Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF




I Always like Fridays. It is almost a signal to do something fun. People keep asking me why I like Fridays if in fact I am retired. The answer is pretty straightforward.  Friday is still the golden standard to measure the week. I don’t know about you, but I tend to write more during the week than on Saturday and Sunday. The week seems like it has been set aside for work and the weekend for play. I suppose Friday represents the cut off between feeling accomplished and being given permission to be lazy. So why not celebrate its arrival retired or not?

This week was good in that our roof was completed. I don’t know what it is about a metal roof, but there is an enormous amount of pounding that goes with the installation. All is quiet now. We also have the contractor who is repairing our sun deck, railings, and garage actually working. YAY. He is doing all kinds of demolition. (which contractors love to do) Always have to hope he’ll come back and put everything back together. This brings up today’s JohnKu. It is about the ease of dismantling. I hope you have a super weekend.

Tear Down by John W. Howell © 2017

The dismantling,

Of buildings and or people. . .

Easy. Rebuild tough.


  1. Well said. A very good metaphor

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    Your JohnKu captures the process powerfully. Destruction happens fast, rebuilding is labor and time intensive. All is transformed in the end, the project and us. Blessings to you and yours. 🙂

    1. Thanks Gwen. I was also thinking about how people don’t think before they give “constructive criticism.” Once done the repair process may take forever. 🙂

      1. Gwen Plano · ·

        Very true. Somethings are hard to let go of. 🙂

  3. I’m happy to hear the work on your roof is complete, John. Happy Friday!!😄

    1. Thanks, Jill. Feel good.

  4. I’m retired as well, but still feel a sense of accomplishment for making it to Friday!! Nothing like being a creature of habit, eh?!!

    1. Habit is comforting sometimes. Thanks, GP.

  5. Never thought of how Friday is perceived even during retirement or vacation periods. We’re raised to separate the week and weekend, so I guess the difference never goes away.

    1. I can vouch for that. Thanks, Charles.

  6. Glad the house repairs are underway, John – looking forward to pictures! Enjoy the weekend.

  7. Yikes. I do hope they return. We’ve had a couple of contractors who left us hanging in the past. Good luck.

    As for the metal roof? I’m sure the construction noise was ridiculously loud, but doesn’t it sound heavenly in the rain?

    1. Yes it does, Staci. We had some rain while the roof was off and it wasn’t the same.

      1. When I was young, we had metal awnings, one of which was right outside my bedroom window. When I got older (but still lived at home) we had an extensive remodel, and the metal awnings were replaced with shingles. The renovations were really nice—porches were removed, expanded, or turned into a larger sunroom—but I always missed the sound of rain on metal.

        I’m glad you got the wonderful sound back.

      2. Thank you. It is raining now. Make one want to nap. 😀 (I know I just got up)

  8. I never thought much about it, but even retired, I still welcome those Friday feelings. Interesting. Thanks, John.

    1. Me too, Van. Thanks. 😀

  9. Congratulations on getting the roof of your house finally fixed, John. Let’s hope the rest of the repairs happen soon. I love the dog with the high five up top. 😀 — Suzanne

    1. Thanks Suzanne. Hard to go wrong with animal pictures. Have a great weekend. 😀

  10. Yay! Glad the roof is done. Now Bailey and Lucy can relax…that is until the next round. You are so right. It is much easier to tear down than rebuild and that applies to most every facet of life. Happy Friday!

    1. Thanks, Jan. Have a great weekend.

  11. Glad the work is progressing. Happy Friday, John!

    1. Thank you, Teri. Happy Friday to you.

  12. But it’s the thorough demolition that makes the rebuild job easier. Always easier to work from a clean start. As Mike Holmes used to say on his TV show, “this all has to go!”

    1. Ha ha ha. I like that. Thanks, Dan.

  13. Glad to hear things are progressing on the repair front.

    1. Looks like it for sure.

  14. A particularly strong JohnKu, today, and I love your take on Fridays. Retired or not, there is magic that comes with every Friday.

    So glad to hear the repairs are progressing. We just did a complete gut of our dining room and kitchen, knocking down the wall between them for one large room. It’s amazing the mess contractors can make.They’re like kids having fun when they get to demolish things!

    1. They also like to mess up what the previous guy did. Thank you, Mae. 😀

  15. Good and joyous Post, Good John! ♥

    1. Thank you, Billy Ray.

  16. Happy Friday, John! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Natalie. Happy Friday to you as well.

  17. Yeah, progress! Glad to see the improvements are coming along nicely. Now, go have a nice weekend, my friend!

    1. Thank you, Debbie. Have a wonderful one as well. 😀

  18. Hi John! Happy Friday! I’m so glad your roof is finally done. It’s also great that your contractor is actually working. Ha, ha! Great Johnku! It’s so true, tearing things down is so much faster and easier than all the work and effort it takes to rebuild. Have a wonderful weekend❣️

    1. Tank you, Vashti. Have a great weekend as well.

  19. Good news on the roof, John. Happy Friday to you.

    1. Thank you, Phillip. It is good to have a roof over our heads.

  20. John, I’m retired and love Fridays! Haven’t figured out specific reasons yet. Seeing as everyday is just another glorious day! Hope everything demo-ed gets put back together! Happy Holidays! 🎄🎄🎄Christine

    1. Happy Holidays, Christine. Thanks for all your support this year.

  21. Pleased to hear that your house is on the road to recovery John. On another subject I just finished ‘My GRL’. The review should be appearing on Amazon any moment now.

    1. Oh thank you, Guy. I’ll go there. UK I assume.

      1. US & UK, in the name of Benignus – my Confirmation name.

      2. Thank you so much for the nice review, Guy.

  22. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Well said on both accounts:)

  23. Husband and I still feel the same way about Fridays even in retirement. Glad the repairs are progressing!!!!

    1. I never pass myself off as an expert on Haiku, so I relabelled it to accommodate my mistakes.

  24. Well,said, John. Happy weekend!

    1. Thank you, Jennie. Happy weekend to you as well.

  25. Ahh, I’m jealous that you’re retired, John, but happy for you. We are so ready mentally, but not financially. 🙂 One more still to get through college. So, Fridays are always welcomed, and I hope all goes smoothly with the rebuilding, too. Happy Weekend! 🙂

    1. I had to wait until my daughter graduated from Baylor (can you say expensive?) before kicking it in. I actually worked until I was 701/2. I think it was a good thing.

      1. I can imagine, but we do what needs to be done for our kids. Glad it all worked out for you, John! We continue to enjoy life, while we also count down the years too until we are free. 😄

      2. To quote Janis Joplin and Kris Christopherson, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” 🙂

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