Thursday, July 31, 2014


We have been very busy over here.  We put our house on the market this spring and buckled in for a wild ride of house showings and house hunting.  When our house sold we still didn't have a contract on a new one so the pressure was on.

Not our ideal situation and stress was high for a while.  Mr. 65th even had a crazy father of the bride moment and wanted to buy our house back when we couldn't find a new one to buy!  But we had to remember why we wanted to sell in the first place, better schools.

After signing a contract on a much larger house, it didn't feel right and wasn't in the neighborhood we really wanted so we got out of it.  We would be buying for location this time around and that is what we did.

As of last Thursday we are the new owners of a cozy 1940 fixer upper in a wonderful neighborhood. Great schools, walk to train and a trendy downtown complete with a vintage movie theater.

The new owners of our house are letting us stay until next week so we have been able to get some work done at the new house before moving in.  I will be back soon with pictures!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Fiddle leaf fig

It's been freezing and snowy here in the Midwest.  School has been cancelled five times so far which has to be a record.  Instead of being cooped up in the house for months on end we try to participate with old man winter by snowshoeing, ice skating and just getting outside.  Sadly none of that is happening lately. 

One way I am keeping my sanity is by bringing plants and flowers inside.  Greenery in the house makes me happy.  So after admiring the ever so popular and trendy Fiddle Leaf Fig in design magazines and blogs, I finally got one of my very own.  I've heard about people finding small ones at Ikea for cheap but never saw one there until this past Saturday. 

We headed out early hoping to find one of the elusive fiddle leafs.  I was happy when I found about six of them to choose from. 

This is Mr. Fig.  He's just a baby but I think it's the perfect size for this spot in our living room.  For twelve dollars it won't be a huge loss if he doesn't make it.  I've read they can be kind of tricky to keep alive.  I found the basket at an estate sale this summer.

This glossy green guy is called a goldfish plant.  It gets little orange flowers on it that look kind of like goldfish. 

It seems to be in the succulent family and has been really easy to care for so far. 

Having a few new plants will get you to clean and organize your house.  I bet you didn't know they could do that for you.  It's true.

Have you had any luck with a fiddle leaf?  I will let you know how it goes.