Friday, May 31, 2013

Facing fear...

That's me in 2001.

Saturday marks graduation day for our Gar-Pal High School seniors! A time of excitement and anticipation, it can also hold a bit of trepidation. So in light of this time of stepping out into the great unknown, I'm taking a look back at a moment when I faced a fear of my own...and lived to tell the story.

My computer dictionary describes FEAR this way: "An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat."

That sums it up well.

I am plagued by fear. It’s been that way ever since I can remember, ever since I was a little girl. Indeed, that was the defining attribute behind the painfully-shy-girl-with-blue-glasses and her oddities.

I do have typical fears: fear of heights, for example, that makes me wonder how in the world I ever mustered the courage to parasail a dozen years ago. A milestone birthday for my dearest friend, I had a buy-one-get-one-free-coupon and I wanted to give her something to remember. As you can imagine, if one is afraid of heights, parasailing is pretty much terrifying. Yet I did it. That’s me. Photographic proof. 

Yet more often than not, my fears are not at all typical. They are irrational and exhausting. 

I am particularly fearful in social situations. I am constantly haunted by what I said, or didn’t say, or should’ve said. I always assume I did something wrong or said something that will be misunderstood. I watch with envy those lucky souls who sail through social encounters with grace and ease as if they never even give it a thought. Meanwhile, I am sweating in the corner. I'm often told you'd never know I feel that way. I've worked in many jobs dealing with the public (even a grocery store ;), but inside I am a jumbled pile of nerves. 

So, all of this to say that no matter how afraid of something (rational or irrational) you may be, there’s a parasailer somewhere deep inside all of us. Just remember to take a picture. 

Twelve years later you may be glad you have proof.

Congratulations, Graduates! 
-The Grocer's Wife

P.S. Saturday is the 9th Annual Spring BBQ & Hot Rod Gathering on Main Street, Palouse! Click HERE for details!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Memorial Weekend Savings!


Have a great weekend!
-The Grocer's Wife

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Quick & easy never tasted so good...

(With jalapenos in the market, try this quick & easy recipe courtesy of our daughter, Jess.) 

Quick & Easy Pico de Gallo

Chop fine:
4 tomatoes
¾ white onion
2 jalapenos (seeds removed)

Juice of 2 limes
Salt and pepper to taste

Chill and serve.

-The Grocer's Wife

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Everything I needed to know about being a gran...

My mom and son, circa 1987

Because the past year brought two perfect grandboys into The Grocer’s and my life, on this Mother’s Day my thoughts turn to what my mom (the quintessential grandmother) taught me about being a gran.

1.       It’s all in the details: Kids don’t need lavish gestures or expensive gifts. Some of our now-adult-kids’ fondest memories of my mom include tucking a dollar bill into their hands to spend on whatever they wanted, or the fact that she always (always) had treats in the house ready for their visits.

2.       Everyone is the favorite when they’re at Grandma’s house: My mom has 12 grandchildren and 17-and-counting great-grandchildren, and I would bet $100 bucks that each and every one of the grandkids would tell you they always felt like the favorite when they were with her. If there is one thing I hope to master as a gran, that’s it. 

3.       Grandmas always have time: #3 goes hand-in-hand with #1. Now, I don’t know if this was actually factually true when our kids were growing up, but I can tell you unequivocally that they surely believed it. I don’t think my mom ever uttered the words: “I’m too busy,” when it came to her grandkids. She may not have had material things, but she always had time.

Thanks for the lessons, Mom. I love you.
Happy Mother's Day to ALL the moms out there!

-The Grocer's WIfe 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Mother's Day is in BLOOM at the market...

JUST ARRIVED: Our BIGGEST assortment of Mother's Day FLOWERS ever! Adorable Arrangements, Beautiful Bouquets, Mini-Potted Roses, Potted Azaleas, and Potted Oriental Lilies! You're sure to find the perfect flowers for MOM! 

And as always, open SUNDAY 8-5!

-The Grocer's Wife

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Every day's a good day at Kamiak...

Every day is a good day to visit Kamiak Butte and May days are no exception. The weather's warming up, wildflowers are in bloom, and the views are taking on their 'greens'. 

Just a hop, skip, and jump from Palouse...and it's FREE! You can't beat that!

-The Grocer's WIfe