In between the stressful moments – another month’s delay while waiting for loan paperwork completion, a deluge of oak leaves in the pool, the snake that surprised me while weeding – there are zen moments. I’m back to outdoor work, which seems to be the only thing of consequence I can add to the house renovation at the moment. I have decided to clear and clean the 400+ square feet of outdoor coquina wall that rambles around the property, and on a sunny spring Florida day I found great satisfaction in methodically picking out itty bitty plants from their footholds, scrubbing off years of dirt, and finding the edges of each rock long hidden and inhabited by bugs of every shape and size. I got about 1/100ths done, but the Doobie Brothers kept me company.