What Transforms a House to a Home? How About a Cactus?

Real Estate Agent with Community Association Manager

cactusWhenever we purchase a house that we actually live in, we do and find things that will make our house a home that is uniqually "ours." 

I'd like to share the gift that Uncle Eddie and Aunt Laura Belle have given to family members and friends.  (While both of these wonderful people have passed, there's a reminder of them living at a few homes.)

When moving back to Indiana, this couple wanted to bring a long something special from their Florida home.  While most of us would not consider Indiana or Michigan a place for a cactus Uncle Eddie and Aunt Laura Belle found out this plant would survive in this climate.

Once their plant became established, they gave a piece of this plant to Bob's Mom who passed it along to me.  Each time I pass by my plant, these wonderful people come to mind.  And, I'm the only one on my street that has this unique plant.  (Can't say that about my neighgorhood, my in-laws live just a few streets over.) cactus

Look at how beautiful it is when blooming.  If one of the "ears" as I call them falls off, all I have to do is pick it up and plant a small portion into the ground.  In the winter-time, the plant sort of shrivels up until the Spring time when it revives again and starts growing.

About the only drawback of this plant, it is a cactus and therefore has picky things that easily get into your fingers.  It goes much better if you wear leather gloves when working with and around these plants.

(This was a very small piece that I brought with me when I moved from Michigan in November 2005 to here in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The plant grows fairly fast.)

Comments (11)

Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV
Beautiful cactus -- and I LOVE your new picture!!  :o)
Jun 15, 2007 01:48 AM
Jennifer Walker-Derby
Re/Max Westside - Marietta, GA
Real Estate Extraordinaire
wow, that really is a gorgeous catcus.  Never saw your old photo, but I will agree with Sarah that the new one is great!
Jun 15, 2007 01:51 AM
Cynthia Sloop
Community Association Manager - Indianapolis, IN

Thanks Sarah!  (Just playing with my camera - again!)

Jennifer - Thanks for stopping by my post.

Jun 15, 2007 02:37 AM
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
I like your new picture too - and love this story - I used to have some Shasta Daisys I moved with me every-time, somewhere in my life they got left behind this makes me want to go dig up some wild ones.
Jun 15, 2007 03:26 AM
Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV
Cynthia, had to stop back by.  We went to Home Depot today and both the girls insisted on getting a cactus for their rooms.  Little One named hers Steve.  ;o)
Jun 15, 2007 10:37 AM
Cynthia Sloop
Community Association Manager - Indianapolis, IN

Thesa-  You need to get some daisies.  (In my area I don't see as many wild daisies as I do tiger-lillies.)

Sarah - that's interesting that your girls decided on cactus for their rooms.  Hopefully they will keep from trying to touch them.  If not, it won't take too long, those little needles really do hurt and itch when in your finger.  So your little one named the plant Steve? 

Jun 15, 2007 11:15 AM
Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV
Isn't that weird?  Yes, she named her cactus Steve.  She worried that our new kitten would try to eat it.  I told her that Steve knows how to protect himself, she doesn't have to worry about him, maybe just the kitten.
Jun 15, 2007 12:03 PM
Paula Henry
Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group - Avon, IN
Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174
Cyndi - I went to my dad's last week and he has a cactus by the front door, in full bloom. Having spent many years in Arizona, I was astounded and said, "You have a blooming cactus". I guess they do grow in other climates. Your's is a beautiful reminder of your family.
Jun 15, 2007 04:58 PM
Paula Henry
Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group - Avon, IN
Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174
Oh yeah, I love the new picture, too!
Jun 15, 2007 04:59 PM
Bob Sloop, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN
RS Mortgage Consulting - Indianapolis, IN
Nice picture, home, and what makes it home?  YOU DO.
Jun 18, 2007 09:25 AM
Cheri Smith
Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX - Cypress, TX
Realtor Prudential Gary Greene
That cactus grows well in Texas. I am surprised to see it grows so well up there! You are right though....that cactus would definitely make me feel like I was back in Texas.
Jun 20, 2007 04:11 AM