Part 183 ~ The Adventures of King Ben & Zeus the Big Dumb Dog

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 ate steak, played with chalk and took his bath after much prodding and yammering on my part. He didn’t wanna stop playing with the chalk. He went to bed with no problems. I took my Sciencey pictures and was very, very, VERY happy to see blue skies!

I was also very happy to see groups of birds flying away northwest. There was no squawking, so I cant say for sure it was the Parrots, but the only other birds I’ve seen in largish groups around my house are crows. They weren’t crows. I’m convinced it was the Parrots and it made a pretty sunset perfect!

After sunset I did the Night Stuff, played a game, read email, tried to figure out what I was gonna eat, and a whole lot of nothing much.

Daughter came to my room around 8:15, handing me her phone. It was open to a menu from a local taco shop. Alrighty then! I was thinking about enchiladas, so that’s what I ordered. I put “no guac, allergic to avocado” in the special instructions. There shouldn’t be guac on enchiladas, but you never know. Some of the taco shops put guac on everything. I really am allergic. It sucks cuz avomagodos are nom nom!

Postmates dude who delivered our order got lost, which happens a lot cuz we’re in a back house at the end of a longish driveway, and insulted Daughter by mumbling something that ended with “…and I’d appreciate a tip.” as he walked away. She was already grumbley so dude telling her to tip him felt rude. Then she brought the bag in the house, and LOST IT! Her cool, not the bag.

He must’ve carried it wrong because my enchilada sauce and some of my cheese was in the bottom of the bag. When I opened the box, my rice was on top of my beans and enchiladas. Same with Daughter’s box. Dude was not only not getting a tip, she wrote a complaint. Who tilts to-go boxes on their sides so everything leaks out all over the place? Dudes who don’t get tips, that’s who. GRRRR!

Daughter wound up having another “Why me? Everything goes wrong. I can’t handle one more thing.” crying fit. I tried again to make her see all the things that DIDN’T go wrong, but I think I made things worse. She thinks I never worry and my happy attitude irritates her.

I didn’t end up going to sleep until around 1am.

The med alarm woke me up. I went to check the eastern sky, and take pictures. Ben and Zeus got up right after I did. I did all the things like yesterday. The Sven uncovering, lighting, feeding and paparazzi-ing, gave Ben meds, gave Zeus a scoop of food… all while occasionally going around the back to take pictures of sunrise. It was a chaotic thirty minutes!

Sven wasn’t pleased with only four worms. Poor deprived Sven

I missed part of the sunrise. I need to get my routine more coordinated or I need to set an alarm to wake up earlier. My Ben Alarm seems to be running a little late. Sunrise was pretty. It’s wonderful to see blue skies! Have I written that enough to be annoying yet? Hopefully the rest of fire season will be only small, easily extinguished fires or better yet, no fires.

Around 7:15am I was done running around. I commenced Couch Sittin and started editing the pictures and going through email. All while scripting with Ben and playing tug or throwing a toy down the hall for Zeus. I had a cup of coffee, but only drank about a third of it.

At 7:45 I got dressed and woke Daughter up. My pump fill appointment was at 8:30am and I wanted to give her time to wake up before I had to leave. One truly excellent thing about the Kootie is the reduced number of cars on the freeway. The drive to my doctor’s office takes about twenty minutes, but Before… it often took over forty-five because of Morning Rush Hour traffic.

I got there on time, did the Kootie Questionnaire, had my temperature taken and was called back pretty quickly. I was happy to see my favorite nurse, she hadn’t been there the past few times. We walked by the scale, but I wanted to check my weight, so I stopped and turned it on… 176 pounds. I’m still losing weight… not good. We went to the Pump Room to get my blood pressure and fill the pump.

My blood pressure, which runs high (a reading of 157/93 is not unusual for me) was 150/83… good. The Procedure Nurse, another new one, came in, introduced herself and did the stuff to refill my pump. I was out of there by 9am, and headed toward home with a quick stop at Rite Aid for more wine for Daughter. I also got a couple balls for Zeus and some cheapo Halloween, light up toy thingies for Ben.

