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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Kenny Prepping

          Worry not, dear readers! My doctor wants me to be active. “Your body will heal quicker and better if you keep moving. Just don’t overdo it.” A lack of energy, of course, will assure that I do not overdodo.      

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Violet Kenny

              As stated previously, in the 1890s home owners were more adventurous with their color selections than is commonly thought today. In looking through 1890s color catalogs one is struck by the unexpected color combinations and variety of colors. For example, it was common for green houses to have…

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After Eight Years….

  The color is historically correct. It took a lot of effort, and several wrong turns spanning years, to arrive at the right color. But, I feel good that I never gave up and took the easy route. In 1894 the color would not have surprised. Today, it does, as people are so used to…

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Health Update

A few weeks ago I had a CT scan. “A CT scan shows detailed pictures of the organs and tissues inside your body.” Last Friday I had a PET scan. “A PET scan can find abnormal activity and it can be more sensitive than other imaging tests.” The PET scan “is a functional imaging technique…

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Turning A Corner

         

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Assuring Crispy

  To the left is a sloppy edge, with violet paint glopped onto the porch beam. This is OK as this was the only way to get paint all the way into the inside corner. To the right is my carefully painted beam and 1/4-round (click image to enlarge). Ross…happy. (Note: the electrical boxes will…

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Baby Stepping

               

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Santa Arrives Early

On October 3rd I received this email from Wendy: Hello Ross, I follow your blog and I have an antique bedroom set and a settee that need a new home. They were donated to our restoration project that we’re in the process of selling and the buyer does not want them. I can send pics…

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Ghostly Apparitions

  With temperatures plummeting for a while, I have abandoned the front porch and moved back inside. For now. My focus is finishing the renovation of the library and its decoration. To this end, the room and its books needed protection from dust and paint. And, for some reason, the shrouded room reminded me of…

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Decorating Begins!

  The painting of the library ceiling begins! The color looks like white but is a very pale teal, a match to the parlor ceiling. I am uncertain how I will embellish the ceiling so the next few weeks should be quite the adventure. Ross excited!    

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A Health Update

A seeming miracle has happened. During the last 48-hours or so I feel…better. Much better. The best I have felt in like 18 months. For about half of 2022 I have been incredibly lethargic. I was napping three times a day. Doing anything took titanic effort. I recall climbing up a ladder a while back…

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A Study. In Silhouette

   

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A Centipede in the House

  The idea is that the ceiling is open to the night sky. Soon, there will be stars. The main ceiling will have the same ‘cracked ice’ pattern as the parlor. And I am pondering an enhancement to the teal border. The night sky comprises four separate layers: Base pale teal. Black gloss cut 50%…

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Ta-Da!!!!!!!! Announcing…

Y’all have been asking me to create videos. I have long wanted to, but these concerns have stopped me: I have zero extra time. So, how do I add something time-consuming to my life? Because I have no extra time, I also have no brain space to learn a whole new, ahh, thing. I watch…

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Finding 1

     

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Reliving the Past

       

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My Most Important Announcement EVER!

  You know what that means? ROSS IS GONNA, AFTER MORE THAN EIGHT FUCKING YEARS, FINALLY PAINT THE REST OF THE MAIN PORCH CORNICE! Really. I know y’all are as gobsmacked as I am. So, on the count of three: 1, 2, 3: SQUEE!!!!!!!!    

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In the Library. Gazing at Stars.

       

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This morning. This afternoon.

     

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I Spy…

     

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