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 in the tub for forty-five minutes, then finished eating and went to bed. Thank goodness there were no further issues from our invasion.
Then it was sunset time
There was one cloud nearby and it was a brilliant ruby red at one point, but it was behind trees from every angle I tried to capture it. Oh well…
The rest of the night was chill, I don’t really know when I went to sleep but it was late, probably midnight or after.
Ben was up before the sun. He had me in the living room at some Dark O’ Clock hour, but Daughter sent me back to bed. I don’t even know what time it was, my eyes were crossed and I was moving on auto-pilot.
Ben was very, Very AWAKE this morning. He came in and Bounced me numerous times, but I just ignored it, knowing Daughter was On Duty.
I finally woke up and stayed awake around 9:30am… really, really late for me. Ben was in the bed with me, playing some reenactment or other. I went through my email and actually read an article about the schools. I’d heard it all, and seen blips but didn’t want to make it REAL by reading about it. Yes, Ben’s school will NOT be opening in the Fall. No breaks for me. Very depressing!
I finally had to get up at 10:30. I wanted coffee anyway. No one had uncovered Sven or turned on his lights, so I did that. Not that it mattered to him, but still…
While I was getting my coffee Daughter told me there was a Zoom meeting scheduled for 11am for Ben with his OT and Speech teachers. I went and dragged him in from outside and wiped him down a little. He was sweaty and his hair had bits of leaves and who knows what in it. Daughter was fiddling with the laptop, apparently she hadn’t fully installed Zoom. Ugh! Finally connected, his teachers all said hello to him. He kept asking “What are you doing here?”
They all tried for twenty minutes to do instruction, but Ben was scripting and bouncing all over the place. We had him in between Daughter and me on the couch with the laptop on a TV tray in front of him. It kept him in place, but Zeus was trying to get up next to me or Ben and kept knocking into the TV tray… Big Dumb Dog. I had to get up and go to my room so Zeus would follow me. Distance learning is going to be near impossible for Ben. He needs the structure of his OT and Speech teachers’ rooms to focus. From what they’ve said, even in their rooms it was often difficult to get him to focus. I guess the Zoom meetings will give him a little socialization if nothing else. Maybe we can arrange to meet at the park near the school once a month or something, if the teachers are willing.
It makes me very angry at the deniers who wouldn’t wear masks, and at the people who traveled to my county to “party” because our beaches and bars were open. My county, San Diego County, was doing really well at keeping things under control. It wasn’t the BLM demonstrations that did this either. Younger Daughter marched in a demonstration on July 4th and everyone was wearing masks. Okay… rant over.
I’m sure it was partly adrenaline, but it felt like the house got ten degrees hotter. Daughter had opened the windows since it was only supposed to get up to 85F (29C) today. It felt that hot at 11:15 so I closed everything and switched the AC units on.
Daughter went to her room around 12:30 and Ben came for me five minutes later. I was back on Living Room Duty.
We just hung out and did the usual things. I taped dominoes together so I could write “The End” and “A Walt Disney Production” on them. Ben watched his tablet, built his city… regular stuff.
Younger Daughter came to pick up my car around 3pm. I guess since she registered my car with Postmates, she can only use my car? Whatever, I’m not using it, and this time she drove over in the borrowed Saturn, so I didn’t have to pick her up and drop her off, plus there’s a car here in case of emergency. Much better.
Ben started getting sleepy around 4pm. I was watching for it, so I goofed him out of it before he really dozed and got grumpy. Older Daughter was konked out in her bed. It’s probably better for her to semi keep to her work hours.
The barking of Dogzilla when I was waking Ben must have woken Daughter because she stumbled down the hall around 4:30 to take over Living Room Duty. I went back to room to stretch out. Ben was playing with his chalk when I left, but followed me (and my Big Dumb shadow) to my room. I told him he should go back to his chalk and his Mommy. He went back out to the front rooms.
The day is winding down and we’ll be starting the bedtime routine pretty soon. It’s been a pretty good day. I’ll leave you with a video of a walk through the redwoods. I’ve only been to see them once, but it left a lasting impression and I will go again.
No unwanted visitors today, thank goodness. I’m still angry at the nerve and presumption of that guy! Thanks for stopping by, it was a pretty relaxed day at Casa Cuckoo. No two days are ever the same, so I hope I’ll see you tomorrow. I’ll have the coffee hot, and if I can find my pitcher, I’ll make some cold sweet tea too.