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 storm actually started breaking up after I posted. Around 5pm, I looked out the window and said “Oooooh! Pretty!” then went out to look, and take pictures.
Ben had chilled out and was eating his pizza. We decided to skip the bath and leave him be. He started saying he was “ready to go bedtime” around 5:45pm. We usually Drive Miss Daisy around 6:20pm, so he had a bit of a wait.
I got a little grumpy right before we left cuz there were messes all over the place, and I wanted to put Ben straight to bed. All of his stuff was still in the living room and there were chalk creations, chalk dust, and miscellaneous crap everywhere. I got it all sorted with Zeus in my way the entire time… GRRRR!
The drive was super quiet. I think Daughter was afraid I was gonna go Linda Blair or something. We dropped her off, came home, got The Boys settled, and Daughter was texted that we’d arrived safely.
I did all the usual, and was actually in bed, ready for sleep by 10pm. I woke around 1am and again around 4am. I was up for a little while both times, but went back to sleep until the 6am alarm woke me up. I did NOT want to get up, but I made myself.
I let Zeus out and gave Ben his meds at 6:30, then went to look at the sky. All the clouds were gone. I got myself and Ben ready, texted Daughter that we were up, and periodically went outside to look for my avian friends.
I had a new friend visit today. A Mourning Dove, looking yellow from the rising sun. I’m pretty sure it was a Mourning Dove. It didn’t say anything, so I can’t be completely sure, but it was bigger than the Goldfinch that visited the other day. Mr. Crow was on his branch, squawking up the Sun. I’d been feeling bummed about the G’s not stopping by, but I saw Georgie, and paparazzi’d him from the car, on the way to get Daughter.
Daughter took that last picture, since I was driving. The mist hanging over the valley looked pretty cool.
We got home and went to our usual places. I gave Ben a ginormous box of chalk, sixty-four pieces, before he even asked. Then around 10:15am, he started asking for more. I told him he was just being silly.
After taking his 10:30am med, he decided it was time to go outside. At first he was drawn to the mud hole, as I knew he would be. I reminded him that mud meant a shower. When I got up to check on him again, he’d moved to a spot in the sunshine, next to a bunch of chalk that had been outside through the rain. He’d colored his arms and part of his face with red chalk (it stains, but it’s not like he’s going anywhere, and it’s way better than mud) and was just goofing around. I decided to relocate to my room, and get Horizontal. The place he was playing is right next to the side door, which is right outside my room.
When the alarm for his 12:30pm med went off, I got the med and his water bottle and took them to him. He was still happily playing with the wet chalk, sitting in the sunshine. I went back to my room and got Horizontal again.
When the 2:30pm med alarm went off, I grabbed the meds and took them out to Ben. He was still outside, still doing the chalk thang in the sunshine. He changed his location, but only by about fifteen feet. (Autism focus, aka In The Zone) Daughter got up about ten minutes later. I told her he’d been out there most of the day, and he’d probably be hungry. She’d talked about ordering food before she went to sleep, so she went ahead and ordered a delivery from the Golden Arches… Big Mac and fries for me… nom nom.
Ben finally came inside around 3:45pm, asking for Pink Cookies, and kicking me out of the baño. His Happy Meal and extra nuggets hadn’t arrived yet, so after fighting with him to wash most of the chalk off his hands, I gave him the cookies. He took them into my room to eat. I put one of the throw blankets under him to make clean up easier. We need a tarp, tbh.
I think we’ll end there. Dinner was just delivered, sunset is in about a half hour, and Daughter is off tonight.
A fun song I heard on one of the Driving Miss Daisy trips. I didn’t know it was The All-American Rejects. I remember them from “Swing Swing”… anyway, blast it and have fun!
Thanks for hanging out on this most excellent, non-rainy, mellow day. Daughter is off work until Wednesday night, and the Guessers are predicting 70°F (21°C) for the next two days. THAT’S the weather we pay the “Sunshine Tax” for. Hopefully the next few days will be Rinse, repeat and we can get some much needed rest. Still… it’s Casa Cuckoo so who knows?! ¡Hasta mañana!