New Around the House #ThursdayDoors

I’ve been saving these up, and now’s the time to spring ’em on you. March … Spring … See what I did there?

ANYWAY, Charlie spent his fall and winter building stuff.

From the Department of TMI: We don’t sleep in the same room, because neither of us sleeps very well, and we don’t want to wake each other up in the event one of us can sleep on a particular night. So Charlie partitioned off part of the great-room and made a bower for himself.

Nice partition, but where’s the door?

Let’s get a little closer look…. Is that a ghost?

No, it’s Tipper! And … another door?

Let’s look at that from the other side.

There used to be free passage from the great-room to the stereo/radio, and we couldn’t give that up entirely, so this second bower door was the compromise.

It opens like this…

And then this…

Hi, Tipper!

Same on both sides, if necessary, but it’s usually closed.

Those bi-fold doors used to block the stairs to the second floor, to keep the cats and the warm air downstairs in the winter. So he made new ones for that.

No cold! No cats!

The plan is to move the French doors from my office to close off the other passage to the front room, to trap all the winter heat in the great-room and kitchen (I can remember back in the day, when all front rooms — parlors, some people called them — were cold). That hasn’t happened yet.

Stay tuned to this channel. When that news breaks, you’ll hear it here first.

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.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about a secret door.



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 “New Around the House #ThursdayDoors

  1. Ally Bean

    March 26, 2020 at 8:30am

    Cool secret door. I remember my great aunts had parlors. Uncomfortable spaces with dusty old velvet furniture and bad lighting.

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  2. Norm 2.0

    March 26, 2020 at 1:43pm

    Bravo to Charlie, he did an excellent job on that hidden door 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      March 27, 2020 at 9:52am

      Isn’t it fun? I’m such a child; I get the biggest kick out of having a hidden door, and having a room with a double pass-through. Like, when is a room not a room?

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  3. Stephanie Finnell

    March 27, 2020 at 12:59pm

    I remember well closing off rooms in winter! When wood stoves were used, it could really become a blast furnace lol

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      Marian Allen

      March 28, 2020 at 8:31am

      It was SO HARD to go from that to the cold bedroom. Sleepy to wide awake in 3 … 2 … 1 …

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  4. joey

    March 28, 2020 at 2:49pm

    I remember that as well. Living happened in the center of the home (inside pocket doors) and otherwise, no one went to the parlor.
    I often envy your vestibule, now I’ll envy you a secret husband compartment 😉 LOL

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      Marian Allen

      March 28, 2020 at 3:58pm

      Hee hee. “Secret husband compartment.” That sounds like a lot more fun than it is.

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