T took me to Cactus Joe’s in May but it was closed on the day we visited. We were near Red Rock Canyon and decided to check it out last Saturday. He loves Cactus Joe’s and the place is just teeming with T’s signature Southwest Style (or as I call it… brown things).
I’m glad we didn’t get to go in the Summer heat because it was sprawling and open-air. There was a lot to see and T was just wandering from place to place like a kid in a candy store. I’m not really sure what to call this place. I assumed they sold cactus and that was it but it was like a nursery and a giant gift shop of desert-y (and ethnic) things.
T bought many of our home decor from Cactus Joe’s. Everything from wall art to figurines to bits and bobs (including a Chinese rice barrel). As you can see from the pictures, there were decorative art and sculptures all over the place – some made of glass, some metal, some wood. A lot of HUGE glass chunks and chiselled off semi-precious stones. There were some posters of old mining towns, books on Native American art, a gold-mining kit, jewellery and plants of course! One section was just all Joshua Trees! There were other desert plants and cactus of all shapes and sizes everywhere.
I ended spending a total of USD9 at Cactus Joe’s last week. I bought 2 glass balls encased in what I think is hemp rope – each slightly bigger than my fists. One was orange and the other yellow. I’ve decided that we are going to get a Christmas Tree for our 3rd floor living space and each and every ornament will be purchased by us together. Nothing out of a commercially packaged box and hopefully, we will grow our collection for years to come.
I think this is a wonderful break from the Strip itself. Cactus Joe’s is a great place for both locals and tourists. You can buy some plants or learn about desert plants, maybe bring a gem stone or two home, buy some post cards or a map of the old mining towns, purchase a giant Mayan calendar for your wall at home, come play with the critters that roam the premise or take some pretty fun pictures! There’s apparently a chapel that you can rent for a wedding too!
CACTUS JOE’S BLUE DIAMOND NURSERY
12740 Blue Diamond Road,
Las Vegas, NV 89161
Phone: (702) 875-1968
About a week before I arrived, Max had surgery to remove some tumours and a few days after I got here, we found out that those were malignant tumours. Long story short, after several rounds of testings and ultrasounds, we decided that the best course of action was to send Max for radiation therapy because the Vet couldn’t remove all the bad stuff.
Max is a loving and super friendly Black Lab that T adopted from a shelter about 4 years ago. He was originally named Droopy and T paid for his eyelid surgery to correct his you-guessed-it droopy eyelids. Max is not just a dog. Max is family. To be precise, T calls Max his ‘fursborn” child.
So early on Monday morning, we went off to rent a car to take Max to the California Veterinary Specialists in Carlsbad, California. We picked up the car from ENTERPRISE Rent-A-Car (this time we rented a black FORD Focus for under $35 a day including taxes) and I drove it home, following behind T’s Corvette. By 8.30am, we’ve packed Max into the car and were headed to California. The drive was long and Max had no idea where we were taking him. It broke my heart to see him wagging his tail happily and I was teary-eyed almost all the way. Our appointment was for 3pm but because we’ve never taken this journey, we left early and got there by 1.30pm (even with 2 pitstops where Max got out to stretch his legs, drink water and do his business).
Max will be boarding in the facility for the next 25 days or so to receive radiation treatment. When the 2 nurses came to take him away, he was confused and maybe a little scared. He kept trying to jump into T’s lap and pawed him. We had to walk a few steps with him so that he would budge. I was fighting to hold back my tears. One of the nurses saw my red eyes and tried to reassure me he’ll be fine and well taken care of. Instead, she herself started crying and said that they will email to update us regularly. T feels that it’s a good sign that the nurse cried because that means she knows how we feel and they will be gentle with Max.
This is definitely emotionally and financially draining. There was no question that for T, saving Max was of utmost importance and putting him down was a last resort. So, we’re now trying to figure out where all this money will come from and are trying to sell some of our stuff to pay for everything. When it rains, it pours. But I think we’ll be okay because we’re together, you know? We’re told that Max will have a 85% chance of full recovery and now that I’m here, T won’t have to take the dreary drive across the desert alone. We will be visiting him every weekend till he’s ready to come home.
March has been a whirlwind of mad activities and I’m so glad it’s coming to an end. I worked more than 20 days straight without a day’s rest and I will be reaping the rewards as I am not working for the next 12 days!
Here’s what I’ve been up to… In pictures
A bunch of strange selfies, hung out with some incredibly cool people, some outfits I never got round to blogging in detail, got a box of treats from Becky who now lives in Georgia, USA with her husband Jason, hung out with my SPARTY girls for Foot Reflexology and watched a romzomcom (Warm Bodies 4/5* great soundtrack) last weekend with Cherry, Pixiedub and Leeloo!