]

My husband and I recently came back from a six-month stay in Mexico and are back in Ottawa Canada house sitting. It is interesting how you take things for granted – like being a long time blood donor and thinking that nothing changes.

He has been giving blood (the gift of life) for a very long time, more times than I can count, and decided while we were in Ottawa, he would like to do it again, which meant going through a screening process. (more…)

House Sitting in Quebec (and why we loved it)

Japanese and Labrador Mixed dog

After we left Collingwood, we made an overnight stop in Ottawa before heading to our next house sitting opportunity in Moe’s River Quebec, Canada. Moe’s River is sandwiched between Compton and Coaticook. It was an easy drive from Ottawa, about 312 km away.


Compton is described as a municipality in Coaticook Regional County Municipality in the Estrie region of Quebec. It is bordered on the north by Waterville, the east by Martinville, the south by Coaticook and on the west by Hatley and the township of Hatley. The village itself is approximately 15 kilometers from the south end of Sherbrook and only 25 kilometers from the U.S. Border. (more…)

Would You Stay In An Airbnb?

The company, AIRBNB, is very popular covering 81,000 cities and 191 countries, allowing travellers and hosts to connect all over the world.

Would you stay in an airbnb?

My husband and I choose to house sit instead of searching for accommodations through companies such as AIRBNB which is basically a service where members can offer home stays or tourism experiences. If you own real estate, have space, and looking for ways to supplement your income, this might be something for you to consider. For us, we prefer house sitting for free in exchange for looking after owners’ homes and pets. It has been a rewarding experience for us. (more…)

The Beaches Toronto – House Sitting

We just returned from beautiful Mexico to start our first round of House Sits for the next 6 months. Our first sit of 2019 took us to the Beaches, Toronto Canada, an area which we had not had an opportunity to fully explore before. The weather was on the cooler side (not like Mexico!) so we had a little adjustment to make.

The Beaches

The Beaches is a neighbourhood in Toronto Canada, so called because of the four beaches (Balmy Beach, Scarboro Beach, Kew Beach and Woodbine Beach) situated on Lake Ontario. It is located east of downtown within the “Old” City of Toronto. It stretches from Victoria Park Avenue on the East to Kingston Road on the north, Coxwell Avenue on the west and south to Lake Ontario. (more…)

Tribute to Stanley – A Special Friend

With saddened hearts we say goodbye to a special friend. We recently learned about the passing of Stanley, a beautiful Golden Retriever who we had the privilege of meeting and taking care of on our 4th house sit in Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines Ontario.


C.J., my husband, especially enjoyed taking him for walks. Stanley needed some gentle guiding as he became blind when he got older. When he backed himself into a corner and couldn’t see his way out – literally – we would steer him the right way. (more…)

Mayan Ruins Mexico: Tulum and Coba

We recently took an opportunity to visit the Mayan Ruins in Mexico –  Tulum and Coba. I want to share some things we learned on this trip and how our journey in life has some parallels.

While many people visit the ruins on their own, we decided that since we had friends visiting for a short time we should take a guided tour. The cost was $55 US per person and included a buffet lunch. (more…)

Mexican Tarantula

Black Tarantula

When I told my friends my husband and I were visiting Costa Rica the first time, we got lots of warnings about the deadly snakes and “why would we go there?”

Well, two winters in, we did not see so much as a scary bug let alone any snakes.

When we decided to go to Mexico, it was “aren’t you worried about the crime? What about the snakes, spiders and tarantulas?” (more…)