Abraham, Rachel, Soren and Liam. Our life together in Smalltown, Idaho.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Herb

This is our firstborn son, Herb. Thinking about it, though, I wonder if the phrase "firstborn" might be a bit inappropriate, considering that he was actually adopted from Home Depot. So this is our firstadopted son. Herbie is a sixteen-month-old cactus, and is currently not as healthy as he looks in this picture. When we first got him, he grew and grew and grew. Then he stopped growing and got shorter and fatter. Then he morphed back into a ball, but a smaller ball, and of a less-than-healthy-looking green hue. We give him a good watering every other week and keep him in sunlight with some other plant friends. I can't figure out where we've gone wrong. To rephrase Jacob 5, "What more could we have done for my cactus?" We're hoping he'll pull through it. If anyone has any suggestions, let us know.

6 comments:

Nat said...

I just wanted to leave a comment. Your comment box was lonely.

Mom S said...

This is so new. After trying many semi-reasonable user names and being rejected Asa signed me on as dfrgt and it worked. Now I am condemned to be known as DanFedRabbitsGoodTreats.It doesn't appeal to my literary side. Briar says I'm writing too much. Dad says you can only feed cactuses H2O for a short season (2 weeks) and then you must let them dry for a long time. "They don't go for swamps." He's from AZ so he must be expert. If he's not he'll sound off like one anyway. You look happy even if Herb doesn't. Natalya, you can do better than that and we all know it. Is everyone aware of this blog? Are we the last to know? Briar says, "Send it already, Mom." I can see what kind of letter's SHE'S going to write home. She's laughing at my typing too for which the Lord may break her lovely fingers.

Rachel and Abraham Skousen said...

Thanks for the advice! And thanks for posting! We actually just set this up yesterday. I've been checking every five minutes for posts, so I'm grateful to finally have some. Yay for posts!

Loriann said...

Although unhealthy, I think your cactus is pretty amazing. He morphed shapes and changes colors. That's entertainment for the whole family if you ask me. I too have a cactus. I have just got it recently. It looks like a regular cactus, green and what not, and then has a crazy red ball on top of it. I'll take a picture and show you. At first I thought I had killed it, because I kill all plants. But now it is growing quite nicely. Mom S's cactus growing comments have insured it's continued growth and prosperity. It lives at my office and I check on it each morning. The crazy red ball has sprouted new red balls. I think this is a sign of progress. Who knows. I am not from Arizona.

Karen said...

I was just reading through all your older posts because I couldn't remember for sure if I read them or not! Is your first adopted cactus still alive? I killed 2 cacti this year and an orchid. There are currently no plants in our apartment. :D

Rachel said...

Herb is dead, and I've never been able to love another plant.

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