"Effective people are not problem-minded; they're opportunity minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems."
Stephen R. Covey
If life were a multiple choice test then the logical spot for the barbecue would be as simple as reading a diagram. According to the floor plan, the logical spot is against the open southern edge of the patio.
However, we don't live on a piece of graph paper.What the diagram can't relate is the effect of the ocean blown breeze sailing through our canyon. The "logical" spot is where the wind blows out the cooking flame like a candle as easily as if it is a candle on a cake.
We can't stop the wind. Unless we accept our limits and work one step at a time. When we accept challenges always follow even the best ideas well implemented, we are doomed to frustration..
One of the realities of my personality and how it relates to my husband is that I absolutely can't stand when he is displeased. Unfortunately for his dreams of free time, my mind is wired to come up with solutions. Ones that I need his expertise if he doesn't want to come home from work to discover his wife having been in his man-cave playing with his his tools.
How to keep the barbecue where the floor plan and I agreed and still have peace? My mind pulled up images of glass windbreaks at coastline and canyon homes.
Picture from Christmas 1983. My sister, Gina, with son Manny Chavez standing. (L-R)Trevor and Kenny Plunk.