Lucy, I'm usually over in the Fibromyalgia forum but your thread caught my eye. I've had several surgeries and suffer from chronic pain, too. What I did was start researching my family roots! It has really gotten in my blood now and I'm creating books for my kids with family history in it. There are several free genealogical site to start your search. You might be amazed what you find out!
I do hope you are feeling better soon. I know I hated to be cooped up but this will pass. In the meantime, you have been given some great ideas to keep you occupied.