Part 232 ~ 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.

The sky was cloudy and my data wasn’t that great. I took pictures, but they didn’t really show much sunset. After Intermission things got dramatic and pretty, as I knew they would. The clouds all over were pretty before and during sunset… I just couldn’t see the Sun itself.

The sky changes so much in just an hour. By 5:30pm Ben was eating, Daughter was simmering the soup and cleaning up the kitchen and I was editing the pictures. Daughter was still busy at 5:45 when my alarm went off, so I gave Ben his meds. At 6pm I ran his bath and started carrying all his stuff to his room. Then into the bath, cleaned and left to play. Daughter tucked him in, I sent Zeus to join him, around 6:45pm. He’s always ready to go to his room after bath… except on work nights, then we gotta Drive Miss Daisy first.

I did Things, Stuff, WP and then I made the mistake of checking out the news and got sucked into a Black Hole for an hour or more. Ben rescued me by still being awake at 9:30pm. Daughter was konked out… Food Coma was my guess. I was feeling tired and hungry, but waited to eat cuz Ben was still awake. I started writing email and had to stop to go tell Ben it was time to quit goofing and go to sleep, then to usher him back to bed after a trip to the baño, then again to tell him to GO TO SLEEP! He could play when it was “daytime”.

I finished the email and sent it, got the soup Daughter put aside for me, put the rest away in a container in the fridge since she was konked and who knew if she’d get up before morning. I ate and listened for Ben. I planned to take my pill at midnight whether he was asleep or not. I needed sleep too, and if he woke me up, I’d march him to Daughter.

I wound up dozing… Daughter got up around 12:30am and said “You fell asleep too, huh?” I told her I’d just been dozing, Ben was still awake at 11pm. Something in her tone irritated me, and I was awake.

After she was back in her room, I got up and prepped the Coffee Dragon, then took my pill. It took a while for real sleep to claim me. Then the med alarm was going off, Zeus was sniffing and Ben was saying what he always says as he passed my door.

Another day at the Casa. I got his water bottle and refilled it, then went to get his meds, but Daughter hadn’t filled the pill holder thingy. DANG IT! That meant I had to think, and double check the bottles to see what to give him, instead of just dumping them in my hand. I got it figured out and doped his face.

Then I got the Coffee Dragon going, put a scoop of kibble down for Zeus and uncovered Sven. Grumpy again, I told him “I feel ya, Bro.” and waited to see what he wanted to do about yesterday’s greens, berries and one worm. He didn’t look interested, so I got him fresh and added the last worm to the surviving one. He still didnt seem impressed. I guess he just wasn’t hungry this morning.

I looked at the sky and took a few pictures but the sun was UP and the clouds were meh and I decided to just drink my coffee and do my Couch Sittin Duty. Ben and I mostly just chilled on the couch, with him occasionally giving a command to fetch something, or getting up to play with this or that. The 10:30am med alarm told me to give meds so I did, then Daughter wandered out around 10:45am to take over. I got a refill of coffee and went to get Horizontal.

Ben was back and forth between hanging out with Daughter in the living room, and hanging out with me in my room. I hollered out the alarms at 12:30 and at 2:30. Everything was pretty chill. Around 2:45 I went over to the market… milk, wine and Kit Kats for Ben. Ben was playing outside at the time. I was locked out when I walked back, so I knocked. Nothing… so I yelled Daughter’s name… nothing. I yelled again, louder… she screamed that she was coming.

I guess things went bad fast while I basically walked next door. Ben was trying to break the wall, she was trying to make him stop… it escalated to her pulling him away from the wall and him hitting her. She brought him inside and restrained him, while he tried to hit and bite her. They were on my bed, I just sat there, staying out of it. When she let him go, she said to me “I know you have something to say, so just say it.” I told her I didn’t have anything to say… it was the truth. I can’t be with them all the time, especially since I’m the errand runner. They have to figure out how to deal with each other. I will try to help redirect in the beginning, but after a certain point, it’s better to let one person deal with it.

He ran outside and she followed to make sure he stayed away from the wall. Then she came back in and locked herself in the bathroom. I could hear him outside, not really crying, he doesn’t cry, but he was upset. I wanted to go comfort him, but I stayed put. Daughter went back out to him and a little while later they came in together. They went to the living room and I stayed in my room.

Ben asked Daughter to make Taters for him earlier and she made a bunch. He’ll probably just eat those and whatever else he wants as his “dinner”. After their battle, Daughter is gonna want to keep things mellow and relaxed. She’s off work again tonight so no stresses. It’s just about time for me to start Gathering Scientific Data. Its cloudy so we’ll see if I’m able to even see the Sun set.

I saw Yes on March 8, 1988. Their opening act was a Bugs Bunny cartoon. The one with the big orange hairy monster. My absolute favorite song by them is “Nous Sommes Du Soleil”.

I’ve Seen All Good People – Yes

Thanks for hanging out. No snow… but no rain either. We had a little issue but it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been. Daughter has work tomorrow night so we’ll probably be doing laundry, and its supposed to rain so that means a visit to the Quarter Lady. I’m sure there will be other Adventures as well. This IS Casa Cuckoo after all… there’s almost always something happening. ¡Hasta mañana!






