Part 75 ~ 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 was planning on making a run to the grocery store last night but then I read an email alert that a curfew of 7pm-7am was in effect in my city and all the neighboring ones. It’s because of the rioting, burnings and looting that happened on Sunday night in the neighboring city. Well, dang!

Younger Daughter stopped by to pick up mail and hang out for a little while. She stayed long enough to watch another beautiful sunset

I was asleep by midnight. Try as I might, it seems like I can’t get to sleep earlier than that. I think it has to do with Daughter being at work by 10:15-10:30. I have to make sure she’s safely there before I can sleep. Maybe when she starts at the hospital and works 7pm-7am it will be better.

The Bounce was at 4am today. Not great, but not 2:30. He cuddled for 2 or 3 minutes then commanded a change in venues. So, yeah… you know the rest.

We settled on the couch with Ben to my left and Zeus under my bent legs and waited for daylight. Ben kept asking “Where’s the pink clouds?” or saying “Sun gonna come up.” It makes me happy that I’ve instilled the joy of sunset and sunrise in him. Older Daughter has told me she doesn’t care about either. What a poopy head.

We had a pretty sunrise today

I suppose the picture would be nicer without the Christmas lights hanging into it, eh? Yes, we leave them up all year. In the summer when we sit outside, they’re pretty.

Ben was outside sweeping at 6:15. He had been pacing and couldn’t settle, so sweeping was a great way to burn off the energy. I took his 6:30 meds to him outside. He took the meds and said “Look! Sun come up.” I told him yes and it was pretty. He said “Pretty sky.” That’s my Babylove.

He stayed outside and I went to uncover Sven and see if he was gonna wake up. Doesn’t look like he’s planning on it

There are five blueberries on his plate waiting for him when he decides to get up. I’ll put him in the shower at some point in the next couple days, try to rouse him enough to poop. It’s probably fine, but I think of the undigested or partially digested grasshopper and the two blueberries he ate just sitting in his GI tract…

Daughter texted at 7:00 that she was just leaving work. They finally did a Kootie test on her. As a nurse working in a Skilled Nursing Facility (formally called Nursing Homes) she should’ve been tested a long time ago. Especially since they are finding out that many people are asymptomatic carriers. She’ll find out her results in 2-3 days.

She got home around 7:30 and after I finished making a Warner Bros Pictures logo for Ben and cutting it out and a bazillion other little details, I got public clothes, mask and the hated shoes on and ventured forth to the dreaded grocery store.

I found five boxes of juice and feeling horrible about myself, I took them all. I also got the dad-blasted Hershey bars. Daughter said the Amazon delivery of juice should come tomorrow sometime. We signed up for bi-monthly deliveries of 16 boxes. He’s going through his allotted one box per day… tsk tsk tsk! Anyway, I was safely home by 8:15. I put the five boxes into the gaping hole in the cabinet and hoped that those would be enough until the delivery.

Ben had gone to Daughter’s room when I left, and he was still there when I got home. I quickly changed back to my comfys and got Horizontal. That didn’t last long. I knew it wouldn’t. At 8:45 I got the command, “Gramma come living room now.” Dang…

Mostly he was chill. Except I spent the next two hours doing Arts and Crafts Time. He would only interrupt me every third minute. I’d complete a piece of the project then he’d want more. Then more. Then more. This is the final product

I guess it was worth two hours of my time if it made him happy. I’ve told you guys, I’m a wonder with markers and tape.

At noon he moved on to doing the chalk thang. I gave him his half Adderall and switched on the AC. Ben pretty much did the chalk thang until just before 2:00 when after taking his meds, he grabbed a Hershey bar from the fridge, came to the couch and said to the Big Dummy “Zeus, scoot!” Amazingly Zeus moved and Ben sat down in the coveted spot to my left. After he finished the chocolate and his juice, he went back to the chalk.

