Posts Tagged ‘#ThursdayDoors’

Saturday I was on the road by 6:15 am heading down to Tucson to meet another fellow blogger (and another Lisa), from (https://peaceoflife.today/). Since we both like the outdoors and bird-watching, we met at Sweetwater Wetlands where we walked, chatted, and took photos. (The actual website is rather boring, so here’s a link to the Yelp site where you can read more about it or go to the website and scroll down for some more interesting information.)

After we were done there, my mission was to visit Seven Cups, a highly-touted tea house serving and selling only Chinese tea and tea accouterments. Unfortunately, they didn’t open until 11 am so we went with my second choice, The Scented Leaf where, for an additional cost, you can have CBD added to your tea! Yeah, that’s so not me but we did enjoy sipping our tea outside, watching people and traffic go by. After that, we made our way to Seven Cups where the seating area wasn’t open, browsed and bought tea, then had a delicious lunch next door at Tumerico, a vegan and vegetarian Latin restaurant. It was a great day.

But…on my way from a precious parking spot in downtown to The Scented Leaf, I passed the Rialto Theater which had…ta ha…doors!! Even when in somewhat of a hurry, you have to stop for doors.

This door wasn’t exactly fancy, but its redeeming feature was…

…a pretty cool mural next to it. Just FYI, no political meaning to this either way, just admiring the art.

for Thursday Doors 4.22.21

Road trip today!! I’ll be taking the most boring drive in the US from Phoenix to Southern California for a week-long visit with our older daughter and her husband. I’ll have posts each day while I’m gone and I’ll respond to comments, but the only visiting I do will be there. I’ll make up for it when I get back, I promise, and you know there will be photos of the ocean, doors, flowers, and who knows what else. 🙂 Be safe and healthy while I’m gone and do talk to me because I miss each of you if you don’t.

In my continuing quest to combine challenges into one daily post, I’ve managed to come up with some doors that have some sort of pink to them. Trust me, probably won’t happen again this month, although I have lots of archives left to troll. Today we’re traveling to France, which I wish I were actually doing but there’s this little pandemic stuff going on. So tighten your virtual seatbelts and lets fly.

No actual pink doors, but plenty of pink paint or stone. Enjoy.

Have to say that as much as I enjoy a good door, I love good shutters just as much!

for Thursday Doors 4.15.21 and Life in Colour: pink

Let’s fly back to Flagstaff again this week where perhaps we can escape our week of temperatures in the 90’s (Fahrenheit, of course.) Besides the doors we’ve already seen in previous posts, this mural hides a few more, two in fact. Let’s look a little closer.

It’s easy to get distracted by the mural, sort of like not seeing the forest for the trees.

But what an amazing forest! Very appropriate for the side of a theater/theater, don’t you think?

for Thursday Doors 4.8.21

Last Saturday was a landmark day at our house. Not only had we been in Arizona almost one year (past that mark now) but my husband actually had both weekend days off!! Taking advantage of that, we hopped in the van and drove north (mostly), to and through Payson and on to the small town of Pine and smaller town of Strawberry where we found a little historic gem…and it even had a few doors.

Although the sign says “The Oldest Standing Schoolhouse in Arizona”, Arivaca, Arizona begs to differ.

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Since we’ve been seeing a bit of the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, let’s stay there for a few rather varied types of doors. It would have been nice if this first door hadn’t had the “Staff only” sign hanging in front of it, but I probably should have gone a bit closer to eliminate it from the photo. Ah, well, 20-20 hindsight is wonderful.

If you have to keep visitors out of an area, it’s nice to have an attractive gate and surround, I think.

This is the sort of “door” you might have found on a mesquite corral as built by the Spanish in earlier times. Mesquite is found in the southern US and northeastern Mexico and can grow as a small shrub or up to 50′ as a tree, depending on soil and moisture. Mesquite is a legume, one of the few sources of fixed nitrogen in the desert.

Once the pod is dry, the whole pod is edible and can be ground into flour and made into bread.

Mesquite is native to the US and can be used as a type of lumber. It was a popular type of wood used by early Spaniards to build ships, but is now used most commonly for high-end rustic furniture and cabinets. Scraps and small pieces are used commonly as wood for cooking with smoke in Southern states.

