Sunday, July 31, 2011

Time waits for no one...

I think the Rolling Stones had it right in 1974 when they recorded those words on their album It's Only Rock 'n' Roll. drives us crazy. Too little for the things we like. Too much for the things we dislike. And, always a tinge of guilt for not using it as wisely as we could have.

Summer took such a long time to arrive on The Palouse, I feel a bit panicked trying to squeeze in everything I hoped to do this season before (yeek!) it's over! Do you relate?

Sometimes, you anticipate something and time just seems to drip, drip, drip by...the proverbial 'watched pot', it taunts us. Other times, it races by so quickly that all you see is a blur of the very thing you wanted to savor. I'm convinced it's one of life's ironies - right up there with the fact that when we're young we think we know everything, only to realize the older we get that we really know nothing much at all.

As for me, being in the moment has never been my strong point. I'm prone to look back, lamenting something I think I could have done better - or to look forward, anxious about the future. Rarely, if ever, am I just content in the now.

James M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan said, “ You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.”

Maybe in the end, that's really the secret of time's mystery. Because it moves with or without us—ready or not—it can never be fully mastered. What may have quietly receded into the recesses of our memory as mundane becomes a talisman in our past that slipped through our fingers. 

Perhaps time is precious precisely because it's fleeting. In all it's aggravating and beguiling ways, time, indeed, waits for no one...not even the Rolling Stones.

So, as July slips into August, here's hoping time's on your side.
-The Grocer's Wife

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bluegrass Festival - music, food, and fun!

What do you get when you mix the image above with the image below?


Set in our beautiful city park under the shade of the leafy trees, it's a Saturday filled with incredible musical talent, mouth-watering food, antiques and vendors! With the weather report calling for sunshine and temps in the 80s, it just doesn't get any better than this!

Come on out to Palouse THIS Saturday and see what all the fuss is about! You'll be glad you did! Click HERE for full info and a roster of performers. 

-The Grocer's Wife

Thursday, July 21, 2011

No complaints here...

While news reports out Wednesday suggested that more than one million square miles of our nation sweltered under a 'heat dome', weather on The Palouse has been, well, how shall I put it......mild

Highs in the 70s, lows in the 40s, it has been absolutely pleasant, and I feel almost guilty admitting it.

Still, the only thing you can count on with regard to any particular weather pattern around here is that it won't last long. And, even now, the winds of change are visible in the fields, where they're just beginning to sport a glint of gold (notice in the distance above). 

This time of year when you can almost see the change happening in near time-lapse fashion makes you want to savor every fleeting moment.

Nothing lasts forever...not the widespread current heat wave in much of the country, nor our arbitrary reprieve from it.

So, as long as it lasts - no complaints here.

Wishing you a little reprieve, too.
-The Grocer's Wife

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sometimes, bigger IS better...

I'm not sure who first coined the phrase: "Go big or go home!" But, here at the market, we concur!!

Step 1: Order in more soda than you truly have room for in order to offer your customers a great summer price.

Step 2: Do what grocers do...take a big mound of product and turn it into this:

Step 3: Affirm--yet again--that The Grocer in the market is like a kid in a candy shop:)

-The Grocer's Wife

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Saturday in Palouse...

Saturdays in Palouse are my favorite day of the week. The vibe in town is relaxed (okay, it's always pretty relaxed - we're a small town after all); but on the weekend, people are even more attuned to spending time with family and friends and just enjoying life. It's nice. 

This morning as I walked through town, I realized how pretty all the flowers had gotten, and I thought I'd share some pictures for those of you who are kind enough to visit our blog from places far away.

These are the flowers in front of the market. I just got them a week ago after scoring this adorable vintage shopping cart from Open Eye right across the street (pictured below). If you ever come to visit our little town, Open Eye Consignment Shop (and its secondary store, Open Eye Furniture Gallery & Bookstore - just down the block) are must-see stops.

I'm telling you, they have THE best stuff! You could get lost in them searching through all the treasures and never want to leave.

So, here's hoping your Saturday (in Palouse, or wherever you are) is filled with images that make you smile (flower pics always do it for me):

Happy Weekend!
-The Grocer's Wife

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


The acclaimed French writer Victor Hugo once said: "To contemplate is to look at shadows."

I'm thinking he would've loved The Palouse.
-The Grocer's Wife

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Small town Americana at its best...

I often rave about Palouse events because while our town is small, Palouse is BIG on activities and fun! And, if I had to pick one event that epitomizes small town Americana, the summertime Ice Cream Social gets the nod.

A fundraiser for the soon-to-be-constructed Palouse Community Center, the Ice Cream Social draws all ages from children to the elderly to our beautiful City Park to enjoy an afternoon under the shade of the big leafy trees listening to good music, enjoying good food, good company, and a good dose of community spirit.

If an afternoon of small town Americana sounds good to you, come out and join us at the City Park in Palouse, Sunday, July 10, noon-4pm. See Palouse Events above for flyer and details. 

Happy Weekend!
The Grocer's Wife

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer's off and running...

Folks around here often maintain that summer doesn't begin till the Fourth of July. And, I gotta admit that after the last several days, they might just be right. We enjoyed one of the prettiest weekends I can remember, followed by a beautiful July 4th with sunny skies and 80-degree days still going strong.

I got to take a walk at the arboretum (Moscow) on Saturday, where even the geese were enjoying a little holiday family time.

Baby geese...adorrrrrrable.

Beyond amazing flowers! Bigger than my fist and so bright they almost hurt your eyes to look at. 

I think it's safe to say - summer has arrived on The Palouse!

-The Grocer's Wife 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July from Palouse!

Wishing you: family, flags, fireworks, fun, barbecues, sparklers, red-white-and-blue, and memories!  

p.s. The market's open 7am-7pm July 4th and our holiday sale runs through Monday!
-The Grocer's Wife

Friday, July 1, 2011