Thursday, 15 September 2011

So Julia, what else do you do?

Well, how kind of you to ask.  Wait, no, I asked.  And that's because I want you to know.  We're all rushing around running homes and doing domestics chores continually, some of us do the cooking as well.  I maintain the 'office' side of Mr Dunnit's Joinery business from home.  Mostly, that involves, book-keeping, sundry paperwork, phone calls and deliveries.  I like doing the deliveries. For some reason it makes me feel I'm doing a 'real' job-  and I really like turning up at a building site in my little green Yaris. There'a always surprise about how much 'stuff' I can get in it.  Mostly they think it very amusing that the van is in use so I've used the car.  I'm not sure why.  But it's fun.  Yesterday, I did a job that was not so much fun.  
To spare a long detailed blah: there's a new greenhouse, victorian style.  Mr D manufactured it and part of the deal was to re-use the existing glass.  Ok.  So as they dismantle the old one, it becomes apparent that they'll need to clean off the glass.  Scrape off the old putty from both sides, scrape off any residual paint from both sides and clean both sides with a proprietary brand glass cleaner.   Well, here at Pennant Joinery we don't have youth opportunity type people, apprentices, indeed, anyone except him and me.  And he's busy.  And Miss D is back at College.  And the installers are waiting.
It got so boring and mind numbing that I did them in batches of twenty pieces.  After about 9 kerjillion pieces I moved inside and actually spread a tarp on the floor in the lounge room so I could watch TV whilst working.  I NEVER watch daytime TV...it just doesn't occur to me to switch it on when there's radio in every room of the house.  So I did 5 hours of scrape, squirt polish, scrape squirt polish.  And my mind wandered.  I didn't do much watching, but I listened to some amazing TV.  Who knew...Maury?!  America's Next Top Model  (why do they scream)?  Wow.  Of course, I did it all, there's a deadline for installation and I wasn't about to be the one to let the installers down.  But I want everyone to know - my arm, neck and shoulder are sore from scrape squirt polish...I'm such a baby that I had to take a paracetamol just so I could get to sleep last night!  As day jobs go, you can keep this. I may have guilt over making time each day to do some crafting, but not enough to make me wanna help out like this all the time!


Here's summat you may want to know about.......
Kraft Crazy is at Station Road, Tidworth, Hants SP9 7NN.  Shopkeeper Gal does not pay or bribe me to expose her in this way.  But we're friends, and why shouldn't I expose her, huh!

26 comments:

kath said...

crikey what a job...couldn't the owners just have gone for new glass to save you all that elbow grease....take care...big hugs kath xxx

Kirsty.a said...

Well done you, I think you deserve a big dose of crafting time now!

Claireliz said...

Sounds like you deserve a sit down, cup of tea & a big slice of cake & make sure everyone knows just how sore your muscles are, you never know Mr D may spring for a spa day to treat his bestest apprentice joiner :D
C
xx

madebyKarla said...

wow, you deserve some extra crafting time! Hope you take it ;)

Sunshine Girl said...

Oh no hope you are less achy today!

JoZart said...

I hope you got a big bonus and a G&T for doing all that mindless, mucky, messy, boring, muscle aching, task!
Well done to you for sticking at it.
Love JoZarty x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I feel for you. I've done that type of monotonous mind numbing assembly type work and it is no fun. At least you had a TV, radio, and a way to sit. Try standing in a factory for 8 hours and you will think you had a really easy job. Actually, NONE of it is fun. That's why it's called WORK. It makes the rest all worthwhile and why Mr. D loves you so much!

Annie said...

What a mind numbing job. You deserve lots of 'me time' now :-)
Hugs,
A x

misteejay said...

You are a star - hope Mr D appreciated the effort and I hope the aches are easing.

Toni xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

LOL polish, scrape, squirt I cannot think of anything worse, well apart from ironing LOL. I am sure it was much appreciated though. Tracy x

505whimsygirl said...

Good job! Daytime t.v. is a disaster, isn't it? Hopefully it helped with the task at hand. I'm sure the glass looks just wonderful and no broken panes?!? Wonderful!! Good job. Put some heat on those aches and start crafting!!!

Helen said...

Sounds like hard labour for sure! Well done you - hope the aches and pains ( or do I mean panes?!) go soon... Whilst I was off I was hooked on Homes Under the Hammer!

Kaz said...

Oh good grief Julia you poor woman!! I can think of nothing worse than cleaning all that glass. I think Mr D should reward you for your hard work and dedication with something new craftiwise!
I avoid daytime tv unless it's a sofa day and then I don't want anything I have to concentrate on - at one point you could watch property programmes virtually all day! xx

Mrs A. said...

Scrape, squirt polish! I love it. Lol. Good job you didn't break any!! hugs Mrs A.

Doone said...

if not at work, I just listen to radio four - over and over, and my God do they repeat their programmes during the week....

why do I do this?

it is soooo much less painful than screaming day time tv...brainless daytime tv, any kind of TV but i realise the squirt scrub polish thing required desperate measures,

there is no such thing as youth opportunities these days, hence the Mature Support Worker gets the job!

Hels Sheridan said...

oh you poor thing... it must have been chuffing boring to have to endure daytime telly... although I do hear that Flog It can be quite entertaining... ahem, of course, it was a friend who told me that... .. snort.... hope the aches gone now x

Carmen said...

Can't even imagine what day from Hell that was!

Celebratory cake required definitely when it was done!

Quirky Boots said...

oh thank you i did chuckle reading this lol
i'm a stay at home mum and the other week i turned fire warden! watching for sparks as my partner welded some beams in our kitchen! twas much fun lol x

Deb said...

wow, I applaud you, I would have given up half way through I am sure!

Have a great day, happy crafting, Debxx

alexa said...

Oh my goodness, sainthood is yours. I hope Mr. D was suitably grateful! If I had a halo stamp, I would send it to you. :)

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Julia, I do sometimes 'watch' (keep half an eye on while crating or surfing the 'net) daytime TV but I do enjoy listening to plays and such on Radio 4 or Radio 4 Extra.
Far from being a baby I think you were wise to take some Paracetamol.
Had a quick shufty at WOYWW and just wondered, to make sure your scraps fit, do you cut them down haha
Anne xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Mind numbing jobs really are the pits Julia! I so agree, bit like digging out bindii, so you have my sympathy and I needed paracetamol too ! Shaz in Oz.x

SallyB said...

Oh Julia...poor you...that's a horrendous job!
I admire your dedication.
Do you get a wage...or get paid in craft supplies...

Carola Bartz said...

Oh Julia, that sounds like a really hard job!

famfa said...

Oh you make me laugh. You poor thing. I hope your shoulders etc are feeling better. What a better half you are.

The Crafty Elf said...

Oh my dear friend...you've been working way to hard! I'm proud of you though, you really are a trooper! Count this hard work as brownie points and for goodness sakes don't be afraid to cash em in! Hope your done soon and sleeping easier!