The Cross House was built in 1894. It is located at 526 Union Street, in Emporia, Kansas. I purchased the house in March 2014.

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The Cross House, Emporia, designed by architect Charles M. Squires.

The Cross House, Emporia, designed by architect Charles W. Squires.

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A Flooring Update. With SQUEE!

                     

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A Plastering Update. With Sigh.

    I don’t have the final coat on yet. But…so far…all seems OK. And did I enjoy the process? Oh, hell no. Even though the area is very small, it was awful. The plaster kept falling on my head and body and onto the floor. It was a mess to work with. I am…

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Dr. Seuss. In Wicker.

     

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A Plastering Beginning?

   

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A Flooring Update. A Food Upgrade.

      Of course, this means that Cody will not have a kitchen for a week. Or more. To compensate, I told Cody to upgrade his food purchases. “Rather than getting take-out hamburger, order steak! I’ll reimburse you! Order salmon dinners! Buy some wine! Make sure you have Granada chocolates for dessert! And invoice…

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THE ROSS: The 2021 Year End Report

DANGER! Politics ahead! EEK!     2021 began with a searing shock: domestic traitors to my country attacked the US Capitol with the intention of murdering people and overthrowing an election. And these evildoers always refer to themselves as…patriots. Orwell, live.     In the eleven months following, all evidence reveals that these traitors were…

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THE HOUSE: The 2021 Year End Report

As I noted in my very first blog post in 2014, life has an annoying habit of unfolding…unpredictably. A year ago I assumed I would end 2021 having accomplished two things: Finishing the 2017 Heritage Trust Grant. Moving into the house at last. At very long last. Well, one of these goals happened. Sigh. What…

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A Very Special Event At The Cross House

Hippies. They were once everywhere. And in the early 1970s, two hippies, Phyllis and Louis rented the Octagon Bedroom. Louis proposed to Phyllis in the room. Later, the couple moved to the expansive third floor and were, obviously, THE coolest hippies in the city. While living on the third floor, the couple conceived a baby….

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The Cabinet Returning To Life

        The upper cabinet is not installed yet. It is just sitting in place. I will take it back down so as to finish its interior which will be a ton easier with it sitting on a work table. I was not sure how to proceed though. Repaint the interior white? Or…

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Visitors!

A few weeks ago, Dianna contacted me. As a Christmas gift to her 14-year-old son, Justin, she wanted to know if he could come by the house for the 2-hour tour package. “He loves the house and has read every post!” This made my heart soar. For, I thought Cody was the only young person…

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‘Twas the night before Christmas…

…when all through the huge house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. At least, it was hoped. The stockings were hung by the eight mantels with duct tape (What? You think I’m gonna hammer nails into my fabulous mantels?), In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there with wads of cash,…

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Before. After.

       

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My Near Death Experience

This past Wednesday morning, a rushing cloud engulfed a mountain. Suddenly, the sun went away, and a brutal wind began to blast everything. The low pressure system raced to the east for the next eight hours, barreling over the plains at over sixty miles an hour, until it landed on top of… …Ross.   I…

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Beast to Beauty. Eventually.

    What a figgin’ mess. The plan is to relocate all this venting to UNDER the decking. Thus, the vent pipes will vanish from view, and I can then restore the basement window and reinstall it. And a beast will become a beauty.    

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Happy Holidays 2021!

   

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Before. After.

         

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A Discovery!

Today, I was standing on a ladder in the carriage house dining room, priming the ceiling, when Cody shrieked: “ROSS!” I froze, paint roller suspended in mid-air. And I waited. And waited. Did he need help? Then, Cody came into view. Holding something in his hand. Was it a dead mouse? It was not. It…

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Happy Butts

Tonight, Steve, Brad, Cody, and myself had Taco Tuesday at the Cross house. Yes, it is Wednesday. In anticipation, I had cranked the radiator thermostat up to 70-degrees. Just after Steve and Brad departed, Cody walked over the the dining room radiator, placed his hand on its marble top, and said: “Wow! This is really…

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Before. After.

         

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Hello! Remember Me?

Yes, my posts have WAY dropped. More than ever before. Rest assured though that things are still moving ahead at the carriage house but posting pictures of taping and mudding and priming just does not seem to be very exciting. I have also been INCREDIBLY busy with my lighting business. November was insane, and I…

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