Sharon Montrose

We're fortunate to have a wonderful cousin who's also an amazing photographer. Sharon and Spencer visited us last week, and now we have some beautiful Polaroids of the kid.


The Urban Homestead

This is Nusia holding garlic she just picked from Kelly and Erik's garden. It was my first time eating fresh garlic--roasted and spread on bread--and it was, of course, delicious.
Kelly and Erik's book, The Urban Homestead was just released. It's "Your guide to self-sufficient living in the city," and I could easily go on all day singing this wonderful book's praises, but I'll keep it brief. The book is positive and encouraging and easy to read and fun and it will teach you how to grow lettuce and preserve food and make beer and start a compost pile and clean your house with homemade nontoxic cleaners and live a little more engaged with the world and people around you.


Chocolate Cake

We appreciated its beauty for a moment, and then devoured it. The kid insisted.


Russian Mammoth

Sunflower anticipation is building in our garden. This is the first of eight Russian Mammoths in the early stages of blooming. The seed packet told us to expect a plant that could grow up to 12 feet high. It looks more likely to top out at about 7 feet, which is still quite a sight. It's already about half a foot taller than me, and the first hints of yellow were spotted just yesterday.


Sparkling Wine

The man in the photo in this photo is toasting you/me/us with a glass of sparkling wine. What that says to me is, "I'm going to make so much money off of you, I'll be drinking sparkling wine." I wouldn't want to say that to my clients. Maybe I'd pose with some Odwalla Strawberry Lemonade Seasonal, but nothing fancier than that. I think lifting a glass of bubbly in this context is somewhat off-putting. It's at odds with the surrounding shrubs, too. Additionally, the real estate market being what it is at the moment, perhaps it's not an appropriate time for toasts. You have to stay positive, of course, but with a little restraint and propriety. Don't you think?