We have lived in our home since 1998 and have a nice-sized back deck. It has needed repairs and resurfacing for years, but that’s a project we just haven’t gotten to yet. As a result, we hardly ever spent any time out there. Until the pandemic! We bought a new table and chairs in late March, hauled the umbrellas out of our shed, and now it has become my favorite spot. I sit out there for the morning Soul Boosts (weather permitting), I do yoga in the sunshine as often as I can, and we eat dinner together outside frequently. The deck still needs a lot of TLC, but for me, it has become a respite from the ugly realities of life in my own backyard. And I consider that to be quite a silver lining.