Time to smell the flowers.

Tomorrow is my toe amputation. I’ll report on it when I’m home and whatever they give me wears off.

Today, it is time to smell the flowers and appreciate life.

This is an Argentine Giant cactus and you can see why it is called a giant. That flower is immense for the plant size.



The trees are in bloom. In April, the Palo Verdes started with their yellow flowers (palo verde means green skin in Spanish) so the flowers and green bark are great.


They’re all over


But now, they’re losing their flowers and won’t get more until next spring.


But the ironwoods are starting to bloom and for this short while, you can see the yellow palo verdes near the purple-pink ironwoods.SAM_1256



Appreciating the flora keeps my mind occupied and not obsessed with tomorrow.


About Kismet

I'm a 16 year old Indian Ringneck parrot curmudgeon in New River, Arizona in the wild west country. If you're a sunflower seed, you're dinner.

37 comments on “Time to smell the flowers.

  1. Me and Nellie will be thinking of you tomorrow. Hope it all goes well.

  2. We send you good luck fur a successful and quick healing! Wooooowoooooooo!

  3. You are in our thoughts and prayers here too. I’m sure everything will go as planned.

    Today just enjoy the good things in life.

    Have a woof woof day. 🙂

  4. You will be ok Kyla. I just know it. We will be thinking of you all day and sending good vibes your way. Think of the green beans… ps – we live near a place called Palos Verdes.
    Alyssa, Mr. Fox & Scruffy

  5. That cactus flower is gorgeous. Such a beautiful time of year. We’ll keep our paws crossed for your op tomorrow, which is here, today. Just soak up all the extra attention that you deserve.

  6. Max advises great care when placing nose near cactus. Good luck, Kyla and smell ya when ya get back.

  7. Flying in Kyla as wez not blogging till to-mo-ro-toe. butt i’z gonna bee’z there right wiff ya, I’m gonna jar it and wez get load’z of Wonga on Ebay :). You noze I lub’z you sooooo much. and I will’z wait till your home safe for the jokes. Tell Kismet, looking good 🙂 xxoxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  8. You are one brave girl! Thank you for posting such beautiful pictures of the flowers. I bet it looks so lovely right now! We’ll be thinking of you tomorrow!!

  9. Your area of the world is beautiful just like you. Prayers for your fast healing.

    • This area is certainly different from most places. Every place has good points and bad points. A good point is that there’s no squirrels here. A bad point is that there are no squirrels to chase here.

  10. We will be thinking about you tomorrow. You definitely live in a beautiful area. Your cacti is magnificent.The trees are beautiful. Enjoy it. We did.

  11. Loves the blooms gurl! I will be thinkin’ abouts you tomorrow and hopes you gets all kinds of good drugs!! BOL
    Ruby ♥

  12. You will be in our thoughts and prayers tomorrow Kyla

  13. All of us at Golden Pines will be sending lots of prayers and healing energy for you, and we’ll be cheering you from the sidelines too for a quick recovery!!

  14. We are thinking of you and our paws are tightly crossed and we hope everything goes well and you are home soon to recover.
    Best wishes Molly

  15. That’s a wonderful flower on your cactus, Kyla. We only have one cactus what has flowers, it’s sadly a carrion flower with an awful smell. You are in my thoughts today and I cross all my paws for you, dear scottie lady.

  16. good luck and see you back from the surgery soon!

  17. I just popped in to say I am thinking of you and praying for you Kyla.
    For some reason this post did not drop into my in box ~ sorry I am late to post a comment.
    You’ve got to stop and smell the roses
    You’ve got to count your many blessings everyday
    Sweet William The Scot

  18. Best wishes, Kyla, we are sure that it will go well!

    Edgar and his mum

  19. Best wishes for your op, will be thinking of you xxx

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