My grandfather at the age of 86 has finally — after years and years of my mother asking — decided to move out of his house and into my parent’s house. This is a giant relief for many, many reasons.
It also means it is time to clean out his house, an old victorian that has stayed in the family for generation (we are talking more than 100 years) plus a barn. Both these space are full of stuff, neither of these places have ever been cleaned out. So far I’ve found three bowling balls, at least a half dozen tables I did not know existed, a vintage juicer and so many mouse nests.
There’s a lot of junk, but mixed in with it you’ll find a little treasurer here and there. For example, mixed in with the politically incorrect planters and ceramics-gone-wrong projects of the 80s, I found this little guy.
I call him prickly pig. The smile is pretty happy, but those eyebrows suggest something slightly more menacing. Hence, the prickly.
Not feeling very creative, I decided to give him a cactus for a back.
Some tips for someone looking to plant a cactus.
1. Wear gloves. Those needles hurt when you prick yourself.
2. Have toothpicks or tweezers on hand to pick the dirt out from between the needles. Since cactus use this big chunky dirt to help with the drainage, some of it is bound to get stuck in the needles.
3. Use a popsicle stick, a pencil, really anything long and narrow to help push the dirt into the pot. Especially if it is oddly shaped like this one.
Now, where to put him is the next question.
And if you were wondering, that yellow cloth — also from my grandfather’s house. Oh, and there are way, way more of these little pots.