If you missed the start of this series, you can find it here. A lot of things will be the same or very similar.
After Daughter was safely at work on her second to last shift, I took my pill and was commenting on a post on and konked out before I sent the comment. I don’t think he reads my blog, but just in case… Sorry about that, Jeff.
Now, sunset pictures… because I can
and also because I can, a couple pictures of that same sun coming up this morning
I woke on my own a little after 4:00… habit. Zeus was first this morning with the sniffing (why is it always the ear??) Then came Ben a minute later, under the blankets for a cuddle. As usual, the cuddle was short and the command came. Off to the living room at the perfectly acceptable time of 5:15. Shocking!
At 6:30 the alarm went off to remind me to do the things. I did the med thing, then the Sven thing. Sven was out of his house
Daughter texted and arrived home as usual. When she asked Ben if he was going to go with her to her room, he said “Stay living room with Gramma.” Dang! I knew why he wanted to stay… he had dumped one of his many, many, many bags of Words out. He was just looking at them for the present, but I knew… I knew. Daughter said “I tried.” with a shrug of her shoulders and went to her room.
Yes, it was Arts and Crafts Time again. Not only did I get to Write The Words, I also got to make three more Warner Bros logos. He finally got tired of me complaining or was just done with the words. Around 8:45 he went to do the chalk thang. Sven also decided to change locations
He moved to the Pouting Corner. And went to sleep.
Ben got tired of the chalk pretty quickly. By 9:30 he was back on the couch, eating Blue Ramen and watching the tablet. Then he decided he needed yet another Warner Bros logo, only this time it should traced on a piece of paper laid over the tablet. (The paper I’ve been using for all these projects is regular printer or copier paper, quartered and printed on one side as flyers for a tutoring service Younger used to work for. We’ve been re-using the blank side for scrap paper) The problems with trying to trace are, the paper is too thick and it’s printed on one side. Ben ignores anything except doing what he wants. It’s pointless to explain that I can’t see well enough to trace the logo, he’ll just point and say “Like this.” So I did my craptacular best, colored yellow and blue, cut out and rolled tape to make it double sided on the back.
Meds at 10:30 and the AC unit switched on. It’s supposed to be a warm week with temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s (30-34 C). Ben doesn’t do well in heat and I most definitely don’t.
Ben watched his tablet leaning against my left shoulder, occasionally sitting up and asking me to write some random thing, for an hour or so. He remembered to plug the charger into the tablet. All the frustration evaporates when I see him really trying, and him remembering to plug the tablet in without me even saying anything is him trying. Heart swells!
He went back to doing the chalk thang a little after his noon Adderall. Daughter stumbled, bleary-eyed past about a half hour later, bathroom bound. I was writing an email, but was feeling very dozy and almost nodded off a couple times. I was afraid I’d nod out with my finger on the backspace button (again!) and erase everything (again!), so I finished really quickly and sent it.
Daughter came back out just before 1:00 with all her stuff. I told her she didn’t need to get up, Ben and I were doing okay. She said she was awake. She’d tried going back to sleep but there was a text message… something, something, something… really angry… blah, blah, blah… and now she was awake. I wasn’t gonna argue. I grabbed my stuff and headed to my room.
Horizontal Time! (for some reason I want to sing that, like “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond) I was giving in to the doze when I heard Daughter yelling to Ben that he should come back inside, that it was too hot to play outside. She yelled to him a bunch of times, and he apparently ignored her. She told me that he was climbing on the wall. Sigh…
I got up and went to get him. He wasn’t actually messing with the wall. He was sitting on top of the five foot high, fence that’s topped with lattice and forms one side of the deck. There’s a branch of the Pecan tree that hangs down there, he was sitting amongst the leaves. I got him to come down and back inside. He came and hung out with me (and Zeus) in my room.
The food that Daughter ordered arrived a few minutes later. Everything except the chicken she ordered for Ben. It was Pizza Hut too, so no excuses. These folks are used to delivery. She called and got it sorted but that made her grumpy. Or grumpier…
She’s been all emotional because she’s had a “thing” for a coworker for forever. This coworker is the one that got special permission for the potluck. Everyone at work thinks they’re dating but they don’t talk AT ALL outside of work. She has confessed her feelings and got nothing in return. I keep telling her that she should just accept a nice work friendship and forget anything else. She keeps wanting to read more into everything though. She doesn’t talk about it to me anymore, but she rehashes every word, every look, every everything. It’s making her unhappy because she wants a relationship with this person. Tonight is possibly the last time she will see or even speak to this person.
She’s BEEN grumpy. I don’t know if it’s her vibes or just the time of day that she takes over, but Ben starts acting out. We do okay most mornings, but around 2:00 the ADHD seems takes over. His meds help a little. He seems Hell Bent on making her angry. And she seems to have zero patience.
I do what I can to keep the peace, but I’m exhausted too. They need to figure out how to be together without pushing each other’s buttons.
I better go ahead and end now. Hopefully things won’t escalate, but they might. Especially since he turned the AC off and keeps taking the cardboard out of the window. It didn’t interest him until he started butting heads with Daughter. Now he’s fixated on it.
Can’t leave without a song though. How about…
Thank you for hanging out. Sorry about things getting a little crazy there at the end. Fingers crossed we can still savage the rest of the day. Come in by tomorrow, it’s gonna be another warm one, and everything might be mellow or everything might be chaos. This IS Casa Cuckoo, every day is crazy.