The fired nanny who has been refusing to leave her former employers' home says she is now ready to go—when conditions are just right. Diane Stretton over the weekend emailed Marcella and Ralph Bracamonte's lawyer blaming the weather and the media for her failure to depart their California home, ABC News reports. There are "always a bunch of news vehicles right in front of the house," the 64-year-old complains. "The media needs to be completely gone before I continue moving." She noted a predicted near-100-degree heat wave will make it impossible to move in the next few days because she "can't work in that kind of heat"—though "if the media stays away, I will be out by the 4th of July. But that depends on the circus not continuing."
But Marcella Bracamonte, who says she fired Stretton last month after she "just stopped working," isn't convinced. "I don’t believe her. She is going to show up when I am not here with a bunch of food and water and she will barricade herself in her room," she says. Stretton, for her part, tells KNX 1070 news radio she only refused to work twice, when she had the flu and had worked 90 days straight. "I didn’t get lunch breaks, I didn’t get coffee breaks, I didn't get any holidays. Basically, I was working 24/7." Bracamonte, who tells People that she hired Stretton through a Craigslist ad and that her references checked out, says she and her family will be out of town on the day when Stretton claims she is going to move—but there will be plenty of other family members house-sitting. "I feel like she knows that I'm going to be gone and that she wants to lock me out of my home," she says.