Sunday, April 22, 2007

all i recall/this is cereus

Well it's taken just over a year, but I've had my first blog-related dream. I was reading my blog at some house where I was staying for a few daze and I noticed there were three new posts - none of which I'd seen before. Someone must've broken into drift, but who could it be? I figured it was Sheila from My Arms Fold Back. All I recall of the three new posts was one about finding a new job (I am looking). I'll let you know if it happens... Also featured in the dream was an ex-boss I wrote about once upon a time in a coincidence file > post. I was staying at her house and chopping vegetables in bed, but she'd already chopped enough for dinner and didn't need any more so I started eating them (carrots if you must know). Then she wanted some advice about something or other, which I was happy to provide. Hmmm

Meanwhile, over in the Tea Room Miss Litzi n I have been chatting about stuff we find in the garden. I have a mystery succulent in my backyard, which blooms the most beautiful, intricate white flowers once a year at night. I was away this year when it bloomed so came home to the spent remains, but with the help of "the Google" I've managed to find a picture (and a name).

Ladies & gentlemen, introducing the Cereus something-or-other:

From this to this:


Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Nash,
Whoa! You’re dreaming about blogging now; maybe that indicates that you’re really committed OR you’re at loose ends and grasping at something stable and concrete in your life right now. Madame Litzi is now into dream analysis???

Your pictures of the Cereus are lovely! I found quite a lot of information about the numerous varieties of the “candelabra or organ pipe” cactus in a “Sunset” garden book. Perhaps because the editors of Sunset Books and Magazine are based in Menlo Park, California, they state that Cereus’ are mostly found in Arizona and Mexico. There’s about 30 different species, and it’s rather difficult to tell exactly what yours is specifically. “Cereanae comes from the Greek word for wax candle; the name seems most appropriate when you look at this tall, columnar cactus. Its nocturnal white flowers illuminate the top as if in flames. All of the cereus species are easy to grow and because they’re strong, vigorous plants, they have become a natural choice for grafting stock” blah, blah, blah. It’s amazing to look at the “before” bloom and the beautiful flower that it turns into.

Dare I say “pleasant dreams”??

April 22, 2007 1:14 PM  
Blogger Campbell said...

It's fascinating when the lines between your conscious and sub-conscious become blurred. I went through a stage of having dreams where I couldn't open my eyes. For some reason I still insisted on doing things whilst trying hard to physically open my eyes - things such as cross Flinders St. in peak hour (a main st. here in Melbourne). I was telling a friend about these dreams one day, then very soon after I had another such dream. In the dream I said to myself "Oh no, I used to dream about this and now it's really happening!"
Very scary!!

April 22, 2007 2:58 PM  
Blogger Campbell said...

Beautiful pics btw Nash!

April 22, 2007 2:59 PM  
Blogger TotalChaos said...

Nash, we have a Night Blooming Cereus here in our back yard. I have never been able to get a good picture of it. I have tried everyway to do it, but it only is out at night and I either cover the flash too much, too dark or not enough and blow it out. They are beautiful flowers.

April 22, 2007 3:13 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Dear Nash,
I am impressed with your flowers. I have a vague memory of you telling me about the night blooming one. You know, when I read some of your comments, I find it hard to understand what they mean so I'm hoping you can fill me in. For instance what does "BTW" mean? And another "LOL" I think that means "Laugh Out Loud". Seeing that you are now dreaming in "Bloggervision", I thought you were the best person to ask, and reveal my embarrassing lack of "blogtalk".
Anxiously, Sheila

April 22, 2007 4:35 PM  
Blogger nash said...

Oh Sheila,
Yes, you've come to the right person - it seems I'm stuck in a blog even when I slumber...

btw, btw means By The Way. LOL!
LOL means exactly what you thought
LMAO means Laughing My Arse Off (Sometimes it'll be prefaced with ROTF or some such, which means Rolling On The Floor
GSOH means Good Sense of Humour, but I haven't seen that used anywhere since reading the gay classifieds in Truth newspaper circa 1980!!! LOL

Oh and one more: HUFMTTSSAB, which means How Unusual For Me To Teach Sheila Something About Blogging

April 22, 2007 5:03 PM  
Blogger nash said...

