Part 22 ~ The Adventures of King Ben & Zeus the Big Dumb Dog

If you missed the start of this series, you can find it here. A lot of things will be the same or very similar.

I had a fitful night. Crazy dreams that made me wake up to escape them. I don’t know if I’m picking up on all the pain, fear and unhappiness of the collective unconscious or if it was the lasagne I ate before I carb-crashed into a food coma, but it wasn’t as restful as I would’ve liked.

The good news is, I didn’t start my morning until 6:30 and I STARTED IT ALONE, unless you count Zeus. No Bounce! Daughter had Ben in her room. If the 6:30 med alarm hadn’t woken me up, I might have slept until 7:00 or even 8:00. Strange days…

I spent the morning warm and cozy in my bed while the rain poured down outside. Ben stayed with his Mama until 10:00! I could really get used to these Ben-free, quiet(ish) mornings!

So, from 10:00 until around noon Ben hung out in my room. He was watching some fight scene from some movie (about 15 seconds worth) over and over and working himself up. He started doing ‘Bongos’ on Zeus, which made Zeus spaz out and climb on top of me, scratching me with his long nails. (He has black nails and I’m afraid to cut them. I cut a dog’s nail too close once, and once was enough) All of my calm evaporated. Dang it!

I decided that since the rain wasnt going to stop, I might as well go to the pharmacy/grocery store and get it over with. Another one of my prescriptions was ready and I’d been getting texts and auto-calls for a couple of days. Plus there were a few things on the grocery list, cat food being one of them, gotta feed the fur kids too.

As I was leaving, I looked for mail and packages. I had just commented to Daughter about rude people harshing me for not wearing a mask the last time I was at the store. In my mailbox was a delivery envelope. Ah, my friend… my lovely sweet friend, the Juice Angel had sent me something and I knew what it was…


A mask! You can’t see it, but I’m smiling behind there.

My new mask & I went to get the stuff on my list. The TP was gone, but I got the cat food. We still have 2.5 rolls of the good stuff and 3 rolls of cheap stuff, plus wipes so I’m not going into TP panic yet. No worries. The only other thing they didn’t have was a certain brand of bagged parmesan pasta that Daughter likes, NBD. It sure was crowded though. No lines, except at checkout, (6 feet apart please, stand on the red square) and that moved quickly (less than 20 items).

I was back home in no time. Daughter put the few things away while Zeus ran around barking his Big Dumb head off. I hate the barking! At least he doesn’t jump up on people anymore, we broke that behavior. I was going to put Sven in the tub again, but he’s hiding in his ‘house’ today. Have to keep an eye on him.


I hope he’s feeling okay. I understand wanting to hide sometimes.

Around 2:00PM the rain stopped so Daughter decided to barbecue. She was going to do it yesterday, but it rained. The marinade the chicken was in (a garlic & parmesan dressing) tends to make the chicken tough if soaks too long. She got the briquettes going and part of the chicken cooked before the rain started again. We have a pop up awning thing that she stood under, but the smoke and fumes were too much for the grill to be under there. The solution… umbrella.


Ben’s very favorite form of chicken, “fire chicken”.

Unfortunately, he had just eaten a bunch of Cheeto Puffs so he wasn’t really hungry. He only ate a couple bites. That’s okay, he can eat the rest later.

He only has one set meal at home, dinner. It’s the way I raised my daughters too. Let them graze when they’re hungry. I always kept fruit and healthier stuff for the girls. With Ben, we go as healthy as his food preferences allow. When Ben was/is at school, he has access to his lunchbox and the snacks we send, the whole day. They let the kids munch whenever they want to also.

It’s raining hard again. Ben is on the bed next to me with a blanket pulled over his head, watching his tablet with his earbuds in. Zeus is laying on my feet. It’s quiet.

