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 went out to his dirt hole again last night, like the previous night. Good choice for him. Daughter was cooking his chicken breasts and everything was still groovy. He ate, had a bath and off to bed.
I was taking pictures during this time for my Science Project. September 22 is Autumnal Equinox, so my post for September 23 will have the comparison of Summer Solstice to Autumnal Equinox. Then we move on to Winter Solstice. The comparison between the two solstices is what I really want to see. Anyway, pictures…(it was nice to see blue sky above the smoke line, also clouds coming in from the west meant the Santa Ana winds had weakened)
Younger Daughter stopped by on her way home from work for some benadryl. I think she wanted some Mama love too. She told me the full story of how she ripped her pants at work. It was in the butt, of course and it happened fifteen minutes into her shift. Such a waste of gas to drive all the way back home and all the way back to work. We talked about finances and how we’re all doing pretty well considering she’s basically been out of work since March, and Ben being home all day has cost us more money, plus helping her out. All of our bills are paid, we have food… we’re doing better than a lot of other people. She stayed at work an extra hour to make up what she lost, so she was tired. She didn’t stay long.
I did my Night Stuff, nuked some Amy’s enchiladas, and relaxed. I hadn’t realized I bought different enchiladas, I usually get cheese, but these were black bean and veggie. Of course I put a grip of extra sharp cheddar on top and some sour cream, but YUM! Happy accident. I love when that happens. At 11:45 I took my pill and fell asleep pretty quickly.
Ben came to my room at 6am. He stood in the door and said “I want Gramma come living room, please.” Zeus was sniffing me at the time. I told Ben I was coming… and so began another day… at Casa Cuckoo (cue Soap Opera type music)
Morning Stuff… Sven was all kinds of grumpy when I uncovered him. I held him for a while, got him fresh food to scatter, and put him back under the lights.
Then I went to take pictures of sunrise. It was really pretty this morning. There was a seagull circling around too. They occasionally come this far inland. They’re scavengers and hang out at the dump. A flock of birds flew past as I was taking pictures. They weren’t squawking so I don’t know if it was the parrots. I havent seen them since the fire started. I miss them.
Then it was time for Ben’s meds and Couch Sittin. He was watching that blasted Peppa Pig and was showing me a phone in the cartoon. Then he wanted my tablet, to look up the phone in the shopping area I guess. He found one and they accepted PayPal credit, so I ordered the dang thing, not realizing it was shipping from UK. Jiminey Cricket On A Motorscooter! The shipping cost more than the dang toy.
Then I had a thought about the Batman costume that he asks about daily. I went to the company’s site directly to see if I could use PayPal credit there… sure enough. Hallelujah! I ordered the Batman costume and even spent $10 extra for it to come Monday. Ben cost me close to $200 this morning. But how much is peace and the end of obsessions worth? He is seriously stuck on that costume and he’s been stuck on Peppa Pig for a while. (I really, REALLY detest Peppa, et al!)
Daughter got up at 7:30 and took over Couch Sittin. I gave my report and went to get Horizontal. It was actually a little chilly this morning. I was shivering, but decided to enjoy the sensation while I could.
I woke from a doze at 9:30 to the sound of Daughter trying to get Ben to Zoom. Today they were writing. Ben took about ten minutes to get settled in the chair, then he didn’t want to write the requested sentence. Daughter told him to write “I want to play with chalk.” since that’s what he kept saying. I guess he eventually did, cuz Daughter told him to hold the paper up to the camera and I heard Ben say “Look what I did.” Daughter got him through the end of the session by having him write “The end.” I’m surprised he didn’t write “A Walt Disney Production” also. All in all, a successful Zoom. Some roaring and Angry Words after but not the hour of last time. He had another session scheduled for 11:30.
I continued my Horizontal Time and went through my WP reader. The weather was comfortable and the vibe was relaxed. The stinky air was still burning my nose, but that’s minor.
Daughter got Ben into the chair for the 11:30 Zoom. It only took ten minutes of concentrated effort. Getting him to sit through a story and talk about NFL Football was a waste of time. It sounded like it was going bad but Ben hung in there and sat for twenty-three minutes. Good enough. And WELL DONE, BEN! Two Zoom sessions completed. Minimal learning, but he’s trying.
Daughter ordered McDonald’s to be delivered. A Happy Meal always puts a smile on Ben’s face. I got fries. I’m not a huge fast food eater, but I can’t resist McDonald’s fries. Ben was hanging out in my room after the Zoom, so he stayed in my room to eat. Zeus stared at the food. He always gets the leftovers, he can wait.
Around 2pm I got an email alert of another fire near us. This one is in a city northwest of us. It’s in the area of a regional park with hiking trails and a lot of wild, open area. Homes in the area were being evacuated. I guess the stinky skies are going to be with us a while longer. There is a recreational lake in the area of the new fire, and helicopters were already making water drops when the alert came in. The fire was contained and didn’t spread or burn any homes, which is awesome. It just put more smoke into the air, which is not so awesome.
Nothing much going on until bath and bedtime. Daughter got twenty nuggets to go with the four that came in Ben’s Happy Meal. He eats when he’s hungry… he grazes. The main reason Daughter fixes a meal in the evening is for routine, and to make sure he eats something with nutritional value. Anyway, no “dinnertime” tonight because he still has nuggets. He’s having me do Arts and Crafts at the moment… taping dominoes together in shapes that make sense to him. I just do as I’m told.
Another fire and my mind pops up with this song. Twisted mind. I love this song even though I have some angsty teenage memories attached to it.
Thank you for hanging out! Another mellow day. Tomorrow night Daughter goes back to work, so things are bound to pick up. I’ll probably be running errands too, so it was nice to do a whole lot of nothing. Good for my injury too, which is still sore. Come by tomorrow, we’ll see what kind of adventures we have. ¡Hasta mañana!