You Could Buy That – #SoCS

Psst, Dan, over here.

“Hey Donnie, what’s up?”

“Just a head’s up, your buddy is complaining about your being late.”

“I guess I better get in there, thanks!”

“You’re late.”

“I am ten minutes late, and that’s only if we’ve somehow established three o’clock as an official starting time.”

“You’re late, Dan. He’s already ordered – here’s your Bourbon – do you want a Yuengling?”

“Yes, I mean no, – I mean I’m not late! – but yes to the Yuengling. What else did he order? I think it’s my turn to buy.”

“Just the Bourbon, there’s no charge for the side of ice. I’ll be right back with your beer.”

“Thanks Cheryl.”

“So, why are you late?”

“I’m not…oh, for the love of Pete, I was working on a project in my garage.”

“Not more doors, I hope.”

“Actually, yes, two more doors.”

“Are you so hard up for Thursday Doors material that you have to keep building your own? I thought you had door photos from Chicago.”

“I have doors from Chicago. I have more from Boston. I was recently in New York. I still have leftover doors from Pittsburgh. That’s not the point. These doors have nothing to do with Thursday Doors.”

“So, you won’t be sharing them?”

“Of course I will, but…”

“My point.”

“One Yuengling in a nice chilled glass. You boys want to order some food, or are you still fighting?”

“We’re not fighting.”

“Yeah Cheryl, we’re not fighting.”

“OK, but you sound like a married couple, you know, the kind that stayed together for the sake of the children…just sayin.”

“She’s right. I don’t care what doors you share on Thursdays, but you know I’m not a fan of do-it-yourself projects.”

“I love these projects.”

“Well, in the spirit of friendly support, what doors are you building now. Feel free to keep it brief.”

“I am building new doors for our shed.”

“You just finished the shed.”

“No, that hanging shed is just for my wife’s garden tools. I’m talking about the shed shed, you know, where the snow blower goes.”

“Don’t start talking about snow. I threatened to toss a couple out of here earlier ‘cuz they were talking about snow.”

“OK, Cheryl… you know, where the lawn mower goes.”

“Much better.”

“Doesn’t your shed have doors?”

“Of course it has doors, but they are getting a little hard to open.”

“So buy a new shed. Why is that so difficult for you? You accuse me of being cheap, but you’re going to repair an old shed that you could easily replace.”

“I was planning to tear this shed down and build a new one in the spring, but I think by replacing the doors, I can work with the shed as is.”

“What? Tear down? Build? You know Home Depot sells sheds. The guy up the street sells sheds. They sell sheds at the Big-E, for crying out loud. You could probably order a shed from Amazon!”

“Listen to you. You’re always defending your ‘frugal’ – as you like to say – tendencies, but you want me to go spend three thousand dollars on a shed, when I can replace the doors and wrap it in vinyl siding for less than a third of that.”

“OK, since you’re fighting again, would guys like a refill?”

“That’s a good idea, Cheryl.”

“Sticking with Bourbon?”

“Yes, I think Bourbon goes well with wings.”

“When did we order wings?”

“Just now, ten will be fine, I’m not very hungry.”

“You really seem to like spending my money. Bourbon, wings, sheds…what’s going into my cart next?”

“Sorry. Anyway, why not just repair the doors you have? I’m assuming you built them.”

“I did, but they open out, like regular doors. We decided that we would like sliding doors.”

“Like a barn door?”


“You can build those?”

“Yes, they’re quite easy to build.”

“I love barn doors, but they look complicated.”

“Regular doors are complicated, they have to fit into a precise opening. Barn doors just have to be bigger than the hole they are covering.”

“It’s the bigger part that scares me. I’d worry about building big things.”

“It’s a shed, not an airline hangar. The biggest door is four by eight.”

“How do you hang them?”

“You buy a barn door track and barn door hardware.”

“You’re not building that?”


“Ok boys, here’s a splash of Willet, sorry, ‘John Howell’s Bourbon’, some new ice, a Yuengling and a fresh glass. Wings will be right up.”

“Here’s to success with your doors.”

“Aw, you guys kissed and made up. Here’s your wings.”

“I think he’s learned his lesson.”

Yeah, next week I’ll be on time “

In addition to the bar banter, this post is part of Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday series.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “psst, or any other attention-getting noise or word.” Find a word or noise that you’d use to get someone’s attention, and start your post off with it. Enjoy!

And please be sure to check out Cheryl’s page. This is my favorite from this week.


  1. A nice cold beer + DIY barn doors + Maddie = great start to Saturday. :-) I will look forward to seeing how you do these shed barn doors. I have an area in the barn where there is a room that I’d like to add barn doors to designate the area and your craftsmanship ideas will be greatly appreciated.

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    • Thanks Judy. These are going to be a “phase-1” door. Plain and simple, pine and plywood. When I side the garage, I may give them a PVC upgrade.

      I also hope to use two 4’ barn doors, in a pocket-door configuration to partition the back of my garage off as part of my workshop. That has to wait until spring (or later).

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  2. Hahaha! Umm..I think I saw you guys hug it ou anyway. Just sayin’..😜
    Maddie!! Who’s a good girl?😘
    Train and a crane? How could you contain yourself? Wait. I think I rememer hearing faint shouts of glee around that sane time. Hold onto your toolbelt. We hear of a huge demolition going on in the downtown area this week and think it might provide some awesome photo ops. Great way to break in a new city right?😉
    Your newly renovated barn door shed sounds awesome. I love anything with sliding doors! 👏🏻

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    • We have to stop bickering. I don’t want the bartender to get angry 😏

      The rail car cranes are the best. I may have made a few small shouts when I saw that.