I feel heavy with emotions. Not sad necessarily, but there is sadness. I woke up thinking about this song and it’s been playing in my head all day. It’s kinda sad too. We can try to be cheerful and keep each other supported, but sometimes we need to feel the sadness too.

I’m gonna watch the rain, maybe cry a little bit. I’m okay, really. I’ll be dancing again, because I like to dance. We’llΒ  ALL be dancing again. Hugs to all! See ya tomorrow…

37 thoughts on “Part 22 ~ The Adventures of King Ben & Zeus the Big Dumb Dog

  1. It’s so individual and random. Yesterday was a bad day for me. Today is fine. I don’t know why. I did take a walk this morning, but a different day when I took a walk I was still sad. One thing I’m doing is making a point of chatting less on Messenger (I don’t have FB); no need to jabber on so much. It doesn’t help ANYTHING. It’s not the same as real socializing or even a phone call. It’s not as satisfying as reading and commenting here, or even as brain-stimulating as writing a new post. It’s utterly pointless jabber… bleh.

    Hope Sven is okay!

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    1. I don’t use any of the newfangled ways of communicating. I don’t even Skype (mostly because bio-father wants me to so muchπŸ™„) and I’ve never done the FB thing. All the peeps I want to communicate with are on WP or we text or email. I’m not a big phone talker, not like in my teens when I spent hours on the phone.πŸ™„πŸ˜‚
      None of us can be cheerful all the time, it would be a lie. Especially now. We can laugh and cry at the same time if that’s what we’re feeling. I think all this rain is making me (more) emotional. I’d never survive up north.πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

      I hope Sven is okay too. He was in his house all day. They do go into a kind of hibernation sometimes if they’re too cold or there isn’t enough food. Maybe he’s just having an ‘off’ day too. Nothing in this house surprises me.πŸ’ŒπŸ˜»

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  2. I’ve decided when this is all over I’m giving everyone on my Christmas list T-paper…you know, just in case πŸ™ƒ. Hope Sven feels better soon. 6:30, way cool! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜΄βœ¨πŸŒ™

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    1. πŸ›ŒThat’s a fantastic idea!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ§»πŸŽ„πŸŽ
      If I hadn’t been awake at midnight, 2 and 4:30 then 6:30 would have been a record holder.πŸ…πŸ†πŸ’«βœ¨ still, it was nice to wake up after the sun was up, even if we never saw the sun today. Then to just lay in bed until 10?? What a treat!πŸ›Œ lots of good stuff today! Lots of good every day😘 it’s just mixed in with the sad and the chaosπŸ€ͺπŸ˜‚
      If Sven is still hiding tomorrow, I’ll put him in the shower and make sure he’s warmed up. If he goes back and hidesπŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ leave him alone a few days and try again. The do kinda hibernate sometimes and it’s been cold and yucky here for days.

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      1. Suzanne said she was going to gift TP at Christmas 🀣🀣 I really do NOT understand why its THE thing to hoard.πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ It’s a thing we can all laugh about though, so it has a positive sideπŸ€£πŸ’Œ

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  3. First, that mask rocks. I’m a bit jelly.

    Second, “Mr. Bojangles” feels like a perfect song right now.

    Third, the one thing we’ve always been able to find during this “situation” is cat food, the very brand and type that we want. Apparently somebody in the Feline Union has things completely under control. Perhaps we could learn from that.

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    1. Yeah, the cats have a long history, going back to Egypt, of getting what they want. They’re not playin’!πŸ˜‚
      When I wake up with a random song playing in my head, and it keeps playing… there’s usually something to it. I’m an INFP, Empath, and a Pisces… a little psycho, I mean psychic. I have BIG feelings and they’re not always all mineπŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

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  4. Awww big hugs to you, Cosmic Sister ❀ I’m sorry that your morning started off having been messed up by bad dreams. I’m glad you got some bounce-free peace, though! Didn’t see that one coming. I wonder what was going on within The King that allowed him to sleep and/or play quietly for so long? It’s something out of the ordinary, so it got my attention; any patterns that you notice?

