If you missed the start of this series, you can find it here. A lot of things will be the same or very similar.
Ben stayed awake and stayed grumpy. We stuck to the schedule and he was in the bathtub when Younger came over with Partner and Kris the Corn Snake. Older did the injection, Younger took over getting Ben ready for bed and I took Older Daughter to work.
Zeus wouldn’t go to bedtime for Younger (Zeus has been terribly naughty lately), but that was okay because I needed to give him a cheeseball with Benadryl inside. I was hoping to knock him out, or at least chill him out so he didn’t FREAK out when the fireworks started. He doesn’t run and hide, he runs around like a SpazmaTaz barking and barking and barking. He ate his cheeseball and went to Ben’s room. He wasn’t happy about it, but he went.
I thanked Daughter and Partner, hugs, “Love you!”s and I locked up behind them. Then it was time to breathe… and wait for sunset.
Still no clouds. There won’t be any for a few days, not with the heat the Guessers are predicting. I kept looking for the moon. It was later coming up and it was low.
And my phone camera isn’t the greatest.
There were a few idjits setting off fireworks and Zeus growled a few times but I thought we might make it through this year. HA! Yeah, no! He did okay with the show the City did, that was a couple miles away, but after the show, the idjits started again. Zeus was barking and scratching at Ben’s door so much I was afraid he was going to wake Ben up, so I let him out. The idjits didn’t stop til near midnight and the Big Dumb Naughty Dog wouldn’t go back to Ben’s room. I had to get very stern with him and it took several times of me telling him it was bedtime before he went. On top of that, once the idjits stopped their noise, I could hear the homeless guy hacking out his lungs again. Oh joy!
I took my pill and went to sleep sometime between 12:30 and 1:00… I’m guessing.
Ben did a yelling run-by again at 5:15am. I guess that’s HIS new thing. I got my stuff and relocated. Zeus was draggin’ this morning. Gee… I wonder why?! Ben was scripting angry words this morning. I don’t know if he had nightmares or if it was stuff left over from yesterday, but I didn’t like it. I didn’t let him know how I felt. That would’ve made things worse.
6:45 meds and Sven.
I feel ya, Sven! When it was time to go get Daughter, Ben ran to his room to get some of his kitties. I told him to only bring what HE could carry. Then he had to look around for something else to bring, and settled on one of his Big Ben Clocks. I had to carry his water bottle and his tablet, although why he brings his tablet, I don’t know… my car isn’t a mobile hot spot.
We got Daughter and came home to the whining wiggle jiggle. I stopped and greeted him but he kept up with the nonsense, so I ignored him til he calmed down. I turned the AC on, I could tell it was going to be a scorching hot day. The sun was hot and the sky was cloudless. Summer had officially arrived.
Daughter went straight to her room, Ben and I settled on the couch. He played with his gears, had me draw the moon, make the clouds, draw Ben fishing and watched his tablet until 10:00 or so, then he went to the chalk area and was playing with the dominoes… the set ’em up and knock ’em down kind.
At 10:45 I gave him his pill and refilled water bottle. He took the pill and came back to the couch. I was then commanded to fetch a bag of cheeto poofs, which of course, I did. He snacked, surfed, goofed off, paced… basically did Ben Stuff.
Noon med given and more Ben Stuff… 12:30 was time for another snack break, the rest of the bag of cheeto poofs I had fetched earlier and a Sprite. I drank coffee, tried to stay awake. My back was unhappy so I took 30mg of morphine. (After decades, I have a ridiculously high tolerance for opiates) Ben moved on to doing the chalk thang while singing Let’s Go Fly A Kite and making Happy Noises.
The 2:30 med alarm brought me out of a doze that was teetering on the brink of sleep. My back was screaming and my brain was foggy. I managed to get Ben’s meds ready and dope his face. Then I tried to find a more comfortable position on the couch… without success. Thank goodness Daughter got up and came to take over at 2:45. I gave my report and went to lay down on my bed. Horizontal Time!
I actually konked out for an hour. I could hear Ben singing in the bed next to me, but my body hit the override on my brain. Ben stopped singing when I woke up. He was so quiet I had to make sure he hadn’t dozed off.
We’re heading into the final hour or so until bedtime. No Driving Miss Daisy tonight (no fireworks either)… just relaxing.
Thanks for hanging out with us today. It was a pretty good day. A long, hot day… but pretty good with Ben. Come on by tomorrow, Daughter will be awake and who knows if she and Ben will be nice to each other or not. I need to go to the pharmacy tomorrow to get all of Ben’s meds and all of my meds. That should be fun, right? See ya tomorrow.