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Sleeping

Cuddling up in your cozy little nook

Ah, now this is the life: Forty winks in a flowerbed. Rip Van Winkle among the roses. If you have a cat or dog, chances are he's already found the best spot for napping on the balcony. Follow your pet's example and make your own leafy nest in the sky.

A daybed draped with cool cotton sheets and covers is an inviting place for repose. An old metal hospital cot or a salvaged bench entwined with ivy can be decked out for the afternoon with a down comforter and pillows. A pile of old quilts on the sofa or hammock would do fine, too. If it's chilly out, bring along a thick wool blanket to curl up in.

Snoozers on a shoestring budget can opt for a plush rug spread out on the floor. Just add a few colorful cushions and your magic carpet is ready to take you away to dreamland. Of course, in a pinch you could always just lean your head against a big terracotta flowerpot with a lavender-filled sachet on your eyelids.

Yaaaawn. I'm getting sleepy just thinking about it. Z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z.