Friday, April 29, 2011

Hope springs eternal...and sometimes you even get a bumper crop


In my mind, this time of year is always marked by hope and new beginnings: spring's budding foliage from winter's dormant silence, the flux of new life—everywhere you look, change is in the air.

For high school and college students, graduation is near, and, with it, decisions for the future - ever-present anxiety amidst undeniable excitement. Parents feel a tug at their hearts as their sons and daughters (little ones just moments ago) give new wings of freedom a try.

It's planting another garden even when you know you've never harvested more than a handful of tomatoes.

It's swimming lessons and learning to drive.

It's being sworn into the military, heading off to college, or taking that new job and moving far from home.

It's weddings, where new families are born. 

Yes, even the hyper-televised nuptials of William and Kate make me smile. While I scarcely can imagine their reality, when I look at them, I still see two young people embarking on a life together, and, under all the pomp and circumstance, they seem like they could be anyone's son or daughter.

So, cheers to the graduates, to the parents (just starting out...or trying to let go), to the new soldiers, and to the brides and grooms.

Though the news is filled with hard times and cynicism, in the midst of it all: it's spring! And, the beauty of each new spring means the hope of MORE than a handful of tomatoes...sometimes, you even get a bumper crop.

Happy Weekend!
-The Grocer's WIfe

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

It was THAT good...

  
I must preface this post by admitting that it looks nothing like this on The Palouse so far this week, but Easter weekend...oh my, it was perfection. I'm pretty sure if you cocked your head just so, you could hear the angels singing. It was THAT good. 

Since we're currently in the midst of cold, rain, and winds, I thought I'd share a bit of what it looked like just a few days ago at UI's Arboretum & Botanical Garden. Because it's constantly changing with the seasons, it's one of my favorite places for a leisurely stroll (click any image to enlarge):
  








LOVE that place!
-The Grocer's Wife

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Wishing you a Happy Easter!


A few years ago when The Grocer and I were in Springfield, Missouri, we set out on a day trip in search of the Christ of the Ozarks statue near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We first saw the 67-foot-tall figure in the 2005 movie Elizabethtown, which quickly became one of our all-time-favorite flicks.


You see, I was obsessed with recreating the Orlando Bloom scene where his character Drew Baylor (on a cross-country trip to sprinkle his recently-deceased father's ashes at points of interest along the way) does this:

that's me:)

It was one of those rare moments in life where you see something from a movie and it looks exactly the way it did on the big screen. Priceless. 

Visiting the real Elizabethtown, Kentucky...still on my Bucket List.

Wishing you a Happy Easter!
-The Grocer's Wife

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lilies and candy and ham...oh my!

EASTER IS THIS SUNDAY! 


We've got lilies! Even if you don't buy one - if you stop by the market, be sure and smell one...amazing!


We've got candy! All the usual suspects, and--if you're inclined to think outside the basket--how about hair ties or barrettes, lip balm, crazy straws, matchbox cars, a new deck of cards for Go Fish, crayons, or silly putty...HAVE FUN!


And, we've got ham! Cook's Bone-In and Spiral Sliced...it's not ALL about the candy.

Happy Easter prepping!
-The Grocer's Wife

Saturday, April 16, 2011

First spring hike on Kamiak Butte...


If I had to pick one place I couldn't live without on The Palouse, it'd be Kamiak Butte County Park. Hands down. Situated a mere three miles from the town of Palouse, Kamiak is the most amazing forested oasis situated in the midst of the most amazing rolling farmland. It's beauty within beauty. And, hiking season's just beginning!









Happy Trails!
-The Grocer's Wife

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Quintessential spring...


For me, it's daffodils. What embodies spring to you?
-The Grocer's Wife

Monday, April 11, 2011

Color The Palouse...


Saturday on The Palouse was like a scene created from a virtual Crayola box, and that thought got me reminiscing.

When I was a kid (the painfully shy girl with blue glasses), I loved nothing more than those moments in class when the teacher would pass out the giant sheets of tissue-paper-thin writing paper (upper half for drawing; lower half with hatched-lines for writing - penmanship mattered:). 

