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Message from Gail Sharp

Maddie the goat Maddie the Goat

I need to be honest. I really wanted to use this column to whine. I could talk about how I've never worked harder or had more stress in 25 years of owning TallGrass. I might tell you about how I had to fight fear and confusion and feelings of inadequacy. Or, how my fellow team members struggle to keep positive and work through dealing with unemployment, an uncertain future, and fears about coming to work.

Then I realized everyone is dealing with so much and I'm doing okay. I don't have COVID, nor do I know anyone in the hospital – or worse – anyone who died from this horrific virus. I don't live in a 400 sq. ft. high rise apartment in the middle of a city, with an elevator as my only way in and out. I'm not homeschooling children while trying to keep my job and my fear in check. I don't have a loved one in a nursing home where I'm unable to visit. And, Hey! TallGrass IS OPEN!

I remain fortunate. With many blessings. Nature, along with good friends and my incredible TallGrass family, comes to the rescue. In the midst of this challenging time, what a May we have had. Stunningly beautiful! After a day of Zoom calls, stressing over paying bills, making sure our team and our guests are safe, going outside helps tremendously. And here comes another beautiful gift from nature: Maddie, my pregnant goat, is due to deliver baby goats any day now. Watching this process grounds me in a very basic, life-goes-on way.

I send prayers of strength, health, and hope to you. May the beauty and constancy of nature and the love of friends and family give you joy and peace. We would love to take care of you, especially during this time. True, TallGrass is not exactly the same as before, but you can always count on us for careful, tender loving care. That might be just the healing you need right now.

We hope to see you soon!

Gail Sharp is the owner of TallGrass Spa and Salon. Email her at sharpgail@aol.com.


Available for Adoption

Cheech a/k/a Flying Monkey
Hound/mixed, 3 ½ yrs, male
We toss the toys down the hall and Cheech runs back and forth! He loves to go on walks, is great in the car, and is so happy when being petted and praised. And, he conquered his fear of the vacuum!

Available for adoption at Evergreen Animal Protective League
www . EAPL . com

Note: Cell service and WiFi signal are unreliable at TallGrass; your visit is an opportunity to relax, unplug, and unwind. Also, your GPS reception could become blocked and you might lose GPS navigation.