Kathy: Let’s unleash the secrets of “The Veranda” for all our friends.
Red: I’m not sure what you mean? The secrets.
Kathy: The location…
Red: Locations, don’t you mean?
Kathy: Well, yeah. That’s definitely one of the special qualities of the veranda. Today, for instance, it’s raining…so we’re sitting under the roofed area.
Red: Yes, but in the piney woods or at the beach? I’m not getting a read on that from you.
Kathy: Hmmm…I guess I hadn’t looked beyond the mug of hot chocolate in my hands. The piney woods I think.
Red: Sounds good. A little too cold for the beach. So, that’s what you want to tell them? That we change our veranda on demand?
Kathy: Yes, for one thing. It’s nice having a happy place that can change in a flash.
Red: That’s right. I noticed when we’re in the mood for a barbeque we’re always at the beach, but if it’s a little on the gourmet side we’re definitely hanging out on deck among the pines, looking out at the little pond with the mallard ducks swimming around.
Kathy: Pretty much. Party-time at the beach house on the patio with the natural rock edge – instant seating for all of our guests. Reflective conversations are held on the deck overlooking the pond and woods.
Red: What about the terrace on Lake Como? We’ve done that one a time or two, when we really had something to celebrate.
Kathy: Oh, I love Lake Como…(gazing wistfully out at the pond but suddenly snapping out of it). There’s always water. Did you notice?
Red: Of course, the water’s essential to the mood. I imagine we’ll have a few other verandas pop up in the coming years.
Kathy: Definitely. Shall we tell them the other secret?
Red: Oh, sure. Why not?
Kathy: Well, when you visit us on the veranda…it can be anywhere you want it to be, too. So, please, feel free to indulge. Wherever you’re feeling like being at the moment…a porch, a terrace, a portico, a deck…your choice. It’s your veranda, too.