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Edda and the Sweetest Oranges
updated: Mar 05, 2011, 10:00 AM

Dear Edda,

I have an orange tree that I planted in my back yard about three years ago. It produces the sweetest oranges I have ever tasted. I don't do anything special to them; they just seem to be good. And there are oranges on the tree almost all year round - but not very many. In fact, there are only enough for my husband and me, and not enough to share with others.

Well, it turns out that the reason there are not that many oranges on the tree is that my next-door neighbor has been taking them! I first suspected her because I've seen her looking over the fence. But, I finally figured it out because of all the rain we've been having recently. There are footprints in the mud by the tree, and tracks across the patio that leads to the connecting gate between our two yards.

As you might imagine, it was a little uncomfortable, but I asked my neighbor if she had "borrowed" some oranges, and she denied it. In fact, she seemed a little put out that I asked, which made me even more suspicious. I'm sure she's taking my oranges, and it makes me really mad.

I was thinking about installing a surveillance camera in the back yard, but my husband thinks I'm going too far. But I just don't know what else to do.


Orange Lady

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Dear Orange Lady,

Oh, I love oranges! Where do you live?


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Edda Hatte is a loving and sympathetic advice columnist who helps Edhat subscribers navigate through their complicated and stressful lives. Send your questions to askedda@edhat.com.


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