Inching Along…Pleasantly


  1. Michael Bazikos on November 19, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    …or the ‘Wizard of Oz’!

  2. Jerry Schmit on November 20, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Looking so beautiful—keep up the great work!

  3. Sherry Hyman on November 20, 2019 at 3:24 am

    LOVED that movie!!! Tho, not as much as I LOVE your home…..

  4. Mike on November 20, 2019 at 9:50 am

    YEEESSSS!! That describes how I have felt watching you bring your house back to life! I can’t believe I didn’t make the connection, I have watched that movie a dozen times…my own experiences over the past 2 decades are more in line with The Money Pit, but then what else would I have done with all of my time and money? 😉 Oh, and get this: I’ve often shed tears that Illinois does not offer any real financial help to people restoring old buildings, not even a tax break. I spent all of 2017 and 2018 adding on and restoring the exterior of our house, rebuilding the porches to original, etc; I also spent a large amount of money. Now that it is pretty much done, I got a form letter in the mail yesterday from our city inviting all property owners in our area to a meeting next month to learn more about a new tax-increment program being set up to assist and encourage people to restore properties in the proposed historic area! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, LOL…

  5. Cody H on November 21, 2019 at 12:21 am

    Will you be continuing around the corner and on to the hex/tower after this last stretch of heavy labor intensive work replacing and cutting new shingles, or onto the upper gables? You’ve always seemed to work from the very top down, but you’re out of order this time, man!

    • Ross on November 25, 2019 at 10:30 pm

      Hi, Cody!

      My work schedule is being driven by the Heritage Grant. So, repairing the shingles is a line item, and I need to finish it.

      A previous line item was the columns. That has now been crossed off the list.

      When all the shingling is done, I will start at the very top to paint, and work my way down. That is another line item.

      Last on the Grant list is repointing the north chimney.

  6. Anne L Taylor on November 21, 2019 at 9:46 am

    …or The Giver – one of my absolute favourites!

  7. Amanda on November 21, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Sooooo very, very fascinating!! <3

  8. Susan on November 22, 2019 at 11:51 am

    I just started reading this blog and I’m still back in the throes of the Great Library Curtain Debacle, but seeing you bring this house back to life and back to glory is truly incredible. I’d love to someday restore an old house somewhere near the coast and this is keeping that jonesing under control…for now.

    • Ross on November 25, 2019 at 10:35 pm

      Nice to meet you, Susan!

  9. Heather Estes on November 23, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    I wish I had even half your knowledge and skill

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