The Joy of Tidy

Today, I arrived at the Cross House…

…and had no idea of what to do.

Well, this never happens.

Each day, I arrive with plans for X, but now that I have finished the NE corner I was not sure of what to do next. The scaffolding is set up to do one edge of the east facade, yes, but I actually think I should start instead on the south facade.

Thus flummoxed by indecision, I wandered around the house looking for something to do while my little mind percolated on the ideal What Next.

While wandering and percolating, I was listening to my latest fix: PODCASTS! A few weeks ago I signed up to receive podcasts from the Joy Reid show (LOVE Joy!) and Chris Hayes and Ari Melber and Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell. These are all MSNBC shows and I love listening to these highly intelligent and articulate hosts detail what is going on out there, politically.

My wandering concluded in the basement, as I stood suddenly transfixed by the workroom. Dominating the room (under the dining room) is a 4-foot-wide by 16-foot-long worktable. Yea, pretty fabulous! But this huge table was a friggin’ mess. Which is really not like me. The table had, somehow, over the years become a repository of stuff and very little of its surface could be used as a worktable.

However, with MSNBC in my ears, I suddenly had a focus: CLEAN THE DAMN TABLE.


And after several hours…SQUEE!!!!!!!! Then, at 4PM, I received a call. And RACED from the house. For, something astonishing had happened.





  1. Sandra Lee on September 4, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Yay! Just beautiful!

  2. Dawn Rocco on September 4, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Nice sign!

  3. Dan Goodall-Williams on September 5, 2018 at 8:44 am

    I vote, for what it’s worth, to do the south side of the house.

  4. Kim on September 5, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Well 😏 as long as we’re tossing our votes into the ethernet….

    I’m going to reign in my drooling desire to tackle the south facade, in favor of getting the east side under control, first. I feel like a majority of the streetside work needs to be in place and in fairly worry-free condition. The east side already seems (seems) to be less troubled with straight walls & clean lines. It might afford extra time to rearrange things for staging work in the back yard & south side areas. Getting the east side done will somewhat clean the slate and make room for the BIGness of the south side.

    The south facade is a dream-inspiring amazement; a work of art, love, architecture, engineering, & design. Lots of twisty-turny work and juggling went into creating that kind of fascination. It will take considerable time & robust magic to pull together all it’s projects under a gleaming, fresh skin of olive.

    Last but, not least: it is September.

    Putting the north corner & east facades to bed for the season will be excellent training & preparation for the south side’s… uh … eventualities.

    🌻 Whatever way you decide to go Ross, we breathlessly await your next move.

  5. Jakob on September 6, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    I could see East facade as there’s still good weather and it looks so much more doable than the South, especially before things get too cold. The South will be one hell of an undertaking, though I can see wanted to make a dent on it, plus the southern exposure means you can get work done on mild winter days. Tough call!

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