Ice cream and a cabana
I've always wanted a beautiful porch like so many of you gals in blog land have. We do have a porch in the front of our house but it's small, in a subdivision, and we really don't like to sit out there. We have our swings of course, which we dearly love, but they are really not condusive to having meals outside. We have always wanted a screened in porch but three contractors later, and due to the line of our roof, the ceiling would have to come down so low that we just don't think it would look right. We have a patio and umbrella for our table but we have always wanted something with a screen. I think we have found the perfect solution in our little cabana. In fact, we like it so much that we are thinking eventually of getting a free standing more permanent type of screened in cabana or gazebo. We worried that a cabana would not work on our patio because there is really nothing to secure it to other than drilling holes in the patio or our house which we didn't want to do. My hubby and our son Michael came up with a great solution! Our son Michael made us weights and drilled holes into them. Then he and my hubby looped rope over the sides of the cabana and tied it to the weights. We have had our cabana for several months now and it has made it through four major storms without ripping apart.
We still have fires out by our swing but sometimes we now have them on the patio too. It's been much more fun when we have cook outs with our family now. The cabana is turning out to be a great place to read and sometimes have coffee and tea in the morning and evening. It has a rather high dome and my hubby helped me hang an ornate tea light holder in the center of it. Then he attached a small piece of rope to it in such a way that I can easily pull it up or down to light a tea light at my own discretion. We also added a rug for Charli because she doesn't like to lay on the cold cement. There you have it ladies, a very simple and relatively inexpensive solution to having a screened in porch.
On days when we go to Brandenburg Park or other places where Charli has to stay home alone we have the perfect way to make it up to her. Charli loves frozen custard and ice cream! Of course she can only have a little bit and we never give her anything other than vanilla. Sometimes we take her to Erma's, a local custard stand, or we give her some ice cream here at home. Charli is such a little Diva that she even has her own, just the right size, glass ice cream bowl. When she sees me get it out or the ice cream out of the freezer she spins around in circles because she knows she is going to get a special treat.