These cables are above the slide and there is about a one foot or less space to work between the slide and the ceiling. We checked online--the nearest dealer is 75 miles away. So my intrepid driver, boat rower, and fix-it guy, after looking at the meager instructions, got up on the step stool with his old awning hook and managed to snag the cable and get it back on the thingamajig. That's the technical explanation. Voila! The slide extended and we are back in business. We will see whether it closes on Sunday.
After that stress, it seemed wise for both of us to take naps and then heat up some frozen stuffed peppers for supper. We did go over to the beach area, where you can see the lake, to fight the mosquitos for a view of the sunset. Quite a weather swing, too--yesterday morning we had the space heater on and this morning the AC. Mankato broke their record high temperature yesterday and the next two days look even warmer.
Today, we need to do laundry--nine days since the last bout. I looked online for a laundromat in Janesville and the most recent reference was a story from the Mankato Free Press four years ago about the outside wall of the laundromat collapsing. No word on whether it's fixed so we will have to see for ourselves.