Ah, If Only All I Had To Do Was Blog

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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Peter Pelliccia

Aussie blogger who loves to blog and share everything that he has learned on his blogging journey, including blogging tips and ways to blog for money.

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  1. While reading about the carpentry and construction and carpeting you were doing, I can imagine your wife nodding her head at the end of the day as she surveys your work. Not only because it was completed but probably also because of the nice handiwork (knowing that you’re also an artist…I’ve seen some of your paintings on this blog’s older posts). ;)

    After office hours, I sometimes get to skip the house chores when I tell my wife I’m working on my websites. She, most of the time, tolerates this because she appreciates whatever little extra money I give her from my earnings. But of course, there are jobs only the man in the house can do like roof repairs, the kid’s math tutorials, etc.

    I think though that house chores are actually good because if all we really do is blog, we’d suffer blog burnout early. :)

    1. Actually, she was lurking around James making sure I wasn’t stuffing up :lol_ee:

      Things turned out really well though and I must admit standing back and admiring my handiwork on more than one occasion. :wink_ee:
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  2. Hi Sire,
    Couldn’t resist commenting. Made me laugh with your power tools. Sounds like I’d better get one. The hardest part of all this could be the IKEA wardrobe. My exhusband was the first IKEA franchisee, so we did our fair share of furniture assembly over the years. It can lead to divorce. I learned to always follow the instruction sheet…never get ahead of yourself….easy to put the backboard on the wrong way. Like you, I use their wardrobe frames & fittings with doors from elsewhere.
    I think James is looking for a challenge, putting maths tutorials down as man’s work.
    Have a great week.
    Julia

    1. Well Sire, that reminds me of one of the benefits of leaving the IKEA fold. Because half the world shopped there, dinner conversation would often gravitate to needing to help someone.
      But I agree with you about needing more clear instructions. How many languages would they need to put it in?
      I just bought a lamp from another shop, and it took an hour to realise one little graphic was missing from the instructions.
      By the way, i loved the photo of the polycarbonate roofing of your ‘house”. Was it a long sentence?
      Julia

      1. They sure do have a lot of languages there Julia, but unfortunately not much of it is to do with instruction. I got through it OK but I reckon it would send a few people climbing up the wall.

        It sure was a long word :lol_ee:
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    2. Hey Julia, if there is one thing I’ve learned in life it’s that having the right tools for the job can literally save hours.

      The only problem I had with following the Ikea instructions was that some of the diagrams had a lot to be desired and I feel they really needed to put some written instructions in there occasionally to clarify the situation.
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  3. We’re a dying breed Sire. At least Mitch is allowed to use a screwdriver. I’ve met a few guys who don’t even know how to run one of those! Good to know you’re not lounging around eating bon-bons and watching TV. :-)

    1. I owe all my skills to my dad Allan although I didn’t appreciate it at the time. I still take time to watch TV though, it’s one of my few vices. :tongue_rolleye_ee:
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  4. After reading your post I realize to what extent I lack some basic skills-If I had to do some minor work at home, I’m sure that would have taken me an entire year, not to mention the number bruises at the end of the day and perhaps I would have had to pay a professional to re-do the whole work!That’s just to tell you a little about my level of skills ;)


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    Man, it’s pretty cool that you know how to do some of that stuff. I’m only allowed to use a screw driver, which means I have to hope to have the money to pay people to do stuff for me. :money_mouth_tb:
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    1. Mitch, if it wasn’t for my dad dragging me around and making me help him around the house and the few rental properties he had I would most likely be just like you. I disliked it so much that I was completely the opposite with my son and he is like you.

      So you see my dad did me a great favour at the time and I was just too dumb to realise it.
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        It wasn’t even an option for me, since we lived on air force bases most of the time and one had to call those folks to fix anything that needed fixing, which was rare.
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  6. There really is nothing like being productive. I think i will be the same as well when I’m 50. I seriously could not lay around doing nothing. Plus is like your doing nothing when your doing something there is a real good reason for or something that you love. Hope your back has got better since and that it doesn’t come back when you start to work on your sons floor.

  7. Hi Peter
    You sound as though you are really having a good time with all this DIY – any chance you could do a few jobs for me? LOL

    I understand that you guys in Australia don’t have a recession so are you going back into full time employment?

    Whatever you decide… make sure you carry on with the blog.
    Wouldn’t be the same without you.

    Keith
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    1. I haven’t planned that far ahead Keith, I’m the type of guy that likes to take things as they come. If someone was to offer me part time job right now I would consider it, but I’m not looking for foul time work at the moment.

      As for the blog, it will more than likely outlive me. :drunk_tb:
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  8. Well, when I was unemployed I had a time of my life. I learned so much! And, on the contrast, one of my friends is completely miserable being out of work. I’m trying to explain here that she could use this time for pleasure and for learning new stuff, but it’s like talking to the wall.

