Help me with some house chores and improve English near Lloydminster, Canada



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    With the chaos that is going on in the world right now I would be willing to open my new world up as a safe place to land for a period of time. I am a female alone in the world now but don't think for a moment that i'm asking for sympathy or looking for anything other than a positive workaway experience.
    Our previous goal was to have people come help out with small chores and some medium sized projects. that has not changed. I am capable of doing a lot of them on my own, but I would love company and help. In return, I can offer a place to land, to learn better English if that is a goal. To plan the next step of your journey.
    Dan is no longer here to cook, but years ago, I was a great cook as well. Or, that chore can be shared if you have some recipes we should try.

    This was our previous introduction...I will leave it up as it gives an insight into the history of our life and what we were like as a couple

    I will be suspending approvals for a couple weeks. My husband passed away just after New Year’s… As I adjust to life without him and try to figure out how to go forward I hope to once again invite people to the world we were trying to build.
    My husband and I have 4 acres just outside Lloydminster Ab./Sk.
    After two years of health issues, we have projects that we need help with.
    My husband can't lift anything over 10 lbs and cannot walk any distance.
    I have to work to pay bills and just can't keep up. He was hospitalized for over 10 weeks the past two years and things just didn't get done.
    We host travelers through other sites and like to have a place to share with others. We like to have people over and share food, fire-pits and music. (we play the stereo, no instruments, but encourage almost any type of music)
    Hubby smokes presently but has to quit so we hope for a non-smoker, or someone willing to smoke in the attached garage. We have alcohol in the house but are not frequent drinkers. The house is presided over by two cats, Ripley and Finn, they will purr and fuss and want your attention, maybe...they are cats, they are fickle
    Dan loves to cook for everyone.
    Town, is 7 minutes down the road with most amenities available.
    We sit right on the Alberta/Saskatchewan border and so have access to the prairies all around us and 4-5 hour drive to the Rocky mountains. Edmonton and Saskatoon are large cities that are about 2 1/2 hours away. There are many lakes nearby.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are very laid back and welcoming.
    We don't have fancy degrees, but we have lots of life experiences to share.
    There are recreation facilities in town and many church groups for young adults.
    We are a center for oil and gas production so there is a chance to learn about that.
    We are surrounded by a cattle farm and have many different agricultural farms nearby.
    We are open to new cultures and love to learn about other countries.
    With all the health issues we have experienced, we can offer an insight into that as well as show how we keep going and try to keep a positive attitude.

  • Help


    General yard work, some flower planting and keeping the yard tidy. Basic domestic chores like laundry, cleaning and dishes may be needed as well, although we can manage that mostly.
    Inside, there are some walls that need painting. The basement needs some walls painted and tidying up. We are sorting through the garage and tidying it up and just need a few hours each day to get this done.
    If you are handy, we do small to moderate renovation projects as I have time and money.
    Outside, gathering of firewood is our biggest chore to have done by winter. Mowing the lawn and basic upkeep. I will be trying to get some bricks moved to possibly perk up the front entrance.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

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  • Accommodation


    I have a basement room with big windows and a comfy bed. Private bathroom and shared laundry room. Private entrance through the garage. There is a tv, small fridge and hardwire for a computer as well. Sometimes this is rented out.

    Main floor is the Kitchen, dining area, living room and another bedroom I like to keep available for when our adult children visit. It has a double bed, single bed bunk so it can accommodate 2-3 if needed or if you are a small family unit.

    Upstairs is my room and the main bathroom. We have the computer room as well. There is wifi.

    We share the kitchen. You are encouraged to feel free to make meals. I do have a need for high protein, so vegans and vegetarians may not be as comfortable even though I would do my best to accommodate.

    Outside is 4 acres that needs love every so often in the form of mowing and enjoying. We have a firepit for hanging out at when we have wood and decent weather.

    The house is old and needs some love to help it feel fresh again.
    We've been a bit neglectful because we were dealing with our health issues, but it wouldn't take much to help it out.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I am about 7 minutes from town. I have one vehicle so transportation back and forth would have to be worked out. There is limited public transportation in town, no bus, just cabs. I go to town almost everyday for work so if needed, I can drop you in town for shopping or sightseeing

    I am 51. Not young but not old yet. I live a relaxed life. At home, i prefer to keep a happy, relaxed world. I don't like anger or hostilities or drama. I like laughter and giggles and singing along to music and dancing badly in the kitchen, or yard or wherever the mood strikes. Dan liked movies and music. I will share his collection if you want. When i'm not working, I like to putter around and clean and fix and decorate our world. It is filled with pictures and lights and memories of our life.

    Dan was previously married, as was I. He has two adult daughters and I have two adult sons and one daughter-in-law. We have two cats that think they run the house and will expect attention whenever the mood strikes.

    There is a sports facility in town for various activities.
    A history museum that houses a bit of the local oil and gas history as well.
    Many shopping options and restaurants.
    Well kept parks
    Lots of open space to wander
    Movie theatre

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    I have almost four acres of space, lots of room for camper vans :)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Dan and Dani
The view from the front gate.
Us and most of the kids in our world
This is Finn, He's 4
This is Ripley, she's 13
One of our firepits in the backyard
basement couch
Basement beds, Window has been fixed up and is bright and new
view from the front yard

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