Rob, our neighbor is a "peach" as my mother would say. He is very handy with power tools. He drove me to Home Depot to pick up full size sheets of hardboard with his truck. After I did three coats of gesso on them in the garage, he and his Dad who was visiting took the sheets and cut them for me on his table saw.
I now have many assorted sizes of panels on which to paint. It saved me loads of cash, if I had to buy them, and the cutting job was superb!
I should have taken a picture of the men at work but I totally forgot.
But I am so grateful for the help. Thanks again Rob!