If you missed the start of this series, you can find it here. A lot of things will be the same or very similar.
Dinner, bath and Driving Miss Daisy was accomplished with only minor issues. I’d be shocked if it was TOO easy. We got back home and I tucked Ben and Zeus in bed. Then I got Horizontal and waited for sunset.
I also took a picture of one of the hills in the northeast. The color of the setting sun on the granite was pretty
Ben got up at 8pm, during sunset. I told him it was bedtime and he needed to use the bathroom, get a snack, whatever, but it was bedtime! I got him tucked him back in bed, gave him a kiss and closed the door. He was still awake at 9:30pm
After sunset I ate, did my night things and waited for it to get quiet in Ben’s room. I took my pill around 10:30 and went to sleep around 11:30. Younger texted, then called me, so I didnt get to go right to sleep.
Ben did the yelling run-by just before four-thirty this morning. “Gramma come living room!” I stumbled to the couch, flopped down and awaited further instructions. I had to fetch his water bottle, the tablet charger and gummy snacks. I had to “help” him up from ground outside, I had to Write The Words.
The alarm told me to give him meds, so I did that too. I uncovered The Bruminator and took his picture.
Ben wanted me to write more Words. I set an alarm for 7:10 and told him when it went off he had to get ready and go get his Mama from work. He did well, didn’t argue or lag. The only issue was after we were home and getting out of the car, he reached up to the dash and pressed the Power button on the car. I was still close enough for the clicker thingy to register, so the accessories came on. UGH! I had to go back and turn it off.
With the Prius there’s no key. You just press the button, but you have to have your foot on the brake pedal for the engine to start.
Into the house and the battle to get past Dogzilla. Daughter went to her room, Ben and I settled in the living room. Ben dumped his chalk then changed his mind and set up his dominoes instead. Dogzilla kept knocking them over, so I had to call him up on the couch with me.
The weather Guessers used their dart board, magic eight ball or pulled numbers out of a hat and predicted a high of 89F (32C) today. The temperature was supposed to go from 75F to 80F (24C to 27C) between 10am and 11am. I turned the AC on at 10am. Ben took the sweater off, so he was getting too warm. That’s the point of the AC anyway… keeping Ben from overheating and blowing a gasket.
We sat on the couch for a while then he jumped up and ran outside. I waited five or ten minutes, then went to see what he was doing. He was trying bust the cinderblocks of the wall on the property line. I got him down and he ran back in the house. It would have been good for him to play outside a while, just not breaking things. Sigh!
When he settled down with his tablet he said “Gramma?” I asked what he wanted. He said “Gramma, look!” So I looked. It was an actor’s name. It was Write The Words time! He didn’t stick with one movie, he jumped around to different names. Then he started just making names up. Sometimes I think he really does want to see if my head will explode.
He got tired of making up names for me to write and went over to the chalk. He sat there for a minute and changed his mind again. He went to where he’d left his dominoes and started setting them up. He did that for a while then came back to the tablet and sitting on the couch with me.
I had been fighting off sleep. I was losing the battle with some very long blinks and some straight up dozing. Little five minute naps were joining together. I didn’t cross completely into Sleep, but it was right there with a welcoming committee.
Daughter got up at 2:00 to take over. I went to my room to lay down and Ben followed me. I thought everything was okay but he started freaking out and telling me to get dressed and go to the store for chalk. I told him the chalk would come tomorrow but he wants it now. He was kicking at the front door, he was screaming at me. I told him that I didn’t even know what store I could go to. I told him I had been looking, looking, looking for chalk and none of the stores had any. It was all gone, that’s why I had to order it in the mail. I told him about the three separate deliveries we’re expecting. He mumbled something then said “I’ll do it myself” and ran outside.
Daughter went out after a few minutes to see what he was doing. They came back in the house together. He jumped on my bed and started telling me to get dressed and go to the store again.
I was afraid we were headed towards a meltdown. He tried to do his chalk thang several times today but most of the pieces are too small for the shaving he likes to do. I think it’s like his “picking”, it gives him some kind of satisfaction. The repetition of it soothes him too. Anyway, when he was getting ready to get in my face to tell me to “get dressed and go to the store to buy new chalk, RIGHT NOW!” he saw my back first. He saw the spots of plaque psoriasis on my back. Some of them are two or three inches across, big scales of skin. He started picking. Usually I make him stop. Today I let him do it.
He spent about thirty minutes picking at my scales and that seemed to calm him down. That and his 2:30 meds kicking in. I hope the chalk delivery comes early tomorrow.
The pizza has gone into the toaster oven, I texted Younger to see if she’s available to come over if Ben goes full nuclear and I’ve showed him pictures of the chalk that’s coming. It’s still bubbling but he’s making Happy Noises and I have Younger on standby for when I have to Drive Miss Daisy at 6:30. The countdown has begun.
Thanks to Melanie for sharing this site. Remakes aren’t always good, but like the other site Post Modern Jukebox, I like the twist on this one.
Thank you for coming by Casa Cuckoo. It was a good day for the most part. I was worried there for a while, but it worked out. Come on by tomorrow, see what Ben does with his new chalk. Daughter is off tomorrow night, so that always changes things too. Never a dull moment here, that’s for sure! See ya tomorrow.