We had huge decks at our previous home and one of my dreams for that house was to have a screen-in porch where I could enjoy the cool evenings and not be attacked by the mosquitoes.
I also had fond memories of sleeping out on my grandparent's porch in the summer months. They lived at an elevation that was warm during the day but when night fell, it got really cool. My grandmother had an iron bed out on the screened-in porch that was piled high with warm quilts and once you climbed inside, you were unable to move (or maybe did not want to) because of the warmth and weight of the quilts. Those memories have always been with me and today, in my new house, I finally have a screened-in porch complete with an iron bed. It just got installed yesterday and is waiting the mattress and the coverings.
Here is the entrance to the screened-in portion of the deck. You can see some wicker furniture in the foreground and the iron bed in the background.
A closer view of the furniture waiting for all the stuff that will make it a cozy place to spend summer nights. I can hardly wait! Even just taking a nap there during the day or reading a book sounds so wonderful.
Here's a view of the other side of the deck with our Adirondack chairs. This portion is not screened-in but it is covered and also a wonderful place to sit in the morning sun with a cup of coffee or in the afternoon with lunch. I watch the world go by from this deck.
Dreams really do come true. They may take years to materialize but if you hold them close, re-visit them from time-to-time and keep visualizing them, they will make themselves known to you in the end. Keep dreaming! And thanks, Helen, for reminding me about this. The bed was in the storage unit and was planned to be set up here but I had forgotten about it while it was tucked in the back of the unit. Nice to have "old friends" back again.