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December 12, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Adore the door

You’ve got to have openings

Thus the invention of doors.

(Also appropriate for reverse and retreats)

Thought Protector; yet Beckoner

Of words and worlds

Pick wisely, Lady Tiger

  Or beta reader / HOA may edit you.

woman in front of door. (The Tattler. 1922. USPD., artist life/

Can we do the switch quickly under the cover of night? Less painful for the one cast aside and maybe the HOA won’t mutter about architectural approval. (USPD/

Nothing like the excitement of picking out a new front door: wandering among the towering wood, glossing over finishes, and struggling with the pain of panes.

Our front door replacement is long overdue. We’ve refinished it twice before, but the wood has some serious cracks now. Damaged and repaired after the movers hauled out the first owner’s furniture, it’s never solidly managed air leaks. The ornate leaded glass design, feeling insecure, has desperately been trying endearing tricks like tossing out rainbows.

I can’t look! Can’t look! It’s like a stray cat trying to secure a spot.

It’s taken over a year, but final selection made with money down: dark mahogany with Flemish glass. Lock set and hinges already arrived.

How can we break it to the old door? Oh, such an insensitive word choice.

At least the few weeks of lag time means one last season of joy holding the Christmas wreath. A small kindness.

Openings beguile and entice while checking interest at the door

Open and shut case.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Contemporary mahogany door (Glasscraft screenshot)

Like this door, but darker with wavy watery Flemish glass instead of clear.And our top and side panels have divided panes, though…you know how it is: paint one wall or change the carpet in one room then all the rest begs attention. Another reason I hate to start projects. (Glasscraft catalog screenshot)




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  1. easyweimaraner / Dec 12 2018 6:45 am

    it’s like makea deal… but for real (oh it rhymes LOL)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 12 2018 6:14 pm

      How fine to rhyme in hilarious times! Hope you guys have found a better place to review snd organize presents HAHA. Thanks for knocking on this door


  2. Kate Crimmins / Dec 12 2018 6:59 am

    Oh no! Now you have to redo your entrance. That new door won’t be happy until the walls are “freshened” and the floors redone. New updates are primadonnas. They promise to make everything else look shabby while strutting their stuff!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 12 2018 6:21 pm

      Hoping a new porch bench (when the perfect one is found…apparently it’s not front porch bench season…those must be grounded and resting until spring? Geesch) will appease the door…but I’m being the sidelights and transom are reflecting and measuring their response.(That change out would probably mean some paint/sheetrock touch up inside…but touching up, as you know, is opening a whole can of worms, uh, wall paint. Thanks for the warning.

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  3. Ally Bean / Dec 12 2018 7:44 am

    Your new door sounds fabulous. And will require you to step up your decorating game to keep pace with it. Or at least that’s what happened to us when we replaced an old warped wooden front door with a new door + surrounding frame + arched window above. You’ve only just begun…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 14 2018 5:55 pm

      That’s the worry! We were careful to make sure the door went with/matched the hardwood floors we put down a few years ago – but refusing to go for the complete new surround for the transom and side lights – the original interior trim is just too elegant to mess with – part of what sold me on this house…but there’s rumors that the outdoor lights on the two porch pillars might be updated…..(I think I should run for the hills now) Although a new porch bench this spring….
      Thanks for the warning!

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  4. The Coastal Crone / Dec 12 2018 3:58 pm

    One change leads to another!

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 14 2018 5:58 pm

      If only we could change the humidity and mosquitoes! If wishes were horses haha
      Thanks for tucking in a comment


  5. Xena and Lucy / Dec 12 2018 6:36 pm

    Perhaps the current door can just move to the retired door home…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 13 2018 9:06 am

      It’s going to a group, Habitat Restore, that takes usable building/home remodeling or surplus materials and offers them for sale at very reasonable prices. It’s a great resource- and people here are still rebuilding from the hurricane. Lots of people are doing remodeling on a budget, too. The door just need refinishing as the heat/sun damage is so bad here, and maybe a nit of recalling or sealing around some of the decorative glass panes. We just needed double paned glass as more insulation in that spot. It’s a beautiful door and some one with time and energy will grab it. Recycle and reuse!
      Thanks for unlocking that message

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      • Xena and Lucy / Dec 16 2018 4:15 pm

        We have Habitat Restore here, too, and a box full of good doorknobs that we keep forgetting to take to them.

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  6. shoreacres / Dec 12 2018 8:16 pm

    It’s the domino effect, for sure. Congrats! and a question. What does a person do with a no longer needed door? Back in the day, we’d just take it out to the barn, but that may not be an option for you.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 13 2018 9:00 am

      We support Habitat for Humanity’s Restore (over near Big Lots/I45). In all our home red0’s we repurpose materials. Anything that can be used by anyone for remodel/ rebuild goes there or to another redoing their house. It drives me absolutely nuts to see not carefully removing good kitchen/bath cabinets and handing them off to someone else. Why do those Property Brothers, Love it or List it, and home redo show always show someone taking a sledge hammer to something that someone else would be glad to fix up and use? Irresponsible – the same people who claim to care about the environment…just not landfills, or damage done to environment with new manufacturing or helping people…
      (OK I will sit down and be quiet now. Actually we do have an antique 1940’s door from a house (near the old Sears downtown now closed) we used to own in the garage – the beveled glass and craftsmanship is so beautiful and we hoped to use it indoors as a study door or something if we ever built a house. It was removed during that era when people were going into the old vintage neighborhood and stealing grand old doors when the homeowners were gone to the store or something – and selling for high prices vintage reclaimed doors at flea markets, antique stores, or to builders redoing old houses in expensive neighborhoods. Horrible period – especially for the young people trying to reclaim old fallen on hard times neighborhood and doing the work themselves – pay as you go style. What is wrong with people?)
      Thanks for the opening for all of that HAHA


  7. LordBeariOfBow / Dec 18 2018 3:46 am

    Sounds like hard work to me. Need a new door? send the War Office.
    Need anything? send the WO, nothing wrong with me.

    Why have a dog and bark yourself I always say; and Coco saves me the bother of barking, so when I think about, it I’m a pretty lazy, indolent sort of chappie 😈


  8. cat9984 / Dec 27 2018 10:30 am

    Life is so much more difficult when we anthromorphize (I don’t think that’s a word) things. So many feelings to consider. When I was little, I had a herd of stuffed animals on my bed. If I missed saying good-night to one of them, I couldn’t sleep until I remedied the situation.

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