The budget is busted. I placed the order for the fix to the balcony, and leveling the patio again, too (did this 15 years ago or so, it needs doing again).
The work won't happen until August, in two sessions. So I have a little belt-tightening, saving room between now and then, but yeah, that's probably double the budget for house fixing this year, between the plumping, the garage doors and these two new projects.
Welcome to retirement, huh? More time on your hands and since you're home more, you notice more things that need fixing up! Add a grand-dog playing in the yard, and priorities start getting adjusted.
Nice young man, reputable firm, he has a solution that involves something called "smart jacks" and new footings for that balcony stack. And once the patio is again lifted/leveled and sealed, my outdoor space will be more livable. Week by week, as Carl visits, I'm deforesting (again, I have to do this every year)... but a few more Mondays of work and I'll be able to just put my folding camp chair out on that patio in the shade and enjoy.
Reminder to self: up the budget allotment for allergy meds. I made the tactical error of throwing open the windows in the coolness that has been this week, and found myself sneezing more... yep, not cured. Whyizzit we think we are when we've had a lessening of symptoms due to avoidance of irritants? Oh, yeah, that would be the upbringing of denial!
Here's hoping y'all have a Sparking good weekend, nurturing your body, mind, and spirit as best you can, whatever your current situation! And Happy Flag Day, US folks!