This past week was been an interesting mix of both very challenging and very interesting. Kind of like life in general in my experience - things can go along positively swimmingly for a good long while, and then suddenly, without any warning, throw in all kinds of interesting kinks.
And when it does, I always think of this Kelly Clarkson song, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger!
This Week's Monday Musings
1) Our backyard landscaper sort of dumped the responsibility for hiring a structural engineer to come out to our home to draw up plans for our new enlarged balcony into my lap, and my learning curve was steep! With the yard completely demolished, including the old balcony, I had visions of being left adrift in my now-dirt backyard. However, after several sleepless nights, and a whole lot of research, I think I'm on top of things once again, and I expect to have a structural engineer hired before the end of this coming week. The need for engineering plans in order to obtain a permit for our new balcony will slow down the project by about a month, but it's not massively expensive, and for that I'm most thankful. We had built a small amount of overage into the funds we have set aside for this project, and I guess we now know where they'll be going!
2) As a result of our yard's recent demolition, and subsequent engineering plans stall-out (because there's almost always a silver lining in every challenge!), I spent quite a few wonderful hours over the past week gazing outward at both the canyon behind our home, and the ocean in the distance, enjoying many wonderful sights and sounds as a result. I spotted a red tail hawk being chased away from a nest by some frantic crows, a very noisy Cooper's hawk calling from a tree one day, a lizard doing rapid push ups before deciding my foot was too large to attempt crawling over, military planes and helicopters flying in formation to and from nearby Camp Pendleton Marine Base, boats sailing over choppy, wind driven waves, Catalina Island, and oodles of small colorful birds that I hope to eventually be able to identify.
|Before demo, with the views hidden behind those shrubs and that fence.|
3) Another silver lining to Item 1 above is that I lost my appetite as a result of the unexpected curveball my landscaper threw, so I'm actually down a couple of pounds this morning, yeah!
4. I've been working hard to embrace all that our new community has to offer, and as a result we enjoyed several wonderful ocean moments over this past weekend.
|The weather was glorious for my regular Saturday morning club walk along the beach.|
|We took dinner and a bottle of wine to the beach on Saturday night|
and enjoyed this beautiful sunset.
|We joined a new group for a weekly Sunday night walk along the bluffs and beaches of San Clemente,|
followed by dinner together at a local fish and chips joint, and we had a blast.
|All the details of our new girl's birth info will be detailed in eventually!|