Red-orange sap can be found on the branches of mesquite trees during the summer. This sap was used by those who lived in the desert for several medicinal treatments. The sap was used as a salve and spread on burns and cuts to speed up the healing process. Gargling a mixture of water and sap was used to soothe sore throats, and the same mixture was said to be able to cure upset stomachs. ~Wikipedia

My husband bought me mesquite honey shortly after we moved here. It has a strong flavor, although when I looked it up online, a number of places called it “light tasting.” Here’s a website with lots of interesting information about mesquite. Mesquite can be invasive and difficult to get rid of but it worked well for corrals of this type because of the ease in finding it.

for Thursday Doors 3.25.21

It’s been some time since I share doors from my trip to Flagstaff so I’ll get back to them today. I have two that are blue which brings to mind the old song “Love is Blue” which we probably all believe is a Paul Mauriat song (yes, he did sing it) but was actually written and performed first by Marty Robbins. Fun fact for today. I’m sure you remember the first verse:

Blue, blue, my doors are blue. Blue are the doors I’m sharing with you. Grey, grey, the sky was grey. But happy my heart for a nice trip away.

You might remember that Lisa and I met and had coffee at Late for the Train Coffee shop. After chatting for some time, we walked around the picturesque downtown and soon it was lunch time. Lisa recommended a Thai restaurant, which made me very happy as I hadn’t had Thai food, good or bad, since leaving Naperville. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the restuarant (Lisa, if you read this, please share it in your comment), but my food, Pad See Ew, was delicious! I love rice noodles and the tofu was done just right. Still more doors to share in upcoming posts but for today, that’s it.

Just FYI, today Frank at Beach Walk Reflections has a post about bones, featuring my photos. Drop by, getting your think spurred by his reflections, and see some bones. Tell him I sent you. 🙂

for Thursday Doors 3.11.21

A few days ago at Trader Joe’s I saw this beauty in the parking lot. As I was admiring it, the owner came out and opened the car for me. It’s a custom Studebaker with wood inside and out. And oh, yes…it has doors, too.

for Thursday Doors 3.4.21

Yellow doors have pizazz or, in the case of this first door, pizazz and pizza. Almost the same, but the “z’s” make all the difference. Mangia! Or, since this is in France: Mangons!

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These two door neighbors provide the perfect contrast and it’s easy to tell visitors which one is yours. I don’t envy the mail carrier who has to bend down every day to deliver mail through those slots, though!

While this Naperville door isn’t yellow or fancy, it’s certainly gets attention despite being set back. I’m not sure how you open the door, but maybe this guy opens it for you. 🙂

This week I worked hard to combine Thursday Doors and Life in Colour: yellow. I hope you enjoyed the merger.

These days you can legally get high in far too many places as far as I’m concerned. But I loved getting high with these doors in downtown Flagstaff, Arizona on Monday while meeting Lisa from Micro of the Macro. We had coffee at Late for the Train (trains are a big thing in Flagstaff, Dan), a tasty lunch at a Thai restaurant, and then browsed a variety of shops. I even got to see snow, although it was on the ground and it didn’t actually snow again until the next day when I wasn’t there. 😦

This door was in an interesting clothing store. Notice the driver? You can “bearly” see him. When that gas pump was in use, I bet prices were a lot lower than they are now. I remember gas wars when prices were down to $.25/gallon and even when I had my VW, $.50/gallon was common. If you feel like complaining about the prices now, however, try buying gas in Europe and the price is per liter!

This was the view from the coffee shop and the reason why we weren’t drinking outside. We were socially distanced, however, both from each other and from others.

The upper door does have a balcony, but I’d suggest still taking care. It’s not that big. 🙂

for Thursday Doors 2.18.21

I’m taking a break from my quest for “yellow” today to share one door and two gates that I found while visiting the Celebration of Fine Art show, running until March 16 in Scottsdale, AZ (https://celebrateart.com/). There are over 100 artists’ studios there, housed in an enormous tent, or more likely, several enormous tents. One of these artists is a perennial favorite of mine, Michael Jones. Michael told me he doesn’t have a website anymore but can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=michael%20jones%20designs or search for Michael Jones Designs when you get there. He does much more than just gates and doors.

This first is an actual door, a screen door with a southwest motif. Would I have this on my door? You bet. On either side you can glimpse part of another type of sculpture Michael does, reminding me of what Chihuly might look like in metal.

The next two offerings are custom-made gates, the only kind he makes as each gate has to be made to fit its entrance. This first one is pretty sweet or may-bee a honey of a gate. Yes, I can’t resist a pun every now and then.

This gate featuring a bighorn sheep is one Michael made for himself…about 10 years ago, if I remember correctly. But he’s kept so busy make gates, doors, tables, and other sculptures that he just finally got around to building the wall on his northern Montana property that will showcase the gate. That’s patience and I’m sure he, his wife, and any visitors will greatly enjoy it.

If you visit Michael on Facebook, be sure to comment and also mention you saw his work on my blog. I’ll have a few more gates next week, too.

for Thursday Doors 2.11.21