1 Shot Wednesday: Blooming Cacti

Today, I got out of the hospital after nine days. This is a dastardly Groundhog’s day! Last spring, my body created drama when she conjured up a strange condition that included a liter of cysts and a confused bile duct. Let’s not go there again. This year, my gut brewed up an unhealthy potion that poisoned the host. Last year, I was down and out for six weeks. This year, as I walk into my home, I wonder, “Are we done, now? Please, no more complications.” The monster bacteria will be silenced by the sword of an anti-inflammatory. I will watch as it assails monster b. back to its evil kingdom for good.

I pat my bulb drain, affixed to my tummy like a good luck charm. Hope urges me on with a response. “We’ll see how it pans out.”

I picked this lemony cacti in all her glory; despite how I feel on the inside, looking at this 1.21 meters (4 feet) plant makes me smile. I don’t know when I’ll return with a fresh post. A happy first day of spring, to you.

48 thoughts on “1 Shot Wednesday: Blooming Cacti

  1. So sorry to hear that you have had to return to the hospital, and I hope you convalesce quickly and comfortably – the picture is beautiful, I love how much color springs from a single plant

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    1. Meringue pie. Those rose tips were so beautiful.

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  2. Get well my friend, the world is strangely empty when you aren’t writing to us.

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  3. I hope you feel better soon!

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  4. Bless your heart, you’ve really had a time with it. Wishing you great health and pretty flowers!

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    1. I couldn’t ask for anything else!

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  5. Oh Cindy I’m so sorry you are going through all these body problems. The body doesn’t always do what we want it to does it? I’m getting more reminders to convince me I need to take things easier now and not try to be superman doing everything I want to do. But I’m happy to wake up to every day as I know you are too. Wishing for you a speedy recovery and victory over the bug. Love the cactus flowers. 🙂

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    1. Hi Ian. Truly feeling older than younger. I didn’t do anything wrong, so I am angry. After stewing for a bit, I get it. I am not being punished. I am just growing older! (The little girl shakes her head, lower lip out.)

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      1. Having come to terms with that myself I’m determined to enjoy each day in spite of what my body does to me. 🙂

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        1. Yep. Sound advice I live by, too. I only stop when the Gods have kicked the chair out from under me.

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  6. Very nice. I saw on the news that you folks had quite a bit of snow? Maybe that helps the cactus bloom.

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    1. Yes, it definitely plays a big role.

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  7. Great post 🙂 Glad to hear that you are out of the hospital. Lovely pictures you posted as usual 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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    1. Hello, John. Nothing is more inspiring than nature’s magnificance.

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  8. Bloody beautiful much your attitude. I did ss h you the best Cindy, it’s a rough pill to swallow but I have no doubt you endure better than most and look forward to hearing of your full recovery.

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    1. Boring story, how I healed. 😝I just want to be well because summer has two huge adventures planned. I can’t wait to take pictures.

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      1. Where you going? 😉

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        1. Kaui May 26; London & Scotland July 15 🙂

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          1. I look forward to hearing about your adventure.

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  9. Sorry you’ve been ill, and get well soon ! Here in England we have had spring for 20 days already, after the Meteorological Office just decreed “It’s March 1st” , I have absolutely no idea why, I’m afraid, although I was no doubt told during one of those very rare periods when I fall asleep in the news.

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    1. Haha. March 1 starts spring for you? I had forgotten that.
      I have a nephew who is stationed on a RAF base out of London. I hope he is enjoying the differences and similarities of our two cultures.

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  10. Such a beautiful cactus, and a delight to see. I am sending my best get-well thoughts to you, as you know.
    (Is your nephew at Lakenheath? That is quite close to where I live)
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. I will have to check. I thought you lived more NE.

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      1. I live north-east of Lakenheath, but only 34 miles away. The planes fly over here a lot, on their combat exercises. Marham air base is only 12 miles away, but that’s mostly UK fliers. 🙂

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  11. When you’re not around, I suspect you are researching and watching movies or out taking some of your outstanding photographs, but here you were in the hospital !! I sincerely hope you are not having to go through that again!! The cactus flowers are glorious.

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    1. They are so huge out here. One blossom is the size of my head.

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      1. Yikes, that could be Audrey II from “Little Shop of Horrors”!!!!

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  12. That’s a lovely cactus, I must get into those again. Cindy I can only repeat what others have said, heartbreaking to hear you’ve been so poorly again, and keeping my fingers toes and eyes crossed for your swift recovery and speedy return to full on living!

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    1. It means something, Fraggle. I appreciate your well wishes. As of today, I’m feeling a little better. I need lots of breaks and naps, but I can move without extreme pain. I’ll take it!

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      1. Little steps… 😘

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  13. Let us hope that we are done now

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    1. A toast: Let the Spring flowers lift up our hearts and cheer up our weathered, heavy souls.

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  14. Oh Cindy, I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been ill again. Hopefully you’re on the road to recovery and will be out and about taking photographs of our beautiful landscape.

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    1. It’s Polycycstic Liver Disease. Only 1 in 100,000 get it. I keep reminding myself it is not cancer…Thank you for the well wishes.

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  15. Fingers crossed, Cindy. Thanks for the lovely cactus.

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    1. Oh, you’re welcome, Don. A snap of the finger and poof!–just for you.

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  16. Sending you warm and healing thoughts. Hopefully you can get some rest and recover quickly.

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    1. Maggie, how kind! I’m resting a lot. I think I’ve slept the month of March away. I have little recollection of it. 😉

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  17. Sorry to hear you have not been well again. Hope you recover quickly and as painlessly as possible.

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  18. Hope you are on the mend. The cactus is gorgeous.

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