I got mobbed trying to get in the front door, as I knew I would. I’d been gone a little over an hour, but The Boys acted like I’d been gone forever. Actually, I think they both just wanted to see if I brought them anything. Greedy stinkers. I told them to back off and let me get in the dang house. I grabbed one of the new balls and threw it down the hall, still trying not to drop the two big ol’ jugs o’ wine. I got the wine set down on the counter in the kitchen, Ben trying to dig in the bag the entire time, me yelling “Back off!” UGH! I took the couple things that weren’t Ben’s out of the bag and gave him the bag, saying “Here. Scoot!” Put the jugs in the fridge and went to change clothes.

Then I took my laundry out to the washer and threw it in. Then I got Horizontal, followed by Zeus and Ben who kept me awake, and a little motion sick from the constant bedquakes.

Daughter skipped the Zooms today. Perfectly okay with me. Ben already had Ants In His Pants and was scripting some Angry Words. The temperature was supposed to get up to 99°F (37°C) today, I was tired from not getting enough sleep and Daughter’s moods. I didn’t see a good reason to possibly get Ben even more worked up.

Ben’s 10:45 med finally kicked in enough for him to chill out a little bit. By noon he was in the living room with Daughter, playing. They hung out together quietly relaxing and not noticing the passage of time. I went through my WP reader and got caught up. It was warm in my room and staying Horizontal seemed like a perfect plan.

Around 2pm I checked the Guessers app. It seemed really warm, and I knew the predicted temperature was 99°F (36°C), but it was hotter than that… it was 102°F (39°C) with the high being 103. No wonder it felt so warm in my non AC room. The Guessers app shows 93°F (34°C) for tomorrow and high 80s after that. I hope they’re right. It’s not unusual to have hot days in September, but it’s not fun either.

At 3pm Daughter went to her room to charge her laptop and stretch out on her bed. She said “for an hour”, I always think of the movie Cars… “Guido don’t believe you.”

Ben was sitting under the Bath Room skylight, doing a chalk creation. He told Daughter it was Shrek 2. I guess something about the end credits of that movie really stuck in his brain. He enjoys the work so we deal with the chalk dust and the limited access to the Throne.

Daughter came back out at 4:15pm. We performed the Changing Of The Couch Sitters Ceremony and she told me she’d contacted Payroll while she was in her room. They never received her Direct Deposit paperwork. They gave her the fax number and an email address to submit the paperwork. She had copies from when she submitted it all when she was hired, so she took pictures and emailed them right away. The person she talked to said it probably wouldn’t be fixed for next Friday’s pay, but she could follow up on Tuesday to make sure there weren’t any issues and that her paperwork was received. Daughter plans to fax it when she goes into work tomorrow (Saturday) night also. I told her that was fantastic and good job, and asked if she felt a little better checking that box? She started to cry and said No. Sigh…

She’ll be cooking dinner for Ben in a little while. Then bath and bedtime after. I’ll do my Science and maybe a run for food. I offered to get In-N-Out for her. Postmates doesn’t deliver Double Doubles. She told me she didn’t want it, but I bet she’ll change her mind. My clean clothes are still in the washer too. I was waiting for her to put her load in and bring mine out. Less trips over the fence thingy for me… less chance of injury. She never took her clothes out, and I couldn’t do it for her (and risk injury) because her clothes are on her floor and in various places. I don’t know what’s what. There’s a slim chance she may still wash them and send me to the laundromat dryers, but I think that will be tomorrow.

I’ll let you know how it all plays out tomorrow. Meanwhile… some Hall & Oates. It’s music we all know, but forget about until we hear it. They’ve got a bunch of great songs. And they look like they had fun making this video…

Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams

Another busy morning. Thanks for coming along while I ran around, then drove to get my pump filled, stopped by the store, then got mobbed… all before 10am. I’m glad we got it all done before it got disgustingly hot, so we could relax during the afternoon. Tomorrow night Daughter goes back to work, hopefully her stress over that won’t affect Ben. At least we don’t have to worry about Zooming. Plus, its supposed to be ten degrees cooler. Tomorrow will be whatever it is. We’ll find a way to have some laughs no matter what happens. ¡Hasta mañana!






