If you missed the start of this series, you can find it here. A lot of things will be the same or very similar.
All of the clouds were gone so sunset was pretty much a repeat of the past several nights.
Daughter made “orange chicken” for Ben’s dinner. She had to tell him several times that it was done, and cool enough to eat before he finally grabbed the container and started to eat.
Meds, bath and bedtime followed… stress free. Mostly stress free, anyway. It took waaay too many prompts to get him away from his chalk and into the bath. I got tired of asking and just started picking up the chalk. I told him that he knows we have a routine, that we do the same things in the same order, and we gave him plenty of time, but now it was bath time.
The Boys were tucked in around 7pm and Daughter went to her room. She was asleep by 7:30pm. I did the usual Things and Stuff… yadda yadda yadda.
Younger called, said she was picking up a pizza nearby, asked if she could get some greens for her Bearded Dragons so she didnt have to go to the store. I told her of course, that Sven was still in brumation anyway. So she came by around 8pm. She got the greens, and a few other things while she was at it. Shopping at Mom’s is so much more convenient, and cheaper too.
I nuked some food, finished the email I was writing, ate the food and read through some of my backlog of email newsletters while the food settled. Food Coma. I was sitting up, I thought that might help keep me awake for a little while. I woke up at 12:17am stiff and cold. I took my pills, burrowed under my blankets and slept.
I woke a little after 5am. I heard Daughter moving around, but Sophie Cat was still laying on me, so Ben and Zeus were still in Ben’s room. I tried to go back to sleep, but Nature called. Dang!
Since I was already up, I decided to look at the sky, see if it was worth going out and freezing my fingers in the 37°F (3°C) cold. It was. I spent the next ninety minutes going back and forth between taking pictures outside, and defrosting inside.
Venus was shining brightly and the sky kept changing. Then Georgie and Gracie, crows, other gulls… it was a fun morning for me. I was freezing my jingle bells off, but I was filled with awe and communing with Nature, a fantastic way to start my day.
Ben and Zeus got up around 5:45am and Daughter called Ben into her room, Zeus of course started following me. Daughter got “cuddles” for about fifteen minutes, then she was commanded to the living room.
The day went by with only the med alarms marking the time. Daughter did Couch Sittin Duty and I spent the day mostly Horizontal on my bed, getting caught up on my WP Reader, and following the occasional Royal Commands. Ben did Ben Stuff… chalk, dirt hole, tablet, “I need tape”… going back and forth between the living room and my room, with occasional jaunts outside.
He found his white button down, vest and jacket (they were “hidden” behind his other suit coats on the row of hooks on his bedroom door) and decided to wear them. He “snuck” them into the bathroom to put them on, like we weren’t going to let him wear them. It’s amazing how well he can dress himself when he wants to. We told him when he put them on that he should save them for school tomorrow, but he wanted to wear them today, right then! His choice, we didn’t care.
Daughter got a delivery of Christmas lights today, and a lawn ornament came a few days ago, so around 3:45 she hung up Christmas lights. We discovered that we need a lot more strands. There’s a mess of lights in the Christmas Box in the shed, but that won’t come in til we get the tree. The next time I’m at Rite Aid I’ll need to get a few more strands of lights.
And now it’s sunset time… time for me to spend some time looking at the sky. It would be nice if it wasn’t the same old, same old. Of course, then you’d be stuck skimming past all the pictures.
Excellent band, today’s groove…
Thanks for doing not very much with us all day today. I think we needed a “lay around” day. It’s been pretty mellow at the Casa recently, but the Driving Miss Daisy days are difficult, especially when Ben is having sleep issues on those nights. Tomorrow is a GLYSB day! Happy Dancing at 7:30am PST. I don’t know what else is planned for tomorrow. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow, together. ¡Hasta mañana!