The Happyish Homestead

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

a confession

my name is katie, and i'm a murderer, almost.

you know those great ideas you have? the ones that pretty much take care of themselves and are worry free? i had such an idea about 10 months ago. this idea cost about $50. an investment, but nothing an accountant's salary couldn't take care of.

then i left and something happened between leaving there and getting home and nothing's been the same since.

there were moments of optimism, when i thought, i can do this. but, honestly, i don't think i can. i'm a college-educated, mostly-capable person - this is not working out for me. i blame myself and i blame the 'illusion' that i was filled with. where was the reality check that so often occurs?

what's worse, i've helped others. i'm really ashamed. i came across someone just the other day with this same idea AND I DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING. how could i? it's bad enough bringing one person down, but to not stop another?

you know that picture at the top....that's the idea. fresh lemons and limes. brilliant, right? that one bush, the one on the left, it's had two leaves for about four months now. it's showing no signs of blooming E.V.E.R. A.G.A.I.N. and the other one, has bloomed about three times now. total number of fruit maybe they're having an identity crisis, because, i honestly don't know which is the lime and which is the lemon.

i've tried, people, i've tried. i've given them nutrients, i've googled their problems, i've monitored, i've watered.

and that other person? the one i was telling you about? she was going to buy lemon and lime bushes and give them out for Christmas presents. she thought it was an easy, clever idea. i didn't tell her then but i'm telling her now, and all of you, it's a bad idea.


  1. thanks for the adivce! I had never even heard of doing such a thing....

    have you tried saying sweet things to them and complementing them? Maybe they just need to be built up? and then you can become that crazy lady that talks to her plants!

  2. Citrus trees do very well in Arizona.

    I'm just saying...

  3. I won't say I told you so. Pears and peaches grow great here, or so I've heard. The only things I can grow well are cucumbers and pumpkins. Lots of them.

  4. I'm so shocked and disappointed. Here I thought you were the green thumb master. I don't know how I'll ever get over this...

  5. Your green thumb looks an awful like my green thumb. Green with a splash of black in it! Good luck with future growing endeavors!


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