The Cross House

Up & Down. Up & Down. Up & Down.

Arrive at Cross House.

Temperature: High.

 

UP

Ascend to top floor, crawl though small window and out to scary-high scaffolding.

Struggle into disposable Tyvek suit and sand wood trim and shingles to smooth perfection.

Task complete.

Peel suit off from dripping wet body.

Struggle to not collapse and fall off scary-high scaffolding.

Struggle back through small window.

Stand kinda coma-like on third level for a while.

Unknown amount of time elapses.

Stagger to stair.

 

DOWN

Grab paper towels and dry very wet body.

Grab bottle of water and stagger to chair in front of fan on high.

Emerge from coma.

Step outside to mini-scaffolding at NE corner to work on first-floor of corner.

Bravely, heroically struggle back into new disposable Tyvek suit and sand wood trim and shingles to smooth perfection.

Task complete.

Peel suit off from dripping wet body.

Struggle to not collapse.

Re-enter house.

Grab bottle of water and stagger to chair in front of fan on high.

Emerge from coma.

 

UP

Ascend to top floor.

Drag over fan and set it ON scaffolding.

Crawl though small window and out to scary-high scaffolding.

Turn fan on high. Praise the Lord that fans were invented.

Gently wash all exterior trim/shingles.

Wait to dry. This takes just a minute in heat.

Prime everything.

Struggle back through small window.

 

DOWN

Step outside to mini-scaffolding at NE corner.

Set all old nails in siding, and hammer in new nails where siding is no longer tight.

Set new nails.

Gently wash all exterior trim/siding.

Prime everything.

Re-enter house.

Grab paper towels and dry very wet body.

Grab bottle of water and stagger to chair in front of fan on high.

 

UP

Ascend to top floor.

Struggle back through small window.

Paint all trim.

Fan still on scaffolding and still on high. Praise the Lord that fans were invented.

Struggle back through small window.

 

DOWN

Step outside to mini-scaffolding at NE corner.

Fill all nail holes.

Caulk as required.

Curse lack of fan. Damn. Damn. And damn.

Re-enter house.

Grab paper towels and dry very wet body.

Grab bottle of water and stagger to chair in front of fan on high.

 

EPILOGUE

Stagger to car.

Drive home.

Instantly get VERY tall glass.

Fill with ice to top.

Fill with…refreshing…liquids.

Stare at wall for half-hour until brain resumes somewhat normal functioning.

Praise the Lord that house is air-conditioned.

Spend next two hours staring at videos of the restoration of Attingham Park. Much happiness ensues.

 

 

3 Responses to Up & Down. Up & Down. Up & Down.

  1. While parlor work took place I worried about this part of the continuing saga. I am not a summer heat person. Your love, care, concern and attention to detail will pay off when the exterior painting and restoration is completed. If the job doesn’t kill you first! Please be careful. I am sending prayers for cooling breezes, positive energy and spells for progress in your direction.

  2. While I’m glad to hear that work is progressing on my favorite north wall, I hope that you will be more careful, especially with the Midwest forecast of hot and humid weather. My son owns a business doing dirt work, grading, digging/filling etc, and he swears by these shirts: https://arcticcool.com/workwear/ They look just like a T-shirt, but he says that they are a lifesaver on hot days. Don’t overdo it, especially when you are working way up on high scaffolding. I expect that the Cross house will someday be something of a memorial to you, but no one wants that to happen for a long, long, time!

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