Needed: upper body strength.
When I got up this morning, it was raining hard enough that I knew I'd need to give the kids a ride to school. Just before we were going to leave,
K L said the rain had stopped but it was late enough that I figured J wouldn't make it on time. So they all piled in the van, I hit the button on the garage door opener, it raised about a foot and stopped.
This is not a good thing to happen to me in the morning.
I tried it a couple more times with the same result, then I had K push the button while I attempted to help it along. No luck. I read the instructions on the emergency release thingy but it was morning and I was stressed and my brain couldn't process them. I apologized profusely and told the kids they'd have to walk.
Actually I told J that he would have to run.
I sent Ice an email asking him to call me and when he did, I explained the problem. He didn't know what was wrong either but he said he would try to fix it on the weekend.
When the kids all got home in the afternoon, I dragged K&J out to the garage with me. This time, I had J push the button and K and I lifted the door. Working together, we were able to get it past the sticking point and it opened all the way. After doing that successfully a couple of times, I re-read the instructions for the release thingy, pulled the cord, and tried to lift the door. It wouldn't budge but with K's help again, we got it open.
Apparently I am really weak.
Now, at least, we can get the van out if needed, although I think I'll have to leave it parked in the driveway until Ice gets home. I'm glad this didn't happen in the winter.
Also, L returned to school today. Her improvement is slow but steady and we're both relieved that it's not mono.
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