Tuesday, October 02, 2007

A Random String of Sentences Posing as a Post

a random photo apropos nothing in particular

This is a special kind of milkweed that is not winter hardy in our zone. It's growing in a big pot near the front door. We were talking about finding a winter home for it, but Mr. SABLE's workplace now forbids plants not provided by the official plant service. It's that German top-down management style in action again. Bah. And we don't really have a good bright window in our house where it can winter over.

So, this seems to be the week of the plans that come to naught. Yesterday morning, the LE awoke with a cough like a barking seal: not a lot, but a bit worrisome. Being the overly-conscientious mom that I am, I kept him home. By 9:30 a.m. I was regretting the decision, because he seemed quite well and perky. No cough unless I happened to ask how he was doing. Then, he produced a feeble and somewhat theatrical little cough for me.

This morning, when I went to get him up for school he again had the seal-barking cough. And he felt hot. And was running a small fever, about 100.7 F, or 38.7 C. So he stayed home again today. Today he seems like a sick kid: lying around, not eating much, not demanding as much, kind of losing his voice. I keep sneaking off to get other stuff done, but my windows of opportunity are about 15 minutes each, max. The good thing about keeping him home yesterday is that I probably avoided exposing more children to whatever he has, at a time when he probably would have been more contagious. Small consolation. I have to remind myself that part of the reason I don't want to work outside the home now that both kids are in school, is so that I can be available on a moment's notice when one or both of them are not at school, for whatever reason. But it's boring for me, being On Duty for a sick kid.

I finished some socks a couple days ago. They were supposed to be for Mr. SABLE, but when I finished the first one, even though I made it really really big, it was clear that it wasn't big enough. It did fit Owen, though, so I made the matching one for him and he's got a new pair of handknit socks. Mr. SABLE will get the next pair.

I've been working on various UFOs and WIPs, too. The Fair Isle cardigan and Mr. SABLE's Tweedy Sweater (LONG overdue!) being the two main ones.

Off to serve more soup to the sick kid.


Sarah said...

Official Plant Procurers for the Office? What? I suppose my uber liberal relaxed ex-hippie run archaeology company is the polar opposite.

(I currently have some dried milkweed stalks, Indian Hemp, and a few misc. plants lingering in mine).

Hope LE feels better soon!

MollyBeees said...

Rats! Hope LE feels better soon and that no one else in your home gets it!

YarnThrower said...

So hard with sick kids! For me, the thing that's difficult is that I just don't know when they will be well again, so everything temporarily goes on hold until ??? In any case, I hope that LE is feeling better really soon!

Cindy G said...

Beautiful photo!

Hope your guy feels better soon, for both your sakes.

Emily said...

Crazy germans. Official plants?? What are they afraid of? Some kind of plant-related lawsuit from someone bringing in some poison ivy or something??

Sarah said...

Well, that milkweed IS dangerous... There might be a monarch butterfly outbreak or something...