In less than a week, we will have nine people staying in our little house in the south of France. Yep, it's going to be close quarters, but we're trying to make sure everything is as comfortable as possible. The only guest from outside France we've had come to stay with us was Tucker who arrived in October 2019 when the house was still a construction area. And Grace and Jack who stayed for five months last year during Covid as we continued to work on the house.
Now, most of the rooms are not just livable, but comfortable.
The kitchen has been our favorite room since it was initially finished. We gather here with guests most of the time, the scene of much delicious food and camaraderie. One thing that changes in the kitchen is the artwork as it gets updated based on items we find in France or in the States.
|Our homey kitchen|
|From the other corner, looking into the living room, with Louis Catorze featured in the center|
The living room is getting more comfortable with two leather couches, a bookshelf, and the television attached to the wall now.
|View from beyond the stair case. Louis again!|
Our downstairs half bath, that's what we call a bathroom that has a toilet and sink, but no shower or bathtub, is completed. There's no getting around the electrical box in there, but it looks 100 percent better than it did now that it has shiny gray and white tiles on the floor, a corner sink and a niche for decorative items.
|Don't put on too much weight to fit in this toilet!|
|The tiny sink and the table with hand towels. The electrical box in the way.|
The bedrooms and guest bathroom have been finished for quite awhile, but they both were missing artwork. As we moved art around in the kitchen, we relegated some items to the upstairs bedrooms. We also found some French-type art in the Troc in Carcassonne. One painting reminded me of the book Madeline "In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...”
|The guest bedroom ready for our guests, now with artwork.|
|Looking the opposite direction. That's not Louis rolled up by the shower, that's a rug.|
|Our bedroom with French doors that lead to the office|
|The office where I teach and the French doors that lead out to the terrace.|
|The terrace is perfect for breakfast for two.|
With the artwork hung in the bedrooms, Earl spent a few days cleaning the room at the end of the house that we call the cozy room. It ended up with a lot of the construction debris, myriad paint cans, tools, copper pipe, frames for dry wall and one unused radiator. He emptied it out and we plan to put a curtain over the fireplace so the things we're storing inside won't be so obvious.
|The cozy room has a futon, but it also houses our washer, dryer and water heater.|
So two bedrooms and a futon, that's 2, 4, 6 places to sleep, a double mattress on the floor in the office, there's 8 and someone can sleep on the infinitely comfortable couch in the living room.
The stays only overlap by three nights as Tucker and a friend arrive July 6 and leave July 11. Grace, Jack and friends arrive July 8 and leave in shifts in the coming weeks. But they'll all be here for the Tour de France as it ends in Quillan on July 10.
I try not to picture people uncomfortable sleeping on mattresses on the floor, but instead think of us gathered in the garden around the table with raucous conversation as we introduce our kids and their friends to our life in France.
|The gladiolas are blooming in coral, orange, purple and white.|
|The wisteria has begun its second bloom|
I must remember to breath and enjoy it all.