Part πŸŽ‰365πŸ₯³ ~ 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 started getting ready for work at 6pm. While she was getting ready I was telling Ben we needed to leave soon, and taking a few pictures. It was too early, but I figured I’d miss sunset again cuz I’d be Driving Miss Daisy, and at least the early pictures show the approximate area.

We got her to work without too much trouble. Ben was distracted and a little antsy, needing multiple prompts, and bouncing around.

We got back home and I texted Daughter that we were home, then started his bath. While the water was running, I went to give him his meds, but he was busy drawing circled Vs like the movie V For Vendetta. I got him to stop, but he had to climb the cast iron rail thingy (remember? the thingy that punched my liver) I tried to talk him out of it, but he was determined. I turned the water off in the tub while he was climbing, then went back outside to dope his face. I told him his bath was ready, he followed me inside.

After several minutes of pacing and stopping to fiddle with this or that, I got him into the bathroom, stripped down, and into the tub. I got him cleaned up, then left him to play while I got his room ready. I finally got The Boys settled in Ben’s room around 7:15pm, and texted Daughter to let her know.

Then I finished getting caught up on WP, and started on email again. SOOO many emails, but maybe I’ll save that for Monday and do a Peeve. Ben wasn’t sleeping… I heard him goofing in his room, and went and told him to settle down, it was bedtime. It was only 8:30pm or so, but still…

I was writing an email, texting with both daughters separately, and occasionally hollering for Ben to settle down until after 9pm. I don’t know what time he went to sleep. Shoot, I don’t know what time I went to sleep, cuz I kept dozing. I did manage to take my pill at some point.

I didn’t sleep well. Sophie Cat still insists on climbing back on top of me. I think she’s claiming me as her human cuz I saw Diesel Cat laying on my bed too. Dang Cuckoo animals! Anyway, I woke up a bunch of times, ending at 4am when I was AWAKE.

I was NOT happy about being awake so early, and there was no reason for it. I stayed in bed, trying to go back to sleep, but every insomniac knows how pointless and frustrating that is. I finally got up at 5am… grumpy! Pit stop, Coffee Dragon, then back under my blankets. Then I was getting dozey, because of course I was.

I let Zeus out a little after 6am, opened the side door, and got more coffee. I texted Daughter to let her know I was awake, that I’d been awake, and that I’d be waking Ben up for meds soon. I also went to look at the sky. Yes, yes… of course I took pictures.

We went to get Daughter from work on time, but she was late getting off. We came back home and she went to change and grab her stuff for Couch Sittin Duty. I started getting ready for my appointment with the Pain Management doctor for my monthly pump fill.

There was more traffic on the freeway this morning than usual. It still wasn’t even close to pre-kootie morning rush hour, but more than the past few months. Our county just moved from Purple tier to Red tier, so maybe that’s why. Anyway, I got to the office on time, filled out the questionnaires, had my temperature taken, and sat to wait.

They called me back about ten minutes after my appointment time, which is pretty good. I waited to use the scale, hoping I’d see a good number. I did not. One sixty-five. I lost two pounds since last month. I knew exercising would increase my calorie need, and I’ve been trying to add more. I was hoping there might be some muscle gain.

The Procedures Nurse did the pump fill without any problems, then I went to pee in a cup, while the other nurse went to find a doctor to sign my prescriptions. The doctor said that they want to get away from prescribing for anything except pain related problems. He wants me to get my primary doctor to write my sleeping med prescriptions. UGH!

This was a doctor I hadn’t met before, not that it really mattered since it was something the entire practice was doing. The stupid DEA, CDC, and “opiate epidemic” crapola was causing drama for Pain Clinics again. So now I have to make an appointment to see my Primary and hope that he will write the prescription for my sleep med. And since it’s a benzodiazapine, it needs a new prescription every time. Luckily my Primary is next door to my house.

I got home around 10am, changed into my sloppies, and took over Couch Sittin Duty so Daughter could go sleep. Ben and I just hung out like any other day. He had me fetch things, or open sodas. Phone alarms told me when to give him meds. A regular, average, mellow late morning and early afternoon.

Daughter took over Couch Sittin Duty at 2:45pm. I changed back out of slopplies and went walking. I wasn’t able to do my walk this morning because of my pump fill, then Daughter needed to sleep. I did the same two miles in the same thirty-two minutes. I’ve decided I don’t like walking at that time of day, especially around the middle school. It’s too peopley. Walking seemed more difficult too. Probably because I was tired. But I did it, that’s the important thing.

I got home and Ben jumped up, looking for bags. I told him before I left that I was just going walking. He looked me over carefully as I walked to my room, just to make sure. I changed back into my sloppies and got Horizontal.

That’s it. Daughter is off tonight which is good. Equinox is tomorrow, March 20, but she works tomorrow so unless we switch up the times, I might miss sunset. Tonight’s will be close. I think I’ll end the day, and the year with the mellow vibe.

I heard this on the way home from my pump fill. The title seems fitting…

Last Nite – The Strokes

I don’t have the words to express my gratitude for your support through these three hundred sixty-five days. It has been fun sharing Casa Cuckoo with you. I’m still gonna be around, spamming up your comments with my blathering, and I have some ideas about future posts. There will definitely be an Equinox post on the 21st… gotta do my Sciencey Stuff. Thanks again! You guys are the BEST!






