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Stairs - Sing With Me If It's Just For Today... — LiveJournal
If I should fall behind, Guyster, wait for me.
With a screwdriver and a pair of pliers, I sat on the century old staircase and pulled out carpet tacks, each dug into the wood with wear and conviction. They once anchored an Oriental runner hastily removed by the previous owner in a panic before a realtor’s open house. She shouldn’t have bothered as she did more damage to the wood than if the carpet had just stayed put, dust and all.

A man built this house for his bride in 1903, and they had one child. At some point in the twenties, a film composer and his wife took over the property where they made home movies and the wife wore hats of a flapper. I believe during the war, it was a boarding house––it’s the only way to explain the deadbolts on each of the upstairs bedroom doors. Before the skittish women from whom I bought the house, five nuns lived here for years.

After I completed one tread, I slowly ran my hand over it to make certain no tacks remained, and scooted my butt down one more step to work on the next one. There were two or three tacks embedded so deeply that any attempt to remove them would damage the aged wood. I let them be. They worked hard all these years trampled by a thousand souls, and who am I to make them move?


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mengus From: mengus Date: December 14th, 2005 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
You got the house! Nice vignette.
brianrdu From: brianrdu Date: December 14th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Do you have vise grips? They work MUCH better than pliers at pulling stuff out of floors...
tedwords From: tedwords Date: December 14th, 2005 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)
It sounds like a beautiful house...carpet tacks and all.
From: cuppajohn Date: December 14th, 2005 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)
sometimes leaving things be is the best advice. thank you.
creactivity From: creactivity Date: December 14th, 2005 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I wanna see!
ubermunkey From: ubermunkey Date: December 14th, 2005 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
hey congratz!
be well and nice mental images.
I can just see you scooching down a step.

privatesector From: privatesector Date: December 14th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your residence sounds as if it might come with a 'resident' ghost or two!! Let me know if there are any sightings or strange noises.

May you have many warm nights, delicious meals, and as much happiness as you need under the new (for you) roof.

From: danman869 Date: December 14th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad to know you're in the new house. It's going to be an adventure, that's for sure!
quuf From: quuf Date: December 15th, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Leave it to you to create such beauty
From the irksome duty
Of pulling tacks from steps.
primimproper From: primimproper Date: December 20th, 2005 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Susan's pictures of your house blew me away - I couldn't imagine it. It's gorgeous!
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