First of all, I want to thank you all so much for your kind, encouraging comments. You all have been such a blessing to me since losing my dear husband. You’ve helped me in more ways than you can imagine.
Someone asked me if anyone had ever said anything rude to me about my grieving and I have to say no. I did have one person/customer at work say something like, “Well, it’s been awhile now hasn’t it?”, meaning I should be over it by now, when I mentioned missing my husband. That hurt my feelings, especially since it was all so raw and deep back then.
Some people don’t know what to say when I say I lost my husband and seem embarrassed, but for the most part, people have been kind, like you all.
Now, on with the night blooming cereus. When I headed out the other morning to go visit Bella and Max, I was walking up the driveway to go to parking area, and saw that the cactus was loaded with blooms I almost missed. I ran in for the camera and took some pictures before leaving. These were taken around 6:45 a.m. They are not the best quality, but at least it gives you an idea of more from this tropical haven here.
This cactus grew from a piece, maybe 12-18 inches long, that a customer at work gave me several years back.
At the end of July 2012, dear husband and I took a series of photos of a bloom at our front gate where I had stuck another piece of cactus and this was it’s first bloom. We got up a couple of times during the night in order to get the cycle of it opening.
I made a little video of it in Sept. of that year, it did have music, but you-tube took the music off for a technical reason and I’ve just not added any more to it.
You can view the video here.
Today was our ladies potluck meeting and we had a good time. Always plenty to eat. We played a couple of rounds of bingo. The second one was where you had to get all the numbers down the B line and down the O line, and I and another lady won! I got a nice little pump bottle of softsoap aloe vera soap as my prize.
The other day I got a delightful little book from an author widow friend of mine, Barbara, who lives in GA. She lives with 6 rescue dogs.
You can read about Sweet April on Amazon, ‘A Dog Dreams of Paris’. A portion of all book sales will be donated to animal rescue.
I got damaged this afternoon when I pulled a big palm frond off the screened porch roof. Part of the frond that connects to the tree, connected with my arm and gave me a 1 1/2 inch slice which bled like the dickens. I washed it, then put on some ‘pan-away’ essential oil blend on it. The blend has the essential oil, helichrysum in it which is very good for pain and healing. It doesn’t hurt and I will keep putting this oil on for a day or two. I’m thankful it wasn’t any worse.
I’ll close with another picture of Miss Tork. This basket is in the bedroom and she hasn’t used it in quite awhile, so when I spied her in it the other morning I had to grab the camera. This basket was delivered to us filled with goodies for our 25th wedding anniversary from my husband’s family, so it has sentimental value to me.
Encouragement doesn't cost anything,
but it means something.
It's one of the greatest gifts we can give.
Dr. L. D. Buckingham
Thank you all again for your encouragement.