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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My blog posts about the restoration are below.
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
…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,…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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….Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading