I am going to ask you to do something really difficult. I apologize. For, I don’t intend to be mean. But, can you tear your eyes away from the right side of this image, and look over to the left? Can you? Please? You only need look for a moment! I promise!



Now, while looking, however briefly, to the left, do you see the newly restored window sashes?

I am so excited!

The glittering stained-glass windows in the Cross House are so intoxicating that it is easy to overlook the fact that the house has like 6,796 clear-glass windows, too. Well, maybe not 6,796, but there are a lot. And all are in terrible condition.

But they are original! Whoee!

And as each set of sashes gets done, I can cross one thing off my impossibly long To Do list, and spend some gazing adoringly at a set of newly pristine sashes resplendent in their glossy black finish.

Oh, above the newly pristine sashes resplendent in their glossy black finish is a blank piece of glass. That is the location of one of those attention-grabbing glittering stained-glass windows, currently being restored.

OK! You may now allow your eyes to be inexorably pulled right again.

I understand.





  1. Sheryl on September 15, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Love the reflection of the house in your new window!!

    • Ross on September 15, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      I didn’t even notice!

    • Lynn on September 16, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      What she said!!!!

  2. Rachael on September 15, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Do you have the original storms as well? We have original windows, which we hope to restore. Our storms are good quality metal Ruscos (but ugly). We aren’t sure what to do about them. For now, we painted them to improve the look. Some day I’d like to investigate interior storms.

  3. Carole Sukosd on September 16, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Oh Ross, you know us too. . . .well. But we are getting better at following your very explicit directions. You teach us so very much ! We thank you for that ! ! ! !

  4. Tony Bianchini on September 16, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I stopped by and looked at these windows in person today around 10am, just as the thunderstorm was beginning; I was returning to Des Moines, from Fort Worth – and although I did not really have any time to spare, I stopped and spent 5 minutes on the sidewalk – gawking and longing… very intoxicating in person and difficult to articulate into words.

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