A few Sundays ago S and I managed to get the puzzle back to the store for the refund. On the Saturday before I got it ready, this is how:
|First I taped waxed paper strips|
together to form a sheet. One for each
|Then I got all the quadrants in the|
right places, on top of the waxed
sheets, on my kitchen floor.
|This is the puzzle knitted together as one big|
puzzle. The picture isn't great because I had
to stand on my counter and hold the phone
up to the ceiling to take it.
|We took the remaining foam core|
boards and taped them together. Then we
took the extra five boards and
taped them to the back as cross braces.
|Here it is in the back of the Uhaul truck,|
you can see the pocket on the right.
The next day I went to work as usual but realized pretty quickly I should have called in sick. Within five minutes I twisted my bad knee the wrong way and could barely walk. All the crawling around and lifting over the weekend had weakened my knees (and back, and arms, and legs, and neck) and I felt like I'd been run over by a truck. Five years ago I could have done all this with no problem but now I see that I have physical limitations. Not only did I manage to hurt myself with all the physical work of preparing and moving the puzzle, but I also took longer to recover from the hurt than I would have in the past. It wasn't until that Friday that I finally felt more like myself. I suspect that if I'd taken the Monday off work I would have recovered faster. Live and learn I guess.