Spending More Time Outside

As if I don’t have enough to do these days, I am going to make some much needed upgrades to my back patio. I am outside a lot and often take a rest after gardening for a while on the comfortable chaise longue. I have a nice large area, so I have set up a conversational seating area for friends. I like to barbecue on nice spring or summer nights because it is so much easier than heating up the kitchen with a hot oven. Plus, I spent a bundle on a top-tier grill with all the accessories. It is a technological enhancement to the garden I have spent hours maintaining.

I love this chore and don’t even give it that negative name. It is my favorite pastime. If I can spot a flew stray butterflies, so much the better. My perfect day is complete. I know just the right time of year. Meanwhile, I clean the grill and set out the utensils of the trade. With a full refrigerator and a well-stocked freezer, anyone can drop by at any time and I am ready. They don’t come to see the butterflies, but knowing me, they will listen to what I have seen this week. They will comment on the gorgeous photos I have posted on Instagram or the images marked by Pinterest. Those most attentive to my interests get invited back! This is as it should be no matter what your particular hobby or ideal topic of conversation. I believe in surrounding yourself with the right people that compliment your personality and needs. Good friends make for great guests.

One of the important upgrades to the patio is the installation of a minifridge so I don’t have to keep traipsing inside to get what I need. Guests can reach in and grab a soda or beer. If I have a big crowd, I also put out an ice chest for bottled water and lemonade. A visit to my house is a treat. You sit with friends, sip an ice tea and converse as you relax. There is nothing like a grilled steak or hamburger. I don’t fuss and use paper goods all the way. The only problem is that my new outdoor ceiling fan blows the loose napkins around. It’s one that I bought on the internet from https://www.ceilingfanchoice.com/best-outdoor-ceiling-fan/. I can adjust it to a slower rotation speed. At night I turn on the central lighting fixture for ambiance. This is one of the best decorative additions to the refurbished patio. I can create a gentle breeze when the air is a bit too warm. Plus, it simply looks great on its own. It is easy to install yourself with a few tidbits from the hardware store to attach it to a beam or flat ceiling. You can run the wire along an edge to hide it. If you buy a cord in the color of your wall, you have instant camouflage.