Hi ML,
How about Madame Litzi's Dream Time Chat? (c)2007

Thanks for the info on the Cereus (who knows what the plural is?). You're right about them being easy to grow. Mine's rather sad n scrappy looking (something's eating it), but always blooms those magnificent flowers, two or three at a time and it's not a big plant. Pity the flower only really lasts one night...

Hi Campbell,
I've had a dream where I couldn't open my eyes too. It seems pretty obvious to me what it's all about, though still weird (I wonder if you had these dreams before you came out of the closet?). I've had a dream where I'm crying and in the dream I've talked about other crying dreams - that kooky awareness of a dream within a dream. We can both go n visit Miss Litzi's Dream Time Chat when she's open for business! Glad you like the pics...

Hi TotalChaos,
Yes, they are beautiful flowers. Such a pity they don't last very long and only come out at night. Do you have any problems with yours being eaten or suffering from a scale type problem? Thanks for dropping by

April 22, 2007 5:25 PM  
Blogger Denys said...


April 22, 2007 9:08 PM  
Blogger Volacious said...

A blog related dream? I can't remember if I've had one of those before, but it's only a matter of time!!!

Enjoying your photos... new reader here :-)


April 22, 2007 9:12 PM  
Blogger nash said...

Ha ha Denys,
I'm sure Sheila knows what that means!

Welcome Gus,
From the sound of your blog I don't think you get enough sleep to be able to find time to dream... er does a blog have a sound?

April 22, 2007 10:17 PM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Nash,
You are kidding, aren’t you? You think I should go from prognosticating (that sounds like I’m doing something dirty and exciting in the kiosk)) to posting a Dream Time Chat (c) 2007? Bloggerville would have no doubt that several of my wires have become unattached, permanently. Perhaps Madame Litzi will change careers and give it a go!

Most cacti and succulents are exceedingly easy to grow…sometimes I think we tend to fuss with them too much. When you see how well they do in nature, it’s obvious they’re able to survive with little to no care. But I seem to feel if it’s in a pot in my yard, I should give it proper and undying attention…..

April 23, 2007 2:52 AM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Sheila,
Don’t feel alone in not knowing a lot of computer language/abbreviations. For months I had to Google initials to understand what someone was talking about. “LOL” refers to “Little Old Ladies” in my community, so I still have to stop and think whenever I see it on a post or use it myself. It’s a whole different world in cyberspace and we’re all learning…

April 23, 2007 3:32 AM  
Blogger Denys said...

I only knew of it as 'lots of love'. When I first started reading blogs I could not understand why people who left comments were expressing their love for someone and it seemed to be a common thing. I had to ask someone. I really felt my age then.

April 23, 2007 9:44 AM  
Blogger Campbell said...

Perhaps we need not only Madame Litzi's Dream Time Chat, but also Nash's Abbrieviation Hour (commonly known as Nah) where we could ask all our questions about what stands for what!
I'm struggling with the 'l' at the end of Denys' 'pmsl'.
Can someone help out this naive little gay guy?!

April 23, 2007 11:33 AM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Campbell,
I didn’t have a clue what “pmsl” meant either, so I “Googled” it; “pissed myself laughing”. It also said it was possibly the worst and most unrealistic of internet jargon…

Hmm, I think Bloggerville will survive quite nicely without “Madame Litzi’s Dream Time Chat” though I must admit, it’s awfully tempting! I could become an amateur Sigmund Freud in my kiosk, serving Tokay with a caterpillar at the bottom of the bottle.

April 23, 2007 1:36 PM  
Blogger nash said...

Oh crikey, I didn't even realise there was an l at the end of Denys's comment - I thought it was pms with an exclamation mark!!! Though I didn't need Google to figure it out LOL. If that's the most unrealistic jargon then they obviously haven't come across HUFMTTSSAB yet. Of course Sheila's the one who started all of this and where's she now?
Anxiously Nah

btw, Lots Of Love to the Little Old Ladies with PMS who might be reading (MBR?)!

