My fiddle leaf fig, kickball, and my current book

Hey there friends!

Do you like to have plants around your house? I sure do! One of my long time favorites is the fiddle leaf fig (ficus pandurata). It’s funny because fiddles are one of the trendiest things right now. They are everywhere… probably with good reason — they are gorgeous!

I got my first fiddle several years ago when we had just moved to Connecticut. We took a trip to Ikea to buy a wardrobe (the closets in our apartment were teeny and we needed more storage). When we walked past the plant section, we decided to take a look, and ended up purchasing my fiddle!

I found this old instagram photo (the pot is from Home Depot).

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Something about the lighting, temperature, and humidity in the apartment meant that my fiddle was perfectly content. It grew one or two new leaves every year, and seeing a new leaf pop up always made me happy.

Over the years, and especially in the past year since we moved to our house, the fiddle has grown into a different looking plant. Instead of retaining its leafy, filled-out shape like it did before, it is now much taller and more sparse-looking. It looks like a totally different plant.

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The conditions in our house are very different from those in our old apartment, which (who knows) might account for some of the changes in the appearance of the fiddle. While there is still plenty of indirect light, we now have central air – aka forced air. This is what heats and cools the house, whereas in the apartment we had radiators and window AC units.

Central air means drier air, which is not ideal for fiddles. They prefer warm humid air, which is probably why the apartment was so great — the radiators acted like humidifiers and kept the air nice and moist all winter long… (great for skin too! hah!).

Honestly, I really like a more “filled-out” fiddle. It’s a little skinny and bare at the moment. In any case, despite the changes in its environment, my fiddle seems to be hanging in there like a champ. It hasn’t done anything in particular to signal distress, so I am hoping it will remain happy and keep growing.

In other news, we got together with some friends to play kickball! It was such a blast, and a perfect day for it. I can’t remember the name of the park we went to, but it was somewhere in West Rock.

There were a couple rock climbers scaling the cliffs behind the field — if you look closely, you just might be able to spot them. They looked like they were having fun up there.

And of course the trees were displaying their fall colors in all their glory, which made for a lovely scene.

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I haven’t played kickball in probably 15 years (or more!), so I was excited when our friends organized a game. It’s such a fun game and anyone at any skill level can participate.

I haven’t actually KICKED a ball in a very long time. I used to play soccer but it’s been years since I’ve done anything of the sort. I probably shouldn’t have been surprised that my hip flexors were a little sore the next day. haha! I am guessing it’s from the wind-up to the kick… I haven’t had sore hip flexors in a while!

I was a little surprised that my right lower shin/ankle area felt bruised for the next couple days. The field was slightly bumpy near the home plate, so it was hard to predict how the ball was going to bounce before I kicked it, which meant I sometimes got contact on a weird spot of my shin. But hey, it was worth it!

But all in all it was a great time. Solid A+ in my books. I would definitely do it again!

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I mentioned a while back that I started a book club with a few girlfriends. The first book we read was Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I had actually read it a few years ago but didn’t mind re-reading it. It was even better the second time around because I wasn’t guessing what was going on the entire time. The second book we read was The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It was good too, albeit darker. I am interested to watch the show at some point soon!

The book we are reading now is Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. It is a decent read, even though I felt rushed to finish it in time for our book club meeting. It somehow felt MUCH longer than it looks. I’d say it was enjoyable but not one I’m likely to pick up again.

My meal of choice these past couple days has been baked chicken, roasted broccoli, and healthy sprinklings of salt and red pepper flakes. Depending on what’s going on in the pantry/fridge, I sometimes also add a mixture of rice, quinoa, and beans. :) I feel like Joel and I can eat the exact same meal for a few days before we need to switch things up. Which is just as well, because I often cook in large batches so that we can have leftovers for a while.

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For some time there, my snack of choice was crackers, cheese, and preserves! One of our airbnb guests (we like to host) gifted us a jar of homemade raspberry preserves which we have been thoroughly enjoying. We had some gruyere cheese and multigrain crackers, which altogether made for the PERFECT afternoon snack.

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Cheese is one of those things that has grown on me over the years. When I was a kid, I didn’t like cheese at all. One of my friends growing up LOVED cheese and would often eat it by itself <– I never understood this… but in recent years, the appreciation for a good cheese has solidified itself in my life. My favorites are sharp cheeses like cheddar, gouda, and asiago. I also like nutty cheeses like gruyere, as well as goat cheese. Side note, goat cheese is amazing with crackers and preserves!

What’s your favorite type of cheese? Got any good book recommendations? What’s your preferred type of indoor plant?

10 thoughts on “My fiddle leaf fig, kickball, and my current book

    1. I love succulents, they are beautiful and so hardy! I’ve never had a bonsai tree but I love how they look. Plants add so much to the home!

  1. I had no idea that Ikea sold real plants! If they are fairly inexpensive, I wouldn’t mind taking the trip to my local store to see. Plants add such a homey feel to a space in my opinion.

    1. I can’t remember how much the fiddle cost at Ikea but it was pretty inexpensive (probably around $30). They had all kinds of options, from little tiny plants to ones taller than me!

  2. I don’t know how one could not like cheese? Everyone in my house eats it…. all the time. I’m one of those everything is better with cheese people.

    I don’t have any information on this plant, but I have pothos, spider and Christmas Cactus plants that I’ve had for years. they love to grow, and can to some day be ignored for a while and still thrive!

    1. We always have sharp cheddar in our fridge because our sandwiches are incomplete without it! I have had a spider plant for 8+ years and it’s always done GREAT! It’s happily living on my mantle – such a pretty plant, and so easy to care for! :)

  3. I would secretly LOVE to play kickball, but I’d also be terrified. I’m SO uncoordinated when it comes to sports that involve making contact with anything!
    I recently read (and loved) All The Light We Cannot See. It was amazing!
    And the cheese of all cheeses is GOUDA! Maybe it’s because I’m a veg and it tastes like bacon to me haha (aka I’m the world’s worst vegetarian!).
    We need to buy some little plants for our house. They add so much life to it!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

    1. Thanks for the book rec Susie! I will add it to the list! I LOVE gouda too, its delicious! Definitely grab a plant or two for your house, they are such game changers! 😀

  4. My favorite cheese is American. I buy packages of 24 slices frozen from Schwan and eat it either by itself or in a sandwich or scrambled eggs.

    I just finished reading Any Day Now by Robyn Carr. A review of it will go live on my blog this Thursday. I have a black thumb, so any plant that enters my house doesn’t last very long.

    1. Oooh thanks for the book rec! I’ll check it out and add to my list! I used to have a black thumb too but somewhere in all the years it must have turned green lol! Thanks Abbie, I hope your day is amazing!

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