For those of you who haven’t seen your pet sitter in a while. There have been a few changes ๐Ÿ˜œ

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To those “experts” who critique others’ form at the gym

You’re obviously not working hard enough. You need to concentrate on your OWN goals and your OWN body instead of worrying so much about what others are doing.


I read a blog post yesterday, written by a “trainer” who noticed a man making a series of form mistakes on a half dozen exercises. A half dozen!! How long were you stalking this guy? Why are earth are you spending your valuable gym time watching some random guy? Then this trainer wrote a blog post about it – about how the guy must have been watching youtube videos and reading blogs to learn about fitness. He said that if he sees him again, he’ll give him some advice about form.

You are not as awesome as you think you are… Giving unsolicited personal advice in a public place is just rude. Even if you are a trainer, it’s not your business. If you think someone is going to hurt themselves, notify gym staff. That is all.

As my mom would say, tend to your own knitting.

~ Stay Strong!

Moving at a snails pace

But I’m still moving. Sort of. I’ve been sick since Christmas. I thought it was allergies, but it was a really bad sinus infection. I’m on day #4 of 10 days of antibiotics. They will probably help, eventually. But for now, they are only serving to make me cough…more.

So, for the sake of other gym members, I’ve been out of the gym for about 6 days. Nobody wants to hear me cough up my lungs, and they don’t know it’s just a sinus infection…so I’ll spare them the fear of germs. I’m hoping to be back in the gym by the end of the week.

Right now I’m just concentrating on staying awake during the day so I have some hope of sleeping at night. The coughing is a problem but if I’m totally exhausted, I can usually sleep despite it.

Still pet sitting. Some. Glad it’s a “slow” time so I can just putter around here at home getting a few chores done. These are the times I’m really grateful to be self employed. By now, I’m sure I would have some problems with a “traditional” jobs sick leave policies… which always annoyed me. When you’re sick, you’re sick. Why do they give you such a hard time? Do they WANT you coming to work and getting everyone else sick? They act like you’re doing it on purpose. I don’t miss that. At all.

Until next time

~Stay Strong!

I’ve had my doubts


I’ve had my doubts. About everything, pretty much. But especially about my chosen career. I have to re-commit almost every single week that THIS is what I am GOING to do. No job searching. No exploring other options.

Since 2013, I’ve put services largely on hold. No boarding. No overnights. I’ve been extremely picky about what jobs I will take….for pretty much the last 2 years… trying to figure out what I’m going to do, long-term.

Just in case you didn’t know…in the last 3 years, my husband was placed on the heart transplant list (and it looks like now, Kidney transplant as well??), and I was diagnosed and treated for colon cancer. ย In 2013 my husband was determined to be totally disabled and unable to continue his 27 year career at the Postal Service. He subsequently took a minimum wage, no-benefit job as a security officer (which he actually enjoys, by the way). All the while, I’m experiencing the ups and downs of self employment. There are weeks when there is NO work. Zip. Zero. Probably 4 weeks a year. There are months where I don’t get a break – even overnight. I literally work 24 hours a day – and sometimes 90 days at a time…

All the while, my husband is in and out of the hospital and I have some residual health concerns.

I have a very simple lifestyle. I don’t do anything extravagantly. So it’s not even about $$. It’s about so much more – my sanity, time for family (and MY pets), but I’ve definitely had my doubts during the last 3 years.

I want to take this opportunity let you know that I am totally committed to taking care of your pets. If I can make it through the last 3 years, I can make it through the next 30…

Stay Strong!!


Now Accepting New Customers!


Finally!! These last 3 years have been a whirlwind! I’ve turned down and given away more work than I care to admit….but my daughter Elizabeth and I are back full-time, and ready to take on all the work we can handle!

We offer pet sitting, dog walking, overnight pet sitting, house sitting, pet transportation and small dog boarding. These services are available in Highland, Redlands and San Bernardino, including Devore and Mentone.

Please visit our website for more information, and pricing.

You can also reach me directly by cell (call or text) 909-733-8073

Stay Strong!