Friday, February 17, 2012: Today, among my other sundry tasks (getting better, resting, watching TV, sewing buttons back onto Scott’s flannel shirts, resting, getting better still), I have been playing with plants. I have been trying to decide, as the light of the day changes, where to re-locate some of my plants in the tiny apartment in which we all live so that they will be at maximum happiness levels. And also (still) trying to figure out what is going on with my jade plants. They’re not losing leaves. Check. They’re not discolored. Check. They are, in fact, growing new leaves. Check. I even talked to a guy at a plant store about jades and tried his trick. But the soil is ALWAYS dry, even after a thorough watering. So, as any good caretaker does, I decided to massage the soil. Laugh all you want, but I think it might have just done the trick. I was, at one point, wrist deep in mud trying to fully saturate the bone-dry soil that surrounded my planties. And the soil is now fully saturated and they are draining in the kitchen sink. I’ll keep you posted. In the mean time, some photos. The first of my ivy and my begonia, and the second of my jades draining in the kitchen sink.