      Huge demolition ??? That sounds very cool. Welcome to town.

      One door is assembled. One gets assembled today. Hopefully, tomorrow they get a coat of paint. I’d like to be able to hang them next Saturday. Then I can work on getting the cars in the garage.

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      • Do you have plans drawn up for that too? 😂Just kidding. Giving you a hard time. You are amazing with all you do. Good luck finishing up. Don’t worry about the bartender. She raised four sons. You’ll know she’s done if you feel ice water trickling down your face. 😛I love a lively conversation. As long as it’s friendly.


  3. I second not buying a shed when you can do better on your own. Barn doors are great and I’m glad you’ll be having one! It’s nice you stop just short of making your own hardware!
    We ‘slept in’ til 6:30 today and Sadie is a much happier pup! She doesn’t bring toys in the morning, just tail wags — but she brings us toys when we come home :)

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  4. So much to take in with your post today, Dan. Or perhaps it’s messing with my lack of caffeine (working on it). Three thousand dollars for a new shed? Really? I think it wise to just fix the door situation and call it good. Then go have a beer. Or take sweet Maddie for a walk. Or both.

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  5. This was like having Thanksgiving dinner for lunch. An interest packed post, Dan. Love the photos of Maddie and Sammy. Have not seen Union Station in New Haven since I fell asleep on the train out of Grand Central on the way to Darien in 1981. Yes, a late dinner and drinks were involved.

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  6. This was a fun post, Dan. Guy at work and I were talking about sheds–and the ridiculous price of a ready-built. He just moved into a new house and needs one. I don’t think he is handy like you so…..big bucks, here he comes. Oh, barn doors! That sound great. Maddie, Sammy, Sally…..always fun to see them.

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    • Thanks Maggie. I think these doors will work well. They do move along faster, but they’re a little more difficult to secure. I do like sliding doors better. They don’t slam shut or fly open in the wind.

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  7. Well that was just plain fun to read with my morning coffee. You are up waaaaayyyyyy earlier than me! And just for the record, I’d buy…and I wouldn’t care if you were a bit late – just for the fun of the conversation! ~ Lynn

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  8. Bourbon, beer, the bar, doors & barn doors, sheds, Maddie, Sammy (or Sally), a crane, trees, the sun through the trees, walkways, and buttermilk pancakes. You covered SOC perfectly, including dialogue! Have a great weekend, Dan. 🌷 Christine

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  9. I can’t stop laughing! Thanks for starting my weekend off on such a fun note. Your conversations in the bar are too funny! 😂

    You can’t go wrong with barn doors period.

    Ummmm, I think that’s Maddie’s seat now! How could you say no to that beautiful girl. I was wondering if Sammy and Sally were a couple too. But sadly they sound like a married couple who have separated and now live in separate trees!

    Have a great weekend.

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    • Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed this. Maddie is hard to say no to, but she pushes it sometimes. I’m not sure if Sammy and Sally have even met. They have been out at the same time but on opposite sides of the fence. I’d need to be farther away from my ex 😏


    • I’m glad yo like this idea, Joanne. We’re liking sliding doors a lot these days. We might switch to one on the master bath. When I fell this summer, I ended up behind the door. My wife was able to get in, but it made us think.

      I’d like to be able to take this show on the road, but I’m kinda tied to my shop.


  10. I planned to replace the milk house door with something hand made – but hornets took the place over. Now it is too cold. That is my story and I am sticking to it.

    Why would anyone buy a shed at Home Depot? Building a shed is less expensive and a whole lot more satisfying.

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  11. Dan, great stream of consciousness. And working in the door discussion just builds the anticipation. opening the door for the eventual pictures. yesterday was a traveling morning. no afternoon once we opened the door and got going. a no bar day if you can imagine such a gruesome thought. back to those doors. why demolish the shed when you can replace the doors ? Especially when you can make the doors just right. That is to fit your needs and wants. Sure you can buy a new shed. And it won’t quite match the house and garage. And then you will have to paint the brand new shed to match. Hmmm new shed, tear down old one, and then paint the new shed. Heck you will miss more bar time with a plan like that ! I do believe you have stumbled onto the right plan. Now if we were contemplating this at the bar I would order another round to celebrate your wisdom !

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  12. I like how you get asked “How do you hang them?” and you reply “You buy a barn door track and barn door hardware” — like DUH. Of course!

    Seriously, it’s cool seeing how you work on these projects. Hope you had a good weekend, Dan!

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  13. Barn doors seem to be the thing anymore. I’ve had three conversations with three different people in the last few days about barn doors, and I didn’t initiate them. In addition, I was given a tour of a restaurant renovation featuring weathered barn wood and — ta da! — barn doors.On a shed, yes. In a restaurant???

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    • That’s funny, Janet. That are practical for a shed after I fell and passed out behind our bathroom door, we’re giving serious thought to a sliding door there. I saw them in a small pub, used to close off a private dining room. If they are a thing, I guess I’m helping

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  14. I like barn doors and this may surprise you but my Dad put one in over the front door of my parents’ lake cottage. It had a barn door track and the color of the wood and style of the distance of boards matched the rest of the house. Their kitchen was in the front of their house and they used their screen door, storm door for a few years before they decided there was a lot of heat and air conditioning loss by opening and closing that door. . .
    In the winters after the first few years, my parents used the side door to answer and welcome guests, leaving the front of their house covered and protected from winds and snow from the south. I think it looked like they had “battened down the hatches.” Which this nautical comment seemed to fit their house! ⚓ ⛵ 🌅

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