Before the Veil #ThursdayDoors

This is the first of the month, so there’s a new Hot Flash on my Hot Flashes page. A Hot Flash is a tiny little story, 50 words or fewer.

I’m a messy person. Mom used to call it “Portland”, after the part of Louisville where she then I grew up. Portland people may be neat or they may be messy, but they generally are savers. Not hoarders, but savers. We save bits of string, and may never use them or may use them creatively.

As an example, we got hold of one of those hollow-core doors from somewhere and saved it. When we needed a gate to the back yard, we hinged that baby and used the door for a gate. Saved buying a gate. Looked like hell, but it served the purpose.

ANYWAY, my office looks like a paper-recycle bin blew up. So Charlie (who is also from Portland) installed a set of doors he got when he replaced them for somebody. But they have panes in them, so he could see my mess, which offended him. His messes don’t. You understand. I certainly understand.

So then he installed these curtains.

A rod on the top and a rod on the bottom, a rod pocket at each end of each curtain.

Lets light through, but not unsightly mess.

And the bonus is this doorknob.

Ain’t that a beaut? No key to the keyhole. And someday I’ll clean up the office and show it to you. Yeah, and pigs may fly.

This has been part of Thursday Doors, the brainchild of Norm Frampton, photographer extraordinaire. Visit his wonderful site, view his truly superior photographs, and click on the blue frog link to enter a world of doors.

A WRITING PROMPT BASED ON MY POST: A character needs to hide a mess.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Before the Veil #ThursdayDoors

  1. Pierre Laberge

    March 1, 2018 at 12:22pm

    Whoever gave you those doors and replaced them…. With some modern junk! …..
    Came out on the bad side of the deal!!!!
    Too bad for them, eh????
    But at least you won out!!!!!!

    And you can tell I am a spammer? Holy Cowagunga!

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      Marian Allen

      March 2, 2018 at 7:47am

      More importantly, Pete, I can tell when you’re NOT a spammer!!!!!!!! I agree: We came out on the good end of that door deal.

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  2. Dan Antion

    March 1, 2018 at 2:44pm

    He did a nice job on the doors and curtains. I understand the pig-flying part. When it’s all said and done, I’m not sure how much neatness counts.

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      Marian Allen

      March 2, 2018 at 7:48am

      Neatness doesn’t count so much in the long run. My problem is when my mess gets so large I don’t have room to work. It’s way past that time in my office!

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  3. Norm2.0

    March 1, 2018 at 5:02pm

    Nice doors for someone to be giving away. Good for you!
    Regarding the clutter, as I always say, “Hey it’s my mess and everything is exactly where it’s supposed to be, after all, I put it there.”

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      Marian Allen

      March 2, 2018 at 7:50am

      Yep. And for goodness sake, don’t MOVE anything! I know which pile stuff is in. If you move those piles, I’ll never find anything!

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  4. joey

    March 4, 2018 at 8:13pm

    Beautiful doorknob, excellent solution to the unsightly mess. Our own messes never bother us, so I certainly understand. The Mister leaves his jeans, ALL OF THEM, folded atop the chest of drawers. Irritates me. However, on my side of the bed, halfa dozen hairbands and discarded pajama pants form a nearly permanent rug. (The pajama pants change, and sometimes I pick them up when I make the bed. Sometimes I walk over them.) I contend he never has to see my mess… lol

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      Marian Allen

      March 5, 2018 at 8:43am

      But…but…Joey, OF COURSE The Mister puts his pants atop the chest of drawers! Why do you think it’s called a chest of drawers? Silly girl! Charlie and I are messy, messy people. Of course, it’s only the stuff the OTHER one leaves lying around that’s “mess”. Our own stuff is good stuff, and needs to be where it is.

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  5. janet

    March 6, 2018 at 4:13pm

    In one of my apartments, I used a hollow-core door to make a lovely, large table held up by sawhorses at first and, later, with file cabinets. We had it for 27 years after we got married, until we moved. Worked wonderfully.


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      Marian Allen

      March 6, 2018 at 4:14pm

      My office desk is hollow-core doors held up by filing cabinets! Love it!

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