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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?