Part 46 ~ 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.

4:00 wake up, but it was a call of nature. All was still quiet at Casa Cuckoo. I took care of business and went back to bed to wait for the Bounce.

I must have dozed because I was startled by the bedquake and ear sniffing before the actual Bounce happend a few seconds later. I felt around for my phone to check the time. Wow! There’s a first… it was 5:00. Ben cuddled up, then jumped up again and ran into the living room. He got back in bed and confirmed that the TV was on. All was well in Ben World. He settled down and watched his tablet and I messed around on my phone.

At 6:30 it was time for meds, so I got up and got them for him. I also uncovered Sven and turned his lights on. He was in his pouty corner, sleeping. He didn’t look pleased to be suddenly woken up. Poor Sven…

Daughter came down the hall around 7:00, headed toward the bathroom. Ben jumped up and followed her to the living room and then to her room.

He stayed with her until about 8:30 then he rejoined me long enough to command “Gramma come living room!” I said okay and finished typing the comment I was leaving. He stood in the doorway waiting for me. I told him I was coming… Sheesh!

We got in the living room and he demanded ear buds. I went and got the only pair I had…neon green with pink ear pieces (because Ben took the green ones off and lost them). He didnt want those, even after I showed him they work. He wanted the pink pair (broken last week) or the white pair (broken two days ago) or blue earbuds (never had blue ones). I told him that all I had was the green ones, if he didn’t like them, he needed to go ask Mommy.

He finally went down to her room and I could hear a battle from my place on the couch. He was getting into something and she was getting angry. She finally told him to get out of her room and leave her stuff alone.

He came into the living room and calmed himself down. Plugged in the black earbuds that Daughter had and ate some Doritos. I don’t know why Ben and Daughter butt heads so much, but they do. I used to try to intervene, now I just stay out of it, for the most part. They’ve got to figure it out for themselves. I will jump in if it looks like it’s headed down the Meltdown Highway. By 9:30 things at Casa Cuckoo were back to calm.

At 10:00 Daughter threw a load of clothes in the washer and came out to take over Living Room Duty. I asked if she was sure, we were doing okay. She said she was sure. Alrighty then, Horizontal Time for me.

I went back out at 10:35 to let her know the washer was done, and did she do his 10:30 meds? (I knew she hadn’t but decided against yelling “Hey Dummy! You forgot to dope his face!”)

About 45 minutes later I went to feed Sven. Today he got arugula, a canned grasshopper, and some pieces of strawberry. (I had to toss most of the package of strawberries. I don’t like someone else selecting my produce. Half the strawberries were yellow on top anyway. Grrr…)


but getting The Stare, so I left.

Ben was back and forth between my room and the living room until after his noon Adderall. About 10-15 minutes after he took it, he jumped up out of my bed and headed for the living room. I heard the sound of his bucket of chalk being dumped on the floor. I knew that should keep him occupied for a while.

I decided that since Daughter didnt appear to be inclined to hang her clothes to dry in the sun, I would be making a trip across the street. I also figured that if I was gonna make the trip, I might as well wash my small load and take it too.

I noticed a new sign at the laundromat. “No Entry without face covering”. That’s the first I’ve seen. Of course, I haven’t been out much and I’m usually in my own little bubble of oblivion, so…

I decided to go next door to the 7-11 since I was right there. Daughter has been wanting sunflower seeds and the market has been out of the regular, unflavored kind. I grabbed a couple $0.99 bags for her and a couple bags of Doritos for Ben. Daughter told me I was “the best” when I gave them to her. I told her that I already knew that.

At 2:00 I put my mask back on to go get the clothes. Daughter realized the time and started getting Ben’s meds ready. Without looking at me she said “Bestest Mommy ever? Will you get cheesy bread and crazy bread while you’re out?” (Little Caesar’s and a taco shop are next to the market) I told her that of course I would. Sigh…

This was a time that I hated my lack of arm strength.  If I could carry more than 5 pounds, I would’ve walked. Driving from my house, to the Little Caesar’s parking lot, going inside to place the order (I knew they’d have to cook it) then trying to drive directly across 5 lanes of traffic to the laundromat parking lot to get my clothes… then the whole thing again in reverse order. Seriously, walking would’ve been easier. I can carry a heavy bag of groceries from my car in the driveway to the front door, but two mesh laundry baskets full of clothes across the street? Nope. Stupid nerve damage.

Younger Daughter called around 2:30 asking if they got any mail. They did get a package today, but I forgot to text her in between trips across the street. She stopped by about a half hour later, opened the box to show me a pair of quartz crystal earrings (huge things, her ears are gauged) took a couple of Ben’s juices and a package of Reese’s peanut butter cups. She didn’t bring any lemon bread though. What’s up with that?

