First screened-in porch since I was a kid
When I was little, our family moved into a ranch-style Florida house with a large screened in porch on the back. What a great place to play, have supper, listen to the birds singing in the woods behind our house. Ultimately, the house began to get a little cramped, so we added a bedroom and turned the porch into a so-called “Florida room.”
Next, we lived in a house with a back door out onto a concrete patio and talked about building a porch there some day. Never did. Meanwhile, the heavy wood screen door took up space in the garage for 12 years.
When we moved in January to a new house on a corner of the farm where my wife grew up, we were happy to see that it came with a deck. Yesterday, we hired two neighborhood carpenters to add a screen and put up that door. Finally, we have our porch and, even though the door matches the color from two houses ago, it works fine.
Before the screen was up, our indoor cats pestered us about going out on the deck. We didn’t want to get started with them bounding down into the yard and returning with fleas. Last night when we opened the door between the house and the new porch, they didn’t want to go out there. Suddenly, they were scared of it. Let’s hope that’s because it was dark and the spotlight on the corner of the house made the back yard look different.
We’re looking forward to having a nice place to sit and watch the grass grow, and if the cats don’t want to participate, well, then to heck with them.