The NE Corner. A Cosmic Correction.

Way way way WAY high up in the air is the huge curved metal cornice. Under the cornice is a 1/4-round metal trim. At the very corner of the NE corner the 1/4 trim was really dented. What could have possibly caused this so high up in the air? Did a UFO bonk into it? Well, I could have just painted the dented 1/4 trim because who would even see the dent so high up? So, yes, I could have…


…but, of course, I could not. 


While I was unable to un-dent the trim, I was able to create a sheet metal cover for it and glue it on. Better!

These micro-repairs thrill me. Even though most (or all) are not readily observable, they nonetheless create a more crispy look for the house which I think IS observable. In addition, it thrills me to reverse each bit of damage, to undo some ancient wrong. For, while there is a lot wrong with the world, I can’t do much about it. But I can make my world just a bit better each week. And I believe that, somehow, in the cosmic scheme of things, this makes a difference.




  1. Annette on June 23, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    And the universe is just a little bit better tonight.

  2. Dan Goodall-Williams on June 23, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Perfect! Agree, your world is just a little bit more right.

  3. Sherrill on June 23, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Did a ladder hit it? Your repair looks great.

    • Ragnar on June 25, 2018 at 5:59 pm

      I guess a branch or whole tree would be the most likely culprit for damage that high up.

  4. Sandra Lee on June 23, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Things are a bit better & right w the world— you rock Ross! Yay for crispness & rightness—cosmic karma! Ancient regime & ancient wrong righted! Hurray!

    • Ross on June 23, 2018 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks, Sandra!

  5. Cindy Belanger on June 23, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    It doesn’t matter if the repair is not observable, you know the metal trim was dented and now is repaired. All is right in your world. Great job

  6. Sandra Lee on June 23, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    That’s right! Ross always does every repair right—whether a small & obscure corner 2 stories up —or large curved windows, turret, porch ceiling color— trim & details with 4th & 5th paint color— always expert & always right. Ross is the epitome of — if not doing it right don’t do it at all. Perhaps Scottish ancestry ….

    • Jackie on June 24, 2018 at 5:09 am

      Now I’m imagining Ross up there on the scaffolding, in a kilt, now THAT would give the neighbours something to comment on. 😆

      I’m thinking in particular of that delightful lady who informed Ross that she didn’t like the colour, so he should have painted the house blue because she likes blue.

      • Ragnar on June 25, 2018 at 5:59 pm

        Well… there are indeed special kilts for workmen! They’re called Utilikilts and I’ve been thinking about getting one for close to 15 years now!

  7. Jackie on June 24, 2018 at 5:03 am

    The house thanks you for every little repair like this, it really doesn’t matter that no-one else can see it, SHE knows you’ve done it and is extremely grateful. One more rend in her undergarments fixed, adding some starch if you will, to continue your crispy analogy. What you’re doing there is what makes a craftsman, I think. That level of CARE that means you’ll do the whole of a job properly, not just the bits that people can see.

    I was going to say attention to detail there, but that doesn’t really cut it with you, it’s only the surface definition, how much you care is what it’s all about. I’m convinced, at this point, that the house reached out to you because she knew you were the champion she needed.

  8. Merralyn on June 24, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Love your work. Couldn’t agree more! In the end the little things matter the most.

  9. Stewart Mclean on June 24, 2018 at 9:42 am

    I would think that you could have left it, theoretically, but being you, the entire space time continuum in which you live would have collapsed if you had done so. Thank for saving the S-T-C!

  10. Julia C on June 24, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Each time I right a small wrong in my own home I think of you Ross 😊
    The corner looks great!

  11. San on June 24, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Boy, it must have been one big bird. Great job on the fix!

  12. Karen Spencer on June 24, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    It’s all about the details. Way to go Ross.

  13. Mike on June 25, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Ross, you are my hero. You get to do pretty much whatever you want to do, how you want to do it. I am 30 years married, and whenever I take a minute longer than the wife thinks I should on something, there are inevitably questions that imply that I am either incompetent or intentionally taking too long. I look forward to every engagement and baby shower that she is invited to, since that means I get a couple of hours to go back and do certain things the way that they should have been done, IMO, minus her supervision. LOL. No offense to all of the wives who read this…BTW, I painted an area on the front of my house Saturday afternoon to see how the siding, trim, and accent colors would look…and they look amazing. Going from pale gray and white to light and dark green with dark red accents, and the inspiration came from you and the Cross House.

  14. Stewart Mclean on June 25, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Ross,
    -I am posting these thoughts after reading Mike’s comment about ads posted today because I find it confusing when such comments are spread around so many other posts. Commenting on his remarks on the joys of marriage would strike fear in the heart of most married men.
    -As one who knows very little about the costs in energy, time, and money in making changes to a blog website like this, I have no way of telling if this suggestion is even a reasonable thing to ask. :
    —-Perhaps you could have a menu item that has subject links/searches to previous posts and comments on different subjects. Ads are an example, but painting techniques, restoring windows, heating and cooling are a few of the subjects that could be listed. You could add any subject that you like, such as political posts. In my eyes, it would be ideal to have a subject drop down menu so those making comments could select whatever subject heading or headings their comment might go under.
    -Again, I have little idea if what I have suggested here would create a lot of extra work, no extra work, or even help in a way that would decrease the load on you. If the idea has merit, perhaps you could entice the makers of the products that you use to advertise by linking your remarks on a product to that company’s ads. I am just throwing this out there. No need to catch it or comment on it. I think that it is amazing that you can find the time to write so many posts and read all of the comments we make and reply to the so frequently with obviously well thought out responses. I don’t want you to change anything unless it works for you.

    • Stewart Mclean on June 25, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      In reading what I just posted, it looks like I left out something, which I originally thought would be assumed. The idea would be that each subject menu would provide a list of posts and posts with comments pertaining to that subject in order of their appearance. The list could have a P or C to delineate whether the subject could be found in the text of the post or in the posts comment section. It would list these items in chronilogical order as to when they were posted.

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