The dust has finally settled, but not before I managed to put most of the layers of packaging back on the unwanted couch in time for the collection on Saturday.
Now, I am good at puzzles, so I thought this job wouldn’t be too difficult.
How wrong can I be? That was a rhetorical question, so don’t all rush to tell me…
I have always been of the mind that if something came off, it could go back on, but I ran into a lot of trouble with that theory.
Most of you have probably been presented with wrapping up an unusually odd-shaped present, and after a lot of frustration and usually a fair bit of swearing, managed to achieve something passable.
This was my thinking, but not only was this couch rather large, it was heavy. It had to be completely wrapped, top and bottom, or the return would be refused.
After the first hour, I wanted to scream. Another hour and I wanted to burn it. I thought the pieces of wrapping might offer some clues. The clues were there all right, only I couldn’t understand them. In the end, I managed to fit the bubble wrap and the soft plastic sheet to the couch, leaving enough extra at the bottom for underneath.
Then I tipped the couch onto its back and secured the bottom.
So far, so good.
The worst part was yet to come. The final plastic sheet was huge and in one piece, and my office is not a large room. I needed to lay the sheet on the floor and somehow plonk the couch in the middle.
Even now, I don’t know how I did this, nor did my family, who discreetly left me alone while I figured it out. The fact that my back was killing me from the previous shenanigans didn’t help, or that I had to spend a lot of time on my poor old knees.
It is done and doesn’t look too bad. I cannot wait to get rid of it and get back to what I want to do…