Thursday, June 30, 2011

Let there be light!

We finally got the electrical hooked back up under the new awning. Now, you can see our sign at night!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Quick Takes...June fields

Weary souls in need of solace need only take in June fields on The Palouse. It's nature's therapy and it's all free.

I'm feeling better already.
-The Grocer's Wife

Sunday, June 26, 2011

When life gives you lemons...

Have you ever known one of those people to whom life gives lemons, yet they refuse to let it define them? I'm always in awe of that and the grace with which the human spirit is capable of facing incredible adversity.

My brother was one of those individuals, and today would've been his 56th birthday. I've written of Jim before, as he's never far from my thoughts.

In the prime of his life, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor that would eventually take his life. For nearly a decade he fought through multiple surgeries, treatments, and hope followed by setbacks.

But, that's not what defined Jim.

What defined him was that in the midst of all of that, he retained his sense of humor, remained ever-optimistic, and never wavered in his faith, enjoying life each day just as he did before that fateful diagnosis.

Over the decade of his struggle, I never saw Jim blame or question God (I can't say the same for me). I never saw him wallow in self-pity or even allow himself to complain. If you asked him how he was doing, without pause, he shot back “GREAT!” That was his answer before the tumor, and it remained his answer until the very end.

The author Arthur Golden once said, “Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.”

My brother, Jim, was one of those rare souls who died as he lived...triumphant. And, that's what I remember on his birthday. Though life gave him lemons, my memories of Jim will always be sweet.

-The Grocer's Wife

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Preserving a piece of history...

See this beautiful little's one of my favorite places in our picturesque town. Though not used for regular services anymore, it is a lasting piece of Palouse history. 

This Saturday, June 25, from 11 am-4 pm, the Palouse Home and Garden Tour will raise funds earmarked for preserving and restoring this wonderful landmark. 

Featuring five diverse homes and gardens (a 1940's Cape Cod, a 22-room Palouse original, the reincarnated former Nazarene Church, a fresh take on a country home and river view, and a smart remodel featuring recycled wood) - like the people of Palouse, you'll find each property on the tour is one-of-a-kind.

For 116 years, this chapel has been a part of Palouse's past. On Saturday, you can be a part of its future. For details on this fun and worthwhile event, click on Palouse Events.

Summer's here! Come enjoy a great Saturday in Palouse!
-The Grocer's Wife

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

First day of summer in Palouse...

The first day of summer in Palouse was sheer perfection. Blue skies. Subtle breeze. Warm sun. Is there anything better...

Hope summer's off to a perfect start in your town, too.

-The Grocer's Wife

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Because of dads...

Circa 1990-ish, as you can probably guess from that mustache!

Between The Grocer and I, we've had three dads in our lives, and not a one anything like the others.

His dad is what I'd call an 'artisan'. A tinkerer, endlessly curious, and innately creative, he can make or build--quite literally--most anything.

His step-dad was the 'archetypal' dad. When your car broke down or you needed a home repair, he'd come over and help you fix it. Not only did he have all the tools but also the gift of showing up just when you needed him. 

My dad was the 'preacher' and also a bit of a Renaissance Man; he could paint, write poetry and music, and fill a sanctuary with his resounding cadence.

I realize as I write this post that for each of our very different dads, I'd have to write a very different “Because of dads” list. So, instead I'm going to write it with The Grocer in mind. He also brought his unique signature to fatherhood, and that's kind of the beauty, isn't it? Dads don't have to be the same - just themselves. So, without further adieu, here's my list.

Because of The Grocer our kids have:
  • An odd familiarity with all things 'grocery': Weird, but true...growing up, it was part of their entire lives and now when I hear them use the jargon in passing, I have to laugh.
  • Memories of camp-outs: Without The Grocer, our kids would never have experienced camping (my family was not at all the outdoorsy-type).
  • A taste for huckleberries and Morel mushrooms (this goes along with camping): As you can imagine coming from a family like mine who NEVER camped, never hiked, never went in the wilderness for any reason whatsoever, the idea of picking and eating something you found in the woods was NOT even on the radar.
  • A wicked sense of humor: Now, I like to think that I have a pretty decent sense of humor, but The Grocer (though often perceived as serious and business-like) is hilarious!
  • A strong work ethic: I'm certain that if you asked our kids to name the hardest working person they know, without pause they'd answer their dad.
  • Memories from childhood like the moment captured above: My take on my job as our kids' mom was to keep them alive long enough for The Grocer to give them wings (and a little adventure thrown in for good measure). I never would've attempted those gymnastics, but when I look at that photo I can still hear their squeals of joy:)

So, to ALL of the dads out there--whichever type you are--we wish you a very Happy Father's Day! 

Have a great weekend!
-The Grocer's Wife

Thursday, June 16, 2011

All for one...and one for DAD!

Our 3-day sale to honor Dad kicks off today! See Coupons and Specials for flyer and details! Sale runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! 

-The Grocer's Wife

Monday, June 13, 2011

Skies meant for dreaming...

Saturday on The Palouse held the perfect June skies. The clouds were the kind that beckon little kids to lie on their backs, stare at the sky, and dream... 

It's that ability to dream that seems most attuned in childhood - to see something that exists (like a cloud) and imagine it as something else (a horse, a car, a dragon). That unfettered imagination is remarkable, but also fleeting. I remember learning that kids come into this world with little to no inhibition about the art they create...that is, until they're told they're doing it wrong.

What if we grew up in a world where we all still believed we were artists? Maybe then, even adults would lie on their backs, stare at the sky, and dream.

-The Grocer's Wife

Thursday, June 9, 2011

You say tomato, I say tomaaato...

We just got in some of the most beautiful red, ripe tomatoes I've seen in a long time. They are picture perfect, and the ideal companion for a little BLT action: 

Now, I know there's nothing like fresh tomatoes from your own garden, but I'd venture to say these beauties are as close as you can get (and, you don't have to wait till August:).

-The Grocer's Wife

Monday, June 6, 2011

Gentlemen...start your engines

This last Saturday in Palouse, the 7th Annual Spring BBQ & Hot Rod Gathering did not disappoint. As promised, it was a day filled with cars, live music, food, and fun! Did I mention cars? They ran from one end of Mains Street to the other! And, they were pretty cool!

If you missed the Hot Rod Gathering, be sure and check out the Palouse Events tab above because there's a summer-ful of events on the roster! 

Come and visit our wonderful town. You won't be disappointed!

-The Grocer's Wife

Friday, June 3, 2011

Quick Takes...Bill Chipman Palouse Trail

An eight-mile path between Pullman, Washington and Moscow, Idaho - the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail offers something for everyone. And, along with a dandy path are some downright dandy views. These pics were taken late Friday afternoon...the first pretty day in days.

So, whether you want to walk from Washington to Idaho; bike from Idaho to Washington; or, stand with one foot in each can do it all on this trail. See what I mean - something for everyone.

Happy Weekend!
-The Grocer's Wife