Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Our New Haven

Two weeks ago I wrote about our shiny, new wheelchair van. This week I will write about something much simpler and less expensive, but something which will impact our lives similarly. Don't get me wrong. The wheelchair van is wonderful. But we already had one. This van is just newer and has a few more bells and whistles.

When we moved into our house last summer we were excited about the small porch facing the ocean. The gentle breeze coming off the water warms you in the spring and fall, and cools you on uncomfortable summer days. But small is the operative word, and wheelchairs don't deal with small very well. We enjoyed some time on the porch, but not nearly as much as we had hoped we would. We spoke of expanding it one day, and we recently did just that.



The new deck is rather simple and unadorned, but it holds great promise for our emotional well-being. The deck is situated such that, as long as there is some sun in the sky there is a portion that is bathed in sunlight and a portion that is protected by shade. Depending on the ambient temperature, I usually have a clear preference for one portion or the other.

This is different than the decks at our previous houses, though. We had always lived in suburban-type neighborhoods, and our decks were private and afforded us some intimacy with our trees, lawn, and sometimes even woods.

This house, and therefore this deck, is in an urban neighborhood, right in the middle of everything. We're adjusting to the fact that people walking their dogs or neighbors mowing their (tiny) lawns can get a good look at us barbecuing, eating, and lounging. I'm almost used to it already.

Sometimes, whether you have an incurable chronic disease or just a bad day at work, it's the simple things like your own little haven that can provide the most comfort. 

All that the deck is lacking is your company. Stop by and join us for a beer, a sip of wine, or a tall, cool glass of lemonade. Bring a dog treat.


  1. Sounds wonderful... wish I was on your side of the globe because I'd definitely take you up on the invitation. Well done on a lovely little place to relax, retreat and simply enjoy the beauty around you.

  2. Mitch, that is one outstanding addition to your house. I like the simple design and especially the lip around the edges. Hopefully it is srong enough to keep your chair from rolling off! (J/K, I know you are more aware of your surroundings than the average guy.)

    My guess is that passers-by are less interested in you
    r patio goings-on than you think; Or, if they're not, so what? Let them envy you. I predict you will be spending many hours out here enjoying the Summer evenings. Well, and mornings too -- what a great place to have your morning cup of coffee.

  3. Good luck with the new deck -- it's so peaceful looking. Love your little doggie posing in the photos! Looks like a little ham!

  4. Mitch, thanks for the invite. We'll see you soon. I know you'll enjoy our german shepherd, Bear.
    Steve and Diana

  5. Someone did great work..leaving you with a beautiful deck. We, too, prefer privacy to being in plain sight of everyone...but the world isn't always made that way, I guess.

    I'm surprised to see Ms. Phoebe sitting on the ribbed aluminum ramp. Our granddogs won't touch it...preferring to jump over it...Ginny

  6. Maggie,

    Well, if you ever find yourself on the side of the world definitely look me up!


    You are right. I think I'll feel less and less conspicuous all the time. By the way, I belong to that probably 1% of Americans who don't drink coffee. Maybe when I grow up I will.


    Phoebe absolutely loves it when we are outside.


    Anytime! Tell Bear that Phoebe is not as mean as she looks.


    Yes, we like our carpenter very much. He does great work.