I have one husband, three kids, two grandkids. I'm a visual artist--mostly I do stark and sensuous landscape close-ups in pastel and colored pencil. I love exploring California wilderness; crazy about African dance; used to be in theater.
Thanks for the very nice review, David. Gosh, maybe I could've helped you feel more comfortable about "intruding"--we never mind our guests coming into the kitchen or leaving the separating curtain open whenever they choose, or even hanging out in the kitchen and chatting a while or meeting our visitors. I guess I didn't make that clear enough, and I apologize for your discomfort.
First of all, no one else has ever woken up "inflammated" or bitten while sleeping in that bed. At this moment we have family members staying there for a week, and they are having no problem. I think it's likely that Anne was bitten by mosquitoes while she was out that night in a thin dress. Also, while researching bedbugs today, I read that sometimes the bites don't show up until a few nights after they occur, so it's possible she was already bitten before coming to my house. However, I am definitely taking measures to detect the possible presence of bedbugs and to prevent infestation. And I'm sorry Anne had such a distressing experience, whatever the cause.
The back door was sticking while Anne was here. Maybe because of the unusual heat we were experiencing, or maybe because it's an old house, and it "settles" sometimes (my husband's thoughts on the cause). I worked on it with a rasp while Anne was here, and then when my husband got home he worked on it with an electric sander, and it's now fixed. It actually wasn't that hard to open, but Anne seems to be a very distracted and hurried person, and I had a hard time holding her attention while I was explaining the details I always explain to guests when they arrive, and she didn't really "get" the technique I was showing her for opening the door. But as I said, it's fixed now.
Anne said "the pilot is out" on the stove. No, this stove doesn't have a pilot. The gas only turns on when you turn one of the burner knobs. We use a lighter because the built-in piezo-electric lighter got damaged a long time ago, but that doesn't make the stove any more dangerous than it would be if the built-in lighter still worked.
And yes, "the stove was not cleaned," because the whole kitchen was not cleaned, because I had recently made a big meal and not cleaned the kitchen yet! I cleaned it, including the stove, shortly after Anne arrived that afternoon.
I'm sorry Anne felt she "was in a firetrap"--not a good feeling, for sure. But her statement "the house is a wood house, very close to the neighbors, who are smokers" is pretty baffling to me. Yes, it's a wood-frame house. It's also covered in asbestos shingles, and the interior walls are stucco. Not very flammable. And the houses are farther apart than the minimum distance allowable by Santa Cruz building codes. And the neighbors, who we've lived next door to for 19 years, don't smoke! Where did she get that idea?
Regarding the bathroom: I clean it before every new guest arrives. What more can I say. Anne apparently has very high standards. There are some very minor discolorations in the shower that don't come away with bleach, but I always clean it, of course, and I don't think it's necessary to "keep your flip-flops on while you shower," as she suggests. I find it ironic that Anne says the shower "needs a good bleach," as she made it clear to me that she has chemical sensitivities, and asked me not to use harsh cleaners, perfumed laundry detergent or dryer cloths, scented room fresheners or candles etc. before her arrival.
Anne says "the photos make the room look bigger than it is." Yes, the room is small, as I say up front in my listing. No deception intended.
Regarding the carpet: I vacuum it before each new guest arrives. Again, what more can I say. Is the dark green color a problem? I had no idea! As for Anne's statement "Not a good place to stay if you have allergies," I believe this is pure speculation on her part. No one has ever complained of an allergic reaction from staying in the room.
I have the impression that once Anne felt unhappy about one or two aspects of our house, she became determined to paint a negative picture of every aspect. It also seems that she expects five-star hotel quality.
Anne struck me as a nervous and high-strung person (for example, when she arrived, she knocked and rang the doorbell and called me on her cell phone (all within about five seconds) to tell me she was here, while I was on my way to answer the door. She spoke rapidly, did not make eye contact with me, and interrupted me almost every time I spoke, and would continue talking to me while walking away from me, making it difficult to converse or exchange information. After she went out in the afternoon and came back before going out again for dinner, her tone with me sounded a bit snippy and sarcastic--I wasn't sure if this perception was correct on my part, but now I think it was, and that she was already angry. I'm sorry to say I can't recommend her as a guest.