Thursday Doors – New Door, New Year


Well, the old door has finally closed on 2018 and a new one has opened for 2019. Our house has literally done that just a few weeks ago, when we replaced our old, cracked and weather beaten front door. Some of you know how much I love red doors but I’m not one to look a gift horse in the mouth and when someone offers you a perfectly good white one it would be a sin to refuse. For anyone who has been following my blog since the early days, you’ll know that we’ve been renovating an old cottage (while living in it) so I thought I would give an update on the progress. As you can see from the above image, the white door has settled in well to its new surroundings.


This is the old one we said goodbye to. I’m not missing it at all. We still have lots to do but we’re getting there. Having spent what money we had on the major work – new roof, insulation, heating and flooring – we are now at the recycling stage and trying to useΒ  up some of the materials we removed from inside the house. Mr. R. has used the flooring that came from the upstairs bedrooms to build a covered porch on the rear of the house. A lot of it was water damaged and warped but there was enough to give us a decent sized utility area. Great at the moment for storing materials still to be used.


In the photo below you can see what it’s like from the outside. Note the look of disapproval on the Gaffer’s face as he inspects the garden. He’s been waiting a long time to have it tidied up and cleared out but we haven’t told him it will be another few months before that happens. There’s a lot of work to be done on the outside of the house but that’s for drier weather. The interior is keeping us busy enough for the winter.


I had intended posting one last Thursday Doors in late December but it was a busier than usual month for our family and I never got round to it. My eldest and her hubby turned forty (which made me feel my age). My youngest turned twenty-one (which made me feel young-ish). It was the first anniversary of my father’s death (which made me feel sad). But the highlight of 2018 for me has to be the birth of our sixth grandchild (which made me feel so many good emotions it brought the year to a positive, happy end). She arrived the day before my dad’s anniversary and I was there to greet her when she came home from hospital, only a couple of days old. It’s really difficult to feel sad with a newborn grandchild in your arms.

I want to thank all of you who have paid a visit to my blog in 2018 and I hope you will stop by when you can as 2019 rolls on. May it be a good and peaceful year for you. As always, Norm has a link to lots of wonderful Thursday Doors on his blog. You can even join in the fun by posting some of your own, if you’d like to.



About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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42 Responses to Thursday Doors – New Door, New Year

  1. Jackie says:

    Wishing you all the best in 2019. The house is looking great, but yes, the Gaffer should be pushing harder.

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  2. Joanne Sisco says:

    It looks like you are making great progress on your home. Already it’s come a long way and a new front door seals it πŸ™‚

    Congratulations on the newest grandchild and happy new year!

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  3. The cottage is looking like it’s really coming along. The door is way better than the green one. Did you keep the green one to repurpose?

    Congratulations on the Grandchild! Happy New Year to you all!

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  4. JT Twissel says:

    We also had a lot of reno work down in 2018 and more slated for this next year. We just had our front door painted a beet red! The house is a rather bland grey so it works very well. Hope the doors you open this next year will bring much joy!

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  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    Looks like you’ve made a lot of progress since the last update. I’m sure you must be encouraged, especially when you can score a nice upgrade for the door.
    Much health and happiness for 2019 Jean and congrats on the new family member πŸ™‚

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  7. Junieper/Jesh stG says:

    Jean you are still young, believe me! And belated congrats to your 6th grandchild! Am really hoping my “youngest” will get married some time, and have another grand child there. Thank you for the update on your renovation – it’s looking good and cosy! That this New Year may bring you lots of joy:)

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  8. Lots going on in your life, isn’t there, Jean. πŸ™‚ I would take the new door, too, and of course you can always paint it if you like. I’m excited to see your new abode coming together and to seeing how it continues to evolve in 2019!


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  9. dennyho says:

    I love red doors, too, but the white one is a keeper! Happy New Year, and it seems you have lots of happy to celebrate.

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  10. Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2019 with plenty of time out to rock that new baby. πŸ™‚ I love DIY so I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about your house update. That white door looks just fine, and let’s face it – red paint is always available. πŸ™‚

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  11. joey says:

    The Gaffer does look disappointed, lol!
    I love the white door and I feel like a gifted door means you will receive many blessings as well.

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  12. slfinnell says:

    So much goes into home renovation. Survived a half of our home being done in 2014. My hats off to you for enduring. And congratulations on the newest grandchild! A lovely start to your year 😊

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  13. dimlamp says:

    Happy New Year Jean. Blessings as you and your family celebrate the birth and life of the new grandchild.

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  14. Oh, Jean, it’s exciting to see your progress. And you can always paint the door. πŸ˜‰ (Even though the white has its place there! At least from the inside, as the photo shows.) All well to you and your family! And tell the pup that after it will be much better. πŸ˜‰

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  15. sjhigbee says:

    A very belated Happy New Year, Jean:). Many thanks for sharing your new door and your ongoing progress – the new slate roof is beautiful btw… And huge congratulations on the birth of your 6th grandchild – the feelings that pour through you as you hold a child of your child in your arms is always intense, I find…

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  16. Dan Antion says:

    Looks like you’re making good progress, Jean. I know how renovations go., it’s a long process.

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  17. jguenther5 says:

    Nice new door. Much better than the old one. Have a happy, productive 2019.

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  18. Jennie says:

    Happy New Year, and it is a beautiful new door.

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  19. sydspix says:

    Congrats Jean on a great renovation! Sounds like it has been a bit of a hectic year for you. My eldest just turned 40 three days after Christmas and it does make you realize how fast time flies!

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  20. Pistachios says:

    You’re definitely right about it being hard to feel sad while holding a newborn! Congratulations to your family for the new addition πŸ™‚

    As for your new front door – it’s still possible to paint it red, but it looks pretty good as it is!

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