The long postponed repainting of the porch ceiling suffered another setback Saturday as housepainter Douglas declared both his arm and his patience for the job worn out.
"Obviously my upper arm is not used to this much overhead motion," said Douglas, 47.
Turpentine fumes were also a factor.
"My lungs are full of them. And are you supposed to put it on your skin?" asked the tired and disoriented homeowner. "I should have used [water-soluble] latex."
Rainy conditions Sunday caused porch painting to be called off for the remainder of the weekend, though critics point out that the porch ceiling is sheltered from the rain.
"Sounds like a sorry excuse to me," said Heather.
The porch ceiling project has been subject to repeated delays and procrastination. Records show that the can of paint was purchased in 2005. Eyewitnesses say that it had to be stirred thoroughly when opened this August.