Things have changed - two things, actually.
First, even though he chopped it into thirds, the more I looked at that amount and the bills I have left this month, the more I realized I could not do it. It would have meant that I would default on my homeowner's insurance, for one, and on one collector known for turning things over and placing a judgment against defaulted debtors. Even though my home is homesteaded (one of the few states where we can still do this), the mess is not worth it.
Second, and the biggest issue - that first leak never produced dripping ever again. BUT, I found another spot, halfway through the house, above the pantry door (the driveway door) where it is very wet on the ceiling panels and bulging - plus the lathe between the two panels is bulging and has a crack. Seeing that it was ready to "go," I plopped a bucket on my dryer, under it. Obviously, I need to do the whole roof - no way around it. Piecemeal work won't work this late in the game.
So, I advised the contractor. And now I must find the funds to do the full job. Tomorrow, I'll check my resource list and try to find an agency that might do it for me, for free. Usually, they are for disabled low-income seniors. I am a low-income senior, but I don't think I qualify for disabled even with a handicapped motor vehicles card. We'll see.
Hopefully, the rain will stay away while I seek this help.
Father in heaven, thank you for keeping the damage to a minimum. And thank you for no actual dripping for now, and for showing me that second, seemingly worse, area, so I could see how much work I really need to do. I know you are working on this for me and I will try to do my part, from my end, which includes a lot of faith and patience. Can you send me an extra helping of those two, please?