Monday, January 31, 2011

Remembering Jim...June 26, 1955 - Jan. 31, 2006

me in kindergarten - Jim graduating high school

I never met anyone who didn't like my brother, Jim.

Strong, charming, and so smart - he had the best sense of humor and an infectious laugh...and I adored him.

Though he stood 5'7" (on a good day), he was larger than life in my eyes. He knew the things that mattered; he didn't sweat the small stuff; and he was so much fun, you just wanted to be around him.

Twelve years his junior, I wanted to be just like Jim when I grew up. Now, in my 40s, I still do.

Five years ago today, he died. The Grocer and I had yet to find Palouse and purchase the market - but I know Jim would've been cheering us on. 

Not a day goes by that I don't think of him and miss him. But, likewise, not a day goes by that I'm not grateful for each moment I was given as his sister.

Wishing each of you a 'Jim' in your life.
-The Grocer's Wife

Friday, January 28, 2011

Let's take a field trip...

One of the things I love most about living in the town of Palouse is its proximity to things. 

Oftentimes in rural locations, it can be quite a trek to other towns and cities. But, that's not the case with Palouse. You can get to Pullman, WA or Moscow, ID in under 20 minutes; Lewiston, ID in about an hour; and Spokane, WA and Coeur d' Alene, ID in under an hour and a half. 

So, last week when we had a perfect winter day I took advantage of that proximity to things and headed to my favorite spot in Moscow - the University of Idaho's Arboretum & Botanical Garden. 

I knew I didn't have much time to spend there. In fact, I was probably there a total of 20 minutes. But, it was so worth it.

 In the midst of winter, there were splashes of orange
 and red
 solitary benches beckoned
And the skies were downright magical. 
Sometimes a 20 minute field trip is all you need. 
Happy Weekend.
-The Grocer's Wife

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Put it on my tab...



I've been adding info to the tabs above. They're a work in progress, but there's a little something in each of them now.

Monday, January 24, 2011

10 reasons to love life in a small town...

A Saturday morning in Palouse.
  1. Rush hour...what's that?
  2. A line at our post office (if you can find one) is two people deep.
  3. Every now and again, wildlife meanders right down Main Street. (The first winter The Grocer and I were here, a moose darted right through town and up the hillside across the street from the market.)
  4. We have a pool in our city park...and local kids swim FREE. (Oh yeah, and our city park...AMAZING.)
  5. You realize that you can go in every business on Main Street and find someone you know to visit with.
  6. We have Four-Wheeler Angels who get up at the crack of dawn in the dead of winter and plow the sidewalks...just because.
  7. Every single day, you see examples of what community spirit is all about.
  8. You know the mayor, police chief, postmaster, school superintendent, and the local ministers by first name.
  9. The annual summertime Pie & Ice Cream Social...it's small town life at its best.
  10. If you close your eyes, you can almost imagine what life was like in the 50s. 
Lovin' life in Palouse.
-The Grocer's Wife

Friday, January 21, 2011

A perfect winter day...

As I mentioned a few posts back, January in our part of the country is a mixed bag. Today, for instance, is rainy and gray. But, to give you an idea of how fast the weather changes around here, in the course of a week's time (Jan 12-19), we went from snow, to flooding, to this:





You could actually feel the warmth of the sun through the car windows on Wednesday. Ahhhh...heaven. 

Happy Weekend.
-The Grocer's Wife



Wednesday, January 19, 2011

With our thanks....


Behind every market, there is a crew. Ours just happens to be a really good one;) So, today we give our team a well-deserved SHOUT-OUT!

Our market is open 364 days per year (every day but Christmas). And, while this business is The Grocer's passion--no matter how many hours he puts in--without our crew, he could never get the job done. 

You see, markets by their nature produce ample undesirable but necessary tasks. There are always floors to be swept, garbage to be collected, freight to be thrown, deep fryers to be labored over, and the list goes on and on. Our crew assists with all of that with team spirit and a good dose of humor.

But, none of that matters if we're not taking care of our customers, and that's where our crew really shines. 

Living in a small town, we have the luxury of knowing most of our customers; they are our neighbors, fellow business owners, and friends. Our crew looks out for them, but they make it a point to throw out the welcome mat to non-Palousers, too. They visit with folks. They take the time to learn names. If an item is left behind, they go out of their way to get it back to the owner. They provide a personal touch that is hard to duplicate in the mega-markets, and that personal touch is our ultimate goal.

