Part 340 ~ 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 discovered another leak in the stupid tubing for the ice maker, this one was behind the fridge. I’d shown her how to fix it when the part behind the stove kept springing new leaks, so I turned the water off, she fixed the leak. I turned the water on, getting my pinky stuck and a piece of skin gouged off, and we checked the repair… and found another leak, because of course! I turned the water back off, Daughter fixed the second leak, and I turned the water back on. All good. I couldn’t find a small bandage, so I used a paper towel and tape on my pinky cuz it was bleeding pretty good. We were trying to hurry and finish it while Ben was happily playing outside, which we did. But SHEESH! Why? I mean, yeah… behind the stove and fridge needed to be cleaned, but come on!! I’m going to see if I have enough tubing to replace the whole dang line. Of course, the roll of tubing has already proven to be unreliable.

Anyway, sunset was pretty much a repeat. The dry, windy, clear weather is still with us, so still zero clouds. The Parrots photo bombed me again, a pair did a flyby and I actually got a couple shots, and “Phoebe”, the Black Phoebe stopped by to chirp for a minute. Very nice after another plumbing fail… so glad we ordered like a dozen of the repair couplers.

Ben ate his food, took his meds and got in the bath without drama. We talked about school and he made the usual comments, but I think he was looking forward to it. I washed his hair with only minor drama too. It all went surprisingly well. Kinda scary.

Daughter got his lunch/snacks packed and his backpack ready, then went to bed. She was tired and very emotional… still thinking about a patient she had Saturday night. An autistic man who was on a psych hold because he “attacked staff” at his group home. He was super nice and calm with Daughter, and he made her think of Ben’s future.

I did all the usual blah ditty blah blah blah… food, pill, and sleep by 11pm. I woke up a bunch of times, mostly because Sophie Cat was laying ON me and her weight makes me hurt.

The 6am alarm went off and I was gonna get up, I really was… then the 6:30 med alarm went off, and I did get up. Zeus was snuffling under the bathroom door five minutes later. I said hello to him, exited before the door banging could begin, (if Dogzilla was out, Ben and/or Daughter wanted their turn in our single baño) and got some coffee.

I went outside to look at sunrise and say hello to Mister Crow. Georgia’s cousin flew in and circled a few times, then left. It was kinda early, the birds don’t usually come out in numbers until the Sun is a little higher.

Daughter had clothes ready for Ben, but he had other ideas. He brought the white button down, the vest, the tie, the jacket and the black hat (NOT the green one!) out to Daughter. I got pants and socks for him… little goof. He seemed very excited to go. I’m sure he missed doing something different, and seeing his peers and teachers. Soon it was time to go wait for that Glorious Little Yellow School Bus.

I love that bus, and I’m choosing it as today’s Lurve for Paula’s thingy.

Did you all hear the whoop? The bus arrived and departed on time and the Happy Dancing began! I went directly to my room, stopping only for fresh coffee. Blissful, quiet, Horizontal Time.

I stayed Horizontal, going through my comments and Reader on WP, checking email, spacing out. At 12:15pm I’d made it all the way through my reader and since school doesn’t end until 1:30pm, I had a little over an hour of time. It was a beautiful day, so I decided to go for a walk around the block.

My fitness level is pretty much non-existent. Having Ben home from school, and the hours Daughter works has made even going for a walk difficult. So, I’ve stayed at my house, losing weight, losing muscle tone, losing what fitness I had. It’s going to take time to build it back up. Five or six years ago I was walking five to ten miles every day. It took a long time to get to that level, but I lost it quickly it seems. I’m about to mark my fifty-third year. That’s not “old”, but it’s not young either. I’m also disabled with chronic pain, so that affects me too.

Anyway… I went for a walk around the block. It took me fifteen minutes, no idea about steps, I don’t have any watch, let alone a smart one. I felt scarily unsteady at first, like my balance was off, but after the first side of the block, I was feeling more steady. Not too bad for a spur of the moment start.

To get myself into the routine of walking everyday, I decided on 8:30am. Even after Daughter works all night, she’s usually still awake at that time. Plus, it’s going to start getting warmer, and it’s very rarely super hot at 8:30am. It takes a while to form a habit, and I need to make this a habit.