April 23, 2007 2:35 PM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Nash,
LMAO. Oh crikey to you as well! I thought Campbell was inquiring about “pms” with an exclamation mark too but realized it was an “L”. Some blowhard at the site I visited at Google was the one who said “pmsl” was unrealistic jargon, not me! I Googled “HUFMTTSSAB” and was informed it didn’t match any documents; did you toss a bunch of letters together? And “MBR”??? Again, nothing on Google. Carmel and vicinity is full of Little Old Ladies and using “LOL” to describe them is quite derogatory. “Lots Of Love” is rather quaint and sweet.

Sweet little Sheila, you'll know her if you see her
Blue eyes and a ponytail
Her cheeks are rosy, she looks a little nosey
Man, this little girl is fine…***

***Tommy Roe

April 23, 2007 3:45 PM  
Blogger nash said...

Well Miss Litzi,
Funny the words include "nosey" because if you check Sheila's profile her occupation states "nosey parker"

Another one for the cf> perhaps!

April 23, 2007 4:12 PM  
Blogger nash said...

btw, I realised it was someone else claiming that pmsl was unrealistic, but did you really google HUF etc and MBR? Needless to say I'm LMAO.

Lots Of Love!

April 23, 2007 4:17 PM  
Blogger Campbell said...

ooohhh my head is spinning with all these letters, takes me back to learning childhood French. I'm tooooo old to learn another language!
btw (hehe) has 'google' made it to the Oxford yet as a legitimate verb:
I google
You google
He/She/It googles

April 24, 2007 7:22 AM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Nash,
Crikey! I’d hoped posting the first stanza of the song would bring Sheila out of whatever corner or nook she’s tucked herself away in. Apparently it didn’t work. No, I hadn’t noticed that she’s a self proclaimed “nosey parker”; another “hit” for the Coincidence File indeed!

Yeah, I really did Google HUFetc. and MBR…are their meanings an inside joke? I’m glad to hear you’re LYAO! I wonder if school’s teach “computerese language” now a daze?

LOL to you too!!

April 24, 2007 9:01 AM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Campbell,
I don’t think “Google” has made it to the Oxford Dictionary as a legitimate verb yet, because every time I use it, my Internet Explorer “spell check” underlines it in flaming red. I’ve had to learn to overlook a lot of what gets rejected as incorrect spelling or word usage since I’ve been working on the computer.

You’re NEVER too old to learn another language! You’ll be surprised how quickly you pick up computer “lingo”.

April 24, 2007 9:50 AM  
Blogger nash said...

Hi Miss Litzi,
No they're not an in joke - I just made them up. LOL. See the comment I left at 5:03 PM (April 22)

I'm with Campbell - my head's spinning too!!

April 24, 2007 9:53 AM  
Blogger nash said...

btw ML, I left a response for you at man bag - you probably haven't bloody well read that either! LOL

April 24, 2007 9:57 AM  
Blogger Campbell said...

Thank you Miss Litzi for your encouragement. I feel I need to become less anal (which I tend to be, in more ways than one!) when it comes to language and accept that it is an evolving being and so certain shortcuts in regard to grammar and spelling are acceptable. It is the same with texting (is this the correct way to refer to the verb?). It pains me to not spell correctly and use correct grammar when I'm texting, but I also don't want to get RSI (Repetetive Strain Injury) in my fingers. Also, people think I'm a bit weird!
What's an anal boy to do?

April 24, 2007 10:50 AM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Nash,
Another DUH!! for me! I read your comment to Sheila, and feel like a total arse. Crikey!

April 24, 2007 11:08 AM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Nash,
NO, I didn’t see your response until a few moments ago. I’m going to work on a response right now! Crikey! I’m obsessed with that word…

April 24, 2007 11:10 AM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Campbell,
You’re most welcome! Some of what you’ve said about language becoming “debased” and evolving into something our Grammar School teachers would’ve winced at years ago I’ve thought for years. When I first started working on a computer 2½ years ago, I was dismayed at the syntax, spelling, use of abbreviations (chiefly because I didn’t have a clue what they meant) and overall shoddy writing that I was seeing on a daily basis. I’ve become inured to a lot of it and have found myself slipping into patterns that I’d have never imagined possible before.

Eventually you’ll find your “voice” in the blog world and discover that you’ll be communicating mainly with people who not only have similar ideas but also write in a style that you find comfortable.

April 24, 2007 12:49 PM  

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