Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015 - Around "home"

It's amazing that this feels so much like home. Granted, Paul and Jeri are doing all the heavy lifting - gardening, repairs, dealing with the French bureaucracy. Thanks to them, we can do the fun stuff of living in France - driving around country roads, shopping at markets and grocery stores, and cooking delicious meals in our American style French country kitchen.

Today is a day to do chores - cleaning for the next set of arrivals - Nancy tomorrow and Dennis and Karen on Sunday. The kitchen gets a good scrub and the bathrooms, which have been impeccably maintained by our previous friends, get a once over with clean towels and bath mats. Laundry is also on the list.

No traveling today, but thought you'd like to see a photo of Sully who gets us where we're wanting to go, but seems to think that the fastest route to anywhere is through the middle of small villages and occasionally  down goat paths.  She doesn't recalculte, but she does suggest we make a U-Turn when we ignore her directions. Nevertheless, we're getting used to her idiosyncrasies and can enter info in pretty easily now.

Notice anything different about the entrance to the house?  The wisteria is gone. Cock-eyed light to be repaired was injured in the removal process. Jeri and Paul plan to replace the missing greenery with climbing roses on each side of the door. While the wisteria is spectacular when blooming, that is only for one week once a year. The rest of the year, it's a battle to keep it trimmed, clean up its blossoms and pull it down from the eaves.

The evening brought the surprise arrival of a slightly creepy looking couple. Some of you might think they look a lot like our hosts, Jeri and Paul, but there was something not quite right about their faces.  The guy introduced himself as Count de Money and his wife - I think her name was Spenda de Money. Apparently vampire (parties) are a popular thing here too.

We're ready now for the last visiters. And I'm suddenly fully aware that we have just over 2 weeks left here. There's still so much to see, so much life to visit, so many good meals yet to eat. I'm anxious to see my family and friends again, but not in a big hurry to get back to our US lifestyle. France has a way of seeping into your soul.

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