Ben finished doing his chalk thing and came to hang out in my room. He was calm and relaxed until around 4:15. That’s when the switch flipped and Crack Thirty began. He started by playing Bongos on Zeus, then switched to hitting him in the face with the unicorn. Zeus got ahold of the unicorn every once in a while and they’d play tug. The problem was, Ben plays too rough. You’d think it would be the Big Dumb Shepherd mix dog that would be too rough. I must have said “Easy” and “Not so rough” and “Calm down a little bit” about 50 times each over the next hour. Wasted breath… it seems to bother me more than Zeus, because he just lays there. Maybe I should just ignore it?

Daughter started Ben’s dinner at 5:00. Steak tonight. The day’s adventures are coming to an end. Another pretty calm day. I was happy that whatever threat caused the arming of the Stuffies seems to have passed. Unicorn did lose a leg to Tug today. I’ll be performing reattachment surgery after bedtime.

I think I’ll leave you with this great song that Melanie posted today. I hope she doesn’t mind that I stole it from her

Have a great evening, and we’ll meet up here at Casa Cuckoo tomorrow. Life is an adventure, even during lockdown. We’ll have some laughs, or maybe share a few tears… whatever feel right.




19 thoughts on “Part 46 ~ The Adventures of King Ben & Zeus the Big Dumb Dog

  1. I like to pick my own produce too. Sometimes the bad ones are in the middle and you don’t find out until you get them home. Wet clothes are heavy no matter who you are. Happy it was a calm day at the Casa C. 🥰🎶🦋🌴🦦

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne! I’m always glad when its calm. It’s been warm too… mid-upper 80s, so I’ve been nervous.
      Even the dry clothes are heavy. My arms just don’t have strength. I did Physical Therapy for a long time, working with weights. I couldn’t get past the 2lb weight. The 3lb one was too heavy🙄☹ The will is there, but the nerves are permanently damaged, so there’s nothing I can really do🤷🏼‍♀️
      Have a beautiful evening!🌻💌

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  2. Earbuds! My gosh, how we go through earbuds! Well, I guess I should qualify that ONE of us goes through sooooo many earbuds. I always used to get them at Five Below and I always had a pair stashed away in case the unthinkable happened and we were all out. I thought maybe he would do better with a nice pair – maybe they would last longer? The answer was no, they lasted just as long. But they’re a necessity – that is what he uses to jump on his trampoline and stim. I’ve had to order off of Amazon these days and there aren’t many cheap options. Just another stupid cost of the quarantine. Overall, sounds like an A-Ok day! Hope this one is just as good! Or even better 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Robyn! That reminds me that I forgot to order new ones. We get the cheapest, made in China, whatever…earbuds. We tried a nicer pair too… broken within hours. I dont even know HOW he does it? And untangling them?? 🙄🤦‍♀️ But a necessity for sure. We also thought about bluetooth ones, but they’d get lost in 5 minutes.
      The calmness has been nice! I really hope it lasts🤞

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  3. A. I like to pick out my own fruits as well. (Ahem.)

    B. For some reason, I can’t hang with earbuds for very long. I’m fine with headphones, but not the buds. Maybe it’s the insertion?

    C. Crazy bread! Lived on that stuff at one point…

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    1. The headsets we wore at work had an earbud. I have hearing loss anyway so I need the soundwaves blasted into my brain. Plus, I just got used to it. I never liked the headphones… too bulky, too heavy (ya know…back in the day)🤷🏼‍♀️

      A lot of times Ben will just lick the grease off and maybe eat one piece. Zeus gets the rest.🤣

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  4. No worries about ‘stealing’ the song. After all, I stole it from a dead guy (not just the band either) 😆 Thanks for a smile today! I needed it (and all will be explained on Thursday, because tomorrow I won’t be blogging probably).

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  5. Are your ear buds ear buds or ear buds? Over here, ear buds clean ears but l am guessing you are referring to ear plugs?

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    1. Q-tips or cotton swabs clean ears…you Brits have funny names for things😝
      Earbuds are gizmos you plug into your electronic device on one end, and two little silicone covered thingies you put in your ears on the other end. Like headphones only smaller.
      Of course you know this, but I felt like explaining it anyway😜😂😂

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      1. Q-Tips sounds like a brand used for nipple tassles! Swabs just makes me lolz – the very word brings back all sorts of memories!!

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          1. What nipple tassles or swabby tales? Ha ha … since starting back again on three posts daily apart from occasional fourth post l have even more things to write!! One day, one day 🙂

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