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 was playing with his chalk and was very focused on it. He only ate a few bites of his pizza and that took several prompts. When it was bath time, I showed him the alarm, ran the bath, began picking up the chalk… prompting him all along… finally after fifteen minutes, I picked up the rest of the chalk and herded him into the bathroom. He was not pleased. I got him clean and left him to play.
Daughter got up around 6:15pm, about the same time that Ben walked into the living room, dripping wet and no bathrobe. I was picking up dominoes. I saw the time and got Ben’s night meds ready, after I got his bathrobe.
He was angry about having to stop the chalk, and rather than use words to tell me he was angry, he took the chalk and dumped it all over the floor. Scripting about “Emma” and going to jail for breaking the rules. UGH! I went to my room.
Ben decided he was ready for bed at 6:30pm. Okay, whatever… Daughter took him and the Big Dumb Dog off to bedtime, then she went to her room.
I took some sunset pictures for Science and worked on putting a period at the end of the day.
Ben was just a lot of energy the past few days and it’s exhausting being bombarded by that. Anyway, I looked at the sky some more and it was getting prettier and prettier… it was a beautiful sunset
Younger called me around 7:30pm to tell me to open the front door, she had something for me. Oh-kaaay… So I unlocked the door. She had been out doing Postmates and had seen the Parrots in a tree. She stopped by the tree, parked and got out to look around on the ground… YES!! She found a feather and brought it to me. She won Bestest Daughter for the night! Hugs and then she was off to do more deliveries.
I did the things, took my pill, konked out and was awake again around 1:00am, my plaque psoriasis itching so bad that I wanted to rip my skin off. I was still awake at 3:30am, but determined to get a couple more hours of sleep.
Ben got me up at 5:45am… because we didn’t have to be up early today, because I got less sleep than usual, because Daughter was home… because this is Casa Cuckoo.
Into the living room I went. He wanted a soda first thing. We buy the mini cans, and he still won’t drink the Fruit Punch Capri Sun aka “juice”, so sure… why not? I want coffee, he wants Diet Coke. I uncovered Sven and peeked, but no pictures.
It was another pretty sunrise from the Bath Room window.
I began my Couch Sittin. Ben got up and dumped all his chalk and his dominoes. I guess he was still unhappy about it being cleaned up… OR… he didn’t know which he was going play with and wanted to be prepared. Whatever… I was having a hard time getting my eyes to focus. Even the pretty sunset didn’t get my blood pumping enough to clear the cobwebs from my brain.
Ben decided to start with chalk, I decided to play a game on my phone, hoping to get that grey matter working. Failed attempt, highlighted by Ben yelling “Gramma, wake up!” Dang it! I thought I was awake.
Daughter stumbled out at 10:30 to take over Couch Sittin. I gave my report, and made a fresh pot of coffee after navigating the chalk covering the floor. Ben had been having a great time shaving the chalk into dust. I did capture four seconds of Happy Noises.
Anyway, Daughter got up, I went to my room for some Horizontal Time. California labor laws require that I get a break after four hours and I had been Couch Sittin for five… tsk tsk tsk.
I hollered out the 2:30 med alarm, I didn’t get a response. I still hesitate to ask if she heard me because it’s silly to argue over his meds. He was still coming to Bounce me periodically to make sure I didn’t nap. I drifted in and out anyway. It’s hot in my room and I’m chronically exhausted. (Have I written that enough to be annoying?) Anyway, Ben was paying me a visit when Daughter brought his meds at 3:00. He left with her, secure in the knowledge that I was awake, and therefore ready to serve his merest whim.
It’s getting to be about that time. I just walked over to the corner market and it is yucky, gross hot outside. Groady to the max! Totally, fer sher! No Driving Miss Daisy tonight, no pressure. I’m going to be as still as possible and think cool thoughts.
Ben was a little less boisterous today, which was wonderful. Nothing super exciting except getting the Parrot feather last night, and the Sun painting the sky when it rises and sets. That’s good enough for me. If the temperature would drop fifteen or even ten degrees farenheit, it would be just about perfect. Thanks for stopping by, you’re always welcome at Casa Cuckoo. Hasta mañana.