Saturday, April 2, 2016

Why It's Called An African Spear

We have our house back. We're out of the pit that was called a holiday apartment. We've spent the last two days cleaning, hauling, arranging, and rearranging.

I'd like everything to be completely in place.

Now.

It's not. But it's already presentable and we love it. There will be pictures (before and after).

Meanwhile, I've got bruises and scratches from all this manual labor. I bruise and scratch easily (being the son of the Dowager Duchess on whom the story, "The Princess and the Pea," was based). Also, when I get into work mode, I'm a bit of a whirling dervish.


Our Sansevieria Cylindrica, purchased in December 2013 (click here), also known as Cylindrical Snake Plant or African Spear, has grown tremendously. In December 2015, I moved it from the dresser in the bedroom to a plant stand in the living room. During the final days of renovations, I moved the plant back to the dresser to keep it out of the way.


I was stabbed three times today (twice while trying to get a pair of socks from a dresser drawer). Those "spears" are aptly named. The plant is back in the living room. 

Did I mention I rolled out of bed — and onto the floor — last week? My ankle, hand, and hip have healed nicely, thank you.


31 comments:

  1. Oh my! Accident prone, I see. Must have been all that 'whirling dirvishing'!! happy you are on the mend.
    Your house sounds lovely and probably feels brand new....which it is now.
    Are you staring at me?!! lol

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    1. Jim:
      The house DOES feel and look brand new. Now if I could only get it completely organized and straightened up!

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  2. dear me.
    You have the mark of Cain upon you.

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    1. Spo:
      I always thought Cain would be a cool last name.

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  3. But remember -- God put the mark on Cain to protect him. (Genesis 4:15) Perhaps in your case, from houseplants.

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    1. Michael:
      It worked! I haven't been stabbed since getting the mark!

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  4. That plant should be arrested for assault.

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    1. Stephen:
      I should probably be arrested for stupidity. Those two times were not the first two times I've done that.

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  5. Hope you have a nice soft carpet beside your bed, because you know you are going to do that again! I threw myself backwards out of be once during a nightmare and had a massive diagonal bruise across my back where I fell along the (heavy) nightstand. So glad it wasn't face first. And that I didn't have an African Spear plant in the room. The living room is a good place for that plant! Hope you heal quickly.

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    1. Wilma:
      But there's a heavy wooden frame around that I hit before I hit the rug.

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  6. I'd be moving that spear out to someone else's deck.... What kind of a nightmare were you having? I hope you came out ahead (yes, I know) in that dream.

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    1. Sharon:
      No nightmare. Per the name of my blog, I'm always moving.

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  7. I'm now picturing your mother swimming the moat (that's an obscure reference, but I'm betting you'll know).

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I don't know why I never got to see Once Upon A Mattress!

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    2. I only saw it once, on television in the'70s. It was Carol Burnett and Ken Berry. I laughed a lot, but then I *was* a teenager...

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  8. Mitchekl you have lovely plants but you must be careful

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    1. Gosia:
      I've been picking cactus thorns out of my hands and arms for weeks!

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  9. I prefer the balcony view with the cactus plants and the palm tree and the blue sea myself! do be careful!

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    1. anne marie:
      Do you mean you don't like the view of my forehead?!?

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  10. So glad you've escaped the hellhole, now please take care of yourself!

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    1. Sharon:
      No new injuries today... but there's still another 4-1/2 hours.

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  11. As I read about your plant attacks and stumbles and falls and bruises I cannot help but think of Carlos and his plant attacks and stumbles and falls and bruises and him saying, as he stems the flow of blood from a recent wound, "I'm dangerous."

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    1. Bob:
      It's not Carlos or me. The world is a very dangerous place. (I just noticed a fresh scrape on my forearm; I don't know how it get there.)

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  12. You'd better mind all those claws!

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    1. Raybeard:
      I'm so glad we have two gentle, careful cats.

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  13. What an interesting (if fearsome) plant. Can't wait to see pictures of the renovations!

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    1. Michelle:
      In my hands, many plants are fearsome. Pictures as soon as I get this place cleaned up and organized. It's making me a little nuts.

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  14. That spear plant is tame compared to the Spanish Dagger Yucca here in New Mexico. The one next to our driveway stabbed me every time I got out of the car...and Benni our dog got it when he tried to pee on it...so I got the garden shears and snipped the points off every dagger. Solution until we dig it up and get rid of it for good.

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    1. Frank:
      I've been stabbed by Spanish Dagger Yuccas. The three yuccas on our terrace aren't quite so deadly, but I've been poked in the eye a couple of times and I could hear someone saying, "You'll poke your eye out with that thing!" Yeah, I'd cut off those sharp tips, too.

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    1. Knatolee:
      It should have come with a warning (addressed to me).

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