Forty-eight hours from now I will hopefully be laying on my couch with a few stitches in my hand.  I’m having my carpal tunnel surgery on my left hand (as well as trigger thumb release) first.  If that goes well, the plan is to do the surgery on the other hand in about six weeks.

Today I’ve been doing everything that needs to be done around here.  EVERYTHING has been washed, dried, and put away.  Sheets are ready to change the bed tomorrow.  Even the dogs have been washed and dried!  I’ve been organizing my projects and putting them away one by one.

I bought paper plates, bowls and cups.  Plastic silverware.  I cooked up a big pot of custard oats and froze it in four individual serving dishes.  Trader Joe’s sells frozen oatmeal, so I thought I’d try it myself.  Tonight I roasted a chicken for dinner, and cut the rest of it up and put it in individual servings in the freezer.

I THINK I’m ready.

A New Olympic Sport!

Synchronized chewing!  It took a while for them to get in synch, but just look at that concentration!

Sophie says, “No, go THIS way.  You’re doing it all wrong!”

Mr. Monk says, “The queen won’t cooperate.  I know how this is supposed to be done, if she would just listen to me.”

An almost perfect score–9.5!!!

Noah was like the big awkward kid on the team.  He just couldn’t quite get his act together.  Instead, he took advantage of the queen’s concentration and used her bed as a chewing platform.

Rug Update:


In the middle of dusting and vacuuming and other uninspiring chores today, I decided to put together a couple of little experimental squares, so I could run them through the wash a few times while I was doing all the laundry.

The first one is just a mock-up of the Double Wedding Ring quilt I’m working on.  I was quite pleased at how well the zigzag stitch kept everything in place.

And this is just some strips sewn on top of each other, leaving the raw edge free.  It did ravel quite a bit.  I like the look of it though.  Has a few possibilities.

Well, y’all, that’s about all I got for now.  I imagine my exercise is going to be pretty limited, at least for a little while, thus the concentration on having healthy food choices easily available.

Since I worked hard and got everything done today, I am going to reward myself with one last swim, and the movies tomorrow!

15 thoughts on “Countdown

  1. Hey Debby will keep you in my thoughts these next days. Wonderful planning ahead. I just love your artwork. You are so talented. Don’t ever doubt that. And these surgeries will make it so you can still create for years to come. If i was to reccommend a movie it would have to be ‘The Help’. I saw it yesterday and wished i had brought a box of tissues. It made me laugh and cry.

  2. Will be thinking of you tomorrow. Thankfully, you have the “children” to take care of you. LOL! Update us as soon as you can. Surely, you can type “it’s over and I’m o.k.” with one hand!

  3. I want to see The Help as well but I want to read the book first. 🙂

    Good luck with your surgery. It sounds like you are adequately prepped though. What a good idea to make stuff in advance so there’s less work for you while you’re recovering!

  4. Synchronized chewing is hilarious!! Love it!

    Oh gosh – this whole time I hadn’t even thought about you not being able to type. CRUD!!!! Who am I going to email all day every day???????????????????? 🙂

    Good job on getting all your stuff done – let me know how you like the Steve Carrell movie.

    Your rug is coming along so nicely! I love the colors. So pretty! And I kind of like the fraying on that last piece too – gives it some more texture. I think it works!

  5. I’m curious – do the dogs growl as they chew their bones? Paco does whenever a cat is nearby (I swear they come out of hiding just to torture him, lol). The synchronized chewing pictures are great and I like the way your mind works!

    Sounds like you are more than ready. I will be thinking of you tomorrow and hoping for very little pain and an easy recovery. Big, big hugs to you!

    • No growling. There is a lot of guarding and stealing of the other dog’s bones though, especially when the bones are fresh.

      Thanks for the hug and for the good movie review!

  6. I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow Debby and wishing you a speedy recovery! It will feel so much better when you are done and can do even more quilting! That rug is just beautiful.

  7. I have to admit when my arm was out of commission we definitely used paper plates, plastic utencils and glasses 🙂 Definitely kept me sane!!
    Good luck on your surgery tomorrow, I’ll be sending you healing thoughts.

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