i’m killing my succulents

September 30, 2008 |  Category:   life

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I don’t know why they aren’t thriving in the house, but they all have been dropping leaves, one by one. These 2 above are what I have left and so far they seem stable, but I’ve killed the jade plants and the hen and chicks. I think they need more light and better drainage.

We’re tired. Mark’s been very busy baking and packing orders the last week and it was one of those days yesterday where we are both running around. I left early in the morning to go to a client meeting for 5 hours and rushed back, leaving the meeting early to pick up M from school. C got dragged to Costco and a gift box delivery trip to Manhattan, and Mark left for the kitchen at 4 when I got back with Mia. We’ve all been feeling a bit under the weather – not really sick, but enough to make it annoying, so hopefully we will be in better spirits once we feel better. I’m heading into a difficult month where I will be in the design phases of 2 work projects. I don’t love the process, mostly because it can be a tumultuous period of frustration, stress, self doubt, a mental and emotional rollercoaster of creative blocks and surges, and a vulnerable time where you open yourself up for criticism and rejection. Sometimes I wish my job was more black and white, right answer/wrong answer, facts and not subjective opinion. It’s tiring. I just want to be selfish and design for myself.

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  • alice September 30, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I find that my succulents are happiest when I hardly ever water them – very lightly every 2 or 3 weeks perhaps. If I leave them with someone else they tend to over water and they go mouldy or drop leaves.

    : )

  • Jenna September 30, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Yeah, I know about the little watering thing. I’m hoping these 2 remaining plants will hold up. I had the same problem with african violets not doing well in this apartment, but our one plant has lasted for a few years now. no flowers yet though.

  • Karin September 30, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    I totally agree with you about the designing process. I love the brainstorming/creative discussion part…but the process is very stressful. It is a lot of pressure. I’m still trying to decide my next career move…since having been laid off about a month ago.

  • joni September 30, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    hang in there, jenna

    you being busy and not having enough time for yourself means that you have enough business to tire yourself out. if you didn’t have work, you’d be entertaining dreams of illustrating the next great American novel/comic book/picture book, whatever

    i’m not saying you’re ingrateful, but just that the busy season will pass and you’ll have time to recoup. that’ll be the time you start worrying about money again. there’s just never really a break

    anyways, i can’t wait to try your chocolate butterscotch. however, i’m salivating more over the picture of your dinners and desserts. i would die to order that apple pie and try all your pastas and everything…drool, drool…i honestly go to your etsy shop looking for something heavier to order, not just little sweets (even though I do love sweets)

    also, have you considered making lemon bars? everyone makes them so differently. so far, tartine bakery in SF is the best. this is just a heads up in case you’re thinking of more food ideas

  • Marie October 1, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Dear Jenna: She is right. You are drowning your succulents. Skip the water for a week or two and then water slightly. They will come back and thank you.
    And, as bright as you are, you must have confidence in yourself or you certainly cannot expect others to believe in you. Go for it! You will be fine!! Aloha, Marie 🙂

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