Part 283 ~ 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.

Daughter made steak for Ben, I went outside to look at the sky and do my nightly commune with Mother Nature. The sky was clear and the sunset was just a sunset, so I took some pictures of the Moon and my Pecan Tree (the people from the apartment building had someone hack off all the branches that overhung the dividing wall… poor tree).

I walked over to the market to stock up on chips for Ben… regular Lays, Cheeto poofs, and nacho cheese Doritos. I took #10 and #11 on the walk. #10 is my house from the market, and #11 is the western view from the street in front of my house. The last picture is Jupiter and Saturn. I almost missed them. They still look like one star/planet, so it’s not too late to Witness The Event.

Ben was eating slow and goofing with his Jumanji game. Meds were given at 5:30pm and I ran his bath at 5:45pm. It took until 6pm to get him into the tub, and then he was upset when Daughter pulled the plug at 6:10pm. We tell him and tell him and tell him… if he wants to play in the bath, he has to get in on time, especially on nights that Mom has work. He continued to drag his feet, but we kept physically guiding him, so we left pretty much on time. We dropped her off, came home and The Boys were tucked in. Daughter was texted… yadda yadda yadda.

I did the usual, and around 9:45pm I was eating and texting with Daughter when I heard a sound that made my heart sink. Ben was laughing and talking… he was still awake. DANG IT!

I went and told him he needed to go to sleep. It was late and Gramma was tired, but I couldn’t go to sleep until he did. I finished eating and read through some email, waiting… I dozed a little as the Food Coma tried to pull me under. At 10:30pm Ben got up and ran to the Bath Room. I followed him. When he was done, I escorted him back to bed, covered him up and told him again to go to sleep. He put his tablet aside, so I had hope. I took my meds around 11:15pm and konked around midnight.

The med alarm woke me up. It was 6:25am! A miracle had occurred. I didnt sleep straight through, but I slept! I let Zeus out after using the baño and getting my coffee. Ben was awake, so he got up too. I gave him his meds, got him settled and went to look at the sky. It was completely overcast. Meh clouds in all directions. Bummer! I texted Daughter to let her know we were up and we made plans about picking her up after her shot.

I went back outside around 7am. I wasn’t expecting any changes, but I hoped to see Georgie and/or Gracie. I got a surprise to go with my sleeping miracle…

a beautiful sunrise and gulls and crows flying around everywhere. There wasn’t a lot of landing, but I shared a glorious sunrise with my avian friends. I was talking to them, taking pictures and Happy Dancing. I probably looked deranged.

Daughter texted that she’d gotten her shot, but had to wait “under observation” for fifteen or twenty minutes for a reaction, so I should leave in ten minutes. I got Ben’s slippers on him and put all the stuff up that Zeus would knock over or scatter when he stood in the window after we left. Then we left.

Daughter was waiting when I pulled up. I slowed down, but didn’t stop all the way, as she walked over. I told her to run and jump. She didn’t find me humourous, which didn’t surprise me. She just has no appreciation for humor. I stopped all the way so she could get in, and we went home, slow, boring and not funny.

After fighting past the wiggle-jiggling, whining Dogzilla Monster, we all settled into our places and the Casa Cuckoo Sunday went on as usual.

Ben and I had a regular morning and early afternoon. He played with his chalk, his trains and track, his Jumanji game, the Big Dumb Dog, and watched his tablet. I fetched what I was Royally Commanded to fetch, Scripted my lines on cue, stopped singing when told to “Shush”, and miscellaneous other Couch Sittin Duties.

Around 2:30pm I went out to look at the sky. It was overcast all day, and I was hoping to see a few breaks and the Sun. What I saw when I stepped out the side door was even better… to me, it was Magical! There were four gulls circling in the sky above the house. I took pictures, but I was just hoping to get a least one good shot. Mostly I just watched them and thanked them for visiting. Many times I thanked them, as they circled for the next two minutes, then flew off, one at a time. WOW! (Gulls are very special to me. One gull, landing on a power pole that I could see outside my window, got my through many days of the three months I was bedridden)

Daughter got up and took over Couch Sittin Duty at 2:45pm. She said her arm hurt from the injection but otherwise she felt okay. Ben stayed out in the living room with Daughter and right after 3pm, when his meds were kicking in, he got the afternoon drowzies and gave in to them. Daughter and I both tried to keep him awake, but he was really sleepy! (Gee! I wonder why?!)

At 3:15ish, I took the bins to the curb and went to the market for dog food, (so expensive at the corner market) more chips and more wine for Daughter. We needed the dog food, the chip and wine were so I didn’t have to worry about going anywhere tomorrow. Ben was mostly awake when I left, and kinda awake when I got back.

