I’ve been self employed for some thirty odd years and for most of that time I’ve taken very little time off, until last November when I sold the last business that I ran with my brother. Since then I’ve been unemployed but it hasn’t bothered me since I figured I was owed the time off. Apart from the week where my wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary in the States I’ve been content to do some work around the house that really needed to be done. I’m telling you this because I don’t want anyone to think that I’ve been just sitting around watching TV and enjoying myself. Nope, I’ve been working my ass off, and just to show you how busy I’ve been I’m going to tell you about some of the major projects I’ve been doing.

  1. Pergola Maintenance: There were sections of my pergola that have been subjected to a lot of wear and tear over the years, especially the sections exposed to the weather. Those areas suffered from wood rot and some sections were so bad they had to be replaced, the worst being one major support beam. This took me about a week working on my own as I hate asking for help. After painting the whole pergola I covered it with Laserlite polycarbonate roofing so that it wouldn’t happen again.
  2. Front Door Maintenance: My front door is made of sold steel for security reasons and it had a colorbond finish added to it so as to protect it from rust. Unfortunately it didn’t last as long as I hoped so I had it professionally redone. To my disappointment it only lasted a few years before rust started appearing under the protective coat telling me that the slackers didn’t do a good job. I decided to do it myself so I took the door off, stripped it to bare steel and repainted it which took me a little over a week.arne jacobsen, aarhus town hall 1937-1942
  3. Skylight Maintenance: Whilst checking my skylight, which is about 18 feet long spanning over two rooms, I discovered that it also was suffering from wood rot. This had to be cut out and replaced with new timber. It would have been nice if the damage was small enough to allow me to use timber bog but alas, this wasn’t the case. It would have been impossible if I didn’t have my Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool which allowed me to cut into sections of the frame so that I could chisel out the affected timber. I lost count how many times I had to climb up and down that ladder but I finally got it done and by the end of the day I had so many aches and pains that I didn’t know where one ended and the other began.
  4. Daughters Room: Now that I had some time on my hand the wife and I thought it time we replaced the 25 year old carpet with some nice new floating timber flooring. Perhaps when your young and fit this would be a pretty simple job, but I’ve reckon it’s a little different when you’re pushing fifty. It was a bit of a learning curve but I was getting the hang of it the time I had it all finished, which is a good thing because I still have my son’s to do.
  5. Ikea Wardrobe: At the moment I’m in the process of putting together a wardrobe, which I bought at Ikea, for my daughters room. This was necessary because being a growing young women she’s run out of room in hers and needed a new one. I finished the frame last night and all I have to do is to put together the drawers and sliding doors, hopefully today once I come back from church.

While writing this I am amazed that I am able to move without pain, because last night it was all I could to do to stand up, but thanks to God that is behind me and I am ready for another days work.

So you see I’m actually working harder than I’ve ever done while being gainfully employed, but even with the aches and pains I am enjoying myself, especially when I can stand back and admire what I’ve done. Sure I could have paid someone else to do it all for me but then I would have missed out on the satisfaction of a job well done as well as being thousands of dollars out of pocket, and let’s face it,when you’re out of work you need to save money wherever you can.

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