27 thoughts on “Part 183 ~ The Adventures of King Ben & Zeus the Big Dumb Dog

  1. The blue skies must be so encouraging. I’m seriously craving some Mexican food after reading this. Not easy to find around here unless I make it myself. Every once in awhile I go into the city and get fish tacos at this place called quesada run by East Indians. Always feels strange.

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    1. I am loved! I am blessed and I am thankful! Every time I start getting irritated about being constantly followed, I remind myself there are people who feel completely alone.
      I hope your dreams are/were sweet! 💕💃🏼✨🌊🦄🌈🥰

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  2. Isn’t it nice to have blue skys again?

    It makes a world of difference in my mood when i can get outside.

    Had a nice visit w my friend. Made a frittata with mushrooms, spinach, zucchini and corn 🌽. We had a nice green salad with home grown vegetables. Also served butternut squash soup that i made, chocolate ice cream, caramel sauce, chocolate whipped cream and an oatmeal raisin cookie w coconut and walnuts.

    Was able to bring Ken’s mom frittata , cookies, flowers and see her at her sliding glass door! Omg. It was great to get close to her after over a month. Yaay.
    She loved the frittata. She hates the food there and the recipe is her’s.

    Good day overall.


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    1. That’s so great! I’m sure it made you feel better to actually SEE her and know she’s doing well.
      I am SOOO happy to see the blue! And so glad the smell is gone. That smell was really bothering me! I wasn’t thrilled with the 103°F temperature today, but it’s only supposed to be 93 tomorrow.

      I hope you have more good days! It’s time for some goodness to come back to you in return for all you do!

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  3. You’ve lost 20 pounds? Is it because you’re not eating much in this heat? Take care of yourself, girlfriend! May have to send you some Ensure… 🤣

    I understand “last straws.” Daughter probably has constant underlying stress about Ben, her job, the kootie, etc., and some idiot ruining her dinner is just too much. I get like that. It’s a high stress year. Love to her ❤️

    And you! And Ben and Sven and all the critters 🐶🐱🦎

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    1. I’ve lost 20 pounds over several months. I lost 4 pounds in the last month. I have a difficult time making myself eat. I think it goes back to all the times I went through withdrawals when I was taking oxycontin and the ex was taking my meds, also my teeth were all jacked up and broken from the meds, the vomiting from withdrawal, no insurance… I seriously looked like a tweaker. Bad teeth. BAD!
      I usually only eat once a day. I MAKE myself eat once a day at least. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I’m not underweight, just under where I prefer to be. I have Ensures in the fridge. I always have them in case I just cant make myself eat. I guess it’s almost like anorexia but it has nothing to do with body image.

      Older got a handwritten note from one of the Charge Nurses she works with in the mail today. Basically telling her she’s awesome and thanking her for being so caring to the patients and doing great work. She needed that!

      Sleep well tonight!🤞🌠💕

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  4. The skies look pretty! That must be a relief. Sounds like a busy day for you. I hope daughter starts to feel better. You need to make yourself eat! And I need to make myself stop. I swear I am rewarding myself too much for having to sit on all those zooms. Here’s hoping you guys have a good day today!! Don’t get hurt 🙂

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    1. I haven’t gotten hurt so far. Of course it’s 9:43am as I type this, so who knows?🤷🏼‍♀️😂 I have been awake since 3:30am so that’s 6 injury-free hours😉😂
      Mr Bootyhead was a SpazmaTaz at 3:30am this morning. He’s calmed a bit, but still has Ants In His Pants. High pressure always makes him hyper. I’ll be glad when this latest one breaks.

      Have an awesome Saturday… no Zooming=no Stress🤞💕

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    1. I could make a joke about your baking and the mail, but you already know what I’d say😂😂
      I know I need to eat more, and I need to find a way to build up my muscles. And sleep too. Sleep would be good.

      I would gladly try any of your baked goods! I don’t care what it looks like, it how it tastes that matters!💌💌💫

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