We spent last week house-sitting for my parents. They have four horses and two dogs, so house-sitting includes feeding everyone, turning the horses out every day, scooping some poop, cuddling Duke (who is a very cuddly pit bull), and general stuff like collecting mail and watering plants and putting seed out for the wild birds. It can be a little stressful because the drive is long and I always worry something will happen to one of the animals on my watch. I sometimes miss being at my house during the day, but I still love house-sitting.
I love that Joony doesn't ask to watch TV because he's busy running around the backyard and imagining and playing. I love that he's covered in dirt by the time we get home in the evening. I love that he knows all four horses by name. I love that he isn't afraid of Duke and calls the dogs "babies" and "buddies" because he hears me doing it. I love that he gets excited to fill the bird feeders. I love the he (usually) naps soundly because he's been running around in the fresh air all morning. I love that he knows where my mom stocks the apple juice boxes before she leaves.