Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hello!  My name is Odie.  Elaine has given me permission to put this on the On Sacred Grounds blog.  I am a deaf, white boxer.  I am carefully pawing this letter with my nail tips in order to tell you about my best frind, Rod Snider.  I've known him for over seven years.  He picked me from a litter of puppies in Valleyford, WA with his late wife, Judi, knowing that I had a handicap.

We had many good times during those early years together once I figured out what he wanted me to do.  He uses a sign language to communicate his wishes.  I produce a sound with my vocal cords that gets his attention.   What can I say, we understand each other.

Things began to change a year later when he was diagnosed with myelofibrosis (a rare bone marrow cancer). Shortly therafter, Judi was diagnosed with lung cancer.  She passed away in 2012.  My buddy was very sad for a long time because he missed her.

I noticed how sad he was one day early last spring.  Rod's son, Jeremy, visited us and brought his truck.  It was a cool truck since it rode so smoothly.  I thought a short trip in the truck might cheer up my buddy.  So, I hopped in and sure enough Rod joined me.  We stopped at the Les Schwab Tire Store on Broadway in Spokane.  How I loved the smell of the new tires!  It sure beat the stinky odor of fire hydrants.

As it turned out, a nice lady with a sparkly hat was sitting in the waiting room.  My buddy noticed her too!  Well guess what happened! She became the new Mrs. Snider.  Elaine sure knows how to scratch my ears.  She also sometimes gives me nice treats at dinner time.

Although Rod has really tried to fight this bone marrow cancer, he is starting to lose the battle.  The pills the doctors gave him are now working.  Rod tires very quickly.  Due to chronic pain, he doesn't have much energy to play anymore.

The doctors believe an adult stem cell transplant could cure Rod.  Elaine (the lady he married with the sparkly hat) wants to raise money to cover the humongous costs involved.  She loves to bake and has created a delicious English Toffee cookie that she offers as a free-will donation.  

The first step in the treatment process involves typing Rod's biological sister, Beverly, in order to see if her bone marrow is compatable. This identification process costs $8000.  If Bev's bone marrow is suitable, the total cost ofr the transplant procedure would be cust in half.  Would you be interested in a home-made English Toffee cookie to help my friend?

Visit On Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop/Cafe on any Monday through Saturday to select how many cookies you would like.  The shop is on 12212 E. Palouse Hwy., PO Box 291, Valleyford, WA 99036.

Elaine's e-mail is onsacredgroundsrising@gmail.com.  If someone would like to have Elaine ship some of her home-made cookies, she would be glad to oblige.  Donations should be made out to Rod's Medical Expenses.  A special account has been established. through the Bank of Fairfield, PO Box 260, Rockford, WA 99030.   Cookie orders can be placed through Elaine's e-mail.  Since I can't say much, please direct your questions about Rod and this fundraising effort to Elaine.  Her daytime phone number is (509) 747-6294.

Thank you for your kind attention,


Rod's Best Friend

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

A little piece of paradise in Cottonwood

Rod & I spent a tranquil & peaceful day & evening at the Inn at St. Gertrude's Monastery.   This order of Benedictine nun's operate a bed and breakfast that offers fascinating history, hiking opportunities or just rejuvinating solace from the busyness of our everyday lives.  I would highly recommend it!

The monastary is located in Cottonwood, ID (about an hour south of Lewiston).  For more information, see their website at www.InnatStGertrude.com

Friday, August 29, 2014

New Friends Searching for Coffee....all the way from Seattle!

I am always pleasantly surprised to see how many brave souls are out there in such of a decent cup of coffee.  I, of course, am always glad to oblige!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Passing Through....

Its amazing how many people stumble across the 'crossroads to the Northern Palouse".  This young couple had just spent the night camping at Heyburn State Park in Idaho and were on their way home to Seattle!  Happy trails.
You never know who you will meet over a cup of coffee!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Friends, Food and Beer

What a great way to spend a Palouse afternoon, Saturday, August 16th.  On Sacred Grounds was filled with 21 guests this afternoon.  We offered a special Palouse Picnic menu:  German Sausage with home-made sauerkraut, apple crisp a la mode and Zythum beer (a wheat beer and dark ale) and a special visit by local artist Ken Posselt of Saint Maries, ID.

Fun was had by all!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Crossroads of the Northern Palouse

Anna, Anna & Mike (and Higgins) on leash are on a trek across the USA.  Starting in Los Angeles six months ago, they are heading to the East Coast in the next year to year and a half.  

Tip your hat off to these hardy adventurers!   Next stop, Idaho!

Monday, August 04, 2014

Saturday Fun at Palouse Cafe

The house was packed this Saturday with a lot of new visitors and friends stopping by for an custom omelette and buttermilk pancake.  We even had some high-flying guests visit! Newcomers are always made to feel welcome and part of the On Sacred Grounds Family.  It's like eating a delicious breakfast at home; however,  you don't have to do the dishes!

 Starting on Saturday, August 9th and continuing to the fall, On Sacred Grounds will be hosting a Farmers' market on Saturday morning from 9 AM till Noon.  The first two vendors will be CasaCano Farms (Madyson and Jorge).  Their farm is located on South Windmill Drive off the Palouse Highway. You can't get more local than that!  Tom Weber will also be around with his fresh, local, organic chickens.  He raises them in a cute little farm next to Hangman Creek!  Becky and Lon Jasper have left some wonderful pre-packaged feta and chevre cheese.  They range in price from $6 to $7.50 a block.  They go great with a salad or on a cracker!
 Don't forget the Thursday Exchange Luncheon!   Elaine's Home-made Macaroni and Cheese is on the menu.  Deputy size is $3.99.  Sheriff portion is only $6.99.  Fresh, deluxe salad will be also available for $3.99.   We serve it hot beginning at 11:30 AM!  See ya there!