I took this picture about two years ago. I was sitting, as I am now, on the back steps. There are just four cement steps leading to the back door - not a full-on porch. But, it was a place to sit while I rested after returning from a long trip, and I could look at the back yard.
At one point I decided to get an outdoor table and chairs. I love looking at my back yard. It's green, it has trees, there's a field behind it. Plants here and there. Cats. I thought it was a shame not to take more time sitting and enjoying it, appreciating it.
I had a small ice cream parlor table when I moved in. It’s been sitting on the patio, but it's very hot there. The afternoon and evening sun bakes that space and anybody who is sitting in it. We have another patio table on the side of the house. That one is bigger, and with four comfortable chairs. There's a cover over that area, so the sun doesn't beat down on you. From disuse, this table has become full of things, as unused tables are wont to do.
And here I sit, on the cement steps leading to the back door. It feels like sitting here is what a small child would do; a real adult has patio furniture to sit on. But, this is my favorite view of the yard and my favorite place to be. It feels natural to come outside and sit here. I would have to make an effort to remember to go sit in the grown-up furniture. I can think better here than I can in the patio furniture, because I feel more at home here. I can drink coffee on these steps, the cats like to come up and sit with me. I'm happier here, so I’ve just decided to go with it.