Thanks again Jason. I believe you. Usually when I get quality advice and my experience doesn't seem to match up, I assume its because of something I'm doing wrong, and I try to "fill in the blank." Maybe the tip of my skewer is the wettest because it is pushing through all the wet part on the way down to the bottom
I definitely don't have a green thumb but figure that eventually trial and error will teach me. But I'm getting a little weary of the error part.