We are fortunate enough to be housesitting again, and I have to admit it, I love living in a house. Things just seem to be so much easier and take a lot less time.
Don’t get me wrong, I love living on Medina, but as they say, a change is as good as a holiday.
Benefits of living in a house (according to little ‘ole me):
- being able to walk around the bed and to make it with hospital corners
- to stand and look into a fridge/freezer, rather than down into it (we are having to teach Orbit to not stand in front of an open fridge)
- having hot showers with
goodgreat water pressure (I’ll have to put this on the Skippers to do list)
- cooking on more than two burners
- watching a wide screen tv
- sitting/lying on a comfy couch to watch tv, read a book or take a nap (this will change on Medina once the Skipper builds in a new sea berth to replace our two black chairs)
- doing a relatively large load of laundry, i.e. more than 2 towels at a time
- having the space to spread out and not use one area for multiple purposes
- waking up to the sound of birds, particularly the warble of a magpies
We are fortunate enough to be staying in a house that has a secure front and backyard, so Orbit can ride his bike and scooter to his hearts content without having to go somewhere to do so. Each time we pull up to the house, Orbit says “yeah, house, good job mummy”, so I think he is enjoying his time here.
Something really special to the Skipper and I is being able to look after the two dogs that also live here. We both love dogs. The biggest thing we miss about living in a house is having a dog. I know people have dogs on boats, but it just doesn’t suit us to have one at the moment. So we are getting our dog ‘fix’ while we are here.
Similar to the last time we housesat, our time off Medina is an opportunity for the Skipper to get stuck in an do the ‘big jobs’, this time he is upgrading our fridge and replacing the black chairs with a new sea berth/couch. We are also tackling our growing list of things to do to get Medina ready to go cruising, most of which are easier when Orbit isn’t on Medina.
By the time we move back on to Medina, she will feel brand new, and it will feel like a holiday from being in a house; and one day, we will have a dog again.