Thursday Doors – November 9, 2017

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The Doorscursion That Wasn’t

I was in Toronto last week to attend an industry trade show on Thursday and Friday.

St. Michael’s Choir School – Main entrance

My business partners and I had marked this show on our calendar for some time.

Knowing far in advance that this trip was coming, I had reached out to long-time blog buddy and fellow door enthusiast Joanne from My Life Lived Full about getting together for a doorscursion while I’d be in her home town.

Love the stained glass

Everything was set. Joanne had cleared her schedule for Saturday and put together an awesome list of suggested places we could check out. I was very much looking forward to finally meeting her and also excited about checking out some interesting new spots (new for me at least) with someone local.

Plus I figured I’d be getting enough pics for at least the next 2-3 doors posts – whoohoo!

Knowing I had a busy schedule at the trade show, and my wife reminding me how I have a tendency to forget about my heart failure when I get excited and enthusiastic about something, my biggest concern beforehand was scheduling too much door fun and burning myself out before the long 6+ hour drive home.

With this in mind we had agreed to meet early on Saturday and play it by ear, possibly cutting things short as early as mid-day if my energy level started to wane.

A great plan indeed but we never made it that far.

St. Michael’s Cathedral – side entrance

Walking all day on Thursday on the concrete (carpeted) show floor,  I somehow managed to aggravate what had previously popped up a while back as a minor case of tendinitis in my Achilles.

The next morning it was a little tender, but I could still walk. We had several meetings planned for the morning so more walking was unavoidable.

St. Michael’s Cathedral – main entrance

By mid afternoon on Friday I could barely put any weight on my left foot without pain shooting up my heel. We went back to the hotel so I could put up my foot, ice it, pop some pain killers, relax, and agonize for  few hours about the decision I knew I had to, but didn’t want to make, regarding our doorscursion….

I called to warn Joanne that things were not looking good and asked if she’d mind waiting until Saturday morning for a final decision. She was very understanding.

Unfortunately after a lousy night’s sleep, things were actually a little worse the next morning.

As disappointed as I was, I was in such pain that I just wanted to get in the car and get home.

And that is what I ended up doing.

Sorry again Joanne, this doorscursion was just not meant to be 😦

At least not this time 😉

So instead of new pics, this week’s post is a series of unused shots from a previous trip from a few years back showing St. Michael’s Choir School and a few neighboring churches in downtown Toronto.

I can’t believe I haven’t used these shots yet, but at the same time I’m kinda glad to find them in my archives 😀

As for me: after a quick visit to my doctor, some good anti-inflammatory meds, and a few days on crutches, hey I can actually walk again!

I’m well on the mend but I may be dipping into my archives for another week or two before I get out exploring again.

As always, thanks for looking.

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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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78 Responses to Thursday Doors – November 9, 2017

  1. reocochran says:

    I love all of these but those peaked arches are always drawing me in. This Cathedral was a gorgeous doors display, Norm.

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  2. Jennie says:

    Things happen for a reason. The bad is your pain and foot, and missing a day “dooring” with Joanne. The good is these remarkable doors at St. Michael’s that you had not shared. Wow! These are some of the best. The detailed ironwork is magnificent. Thank you, Norm.

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  3. Sorry to read about the pain in your foot, Norm, but glad to hear you are on the mend. Great set of doors, as always.

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  4. Ouch! Sorry to hear about your foot and cancelled meet-up with your blogging buddy, Joanne. These are lovely doors that you mined from your archives! The door with the massive hardware is quite unique.

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  5. I love the stained glass doors. I also like that cross door. I hope your foot gets better.

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  6. Ahh, I can’t even begin to tell you how sorry I am to hear this, Norm. Today I was thinking of you at every step I took and the pain reminded me of our joint fate. I’m sure you and Joanne will make up for it, and you found excellent photos to accompany the sad tale. The crazy thing is that I planned to post my Ljubljana doors today and moan about my tendon that I busted on that walk even before I read your post. I guess doors will get us all in the end… :p I wish you happy healing.

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  7. Joanne Sisco says:

    What you didn’t mention was that this was the 2nd time we had to cancel a doorscursion together. The 1st time was last summer when I was going to be in Montreal with the Bike Rally, but then I broke my collarbone. Hence my comment about the Universe conspiring to keep us from meeting 😉 As disappointed as I was not to finally meet you, I believe that 3 times will be the charm!

    I’m glad to hear your foot is much better, and I knew you’d find some great doors in your archive! #66 – wow! I don’t remember seeing that door at St Michael’s. Gorgeous!

    I’m sorry I’m not participating this week in Thursday Doors. This week is just too chaotic as I try to prep for leaving on vacation next week. Hope to see you in 2 weeks from Greece!

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  8. Corina says:

    It’s really too bad about having to cancel that doorscursion with Joanne! But I’m glad you are on the mend!

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  9. SO sorry to hear about your foot, Norm… I had Achilles tendonitis and know how painful that is. It took me several sessions of physical therapy and ultrasound treatment to get rid of it. I Hope your case is not as bad and you recover quickly. You recovered beautifully from missing the doorscursion. These doors from your archives are beautiful and deserved to be shared!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Angela. The recovery is going well. The real test will be the next time I have to spend a good part of my day on my feet. If the problem comes back them physical therapy will be the next step. *fingers crossed*

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  10. Vanessa says:

    Oh, no! Sad that you didn’t get to tour Toronto doors, but glad you’re now on the mend. And we get to enjoy a nice set of doors from the archives. Take care!

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  11. Tara says:

    Take good care, says the broken wrist gal to the troubled foot guy.

