Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF



It has been a fast week. It seems that way to me although I can’t really explain why. Maybe it’s all the extra projects that I have been working on. (Not writing projects) Our painter is supposed to show up to do the outside of the house, so I have been getting the nails and screws covered with a protective paint. Although the painters say, they have stuff that will do the job, looking at my neighbors still, leads me to my tried and true method. I have one neighbor whose house was painted last year, and the nails are already rusting through. I buy a special product, and it has to be put on by hand. The only spots I can’t reach are on the chimney and peak of the roof. I will let the painter handle those. I have also been doing some general repairs which are a constant here near the Gulf. Finally, I wrapped up the taxes. (Yes, I do my own. I figure my MBA has got to be good for something) Today’s JohnKu talks about projects. I hope you enjoy your weekend

projects by John W. Howell © 2017

Just when one is done,

The next is a whack a mole. . .

Spontaneous pain.



  1. Happy Friday, my friend. This week really has flown by! Which is great – it’s almost the weekend! 🙂

    1. True. Oh look! Its here already. 😀

  2. Ha, Ha. I love the part about Friday at the top. All the best in your projects, John. 😀 — Suzanne

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. 🙂

  3. I’m extremely happy to have a Dutch house with all the brick at the moment. Prepping to paint. Ugh! Good luck

    1. Lucky you. Ugh is right. 🙂

  4. Just imagining how many nails and screws are there. Sounds like a really big job. Good luck. Congrats on finishing the taxes too.

    1. Luck for me I have been at it for years. The ones needing treatment are those missed in the past so not too many. 🙂

      1. Smart move. Think you’ll get it done before the weekend?

      2. No. Full download today. All work suspended. (Yay)

      3. Auto correct for all downpour

      4. Got it. Snowing here.

  5. Your JohnKu is so true, as is the meme! Nice job on the taxes. Happy Friday!

    1. Thanks, Jill. At least I know who to blame if the Feds are unhappy. 🙂

  6. Lucky you, John! You can get outside to do those “fun” projects – we’re supposed to get 8″ of snow today! Good grief… the pain, the pain…

    1. Actually the horror, the horror.

      1. AMEN, brother John, AMEN!

  7. I can tell a lot of productivity at your end. At least prepping the nails gave you something to do. 😉 And the fact that your neighbor didn’t do the prep is Obama’s fault. But in that JohnKu, I sensed a hammer hitting my finger. Ouch!

    1. Ha ha ha. There is always a hammer, Frank. Another piece of the legacy. Have a super weekend. 🙂

  8. Aww – those poor moles! Good to be busy though 😉

    1. Mole activist? Ha ha ha 🙂

  9. Have a great weekend, John, and get out of town before the spring breakers arrive.. [shudder]

    1. I know right? To make matters worse we have a new light on Padre Island high as you get off the causeway. (Nightmare) If that wasn’t enough TexDot is making 361 wider but have traffic back ups for miles. We need to hunker down and not run out of wine.

  10. Yep, the chores never end. From that aspect, apartment living isn’t bad. 🙂 Have a great weekend, John.

    1. Yes. While our house was being built we lived in a condo. It was nice having nothing to do in the upkeep department. Have a great weekend, Jan

  11. Whack a Mole, love it. That’s how my whole week has been, only I’m the mole.

    1. Some times the mole sometimes the whack. Life is like that isn’t it. 🙂

  12. Good luck with all those projects, John. You’ve got a lot going on, but the whack a mole mentality can get the job done! Happy Friday!

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Mae. 🙂

  13. You’re so right about the projects, John – I check one off the list and five more turn up. Happy Friday!

    1. It’s like the TBR whack a mole.

  14. Our to-do list is extensive and ever-growing. We’re hearing rumors of snow this weekend (in Arkansas, of all things), so I’m guessing outdoor chores will have to wait. But best wishes to you!

    1. The only plus side of a snowstorm is chores have to wait. Hope you stay warm. Thanks, Staci.

  15. I like brick houses too because there’s no painting involved.
    A house always needs something like it’s building its own bank account. o_O

    1. So true. Our building code doesn’t allow brick so slave away we do. 🙂

  16. Time flying is one of the benefits of keeping busy, assuming it’s something you’d rather not be doing. And you do your own taxes?! Brave soul… Happy Friday, John. Hope you have a relaxing weekend.

    1. Thanks, Phillip. 🙂

  17. HaHa, good one, John! I wrapped up my taxes this week, too, though no way would I attempt to do them myself! Hope the painting project goes smoothly and you have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Thank you, Debbie,

  18. You deserve a relaxing weekend. Gin and tonic hour is soon, my friend.

  19. Another busy week then John. I take it rust is a constant threat when living by the sea. Have a good weekend.

  20. Gwen Plano · ·

    Hope the projects finish early, so you can enjoy your weekend…maybe even party a bit now that your taxes are in – YAY!

    1. Hope you day was super.

  21. Your talents cross boundaries and genres, John.
    Well done.

    1. Thank you, Hook.

  22. Ha!!! Love the Johnku. I haven’t heard of that with nails, paint, and rust. You always have something going on.
    My computer gets wonky every weekend lately, so my taxes are still waiting. I think I have finally received all the required forms. One from the Fed gov didn’t arrive until Monday…
    Save time for some fun this weekend, John. Mega hugs!

    1. You too, Teagan. Figures the Gov would be late. 😀

  23. Gorgeous your BLOG !!! I’m following !!! Follow mine too !!! Kisses !!!

    1. Of course I will.

      1. OK…. Comment my photo too… Kisses!!!

  24. I have some of those coming up myself. Good luck!

    1. 🙂 Thanks, Traci

      1. You’re welcome, John!

  25. The week did fly by! I have to get out taxes ready for the accountant to do next week. I’ll be glad when that’s over.

    We’ll see if the painter did a good job on the nails on our house. So far so good. It’s been a year.
    The last time He-man and I painted the house we prepped it by the book. I sanded and primed the nails with a shellac or varnish. Those rusty nails didn’t start showing up for about 8 yrs. It was time to repaint by then b/c the tippy top of the peaks on the West and East sides of house started to peel from years of heat and exposure.

    1. I love that tip. The stuff I use recommends no sanding and just lay it over the rust. It interacts with it somehow. Thanks, Deborah.

    1. Thank you , Traci

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