We were sitting in the motor home yesterday enjoying the stay, when all of a sudden it started raining, a real down pour. I had our patio awning out, and had not been able to anchor it to the ground; the anchors would only go down a few inches so I skipped them. The wind got up a little and I knew it was too late to bring it in. Once the wind gets up past 20mph you do more’ sure’ damage trying to bring it in than you ‘might’ get if it stays out. It is a big gamble.
Before we could really decide a deluge fell along with wind of 50mph with gusts higher. The Awning folded on one end. I took my hearing aids out and held the door as I opened it. Not ready for the power of the wind. The door was ripped from my grasp.
I quickly moved to the back side to push it shut and the wind was so strong I could not move it. Steadily I pushed on the door and finally got it past the point of resistance and I slammed it shut.
I proceeded to pull against the awning and hold it until the wind actually stopped, only a few minutes. I ran to the other end grabbed some tools and stakes from under motor home and tried to anchor the awning. The wind pulled up what I had done. (I wasted water this morning taking a bath, all I needed was the soap now.) I fell once and said a few strong words.
In a few minutes the wind nearly died. I got the awning rolled up and tried to open the door, nada. No door would open. Being deaf, I can’t talk to Sherry. I finally got it across to her to ‘kick’ the door open by sitting on the floor and placing both feet against the door. She did that as the wind was picking up again and it was still raining a little. After a minute or so we succeeded in opening the door. It had sprung with the winds force.
I ran to my ever trusty tools and got the grinder. Drug out my folding ladder and Sherry plugged the grinder in for me. Fighting a little wind I ground the frame down. After a few tries we were able to grind enough for the door to close and open. I got the grinder and ladder put up just in time for the next attack of wind and rain. What a day! Well really what a period of about thirty minutes.
Inside, dried, clothes changed, and seated. Sherry looked at me and said, “Maybe we had better quit this traveling and head back to NC!”
Nah, maybe after the ‘SWAN SONG’, but not right now I am having too much fun!!!!
Thanks for coming by the log.
PS: We had another good visit with Johnny today.