Part 213 ~ 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 his steak, I took pictures for my Science Project. He finished eating just about Intermission time, so I ran his bath, and cleaned up the chalk while the tub was filling. Then I got him into the tub and cleaned up, then left him to play.

It was still Intermission so I cleaned up both of the domino areas and took his Stuff to his room. He got out of the tub while I was picking up dominoes and as he passed by me I asked if I could have a kiss Goodnight. He said “Oh, yes” and gave me a kiss. It was sweet, cute and funny! Made me giggle.

After The Boys were tucked in, and Intermission was over, I switched my phone camera to Pro ISO 100 and took a few more pictures. The sky that was visible to my human eyeballs had a lot of orange and pink, but that Pro setting makes the colors so much prettier.

I did all the Things and Stuff, nuked a frozen Amy’s Cheese Enchiladas (with extra cheese on top cuz CHEESE!), wrote to a friend, put a blob of sour cream on my ‘ladas and nom nom’d them, then went into a food coma while doing WP stuff. I may never get caught up on reading all the blogs and it’s been bugging me. I may have to just accept it. I need sleep, and my body has been taking over and hitting that OFF switch on my conscious mind. I came out of my food coma around 2am, took my pill and konked back out.

The 6:30am med alarm woke me up, but I turned it off. Fifteen minutes later I got Bounced and commanded to the living room. I got my stuff, and zombie shuffled to the couch. I gave Ben his meds, woke the coffee dragon, then woke Mr Grumpy Beard.

Sven went to the Judgey Corner to glare at his reflection while I got him some fresh food. He got mixed greens, blueberries and two worms today. I put the dish down, then had to move him away from his reflection… Silly Sven!

The fourth picture is my favorite! I think Sven was happy to have blueberries! The worms burrowed under the greens. Maybe he’ll get them later.

No sunrise pictures today. I took a few, but only a few and it was pretty, but unspectacular. Daughter got up around 7:30am. She’s still not feeling great. I’ve noticed that she’s coughing less, so that’s good. If it’s viral as the doctor thought, she just needs to rest and let her body fight it off. She took over Couch Sittin Duty and I got Horizontal in my room. My plan was to go through my email and WP… my body hit that dang OFF switch and I was dozing…

I came to the surface a few times, but sank back down. Around 10:30 I surfaced again and stayed awake that time. I chugged coffee and got more.

Around 11:15am Ben came into my room and said “Gramma? Will you put Mommy to bed, please?” I asked him if he thought Mom needed to go rest? He said “Put Mommy to bed. Gramma, put Mommy to bed.” I told him “Okay, okay, I’m getting up, I’m going…”

I grabbed my stuff and went to tell Daughter that Ben thought she needed to rest. She said she was okay, she’d just told Ben she wasn’t feeling well, that she was sick. I told her that he’d obviously called Dr. Brown Bear on his Peppa Pig phone and the good doctor suggested rest in bed. She took it as him rejecting her, I could see it in her face. I told her that sick people belong in bed according to the Peppa Pig rules, that’s all. I asked Ben if I should tuck Mommy in or if he wanted to. He took her hand and walked her to her room. I thought that was very sweet, but she took it as him wanting her gone now. Only Ben knows his true motivation, but why does she assume he’s rejecting her? I think he was just doing a (blasted, dag-nabbit) Peppa Pig thing. He’s been telling us both we must have “Petra’s cough” anytime one of us coughs. I know she’s sick and my girls & I all get emotional and weepy when we’re sick, but I wish she wouldn’t take everything he does as a rejection.

She spent ten or fifteen minutes sobbing her eyes out after he tucked her in. I talked to her for a few minutes and rubbed her back. I told her she did need to be in bed, she did need to rest, that I was planning on giving her a break from Couch Sittin anyway, and now was as good a time as any.

By the time I got her settled and was back in the living room getting Ben settled it was almost noon. I took a few deep breaths and forgot about anything I might’ve planned or wanted to do today. I was going to be busy taking care of Older and taking care of Ben. And that’s okay. My Stuff is important to me, but NOT more important than my family. A final text from Daughter, she was going to try to sleep, her alarm was set for 2pm, please make sure she gets up. Alrighty then…

Since I was in caretaker mode, and he was glass-surfing I put Sven in the shower after giving Ben his half Adderall at 12:30pm and retrieving his newest toy phone front the front stoop. (I hate when the delivery people do a real knock, instead of the quiet, polite knock. Dogzilla gets barky.) Sven stayed in the shower for a good half hour. He was flattened out and very yellow. I picked up the greens he’d scattered and looked for the worms, I was gonna put them back on top, but didn’t see them. I guess Mr Horrible Aim was like the “Early Bird” today. Congrats to Sven! After his shower he went to the Judgey Corner to glare at me.

I got Daughter up at 2:15pm. When she took over at 2:30pm I was giving Ben his meds. Zeus was at the side door so I asked if he needed to go out. I decided to take a look around for feathers. I’ve been asking the crows to leave me a feather or three. I didn’t find any feathers, but I picked another pocketful of pecans. The few that I found on the ground, I put on the wall for whoever wants them. I only take the ones I harvest. It’s a wild tree, it doesn’t belong to me, though I call it mine.

