Friday, September 26, 2008

Snapshots of the Recent Past

None of these photos were taken by me.

My husband has taken to petting bumblebees. This one was particularly mellow.

This is the famous "The Cake is a Lie" cake, from the game Portal, baked and decorated by Owen. It was not a lie. Except I photoshopped the chocolate shavings on the side of the cake, because it's very very hard to apply chocolate shavings to the side of a cake. So, kind of a lie.

Last Saturday night, on my way to bed, I noticed that one of poor Ossie's eyes looked a little funny. Sunday morning it was clear to me that we had to deal with it that day. Mr. SABLE took him to the Emergency Vet Clinic. One day of eye ointment and an Elizabethan Collar (that's the official name for cone-heads), and he was on the mend. This picture was taken on Sunday afternoon.

And this is a happy image.
The Little Emperor had one or two falls last season, trying to master the bike. He wasn't badly hurt, but he sure wasn't eager to keep trying. Over a year later he finally decided it was time. He had a few small spills, mostly when cornering too sharply, but overall, it's fine. He loves his bike now and rides endlessly around our cul-de-sac.

In Other News
Not much to show on the knitting front. Knitting for publication sure does cut into the blogable projects, doesn't it? I also tried a few versions of an experimental project I thought would make a good gift, but it was kind of flawed. Back to the drawing board on that one. And I can't post about it because the would-be giftee reads the blog.

Mr. SABLE is counting down to the end of his employment. This has been a very hard time for him, and the rest of us. Because he's a private kind of guy, I don't want to say too much, but I will say that this summer has been fraught with complicated emotions, including fear about the future and bitterness about some of the way things were handled at the corporate level in the recent past. Our money situation will be ok for at least several months if it comes to that. Yesterday we signed up for a reasonably-priced insurance plan to cover this time. We opted for a very high deductible and figured our main concern was that we be ready for a medical catastrophe over the next six months. The COBRA plan through his work would have run over $1000 a month for the family. He found a plan through Blue Cross/Blue Shield that was about $140 a month, but really would only be useful if something very bad happens.

Onto happier stuff: Knitcircus #4 has been shipped from the printer. Yay! They are scheduled to arrive here on the 30th. I hope they get here a day or two early. It's very hard to wait.


Emily said...

That cake looks delicious even if it is 'shopped. You need a chocolate-shavings-shooting-gun in your kitchen arsenal perhaps. Actually, I wish there was such a thing, that would be awesome.

Bezzie said...

Ooo! They make softy collars for kitties!

Yeah I hear you about the husband-job-burn-out factor. Here's hoping you don't need that high deductible. We did that when he started at Mt. Sinai. We didn't budget for rehab costs! D'oh!

MollyBeees said...

I'm glad you found a more reasonable insurance. COBRA is just ridiculous. He's sending healthy thoughts so you don't have to use it anyway. Can't wait to see the new mag. From the pics on your blog and Jaala's, it's going to be a stellar issue. See you Saturday!

Lynn said...

Bumblebees get mellow this time of year, when it's cooling down a bit. I hope Mr. SABLE gets a job soon!

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

Cobra is kind of a joke unless you have big on-going medical expenses, then the price is no joke. The price of insurance in these parts is supposedly the hightest in the country. Trying not to rant. 3, 2, 1 . . . I'm glad Colin has a place to ride his bike. Not that many kids do.