Note to self: Don't forget to look for closet space!!!!!!
We sold our house…. We think.
Nothing is as easy here as it is in the U.S.
Or as fast.
We've been trying to sell our house for 3 years. Two weeks ago today we 'agreed a sale'.
Then we arranged for the house inspector to come.
Then France had a Thursday holiday, followed by a Monday holiday, which translates as a 1 week holiday because everyone who possibly can will 'faire le pont' , that is, 'make the bridge': take the intervening days off.
The contracts went to the buyer late last week. He'll read them, sign them (we hope) and send them back.
Then we read them, sign and return them to him.
Then he has 7 days to think about what he's about to do.
Then he sends us a deposit.
We accept the deposit.
THEN we have sold our house….maybe… Pretty sure, anyway.
At which time we'll know when the closing will be: July 31st or August 31st.
The earliest possible it can be is the end of July. Any country property has to be offered to the Agricultural Commission for purchase at the agreed upon price. They have 60 days to decide if they'll step in or not. I've never heard of it happening, but there you have it… Must be done.
Once the 31st of July has passed, nothing can happen until the 31st of August because the entire world is on holiday. No work gets done, anywhere.
Which means that, in case we actually sell, and, in case we actually close on July 31st, we have to find a place to live so we can move on July 31st…. And it's already too late because no one will take the job that close to August. It could interfere with getting ready for the holiday.
So, we thought we just might start looking at houses today.
We looked at four.
I was on the third one before I remembered to look for closet space.
We're looking at older, country properties; stone houses.
Stone houses don't have closets.
If I want more than a 3' wide wardrobe to hang clothes in (sharing) there either needs to be a space for mon mari to build a closet (which he did in Andorra) or a tiny room that can be converted (which we did here – less you think I have a walk-in closet, it's only 30" wide by about 4' deep. I slide along the wall with a flashlight in my teeth when I'm looking for something.)
On the other hand, one of them had really gorgeous old beams and an outdoor brick barbecue….
We'll be eating a lot of quick and easy pasta dishes over the next few weeks, while we find a new place to lay our heads (and paws).
Come to think of it, maybe a wee bit longer: there might be some odd packing to do.
Thankfully, there's always a lot of great dishes at Presto Pasta Nights, started by Ruth, of Once Upon a Feast. And here's my contribution to this week:
Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken
3oz (100gr) cherry tomatoes
3oz (100gr) feta
3oz (100gr) Greek or Kalamata olives
2 tbs fresh snipped chives
1 1/4 cups pasta: gemelli, fusilli, penne
2 tbs Greek or plain yogurt
4 tbs pesto
1 tbs olive oil, the good stuff
Cook pasta according to package instructions.
Mix Worcestershire, vinegar, basil and oil in a small bowl. Pour over chicken and allow to marinate a few minutes. Cut tomatoes in half. Cut feta into small cubes or crumble. Pit olives, if needed, and cut in half or thirds. Snip chives.
Cook chicken, either on barbecue grill or nonstick skillet, 7 – 10 minutes per side, or until done. When done, remove and slice
In pasta bowl, mix pesto, oil and yogurt. When pasta is done drain, rinse lightly with cool water, drain and add to pesto in bowl. Toss to coat. Add chicken, tomatoes, olives, feta and chives, toss gently to combine and serve.
Note to self: Don't forget to find out if the house has heating other than the fireplace.