25 thoughts on “Part πŸŽ‰365πŸ₯³ ~ The Adventures of King Ben & Zeus the Big Dumb Dog

  1. I cannot believe it has been a whole year! Wow! There are pictures that are popping up on my phone of me and D going for walks this past week from last year and it blows my mind that it has been so long since then. Such a crazy year!
    Uggghhhhh! I am so sorry you got put back to your family doctor. When a well-oiled machine is working (even with some sleepless nights) It must be hard to try and convince someone else of the same need and resource. Happens to me all the time with D’s school and the IEP. My fingers are crossed that everything works out for you with your PCP and you get the medicinal support you need.
    Wow, 365 days – a whole year! I have really liked your posts and will miss the day to day, but I get it. You post what you want to and congrats for making it through a whole year! I hope you have a great night and day ahead – AND look forward to whatever you choose to post in the future!!


  2. It was great to catch up daily with the happenings at your casa. Great achievement to post consistently for a full year, given your hectic and busy schedule. Weight loss for someone who wants to gain weight, sounds like Murphy is interfering again. My mother in law had the same issue. She would eat bananas with cream and sugar so that she’d put on weight but it never worked for her. I think she had a hyper active thyroid because her daughter and my younger daughter both have it. Maybe you should get yours checked too. Sleep disturbance is one of the symptom too.
    Lots of hugs πŸ€— for you. Take care and I hope you sleepπŸ’€ well. ❀️😍

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    1. It’s been a crazy year for sure! I love that I have it all written down, and I have everyone’s comments too. πŸ€—πŸ₯°
      Onward to the next adventure πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ₯³πŸ€ͺπŸ’ŒπŸ’ŒπŸ’Œ

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  3. Woo hoo! You did it. Even when I was super-dedicated to blogging, I don’t think I ever managed to post EVERY day for a year. This is a major accomplishment. Now it’s time to relax, maybe even take a few days off, and focus on posting when you feel like it without any pressure for daily output. I think you’ll actually enjoy the process even more when you only post when the spirit moves you. As I keep saying, we’ll still be here regardless of your schedule. You do you and things will be just fine…

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    1. Thank you for nudging me to write and all the support along the way. I’m taking at least one day off, but I gotta do the final Sunset Sciencey Stuff post on Sunday. Vernal or Spring Equinox is Saturday and Sunset should be the same place it was on September 22, 2020, the Autumnal Equinox . I πŸ’˜ Sciencey Stuff!

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  4. Yay, you made it to a year! That’s an achievement worthy of celebration. Who would have thought the world would still be in this strange situation after all this time? But change is on the way. Give yourself a bit of a break – you deserve it! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you!πŸŒ»πŸ¦‹ It is huge the I posted every day for a year. I don’t think I even did 100 posts in the 3 years prior to this one πŸ˜‚
      It has been a crazy year! Not just the pandemic, but the election here, Brexit there… political messes everywhere… We all need to “turn and face the strange”πŸ˜‰πŸ’ŒπŸ’Œ

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  5. 365!! Bravo! Cheers! Thank you… for all that you have shared with all of us.. no matter what or when or how you write, you are a joy of this world πŸ’žπŸ’πŸ•ŠπŸ§ΈπŸ’žπŸŽ΅πŸŽΆ

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  6. Ask about getting appointments with a behaviorist for sleep. Kaiser gave me 7 phone calls which helped immensely.
    They say looking at our behavior has the biggest impact on getting more sleep.

    It’s helped me. I do wake up, but am able to listen to you tube with head phones and fall back asleep. The counselor will talk with you and hold you accountable for making healthy changes to your routine.

    I’m impressed with your 365 days of blogging. Hurray for you.

    Andrew moves into my mother’s cottage today. This will be interesting. She has never been close to him, so I’m hoping this will be good for both of them. My mom’s husband is wonderful and having a strong man around to help w difficult projects will be good. My mom is difficult and needs things her way, so it should be interesting to see how Andrew handles her. Already he had to negotiate bringing his own bed cause he is 6 foot 2 and a full bed wouldn’t work. I might see her more this way also. And we both have our covid shots now.
    I wish my boys liked gardening and fixing things. Neither of them like it or hard work. I guess i failed as a parent, and made life too easy for them.
    Andrew passed the Sheriff test 89% , so they will be calling him for a 3rd interview. Such good news since my mother is charging him $1,200 a month and wants 1st and last’s month rent up front.
    She lives in a quiet peaceful beautiful neighborhood walking distance to downtown. He is lucky to have this option. I didn’t want him to move back home. I can’t be that involved in his daily routine and sleep schedule. It makes me crazy.
    Better go feed the chickens.
    Hugs and you better stay in touch. Find me on Instagram or Twitter.

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    1. I’m not leaving blogging or WP. I’m just stopping the daily posting. With everything changing, and me trying to get more exercise, the daily posting was taking a lot of time, and some days were really difficult.
      I’ll still be reading, commenting and posting… just not on a schedule.
      Lots of good news for you. I hope things work out with Andrew and your mom. I know you and she have a complicated relationship… like me and my mother.
      Enjoy your garden! And you didn’t fail!!! Very few people like hard work. That’s why all the undocumented workers have jobs.

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    1. Thanks JB! πŸ€™ It felt weird ending it without fanfare, but it was a chill dayπŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ And I was ready to be done. I think my writing was tanking with my enthusiasm.
      I’ve got lots of ideas for future posts and/or series. Right now I’m just gonna go with how I feel. I don’t need to post everyday to enjoy blogging, as you knowπŸ˜‰

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      1. To a point l agree, but posting daily whatever it is ensures you don’t get mental or finger lock πŸ™‚

        Just a small advisory snippet for you πŸ™‚

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        1. I’m still spamming up the comments. It’s all about time management. It’s ALWAYS about time, isn’t it? I’ve had focus issues lately. My mind keeps wandering away.
          With the two posts I’ve done since #365, I found my biggest problem was that they seemed too short.🀣🀣🀣 I have to get comfortable with less than 1000 words againπŸ™„πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

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