I absolutely love my deck. It’s nothing fancy, very utilitarian for my life, and needs, but it’s my special place.
Every summer, my deck has been more than just a place to relax, drinking in the completeness of summer. It’s been an Al fresco dining room, an area to grill, my garden center, a dog corral, a clothes dryer, etc..
About six years ago, I bought a table that had an opening for a large umbrella. I bought my first umbrella and immediate believed I had struck gold. I spent more time on the deck with my laptop, enjoying as much writing time in the shade as the ever moving sun would allow.
At some point this past spring, I discovered sun sails – screened cloth coverings that block 90% of the sun. I purchased two screens: one 16′ x 16′ screen, and a 9′ x 9′ x 9′ triangular screen.
Due to consistent rain showers on every blasted day off between May and July, the wrestling brothers I always hire to assist with various projects, Cody and Cooper, and I could not begin the process of securing the sunshades.
Finally, in early July, I found a great price for one of those heavy-duty pop up tents. I placed it on the deck, secured it, and turned it into my little piece of heaven.
However, the deck continues to remain much more of a multipurpose activity center then most of the lovely arrangements designed by many of my friends.
I intend to keep the tent on the deck, however, the unused sunshades now have a new proposed location for a new little patio area out in the yard. I may complete this patio project in late summer.