You see, I couldn't play sports to save my life. PE...ugh. I still need therapy to recover from those memories. Even recess, pretty much a nightmare for the socially introverted. But, a blank sheet of paper and my imagination...heaven. With a freshly-sharpened pencil and the 64-count Crayola box (replete with handy, built-in sharpener), the world was my oyster. 

So, if I had to color Saturday's scenes from The Palouse (virtual Crayola box in hand), here's what I'd choose. For the light and airy skies and hints of growth in the fields:

PERIWINKLE and FOREST GREEN


And, for the more saturated skies and last year's stubble...


CORNFLOWER and MAIZE


Wishing you a week filled with your favorite colors.
-The Grocer's Wife

Friday, April 8, 2011

Don't forget...


Saturday is the annual Palouse Spring Open House!


For details, click HERE or HERE. It's gonna be a great day!

Happy Weekend!
-The Grocer's Wife

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ugly weather pretty places...


The forecast calls for a respite toward week's end from the rough weather that continues to pester our region, but even with the ugly weather there are still pretty places all around. I'd read about Pullman's Lawson Gardens (Pullman, WA, is about 15 miles south of Palouse), but I stumbled upon it for the first time Tuesday afternoon. The wind was so strong it was hard to get many pictures, but I'll try again soon.






Even the drive home on WA-27 was pretty. Stormy...but so pretty.



 Love the play of colors and textures on The Palouse.


And, the simplicity of the point where the sky meets the fields...my absolute favorite. 

Don't let the ugly weather fool you - there's always 'pretty' to be found on The Palouse.
p.s. Crossing fingers: Friday and Saturday weather reports are looking good. 

-The Grocer's Wife

Monday, April 4, 2011

This Saturday! Palouse Spring Open House...

Palouse is a bustling place during town events - come see why, Saturday!

Mark your calendars! Save the date!

This Saturday, April 9, 10am-5pm, it's the annual Palouse Spring Open House!

If you've never had the pleasure of experiencing a Palouse town event, come and see why we love this town! Join our Main Street downtown merchants for a day of shopping, food and fun. And, no kidding, the nicest people...ever.

With their truly unique personalities and vibes, there's something for every treasure-hunter in our antique/vintage & specialty shops. There's amazing art, courtesy of Bank Left Gallery; Bridge Street Styles to make you look your best; and, great eats too: from espresso, sandwiches & goodies to bar-n-grill to fine dining...it's all here!

The Market!

And, along with all of that, there's the market! Stop in for some complementary refreshments (cookies and coffee to stoke your energy for another round through town:)

Barbecue basket door prize!

And, don't forget to enter the market's door prize drawing for the fun-filled barbecue basket pictured above. 

So, mark your calendars! And, save the date!

Hope to see you this Saturday!
-The Grocer's Wife
For more info on Palouse Events click HERE, or on the Palouse Events tab above.
For more info on the town of Palouse, see http://www.visitpalouse.com/

Participating Spring Open House merchants include:
Bank Left Gallery & Bistro
Bridge Street Styles
Green Frog Cafe
Linda's Whimseys
McLeod's Palouse Market
Needful Things Thrift Shop
Open Eye Consignment Shops
Palouse Pines Mercantile
Palouse Tavern & Grill
St. Elmo's Antiques

Friday, April 1, 2011

Rain, rain, go away...

Waterfront picnic, anyone?

We've been experiencing the 'perfect storm' of rain + warm temperatures + wind in Palouse this week, and as you can see our lovely little town is quite waterlogged at the moment. 

Still, we've got it pretty good compared to large parts of the East Coast where they're expecting a wallop of an April 1st snowstorm, or Florida where they're cleaning up debris from yesterday's crazy tornadoes. 

Not a newfangled pond in our beautiful park...just gargantuan puddles - yeek!

Behind the market. We may have to start selling ark supplies:)

So, I'm thinking that maybe all this crazy weather is somehow an elaborate April Fool's joke, wherein we'll all collectively wake up any moment to sunshine, 65-degrees, birds singing, rainbows, and unicorns prancing down Main Street. 

Are you with me?

Happy Weekend!
-The Grocer's Wife