Tuesday, December 5, 2017

House Sitting? What is that?

Why are we choosing to become House Sitters?  While being back to the States to fill our cruising account, I fell into sitting for a couple of friends who needed to leave their fur babies for work and vacations. It really worked out since we were staying with family and a break was more than appreciated. Then it opened doors to sit for new friends. Steve and I enjoyed being in different places here and there. It was much like cruising since we change locations often.

While we have been away from our boat, I've been thinking of ways to travel to places outside the Caribbean without sailing.  I'm more of a Gypsy than a sailor.  Plus we always have to wait out hurricane season in a safe place. So I began dreaming of road trips and flying to visit friends we have met along our travels. Then I recalled a couple we met along our travels that were hanging up their sailing legs for house sitting in countries such as Australia and Asia.

My research began on house sitting abroad. It may be a realistic way we can travel during hurricane season on a shoestring budget. It wasn't difficult to find several Facebook groups and websites. Within those groups, I found several people that have house sat abroad for years and were sharing their experiences and advice.  Also found websites that host people looking for house sitters and house sitters looking for houses to sit for in particular locations. Much like the community of Cruisers, there is a whole community of house sitters.

We decided to join Trusted House Sitters because it seemed to have the best support and a large amount of available sits in the areas we are going to this summer.  We have been pouring through all the information we can find.  These videos have a ton of great information on becoming a house sitter House Sitting Basics YouTube Channel.

We also joined House Sitting Academy which has even more information.  These ladies have become experts in the industry.  They have a ton of resources and advice.  

This house sitting seems to be a viable option for us to add to our nomadic lifestyle.  We seem to be happiest when traveling.  Our home is wherever we are together.  We don't need the whole house and yard, we need variety in our lives.

We plan to book a few HS jobs in Ireland,  England and perhaps Scotland this next summer.  We will do some sightseeing and visit some friends. Saga Sea will stay safe and sound in her summer marina in the Rio Dulce.  Tijax Marina takes such good care of her while we are away.  

For now, we want to cruise around the Western Caribbean during sailing season, then go House Sit somewhere during hurricane season. Next, I will try to explain how we plan to fund this lifestyle.  

So until next time my friends.... Be good to yourself and to Others

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

30 more days

Today is a good day, we have 30 more days before we will be home.  We took Schooner in for her yearly vet apt which is needed for the Health Certificate that she needs to fly back home.  She took all her shots and microchip like a champion...

We have been finishing off the little things.  We even drug our suitcases into our room to start adding things to them.  It really helps our mood.

Other than that, Steve has been working and I did a few house sits and took a small roadtrip with a friend that needed company.

We had Thanksgiving with Steve's family and I got to see my daughter and her little tribe for a bit.  I've been signing us up on the Trusted House Sitters site.  I made a nice little profile for potential clients.  I have also been learning a few programs to keep up with the latest, such as: canva, zoom, and mailchimp.

Hopefully, all will fall into place and we will find a few House Sitting gigs this next summer in Ireland and England.  Let me rephrase that, a few Awesome gigs.. haha. 

Well until next time my friend, be good to yourselves and OTHERS.. Smooches xoxo

Friday, November 17, 2017

For Pete's Sake

Steve and I have been doing a lot of reminiscing about our travels and all the people we have met along the way, or should I say characters.  We really enjoy meeting eccentric people around the world.   Most likely we are like most couples do when traveling, talking about others because we are "perfect" hahaha.  

Steve can say one word or phrase and it brings back the whole story to my mind.  I thought I would start writing down these stories before I forget them, you may enjoy them as well.  We shall see...  so let's play.... what Steve will say today....  I will text him right now and ask him to give me a subject for today's blog.

Alright, he said Nova Scotia Pete...  Let me start off by saying we adore, Pete.  He is a very caring and giving man, and because he is he does some extraordinary things.  He is a good friend to have.  

We met NS Pete in Isla Mujeres in 2014.  He came into the anchorage in his 1980 36' Cherubini Hunter. He solo sailed down from Nova Scotia.  Steve and I call him NS Pete because there are other sailors in the area named Pete.  We give everyone a nickname when talking between us to help keep on track.  We have met so many people during our travels and it is difficult keeping track of them all.  A few years ago I started keeping a log of all the people we meet.  It helps us also recall names and stories.

One night in the Isla Mujeres anchorage, there was a call over the VHF radio.  Someone was calling for assistance because they were close to land without any charts of the area.  Three men in their 20s were sailing from Cuba without any charts.  Crazy! Right?!  There are some crazy people out there for sure.  

