My First Shower!

Today, I began gutting the you-know-Norman-Bates-lived-here studio apartment.

I tore out the sheetrock on the south wall, and the insulation behind. And I tore down the sheetrock on much of the ceiling, and its insulation.

It was all profoundly dirty and sweaty but satisfying. NOTE: Yes, I wore protective gear.

When I finished for the day a thought occurred to me: I had a brand new cleaning option available!


A great big shower!


So, for the very first time since owning the Cross House since 2014, I took a shower! It was FABULOUS!

Luckily, I had a clean shirt on hand so, after toweling dry, I was reasonably presentable. And I felt a billion times better.

Ross happy.




  1. Linda A. on August 4, 2021 at 11:15 pm


  2. mlaiuppa on August 5, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Time to start keeping a change of clothes at the Cross House. Maybe right in the bathroom space itself. It won’t be that annoying to move a gym bag around while you work and just think how satisfying it will be to know that after whatever you’re doing, you can go take a shower and change into fresh, clean clothes?

    BTW, where do you put the soap and shampoo in that shower? I built little cubbies into mine when I remodeled.

  3. Seth Hoffman on August 5, 2021 at 1:30 am

    That’s a great milestone!

  4. Bonnie Graham on August 5, 2021 at 9:40 am

    So glad you’re feeling better and back to work. I’ve missed your almost daily blogs. Having a place to shower is a luxury when doing dirty work, or even just to cool off when the heat gets unbearable.

  5. Leigh on August 5, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Hooray, a functional (and good-looking) shower!

  6. Laurie L Weber on August 5, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Yeah! What did you sing while in the shower?! 🙂

    • mlaiuppa on August 5, 2021 at 5:43 pm

      Well, if he’s going to sing period to the house it would be:

      I’ve been working on the Railroad
      The sidewalks of New York
      Sipping cider through a straw
      America, the Beautiful
      The Band played on
      The Mountains of Mourne
      My Gal is a High-born lady
      They’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight
      Hallelujah, I’m a bum
      Asleep in the deep
      On the banks of the Wabash, far away
      My Old New Hampshire Home
      When you were Sweet Sixteen
      Who threw the overalls in Mrs Murphy’s chowder?
      Hello! Ma Baby
      Keep on the Sunny Side
      A bird in a gilded cage

  7. Cindy Belanger on August 5, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    That first shower must have felt wonderful, many more to come. haha

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