Angled

Today’s photo was taken in our back yard of the only barrel cactus that is left.  When we moved in the back yard had quite a few but with our two wonderful doggies, we had to move some out.  This particular one is getting fruit and blooming again.  It sits behind a little fence to keep the dogs out and I had to take the photo at an angle.  If one of these barbs gets into ANYTHING, it’s really tough to remove them.  You can see the hooks at the ends.  Mother Nature is pretty creative, isn’t she?  Another one of those “look but don’t touch” desert things.  Namaste’

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Bloomin’ Barrels

First of all, let me say thank you to all of you wonderful people out there who have given me such words of encouragement, especially from yesterday’s post.  And second, let me also say that I’ve not been keeping up with all of you in terms of reading your posts, but I do plan to catch up.  I enjoy reading them and seeing your photos so much.  Dear Nia, there’s no way I can keep up with you 🙂

Today’s photos are from our yard.  The barrel cactus are blooming again and the strange thing is that they’re blooming in different colors.  I truly don’t remember them being this color last season.  Normally they are a pale yellow, but I could be going crazy … again!  Or this is Mother Nature’s way of thumping me on the head and saying “pay attention, Missy!”  Namaste’

Did a little editing on this one with a black & white background
Look – but touch at your own peril

 

Mutant?

Today’s photo is of a barrel cactus (I think) that may have mutated.  Huh?  Anyway, here it is.  Actually it has some really cool textures.  Look but don’t touch!!

Hope you all are having or have had a great day.  Namaste’

Barrel of Boundaries

Setting boundaries can be a tricky thing, but we have to do it.  If we don’t, we can be manipulated so easily.  Especially women.  Why?  Because we are typically the nurturers, the caretakers, the keeper of the keys to the family.  The purpose of having boundaries is to protect and take care of ourselves. We need to be able to tell other people (yes, especially those we love) when they are acting in ways that are not acceptable to us. We have not only the right, but the duty, to take responsibility for how we allow others to treat us.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, humans lived in a matriarchal society, where the feminine energy was dominant.  Eventually that changed into a more male dominated energy.  Even though women have made tremendous strides in so many areas, setting healthy boundaries is pretty important.  And it’s equally as important for men.  Have you ever felt like you’ve given yourself away to everyone else?  If so, what’s left for you?  How can you give if you don’t have enough energy to take care of yourself?

I’ve been there … got the t-shirt, complete with the tear stains and I’m here to say … today … that I’m just not going there again.

Today’s photo is a Barrel Cactus in my yard.  I believe it has some pretty visible boundaries and you can bet I won’t be crossing them.  I respect this cactus for what it is.  Namaste’