From Make a Note:
BABY/PET/HOUSE SITTING?...GET THAT EMERGENCY CONTACT INFO
Too often people assume that no emergency will arise requiring contact when someone is sitting for them. Most of the time, they'd probably be right. BUT, if something does come up, (to borrow from a popular movie)..."Who ya gonna call?" Be sure that when you are sitting for anyone, whether a child, pet, or house, that you get several forms of contact. Get cell phone numbers, numbers of hotels or family members they'll be staying with, and neighbors who might be able to help. Also get contact info for a back up sitter, in case the sitter has an emergency & can't do their job. We knew some people who left their neighbors to dog sit, but the dog wouldn't let them in the house without the owners there. The owners weren't able to be contacted until they had made a 6 hour drive & they had to turn around & come back. Which brings up another tip...have a trial run WHILE the owners are still in the area. Have the sitter come over alone to make sure they can do it all alone, and the children and/or pets (and sometimes house) cooperates. Sitters should keep the contact info in both the house they are sitting in, AND in their own house. Get vet numbers, doctor numbers, handyman numbers, and hopefully the owners will just be pleased with your foresight. POST IT...near your calendar.
RECIPE: Olive Pesto
Take 6 oz of your favorite olives (olive bar olives tend to be much healthier), 1/4C olive oil, 2 tsp oregano or basil (or 1 tsp of each), 1/4 heaping tsp of garlic powder, and 1 tbsp of balsamic or white wine vinegar. Place everything into a food processor or blender and pulse until desired consistency. Serve on toasted French bread. You can make this without a processor/blender, just chop the olives very fine and mix with rest of the ingredients. POST IT...in your recipe box and on your shopping list.
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