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Sunday Guest Post Series: Global Housesitter x2

How would I describe myself?

Creative, quirky and passionate.  Those three words sum me up in a rather quick fashion.  Though I am sure many people who have known me over the years could add a few more words to that list!

I have done many things in my life, made some fantastic decisions and some incredibly stupid ones.  Many have taken me down roads I never wanted to venture down, and it took me a while to get back on track.  Once on track, there was no stopping me. This was when I meet an amazing man who is my best friend and husband (aka ‘The Squire’).

A jack of many trades master of none sums up my ‘career.’   I started traveling in my late teens. Years later I bought a one-way ticket to London — what was I thinking?  I worked on a cruise liner as a stewardess and worked in many hotels as a bartender/waitress.  In between those jobs, it was office work, with a stint learning to be an Occupational Therapy Assistant [hospital] and a Manager of a home for people with disabilities.  My last job was as a Qualified Preschool teacher, which I left quite a few years ago to manage our small orchard that the Squire and I created from bare land.


A few more facts!

  • I am an early starter in a few of life’s challenges and a late starter in many.  One example of my lateness is completing ten half marathons [competitive walker] and one triathlon in my fifties.
  • I have the most incredibly patient, caring and intelligent husband, and the best travel buddy any girl could want.
  • My first trip overseas was to Melbourne in the 1970’s when passports were not required.  I have been traveling on and off since then.
  • I love to garden and have this strange affliction of enjoying mowing lawns.  NO matter what shape, I love them all.
  • Don’t stand in the way of me and a good cup of coffee in the morning.
  • I sometimes capture excellent photos; many get deleted as I am my harshest critic.
  • I have a very contagious laugh, and I love to make people smile. You can find me at Global Housesitter x2. Why not drop by for a virtual cup of coffee?


Suzanne [the blogger] and her Squire. One couple, one globe, no regrets. Walks dogs, cuddles cats, pats the odd donkey, life learner and photographer.

From Retirement Reflections: Thank you, Suzanne, for dropping by this week to share a bit about yourself and your blog.

You can connect with Suzanne on the following social media sites.

I am confident that you will find Suzanne’s travels, adventures, writing and photography as interesting as I do.

Please join us next Sunday with Guest Host Lynn from  Encore Voyage — A Journey of Reinvention and Discovery. We hope to see you then!

If you would like to join in on the fun and submit your own Guest Post, I would love to have you share with us.  Simply leave a comment, send an email or use this site’s Contact Form.

By Retirement Reflections

Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. I hope that you enjoy reading these reflections, and will be willing to share your own.

56 replies on “Sunday Guest Post Series: Global Housesitter x2”

Hi Suzanne! It is nice to meet you and the Squire. It sounds like you’ve had a very interesting life! It’s always fun to meet Donna’s guest bloggers and find new blogs. I’ll be checking our your site next. Do you pet sit in the U.S.? Who knows? Perhaps our paths will cross in the future. ~Kathy


Hi, Kathy – Thanks for stopping by to read Suzanne’s post here. It would be cool if this introduction leads to a pet-sit in Southern California!


I fully agree, Kate. Suzanne certainly has packed in much life experience. Reading her recent posts, I know that she continues to do so. Thanks for visiting her here today!


I have followed Suzanne’s blog for a while and always enjoy learning a bit about the latest place she is staying and the animals she cares for. It’s nice to know more about her and her husband through your terrific guest blogging series, Donna.


Thanks, Janis – I met Suzanne through your blog. Actually, I met MANY of the bloggers that I follow through your site. Thanks so much for this!


Hi Janis

I really enjoy connecting with you and love reading your blog. Totally appreciate your comments. Here’s to many more opportunities for us to connect.
Thanks for commenting ☺


Thanks, Anabel – I love finding out more about Bloggers whom I regularly follow. I am glad that you are already following Suzanne.


Hi Suzanne lovely to meet you although I do follow you on Instagram. We have running in common as I started at 50 and ran my first full marathon at 55. Unfortunately, I can’t ride a bike would you believe, so triathalons are out. I would love to find out more about your fascinating travel with the Squire.
Thanks Donna for introducing another interesting person who is certainly Sizzling!


Hi, Sue – I love meeting others who are inspiring and who share beliefs/experiences with us. I agree that Suzanne is indeed sizzling. Thanks for visiting, I greatly appreciate it.


Hi, Liesbet – Yes, I definitely see the similarities that you list…as well as the house/pet-sitting. I hope that everything is going well with your current stay!


I love getting the ‘backstory’ on Guest Posts and agree that Suzanne’s is very inspiring. Thanks so much for stopping by. I greatly appreciate it.


Hi, Terri – People at this corner of the blogosphere really do share much in common! I greatly appreciate you stopping by. Richard and I got home last night. It was lovely to be away and have an action-packed holiday. We are now ready to rest and hibernate for a while! See you next year!


Hi Donna, Thanks for introducing me to Suzanne! I love it when I discover fellow bloggers with similar interests: travel, coffee, gardening, coffee, laughter….more coffee! And lots of experiences to share. I have never considered having someone stay in our home to take care of Roxy dog when we travel – maybe I need to consider this! ~ Lynn


Hi, Lynn – That’s my favourite thing about this corner of the blogosphere as well. You don’t need to search too far to find people with similar interests & experiences and who inspire & motivate.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I greatly appreciate it!


Suzanne, I have a doozy of a yard just waiting to be mowed. Not flat with lots of garden islands and trees. Sounds like you might enjoy mowing it. 😉 Happy to meet you here. Looking forward to checking in on your blog.


Great to see you here Suzanne, and find out a bit more about you. We both have something in common when it comes to travelling – buying a one-way ticket to London. My one-way ticket led me to 27 years living and working in the city. I’m glad it was only a one-way ticket. 😀


It’s amazing how well one-way tickets can work out. My husband and I took job offers in Beijing, China thinking that we would stay for one-year…and we stayed for fourteen! Your right that these tickets can be life-changing!


Hi Hugh
Yes, some new horizons do feel right to stop for a while. Bit harder now to complete travel with a one-way ticket. You are currently a local after 27 years 🙂 Thanks for commenting.


Nice to meet you here, Suz! I enjoy reading stories from adventurers. I was in Spain in August. Look forward to checking in on your blog. Thanks, Donna, for introducing another interesting person.


Thanks, Deb – I love reading, writing and hosting Guest Bloggers. I have learned so much this way that I otherwise may never have known. I am just now starting Round Two of my Guest Host Series. I would love for you to join in again. You can have free reign of topic choices, or address something that frequently came up in the comment section on your last Guest Post. (For example, next week Natalie will be on my site talking about “Car Free Living.” That topic frequently came up on her last Guest Post. Fingers crossed that you (and others) will be willing to join in again!


Hi, Jude – Thank you for dropping by to read Suzanne’s post. She certainly has explored many new challenges. Very inspirational!


Nice to get to know you better, Suzanne. I think your lifestyle is fascinating and I can’t imagine housesitting all over the world! I’m glad you write about it, so I can travel vicariously through you and the Squire!


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