    Your grilling solution? Genius! Ben’s “fire chicken” term? Also genius. I love it πŸ˜‰

    Sending you warm and happy thoughts, Dearest Dude; my momma always said “this, too, shall pass”. I know it doesn’t bring relief right now, but sometimes hope itself can help and I hope it does πŸ™‚ ❀

    (I’m on my boring old laptop keyboard, so I don’t have more emojis, but imagine about 3 rows of different-colored hearts and smileys and hugs and stuff πŸ˜‰ )

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    1. Ben is Be. We never know why he does most of the stuff he doesπŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ My dreams have always been wild and super vivid. I’ve noticed a Disturbance In The Force for 6 months or so…it’s gotten worse (gee, I wonder whyπŸ™„)
      Today is a new day and the sun is making an appearance. New adventures await😘

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      1. It sure is, and they sure do πŸ˜‰πŸ’—. Disturbance in the Force indeed! I definitely know what you mean. Would you believe thatβ€”literallyβ€”a couple months before this virus broke, I said β€œyeah, we’re about due for another bug”?? πŸ˜±πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚πŸ’žπŸŒ·

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  5. 6:30!?! Awesome sauce! High five! Love the mask too – I am still not wearing one and am definitely the odd ball for not. My mom said she had some made and shipped to me, but they’re not here yet. I BBQ’d in a drizzle too. Looks good! Hope you have a great day today!

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    1. The sun is making an appearance this morning, I hope it stays.
      I’m not sure I’ll wear the mask everywhere, but that busybody as the grocery store last time bothered me. Irritation mostly and I didn’t want to deal with it yesterday. There are rumors about making everyone wear themπŸ™„ Already, businesses can refuse you entry without a mask, if they want to. CA is being really strict.
      Yeah, 6:30 was crazy!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ It wasnt repeated today.πŸ€ͺπŸ€—πŸ’Œ

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  6. That looks like a standard Yorkshire BBQ. Trying to keep it dry long enough for some half cooked burgers. But they still are great fun. The one thing I’ve learnt (apart from don’t wash cycle shorts on high temperatures) is that it’s ok to be sad sometimes. It’s a kind of release. That’s a wonderful song.

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    1. It is definitely okay to be sad sometimes. Even if there’s no particular reason. Unfortunately these days there’s plenty of reasons to be sad. But there are also plenty of reasons to smile. Rain and sunshineπŸ˜‰πŸ’ŒπŸ’Œ

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  7. This whole situation makes you feel sad at times. I know I’m easily brought to tears at the moment. Going out shopping is pretty miserable too – all those masks and frightened, suspicious looks – not a pleasant atmosphere. Take care, sending very best wishes. ☺️

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    1. Thank you🌻 There are masks everywhere and a few rude people, but I’ve found people smiling and friendly behind their masks too. I think since the initial panic is over, people are settling in. If it would stop raining, I know I’d be happier!

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  8. I hope your cheap TP is better than stuff we got – never again, it’s now in the compost heap … both of us managed to put our fingers through … yep TMI, as Socrates would say ‘Shit Happens’ — yes it does and more so with cheap TP πŸ™‚

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    1. The cheap stuff would be okay for a “blot”, but not for a wipe. We stocked up on diaper wipes too, way back at the start, so we’ll be okay.
      And at least the cheap stuff isn’t the 1ply with hunks of wood pulp we had to buy at 3/$0.99 when we were broke. That was some awful stuff!😱

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      1. I think this was an accidental buy, it’s not pleasant going to the toilet to do the business and then end up fingering yourself ha ha!!

        Suze has now bought the right stuff.

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  9. Nice mask. What a sweet friend.

    It’s okay to be sad. Rainy days are the best kind of days to lie around and chill out.

    Happy weekend

    Hear it will be raining in So Cal again.

    Stay dry

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