If you missed the start of this series, you can find it here. A lot of things will be the same or very similar.
Starting with today’s thing that I love for Paula’s February Daily Lurve prompt, and for Claudette… Ben’s chalk Creations. These pictures are from 2019 through today. Sometimes he says they are the end credits from certain movies, today (the last one…a WIP, hence the mess) he said “Look! A rainbow!” The carving of the notches into some of them is fairly recent. I love that it keeps him busy and happy (he’s often singing or making Happy Noises when he does his thang) and it’s creative.
Last night went fine. Daughter pointedly didn’t talk to me except when necessary, Ben lagged, ate, took his bath… etcetera, etcetera, etcetera… Sunset was kinda pretty then fizzled again. Ç’est la vie.
The sky in the last one looks kinda like a stormy ocean at cliffs. Anyway, after The Boys were behind Ben’s closed bedroom door, Daughter went to her room and I did my usual Stuff and Things, food, pill and sleep around 10:30 or 11:00.
Wake ups around 1am and 3am, as usual, then The Bounce at 5:15am. Ear sniffing, bedquakes, blanket stealing and the Royal Command to relocate followed. I didn’t even try to convince him to stay in my bed, I just whined about it still being dark outside. Ben said “Sun coming up soon!” Yeah, yeah…
He started doing the chalk thang as soon as he saw me exiting my room. I made my pit stop, got coffee, and plopped into the dent… Couch Sittin Duty at 5:30am. Sigh…
Ben was very chipper. He sang and made his Happy Noises and made his latest chalk creation, while I sat and tried to keep my eyes open and uncrossed. At 6:30am I gave him meds, aka doped his face, then went to look at the sky. There were some patches of blue and I was hopeful the predicted storm would pass us by. When I went back out later, my hopes were dashed… more clouds, no blue and the wind had picked up and gotten colder. BOO!
I went back in and uncovered Sven. He was awake, but unimpressed. I got him some fresh greens, pet him a little, then left him alone. Yes, yes… after taking pictures, of course. A little while later I noticed he was at his food dish, so I got up to take more pictures. He got mad and climbed back onto his hammock. Fine! I told him that his fans would be disappointed. He just glared.
Daughter got up at 8:15am and started a load of laundry. When her clothes were done I took Ben’s basket and my basket out and ran both of those through the washer. When all three were done, I took them to the laundromat. It was busy today and I didn’t get my first or even my second choice of dryers. Laundry seemed cursed today. I’d already caught my bracelet, a gift from a friend, on the mesh of one of the baskets, and had to ask Daughter to help me get it loose.
Ben was still in my room when I got back. He’d been back and forth, and had gotten under the blankets at 10:15am or so. When Daughter brought his 10:30am med in I was surprised he was still in my room. He and Zeus had been bedquaking me and when it stopped, I thought he’d left. He was just relaxing and looking outside. Cool! I guess the 10:30 Zoom was gonna be a miss. I didn’t ask, Daughter was still barely speaking to me.
At 12:30, after his meds, I went back to get the clothes. The chalk delivery that I expected yesterday had come around noon, and while Ben was chillin in my room, Daughter and I got the boxes into the house. He’d come out of my room right after I’d gotten the two big delivery boxes broken down and put in the recycling bin. There was one box still in the living room, inside it was a forty-eight piece box, and a twenty-four piece box. I gave him the twenty-four piece, then I went to get the clothes. I brought them home and folded and put away both his basketful and mine. Then I got Horizontal, I was tired.
Around 2pm Ben went on the great search… the search for ALL THE CLOTHES. He’d asked for them earlier and I told him I’d washed them. I only put the white button down shirt and the jacket in the dryer, the vest and tie I was gonna hang to dry, but it was still spitting outside. It never properly rained, or even sprinkled… it just kept spitting for a minute or two. Anyway, he found the shirt and jacket, which I kinda hid but not really, and was freaking out about the vest. Daughter was telling him she didn’t know where it was (untrue). I could hear his tone ramping up, and I didn’t want him to go full freak-out over some stupid clothes, so I got the vest and the tie and gave them to him, telling him they were wet. Surprisingly he took them outside and hung them up. Then started “painting” with the chalk that was outside when it was spitting… wearing only his boxer-briefs and the white button down.
It’s getting to be about that time. The mad rush to get Ben fed, doped, bathed and into his PJs before we Drive Miss Daisy. Maybe there will be a pretty sunset in there too. The sky is constantly changing, the clouds are moving fast. It’s relaxing to watch, so I’ll be looking at the sky even if the sunset isn’t visible… in between all the other stuff.
I was listening to a different Killers song and looked up some of their other songs on YouTube. I really like this one. I hadn’t heard it before.
Happy Lunar New Year! It’s the Year of the Ox. I don’t know what the traits of an Ox year are, but I’ll find out and let you know. Or you could always Goigle them yourselves. Driving Miss Daisy tonight, tomorrow morning, and tomorrow night. Only two nights this time, then she’s off until next Friday, the nineteenth. That will be good for everyone. So tomorrow will be a Couch Sittin Day for me. Ben will be pleased to have his most tractable peasant close at hand. No Zoomin, so it’s already a good day, right right? Right right! ¡Hasta mañana!