Monday, May 26, 2014

The importance of remembering...

One of the first things that caught my eye when The Grocer and I moved to our small town 5 ½ years ago was the lovely little city park adjacent to the market. With its whimsical child-on-a-swing sculpture, impeccably maintained rose gardens, memorial bench, and monument to community spirit, it’s a lovely place for travelers cruising SR 27 to get out and stretch, or for locals to sit and enjoy the sunshine on a warm summer’s day.

But, it’s the smallest thing of all in the little park that has always left the deepest impression on me: the memorial to a Gar-Pal High School graduate, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2004.

While our families are not strangers to military service—The Grocer, his father, his stepfather, both of my brothers, our son, and our daughter-in-law all served their country—they all came home. Yet, this young man and so many others did not. 

On Memorial Day, we remember all of the fallen service men and women and the families they left behind. Words can never express our gratitude for their sacrifice.

-The Grocer's Wife

Friday, May 16, 2014

Meeting destiny...

(This post is dedicated to all the graduates of 2014.) 

“A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.” -Jean de La Fontaine

Oftentimes, as the sayings go, we can't see the forest for the trees or the answer right in front of our nose. 

But, why? 

If you're anything like me, I think so much of what we believe inadvertently comes from pop culture, movies, and novels much more than real life.

Just ask a 70, 80, or 90 year old if the life they have lived is the one they imagined when they were young. Most will tell you that their years have been full of surprises, and that in those surprises were some of life’s greatest joys.

Sometimes, the most difficult challenge we face is to change the picture in our minds of where we think we are going. Sometimes, as Jean de La Fontaine so aptly put it, the very thing we are running from is the very thing we are meant to do.

The scripts of life unfold like the roads of The Palouse – at times, they are an anchor, a fixed thoroughfare between points A and B; other times, they act as a diversion, a path to travel while soaking in the scenic beauty; and, sometimes, they are the roads that lead us to a ‘destiny’ that we could have never imagined but are meant to find.

Meeting destiny can happen when we least expect it. They key, I think, is to enjoy the view along the way. 

-The Grocer's Wife

Friday, May 9, 2014


Mother's Day is SUNDAY! Just arrived - one of our BEST assortments of flower picks EVER! We have bright bouquets with the cutest little bumblebee accents, adorable arrangements with birdhouses and watering can pots, mini arrangements accented with little straw bonnets, and mini-roses, azaleas, and lovely pink lilies to last long past the holiday!

Remember, quantities are limited. For best selection, shop early!

Have a GREAT Mother's Day weekend!

-The Grocer's Wife

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Butterfly advice...

In The Complete Fairy Tales, author Hans Christian Andersen's butterfly contends: "Just living is not enough… One must  have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."

I think the butterfly would enjoy Pullman's Lawson Gardens:

-The Grocer's Wife

Monday, May 5, 2014

Quick & Easy Guacamole

There are a LOT of recipes out there for guacamole, and while I'm sure they're all tasty my favorite guacamole has two ingredients: ripe avocados and salt (to taste). 

That's my kind of 'recipe'.

-The Grocer's Wife

P.S. For Quick & Easy Pico de Gallo, click HERE, or see the RECIPES tab above.