Feeling Knackered

This setting up a new home business is tiring, but thankfully, although it has meant feeling drained of energy, doing so is almost finished.

Of late, I’ve been staining the fence.

“That’s not hard!” I hear you say, and if I was 20 years younger, I would say exactly the same thing.  But I’m not 20 years younger, and the physical exertion it takes to paint those naked pine pailings, rails and posts have left me feeling like my arms are constantly carrying around 20 kilo (44 lb) weights.

There’s nothing quite like giving tuckshop arms a good workout – every day.  That’s right, every day I have been working on that fence, and yes I’ve also been teaching my left hand how to paint.  So far ‘lefty’ has 50% of the accuracy my right hand possesses.  But I have to say that, although that has been tough, I didn’t want my right arm looking like it belonged to Popeye while my left arm looked like it belonged to Olive Oyl.  I think I need to spend a little more time working with my left hand.

Back to the fence.  When we moved in three months ago (yes it has been that long), one of the first tasks was to erect a fence.  But these things aren’t done without consulting your neighbour.  Having finally done that, our neighbour asked us to not erect a fence because fencing was included in their house and land package.  All we had to do was (patiently) wait for their builder to get around to doing the fencing.

Six weeks we were told and, at that stage, we’d already been in the house for two weeks.  By the time the fence was erected I was more than ready to see it in place and finally have our gate installed.  Sadly, the stark brightness of the pine pailings when the afternoon sun hits the fence is just a little too much, so we decided it needed to be the same colour as the rear fence.  A great choice I must say.

Love this colour and the lawn looks equally as stunning

(The light hasn’t been the best for taking photos.)

The hard work has not come without a few drawbacks.  The aches and pains I’ve been experiencing as a result of painting the stain all over the fence has me singing my own version of Head, shoulders, knees and toes.

My version goes – “Neck, shoulders, arms and wrists!”  Boy oh boy, do they know they’ve been getting a workout.  But although I’ve been feeling completely knackered, the fence looks amazing and the glare is gone.


I (we) finished the fence on the east side of the house three days ago and commenced on the west side the following day.  With only seven panels left to go, I hope to have it all done by this time next week.  Stay tuned to see the finished product.

In response to the WordPress Daily Prompt – Knackered

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  1. “I didn’t want my right arm looking like it belonged to Popeye while my left arm looked like it belonged to Olive Oyl…” LMBO! I have them! I think it’s cause I write so much with my right arm. Maybe we should do a little “wax on, wax off”, eh? The fence and yard looks so good. Like you’ve been in there a LOT longer than you have!

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    1. 🙂 🙂 ‘Wax on – Wax off’ was exactly how Dean described painting (staining) the fence and the garden is coming along very nicely. Today I get to plant several bromeliads that a friend gave me. Photos pending – along with the finished fence.

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