Gary and Candy Spaid love to House Sit
Wanderlust Home & Pet Care 
Wanderlust Home & Pet Care

Denver Holidays 2017

Nov 13  We had a lovely time with Karen & Craig in Tx. for an early Thanksgiving but time to move on. The flight to Denver was uneventful. The weather seemed warmer than TX. Yeah!  Our AirBnB was comfy and was our home for 9 days.

Nov 20 Gary & I took a trip to the Museum of Science and Natural History. The museum had a special exhibit on the Dinosaurs from South America.

Nov 14 Visited my father at his new home at Atria. He took me on a tour of the facility. Seemed like a nice place and the employees were very friendly.

Nov 22 Our first of six house sitting assignments was for Sarah and her 2 dogs near Cheesman Park not far from downtown Denver. The Park was so convenient for walking the dogs and the dogs enjoyed being outside as much as we did. We also walked to King Soopers grocery store and to Argonaut’s liquor store mixing business with pleasure.

Nov 26 Second house sit was for Shannon and her cat Snickers. We moved into their basement apartment which is usually an AirBnB apartment. The evening of the 26th we joined Ron & Diana for dinner in Larimer Square at a wonderful French bistro. YUMMM. The city was all decked out for Christmas.

Nov 27 Snickers was very shy but did eventually warm up to us. We had 10 days to get to know each other.

Dec 6 My father and I attended a special Blue Christmas program for people who had recently lost a loved one. Dad misses Mom a lot but has filled his days with the activities at the senior facility.

Dec 9 Mike drove down from Vail to attend a Christmas concert and invited us to join him. Mike knew the guest performer from his college days. It was great to hear the Denver Pops Orchestra. A nice start to the Christmas season.

Dec 10 Third house sitting assignment was for 3 dogs in Thornton, Colorado. The condo was situated next to a small lake which had a great walking trail to exercise not only the dogs but us too.  

Dec 16 We had dry roads for our drive to Durango, Colorado to visit Gary’s step-mother and step sister. I couldn’t believe the lack of snow but I was glad I didn’t have to drive on packed snow & ice.

Dec 17  We had a lovely visit with family catching up on the latest news, walked the historical part of Durango, and even had a great lunch at Ken & Sue’s restaurant. The hoisin covered chicken wings were delicious! It was our first time to meet Steve and he is a great guy.

Dec 21 On our way back to Denver we stopped to see Rosemary Eickelman at her assisted living facility in Pueblo. For 97 years old, her mind is sharp. I hope I can do as well at that age!

Dec 23 Our fourth house sit was in Boulder, Colorado for one dog named Aroha. In the Maori language, Aroha means Love. The owners of Aroha are from New Zealand and were visiting family in Australia. Aroha was only a 4 month old pup. She was full of energy, smart, and loved to cuddle.

Dec 25 Merry Christmas

Mike, Hank, Gene, Candy & Gary unwrapped presents together and then headed to Karen & John’s house for Christmas dinner. She put on a wonderful spread: prime rib with au jus and horseradish plus delicious side dishes.


I spent the day watching the Rose Bowl Parade and putting together a Minions puzzle.

Jan 2 It was finally warm enough for a longer walk to Wonderland Lake. Other folks were out as well enjoying the weather.

Jan 4 It was girl’s day out! Diana & I had lunch at Linger’s restaurant. Parking was terrible but the food was delicious and the company was the very best!

Jan 9 We said goodbye to Aroha and said hello to Clyde, a Great Dane, and 4 chickens. We are house sitting them while the owners are in Asia.  Oh, I am missing Thailand.

Jan 10 We had a lovely dinner with old friends. It was great to catch up and find out who is doing what. Elaine still had her Christmas decorations up just for our dinner!

Jan 14 We came home from a dinner out with friends and found Clyde sleeping in our bed. We forgot to close the bedroom door. He looked very comfortable!