Part 62 ~ The Adventures of King Ben & Zeus the Big Dumb Dog

(I accidentally deleted the usual beginning part…nodded off with the phone in my hands… I’m just gonna leave it this way.)

Today’s Bounce was at a more reasonable hour, 5:00. Still too early IMO, but more reasonable than 2:30. Unfortunately, I was awake later than planned last night because I was texting with Younger Daughter. She’s been having relationship problems again (still), and that job she interviewed for hasn’t gotten back to her or responded to her messages.

Anyway, at the command of HRH, I was seated on the couch by 5:10. I tried to get my eyes to focus, email, WP, etc and Ben watched his tablet and played with Zeus. Meds at 6:30, regular Casa Cuckoo stuff.

Daughter got up at 7:00, went to the bathroom and asked Ben on her way out if he wanted to come to her room. He went with her so I, followed by my shadow, Zeus, went to my room. I got comfy and realized that I hadn’t uncovered Sven. Dang it! I got back up, fixed my oversight and went back to bed.

I planned to catch up on WP since I’d only gone through my comments and read one or two posts. It was while I was writing about texting with Younger last night that I nodded off. I wasn’t planning to sleep, but my body demands it sometimes and that’s when I start feeling like I’ve developed narcolepsy.

A second Bounce and bedquake at 9:30 announced Ben’s entrance to my room. I was awake-ish anyway so it was fine. I felt better for the extra sleep, but also like I’d wasted time. Time that could be spent doing other things that needed doing. I banished that thought. I obviously needed the sleep or I wouldn’t have konked out in the middle of writing.

Around 10:15 I put a load of laundry in the washer, and at 11:00 I put the 2nd load in. I planned to take them over to the dryers across the street. Supporting small businesses and laziness. Daughter had given Ben his mid-morning meds and ordered a delivery from the Golden Arches. A red and yellow box for Ben with another cute toy. The troll toys are adorable, I might adopt them for my own. Ben doesn’t seem to care, but of course I’ll ask first.

When the washer was done I put Mr Grumpy Face Dragon in the shower. I think he liked it. What do you think?wp-15900018420138107048566355842185.jpg

I didn’t add a filter or change anything except the “lighting” setting. This is a LOT closer to how bright yellow he actually gets.

Around 12:30 I took the clothes across the street to the laundromat dryers, then headed to Rite Aid. Ever since Older was sick in December she’s had a cough. They brought it up during her physical yesterday. She had a chest x-ray in December and got the all clear, but coughing gets you dirty looks these days. Anyway, she wanted an expectorant and some cough drops. She also wanted some wine. I masked up and braved The Public. While I was standing in line, six feet behind the person ahead of me, I saw a jumbo pack of Charmin TP. Of course I grabbed it. TP is on my shopping list by the fridge, with dog food and sour cream.

I brought my treasure home and relaxed for about 20 minutes. Then it was time to go pick up the clothes. I put my mask back on and headed out, got the clothes, brought them home and folded them and put them away. Daughter had gotten Sven out of the shower and put him on his hammock.

At 2:15 Daughter got in the shower so Ben commanded me to the living room. Then he went and sat in the bathroom watching her take a shower. Why was I in the living room again??

A dilemma occurred when Ben decided to take a picture with his tablet of Daughter in the shower. (I immediately deleted it) How to explain that it’s not okay to take pictures of people showering or otherwise unclothed without making nudity seem bad? I settled on “We don’t take pictures of people in the bathroom, using the toilet or bathing. Those are private things.”

Daughter went to her room. Ben had me do some repairs to one of the Barber Chairs, then we settled down on the couch. We spent the rest of the afternoon just hanging out, playing a little, talking or singing or scripting a little. It was pretty chill.

Younger called around 5:00 and Zeus, recognizing her ringtone went to the door. I told her that her delivery hadn’t come yet. She and Partner were going to go get Pho and check with me afterwards.

Older Daughter came stumbling out of her room right after the phone call, apologizing and asking why Zeus and Ben were focused on the door, so I explained. She took over Living Room Duty and I went to my room. Ben followed me, so I told him “Mommy got up to spend time with you, Ben. It’s okay to come to Grandma’s room, but you should hang out with your Mommy too.” I guess I was boring or he understood that Daughter wanted him to be with her, either way he went to the living room. Zeus stayed with me.

Ben is still eating on the chicken nuggets that Daughter ordered earlier, so no cooking tonight. Only meds and bathtime remain. Looks like it’s time for a song and a See ya tomorrow, Dude.

Let’s dance out tonight, shall we? A Waltz written by Sir Anthony Hopkins

Thanks for sharing another chill day with us. I had a little burst of energy mid-day but the rest was very relaxing.

This IS Casa Cuckoo so anything could happen at any time, so come back tomorrow, we’ll be waiting to share our adventures with you. Keep dancing!









