Undisclosed Location #ThursdayDoors

We went to visit our #2 Daughter, who prefers to have as little internet presence as possible (not everybody wants to live online).

One of the reasons we went was to see the quilting table Charlie made for her, which she took home in sections, painted, and assembled.

Here’s the finished product, doors and all. More about the doors after the picture.

She made the doors. Charlie made open shelves, but her cats got in and raked everything off so they could sleep there, so she constructed doors out of wainscotting trimmed with thin baseboard. She also made the cloth baskets on the open shelves on the side.

I wish I had gotten the green hanging you can see a bit of in the upper right; it’s an art quilt she made of a black cat in tall grass. The flat stuff on the wall behind the table are her cutting and measuring boards, hung on a nail to keep them handy and out of the way.

This picture is not of a door, but it is of an opening: Charlie built a well into the table-top for the sewing machine to fit down into, so she can feed the quilting material straight through and not up over the machine base.

Before I came to another door, we checked out her massive snowball bush. Hand included for scale. No nail polish, sorry. It was Sunday afternoon, and I had removed the week’s work and not put the new week’s on yet.

Okay, so then I snapped this picture of her shed, door ajar.

And what’s that inside the door? Let’s look!

It’s the feral kitten she’s trying to tame! He’s just getting to where he’ll get close to her. We didn’t try to approach him (this is a zoom shot), because we didn’t want to mess with her progress. When she wins his trust, she’ll betray him by having him neutered. Such is life. But living in the country means you either neuter any cats you can catch or break your heart watching kittens picked off by bigger, faster predators.

Thursday doors is the brainchild of Norm Frampton, photographer extraordinaire. Visit his site, enjoy his wonderful photographs, follow his directions, and enter a world of doors.

Just in case you’re wondering what my nails look like this week, here’s a picture.

Painted orange, stuck a ColorStreet pinkie-nail bit down the middle of my ring finger, matte topcoat.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about a wild animal.


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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 “Undisclosed Location #ThursdayDoors

  1. dan antion

    August 15, 2019 at 8:43am

    Nice teamwork on the sewing table. I like the cat prints on your nail. I guess that shows exactly where they have you wrapped 😉

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  2. Ally Bean

    August 15, 2019 at 8:58am

    The doors on the sewing table are beautiful. I like the detail and the reason for it. The cat motif on your fingernail is wonderful. And suggests a certain joie de vivre that makes me smile.

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      Marian Allen

      August 15, 2019 at 9:44am

      The doors were so cleverly done! Charlie and I were like, “Where did you get the doors? They’re perfect!” And she was like, “Oh, I just put them together out of scraps.” Which, when you think about it, is perfect for a quilting table!
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  3. Jean Reinhardt

    August 15, 2019 at 12:53pm

    I love what they did with that table/desk. Very inventive with the top, too. Sorry to see that a cat walked across your nail before it was dry, lol. Nice colour choice.

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  4. Stephanie Finnell

    August 15, 2019 at 3:13pm

    Love that she’s caring for the kitty! We had a heated ‘cat house’ (everyone loved to tease us) for our Scooter. Now that she’s gone, we have inherited a wild kingdom of raccoons and opossums. I’d much prefer the cat as cats don’t eat the tomatoes.lol

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      Marian Allen

      August 15, 2019 at 3:57pm

      Our #1 daughter also cares for a pod of feral/semi-feral kitties. Her dad built a cat house for her to keep them warm in the winter. She said she put a heat lamp in there for the coldest nights. She said it’s a red light. I said, “Of course it is.”

      If the raccoons and opossums have moved in, it’s time to disassemble the cat house, or maybe install a dog.
      Marian Allen would love to share..Undisclosed Location #ThursdayDoorsMy Profile

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  5. Teresa

    August 15, 2019 at 5:44pm

    Great collection of photos Marian… and loving your nails by the way 👌

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  6. Joanne Sisco

    August 15, 2019 at 8:26pm

    My favourite part are the tiny little paw prints 😍

    Your daughter is a creative problem solver. Nicely done!!

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  7. Norm 2.0

    August 16, 2019 at 9:00am

    Terrific idea to build that inset in the table for the machine to be level with the table top.
    Your Daughter did a great job with those improvised doors. Who say that only necessity is the mother of invention? Sometimes it’s cats 😀

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