The Road to Recovery

Two weeks ago I fell down two small, but mighty steps, while having dinner at my son’s house. As I landed, I broke my ankle/leg in three places and dislocated the joint. During a three hour surgery the following day, I was outfitted with all sorts of new hardware to hold my ankle and foot together. I have four more weeks of non-weight bearing on that leg, so now my new reality strictly includes activities I can do while sitting. I have made use of my time by reading and stitching. Lots of reading. Lots of stitching.

Here are some of the pieces I have stitched and finished (so far!):

I found the material and the instructions for these beautiful felt applique ornaments at a quilt show when I was in Melbourne. They stitched up fast and fun.




These hardanger angels are made from Norwegian fabric and stitched with patterns that I found in a book and overlaid onto the angel outlines. I backed them with felt and embellished them with decorative stitches and beads. I love doing hardanger pieces.



More hardanger patterned ornaments.




Books I have read (so far):

The Ships of Brides By Jojo Moyes is about a group of young war brides, from Australia, being sent to their new home and husbands in England at the end of WWII. I am a sucker for Jojo Moyes books and enjoyed this one, although I can’t say that it was great literature, it is historical fiction, one of my favorite genres. And I loved that it was about Australian brides given our time there earlier this year.

The Captain’s Daughter by Leah Fleming is a novel about two women who survive the sinking of the Titanic and their subsequent friendship. This was not a heavy read, but was perfect for lying in bed, on heavy medication. Can’t say it was great but it held my interest while I was bedridden. It was predictable and the characters a bit over simplified, but then again, I am a sucker for a happy ending—which this one has.

The Mill River Redemption, A Novel by Darcie Chan, is a sequel to her earlier best seller, The Mill River  Recluse, which I did not read. This is the story of a woman who leaves NYC after her husband dies and heads for small town Vermont to raise her two small children with the help of an aunt that she barely knows. When the daughter are young women, they become estranged and after their mother dies, they find out that the unusual terms of her will are supposed to help them forgive each other.  This book raised all sorts of interesting questions for me. What would I have done if something had happened to my husband when my kids were little? Would I have stayed in northern California or returned to the east coast to live near family? You see when my kids were six and one my husband received a cancer diagnosis. He is fine now, but this theme struck home (although please note that the husband in the book did not die of cancer). Another theme that interested me was the notion of estrangement. Is there something that a family member could do that would make it so that I wouldn’t speak to them for decades? The sisters in the book had not spoken to each other for over 10 years when their mother dies. I come from a family in which I didn’t meet one of my grandparents because of this: one of my parents cut off their mother for over 10 years – it is an interesting thing to think about.

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro is a novel about art and value. It was very interesting and I learned a lot. I read this one for my book club and I liked thinking about what gives a piece of art its value: is it simply because it was painted by a famous painter? Or is it because the piece has meaning or beauty or evokes emotion? The book is a bit of a mystery, but it unfolds well and the characters are well developed and mostly make sense.

One thing I noticed is that all four of these books make use of going back and forth in time to tell their stories. And even though they varied in depth and sophistication, they each made use of history and I always enjoy reading about the past.

What would you do with you time if you were suddenly forced to sit and heal?

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11 thoughts on “The Road to Recovery

  1. Leslie Conway

    Oh man, and I thought I was down and out being sick for the past week and a half. Hang in there! Reading Ship of Brides now…same feeling as you. Nice, not thrilling, but nice. Heal quickly! Keep reading and keep stitching

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Thanks! Just found out another 4 weeks no weight bearing, so I guess I will get a lot more stitching done going forward. Just started reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half a Yellow Sun. It started off slow, but I am starting to enjoy it. I read her other book, Americanah and loved it.

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Thanks I really liked the way the round felt ones turned out too! Just found out that I am non-weight bearing for another 4 weeks. Guess I will get a lot more stitching done.

  2. Dawn

    What a creative and fun way to be stuck off your feet, Heidi! Your ornaments are fantastic! I have fallen so far behind in reading… but love your reviews!

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Thanks Dawn. Being creative is important to me and I need to find outlets, even when I am confined to a wheel chair. This was my first post with book reviews, so thanks for the positive feedback. For some reason I am intimidated about doing them, but it wasn’t that hard. And since I read about a book a week, I guess I should post more about what I am reading!

  3. Narita

    Oh nooooo! I’m so sorry you broke your ankle. But gosh, it’s great that you can be so productive! I love the Hardanger. impressive!
    I hope you can come to Sharons, and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Thank you. It has been fun to give myself “permission” to sit and stitch during the day now that I am injured. Not sure if I am going to make it to Sharon’s. It is a long drive and then when I get there, moving around in a wheel chair in someone’s home is hard.

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