Money was tight with two mortgages, purchased building materials and contractors to secure. Finding people specializing in metal roofing was a challenge as well. We selected a friendly fellow from the yellow pages who would offer us a "deal" on materials. The catch I discovered later was the colour was limited to red, the pieces were shorter thus requiring two sheets to cover the length of the roof and the "bargain" turned to be more than it was worth. Our first mistake. (Note to self: Friendly contractor does not mean competent. )
But when your back is to the wall and inexperienced in hiring contractors you take what you can get. Decking was not replaced, there is no ice dam and the ridge cap was not properly sized for our roof. This is all 20/20 hindsight of course. At the time we were just grateful to have a leak-free roof so work could begin inside once the inspector came. To recap, our finances were strained due carrying two mortgages, savings invested in purchased materials all planned of course but tapping us out. Then came the unexpected cost of dumpsters totalling $2,000.00 . Where would we find the money? Read on.....
An interesting and serendipitous event took place one day while the roofers were busily installing and we were cleaning out the chicken coop. By now we surmised that as there is no garbage collection service, the previous owner never took a trip to the dump. Trash bags were either burned at an unmarked pit and the remains strewn under cedars along the property fence line. My task was to receive the trash from inside the coop and sort into piles of metal, garbage, burn or keep. One such item, a black bag flew out at me ( hubby was a tad over exuberant) and as I picked it up, a glass jar slipped out of a chewed corner (mice). It's contents caught my attention as I instantly recognized the familiar bank deposit envelope markings. I halted our work to investigate. Opening the jar I flipped open one of the two envelopes and peered inside. I was in shock and thrilled at the same time. This was not Canadian Tire money (colourful legal tender given out and accepted only at this store)! With trembling hands I gave the second one to my spouse to count. In total we had $1,869.00! I fell to my knees and thanked the powers that be. It was what we needed to cover expenses. We kept this news to ourselves fearful that if it got out, the owner would lay claim to it. Looking back we sure were silly! Being the generous type I gave 10% to a charity as a thank you to our benefactor and treated our contractors ( yes the scam artists) to a fast food meal. They had brought the entire family; the wife and kids for me to entertain while they "worked".
What boggles the mind are the events that had to take place for us to find this money. 1)The owner had to be in such a inebriated state that he threw out the jar unknowingly.
2)An animal had to chew its way through that corner where the jar was.
3) We had to be alert while cleaning out the chicken coop.
Timing, people's past actions all came into play to answer our needs. What an incredible display of the law of attraction!
Have you ever experienced anything like that?