Ben was scanned onto the bus at 1:25pm… five minutes early. So unfair! He got home at 1:50pm. I’d gotten him “Crazy Bread” from Little Caesar’s cuz kids are always hungry after school. His teacher said there were a couple hiccups, but that Ben had a good day. Hurray!! And we get to do it again tomorrow… WOOT WOOT!!

HRH accepted my gift of greasy dough, and sat in his own dent to eat and watch his tablet. Things were chill until around 2:30pm. He took his meds then came to ask me for chalk. I told him I didn’t have any chalk, (a technical truth, but also a lie… there is one box of sixteen in Daughter’s closet) that I’d ordered more but it hadn’t come yet. He told me to get dressed, go to the store… I told him the store doesn’t have it either, that’s why I had to order it. He asked a few more times and I gave the same answer. He grunted a little, but settled down and watched his tablet, Horizontal with me.

We will probably have an early night tonight. Ben seems pretty tired after his big day. The sky is still clear, so I expect sunset will be a repeat of the past few days. I’ll probably go look, and take too many pictures anyway.

Brand new Green Day. I guess if the walking doesn’t happen, this routine might work.

Here Comes The Shock – Green Day

Thanks for celebrating GLYSB Day with me. We get to do it tomorrow too. Only two days a week right now, and we’re still supposed to Zoom the other three days. Yeah, we’ll see… No plans for tomorrow except getting Ben on the bus. And walking at 8:30am. Maybe I’ll just lay around all day again. Maybe I’ll run a bunch of errands. I’ll figure it out when I figure it out. ¡Hasta mañana!






17 thoughts on “Part 340 ~ The Adventures of King Ben & Zeus the Big Dumb Dog

    1. Thanks, Paula!💕 I know myself, and I’ll be okay for a few days, then I’ll get lazy or come up with an excuse not to go. If I set an alarm on my phone (I already live by phone alarms😂), it will help me guilt myself into it until it becomes a habit.

      You should only do it if you want to, not because you think you should! If you’re otherwise healthy, there’s no rule that says you have to be superfit.😉🤗

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        1. Yeah. A lot of us have been doing too much sitting since March. We’re all pasty and feeble, like mole people😂
          I’ve had the time in mind for months, and I kept coming up with excuses. I only walked for 15 minutes. But it’s a start. Lunch break at work sounds like it would be easier to stick to. And if it helps your back, even better. You’ll need energy to keep up with your grands🥰

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  1. There is so much HAPPY in this post! First – WOOT WOOT!! The GLYSB came!! What I loved best is that you got a day and it really seemed like Ben was excited to go – especially when he had already picked out his own outfit. That is awesome!
    I just started trying to add some more morning activity as well. I hope your morning walks work out and you get some YOU time. I love my time when I get it. I have been listening to audiobooks and walking dogs. That is a win, win! 🙂
    I have been doing the same. I have not been trying to teach Bob anything when it comes to home maintenance and tools, but Bobby is ready to learn. If I have a project or repair I also try to include him. For me, once I got started in the “fix it” world it really helped boost my confidence and knowledge for the next possible repair. I hope he is learning these traits too!
    Hope you guys have a chill night! And an awesome day ahead!!!

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    1. We had a different driver this morning which kinda bummed me out. We dont know this driver and I hope she’s a sub. She was nice, but the other driver is a gal Ben had in 2nd grade, so we know her.🤷🏼‍♀️ But, so happy he was excited about school. I’m sure he’s tired of being cooped up at home.
      I’ve been wanting to do the walking thing for a while. Looking at old pictures and remembering how GOOD I felt. It was easier then to get the habit going… I was pushing Ben in the stroller.😉😂 I plan to start bringing Zeus with me once I’m strong enough. He needs more exercise too.
      The leaks… OMG!! there was another one tonight🤦🏼‍♀️ I really need to replace the whole line. UGH! I was surprised when Daughter told me she didn’t even know where the water shut off was. I think you’re right about the confidence. It would probably help her a lot! She’s a nurse, but she lacks self confidence. I guess it’s not unusual. Care-givers often need caring themselves. That’s what draws them to the work.
      I guess I’ll add “shrink” and “teacher” to plumber, Sciencey Person, photographer, chauffeur… etc🤣🤣🤣
      I hope you have an awesome Tuesday too!!🤞💕💃🏼🎉

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  2. So nice to have a little time to yourself. It is wonderful you are going out for walks. Since this pandemic has hit and working from home, I struggle with getting my walks in. Great that you were able to fix the leaks! Gorgeous pictures!!

