Jim has built a deck over our existing patio and extended it over the walkway to the pool. He has also put together a new canopy over the deck. We sit outside in the mornings and drink coffee while the cats eat and romp and play.
Many times I have thought that our house reminds me of my Aunt Barbara and Uncle Shelby's house in Muncie, IN. It's a ranch house with a similar layout; but then again, most ranch houses are similar.
Also, I remember their back patio had a cover on it and when we visited them, we'd often wake up to find them on the back patio drinking coffee, enjoying the birds eating and frolicking.
So while I enjoy my back porch in the present, it also brings back good memories of childhood visits to my Aunt and Uncle's home.