Daughter came out around 2:15 to take over couch sittin duties. Zeus and I went to my room… Horizontal Time! Surprisingly Ben didn’t follow me. I was able to finish the Mixtape Post and catch up on my Reader. It’s been a very chill day.

At 5:15 I went and got Mr Bootyhead from outside to come eat his chicken nuggets, aka “orange chicken”. He was either being the Conductor of an invisible orchestra or was trying to raise the house with magic… I think the arm gestures are kinda the same.

We’ll leave off here. A chill day, no plans for the evening except my date with the sunset. Shall I play a song for you?

Thank you for hanging out today! It was kinda dull and slow but it’s nice to just relax, especially after the madness of the past few days. Maybe we’ll wake Sven up tomorrow and put him in the shower, we’ll see how we all feel tomorrow. Come on by whenever you want to, stay as long as you like. Mi Casa Cuckoo es su Casa.




31 thoughts on “Part 75 ~ The Adventures of King Ben & Zeus the Big Dumb Dog

  1. Daww! Ben loving the sun rises and sets is awesome. It’s a funny little gratification as a parent to see them pick things up. You know, because we aren’t supposed to impose ourselves on them. So, we let them grow into themselves, but when there’s that something shared, it’s just so awesome.

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    1. Yes indeed! One time he was outside after dark and his Mama asked what he was doing… he said “I looking at the stars”😍🀩
      I think we should let them be their own people but a love of nature or at least a respect for nature should be taught to everyone.
      Sometimes it sticks, sometimes not. Older Daughter couldn’t care less about sun rise or setπŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ


      1. Yeah, I do strive to instill that in our kids. We have the whole gardening thing going on, and while it’s hard to keep them interested through the work portion, they get to learn a lot from the rest of the process. I’m bent on making the kids help can ketchup from our tomatoes this year. They go through so much of it, I calculated we would need 11 plants to satisfy the ketchup needs for a whole year. Kids gonna have a new appreciation for their sweet salty tomato paste after this summer!
        Pets are another frontier. It’s taken some time for my son’s dragon to not jump right out his hands when he holds it, and also to refrain from squeezing it when it does try to scramble away! As for respecting nature, sometimes they get the lesson right from the source. Lots of plants and animals don’t play nice!

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        1. Even gentle pets have teeth and claws…or in Sven’s case, spikes. Those spikes hurt! When he was shedding, one got stuck in my hand, I pulled it out no problems, but OUCH!
          Learning how to grow & preserve food is good. The way the world is going… I don’t wanna take this to the dark side, but those skills could be valuable.

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    1. The first calm, really calm day after a bit of trouble I’m always a little… unsettled or restless… waiting for something to happen, I guessπŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
      I’d be happy if I could sleep just a little bit more. Another hour would be awesome.

      I hope you sleep well & you guys have a great Wednesday.πŸ¦„πŸŒŠπŸ€—πŸ₯°

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  2. Great job on the project! I think you did great! I hope that Sven is feeling okay – I miss seeing his happy face πŸ™‚ I think the switch from 7-7 will be an interesting one – I wonder how that will effect your guys’ schedule? Don’t feel bad about the juice. I did the same with chicken and ramen – we both know there are things we just CAN’T run out of. The universe understands and forgives you πŸ™‚ Hope you have a great day today!

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    1. You’re right, some things our guys need or their world crashes and that makes everyone within range worlds crash too.
      When Daughter starts 7pm-7am we’re gonna have to push Ben’s evening routine an hour later. We will have to drive her to work then put him to bed after. Hopefully he’ll sleep a little later. He goes to bed so early now so she can sleep a few more hours before work at 10:15-10:30. Especially with the days getting longer I feel bad for him going to bed in daylight.
      We’ll have to pick her up in the mornings too. It will be an interesting change. Hopefully it all goes well and she’s happier.

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  3. I was talking with a friend on the phone last night about food shopping. I told her we are lucky that we are flexible when preferred foods are in short supply but that people with family members with autism have it much tougher. A dose of autism awareness for her.

