Prickly / Espinoso

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WHO ISN’T AT LEAST A little prickly these days? Rather than talk about the political pricks causing us aggravation, I figured I’d share photos of the pricks on our terrace.

Every week when Isabel is here and she heads out to clean the terrace, we hear at least one loud squeal after she backs into a cactus. There’s work to be done out there, but at least we moved a rather large prickly cactus to a new location.

I went out alone to take pictures. Dudo went flying by and jumped to the top of his kitty condo for a bit of attention. He got it. A few minutes later, as I knelt to get a close up of a cactus, I got a close-up of Moose instead. I’m never really alone.


¿QUIÉN NO ES POR LO menos un poco espinoso (irritable) en estos días? En lugar de hablar sobre los pinchazos políticos que nos están causando problemas, pensé que compartiría fotos de los pinchazos en nuestra terraza.

Todas las semanas, cuando Isabel está aquí y sale a limpiar la terraza, escuchamos al menos un chillido fuerte después de que ella retrocede hacia un cactus. Hay trabajo por hacer, pero al menos trasladamos un cactus espinoso bastante grande a una nueva ubicación.

Salí solo a hacer fotos. Dudo pasó volando y saltó a la parte superior de su condomínio de gatos para llamar la atención. Él lo consiguió. Unos minutos más tarde, cuando me arrodillé para obtener un primer plano de un cactus, obtuve un primer plano de Moose. Nunca estoy realmente solo.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

32 thoughts on “Prickly / Espinoso”

  1. my sister had a cactus like your last pix. and some of yours are flowering! of course, the BEST pix are of dudo and moose!

    1. anne marie:
      We had some incredible cacti in San Diego and Palm Springs. Huge, planted in the ground, and the flowers were a wonder.

    1. Bob:
      Cacti in bloom are always such a surprise. We used to love to head into the California desert in late winter/early spring to see the wonder.

  2. I like the pix of your pricks, Mitchell; and I mean that in the best possible way. Those other pricks can go die of covid (or anything, I’m not particular). Is that your desert rose blooming? It is stunning, and of course, it is always a treat to see the cats.

    I was inspired one of your recent Meson Salvador appetizers and made spicy fried brie served with mango jam. Easy and delicious.

    1. Wilma:
      The desert roses bloomed early in the season (and not very well; this was the year we restored them to health). The lower part of the two desert roses can be seen in the third photo from top.

      Spicy fried brie with mango jam sounds amazing. We used to have fried brie in Sevilla with tomato jam. Also amazing. I’m coming to YOUR house!

  3. Nice cactus collection you got going there, Scoot. I find cacti to be quite depressing. Killed a couple, myself. Not on purpose, it’s that darn purple thumb of mine 🙂 Good thing I don’t like ’em too much. I’d be pulling pricks out of me for days!
    Give the kitties a little belly rub for me, SG too.

      1. Mistress Maddie:
        If I were a Trump Woman I wouldn’t even let those pricks IN! Then again, any woman who would marry a Trump… only a Trump would want IN in the first place.

    1. Deedles:
      I love cacti and always have. SG likes the ones that grow quickly. But we have a few “slow growers” that will soon need to be cut back. I wonder how we do that? Just gave Moose a belly rub. He says thanks. Dudo is outside napping… after running around like a bat out of hell.

    1. Parsnip:
      We have a climate like San Diego, so perfect for cacti. However, I haven’t shown you pictures of all the bugs. SG has to clean scale off some of the cacti every week… with a cotton swab!

  4. What a pack of pricks!
    The Crown of Thorns is so full of blossoms and greenery! Our poor one is quite meagre in comparison.
    Do the cats ever get pricked?

    1. Jim:
      And that’s only one of two planters filled with crown of thorns. They were huge and overgrown… and attacked Isabel every week. SG though he would have to replace them. He first cut them all down to their trunks and didn’t get around to the next step. Meanwhile, they completely flourished again.

    1. Mary:
      Well, I’m hoping Isabel doesn’t refer to us as a couple of pricks, but we do appreciate what she goes through for us.

    1. janiejunebug:
      We got more and more cacti because SG was overwhelmed with insect problems on so many other plants and he got sick of treating them. Now, there’s scale that appears on some of the cacti. He cleans that off with a cotton swab. What a guy! Since we so love hibiscus, he planted 5 pots this year. They now have: white fly, aphids, ants, and I can’t remember what else.

      1. If SG takes such good care of the cacti, think of what he’d do for you if you were ill.

      2. Janie:
        Through our 39 years, I’ve experienced that care many times from minor colds to serious illnesses. He’s the best, kindest, most attentive nurse. I am, too, but HE cooks!

    1. Laurent:
      The terrace is what sold us on this apartment. It’s what sold the cats on the apartment, too.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      We know someone who always says the desert is ugly and brown. She just never looked closely enough. It’s magic.

    1. wickedhamster:
      That’s a euphorbia monstrosa, a succulent that bored us at first because it didn’t seem to do anything other than get a bit fatter and taller. This year, it went nuts.

    1. Urspo:
      We should call this Spanish Word of the Day. And much more useful than your English dailies! We can grow all the things you grow in Phoenix, especially with our terrace hot house.

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