My reluctance to put anything ON my pergola has been a topic of discussion and some derision (just another thing you won't use). But I've been letting the pergola sit there while I think about what I want to use it for (at least for now). I really didn't put it up to have weddings on, despite opinions to the contrary.
Today I put my favorite patio table (small) with matching metal chairs on it. They've faded a bit and match the deck quite well. I can sit and visit, or sit and eat breakfast. Then I brought my plastic resort style chaise out of the backyard and washed it off and put it on as well. THEN I laid down on the chaise and looked up.
The lattice on roof and sides made shadows all over the place, including me. The lines of the decking where mesmerizing. Best of all was watching the clouds march across the lattice roof grid.
There will be times when I may toss on an extra table and chair set for a party. They are always as close as the dog room. But for me, and for what I need, and what I want to do, I like my little zen den. It's right next to my rock garden, and I can see my cinder block garden from it as well. I LIKE it that it's not connected to the house-it's separate, but not far. It's open, but not exposed.
I contemplated what it was I needed to get away from. I live alone. But this seems like a good place to go to get away from the noise in my head-a treehouse for someone who doesn't climb trees.