Ben followed me outside and played in his dirt hole. He stayed when I came inside. It’s warm out, but his dirt hole is in the shade and there’s a bit of a breeze. Outside, fresh air… it’s good for him.

A little after 3pm I changed clothes, put on mask and shoes and headed to Rite Aid. Daughter wanted Dayquil and a few other things. I was back home by 3:45. I got everything on my list except the Puffs with Vicks tissues cuz Rite Aid didn’t have them. Yay for me not forgetting anything on my list!

I’ll be washing Ben’s hair tonight after he eats his dinner. I hope it isn’t a hassle, but if it is, it is. I’m taking my own advice and not worrying about what might happen, I’ll deal with what does happen. I should check with Daughter and see if she wants me to fix his dinner too. I don’t wanna just jump in and do it, it might make her feel bad. The countdown begins…

I sent this song to a friend last night. I found in my YouTube feed. It’s one of those songs you remember and love, but haven’t heard in forever. I was super stoked! It’s been playing in my head since last night, so I’m sharing it with all of you.

Thank you for joining our Adventures today. I want to apologize for falling behind on my reading of your posts. I keep falling asleep or getting interrupted or I’m off on another errand. The GLYSB comes tomorrow and unless Ben has a fever, he will be on it. A runny nose in this weather is normal. Maybe we’ll just give him a benadryl with his morning meds. They don’t make him sleepy and it might help him keep his mask on if he isn’t asking for help or a tissue every three minutes. I have my monthly visit to my pain management doctor to get my intrathecal pain pump refilled. Hopefully they’ll get me in and out. I hate sitting around in their uncomfortable chairs. My appointment is at 8:30am, so I’ll be leaving about a half hour after the GLYSB leaves. After my appointment I got nothing. Maybe I can actually get some blog reading done. Come Happy Dance with me tomorrow morning. You can even tag along to the doctor. We can meet Ben together after school and hope he had a good day. We’ll have some laughs. We always have laughter at Casa Cuckoo. ¡Hasta mañana!






14 thoughts on “Part 213 ~ The Adventures of King Ben & Zeus the Big Dumb Dog

  1. I think the fourth picture of Sven is a good one too. He looks very happy! 🙂 Oh my gosh, I love cheese. I love all things dairy and then I developed an allergy and I have to avoid it all if I want to breathe. It stinks! I just want a plate full of cottage cheese, a greek yogurt (or any yogurt), cheesy anything or sour cream to douse the spice I like. But I can’t! Giving up dairy was so sad and hard for me. I do feel better without it, but miss the enjoyment I got from each dairy filled bite. I’m sorry older daughter is feeling so bad. I hope she feels better soon! And that Ben is fine enough in the morning to ride the GLYSB and you get a day for you! Fingers crossed for a great night and day tomorrow!

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    1. Allergic to dairy? That’s awful! I was lactose intolerant in my teens, so I guzzled acidophilus milk😆 and ate all the cheese. After I got pregnant with Older, my body changed and no more intolerance 🤷🏼‍♀️ I’m allergic to avocados. And I love guacamole. The pain… through every millimeter of my GI track is SO not worth the taste though… I get it. Lucky for you dairy substitutes have come a long way.

      Daughter is still not feeling great, but she got her results from the Kootie test, and it’s negative… like I told her it would be😂 She has some unknown virus… a cold basically, and bronchitis. She just has to fight it off.🤷🏼‍♀️ same with Ben. Just a runny nose. It’s that time of year.

      After my Happy Dance tomorrow 🚍👋💃🏼I have about 30 minutes before I gotta go to my pain doc for my pump fill. Hopefully it will be quick so I can come home and relax…..😉

      Next Monday there’s no Zoom for you… last Monday Zooms Robyn💃🏼💫💕

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  2. Sven is looking very dapper! Autism mamas just need all the hugs and affirmation we can get. We swallow a lot of rejection and then start seeing it when it’s not there. We start reacting like those sensitive plants that seize up at the slightest thing. I will not be hurt if you choose sleep over reading my posts. I totally understand!

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    1. Everyone is super understanding and it’s not even a choice. I just keep falling asleep. I fall asleep typing… it’s awful!🙄🤦🏼‍♀️ I want to read them all… I just can’t stress myself out about it. I’ll get caught up. Eventually…😉😂😂💕💓💕

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    1. I feel bad for you guys! Cheese is the ultimate! I remember writing a little bio for the program of one of the plays I was in, back in my theater days in school and I wrote about my love of cheese then. I must’ve been about 15 years old.😂 It’s a lifelong passion🧀

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  3. Sven looks so happy eating his food. I’m seriously behind on posts but trying to catch up – it’s life and you’ve had plenty to do/be thinking about!

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    1. I was awake until 1:30am but got caught up! Today is another day though and I could wind up behind again… especially if my memory keep failing me and my body keeps randomly flipping the switch and making me sleep😂😂😂💕

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