Necessary Doors – #ThursdayDoors

I may have taken a picture of this tobacco barn before. They tend to look alike, but the look changes with the seasons.

As of 8:00 pm Monday, all non-essential businesses in the state of Connecticut were closed by order of the Governor. Residents have been asked to stay home, except to visit essential businesses. While I was out and about on essential business, I was fortunate enough to pass a few nice doors. I was hoping that Norm would keep this fun weekly blogfest we know and love – that’s what Thursday Doors is, in case you’re new here – alive and running. The way I see it, Thursday Doors meets the criterial for “essential” – in some odd and interesting way, Thursday Doors is life-sustaining.

OK, maybe that’s a bit of hyperbole, but Thursday Doors is sanity sustaining – that is a fact. And, whether we’re snapping new pictures, digging through our archives or reposting doors from before, we are here. That means we’re surviving the crisis, and that is good news. I’ll be looking for Norm’s doors and your post, if you have one, or your comment below and I’ll know that you are alright.

All of the pictures in today’s gallery were taken from my car while driving to a grocery store or other such provider of necessary items. These are trips that I make with trepidation and great care. In fact, the few moments spent at the side of the road snapping pictures were probably when I was safest. Milk, eggs, cat litter, lettuce, pasta, dog biscuits, beer, wine and doors – all obtained. Now, back safe inside.

Thanks for reading. I do hope this post finds you in good health and in possession of the items you need to carry on. Please take care. By the way, if you do have doors to share, please leave a link to them in a comment on Norm’s blog.


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    1. Thanks Sheree – stay safe! Hopefully, I managed to connect with your blog for email notifications. I see it in the Reader, but I don’t go there very often. Email works much better, but my sign-ups haven’t “stuck” – something that WordPress does to me from time to time.

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  1. Oh, that red barn is lovely! The tobacco barn has taken on more of a green patina this season.

    I’m glad Norm kept Thursday Doors going too we need some normal in our lives and for a good number of us, this is normal! 😊

    I’ve got some doors in my archives I need to share.

    Stay safe and well!

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    1. I look forward to seeing those doors, Deborah. I don’t know why the barns have that tint, or if it will change in the spring/summer. I think, if they get full sun, anything growing on the wood will disappear.

      The red barn is one I drive by often, but I’ve never really seen it, as it’s entirely hidden by trees.

      Take care and stay safe.

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  2. First I have to thank GP Cox for the belly laugh!! Hysterical!

    Glad you’re able to keep up with needed supplies. We’re okay for a while. I’m jealous that you’re able to get your moo and cluck straight from the farm! Nice.

    Love those barns…..heck, any barn! I don’t like the product they produce, but they are wonderful buildings. The last barn is awesome. I would like to live in it!

    As always, hoping you all can continue to stay safe. I haven’t seen any yet, but I’m sure we’ll be inundated with Covid-19 T-shirts soon, don’cha think? 😜
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. I hope it’s the “I survived” variety. Maybe GP’s pups will wear “I survived with my white coat in tact” vests ;-)

      We’re keeping our needs simple and we’ve been able to fill those needs. There’s a bit of changing your perspective involved, but we can work with it.

      Stay safe, Ginger and give Murphy a scratch from his M-friends.

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  3. You are right Dan, these posts are vital to the wellbeing of us all! I am well, anxious but well. I just heard (on another blog) about children painting rainbows and placing them in their windows, for hope. That is a good sign.

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    1. I saw the thing about the rainbows – I love that!

      I remember how worried I was when I wasn’t seeing the Daily Quip from you (when you were sick). These touch points really do make a difference in our lives.

      Take care!

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    1. You have plenty of room, maybe Barn #3 will look more like this…

      Sadly, they are tearing down a lot of the tobacco barns. They are very expensive to maintain and they don’t grow as much tobacco as they once did. I guess that’s a good thing, but it’s a little sad.

      Take care up there.

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  4. What I love about our 4 seasons is that the same landscape looks completely different throughout the year … and often from year to year. While it looks so brown and lifeless outside right now, we have a chance to see things that are normally hidden during the summer months … like the glimpse of the red barn or the new tobacco barn.

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    1. You’re right, Joanne. I’ve never been able to photograph that red barn, it’s completely hidden during the rest of the year. It’s also why I’ve been including so many sunrise/sunset photos. Once the trees fill out, that view changes radically in our yard. They are starting to bud now, they will burst to life very soon.

