If you missed the start of this series, you can find it here. A lot of things will be the same or very similar.
As I wrote yesterday, I started the Data Gathering early, 3:15pm to be exact and I found that standing in my side door, or standing on a chair next to my side door is still better than the south wall. I can use the south wall if it becomes absolutely necessary, and I’m glad I have some comparison pictures to help with the transition if I do have to switch.
Found one spot, in front of the standing chair, where the Sun is visible in the area I was using before. This period between Autumnal Equinox and Winter Solstice is challenging.
After Ben’s dinner, bath, and bedtime, I did the usual Things, most of the Stuff, ate the last of the soup and some candy, took my pill and konked out.
Again with the 2:30am-ish wakeup, but I burrowed down and drifted back off until Ben and Zeus caused a bedquake of epic proportions. I think they were both trying to get to me first. Ben is always gonna win, cuz Zeus is a Good Dawg, and will let Ben push him aside. Ben did the wiggle-jiggle, feet between the calves thing while I tried to find my phone. It took longer this morning. Usually it’s plugged into the charger, so I just have to follow the cord. This morning I found it between the bed and the nightstand, unplugged. It must’ve unplugged when it fell. Anyway, I retrieved it and checked the time… 4:37am. Dang it! WHY!?! Why does he sleep in on GLYSB days and get up before the Sun when there nowhere to go and nothing to do? GRRR!
He wanted me to go to the living room right away, but I told him it was too early, and too cold. Around 5:30am he became insistent. He was polite about it, saying “Gramma come living room, please.” There was light along the horizon, but I still complained as I got up. It was cold!
I got the Coffee Dragon started on it’s burbling and hissing, then went to look for Venus. She and the Moon were visible, but she was getting fainter as the light from the Sun increased. I took a few pictures and went back inside. Ben was on the couch with the blanket pulled over his head.
When the Coffee Dragon let out its final hiss, I got myself a cup and just held it for a minute, trying to thaw my fingers out. Then I had a few sips and sighed with satisfaction. Coffee is one of the small joys of life! I spent the next forty-five minutes or so going back and forth between the house and taking pictures by the gate. The sunrise wasn’t spectacular, but I was greeting my avian friends too.
My seagull friend got a visit from its friend/mate, but apparently all is still not well, since the the other gull left after a few minutes.
Ben had uncovered Sven and turned his lights on while I was outside. I thanked him for remembering Sven and told him I was planning on letting Sven sleep later since it was so cold. By then it was 6:30am, the med alarm told me, so I refilled Ben’s water bottle and gave him his meds. Then I settled into Couch Sittin Duty.
Daughter relieved me at 8:45am. I was huddled up in my hoodie – hood up, sweatpants that I’d slept in, and fuzzy socks. Ben had come out of his blanket cave and was doing the Chalk Thang. I gave my report, got more coffee, then went to get Horizontal. My bed was made, but I grabbed a throw blanket and burrowed under it.
Ben played in the living room, he hung out in my room, he told me to get dressed and go to the store for train tracks around 1pm. I looked on the shopping site that gets all of everyone’s money, found some wood train tracks, showed him, got his approval and ordered them. They’ll be arriving sometime tomorrow. He still wanted me to go to the store, but half-heartedly. He started playing with Zeus and forgot about wanting the tracks right now!
Daughter came in and handed me her phone a little before 2pm. She was doing an order from somewhere and wanted me to peruse the menu. It was Denny’s. I ordered a club sammie. Then I took the phone back to her, and noticed Mr Grumpy Beard had moved.
I got his dish, dumped the old greens and berries, saved the three worms and rinsed out the dish. Then I filled it with fresh greens (collard, curly mustard, turnip) and fresh blueberries. I put the dish back and dumped the three worms on top. I had to move Sven closer to the food, he’s been in semi-brumation for a few days, he’s moving, but slowly. Yes, of course I paparazzi’d him! He wasn’t pleased, and I don’t think he believed me when I told him that his fans miss him.
The rest of the afternoon continued as the day… mellow, calm, very nice! I’ve already begun my Science Data Gathering, but I better post this before I get caught up or sidetracked like yesterday. The Sun will set whether I’m there to watch it or not. All that’s left for tonight is the regular blah, blah, blah. If anything exciting happens, I’ll let you know tomorrow.
Random blast from the past
Thanks for hanging out with us on another mellow day. Daughter goes back to work tomorrow night, so there will definitely be a visit to the Quarter Lady. Daughter blew it off again, but she needs clean scrubs for her shift. We’ll be Driving Miss Daisy too. The Guessers say it’s supposed to be another nice day so come hang out with us. Maybe Ben’s train tracks will come early and we can play with Thomas and Friends or with the modified engine that is now a Resident Evil train… hang out in the Hive. We’ll have some laughs, whatever Adventures we pursue. ¡Hasta mañana!