23 thoughts on “Part 62 ~ The Adventures of King Ben & Zeus the Big Dumb Dog

  1. Nice! Fabulous pic of Sven πŸ’–

    My day was chill. Had a video physical to get my migraine meds refilled but am too lazy to go get them now. Drive 3 miles?! Eh…

    We decided to experiment by going veeeeeeeeeery slowly off the daily meds to see if maybe I don’t need them now that my life is less stressful. They make my thinking so slow n mushy. It’ll take a few months to taper off…

    I love my doctor ❀️

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    1. I hope that the reduced stress will reduce the “M Word”s 🀞we never say THAT wordπŸ™Š I haven’t had one in years, but I get the eye squigglies every once in a while and get scared.
      My pain doc is great like that too. He does pretty much whatever I ask for. Except valium, he won’t give it to anyone☹

      I always think of Coldplay when Sven is yellow. It should be his ‘happy’ theme songπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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        1. Wow, I didn’t know that. I never used a lot, I got 30Γ—5mg tabs a month and usually had some left. But it’s the ONLY muscle relaxer type med that gets my shoulders down from my ears.
          My great grandmother and one of her daughters had dementia, my grandmother died from stomach cancer when she was in her 50s so we dont know if she would’ve gotten it too. I know my mother worries about it. She’s 71 and so far her memory is okay.
          Dementia is cruel☹

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    1. Daughter was grumpy, but Ben and I did good. I can’t believe I just konked out and deleted stuff. πŸ™„ Its seriously like having an OFF switch. One minute everything is fine, then time jumps forwardπŸ˜²πŸ€—πŸ₯°

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        1. Yeah, I have a blank saved in drafts that I just add the number to after I “copy post”. I just thought it was funny that my finger was on the backspace button, deleted like 4 paragraphs and it automatically savedπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
          What’s funnier is, this isnt the first time it’s happened. Last time I felt myself slipping into a doze, saw that stuff had deleted and exited without saving, so it kept my previously saved data.πŸ™„
          I just need more sleep! Insomnia and the Bounce combined with no school=no naps.😴😴😴😴😴🀣🀣🀣

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  2. Sven is like a little ball of sunshine πŸ˜Šβ˜€οΈ. Question, McDonald’s delivers?! Thanks for the beautiful waltz, have a lovely chill evening πŸŽΆβœ¨πŸ’ƒπŸ¦‹πŸ’πŸ’Œ

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    1. McDonald’s doesn’t deliver but there are services… GrubHub is one, I cant think of the other’s right now. For a fee, someone picks up your food and brings it to you. That’s how Daughter fills her fast food cravings all the time. She used to have to ask me to go…had to build up to itπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Now she just orders. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ She justifies it ad “some uber-like driver is making money”

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  3. Wow, I think Sven is actually smiling! Maybe I’m hallucinating but the corners of his mouth actually look upturned! Lol πŸ˜‰

    I think you worded the Photography Teaching Moment extremely well. Perfect. It got the message across in a way that’s easy to understand, without implying that it’s somehow shameful or otherwise bad to be nekkid πŸ˜‰πŸ‘πŸΌ

    It sounds like you had a pretty good day, and for that I’m grateful πŸ˜πŸ’“


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    1. Thank you, Dearest Dude!! It was a dilemma for sure☹ He’s been wanting me to take pictures of him “swimming” in the bathtub and I’ve been telling him no (without giving a reason) so it goes with yesterday’s moment.
      Sven really does look like he’s smiling!!😁 I think it’s the angle of the picture…but he does love the shower πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€—πŸ₯°πŸ˜˜πŸ˜πŸ’–πŸ’—πŸ’•πŸ’Œ

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  4. I can attest, coughing earns you a lot of dirty looks these days. Bob has seasonal allergies that make him sneeze and his eyes well up. Me? A cough. When I mow, by the time I am done I am a coughing mess. We went for a walk on a windy day and something irritated my throat and the coughing began again. Bob made me walk away from him until I could get my coughing under control. Thank goodness I brought water. It’s another reason why I haven’t run outside right now. I can’t even imagine! I loved Sven’s smile – I wish he had a cheek to pinch he’s so cute!

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    1. I got a good picture of him earlier too. Sven is adorable. When people were gaga about Bearded Dragons before Sven, I thought they were crazy. It’s a lizard, big deal… Having Sven has converted me to the gaga groupπŸ˜‚ I think most of my readers are semi gaga too. It just proves that all creatures are more than what they may appear. Even lizardsπŸ˜‰πŸ€—πŸ₯°

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  5. Sour cream is always on my shopping list. That amazing bovine product can work miracles with just about any dish out there, somehow enhancing the flavor of whatever it is. Of course, my thoughts on this matter are somewhat negated by my troubled past. I used to put sour cream on pizza, fresh from the oven. (Yes, I know how odd and unappealing that sounds, but there was a time when I loved such a combination. And it probably explains a lot about my mental stability.) After a while, friends and family members did an awkward intervention, and I no longer dollop the pizza. But every once in a while, I have flashbacks.

    This is probably far more information that you really wish to process. You’re welcome. πŸ˜‰

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