Good Ross vs. Evil Ross. The Epic Battle Continues…

Last August, I did a post about a titanic battle between Good Ross and Evil Ross.

Before continuing this current post, I urge that you read the previous post, otherwise this new post will not have much meaning.

I will have a sip of wine while you catch up….



Oh, still not finished reading the previous post? No problem! I will have another glass of wine…






OK! Finished with the previous post?


Eight months have elapsed between the epic battle between Good Ross and Evil Ross, and during this time there were occasional, tantalizing possibilities that the green sink, perfect for the carriage house…might be available.

Good Ross read this, correctly, as might.

Evil Ross though read this as IS. Like: THE GREEN SINK IS AVAILABLE! And he shrieked: GET THE SINK!!!!!!!!

But Good Ross controls the external vocal chords, so he always offered helpful advice to the owner of the green sink regarding the issues she and her husband were having with it.

Evil Ross BURNED with rage at his inability to take control of the damn external vocal chords. While Good Ross could hear him shrieking, luckily no one else could.

The months passed, and intoxicatingly tantalizing emails periodically arrived stating that, again, maybe the green sink was available.

And Good Ross would reply with more suggestions about a possible end run about X new issue of incorporating the green sink with a new counter.

With each of these successive “helpful” suggestions, Evil Ross eventually became so livid that, if his rage could have been tapped, it would have lighted Emporia for a year. Possibly two years.

Well, today is April 25th, and an extraordinary thing happened. Scroll way down…

























This is the unfinished kitchen of the carriage house. Do you see anything unusual?






  1. Carla Windsor Brown on April 25, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    That’s karma! Good Ross won in the end!

  2. Kelly on April 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Wooooo! It’s beauuuutiful!

  3. Michele on April 25, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Oh My!!!!! How exciting! Can’t wait to see it installed!!

  4. Betsy on April 25, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    omg..what did evil Ross do ?

  5. Mary Garner-Mitchell on April 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Hot diggity dog!

  6. Brandy Mulvaine on April 25, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Evil Ross stole the sink!

  7. Amanda on April 25, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Your matching bathroom sink is here in Los Angeles!!

    • Ross on April 25, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      Don’t tell Evil Ross!

  8. Julia on April 25, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    I’ll drink to that!…now I’m picturing Evil Ross lighting a circle of candles and dancing around the green sink.

    • Ross on April 25, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      Actually, Evil Ross is sooooo exhausted by all his efforts to Get The Sink, that he is now slumped in a corner, in a stupor, after having way too many intoxicating potions.

      There IS however a circle of candles and dancing around the sink. But that is Good Ross dancin’ away! Butt nakid, too!

      • John Feuchtenberger on April 26, 2016 at 1:37 am

        To quote the immortal Lewis Grizzard: “There’s a big difference between the words, ‘naked’ and ‘nekkid.’ ‘Naked’ means you don’t have any clothes on. ‘Nekkid’ means you don’t have any clothes on – and you’re up to something.” Nekkid, Ross, nekkid!

  9. David Franks on April 25, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    I suspect that you have given the issue some thought, and have made a determination for yourself, and you might even have written something on the subject that I haven’t come across: What will be the countertop height in your kitchens?

    I ask because in the late 1970s I lived in a house with (except for the 1947 GE refrigerator) an intact 1920s kitchen, and I still have backaches from using the counters and the sink (a lovely white double-size double-drainboard cast iron set-in model), which were only 32 or 33 inches A.F.F. Will you mount the sink as high as you can below the window and work from there? I expect you’ll use various pieces of furniture instead of continuous counters, but will you have a greater average height than would have been found in the past?

    Thank you.


    • Ross on April 25, 2016 at 11:58 pm

      Hi David,

      Normally, I do counters 1-1/2-inches higher than modern 36-inch counters. I find that this bit of extra height prevents backache for me (and I am just under 5-9).

      I had a TALL client once and gave her counters at 39-inches. Another client was quite petite (just under 5-feet), and I gave her counters at like 33-inches.

      In the Cross House, the kitchen window sills are 36-inches above the floor. So, I will not be able to go higher without visually messing up the kitchen. I do plan an island, and will make it 37-1/2-inches high.

      In short, there is no perfect height, because everybody is different.

      Thus, as much as I live for preservation, I think comfort and ease of use are vital.

      • David Franks on April 26, 2016 at 12:34 am

        Certainly 36″ is a convenient (for builders) average. The kitchen counters in our new house are 37″ high– right at 9″ below my elbow when it is bent 90 degrees. (I’m 6′-0 1/2″ and do all the cooking; my lovely wife is about 5′-6″.) It works well for me, even with a 10″ deep sink, and I still have good leverage for kneading bread dough.

      • Chad's Crooked House on April 26, 2016 at 6:17 am

        See, my kitchen works out perfectly because the floor slants in so many directions that everyone can find a comfortable spot!

        • Julie Fuller on April 26, 2016 at 12:08 pm

          LOL! Me too! One corner of my kitchen is 82 inches floor toceiling, and another is 87 inches!

        • Miriam Righter on March 10, 2017 at 11:35 am

          The floors in my house are so uneven that my grandson could roll a ball and it came back to him!

  10. Cindi M on April 26, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Looks like that kitchen has been waiting for its sink to arrive. That green is lovely with that wood. And congratulations. On your restraint, your graciousness and your reward!

  11. Sandra G. McNichol on April 26, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I am SO THRILLED!!! that you ended up getting the green sink!! SO THRILLED!!! Wonderful! Truly wonderful!! (Evil Sandra is totally jealous, however. She wants one, too.) It is so gorgeous.

  12. Janet on April 26, 2016 at 10:02 am

    All I can say is good things come to those who wait. Wink! Wink! The sink has found a good home. We all look forward to seeing pictures of it installed in the Carriage House. Although it was probably hard for “Jane” to let go of this beauty, she knows you will appreciate it for years to come.

  13. Carole. Canton Ohio on April 26, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Ross, I am sincerely happy for you. I had to turn down its white cousin, the back splash, being so tall, because there was no place to install in my tiny kitchen. So I both envey you and am happy for you! Please tell us every detail to its acquisition. We are hungry for facts as well as embellishments! Again, I’m very happy for your carriage house and you!!!!!

  14. Barb Sanford on April 27, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Hurrah for the green sink, and for whatever incarnation of Ross acquired it!

  15. Michele on April 27, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Here’s a stove to go with your green sink:)

    • Ross on April 27, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Oh my!

      • Sandra G. McNichol on April 28, 2016 at 8:40 am

        Oh my is right!! This stove is amazing! What do you think Ross?

  16. Jennifer Mccartha-Pearce on January 29, 2017 at 1:16 am

    I think I just had my very first sink-gasm!!!! 🙂

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