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    1. Thank you! I’ve always hated having to call someone to fix things. The first time it happened, a few years ago, the guy at Home Depot showed me. Super easy.
      It’s also easy to take beautiful pictures of sunsets, and sunrises. Mother Nature does all the work. I’m having fun with photography.
      The exercise is a must. I’m really in horrible condition. I’ve lost too much weight from stress, and my muscles have atrophied. I want to feel healthy again. I don’t know if I’ll go back to 5-10 miles daily, but I’d like to be able to walk 10 miles without winding up in the hospital. There’s a 7 mile walk at a nearby lake I’d like to be able to do again. I’ll get there… slowly. 💕🌻🦋


  3. GLYSB!! I heard the Whoop all the way to here!! Walking will be fun I bet and you’ll find lots of new things to photograph! I can’t wait to see what you see. ☺️. I’m really glad it was a good day. Take care of that pinky! Hugs!! 💫🎶💃🏼🎉✨🤗❤️

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    1. The pinky… GAH! I always find ways to injure myself. 🙄🤦🏼‍♀️ My plaque psoriasis will have it healed up very quick. I guess even an auto-immune disorder can have a positive side. Hyperactive skin cell growth means quicker healing🤣🤣
      It was SOO nice to have those quiet hours. You might have to wait a while for good pictures from my walks. There’s not really anything interesting on my block😂😂😂

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  4. It must have felt great to be in charge of your own time for half the day. Walking is a great idea. It builds your muscle tone without strenuous effort. I hope it helps you too sleep better as well.
    Another yellow 🚌 day tomorrow! Yayyyyy!
    Take care and stay well. Not cutting the skin off the pinkie anymore!

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    1. It was fantastic! Ben was happy to go too. He’s probably sick of seeing me and Daughter all day every day too.😂 I hope they can add more days soon. His school offers so many other things that the kids have missed out on. They had equine therapy one day a week, they had community outings to stores or fast food.
      I remember how great I felt when I used to walk every day. I haven’t been this physically deteriorated since I was bedridden for 3 months. I want to feel healthy again. I have to start slow. I was surprised at how shaky I felt at first today.
      Enjoy your Tuesday!🌈💝✨🤗🥰🌻💕

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  5. Omg that leak issue sounds like a game of whack-a-mole! Lol. “Blah ditty blah blah” – 😂😂. That is awesome!! Can I steal it?? 😂💓. Omg heaven opened up and belched out a bus!! 🙌🙌🎊🎉. Go you, on the walking!! 👏👏👏🤸🏽‍♂️🏆🏆. Omg I can relate. In 2017 I’d try to convince myself to go for even a 5-minute walk and I can’t fathom why, but I could just. Never. Do it 😱. Lol.

    Huge hugs to you, Cosmic Sis!! 💗💐🍀🙌😘☮️🌸😍💃👯‍♀️🤩🥳💌🎈☯️💖

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    1. Steal away… hey that’s a song title🎶💃🏼 🤣 Whack a Mole it is! Pretty soon its gonna be all repair couplers and tiny bits of tubing in between. I’m seriously thinking about just putting a thingy on it to stop it completely. I’ll buy ice!🙄🤦🏼‍♀️

      All praise the GLYSB! 🎉💃🏼 I’ve been trying to imagine what 5 days a week would be like. After a year, I can’t remember, and I can’t even imagine. Free time? What? I’ve heard of this unicorn🦄… 😂😂

      The walking… yes, motivation was sorely lacking! I’m very motivated now. With being 25 pounds UNDERweight and all my muscles atrophied, and just feeling unhealthy… I’m motivated to gain weight and tone my muscles back up. How can I “run away from home” if I’m in poor health?! I know that the older I get, the harder it will be to regain health and tone. Tempus Fugit right?!

      Big Hugs right back to you, Dearest Dude. 🤗🥰🌻💝💕🦋🎉🌈✨😍

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