A Breathless Cat Fence Update!

Mary Carol had asked: “When are you moving in?”

To answer this question, I did a post.

I had no idea that in answering her question something unexpected and wonderful would happen.

But something unexpected and wonderful did happen. And is happening.

In the post, I detailed the numerous reasons why I still cannot move into the Cross House. Most of these issues have been resolved during the last five years, but the last issue is proving intractable: The cat fence.

Until I can afford the cat fence, I cannot move in. My funds are, and always have been, limited. And because what funds I do have are earmarked to complete the south facade in 2018 (part of the Heritage Grant work), the cat fence will just have to…wait.

So, I thought I was stuck.

Then wondrous things started happening!


I received this in the mail. And a $100 bill.


Then Mary sent a donation via my Go Fund Me account. Then Dan. Then…

Kitties Max & Gus. We kitties need out proper spaces. Please use this towards the cat fence — or house funds as best suits. Thanks for making the world a better place! Max & Gus

Kara Hudson. History and kitties. 🙂

Jackie Steele. I’m never going to get to live at the Cross House, but I can help you and your kitties get under that roof sooner!

Sheryl Gruhler. I’m a crazy cat lady also. I have 3 and adore them!

Sarah Whillock. I’m more of a dog person than a cat person, but all furry things have a special place in my heart. You sir, are a saint for taking in so many helpless little ones.

Derek Walvoord. Keep up the good work!

Amanda Hodson. From Gypsy, the mustached kitty.

Stephanie Sullivan.

Mary Beth Seith. Our household kitties wanted to contribute to the fence to help get that amazing clowder to their new home safely!

Linda Brandt. Specially for you cat fence, I would love to see you move into the house

Dan Goodall-Williams.

Mary Bercik. MEOW!!! Build that fence and install a computer somehow so we kitties can watch Randy Rainbow YouTube videos to keep us sane during this administration’s continuing reign.

Tinker. Dear Ross, Don’t tell Patricia I took this out of her wallet. I’m sending it for the cat fence. Love, Tinker


All this just stunned me.

So far, people have donated an incredible $805. Donations have ranged from $20 to $100. Most has been donated via my Go Fund Me Account (that is the green button just above the comments), and two donations arrived in the mail:

Fence the Cats!
POB 454
Strong City, KS 66869

From what readers have said, I anticipate some more checks in the mail this week. Squee!


Four days ago, I did a post about the cats:

When I Became, Officially, A Crazy Cat Person

I estimate the cat fence at $6,000 to $8,000. With the current $805, I can order some of the fencing material and install it on the tall wood posts I had installed last year! I will do a post, soon, on what the fence will be but wanted to get this extraordinary update out there.

And me?

I feel…





Today, I received three donations via Go Fund Me, but these seem specific to the house restoration rather than the cat fence.

Judy Edie.

Lee Ann Antes. I donated because I love old homes and admire those who restore them to their former glory! Wishing you well!

Roger Heineken. This Squires-designed house demands restoration/preservation and Ross is THE man for the job.

As the Cross House consumes money, every donation helps. Thanks sooooo much Judy and Lee Anne and Roger!

I created the Go Fund Me account in 2016 after receiving repeated request from people. “I would love to help? Can I donate somehow?” As of today, $4,455 has been donated (including the cat fence donations), a tidy sum!

Donations help offset some of the terrifying financial burden of restoring the Cross House. But donations impact me, too. It is hard to explain but every donation makes me feel less alone, less crazy. Every donation makes me feel connected to a family of people who love old house…and now kitties, too! And I often think about this when I am high up on scaffolding or stripping old shellac off oak trim. I think: Wow. People CARE about this. And this generates a special kind of tingle inside. It feels good!

I am keeping the Cat Fence monies separate from the general donations, and will be doing updates on the fence and future donations.

You can see all the donations on my Go Fund Me page (again, the green button just above the comments).


To all of you fabulous, crazy people, a hug and kiss!




  1. pk on October 23, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Wonderful Post!
    Makes us feel less alone too as we become part of your project and part of you and your kitties’ life.
    I love everyone for participating in this! It bightens my day to see such generosity pouring in and with the power of group effort, the impossible becomes easily possible.

    • Barb Sanford on October 23, 2018 at 9:03 am

      What PK said! And said so well. If it takes a village, you’ve found yours, and “the impossible becomes easily possible.”

  2. Derek Walvoord on October 23, 2018 at 10:44 am

    It is a big job you have taken on. I am glad you are doing it, and I have been so happy to come along on the ride via your blog. Keep it up!

  3. Dawn Rocco on October 23, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Yup what PK said!!

  4. Jackie on October 23, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Ross, while we most certainly do care about the house, and the wonderful job you’re doing bringing her back to sparkling life, I think I can safely speak for every person who reads your blog in saying that it’s YOU who has really found a place in all our hearts. In discovering your blog we’ve all met this great guy that has enriched our lives.

    So please, don’t you ever feel alone. The Cross House has drawn a whole bunch of new friends to you, like a beacon she is! But it’s most definitely YOUR light that continues to brightens our days.😁

  5. MaryCarol on October 25, 2018 at 2:32 am

    OMG! So glad I asked you when you were moving in! I am putting some money in the Go Fund Me account for the fence. I will put more in when I get paid! New question: when will the south facade be done? Lol!

    • Jackie on October 25, 2018 at 3:16 am

      MaryCarol you are a STAR! Just look at you sparkling ​✨

      Thank you for being the CATalyst ​(ho ho) that got this going. ​😻

      That cat emoji could be Gilda, that’s as fitting as can be, too! ​

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