Things are still wonderful here in la-la land. They are beyond wonderful, in fact. Beyond, beyond, beyond! To infinity and beyond! (Yes, I have become an obnoxious happy person!)
The days seem to fly by here, and I find myself grasping at the hours to try to squeeze every last drop out of them. I never want the days to end. I dread when the sun begins to set, as the California sunshine makes me so insanely blissful. But today we had a rare overcast and rainy day which became the perfect excuse to run errands and otherwise stay inside the home (and blog – yay!). This was the very first day since arriving that I have not taken a walk or a hike of some sort, usually at least twice a day. I love walking in the morning, or in the afternoon when the sun is at its warmest, and again right at sunset, when everything in the neighborhood is cast in a warm golden glow.
I love my neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills. I walk along miles of winding tree-lined streets while gawking at the most beautiful homes, each uniquely different from one another and meticulously landscaped with vast arrays of plants and flowers, fruit trees, climbing vines, picket fences, stone pathways, and large, majestic doors that look as if they lead straight into the secret garden. During one of my recent outings I turned up a road which led me to discover Cahuenga Park, which has the most wonderful hiking trails and spectacular panoramic views. This is all a walk from my front door, folks.
An bird’s-eye view of the Hollywood Hills neighborhood from the trail.
Beyond all the opportunities I am having to get out into nature, I am also hanging out with my new friend Jeff whom I met the very day after I arrived. Also a recent LA transplant, he and I attended the same paid audience member taping where we were plucked from our original seats and placed next to each other. We quickly discovered we were both past cruise ship musicians. Fate? Definitely. We’ve been inseparable ever since. Turns out we live only a few minutes from each other, which in LA, proximity matters. We run our errands together, we go out together, we hike together, we car-pool to tapings. I’ve thought time and time again, thank God for Jeff! He’s made transitioning into my new life a breeze.
Meet Jeff. :)
Life is good; fun; exciting; new. I’ve spent months in peace and solitude and nature while conserving my energy and healing, and ever since arriving in LA I feel like I’ve hit the ground running. I want to do, see, try everything, and meet everyone. LA has welcomed me with open arms and continues to embrace me. Other times LA has felt scary, cold and harsh, but I’ve learned it’s all about timing. Everything fell into perfect place upon arriving. So perfect in fact that I have no doubts this is exactly where I’m meant to be.