When One Door Closes … and Happy Holidays!
You may remember how for years I’ve been saying that we needed to replace our front screen door, which was perfect for giving people the impression that our house was abandoned. Actually, the whole door needed replacing, as it was designed to ensure that refreshing blasts of arctic air kept the indoors from getting too stuffy.
Well, we have overcome our inertia and finally replaced the front door. The screen door is still to come. I would have preferred a blue or yellow door, but Judy vetoed those options. However, I do think that this light green is an improvement on the foreboding dark green of our old door.
Which raises the question: what to do with the old door? In my mind, its presence invokes the Rule of Garden Art, which maintains that any old object you are about to throw away has potential as an outdoor objet d’art, especially if it’s very heavy.
I kind of like the idea of putting a door somewhere that mixes up the ideas of inside and outside. Ideally, it would have a door frame and could actually be opened, but that is not to be.
So I’ve been dragging the old door around to see if it might become a relatively permanent feature of the back garden.
I’ve tried it against the back wall of the garage.
I’ve tried it against the alley fence.
Now, wherever it ends up I will have to figure out a way to keep it upright. And then there’s the question of whether I should grow anything on it.
Judy, I have to report, is skeptical. She fears it will just look like junk that I was too lazy to haul out to the trash. What do you think?
On another topic, I should mention that tomorrow we are driving to Minnesota where we have rented a cabin that is supposed to have a view of the Mississippi River. We’re looking forward to a quiet week with our boys (plus one girlfriend), with lots of reading, cooking, eating, and game playing. The weather is supposed to be frigid, so I’m not sure how much we’ll get outside, though this is supposed to be a good location for spotting eagles.
I’m sure I’ll do a couple of posts sooner or later to tell you about it.
In the meantime, happy holidays to everyone!