February 24 - March 20, 2006

Around Christmas, Walt and I discussed the possibility of taking up house sitting as a way to extend our retirement travel dollars.  We went through our address book and identified approximately thirty friends who lived in places we might like to visit.  We thought about writing a note to them indicating our interest in house sitting while they were away on extended trips.  However, after mentioning it to a few of them in passing and being immediately taken up on our offer, we decided to back off and be a little more deliberate about it.

One of our friends who gave us an immediate response was Kim Eiss who lives in Punta Gorda, FL.  Kim is a generator specialist contractor who expected to be out of town for five weeks.  That job fell through, but we decided to go for a visit anyway. Kim is pictured below with Scooter at one of the local hangouts.

On  February 24th we headed south for an extended trip.  Our first stop was to visit Walt's sister, Barbara, in Ohio.  We arrived in time to join her and her friend Dave at the Dayton German Club to celebrate Fasching, kind of a German Mardi Gras.  Here are some photos:


Barb and Dave                Us "dancing"


Great nephew Alex and girlfriend Ellen                Alex (Charlie) was grabbed by his own cane

The Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf

The Queen and King of Fasching

The Superheroes

Kim lives in a beautiful house on the Peace River

Kim did have a couple of jobs away while we were there.  Here are our charges:


Scooter (right) and occasionally her sister, Ember                              Elvis

Each morning Scooter (and sometimes Ember) would get pretty dirty on their walk and would need to be bathed. This was the first time with bubbles.

We also did a bit of gardening.  Kim's flowers were beautiful as is here yard:



We, of course, also did some touring.  One such trip was to the Edison Ford Winter Camp:


The Camp                                            Pier where Edison did a lot of thinking


Banyan Tree used in Artificial Rubber Experiments

Author: Nan C. Schaller
Last Updated: December 21, 2006