TexCyn has requested an update, so here it is.
We are doing OK. The roof should be finished by the end of the week. Rain and the Thanksgiving holiday have delayed progress.
It makes me deeply unhappy that the dream of jumping in my RV and taking off for the desert southwest for a few months was, in fact, just a dream. This experience has taught me much about the importance of living one's life rather than planning it. Although the dream did get me through some stressful times in the last year of my doctoral program.
But the house and the cancelled travel plans are the least of our concerns now.
My wonderful father-in-law has been in ICU since last week after having bowel surgery. The pain of the damaged house is nothing compared to seeing him struggle.
Thanks to you all for your very supportive comments. I knew you would understand - we have a lot in common.