    My grade school had doors that look just like your first photo. Perhaps there was a Catholic building blueprint/ manual. 🙂

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  12. The archives are fabulous! I’m sorry that you were in so much pain and had to miss out on seeing Joanne and your doorscursion. I’m glad to hear the foot is doing better though! 🙂

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  13. What a bummer! I’m sure hope you get another chance to do a doorscursion together in the not too distant future. I’m glad you’re on the mend,

    The doors are fab! I like your archives.

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  14. Vicky says:

    What a shame and it must have been hugely disappointing to have missed out on the planned doorscursion with Joanne. Luckily you had some lovely archive pictures to share with us this week. I do hope you recover swiftly and can get out and about soon, take care….

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  15. jesh stg says:

    Wow, I wish I had your archives! Phenomenal skill and craftsmanship are in these doors! The doors in California look plain and basic, compared to these.
    I cannot feel your physical pain, but I know how it feels when your life shrinks because of a physical condition. Ten years I was plagued by scatica and all the time in pain – people had suggested a wheel chair. Am glad you felt comfortable to share it here. Don’t feel guilty to pull back, so life is more manageable physically.

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  16. Two of my favourite Canadian bloggers together? What a treat! I am so sorry that you two didn’t get a chance to meet up. I can only *begin* to image how you must feel.
    Speedy recovery, Norm!

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  17. I hate it when health impedes art and adventure. I’m so happy to be back and post and exploring door photographs! These are lovely treasures from your archives. I hope you have many doorscursions in your near future.

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  18. JT Twissel says:

    Oh dear. I remember how tiring being at a trade show all day can be. Take care – hope you’re better soon.

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  19. Lynn says:

    How disappointing for both you & Joanne. Wishing you continued healing & the hopes that you can return to Toronto to embark on your adventure together!

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  20. That’s a lovely building. Wouldn’t it be nice to go to school there? Sorry to hear about your foot, and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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  21. Aimer Boyz says:

    Glad you’re feeling better, Norm. Sorry about you having to miss more Toronto doors, but they will still be here next time you’re in town 🙂

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  22. You came up with a fab selection considering you couldn’t get out and about, Norm. I love the stone in that last one. Hope your foot is better soon.

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  23. Beautiful doors!! So sorry about your injury, please take care.

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  24. Jackie says:

    I’m sorry you missed out on a doorscursion in my city! If Joanne is not available next time call me!

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  25. Ally Bean says:

    Those wood doors are something else! I love the detail, the carving, the balance. Plus the three-sided steps leading to the front doors are wonderful. Cool place to visit.

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  26. marianallen says:

    I’m glad you’re better! These pictures are delightful. I do love a stone church, with brick a close second. If it also has arches, stonework, and wooden doors (with or without dramatic ironwork), so much the better. Now you and Joanne have time to plan an even more ambitious doorscursion — maybe just for that purpose, without that pesky business stuff spoiling things.

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  27. That’s some archive of doors, if these gorgeous examples are what you come up with after a quick rummage through them!

    Wishing you speedy recovery of the foot.

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  28. Suzanne says:

    Happy that you found these in your archives. I’m sure you will get back to Toronto – something for us to look forward to. I had a disappointing “door excursion” of my own this past week – nothing like your experience, but disappointing nevertheless. Someone posted a beautiful blue door on Instagram a couple of weeks ago. The door was leading out to the most beautiful view of the Atlantic ocean and the caption said Palm Beach County. I was determined to find it. We rode A1A along the ocean for about 50 miles and never saw it. Nice day though, just no photo of that door. See what you have created – I am officially a “door addict.”

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  29. Glad you’re feeling better, Norm. No shame dipping into archives. That’s what they’re for!! I do it every week. Sorry you and Joanne didn’t get to meet up, but when are you coming to Chicago? 🙂
    I’m glad you had these doors, though, as they’re all simply gorgeous. Not glad you hurt your foot, but very glad you used these!


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  30. Pistachios says:

    Sorry to hear about the tendinitis, but glad you’re on the mend!
    Despite the title of this post, I kept expecting a happy ending as I was reading. The excellent door photos had me thinking you managed to go on a doorscursion after all. Can’t believe you hadn’t thought to post these before!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      No there was no magical last-minute recovery this time.
      As for what I found in my archives, I know! Pretty cool to find these, eh?
      It’s was almost as fun as finding money while double checking my pockets before doing laundry 😀

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  31. So sorry to hear about the bad foot, Norm. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  32. joey says:

    Well ain’t that a shame? As if all the pain wasn’t bad enough, your plans were broken and you missed Joanne, too. I tsk. Stupid pain. I’m glad you’re on the mend. I hope it’s all better soon.
    As for the doors, I don’t think anyone could complain about these shots from the archives. They’re beautiful and interesting. All delightful in the details 🙂

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  33. Su Leslie says:

    Ouch. I’m sorry you missed out on seeing Joanne — I’d like to have heard about that. But I’m glad you’re recovering.

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  34. Debbie Smyth says:

    Oh dear, how disappointing for you.
    But I love this week’s doors – very grand, Norm.
    Mine are less stately!

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  35. Dan Antion says:

    These are some beautiful doors to have been rattling around in the archive. So many different styles, yet similar and they all look great in their entrances. It looks like some ornamental hinges were removed (or painted over). I like that there’s still a hint of them.

    Very sorry to hear about your foot. I don’t think there’s anything worst than not being able to walk without pain. I hope you recover quickly, Norm. On the other hand, if this is an example of what’s hiding in Norm’s Archive, maybe a week off your feet will be good for us too. Take care!

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  36. conspicari says:

    Great set of doors. Hope you mend quickly and get fully mobile. 🙂

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  37. 76sanfermo says:

    Amazing doors, really!

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