  9. Although you say you are unemployed it sounds more like retirement and getting down to getting your house the way you want it and have been putting off. It sounds like you were much deserving a break from the daily work grind and good for you. You seem to have accomplished a great deal since not working.

    1. I’m no where near ready for retirement David but I intend on working my way to an early retirement sometime soon.

      1. It sounds like you are on the right track to doing that. enjoy your time and getting your house up to the way you want then then its one less thing to worry about.

  10. It’s great that you’ve been able to get so much accomplished while being unemployed. I wish my experiences with unemployment were that satisfying, but, unfortunately, they weren’t. It can prove a real challenge to stay optimistic, after a while. I think it’s a different situation for you because you weren’t laid off and forced to begin looking for a new job. You chose to sell your business and take time off for yourself. It sounds like it was pretty much entirely your decision (correct me if I’m wrong). Glad to see you’re keeping busy and enjoying yourself!

    1. Petra, at the moment I haven’t tried looking for a job so I’ve no way of knowing how it feels not being able to find one. I hope when the time comes it won’t be to hard to land a job.

      As to being my decision, let’s say it was forced on me. I could either accept the lowly sum offered, less than half what I payed to get into business 22 years ago, or I could wait until the franchise expired in three years time and walk away with nothing. :furious_tb: :guns_tb: Naturally I chose to take what I could get.

  11. It sounds like you keep yourself extremely busy. Those are some major projects that most other people would not even attempt themselves. I’m sure it would be quite satisfying to be able to take care of all of those tasks yourself. Personally I’d probably hire somebody for most of that.

    1. I do keep myself busy Jeremy and it’s always extremely satisfying to see a job well done. :thumbup_tb:

  12. Indeed, sounds like you’ve been busy Sire. My husband was a painting contractor for 20+ years. Metal doors (or anything metal) require a coat every 2-3 years. Once the oxygen can penetrate through, the rust starts.

    Sorry I haven’t been commenting Sire. I’ve been guilty of reading your blog posts from my inbox. I guess I’m a slacker!
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    1. Hey Colleen, that may be true for most situations but my colorbond gutters are 25 years old with not a sign of rust. It’s probably because they were properly prepared before the paint was applied.

      Don’t worry about not being able to comment as often as you would like Colleen, I know what its like to get too busy to keep up with all the things that require your attention.
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  13. Hi Sire, reading about your jobs at home was fun as well as much appreciated. What I can say is that there is nothing better than doing what you love and enjoy to do. And, you are doing it. I also feel all husbands may, at some point in their lives, require some skills you possess in household chores – carpentry, construction and the like! At least, this should make their wives happy as well! :lol_wp: I would also like to agree with Casper that you aren’t unemployed at all! Because, after all, you are doing what you love to do (including, of course, blogging)! Good luck! :smile_wp:

    1. Unfortunately for Casper I had to delete the comment because I felt it didn’t follow the comment policy and was somewhat lacking.

      Unfortunately there would be a lot of blokes who wouldn’t even know how to change a washer, a really simple task.

    1. You can? And what role would that be Pete?

  14. Have to say I don’t envy you, I absolutely despise doing DIY, we just finished doing our house out last year and I hated every second of it. I didn’t do any of the structural repairs, just the woodwork and walls interior and exterior and If I don’t have to touch a brush or sand paper for the next 10 years that will be fine by me. I wouldn’t have a clue where to start doing the repairs that you have been doing, but it must feel very satisfying to be able to do it yourself, especially as you seem to be enjoying tackling the jobs.
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    1. I love the challenge khaled but I have to admit there were times when I cursed things that weren’t going my way. :grin1_ee:

  15. Haha, very nice house work! You have to wonder, what’s the next thing we hate, aside from being employed under an annoying boss and doing routine office jobs? Well…. chores! I see you have turned them into something beautiful. Some fine day, i will know what’s it like!

  16. How funny! I have been self employed for a few years now in real estate and decided 2 years ago to start my online marketing business. I have seen that staying at home for a long time during the day does not get me out of household chores especially since I haven’t been able to get my wife home from work yet. It has been more of a “job” than I expected but I can’t complain, I get to stay home! Thanks!

  17. I want more time for blogging too, but I’m in the last year at college and I need to learn for the matriculation exams. :(
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    1. Life is all about priorities Marion and for now your first priority is to get the best mark possible for your exams so don’t worry about blogging for now concentrate on those exams.

  18. I know your feeling.
    People think you are lazy/bored but actually you are busier than ever.

    I work from home now and I plan my day so that when my gf comes back I am done (until she falls asleep and I can do some more work) But because of this every time my housemates come home they see me not working, They think I am lazy, and that frustrates me. But then I think: It’s not important what they think.
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    1. Yep, you can’t help what other people think so it’s best not to worry about it. As long as you know you’re doing the right things why should you worry about what goes on inside their heads.

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