#ThursdayDoors — Spring in Dystopia


See also, me.

Dunno what day of sick this is. I’m not good at math. I am in the third week. I woke up Wednesday without aching from the waist down. My neck, shoulders, and back still ache. This is because my head is enormously heavy and my neck is barely visible under a microscope, or my head is a fishbowl and my spine is a bendy straw. This is good because it makes me lie down a lot. This is good because I easily plumb tucker out. My lung capacity is much improved and I seldom cough. My sickness boomerangs and I am lucky. This week better than last, by far.

Wednesday gave us beautiful weather.

I was able to work at home an entire day. As I have given up trying to work from that brutal chair, my cats now enjoy my desk.


In the evening Sadie and I took a walk up the street to the fallow field. I put on sandals and a cardigan with my pajamas because I am nothing if not an icon of domestic fashion.


It was just gorgeous out there. All sunshine and fresh air and birdsong.

At home, the tulips are opening.


Spring feels like hope, doesn’t it? Normally I’d be out in that yard, cleaning up, getting ready.

Y’all, this is Indiana. Later that night, the rain and hail came down and the wind blew and the tornado sirens sounded. Because The Mister is a man who stands on the porch to posture at tornadoes, he doesn’t know the difference between a watch and a warning, and so the girls and I climbed into the linen closet for a spell.


Something like 60,000 people were without power overnight, and I think some still are. Trees down. Lots of damage. Our patio furniture tangoed with the gate and we are lucky. And now we run the heat again.

When choosing a door today, I thought about this abandoned beach construction from Florida last year. I encourage you to draw your own conclusions and write your own metaphors.


#ThursdayDoors is part of an inspired post series run by Norm Frampton. To see other doors of interest, or to share your own, click the link.


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57 Responses to #ThursdayDoors — Spring in Dystopia

  1. Again, the best news is that you’re feeling better, even if you don’t feel great. Part of your post reminded me a bit of a post that could’ve been written by Dan, with photos of cats and walking a dog. 😉. Thanks for the glimpses of the Midwest spring. I’m sitting outside on the back patio here in Arizona and enjoying a very different of plants. Not a tulip among them. LOL.


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  2. scr4pl80 says:

    Here’s to continued improvement. Glad you could get out for a walk. The two a day I have with Benny are definitely needed to keep me sane in this house right now.

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  3. Ally Bean says:

    Feeling better is always worth celebrating, especially with a walk outside when the weather is beautiful. I wonder if our early spring will stay with us or if it’ll be winter again tomorrow. Such is life in the midwest.

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    • joey says:

      Snow had been predicted tomorrow. For the last 6 Aprils it has snowed on my tulips. Now, no snow is in the forecast until next week. Tomorrow looks lovely here. I hope it is for you as well 🙂

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  4. JT Twissel says:

    I am glad that you’re starting to improve! Our weather has been more winter than spring too but hopefully heading for a warmup. Take care

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  5. Dan Antion says:

    It’s so good to see you posting, and walking, and humoring.

    Unfinished buildings always give me a reason to hope. Right now, my hope is that you continue your recovery.

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  6. I’m so glad you’re well enough at times to get outside in the sun and fresh air and see Spring blooming! That Magnolia is gorgeous! It’s still wintery here. Raining off and on today, but between bouts of rain, I did sneak in a walk up the gate a little ways past the mailboxes.

    Hurricane damage?

    Get better soon!

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    • joey says:

      Thanks! That was a really good walk. Five minutes, but good. I sat outside for quite a while, enjoying that warm sun 🙂
      Dunno what went wrong with that building. Terrible use of seaside tho.
      That’s magnolia’s cousin the tulip tree. Like a magnolia, but okay to winter hard.


  7. Rivergirl says:

    Such a horrible sickness you’ve had… very glad to hear you’re feeling a little better. Those blooming tulips must have helped!
    What you don’t need on top of illness is a tornado. Geesh!

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  8. wow sounds like you were hit hard. Glad you are up. Please take it easy your body needs time to recover.
    Be well, be safe

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  9. loisajay says:

    ..’an icon of domestic fashion.’ And this is what I love about you. So halfway better….hoping your top half catches up soon, Joey. Oh, that building. We have one downtown. Can’t recall if they ran out of money or hurricane season arrived. Either way, I make up stories about it every time we pass by. Take care of you, Joey.

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  10. So glad you’re on the upswing once more. I know you like tulips, so it’s good you have some. If the natural disasters could take a few weeks off that would be awesome.

