Shelley and Patrick came by for a tour of the house! Shelley has read every blog post so it seemed a good idea to have HER give the tour, while Patrick and I followed, mesmerized.


OK. Maybe that is not exactly how the tour transpired, but Shelley really has read every blog post and it was great fun touring the house with an über fan.




  1. Barb Sanford on August 21, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Hi, Shelley and Patrick! It was fun meeting you last Saturday. Any friend of Ross and the Cross House is a friend of mine 🙂

    • Shelley on August 21, 2018 at 9:55 am

      Hi Barb,
      It was so nice to meet you as well! 🙂 You’re so fortunate to be within walking distance of the Cross House. What an amazing job he’s doing!

  2. Shelley on August 21, 2018 at 10:01 am


    Thank you so much for sharing your lovely house with us! I hope that I didn’t scare you too badly with my enthusiasm! ;o)

    Patrick made the comment that we need to go back in 6 months. lol I think I may have made him a fan as well.

    Your dinner recommendation was awesome & we had an amazing visit to Emporia. <3

  3. Barb Sanford on August 21, 2018 at 10:01 am

    I only wish! I don’t live in Emporia now, but my Dad does. So I’m back often to visit him, and I always drive by to see the house in person. I was lucky enough to catch Ross off the scaffolding and giving a tour this trip.

    • Shelley on August 21, 2018 at 10:04 am


  4. Katie on August 21, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    I’ve also read every post! Does that also make me an über fan? Or is that status only for people who make the pilgrimage to the Cross House? I don’t mind either way but i do think all us über fans should get t-shirts printed. Or maybe badges!

    • Shelley on August 22, 2018 at 8:22 am

      I would love to have a T-shirt! :0)

  5. Nancy from Georgia on August 22, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Holy cow! I’m caught up! It’s taken the better part of two weeks, but I’ve read every post! Now I’m in with the in crowd and can comment contemporaneously!! (That’s a grand word, isn’t it!?) So come on, hit me with your next post! Fire away!

  6. Nancy from Georgia on August 22, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    P.s. you are the Gale Boetticher of home renovation!

  7. Jackie on August 23, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Ross should totally design a T-shirt, just THINK of what his imagination could come up with… this wouldn’t be something humdrum with just a picture of the house on it. Lovely though she is a shirt designed by Ross just wouldn’t be so mundane.

    Maybe this is something for the Ross Brain to cogitate on, even just as a thought experiment, I for one would LOVE to see what it came up with.

    • amieback on August 29, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      I would buy a shirt like that. And then, see, it would make money for Cross House. I’m sure Ross will get right on that, in his copious free time. 😉

  8. bill whitman on April 2, 2019 at 8:36 am

    You mean there are people who haven’t read every post? Charlatans!!!! Day trippers!!!!! I am aghast. When I discovered Ross, I read your blog for 19 straight hours, fell asleep, and then got right back to reading. And I read the yacht blog too. And, unbelievably, am still reading.

  9. lisa roberts on December 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Doesn’t everybody read every blog post????? I’m with Shelley, that’s the only way to do this

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