Not too strenuous…

I am under orders.

No bending or heavy lifting (over 5kg/10 pounds), no exercise over a gentle stroll, no hot drinks, no nose blowing.

Well, that’s the housework neatly disposed of. What am I supposed to do with my time while I wait for my newly re-cauterised nose to heal?

(And let me just say while I’m at it that both the procedure and the recovery hurt. A punch in the face is perhaps a tad nastier, but not much, and I have a slight black eye and swollen bit beside my nose. He cauterised three more spots and said if it broke open again, surgery will be the only option. So I’d better not let it break open. Quite apart from all the laundry my nosebleeds generate, I just don’t want yet another surgery).

Well, obviously, making scrappy stuff for the Days for Girls raffle. It’s gentle, no heavy lifting involved, and while I mourn the lack of cups of coffee while I work, I’ll struggle through somehow…

So, for my latest offering, I bring you:

A set of 6 placemats, made from remnants and leftovers from the Twilight quilt.

A heat pad, made from leftovers from a top I made myself and a scrap from the Hatbox Quilt

There are 5 more mats/heat pads in the pipeline, and then I shall probably take a small break before launching into bag production.

I’m getting a bit bored. But bored is better than bleeding.


50 thoughts on “Not too strenuous…

  1. Ohhh absolutely… bored is definitely better than bleeding…..
    loving all the placemats & heat pads.
    I’m in the process of making hearts with hexies…. I shall post in a bit. 💙

  2. Oy vey to all of this! All I can say is iced coffee is delightful, or at least better than no coffee at all.

  3. Debbierose says:

    Lovely stitching to distract you. Take care, your in my prayers

  4. Caroline says:

    Crossing my fingers for you and hope this new dose of cautisation works – you certainly could do without surgery XX

  5. Here’s hoping the three new spots have dealt with the issue so that the rhino can go on a very long walk and doesn’t come back again!
    Gorgeous place mats!

  6. Chris S in Canada says:

    Cold brew coffee. Check it out.

  7. You certainly don’t want to be bleeding all over the lovely things you’ve made. I am so sorry you are having to go through another big deal. Just not fair. But then life isn’t. I’m crossing my fingers that this works and will be the end of it. How is Mr. Mouse with strolling? I’m sure very cooperative. Hugs but not too tight.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, just another of those things… Part, I’m told, of getting older. Mouse is more than fine with strolling – in fact, he’d be happy with a slower pace still, the lazy lump.

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    Oh my goodness, take care and get well soon. The mats are just lovely.

  9. magpiesue says:

    Yoikes. Nice to get out of housework but this is a bit extreme. I hope you can continue to find things to do that will allow for healing to take place. And I certainly hope you won’t have to undergo any further procedures!

    • katechiconi says:

      Life seems to be trying to sabotage my efforts! All sorts of things are falling to the floor, a chicken escaped while I was feeding them this morning, I had to move something fairly heavy yesterday because something went down the back of it… well, you get the idea. On the other hand, the nose seems to be holding. Once I pass the earlier 17 day landmark, I shall start to feel more secure!

  10. Going Batty in Wales says:

    A very useful,and productive use of your recovery time. The mats and heatpad are beautiful and will make excellent prizes. I do hope this lot of treatment works for you and no surgery is required.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks, I think the placemats are pretty, and it’ll be quite a wrench to part with them, but it’s a good cause and I don’t actually need them.

      • Going Batty in Wales says:

        Remember that according to William Morris the things we have should be ones we know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. That is an ‘or’ not an ‘and’. 😉

      • katechiconi says:

        It’s a maxim I try to live by, which is why they’re being donated instead of hoarded!

  11. Marty K says:

    Your projects are lovely. Hope you will heal quickly and be able to get back to your usual endeavors and beverages soon. Glad Mousiekins is cooperating with the strolls. Sending very gentle hugs your way. 💜

    • katechiconi says:

      Mouse gets bored of nursing duty very, very quickly unless there are snacks involved. I think I’ll allow myself a hot coffee today as it’s three days since the procedure and I can’t go the rest of my life without hot drinks just in case. But just the one…

  12. kymlucas says:

    Bored is definitely better than bleeding! To cheer you up, I’m going to send you pictures of a hand-pieced, hand-quilted double bed-sized quilte made of scraps. I bought it at a thrift shop for much less than it’s worth, but I’m mainly glad to have it because I will love and appreciate it. I think you’ll like it too. 🙂 Maybe it will make you smile, and that’s not too strenuous!

  13. Emmely says:

    I am now wondering whether iced coffee would be a solution.
    Glad that they managed to stop the bleed, it did not sound good in your previous post and I really hope that it’s now solved!

    • katechiconi says:

      It concerns me a little that the ENT specialist didn’t sound completely confident that the issue was fixed and talked about surgery, but I suppose since they didn’t know what started it in the first place they couldn’t be sure it wouldn’t do it again. Fingers crossed it’s over, though.

  14. I’ve got all my fingers crossed that they’ve fixed your snoz… doesn’t sound pleasant at all not even if it means housework hiatus.

    • katechiconi says:

      You don’t realise how much you bend over in real life until you’re not allowed to. Anyway, it’s feeling better today than the last two days, so that’s a good sign, and the swelling is going down and the black eye is almost gone.

  15. Bored *is* better than bleeding, so good for you for sticking to the routine. You’ve turned out some lovely pieces, Kate, so yay you! I hope you are feeling more like yourself soon.

  16. Steph (and Shinee) says:

    I’m so sorry for your woes!
    And Shinee hopes Mouse is not worn out with nursing, as well as doing housework and ciffee-drinking for you!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m sure Mouse would bang on about how his paws are worn to the bone and he’s staaaaaarving (which seems to me to be his default setting), but in reality his two square a day have arrived on the dot, walkies have continue (albeit at a gentler pace) and there has been no diminution in fuss, attention, towelling dry of the wet fur, snacks donated from Mum’s breakfast plate, etc. Nursing? Snort! (or maybe not, on account of the nose). Distracting? Certainly he’s proved expert at that.
      *Lies, all lies. The Staff are unreliable and have to be kept up to the mark or standards drop unacceptably. Mouse*

  17. hope every day makes a difference and you are soon feeling like your “old” self. Sit, stitch, relax and be patient- almost impossible! but I’m sure you are doing your best.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m doing my best to be a compliant patient, but it’s a little frustrating. Still, at some stage I’ll feel confident about carrying on life as normal, I guess. Just now, it’s a bit nerve-wracking and I worry about everything starting up again.

  18. cedar51 says:

    I see all the advice and the care etc – but yes know that feeling of “Many restrictions” – I expect the specialist has no real understanding of half of those things! Even if “well meaning and proper” doesn’t mean it’s easy to achieve.

    Good thing you’ve got fabric crafts to keep you semi-occupied

    • katechiconi says:

      Very true. But there’s usually a work-around. I have a grabber tool, and luckily I’m still reasonably flexible in the legs and hips. I discovered yesterday that I can still comfortably ‘Asian squat’ to do weeding for an hour!

      • cedar51 says:

        I’ve a grabber tool as well as I suffer from a positional crazy thing…comes and goes.
        Great you found a way forward with some other part of your life.

  19. Sharon says:

    OMGoodness, I was so sorry to read this. Hang in there

  20. ro848 says:

    Thank you for sharing your work. I love all the lovely colors. Simple projects can be so relazing and it is always satisfying to find a way to use up such beautiful scraps.

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