We acquired another living thing to reside in our apartment. Some of you may remember the basil plant purchased not long after we moved in. Well, it committed hari kari after only a few weeks. Then there is the matter of George, our geranium in a can, which has all but died. He is a shell of himself, clinging on with a few brittle leaves. Now we have Frances/Francis, a succulent of undetermined gender. So help me God if this thing dies on me.