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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

I'm sitting here in shock that 2008 is nearly over. It never fails that I get to the end of the year and feel disappointed by my inability to keep whatever stupid resolution I've made and my lack of progress on whatever project I planned, but didn't finish.

But I realized today that I've actually accomplished quite a bit this year.

Here's the 2008 low-down:

The Good

  1. We built a new pergola and got a new patio
  2. I grew stuff from seed, indoors and outdoors
  3. I had the poodles removed and expanded the front yard garden
  4. I composted!
  5. We got approval for a new community garden
  6. Got a new bike and still knew how to ride it
  7. I grew Heirloom Tomatoes for the first time
  8. Got two paying writing gigs

The Bad

  1. I still have crap sitting on my patio that has frozen and thawed a dozen times by now, including my precious big ass purple flower pot
  2. I didn't plant a single bulb
  3. Never got the bathroom remodeled (seriously, the floor is gonna fall in eventually)
  4. Didn't get that Hybrid car
  5. The humongous Romanesco Broccoli never bore a single fruit
  6. The cherry tree died in the patio pot
  7. GB and Pie Guy left me
  8. I did not attend the first ever Garden Blogger's Spring Fling and am living to regret it
  9. Submitted a piece of writing to a magazine and got rejected
  10. The expletive landscaper ripped out my 2nd year strawberries, and a few other valuable plants, was not remorseful, and was subsequently fired

The Ugly

  1. Squash Vine Borers, the bastards!
  2. Mice in the garage from the Corn Gluten fertilizer
  3. A tree fell on the house (but now my front yard is full sun instead of mostly shade, so technically, this one could be on the good list, too)

How was your 2008?

edited to include links that I meant to include in the first place but accidently hit "publish post" instead of "save as draft". Sorry, folks!


  1. This was very cute . and you made me laugh .. so thank you !
    I think the attitude of the listings was hilarious : )

  2. The good outweighed the bad, in my opinion. Plants die. That's ok, it's called a "learning experience." I killed so many plants, I can't remember them all. Your broccoli not bearing fruit is another of them. The 1st time I tried to grow peppers, I had one - in November. This year, the 2d time around, I had a bounty of them, so that I had to give some away, in August. So you didn't make it to Spring Fling 2008 - you're a host of Spring Fling 2009, even better. Have a wonderful New Year & keeping looking on the bright side.

  3. Nobody accomplishes all they set out to do, and usually also gets things done they didn't expect to. Sounds like you did fine, overall.

  4. I'll bet if you think about it you can come up with more good than bad!
    Happy New Year.

  5. Good for you for including the low points as well as the high. I am sure I'd have an even longer list of "bads" if I'd done it!

  6. Yes you did acomplish a lot in 2008 Gina.

    Hope that 2009 will be filled with many more accomplishments.

  7. You did so much in 2008! You should be proud - so what if there a few set backs...that's life! :)

    Can't wait to see what 2009 holds for you!

  8. The mice -- I feel I have to comment since I recommended the corn meal. When I left my bag in the shed over the winter, I found mice dropping the next spring. I guess they like this stuff. My recommendation: use it up before the Winter.

    Otherwise, it sounds like you had a productful year!

  9. My 2008 was surprisingly similar, and yet different! but we all have our own versions of the good, the bad, and the ugly.