Life is good. First, let me say I felt bummed to have missed the SL8 offered by Bud. He reached out to me, followed the thread and sent me a PM that he was offloading his. I got it a day and half later and was just a bit too late. Such is the business of commerce and I was admittedly jealous someone scored this shelter but confident something would happen for me along the same lines.... As you all noted. Bud thank you! I appreciate the heads up and attempt to get in touch...
What will really knock your socks off is that the day after the thread post of Bud selling the SL8... I got an email from someone I'd bought some things from on here for my ladies. This person wishes to remain unnamed... The title was "I swooped the SL8."
Think it braggadocios? Nope. They were letting me know that they saw it going going away that day and they grabbed it with the intention of giving me an email first refusal (They had my actual non PM email ...note to self to include in a WTB thread)and while they'd gladly have used the shelter themselves, they offered it to me in a magnanimous and kind gesture.
So yes, in a roundabout way, the shelter I've been hunting for a long time will eventually land at my house and we will put it to good use. I am thrilled to now not have the shelter issue with such a large group. (Sounds petty but I've actually left kids at home based on how many of us fit.) This will expand our horizons. To that good Samaritan who grabbed it, many thanks! And to all others thanks for your good thoughts and crossed fingers. It was entirely effective!