After talking to Mr. Chance and reading Tom's advice on my blog, I grabbed my vise grips and hammer, along with a rug to lay on under the rig. I also took my phone, you know, in case of an emergency ... like cutting my finger off or something!!
I wiggled under the edge and once in position, tapped the screw with the hammer lightly, just enough for about a teaspoon of dirt and crud to fall in my face. Out from under I came in a rush!! Maybe this mechanics stuff isn't for me after all. Once cleaned up, I again wiggled underneath the side ... keeping my head WAY out of range, and tapped it again, up then down. Finally after three tries, I got the vise grips to grab the end tightly and slowly turned it back and forth until it came free and unscrewed out of the hole. I GOT IT!!!! Sometimes I even surprise myself!! Sounds simple, but I never thought I could really get it out without help!!
Lucky for me, I finished up just in time as big wet drops started coming from the sky. What the heck is THIS stuff??? The next thing I know, hail starts coming down like crazy, just as a bolt of lightning blinded me!! I ran back to the patio to escape the torrent of rain that came down, filling my gutters to the brim. I really should have cleaned out that last gutter in front, but it probably wouldn't have helped. The entire back length of the house became a waterfall as that amount of water couldn't even begin to get down the drain before overflowing!!
The thunder rolled for over an hour as I kept poor scared Jessie company on the couch. Flashes of Oklahoma and Kansas went through my head!! I immediately checked my weather radar to see the storm swirling in a big circle!! YIKES!!! As I looked out the back, all of my decorative bark was floating out of the flowerbeds down the sidewalk into the lawn!! What a mess!! My watering bucket said I got three inches!! Sadly, Oklahoma did get hit with a tornado, including a big RV park. Seems they had a shelter, but no one used it. Trust me, I would have been the first one in the door and the last one out!!!
Lots on my plate today!! Puppy meds, lunch with friends, a drill bit to make a little larger hole and a bolt to fit it, cleaning up the mess around the flower beds and my next big project ... setting up a mail service for when I'm gone in the summer. Do I use the service on a temporary basis or make it permanent??? How often do you have your mail sent? Any idea what the postage costs per month?