Tuesday, May 29, 2012

When it rains... we'll get wet

Yesterday was a gentle day weather wise. No big storms, not hardly a breeze, yet as we were sitting in the coach, we heard a loud crash and heavy thump on the roof. We ran outside and discovered our awning was half on the roof and half hanging almost straight down, somewhat like a student ballerina who has attempted a leap only to flop twisted grotesquely over a chair.

As if to mock us for not anchoring the awning this one time, a gently breeze ruffled the awning's scalloped trim. We stared at the awning, then at one another, each knowing what the other was thinking: There couldn't have been enough wind to do this... We were just outdoors 5 minutes before!

Off we went to Camping World to check the cost of new supports (Amazingly, nothing else was damaged). Over $550 plus shipping for the parts, labor, of course, would be extra... another $165 or so. We left in shock and headed to a more pleasant activity. I am really getting sick of parts, and repair quote shopping anyway.

Richard, Naomi, Pastor Ralph, Rhonda, iona
We had a lunch date with our old (not in age) friend and Pastor Ralph Sigler and his family and were hosted at the Dothan Country Club by a delightful lady member of his congregation, Harvest Church. It was a birthday celebration for Ralph's mother (and my dear friend) Naomi. What a blessed time we had.

We had such a good time, we decided not to spend $700 or more on the awning. We'll just stow the undamaged main part of it in our "basement" and be on the lookout for an RV salvage place where we can perhaps buy used parts somewhere down the road.

Pastor David, Will, Kiril
Pastor David Pavlik's memorial service was held this evening and, thanks to the miracles in technology, we were able to watch over the internet.

I love this picture of him which shows well his wit and great sense of humor. The two young men were each preparing for his Bar Mitzvah.

I am deeply indebted to this man for guiding me through a period of  spiritual discovery while never once giving me a push or a shove... He was patient and a fount of knowledge and one of the most humble men I have ever met.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


  1. Oh my gosh!!! Wonder if it was what they call a "line wind" that gusts once and then is calmer again?

    Perhaps contact RV dealers along the way as you travel. Many times people will have the older A&E awnings taken off and replaced with the automatic ones. You might score a set of arms that way? Or ask a metal worker to take a look at braceing up the broken one with flanges or supports riveted to each side of the broken part?

    (I'm all for fixing the old stuff rather than buying new)

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

    1. Thanks, Karen. Hadn't thought of dealers.

  2. I like that picture of David too..... Finally got to your blog and liking it!!