Friday, June 29, 2012

Even I have my favorites...

While much of the country has baked, burned, and scalded in record-breaking heat, we here in the Northwest have experienced a cooler-than-normal few months. Now, I know plenty of folks in Palouse and on The Palouse who would ardently disagree, but I have LOVED this cool start to summer.

I've acknowledged before that I am a spring/fall girl. I don't do well in the extremes. But, still I must admit there are things that even I (a bona fide example of skin-so-pale-it-could-burst-into-flames-when-the-temperature-breaches-75) look forward to, and even enjoy, about the 'season which shall not be named.'

So in an effort to reach across the aisle to the heat seekers out there, here are a few of the things that even I love about this season:
  1. Palouse fields: Our town is surrounded by the most incredible green Palouse fields which turn into the most incredible gold fields in the blink of an eye. They are insanely beautiful.
  2. Iced coffee: I've rarely met a coffee I didn't like. But iced white coffee is my new weakness, and I only drink it when it's warm out. Now, if you like your java with a bit of a dessert twist, may I suggest an espresso shake – WOW!
  3. Summer events in Palouse: Our town comes to life in the summer. From the Hot Rod Show the first of June to Palouse Days in mid-September, there are so many wonderful events to attend in our town. See them HERE or HERE. There's not a bad one in the bunch!
  4. Melons: A little silly, I know, but seriously don't you love a great watermelon or cantaloupe? Nothing like it when the weather's hot.
  5. The beach: Our favorite family spot is quite a drive away, but I gotta admit that when we make it there, even I enjoy soaking up the sun (smothered in suncreen, of course ;) 
Reluctantly enjoying the warmer weather.
-The Grocer's Wife

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Looks like summer to me...

It's that time...barbecues, swimming, camping, boating ~ whatever you like to do in the summer, stop by the market and we'll get you ready!

Check out these fully cooked burgers that go from freezer to bun in mere minutes! See New Items for pics!

-The Grocer's Wife

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Quick Takes: First day of summer

"Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon." 
                                                                      --C. Day-Lewis

What can I say? Mr. Lewis pretty much hit the nail on the head :)

-The Grocer's Wife

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Palouse in June...

The Palouse in June is a wonderful sight to behold. Colors deepen and the wind whooshes through the fields like a freight train. Father's Day was a pretty one in our neck of the woods. Hope all of you dads out there had a great day! 

-The Grocer's Wife

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Life is beautiful...

So much has been going on lately that I've had little opportunity to write. Time has just been flying by.

Some things have been difficult, like members of our extended family facing serious situations and illness, or just the inevitable but painful effects of aging.

Some things have been exciting, like other members of our family preparing for great life changes.

And, some things have brought just the purest and simplest joy—like the birth of our first grandchild—that I am rendered speechless. The feeling is indescribable.

Oftentimes in my life I've found that some of the saddest and happiest moments co-exist in the same period of time. In some ways, it feels confusing to experience such deep emotions on opposite ends of the spectrum, simultaneously. 

Then, sometimes I think that paradox is really the essence of life itself. 

Nothing is sure. There are no guarantees. Life is full of risk, but it exists alongside hope. Still, my personality struggles to hold onto hope. As much as I hate to admit it, the painfully-shy-girl-with-blue-glasses that I've written of on the blog—the girl who was afraid of everything—is still who I battle every day.

Yet in those moments of life's indescribable joy, that girl and all her fears disappear. In those moments, all that remains is good and pure and wonderful. 

Several years ago in the midst of the darkest valley I had experienced, I asked someone I admired (a woman who had endured more of life's hardships than should befall one individual) how she had survived and managed to remain positive. 

She answered simply that she quit expecting so much from life

At first I was taken aback. But the more she explained, the more I understood. She didn't mean that a person shouldn't dream big or have high aspirations, but rather that oftentimes we get so derailed by the bad stuff that we fail to appreciate the little moments of joy happening all around us...the now.

Her words stayed with me through that dark valley, and even when things felt utterly devoid of hope, she was right. Moments of joy were there for the taking. Grabbing hold of those moments is a lesson I'm still learning today. 

They are inconspicuous moments of grace, with the power to sustain us through moments of heartache.

None of us knows what tomorrow holds. It could be pain. But, it could also be the purest and simplest joy, the kind that renders you utterly speechless.

And that possibility—that chance at a moment of grace—that is what makes life so beautiful.

-The Grocer's Wife

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Palouse in stitches...

If you ask me, this amazing quilt in the window of Grammy G's Quilt Shop in Palouse has the heart of The Palouse stitched all through it! 

Hope June's off to a good start in your world!
-The Grocer's Wife

Friday, June 1, 2012

Let the good times roll...

Spring BBQ & Hot Rod Gathering 2011

We turn the calendar to June today which means that tomorrow--THIS SATURDAY--is the annual Spring BBQ & Hot Rod Gathering in Palouse! Click HERE for all the details, or HERE to see more pics of last year's event.

If you've never been to a Palouse event, I encourage you to come out and visit our wonderful little town. I always tell folks that Palouse events are the best! 

Also, a big shout out of CONGRATULATIONS goes out to all our Gar-Pal graduates! We here at the market wish you all the happiness and success in the world!

Happy Weekend!
-The Grocer's Wife