27 thoughts on “Part 232 ~ The Adventures of King Ben & Zeus the Big Dumb Dog

  1. The sky sure is sharing beautiful colors! I’m glad there won’t be any driving tonight. I hope the rest of the evening is good and mellow and that you all get some sleep. Hugs! 🤗✨💖

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    1. The sky has been very interesting for sure. No drama tonight, we have a storm coming in. Not really a sunset either, but there were some pretty clouds.
      When they’re moving fast it changes so fast, and I take WAAAY too many pictures. 🙄🤦🏼‍♀️ No Sciencey Stuff tonight… just “oooh” and “Wow!”😂😂😂💃🏼💕✨🦋🦜💫💖

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  2. A hiccup in the day, but the mom managed to sort it out. You’re right, you cannot be there all the time and these two need to be able to work things out. Hoping for a better day tomorrow. Love and hugs

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    1. The sky was beautiful last night. It was pretty tonight too, but not the same way. It’s raining here… kinda. It’s wet on the ground😂😂😂 Wonky weather.🙄🤦🏼‍♀️

      It was hard not to go out to him when he was “crying” outside. I think if he had called to me I wouldn’t been able to hold back. ☹💕

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  3. I think the election drama has caused Sven to lose his appetite as his life is deeply affected by politics. Sorry to hear about the conflict and scuffle between Ben and his mom. Hopefully tomorrow can be a new day.🌄🏳️

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    1. Poor Sven…🙄🤦🏼‍♀️😂😂
      Things were okay for the rest of the evening. I think they both escalated more than they meant to. Ben has been trying to self regulate so much more lately. It’s so awesome, and so HUGE!! You know!

      How are you doing? Like Sven?☹

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      1. Today I am doing very well.I finally got to the bottom layer of the onion that is my health issues. It looks like I can drop most of my supplements soon because my body is making progesterone on its own which it never could before and my vitamin D levels are now normal. This has also fixed/ finally normalized my serotonin levels which means I can feel naturally happy. Sucks that I had to figure it out on my own and couldn’t do it through a doctor but I’m just grateful the endless years of feeling like crap are coming to an end. I’m holding out in regard to my kids because I believe they deserve the same getting to feel naturally happy.
        My mom called. She’s not doing well. Has pretty much lost all her adopted children and me because she caters to the arrogance of her successful kids. I firmly reminded her that once she confronts her “successful” kids for bullying their siblings she might hear from the others again. Not going to hold my breath. It’s like asking Trump to get aggressive on racism.🐖🕊Together these emojis mean “when pigs fly”. 🤣

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        1. I’m glad you’re feeling better! It’s difficult to do anything when your body is a mess. I’m in the middle of the worst Psoriasis flare to date and it’s driving me bonkers🤪
          My mother and I have issues too. It is what it is.🤷🏼‍♀️
          You gotta live your life and she’s gotta live hers. I don’t hold much hope for flying pork 😆💕

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  4. I hear you about not getting in the middle of Ben and your daughter.
    Curtis brought his dog over today. Poor dog had surgery to remove some growths, so he has to wear a dog collar. Curtis insisted the dog wear it even when he had to climb in the backseat of the car. Can you imagine that plastic thing banging all over and hurting his neck? I suggested he wait till he got home to put it on.
    Nope. He said some sarcastic thing and left. Whatever.

    Overall, we had a nice day.

    Hang in there Angie


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    1. Daughter got irritated with me tonight over Ben’s bath time🙄🤦🏼‍♀️ I give him his bath every night because she gets so frustrated and she gets angry when he splashes her… so of course he always splashes her to get a reaction.
      She felt like I was rushing her to work, I was just trying to get everything done so Ben & I could drive her. I really, really, really wish she drove. So much drama over dropping her off and picking her up. And Ben having to come along.

      You hang in there too, Teri! These kids have had it too easy… we were too nice to them😉😂😂😂💕💖💖💕💖

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        1. She has a car phobia. She’s been scared in cars since she was little. She was always worried we were gonna break down or have an accident… it’s been with her for her entire life.
          Nothing bad ever happened. 🤷🏼‍♀️ She rides with me and maybe 3 or 4 other people, but she’s terrified and she won’t ever drive probably.
          It’s a major pain in the butt! She was supposed to have figured out other ways of getting back & forth to work when she applied at the hospital. Before that she worked within walking distance.

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  5. I’m a day behind and had to check this one first. That really stinks about daughter and Ben having such a hard time at times. And I can relate to wanting to go consol the child. I”m off to read the next one to see how the night turned out 🙂

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    1. Very difficult! Especially since it was in my room! I just sat with my back to both of them. They have to find their own way. SOOO hard!
      You havent missed anything… 2 days of rain and cold (SoCal cold… I know I’m spoiled. Dont forget how hot it gets though😉😂)

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  6. You know I fully support your wisdom in stepping back and letting Daughter and Ben work it out. They’ve got to learn how to do that. After all, you aren’t always going to be around, and I don’t mean that in a sad way. I mean it in that you and I are eventually going to be in southern Spain in our side-by-side casas, sipping sangria and relaxing. We’re on a schedule! 😉

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    1. On a schedule indeed! I given it 10 years from now… that’s the longest estimate. If I can feel assured that they can get along without me in 3 or 4 years, I’ll run away then. Letting them practice working it out without me is good for earlier departure!😉

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