Thursday, March 28, 2013

We've got you covered for Easter!

We've got you covered for Easter! 

Goodies for your basket, see HERE and HERE; a plethora of hams (Cook's Spiral Cut, Longhorn Spiral Cut, Cook's Bone-In (Butt or Shank), Boneless Maple River Half Hams, and even Thick-Cut Ham Steaks:   

Catch all our Easter Savings - Friday through Sunday, March 29, 30, 31!

-The Grocer's Wife

Thursday, March 21, 2013

On life and the market...

The Grocer and I own a market. No surprise there, eh? 

It’s just that sometimes I wonder if the things that I write of from time to time here are appropriate in that business-y world. Sometimes I wonder if people click on the blog and think: “Woa…what does that have to do with the market?”  But for me, life and the market go hand in hand. So heads-up, this is one of those posts. Nothing to do with canned goods, fresh meat, or produce here today. Nope. Just my ramblings about life in all its wonderful, messy, unpredictable, and sometimes-sad glory...

Today would have been my dad’s 85th birthday.

He died six years ago and I miss him. In fact, this year he is especially on my mind because my mom is not well.

Since 2006, The Grocer and I have lost my brother, my dad, his step-dad, and his dad.

It feels like a lot of loss. And while it is an expected and normal part of life, there are moments when the magnitude of the missing people in one’s life becomes inescapable.

In many ways it is true that losing someone you love gets easier with time. Life goes on. Days turn into weeks and months and years. Still it always shocks me how—out of nowhere and oftentimes for no apparent reason—missing someone can flare up with a palpable ache that is unlike any other.

I've read that in French the way we say I miss you becomes something akin to you are missing from me (tu me manqués). And that is how I feel often with regard to my loved ones who are now gone. 

Yet I hope this post doesn't read as a woe-is-me soliloquy. 

To be sure, my life is filled with so many completely wonderful things that I sometimes feel guilty. I know, too, that I am lucky to have had those we’ve lost in our lives to begin with.

It’s just that today, on my dad’s birthday, he is missing from me. And sometimes it helps just to say it. 

-The Grocer's Wife

Friday, March 15, 2013

Quick Takes: On the road to Kamiak Butte

One of the best parts of living in the town of Palouse is that a mere three miles away sits Kamiak Butte County Park. A great place to picnic, camp, hike, or just take a walk, the Pine Ridge Trail is a 3.5 mile loop, but if you choose the short route (to the top and back) you can easily fit it in your lunch hour. 

Kamiak is a favorite place of mine. Click HERE to see some past pics. 

It's getting pretty out there. Hope you get out and enjoy it. And remember, this weekend in town: March Madness Sale, March Madness Rummage Sale, and St. Paddy's in Palouse! See Palouse Events for details. 

-The Grocer's Wife

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The best thing one can do...

This time of year on The Palouse the weather is entirely unpredictable. One minute sun, the next rain, back to sun...even a little snow (and this can all occur within the scope of 15 minutes). 

Recently, as I was out running errands the weather shifted just like that and, in an instant, a downpour ensued. 

I was just pulling into the parking lot of the shop I was headed to and decided to wait it out. As I watched folks coming and going, it struck me how without exception the adults all tried to avoid the rain. Some ducked and ran or at the very least picked up their pace, some covered up, and some like me waited it out. Then something happened that was so antithetical to the reactions of the masses that it was impossible to miss. 

A woman exited the shop whisking a little girl to the car in her arms. The woman had the typical scrunched-down posture of those around her, but the little girl--in unabashed delight--threw her head back with her face to the sky and raised her arms as high as she could reach as if to capture every raindrop all the others were cowering from.

It was such a sweet moment to witness. 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, "For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining, is to let it rain." 

That little girl understood :) 

Here are a few new rainy day pics from the UI Arboretum:

 -The Grocer's Wife

Friday, March 1, 2013

March means...MAJOR sugar overload

When you live in The Grocer's world (the wonderful world of grocery ;), life is but one holiday opportunity for building candy displays after another. 

From Valentine's Day to Easter, Halloween to Christmas...the sheer volume of confectioneries knows no end. Bored with the same-old-same-old? This year, we even got in chocolate covered jelly beans

Click HERE to see all the sweet, delightful Easter treats for 2013.

Happy Weekend!
-The Grocer's Wife