Last Saturday night, as Jane took the sleep of the just in a small fuchsia tent on the beach, I spent the evening at my in-laws' home, alone with their two labradors. I wanted to settle down and do a bit of knitting and keep the dogs company, seeing as they'd been alone since midday. But knowing that they're a bit rambunctious (to put it mildly), I didn't want to give them access to anything that I'd be really sorry to have chewed up, like my almost-finished carwash flaps scarf.
I grabbed a couple of small balls of leftover yarn and some plastic needles and sat down to start a hat for Suzie's Knit With Love project. I soon realized I needed to put the dogs outside because they were climbing all over me. Once I had the big one out the door, I went to pick up my supplies again, and I couldn't find one of the balls of yarn. I looked all over the room and under the sofas as Monty coughed slightly in the backyard. I went back upstairs to the guest bedroom to see if maybe I'd left that yarn in my bags.
For about 20 minutes I fought down dread and resisted the knowledge of where that little ball of yarn was. Then I started looking around for a phone book to find an emergency vet clinic. Luckily, my in-laws had the number posted on the fridge. So at 8:30 on Saturday night, I hauled hundred-plus-pound Monty into my rental car and down to the emergency vet for induced vomiting and a set of x-rays. That ball of yarn was almost certainly in his gut, where it stayed for at least the next couple of days but apparently caused him no distress. I haven't heard the ultimate, erm, outcome, but it didn't seem like he'd end up needing surgery. (My brother-in-law says he's waiting to see Monty shit a mitten.)
My job has been kicking my ass lately, so this is the only post from me you're likely to see for awhile. I took a few pictures during Jane's walk, and she's got some too, and I'm trying to persuade her to guest-blog about her 3-Day experience. She had a good time, had several good cries, and knew that her mom would be pleased and proud of what she and Susan accomplished. She does want you all to know how grateful she is for your support. With your help she raised over $5000 for breast cancer research and services.