Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy Cactus Monday and Happy New Year!

Spirit in the sky

Spirit in the Sky

Happy New Year my friends. It is good to be back. I took a couple of weeks off because of the craziness of Christmas and New Year. I hope that everyone had a wonderful and happy time this holiday season.
My sister came for a 10 days visit from Phoenix and stayed with my 88 year old day. I think that he enjoyed the company but she found that his pantry was infested with pantry moths. So I went up and helped her clean out and throw everything away and clean it out. He has so many that I am going to call an exterminator tomorrow to go out and spray. It is going to be hard to get rid of them. Yikes!
Sooooooo, we had a great Christmas at our house and then the day after we traveled down to South Pasadena, CA to visit with my husbands family for about 5 days. His parents live in this beautiful house on the side of a hill overlooking the valley. The backyard is terraced and there is a set of concrete stairs that you have to go down to get to the bottom terrace. Yep it's pretty steep. In the bottom terrace is this incredible aloe plant. It must be pretty old because it is huge. At this time every year it is in full bloom. But you can't see the plant from the backyard unless you lean over the upper terrace or walk down the stairs. I couldn't believe it when I found it last year. Tons of bees are buzzing around and going in and out of each one of the little flowers attached to each stalk. They don't mind that I'm there taking pictures and some land on me and I just blow them off. They just want the nectar. I stayed down there and visited this gorgeous plant for a long time.

Big and beautiful!

My father in law is disabled with primary lateral sclerosis and my mother in law has the beginnings of dementia along with severe osteo arthritis. She thinks that she can still take care of my father in law but in reality she cannot. But we cannot get them to accept in home care. They can afford it so that is not the issue. It's a very tough situation to be in. Not sure what we are going to do yet.
Sorry....had to get that off my chest. It is very troublesome and I don't really have much say since they are not my parents. All I can do is suggest solutions. But if both parties say no what do you do?
On to New Year. We came home in time for the festivities and went to our best friends for dinner, present opening and Dick Clark. What a great time. Nice and relaxing and just what I needed.
But my sister and her girlfriend are still visiting so went to meet them, her son and my Dad for lunch today. We went to BJ's and I had fish tacos. Yummy! But it and the cookies I ate tonight are my laugh hurrah. I have eaten like a starving child the past few months. Probably stress. And I have gained a ton of weight. So my New Year's resolution is to go back to Weight Watchers and lose the weight AGAIN! My problem is that I stop going and I am someone that needs the support and accountability.

Love to everyone and Happy Cactus Monday!


Teri C said...

These are just gorgeous!!!!!
Happy New Year to you.


Julie said...

Oh, is a terrible predicament your parent-in-laws are in! Sometimes all you can do is pray they will be safe, if they will not allow any assistance to come in.

This aloe is just gorgeous! Such a nice big clump!!! It looks pretty with all the orange blossoms!!!

You will lose the weight is a forever never ends, is never over, and we just have to coninue the fight day to day till we die. (3 ways of saying the same damn thing)! My shorts without elastic waist felt tighter when I put htem on yesterday...after a month of fanatical eating. Yikes...I am back to salads, lots of tea and water, and trying to walk every day. Fun! LOL. :)

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thanks Julie honey! I appreciate your positive thoughts! Yes I think I have lost and gained the same 30 pounds about 5 times in my life.

Going for number 6! Yeah!

MrBrownThumb said...

Woah, what a fantastic display of color and shapes.

Happy New Year.

NotSoAngryRedHead said...

That's a crazy cluster of aloes! Very pretty blooms!

We occasionally get pantry moths which means cleaning out the pantry, installing some traps, and putting stuff in glass containers. I fear spraying pesticide in a pantry.

Older relatives are tricky, but if worse comes to worse and you fear for their safety, you can call APS (Adult Protective Services) who will force the issue to get resolved. Hopefully. They might decide it's not worth their time since they're generally overburdened. Obviously, it's best to arrange for care before it hits a point where safety is a genuine concern. I don't have any good advice, but I can sympathize.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Hey Red...thanks for the great comment. I think we will spray my Dad's pantry with a bleach solution a few times and put out traps. I have to stop the cycle. Right now he has everything is zip lock bags. I told him not to put anything else in there unless.
And we have thought about the social services route but we are not ready to take a step like that yet. We are still trying to reason with them.

Talk to you all soon!

Stephanie said...

Hi Candy, stumbled on your ealier post while doing a search on kalanchoe. I was so pleased when I spotted your Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi Purple Scallops. I have the same plant and was searching for the ID for some time. Now I know. Many thanks and happy new year!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

You are so welcome Stephanie! I am glad I helped you. I am going to check out your blog!

Evelyn said...

HCM Candy. Gorgeous aloe blooms. It's sure sucks getting old... sorry about the language.

Kathiesbirds said...

What beautiful cacti! Love that spikey red flower! Are any hummingbirds visiting? So sorry about your family troubles. It is certainly a difficult situation to be in. Wish I had some answers for you!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thanks Evelyn, getting old really does suck! LOL

And Kathie I bet the hummers would have loved to dip there beaks in these flowers but there were so many bees you wouldn't believe it. I think the hummer's have to be afraid.

Hey Harriet said...

These are such lovely photos! A very Happy New Year to you :)

Diane AZ said...

Happy New Year to you! Sorry about your in-laws. My elderly in-laws are also having a challenging time. They are set in their ways and it's hard to help or even offer suggestions. The aloe blooms are beautiful, mine froze. :)

Mandy said...

I'm glad your back and what gorgeous blooms! It's hard to watch our loved ones get old. My parents are currently taking care of my dad's mother who has Alzheimers. The vast majority falls on my mother, and it's hard. All you can do is like Julie said, pray for their safety and in our situation, pray that it doesn't drag out forever.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Yes you are so right Mandy. It is so torturous to watch and not be able to do anything to stop it! Thank you for your kind words!