I grew up in Ithaca, NY and I still stay connected to my roots on the east coast. However, I have lived in California since 1971 and in Ukiah, a town of about 15,000, since 1980. I love this community and stay closely involved, which is an advantage in directing guests to many local places of interest.
Before my “semi-retirement”, most of my career was in administrative positions, a good fit for person who loves to organize. In addition, I have compassion for others and am drawn to helping people at various stages of life and in lots of situations. For 28 years, I ran a business as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, working with injured workers, assisting them with returning to work or starting their own businesses. Before that I worked with developmentally disabled adults and after my business closed due to changes in the law, I worked with foster teens. I continue to take on occasional short-term jobs and volunteer for hospice and other care-giving positions. I also have volunteered for the local playhouse since I arrived in Ukiah.
I’m in my 60’s and I stay youthful through a positive attitude, healthy habits, and an active lifestyle. I hosted cooking classes in my house for the past three years, love trying out new recipes, and cook for friends and guests. I’m in transition to a slightly more vegetarian-based diet, but I’m not strict about it. I can make dietary accommodations for guests-just ask.
I continue to take ceramic classes at our local community college to expand my skills in new ways and network with other artists, although I have my own pottery studio at my home. My home reflects my interest in the arts and my pottery can be spotted all over the house.
Nearby hiking trails and the quiet neighborhoods that West-side Ukiah is known for, provide me and my guests with ample places to walk or run. I also swim, kayak, and take a variety of exercise classes (mostly yoga and Chi Gong), keeping me pretty fit.
The most meaningful detail about my life is that I’m a grandmother to two girls-one born in 2012 and another in 2014-the family lives in Arizona.
When I am in my home, I sincerely enjoy sharing it with others and find that hosting through Airbnb is a great way to meet new and interesting people!