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  11. Benson says:

    It is nice to know you have improved some. I am sure our everchanging weather isn’t helping. That is a very interesting beach artifact. I bet you could use some bruleed Trillium with croissaint and Mimosa about now. May not cure you but it couldn’t hurt you.

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  12. Sue says:

    Spring does feel like hope and new beginnings. I’m glad you’re on the mend and able to get out for a walk. Be well😊💐☀️

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  13. JoAnna says:

    I’m so glad to know you are feeling some better. I bet going outside with all the colors and sunshine helped. Sandals and a cardigan with pajamas sounds like the perfect outfit considering everything. Keep resting as much as you can to let your body recover completely. ❤ 🙂

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  14. Joey – I don’t know where I’ve been the last week or so – certainly not on WP – and I didn’t know you’ve been sick. I went back through and read your last few posts, and while I’m sad that you haven’t been feeling well, it sounds like you had a bad cold and not the dreaded COVID-19. In any event, I’m glad you’re feeling a little better now. Best to stay in and rest as much as possible. If you do go out for a walk or whatever, try not to cough or let your nose run – people are getting really skittish out there.


    • joey says:

      Its Day 22 since I fell ill. I had a temperature of 100 for 13 days. I’m merely tired and achy now. I almost worked a whole day in the office today. I do not think my entire office caught a cold that caused us all to be out of work for extended periods of time, causing several of us to visit the hospital. We have one person still at home recovering. After three weeks. Nope, not a cold.


  15. It sounds like a tough time, Joey. Wish you a good recovery. It demands much time to get through.

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  16. I’m trying to get the complete picture of the walk to the fallow field – could you clarify, please if socks were worn with the sandals? Hm?

    Glad to hear you are mending.

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  17. Great to hear that you’re getting well and to see your beautiful nature. Soon you’ll be able to brace those tornadoes.

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  18. markbialczak says:

    I am very glad to see that you were able to go out for a stroll, Joey.

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  19. Norm 2.0 says:

    First and most importantly: I’m glad you’re feeling better.
    I was surprised by the amount of green in your images. Everything here is still brown and yucky…when it’s not getting covered over again in white.
    As for your door, I think there’s be an interesting story behind that building and why it’s stuck in that incomplete state. Kind of appropriate at the moment: sitting in limbo, just like all of us.
    Take care and keep getting better, please 🙂

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    • joey says:

      Why are you the only person who wrote a metaphor? I specifically asked for metaphors! Five gold stars to you, Norm! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I really appreciate your comparison!
      Yes, your winters are VERY long. I don’t know that I am patient enough to live as far north as you are. Can I handle the cold? Yes. Can I handle it for more than 6 months? No.

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  20. Swinged Cat says:

    Spring in South Dakota means 65º and sunny today, and 6″+ of snow tomorrow. But at least we won’t be hearing any tornado sirens!

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  21. Bill says:

    To defy a tornado is… Okay, for Marines. Did I ever tell you about the Marine who went over and petted the black bear where I worked in Florida? They had to capture the bear cuz the Devil Dog took away the animal’s fear of humans. I always thought Corps’ job was to create fear, like with tornadoes. 🙂

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  22. SO glad you’re better – you had me very worried. Loved the magnolia blossoms.

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  23. marianallen says:

    I’m glad you’re improved. I thought about my Joey with the coronavirus, and I cried and cried. Improvement of joeys is approved in this part of Indianer.

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    • joey says:

      Oh no! You cried?! I only cried three times — all on night 5. You are so sensitive ❤️ How dear you are, Marian. How very dear. xo
      I’m okay now. Just tired and achy.


  24. Deborah Drucker says:

    ‘Icon of domestic fashion’, good one. Well we only have a pandemic why not throw a tornado into it. Keep getting better!

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  25. bikerchick57 says:

    Joey, thanks for the spring photos and chuckle over the walk-a-dog pajama outfit. Keep feeling better and continue to take care of yourself.

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  26. Anxious Mom says:

    The tulips are gorgeous. I’m glad your breathing has improved!

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  27. Prior... says:

    Hi Joey
    Then abandoned beau construction really is interesting –
    It would have been hurricane ready with that foundation and base
    – wonder who will take it over and when.
    And I think if you with spring tulips and so of course I smiled when you brought us in a walk here and showed us so
    Many whispers of spring –
    Including the tulips opening 😉


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