Recently, I did a post about bringing back the long-lost triple set of cross-hatched windows to the dormer on the main facade.

The sashes have been missing for almost twenty years.

On such a huge house, these missing sashes are a minute thing. But, as Bo Sulivan told me, not having the windows in place was like looking at a beautiful face…with a chipped tooth.



See the dormer window? Image courtesy Mouse family archives.



See the triple set of cross-hatched windows?



They have been AWOL for almost two decades, and blank glass panels replaced them. Oh, the horror!



Recently, I was able to get a single pair of sashes back in place.



My excitement was considerable. C o n s i d e r a b l e.


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But now, all THREE windows have returned!!!!!!!!



All three!!!!!!!! I gasp!



Incredible. My eyes tear up. I AM SOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!


Oh, see the octagon tower? See how its upper window sashes are also missing? Well, not for much longer now!

Oh, see the octagon tower? See how its upper window sashes are also missing? Well, not for much longer!


It is hard to explain WHY the intensity of my excitement is so great regarding such small improvements to the Cross House.

Basically though, I experience daily anguish over Things Wrong With The World. Things I really cannot essentially do anything about. And this awareness kinda flattens me.

So, when I am able to make some tiny thing just a little bit better, well, I feel really really really good. For, just a tiny bit better is…better, right?



  1. Rachael on March 2, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Wonderful! I am so happy for you! The little things are… everything!

  2. Julia on March 2, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    They are stunning!! Congrats.

  3. Sandra G. McNichol on March 3, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Wonderful! I am also so happy for you! And yes, the “little things” are never truly little, right? 🙂 Cheers! Onward!

  4. Meghan on March 3, 2016 at 9:16 am

    They look gorgeous. Top work!

  5. Barb Sanford on March 3, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Your attention to detail is inspiring. Those new windows are beautiful.

  6. ken on March 3, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    They are perfect.

  7. Bethany on March 4, 2016 at 8:55 am

    It’s amazing what a difference such a small detail makes. It is indeed like getting a chipped tooth fixed in a beautiful face.

  8. Bo on March 4, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    To be fair, this face is so beautiful already that the missing little attic windows were more like bangs that you didn’t know were cut crooked until somebody straightened them out. This house isn’t so much getting a face lift as it is having its aging process reversed… Just wonderful Ross.

  9. Sharon on March 4, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Did you have to replace them, or had they been stashed in the house somewhere? I’ve been enjoying your blog ever since I found it last month.

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