Daughter was still trying to keep him awake at 3:30pm. I told her that if it was TOO difficult to keep him awake it didn’t matter so much tonight. She didn’t have work, we didn’t have any plans for tomorrow… not worth causing a fight or dealing with grumpiness. Ben really IS the King of Casa Cuckoo. Most of what we do revolves around him. Of course, keeping him calm and happy is in our best interest.

I may go back outside to see if there’s a sunset to see, or I may just stay Horizontal on my bed. I’ll know what I’m doing when I do it. The rest of the evening will probably be the same… go with the flow, just… whatever. No commitments, no stress, no worries. Perfect!

I heard two songs on the radio and thought I’d play one today, but I couldn’t decide which one. I like them both, so I’m playing both. It’s been a while since I heard either.

Me And Julio – Paul Simon
Follow Me – Uncle Kracker

Thanks for spending a lazy Sunday with us. Winter Break at Ben’s school continues until January 4, 2021, so no GLYSB tomorrow. There’s no Zoom either, so I don’t mind. After months of no school, a couple weeks is easy peasy! Daughter doesn’t go back to work until Wednesday night, so we will be relaxing and eating leftovers. There’s plenty, join us. Some other stuff is bound to happen. ¡Hasta mañana!






17 thoughts on “Part 283 ~ The Adventures of King Ben & Zeus the Big Dumb Dog

  1. Your phone camera pictures are so good. The gulls were on a special mission today, to cheer you up and make you dance the “happy dance” ! You should follow suit and sleep when Ben sleeps, it’s one way of catching up on your sleep. Good night 💤🌙😴 my friend.

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    1. I don’t nap in the afternoon usually because it makes me logey. Heavy, fuzzy, thick… not good. I’m planning an early night tonight for sure! I’m on track to be ready for bed by 9 or 9:30💃🏼😴✨
      Enjoy your Monday, Sadje! I hope it’s a fantastic day!💕🤗🥰🦋🌠

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    1. I can’t believe you’ve never heard Me & Julio. Maybe your parents didn’t listen to the pop stations like my mother and the other people in the apartment complex we lived in during the 70s.
      I keep forgetting that my childhood was different from many of my peers.🤷🏼‍♀️🌈🦋✨

      And Follow Me, can you believe that song is 20 years old?!? It was ALWAYS playing… everywhere. It’s a catchy tune!🎶💃🏼🤗🥰💕🌠

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  2. First, although I realize you shared a Paul Simon song, Simon and Garfunkel are fantastic. Lots to love in their efforts, but I think “The Boxer” is my personal fave. It’s transcendent, to me, especially that “lie-la-lie” chorus at the end, with the final exhale. Perfect.

    Second, I am greatly intrigued by the image of the gull on the power pole during your bed confinement. That sounds like a short story or a poem, just waiting for you to write it…

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    1. I had to go and listen to The Boxer… I didn’t remember it at first. So many songs… so MUCH great music. I don’t know if I can pick a favorite. Top two I think would be Feelin Groovy (forgot the actual name and too lazy to Goigle) and Bridge Over Troubled Water. 🤷🏼‍♀️

      I’ve written about the bedridden time a little bit, here and there. Dark, dark days. That Gull and Stephen King kept me going one more day. One more day…
      Maybe when there’s more light in the world I can go back there, but not now. Not when the Kootie is still out of control, and the Orange Idjit is still sitting behind the big desk.
      Thank you for the vote of confidence in my writing skills! I’m always surprised that anyone likes my drivel. I know the Muse tosses me some good lines here and there, but overall? I don’t know what I’m doing 🤷🏼‍♀️😂🤗🥰💝

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  3. It’s so important to see and enjoy a bit of nature every day – it refreshes you and helps you appreciate life and the amazing world we live in. ☺️🐦🌳🌻

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  4. I tried the driving drop off with Bobby the other day. I told him to just jump out, but not to worry, I would slow down for him. He thought it was funny, thank goodness, and I did decide to come to a complete stop for him.
    You got to sleep! Yay! You are ready for anything after a good night’s rest. I hope you had a restful night last night and a great day today!

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    1. Last night was a repeat of Saturday night. Little Bootyhead stayed up til 11pm and the med alarm woke me up.😂😂 6 hours of sleep is awesome! It wasn’t uninterrupted but it was still 6 hours!!💃🏼
      It’s raining here today… the Dirt Hole is now the Mud Hole🙄🤦🏼‍♀️ I’m sure you can fill in the rest.🤷🏼‍♀️💕

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