I'm housesitting at the moment, been here for just over a week and have just over a week to go. There is a cat, a dog and a 13 year old boy.
The cat belongs to the boy and is suposed to be fed and cared for by him...So far there has been at least 2 nights when he hasn't fed it. I fed it 1 of those nights but I'm pretty sure the cat didn't get it's wet food last night either. The boy will disagree and argue if I mention it.
The dog belongs to the elder son that doen't live here at the moment. He is is fed morning and night by me and I take hime for walks 2 or 3 times a day. My shins hurt. The dog is used to being *walked* by a runner, I am barely a walker so he pulls, I hurt. I don't know this dog well enough to let him run loose, haven't found a leash off area here yet so we walk slower than he likes, faster than I want...Good fun.
The boy...this kid is different to how he was when he was little and lisened to me. When he did what was asked and didn't argue, swear and call me names. I don't like him as much as I used to. It's sad. The first 2 days here and I was ready to knock his block off. We aren't allowed to do that any more but I tell ya, I wanted to! So we wont be doing anything fun together, I don't really care if he spends his days home in his room. I'd rather not talk with him. I don't like the way he makes me feel. Or another way, I don't like the way I feel after dealing with this kid. It's sad but I think I'm getting to old for this shit!
I used to look after the kids in this family when they were little, probably started 10 years ago now but haven't been needed since the boys got bigger and started school fulltime. That has been the way with all the families that I worked for, fulltime school puts an end to it except sometimes during school holidays.
I am here now because the owner has gone overseas to visit her family, it might be the last time she sees them and as she has had a crap year so far when she asked me to help I said yes. I'm not sorry I did but I miss being home. This is a big, clean, tidy, low care house, ours is small, messy, dirty, high care...I prefer ours. Mind you, there are bits to this place that I need to take notice of and maybe incorporate them somehow into home, it's been good being here, it's showing me what I do like about home, what I don't like, what should be done and things I have whinged about but really now think they can stay. And it's shown me that I really miss our yard and my gardens. And the chooks. Who'd have thought that I'd miss chooks that don't lay me any eggs! I miss chopping wood for the fire and love how toasty warm our little house gets. This big house gets cold and I hate turning the aircon on to warm it up so tend to leave it too long.
I am travelling back to Waroona to do my shifts at Vinnies, twice this week but 3 times next week and the petrol costs are adding up but that's to be expected. I'm not used to travelling so far and wonder at the fulltime workers that do it 5-6 times a week. Some travel further than the 45 minutes each way that I am, how do they manage that. Less time at home with family, less time for hobbies and fun stuff, less money in their pocket after paying for fuel...So glad I don't have to be like that.
What am I doing while here? Not a lot. Reading, finally got that book finished. Going on internet and looking at blogs and ways of doing stuff for when I get home. I went into Mandurah on Tuesday and watched some dolphins play out near the marina. That was pretty cool. I think I like water, the peace and the calmness of it. I'll go do that again before I go home.
Do you housesit? Would you like to? What would you do with a kid that lies, goes into your room, backchats, argues and calls you swearwords?