Saturday, March 2, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 9, Doors


I love most old door knobs. These door knobs are on all the doors in the old house we live in. They are tiny though and hard to get a good grip on. So most of the doors in our house remain cracked just a wee bit to make it easier to get them open.

To me the door knob is the potential of the door. It's the thing that can lock us securely inside. With a simple twist, the door knob can reveal what lies on the other side of the door. Metaphorically, the door knob can unleash great potential or it can lock it inside.  Or opening a door can be a simple transition from one moment to the next. I like that our quirky small door knobs leave us no choice but to be suspended on the verge of opening the door. I like being a door opener. 





But that wasn't at all I was thinking of showing you this week. And it wasn't even this door knob in particular that I wanted to photograph. That door knob is part of a bigger picture.

Alice has been sitting in this chair for most of the past two days looking out across the street to where workers are putting a new roof on the neighbor's house. It struck me that Alice really wishes that unlatched door behind her led to the outside. She really really wants to go over and say hello.


She's been begging me. See? Those are the eyes of a dog that is desperate to go and make a nuisance of herself. But I have resisted.

We're taking her and Bob camping on the beach instead. Don't hate me though for going to the beach for 4 days. I'd take you along if I could. But it's only going to be in the 50's and down to the ,brrrrr, 30's at night. You might not like it. I'll catch up with you all when we get back next week!



“Be an opener of doors”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson




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17 comments:

Stacie said...

lol...I know that look...what a lovely post and man, I love door knobs too...especially those old crystal ones...have a lovely weekend!

Claire said...

a great post, and some great shots - esp. of the adorable alice :)
surely you can take her over to say hello to the builders... she'll love you even more, i'm quite sure :)

Beti Horvath said...

Aw, what potential an open door holds for our dogs!

Shel said...

How can you resist that look? Seriously?! Love your door photos, too - and those door knobs and what you wrote of them - love it!!

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

Sweet Alice looking so longingly outside. I don't have old doorknobs since my house was built in 1988. So I like your perspective on them. And can just imagine a gorgeous key to go with that lock.

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Oh my gosh - I think I would have caved with a look like that turned my way :) Love your thoughts of the door knob - never thought of it like that.

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

Yes, I know the look but I cave in and go. Anything for my dogs! Your Alice looks so precious and I love the patina on that lovely door knob. I like aged things!

Becky Pancake said...

Such a sweet face. I know that look too. Great pics.

Janet Bocciardi said...

Yes, that look of really, you're not going to let me go? I know they'd want to see me.

Love old knobs, too.. old doors... Enjoy your trip!

LoriF said...

Awww, you're right...Alice is just DYING of curiosity. Loved your door post! Have fun at the beach!

Patti Van said...

Love this post...Alice is adorable!!!, hope you have agreat time at the beach...I love the beach in winter!

Tanya said...

Those are great photos and you are right, Alice's eyes cannot be ignored. :)

Annette said...

What's not to love about old door knobs! Don't know how you can resist that look!

mairedodd said...

the sweetest face - she will love the beach!
this is a really great project and i love the idea of door knobs - didn't you use the pattern from old door hardware for some of your ceramic pieces?
have fun at the beach -

Courtney said...

I love your post! I had never thought about the door knobs and their rolls. :)

SueBeads said...

Have fun at the beach! Love your photo!

Pearl and Pebble said...

What a sweetie! I have an Alice too! I'm sure she will love you even more though for taking her to the beach. Just don't forget the ball:)