Our crew is crucial to keeping our store running while we are there, and their presence allows us much-needed breaks to get away. 

Behind every market, there is a crew. And today, we give a SHOUT-OUT of THANKS to ours! 

-The Grocer's Wife

Friday, January 14, 2011

It's baaaaaack....

Carbohydrates...white flour...gluten...how can something which contains all the bad-buzzwords-of-the-day be so doggone good? I mean is there anything that says comfort like hot-out-of-the-oven french bread? The smell alone...HAVE mercy.

Add a little butter...or maybe a lot...

And forget it...I'm done for. But what a way to go:) 

Hope you enjoy some comfort this weekend, too. 
-The Grocer's Wife

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Baby, it's cold outside...


Boy, is it. Even though our latest round of snow last night on The Palouse left the town of Palouse wetter rather than snowier, still it's c-c-cold. But, apparently we're not alone. Several news outlets are touting the fact that currently there is snow in 49 of our 50 states...including Hawaii. Florida, they note, is the lone holdout. That's pretty amazing.

But, snow in January in our neck of the woods...no surprise.
January here is typically a gray and dismal month. In my mind, it's the grayest. If it's not snowing, it's likely raining, sleeting, or drizzling. 

It's expected here. It's the norm. Still, January always feels a bit oppressive to me. The holidays are done, White Christmas wishes are packed away with the tree, yet spring still feels far too far away.

But, even in the midst of the 'January Blues' (or 'Grays' as the case may be), I'm always amazed at just how pretty it really is outside when I take the time to get out and really take a look. 

See what I mean:


But, if you still can't find the beauty in January, just remember the first day of spring is only 67 days away:) Hang in there!

-The Grocer's Wife

Friday, January 7, 2011

This can only mean one thing....CHOCOLATE

 Before

After

Dove Chocolates...yum.

 Reese's Peanut Butter Heart...swoon.

Junior Mints heart-shaped...adorable.

These, however, are my personal favorites. 
You get six individually wrapped Emily's Milk Chocolate Covered Fortune Cookies.


 This is a no-brainer. Take something that's already good, 
dip it in chocolate...you have a WINNER!
These are just fun. Give them out to six different people, 
or enjoy the whole box yourself:)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fuji-licious


Fujis are easily one of The Grocer's favorite apples. He loves them because they're always juicy, crispy, and sweet. They have a small core. And when you buy them by the bin (like we have at the market right now), you get extra-large apples that are perfect for caramel dip (The Grocer has an insatiable sweet tooth:).


At a mere 80 calories for a medium Fuji, with 0 grams of fat and 5 grams of dietary fiber (that's if there's no caramel dip involved;), these popular apples are a healthy snack anytime. Come by the market and try one. At 69 cents a pound, these beauties are a steal!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A one-derful, one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime New Year!

Our first winter in Palouse 2008/09
Happy 1/1/11!!!

I couldn't resist launching this blog on such an auspicious day! 

Like the market itself, I hope it becomes a comfortable place where folks stop by.

As my profile notes, my husband and I are lucky enough to own the grocery store in the amazing town of Palouse.

My husband is an old-school, lifelong grocer. He loves all things grocery. So, as you can imagine, buying the market a few years ago was the realization of a dream come true. 

I love the market, too. But, I'm a behind-the-scenes kind of gal. You'll find me on the 'floor' from time to time, but I'm much more comfortable away from the hustle and bustle and since most of my work is done in the office, it's been a great fit.

So, why start a blog? Well, in a sense, it's my New Year's resolution.

In my past working life I was a writer/photographer, and a blog seemed a natural fit to exercise those skills again. 

In posts to come, I plan to showcase new store items and special deals, share some of the uniquely Palouse events in our town, post photos from in-and-around our incomparable region, and write a bit about the common threads that bind our lives together. 

As 2010 fades into history, I'm reminded of the great and unexpected joys our own family experienced. Yet, along with the good times, there were hard times, too. Each year it seems brings some of each...and usually much more of one than the other. 

So, my wish for my family and yours in 2011 is that laughter outweighs tears, joy surpasses sorrow, and the good times outweigh the hard times for us all.

Wishing you all a Happy Happy New Year!

-The Grocer's Wife