Thanks all for your comments and suggestions. And I do indeed apologize for my belated response to the various questions asked of me.
For simple truth of the matter is that I'd "hit the wall" insofar as sailing was concerned and had elected not to deal with any of my boat maintenance
issues for the sake of my mental outlook at the time.
(A low checking account balance can have that kind of an effect on a sailor.)
In any event bringing down my jib had a very simple solution. It simply involved first and foremost unfurling the jib to its fullest extent, then untying the sheets
, and only then gently pulling the jib out of the roller furling
Easy peasy, nice and easy...
Oh boy, don't I feel dumb. Yippers! I be but a barstool sailor!