My Old House — Part 2- Amy Thom

My Old House — Part 2- Amy Thom

Part 1- read here- Found in the Floors of my Summer Kitchen — Amy Thom

Something we did in the house that I think is pretty cool…we didn’t want to ruin the trim work on the stairs which would of been so much work when it was done, so we knocked all the plaster off of and out from between the lathe, I sanded it and stained it and then clear coated it- it was original hand split lathe, I can’t imagine the work that went into doing the entire house! So we opted to keep this little bit of history and show case it in the house.

When we pulled up SEVEN layers of flooring, they were levelled with newspapers, some of which was stuck to the original floor…and I couldn’t imagine sanding it off, so we left it and sealed it into the finish.None of the floors are level of smooth in the sense that they have wear marks from decades of walking on them, and I thought it was amazing to see. Same with the stairs. Wes’s dad , Bert actually attended Sunday school in the house at one point I think he said. And in the pile of cans and bottles there is some definite religious colouring books that back that up.

Super modern houses are nice too- but who am I to erase all that history? I just love that our house had a story before we ever were born, and now our family will add ours.

Things Under the Floorboards — Warning– Sensitive Matter

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About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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