Hanker for some hummus? Crazy for some kim chee? Pining for a papaya? We were, so we headed to Kirkwood, MO for some foods from all over the world. Global Food Market (www.globalfoodsmarket.com) has a huge variety of delicious foods from everywhere. Each aisle stocks foods, accessories, products from 4-6 countries. Of course we came home with goodies from Mexico, UK, Sri Lanka, Russia, Egypt, Korea, Jordan, France and the Philippines.
As I was driving, I saw another memorial. This one is along the median at an intersection of a highway and a neighborhood street. It is this collection of steel beams from one of the NYC World Trade Center buildings after it fell on September 11, 2001. The beams are placed in a thoughtful, tasteful way, with a tall, engraved cenotaph centered between them.
There is a magic car wash in Lake St. Louis… $10 includes a car wash, wheels, undercarriage and dryer AND vacuum bays and car mat cleaners* a NDB. The location of this wonderful, friendly place is off the I70 at Lake St. Louis road, behind the gas station and McDonalds.
Over the weekend I traveled to see a high-school friend during a time of need. We hugged, talked, sat in silence and reflected. Not an easy time, not a planned time, an important time. Where there is love there are friends.
Our hearts of full of love, sadness, closure and blessings. I’m grateful to have been the friend my friend needed.
“True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.” (or her)
I feel lucky everyday. I have a great family, amazing friends and a healthy, wonderful life. Here are some FUN facts for your St. Patrick’s LUCKY day:
🍀 Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick ( c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
🍀 St. Patrick’s Day is an annual feast day celebrating the patron saint the day is named after. St. Patrick’s Day is the national holiday of Ireland; and is usually celebrated on March 17. St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular holiday in the United States. People wear green and eat corned beef and cabbage. Celebrating world-wide is totally acceptable.
🍀 The world’s first recorded Saint Patrick’s Day Parade took place in Boston, MA, on March 18, 1737, followed by the New York Parade, which first took place in 1762. Ireland took over a century to jump on the parade float with the rest of the world and only had their first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin in 1931.
🍀 In 1961, business manager of Chicago’s Journeymen Plumbers Local Union, Stephen Bailey, received permission to turn the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day. Due to uncertainties about the amount of dye it would take to turn the river green, a massive 100 lbs of vegetable dye was used in comparison to the 25 lbs used today. The Chicago River stayed green for a full week.
🍀 On Evacuation Day, March 17, 1776, the General Orders issued by George Washington were that those wishing to pass through Continental Army lines should give the password “Boston,” to which the reply should be “St. Patrick.”
🍀 The global corporate-relations director of Guinness beer company says 5.5 million pints of Guinness are sold on any given day, but this figure rises to an astounding 13 million on St. Patrick’s Day!! IBISWorld also reports that Saint Patrick’s Day 2012 brought in $245 million in beer sales.
🍀 Saint Patrick was actually born in Roman Britain at the end of the 4th century AD and taken to Ireland by slavers when he was a teenager. The exact place of his birth is debatable as some say Scotland and some say Wales but, either way, he’s Irish now.