How to Kick a FarmVille Addiction

Are you addicted to FarmVille? I’m not here to tell you whether you are or not;  only you can answer that question.   Not everyone who plays FV is addicted, but I know that I was. Spending hours on the game contradicted everything I believe in.  Once the realization sank in,  I wanted to quit but the nature of addiction being what it is,  I had a very difficult time.  But I finally managed it, and here’s a simple plan that might help you, if you too would like to give up this colossal time-waster.

FarmVille is a load of fun; that’s why we play it.  As long as it continues to be fun we will continue to play it.  The secret of kicking the addiction is to increasingly make FV less fun and to eventually make playing the game so burdensome that you come to hate it.

Follow these steps:

1.  Zynga  is continually thinking up new themes  and sub-games to entice  you to keep playing.   Don’t start up any new horse barns or French maisons or whatever New Thing Zynga has devised.   You can set your FB page to hide all FV messages.  Do it!

2.  While you’re at it,  unfriend all the FB people that you only befriended to be FV neighbors.

3.   Sell off all the animals and other items that require daily tending.    Sell all your trees, too.

4.  Sell or delete all the little stuff- the wheelbarrows,  the bird feeders,  the benches,  etc.

5. Sell or delete all the buildings.  Delete your Crop Mastery Signs.  (This will be hard because they can’t be replaced.)

6.  Now,  plow up every available inch of ground.   You may have to delete some plots to make room for all the perfectly orderly rows of plowed plots.   You want wall-to-wall plots with no room for anything else.

7.   Plant the whole thing with RASPBERRIES.   In two hours, you will have to harvest the whole field and you will be  bored out of your mind.

8.  If any joy remains,  plant the field over again with more raspberries.  You will have wasted hours plowing, planting and harvesting raspberries.     Continue planting and harvesting raspberries until you can’t stand it anymore.

9.  After a few days of raspberry therapy,  plant the whole field with a 4-day crop like yellow melon.   After all those raspberries you will be relieved not to have to mess with FV for the next four to eight days.

9.   Harvest the melons.  At these point,  I suspect you will be sick and tired of FV.  If not,  plant another field of yellow melons and come back next week.

10.  By now you are  ready to uninstall FarmVille.  Do it.  You will be relieved,  trust me.  If you think you might be tempted to reinstall FV,   take your FV shovel and delete all the plots till all that’s left is green grass.  Get rid of your money by buying and immediately deleting big-ticket items like houses, etc.  Do this till you have no money left,  then uninstall FV.  That way, if you are tempted to reinstall it,  you won’t have any money left to play with.

11.  Block FV.   By doing this, you won’t be able to see FV on other people’s FB pages.

12.  Congratulations!  I suggest you find a wholesome,  non computer-oriented hobby.  Gardening, knitting,  cooking, hiking, reading… You know, all the stuff you used to do before FV. Whatever you do,  don’t start playing a new computer game.

Good luck and God bless!

Edited to add:  Someone reminded me of FV tractors and harvesters!  I completely forgot about them.   Since the rationale of my cure is to  make  the game so tedious that you would rather eat glass than play another minute,  you have to get rid of the farm equipment first thing.

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Glory to God!

AN ASSORTMENT OF POTTED HERBS

This is the best time of the year!  Lent is over,  Pascha was glorious and now we are in that basking-in-the-sun period of BBQs and gardens.

We did so-so for Lent.  I can either pray or fast- I have trouble keeping up with both.  A monastic friend reminded me of the words of Christ when His disciples couldn’t cast out the demon.  He said “This kind only comes out by prayer and fasting,”  So the two together are important,  but difficult for me.  We did well with the dietary restrictions (the easy part) but I was neglectful of prayer at times (the most important part.)    So I strained at gnats and ate a few metaphorical camels.   (Soy camels, in this case.)

But I did come out of Lent with the determination to delete FarmVille,  which I did.  No offense to any of you FV fans,  but it was a total time-waster.   I was looking at my neighbor’s garden the other day.  It is exquisite,  while mine is still a jungle.   It was obvious to me that my neighbor has spent the winter doing real gardening while I spent the winter doing virtual gardening on  FarmVille.

Nevertheless, this year’s garden is well under way.  The patio, with its pots of flowers and vegetables,  has become a pleasant haven for eating and reading.  The two side gardens are still very weedy,  but progress is being made.   From last year we still have carrots, onions, chard and beets.  Time to start fresh with squash, peppers, corn and lettuce.   The foxgloves and sweet peas are beautiful!