Make yourself at home

Housesitting seems easy, until raccoons and storms conspire against you

Posted: July 28, 2012 at 2:08 a.m.

Patricia Graves, 22, sniffs lemon basil leaves in the garden of a home she housesat in June.

If you’d seen Patricia Graves a few weeks ago, say, at a small Saturday evening party hosted by mutual friends, you’d have noticed a swollen red spot just above her right wrist. If you’re more curious than courteous, like me, you’d have asked, Hey, what’s that?

High-Impact Housesitting

Patricia Graves, 22, housesitting for her former University of Central Arkansas professor in June on Lake Conway. (By Bobby Ampezzan)
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