May 29, 2014 - Cacti Pups

It seems strange to have passed Memorial Day and still have a couple of days left in May as of today. But here we are. Having passed the holiday of Memorial Day means, among other things, that Summer Reading has begun at the library. Think seriously about joining the Summer Reading Club. Since you're reading this column, odds are you are a reader. More details are available on our website. The Friends of the Library are having a book sale starting today (Thursday, May 29th) and going through Saturday, May 31st. There will be plenty of books and various media formats. There will also be cacti. Many years ago I was given a cactus (now referred to as the "Mother Ship"). She has produced 23 babies or pups, every year for at least the last three years. A couple of her "daughters" are now as big as she is and ramping up their own production. This past weekend I plucked the pups off and put them in little pots (collected from the Pet Grass my cats enjoy chowing down on) in cacti potting soil. For some reason the Mother Ship objected to me taking tongs to her pups and launched herself at me from the window sill. With tongs in my right hand, I, of course, attempted to catch her in my left hand. She drove her prickers deeply into my hand and then nestled her head against the top of my armpit. It was a good thing I was wearing a sweater because my upper arm was spared any serious injury. However, my hand was a different story. There were a couple of big drops of blood welling up on the fleshy part of my palm. With the help of tweezers I managed to remove the prickers, but as the day wore on I realized the real damage wasn't the assault of the thorns, but a sprained thumb. And the swelling and bruising from the sprain. So, what would you pay for a cactus pup guaranteed to grow to a height of over 15 inches in only a few years and produce offspring at a prodigious rate? What would you pay for an attack cactus? You're right! These cacti are priceless! Since these cacti pups are looking for their forever homes why not stop by the book sale and pick up a pup?

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