Just as a matter of record, it will cost me about $1000. I did some research after he left and called one or two other places, even though I do trust him. At least I know he did his best with the estimate. He agreed to do it in thirds, but cannot be sure he can get to me before the next rain on Thursday. And, neither of us can be sure that the first third he chooses to do will be the correct third for the recent leak - we're just going with the front third.
I've called and cancelled one $100 payment, will refinance another to enable me to skip that $100 payment, and know where to get the $100 to make the first third.
So, thankfully, I can begin something that is over six years (more, I think) overdue, and do it, we hope, in time to prevent other damage. It is a relief to face this and deal with it.
Now to have faith that it will be done in time to avoid leaks inside this old home. I am better, medically and physically, than I was a year or two ago. But I know me - if it rains, I will be pacing back and forth in here, on the alert for leaks, and praying I can get a pot or bucket underneath in time.
Father, thank you for encouraging me to get this roof fixed. I know it is long overdue, and I thank you with all my heart for the gentle warning you sent me. Now I need your compassion and mercy and protection while the contractor and I work this out, financially..