Wind Tossed

Last night, late, we had a windstorm! With winds up to 45MPH! I kept running outside to check out the cat fence where I live. Was it still standing? It was!

Then I began to worry about the wood scaffolding at the Cross House. HOW could it and the tarp survive all this?




This morning, I ran outside first thing. I expected all the cat fence to be lying flat down, with my cats dancing in the street. We’re free! We’re free!

But…no. The fence was totally undamaged and all the cats seemed only concerned about breakfast.


But, surely, the scaffolding at the big house was toast?

In the early afternoon I nervously pulled up to the house. My fears were realized.


The scaffolding was completely gone! How though was the house undamaged in the process?


Stepping inside, I walked up to the Octagon Bedroom, which I have been using as a staging area.

Huh? What?

The wood scaffolding was neatly stacked against a wall. HUH?

How was this possible? And the window was not even broken?



(Everything I wrote above is a lie. Well, save the windstorm. We really did have such a storm. It was scary. But, today, Justin and I took down the scaffolding. It was, by a miracle, still intact.)

(Again, I am lying. Justin and I did NOT take down the scaffolding. Aliens did. And it was sweet of them to stack all the lumber so nicely.)

In any event:




After. SQUEE!!!!!!!! After the final touch-ups are done, I will reinstall the black sashes in the octagon window.


Sadly, the third and first floor will have to wait a while before being restored. Sigh. My hope is that I will be able to paint the big gable at least in 2021, but most of the year will be spent on (drum roll, please) GETTING ROSS MOVED IN!

Oh, maybe the aliens can help finish the painting?




  1. Cody H on October 12, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    You’re absolutely right – you CAN see the brown gutter guard, but it doesn’t register. Not a bit. Hopefully it functions as well as it looks!

  2. Linda A. on October 13, 2020 at 12:18 am

    So lovely to see the entire painted section all at once!!!! Just sublime! And Cody’s young eyes see way better than my ol’ eyes because I can’t see the brown gutter guard at all.

  3. Pamela on October 13, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Aaaahhhh! Your work is so well done and satisfying to see. I particularly love the windows on this side, 1st and 2nd floor with their gorgeous stained glass and tidy looking wooden blinds proudly shining in the sunlight.

  4. Seth Hoffman on October 13, 2020 at 7:59 am

    Very good!

  5. Mike on October 13, 2020 at 9:04 am

    A beautiful sight…

  6. David F. on October 13, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Silly man. Of course everything survived. 45 mph wind in Kansas is a stiff breeze.

  7. Barb Sanford on October 13, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Oof. You had me going for a minute there. Don’t scare me like that!

    There are more winds predicted for Wednesday (when I’ll be driving down), but for west of Emporia. I hope it stays that way. I do NOT want to blow off the road.

  8. Dan Goodall-Williams on October 13, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    How’s that chimney coming?

  9. Christine on October 13, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    Ross, you sound lighthearted, almost giddy! I’m so happy for you that you are finally at a place where you can call this monstrous part of the project done and you can move on – mentally and physically to another portion of the house. It must feel uplifting to remove that scaffold! Haven’t seen this side of the house without one for a LONG time. It’s miraculous what some paint (and a FEW shingles!!) will do. The top part around the turret looks almost as lovely as the rest you painstakingly reconstructed. (I kinda hate to say it, b/c it sounds like I’m negating all that you’ve done…)

    I’m all for aliens coming to help with the painting. Anything to cover up that other color scheme! Maybe you should host a painting party in the spring, as a move in treat to yourself. (Of course, no one else would probably be as meticulous as you are yourself.) What better way to commemorate the momentous day of the long awaited occupancy of the CRoss House. What a joy to behold. What a thrill to see it finally come to fruition.

    When people ask me how I travel so much, I say, SET A DATE. Because, low and behold, when that date comes, I’m on the plane. So, I humbly offer that same recommendation to you, pick your actual move-in date on the calendar. Circle it in red, book the movers, and have flowers delivered to your NEW HOUSE on that date! It’ll happen. Can hardly wait!

  10. Julia Chennault on October 13, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Squeeeeeeeee!!! Moved in you say? MOVED IN???? What a purely MAGICAL phrase!! Love it!!!!!

  11. Leigh on October 14, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Hooray for moving in! The kitty-cats need new business cards to reflect their new address. Lovely restoration. It looks original, even with (your thoughtful) redesign.

  12. Dan C on October 15, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    I just realized the house has no shutters. I’m assuming it did at some point? If so are they still around?

    • Ross on October 15, 2020 at 7:54 pm

      The Cross House never had shutters.

  13. Sandra D Lee on October 23, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    The south facade looks amazing!

    I recall forlorn, sad pictures of the south facade and now it is looking amazing!!!

    Cross House restoration is almost to fruition!

    Moving in! Wonderful news!!! So happy for you!!!

    Yay Ross!

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