Euphorbia Tirucalli…Excuse me, what did you say?

Gayla, a twenty-year resident of Mesa, AZ, unexpectedly encountered three debilitating days from a little yard work. She even went to urgent care and missed a couple days of work. No she didn’t pull a muscle or rupture a disc in her back. In fact, all she did was trim her beautiful euphorbia tirucalli plant.

Her bright, fiery red and orange succulents were in need a some pruning and she thought she could do it before her sister Patty flew into town from a midwest visit. Gayla carefully trimmed the plant down to the stalks, discarded the trimmings and went on her way preparing for her sister’s arrival that afternoon.

All was going wonderfully during Patty’s short visit before head back home to Tucson. The sisters enjoyed each other’s company, shared what was going on in their families’ lives and even pulled out a photo album to share in some memories. Then Patty was off to Tucson within a few hours of arriving back down I-10 to home.

That evening, Gayla found out the hard way why euphorbia tirucalli plants are called “Firestick plants.”

Her eyes began to feel irritated and eventually began to have a burning sensation that required medical attention. Before her ride arrived to pick her up, Gayla spent several minutes flushing her eyes with water. Over and over but it didn’t help with the pain and irritation.

After what seemed like an eternity waiting to be seen by a doctor, she learned she had gotten some of the acidic latex sap from her plant into her eyes. The doctor was pleased to know that she flushed her eyes before arriving; suggesting that may have helped her reduce the risk of further damage to her eyes.

With some eye gel and a couple days off from work, Gayla has fully recovered.

Upon reflection, she realized she had some plant parts under her fingernails and had scratched around her eyes while looking through the photo album.

Gayla’s situation isn’t uncommon. We found several stories, including this video which shares a first hand account of what the Firestick plant can do.

Please be careful! Know the hazards the plants in your space can present and consider those you may encounter in other places too.

Agua Caliente Hill Hike April 2017

Our first hike of spring on the far east side of Tucson. Windy day but temperatures were in the mid 60s.

Catalina State Park Hike MLK Jr Day 2017

The State of Arizona didn’t charge for state park entry on MLK Jr Day so we spent the afternoon crossing very, very cold washes in our bare feet. The views were incredible.

If you haven’t visited Catalina State Park in a while, you may want to revisit!

Quotes Gathered Along The Way

While quotes from other people may not solve your business issues, but they can help keep you focused and on track. Even be inspirational.

Here are a few I’ve collected over the years that may help you stay motivated.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas A. Edison

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Albert Einstein

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein

All things are difficult before they are easy.
Thomas Fuller

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
Hans Hofmann

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Theodore Roosevelt

If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.
Will Rogers

Do the best you can, and don’t take life too serious.
Will Rogers

A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
Will Rogers

Simplify, simplify.
Henry David Thoreau

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Mark Twain

Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.
Mark Twain

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
Mark Twain

Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.
Mark Twain


Campus Farm Neighborhood

I simply wanted to share this photo I took a few weeks back. This is the University of Arizona Agriculture Center from Roger Rd with the Santa Catalina Mountains in the background. The Ag Center have cattle, horses, sheep, and lamas. Every so often you can hear pigs too. Luckily no roosters for those who don’t like waking up at the crack of dawn!