Monday, November 9, 2015

Things To Do after Surgery

In preparation for recovery after surgery on Wednesday I've made a list of things I can do if I can't do much.  (No matter how bad it may be, at least I will be mobile, unlike after hip replacements and foot surgeries.)

I have a half-bushel basket of strings to sort.  I toss them into this basket where they get wrinkled.  The ones on the bottom get really wrinkled.  I should at least be able to straighten and organize them.

I have these small scraps that I toss into a 12" box.  I would probably find some useful pieces if I sorted and organized them.

I have a picnic basket of larger scraps -- too small to stack with larger pieces of fabric but too large to toss into the string basket or small scrap box.  I could at least neatly fold these and organize them by color.
I use scraps a lot but I tend to look on the shelves for what I need because I usually put small pieces of fabric back with the fabric it was cut from.  I don't know why I didn't do that with these pieces.  Maybe that's what I should do with the ones that have larger pieces on the shelves.

And there is this box of light-colored strings that could be combined with the other strings.

I have these fabrics ready (more or less, though I may eliminate some and use others not in this photo), chosen for applique on the scrappy background blocks.

I machine-stitched the binding onto the scrappy string quilt so I can hand sew it to the back and have a finish this month (finally!).

And I have quilt pictures, patterns, and images to organize into binders.  (I know I'll find more quilty inspiration as I do that.)

If I feel really miserable and/or recovery is slower than I expect, I have a few books and magazines to read,

and some videos to watch.  Can you recommend some of your favorite books or videos (that aren't R-rated)?

There's always family history to do if I can sit at the computer for a while.  I want to find those ancestors, you know.

And, of course, I can always sleep/rest.  So there's a variety I can choose from depending on how I feel.  I think I'm just about ready.  Tomorrow I'll finish sewing the red wings and stars quilt together.  I don't know if I'll get it layered and basted but I hope so because if I don't I'll be without hand quilting until I do.  I also have some cleaning to do, bills to pay, and a few other odds and ends.

You still have time to link to Quilty Inspiration #7.  Quilty Inspiration #8 will post late Saturday evening at its regular time and be open through Thursday evening.  I hope you'll link a post to one or the other.

I'm linking this post to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework.

Take care,


  1. Sounds like you're all set! Hope everything goes well.:)

  2. With the variety of activities you are covered. I wish you a speedy recovery.

    1. Thanks so much, Cootie Bug. I hope it's a very speedy recovery!

  3. As a newbie to your blog, I wasn't aware you were going to have surgery. Wishing you a successful surgery and a speedy recovery. Looks like you've done about all you can to keep yourself busy afterwards.

    1. Seeing the Thin Man movies, I take it you're a fan of old B&W movies? I never get tired of watching Casablanca, To Have and Have Not, Dark Victory, Now Voyager, Maltese Falcon, etc. I'm trying to think of any other good movies to recommend ... we don't watch many movies in the summer, so it's been a while since we've watched a movie.

  4. Oh, I love the Thin Man movies!! Some of my favorites are Arsenic and Old Lace, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Topper, Mr. Blandings Dream House and You Can't Take it With You. Best wishes for your surgery and recovery!!

  5. Sorting scraps while recovering is a great idea! Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap! Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  6. Sounds like you're all organized and ready to make your recovery very productive. Thinking good thoughts......

  7. One of our favourite films is the original Ealing Comedy ' The Lady Killers'. Hope the surgery is successful and you make a steady recovery. How about jigsaw puzzles as another post-op activity?

  8. I'm just now catching up...wish I had seen this sooner, but sending speedy recovery wishes and complete healing prayers your way. I hope you are recuperating well. It looks like you've put a good plan in place to keep you busy as get well.


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