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    1. I’ve never seen them. Sometimes songs just pop up in my head. That one came up as I was writing the word Tuesday in an email.
      I know taking the juices was what I needed to do, but I have a consciousπŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ I could never hold a government officeπŸ˜‰πŸ’Œ


    1. When I used to keep him contained & entertained by pushing him in a stroller 5-10 miles every day I would point out birds and bugs and flowers and trees. I’d give him flowers to hold and smell… We got in trouble for feeding the ducks hanging out in the ornamental water feature at city hall. I guess all the feeding lead to having to clean it more oftenπŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚ we weren’t the only ones feeding the ducks though.
      I’ve tried to give him an understanding and appreciation of nature. I’m glad he likes it!πŸ€—πŸ₯°πŸŒˆπŸŒ πŸ’–πŸπŸŒ»πŸ¦πŸŒ³πŸ¦‹πŸŒΊπŸ¦†πŸŽΆπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ¦„πŸŒŠ

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      1. Oh! I love that! Ducks are so much fun to feed. Happy memories. In those days could you take him to the beach? πŸŒ±πŸŒΏπŸŒ³πŸŒΌπŸŒΈπŸŒΊπŸ¦œπŸ‡πŸ¦¦πŸΏπŸ¦„πŸ¦‹πŸπŸ¦πŸ€πŸΆπŸ¦†πŸŒŠπŸ₯°

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        1. He’s never liked the beach😲 He didnt like the sand, not even by the water. We even tried the bay…nope. He did try to run across a lake once. He didn’t realize he cant walk on water🀣🀣🀣 Just running and kept going. πŸ˜‚ I ran after him because he didn’t know he cant breathe under water either. He was 5 or 6?? Little stinker.πŸ₯°

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  4. Dull days can be welcome days, especially in this crazy world we live in at the moment! The US seems to be having it particularly hard with the virus and now the protests – sad times – hope things get a bit calmer for you all soon. Stay safe and well. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yeah, it’s kind of a mess but it’s been building for a long time. We had a curfew Monday & Tuesday night. First time that I can remember a curfew. The normalization of hatred and racism by the Orange Idjit has made it okay for these fringe powertrippin dipsticks to do whatever. If things don’t start changing then its gonna get a lot worse.
      I’m pretty much a hermit, my political protest days were 20 years ago… I’ve just got to convince Younger Daughter to stay out of it. She’s doing daycare for 3 kids of a military family and the husband is deployed & the wife has work on base. I tell Daughter she has to think of those kids first. So far its workingπŸ˜‰

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      1. Surely Trump can’t be re-elected now! Really feel for you – it’s bad enough here with BoJo and his cronies in power but it’s sad to see our US friends going through this. Change must come!

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        1. I never thought Trump could win in the first place, but… the way things have been jury-rigged, there’s no telling. Biden isn’t a great candidate… Bernie would’ve been better.
          It’s so ugly here with the hatred, racism, misogyny and xenophobia being normalized. The police have been out of control for years. 9/11 and the media frenzy of fear after, changed people. Especially the kind of people who blindly follow. The government sold fear & people ate it up.

          My little bubble is good though, I keep my focus on THAT and I voteπŸ—³β˜‘
          Hope you & yours are wellπŸ€žπŸ’Œ

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  5. I didn’t know you were a creative genius crafter! So cool.
    Coloring is relaxing. I love it.
    Glad to hear Ben is doing well and everyone is ok so far in your home.
    I don’t think my son is protesting either . At least he says he isn’t… 😏
    Take care Angie.


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    1. Younger Daughter wants to get in the middle of it, but understands there’s a military mom depending on her to take care of 3 children, one is a 4 month baby. The protests here have been peaceful except that one on the Sunday night, last week with the burning and looting. Everyone is Kootie-free! Older Daughter finally got tested and her result was negative. Which means Ben & I are too. We’re way too much in each other’s spaces not to pass something around if its there.

      Hugs Teri!!πŸ’“πŸ’—πŸ’–

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