I AM on crack, and I finally need a fix
I can finally keep myself away no longer.
For those who were wondering where in the heck I disappeared to, the short version is that I found I was getting obsessive about being on here, and it was taking time away from other things that I really needed to focus on. So I made myself stay away. This place has been kinda like my heroin fix. On top of that, I was completely embarrassed that I managed to hang on to the cacti sunglasses for some 3 months, and that was just more motivation for me to not show my face. I owe everyone who's participated in that a great big apology. I am very sorry for holding up the gardenhood of the traveling cactus sunglasses. I just plum-forgot I still had them.
In any case, I appear to be here now (although I can't vouch for how often I'll be checking in, since the fall semester has started), and I've missed everyone terribly.
I've had an ok summer, I guess. I've slowed down considerably on my plant-collecting, as I've pretty much run out of places to put new plants. I've also been suffering a fair number of fatalities that've had me pouting something awful. Some of my favorite plants, despite my attention and care, just couldn't tolerate the desert heat. I had tried acclimating them slowly, and the ones I did put outside, I did so because I was concerned they weren't getting enough light in the south-facing window (the sun being directly overhead, and thus not really shining directly in through the window). As it turns out, it would seem that the vast majority of my plants really should just stay inside where it's more temperate. When the weather begins to cool (it ranges 100-115 out here in the daytime), I'll see about letting some of them stay out. In a separate post, I'll share pictures of the fatalities I still have (some I've already laid to rest in the compost pile).
Again, not sure just how "back" I am; but it's good to see everyone, and I hope I won't find the need to disappear again like that.