The Door from Which I Waited

The door from which I sat on the other side The door from which I waited to be loved The door from where I looked at you All of you with longing green eyes I verbally begged you Please turn the handle of the door and take me home Love me Feed me Rescue me from the green walls and the barrier of wood and glass You kept walking by I kept pleading Then… SHE walked up to the doorRead more

Thursday Doors: Beerscursion

I’ve been absent from Thursday Doors for about five months and have missed it greatly. A few issues kept me from joining in on a weekly basis: Work Life outside of work A serious lack of time Today, however, I’m joining in for a few good reasons: I’ve had door photos waiting in the wings since last fall I wanted to honor Norm’s return after a well-deserved hiatus Beer I bet that last bullet point got your attention, right? In early November,Read more

Thursday Doors: A Walk Along the River

In June I went for a walk. I know, surprising. The walk took me to the part of Appleton known as “The Flats.”  The Flats is a well-known area that is home to industry, apartment buildings, eateries and two walking trails along the banks of the Fox River. I’ve walked the Newberry trail many times, but this summer I discovered the start of the Fox Trot trail is right across the road and wraps around a portion of the river.Read more

Thursday Doors: Breakwater

Over the Memorial Day weekend, my brother, the girlfriend and I paid a visit to the Manitowoc Breakwater Lighthouse. Manitowoc, WI, sits on the western shores of Lake Michigan, about an hour’s drive from where I live. I’ve been to this city many times to feel the cool effects of the lake shore, to ride the Maritime trail on the bike, to visit West of the Lake Gardens for splendid summer color, or to eat lunch at Courthouse Pub, oneRead more

Thursday Doors: The Florist

It’s almost flower planting time here in Zone 4. By the time Memorial weekend arrives at the end of May, most gardeners and plant/flower lovers will have thrown their favorite flowers and vegetables into the ground or in pretty clay pots. I’m a plant/flower lover with not-so-pretty plastic pots. It made sense for me (my car insisted) to make a slight detour on Saturday to check out a local florist’s early offerings in the Garden Center, greenhouse, and gift store.Read more

When a Door Closes…

Trinity Lutheran Church of Appleton was founded in 1915 with 15 charter members and three children. Construction of the Allen Street church (shown below) began in 1923 after Trinity’s congregation outgrew its small chapel at Oneida and Harris streets. The building was dedicated in 1925. Sadly, this church and its history will soon end. I came to know the lower level of the church several years ago when I began volunteering for Loaves and Fishes of the Fox Valley. This non-profit, well-runRead more

The Doors of Door County

I hope Norm won’t take offense.Today, as part of Norm’s Thursday Door series, I’m utilizing doors from over four years ago. Doors that were not meant to be the showcase, but rather the backdrop. Doors that are from Door County, the “thumb” of Wisconsin – the place where summer means mega tourists and tourism dollars. I’ve been to Door County since the 2012 visits, but never for a “Doorscursion.” One usually heads up to this Wisconsin County for relaxation, toRead more

Fifteen Doors Full

Baa, baa, blogger, have you any doors? Yes sir, yes sir, fifteen doors full… One for the Normster, One for Joanne, And many for the followers and melange of fans. Baa, baa, blogger, have you any doors? Yes sir, yes sir, fifteen doors full… A couple of weeks ago, I published a post about visiting my hometown and breathing in memories. What I didn’t include in that post are the many photos of doors I took away from said hometown. They areRead more

Thursday Doors: Flight of the Lion’s Tail

No, not that kind of flight. I did not get on a plane to take photos for Thursday doors. Instead, an SUV took me, my brother and his girlfriend to a couple of new breweries and a flight of their finest adult craft, as did a stairway. I’m not sure if that was appropriate. I expected a free sample of beer or box of dark chocolates at the top, but was left with a window that peered into Weiss beerRead more

Thursday Doors: A Tale of Two Pubs

Today’s Thursday Doors post is brought to you by Norm 2.0, two pubs and adult refreshment. There are two establishments in Appleton that I would take visitors to if A) they wanted to be somewhere unique and drink a dirty snowball and/or B) they were connoisseurs of beer. Today, I am sharing their doors, a little history, and a few photos from inside. Cleo’s Brown Beam Do you love the holidays? All holidays? Then you would love Cleo’s Brown Beam.Read more

The ABC’s of Doors

As I was going through photos from the Biker Chick days, I found fodder for Norm’s dining pleasure. The former husband and I were (and still are) lifetime members of Harley Owner’s Group. Even though I don’t ride, I continue to receive the HOG Tale magazine and yearly envelope with a road atlas (designating where all of the Harley-Davidson stores are located), pins, patch, and membership information. As part of the membership, H-D offers its members an opportunity to completeRead more

Thursday Doors: Rest Stop

How do I top that, a trifecta for Thursday doors? How do I float your boat, and leave you wanting more?   Will the door people scowl, at this petty attempt? To engage in the challenge, with a twisted bent.   For there were two doors, that beckoned me close. Walk this way, they called, We’re not too morose!   We service the people in this little park. The ones who walk, run, bike and fish after dark.   WeRead more