Working outside in the sweltering 101-degree heat of a Kansas summer makes this part of the year tough for some workers.
But Frankie Foreman said he knew it could be worse.
Foreman, 46, Helena, Ark., is a freelance painter who works on large, outdoor buildings, including grain elevators and barns. While he does most of his work back home, he travels north for a few months each summer.
"It's too hot to paint down there now, so we come up here where it's cool," he said.
Foreman spends most of his traveling time in Wisconsin and Kansas. He says he sends scouts to find work but often ends up just driving around and asking people if they need paint work done. His fee varies depending on how large of a job he faces and what materials will be required. He supplies all paint and materials for each job.
On trips, Foreman brings a few assistants to help with the work as well as his wife, Shannon Foreman, and 4-month-old daughter Angel, who stay in the hotel room while he works.
Foreman got into the business because his father painted, too.
"My father did it, and I've been doing it for 15 to 20 years now," he said. "It's a family tradition."
It's one tradition Foreman said he hoped would end soon. He wants to quit painting this year. He said as he got older the physical nature of his work, and the heat, began to get to him.
"I'm 46 years old -- that's too old for this stuff," he said. "Getting up and down the ladder is getting tougher."
Foreman said he hoped to return to his former occupation as a chef. He said he cooked in Springfield, Ill., for eight years before he began painting.
Foreman said he planned to be in the area painting for about another week.