So we stayed up listening to the radio.  We did not answer the call because we did not feel we are in any position to go help.  We did hear Pete answer the call, and let me rephrase the time this call was at.. it was around midnight if I remember correctly.  

Listening to the VHF replaces television entertainment.  Many of us listen like busy buddies.  Which I am very good at, but the VHF is a great communication device.  We love that it is still used out at sea and we enjoy the anchorages that keep morning nets active.  Thanks, all who volunteer for that chore, it isn't as easy as you would think, I know I have tried it out a few times.  

We also heard another sailor provide help to the ones on the vessel in distress.  The other sailor teamed up with Pete, pulled anchor and motored away into the dark seas.  We listened as they met up and guided the boat into the harbor.  

Pete had a habit of staying up late drinking his beer.  He was very much a night owl.  One that doesn't sleep in half the day.  I am not sure when he sleeps.  We would often see him in the early mornings on deck.

Pete also had a dragging problem  He had a million small anchors and if he was in an anchor that had poor holding we would inevitably hear him in the middle of a windy night dragging around.  He would try out all the spots in an anchorage and still somehow end up beached.  But he always found a way off....  he was a true salty sailor.. haha  

We learned that Pete had spent over ten years in the Canadian Coast Guard.  That kind of explains things.  He will go out in any conditions to help people.  We know of him helping others, even towed a much bigger boat back to the Harbor.  

We would run into NS Pete in different countries in the Western Caribbean.  It was always good to hear about all his adventures.  He was even stabbed by a girl he met in one of the harbors.  She joined him on his travels and they ended up separating with a stabbing and a visit from the local police.  HAHA cracks me up.  

We were saddened when early this year we read he had lost his rudder while under full sail.  He was in 25 knots of wind, traveling 7.5 kts when his rudder simply fell off.  It was his turn to put out a mayday call. He was right outside the Honduras Bay Island, Guajana, so he was helped out by a cargo ship.  

The ship took him undertow but it was too powerful, he asked to be released after he saw his boat was being torn apart by the seesawing it was made to endure.  He was then towed by another boat but the tow lines broke.  A Honduran Navy boat took him under towed, well after they got his tow lines out of their propeller blades.  They released him in a place they thought was inside the reef.  They instructed him to drop anchor but the water was too deep and within minutes he was on the reef with 25-30 knots of wind.  The Navy Ship returned but found themselves on the reef right off his stern, so they had themselves a “reefer party”.  Hahah.. They both were finally off the reef around 1pm the next day.  

What a story right!?  Well, that is the NS Pete story.  I know there are so much more that I just haven’t heard yet.  Actually, when I contacted him he gave me just a snip of another juicy one… He said he was served with court papers for hitting a convicted child molester in Guatemala of all places.  I would think they would for sure turn a blind eye to that incident.  But I don’t have the details…

Well folks untik next time be good to yourself and OTHERS..

Monday, November 6, 2017

Pictures Galore

Since we talked about our trip in our SaturdayMorning Coffee Chat on our Youtube video, which I hope you have subscribed to because we are going to make one every week,  I decided to give you pics of our trip and of my little GMan

Isnt my little GMan the cutest

Here is where we stayed while in Miami

Our supplies all packaged up

We saw this at a marina in Miami.. love it

Peruvian dish

Italian pastries

Argentinean dish

MJ Sailing's Boat

MJ Sailing crew and Cynically Sailor and His Salty Side Kick,

Our friend Mark and Yogi

Schooner ready to fly

My loves catching up on sleep

Well if you missed the details of the trip they are on the video on the previous post

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Be good to yourself and Others

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Miami Time

I thought I would take a little time to let you all know what has been going on lately.  October has flown by and we cant be happier about it...

We have been extremely busy this month.  We had a small family gathering for my family that is currently here in Texas.  We all met in New Braunfel, TX  for some river time.  We had great weather, great food and good company.

Ive been steadily completely my TEFL certification (Teach English as a Foreign Language).  I'm at the very end of it the 150 hour program.  When we get back from Miami this next weekend I should be able to complete the final and be done. Yeah!  Then I will need to find a company to work for... help is always appreciated.. hint hint 😊

Currently, as in right this moment, we are lying in an Air B&B room in Miami, Florida.  We drove down yesterday with all the boxes we are putting on a cargo ship for Guatemala.  It is a huge to do item on our list and it feels great to give it a big check mark for completed.  Tomorrow, we are hoping it will be easy breezy then we can head to the beach for some down time.

After it is all completed we plan to hunt down a few other cruisers not far from here in Indiantown Marina.  We hope that goes as we plan..

Well I suppose that is all for now.. hope you enjoy all the pics..

Until next time my friends... be good to yourselves and OTHERS