      Stay well!

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  5. I do love your photos of the tobacco barns. We have nothing like that down here. Our Governor says he is not going to make us a state-at-home state but then the headline today is that my town saw the highest jump in Coronavirus in one day. Glad you were able to get all your supplies, Dan. That is one thing to feel good about. Take care.

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    1. I can understand him not wanting to close the state, but I see that he doesn’t want visitors from NY. I miss going to my real bar – well, I go for takeout 1-2 times a week, but no beer :( and I miss visiting museums and historic sights. That’s one thing I really wanted to do this spring. Oh well, there’s always next year…right?

      Take care, Lois.

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  6. That is, indeed, a beautiful barn. Stay safe Dan. I feel for those ‘essential business’ workers. In these times they are all like rescue workers. Thanks for keeping the doors tradition alive!

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    1. I’m so glad Norm decided to keep the doors open, as it were. I love sharing and seeing the doors the other’s share. I thank the people in the stores every time I shop. I really appreciate their efforts.

      Take care.

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  7. Now that my work for the month is complete I’m reading some blogs posts now. So, I started with yours. I know I’ve been absent for a really long time but there is nothing much I can do. The Indian economy is not in good shape and therefore I have to pick up more work to ensure I’m financially covered for the month. India is also in a lockdown. Maharashtra (my state) is getting the most number of cases, obviously because of Mumbai. So far, my county has zero positive cases, but we are still under a lockdown for precautionary measures. Oh, also, there is a typo error in your title. As a content writer and proofreader I’m naturally inclined to spot those errors.

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  8. The ginormous red barn is just beautiful! I’m glad you were able to capture it all in one shot.
    I think that adjusting our expectations and appreciating what we do have is going to be important to help us cope and get through the trying times ahead.
    Take care :-)

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  9. How lucky you are to have a farm nearby to buy things from. We are dependent on the nearby grocery store as the weather has been too rainy for the Farmer’s Market. I’ve been homebound for the last two weeks and so the only doors I’d have to offer would be to my bathroom! Take care!

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    1. We go to a small family owned farm. They have had a tough time over the years. I’m hoping they can stay in business without the ability to sell at the Farmers’ Markets (which are closed).

      Take care!

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  10. LOL, I’m glad you have your (essentials) priorities in order, Dan. =^-^=
    Thanks for a different, but very fun take on the doors today. Wow… that red barn really is gorgeous. It’s the king of all barns. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. I take back roads whenever I can :-)

      We still have a good amount of working farmland around us. We lose a little more each year to development but some farmers, like the dairy farm we support, have traded their development rights for lower taxes in order to help sustain the farms. Farming in CT is not easy.

      I look forward to seeing “normal” posts from everyone, now more than ever.

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  11. Well you know we love barns around here too so really glad to see that red gem! In my younger years, we always went up the road with our empty milk jugs and bought from the neighbor who had his prized Holsteins in the barn twice a day for milking. The best milk with the cream on top to skim off for some homemade butter. Yes I am such a hick! lol

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    1. Nothing wrong with that. My wife has bought their cream and made it into butter. They actually have butter for sale at the farm. When someone asked what was in it, I said “nothing but moo” – that’s where that expression started for me. I love their chocolate milk. It’s their whole milk with micro-fine cocoa dissolved in it. Soooo good.

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  12. I love that cubic pump station. And, OF COURSE, the barns, especially the ones with slidey doors. C-19 has made it to li’l ol’ Corydon, Indiana, thanks to a nearby casino. It was bound to happen, sooner or later, one way or another, but it does put a new spin on the phrase “high-stakes gambling”. I’m thinking I ought to take the car out and gas it up, but Charlie and I are each in the vulnerable population, so I won’t. Sorry–didn’t mean to drop a journal on ya! Stay safe, and take care of the critters. Oh, since birds don’t get the virus, has baseball season started for them?

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  13. Today marks the end of week three of “staying at home” for us. We flew back from Seattle three weeks ago today and the governor here was requesting all seniors to stay sequestered! Good thing I’m sequestered with the love of my life!! :)

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  14. Hi Dan, I love your barns – especially the first one. The Pumping Station door is rather forbidding though. I totally agree with you on the necessity of Norms Thursday Doors. I was really glad to find that and see there were other door lovers out there. I’ll have to dig through the archives for the next one since no traveling right now. Hope you’re staying safe.

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