Massage stories: real, mine.

  1. Male massage therapist: Nice, polite and friendly. Strong, firm technique. Itchy, scratchy, prickly forearms where he had shaved his arm hair and it was growing back! 👎🏻
  2. Female massage therapist: Sweet, giggly, accommodating. Asked me lots of questions, enjoyed my answers…even guffawed a bit. GREAT use of hands and elbows. No itchy forearms. 👍🏻

Moral: sticking with lady massage therapists….or checking out the arms first.

Do you have any massage stories?



Global goodies

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 ( 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.

What’s your favorite food from another country?



The coffee we enjoyed in the UAE.

Each aisle stocks products from 4-6 countries!


Another tasteful reminder of love and loss

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.

I was touched and moved when I saw it.

Stay strong, be kind, love one another.



9-11-01 Memorial ~ pieces of the NYC World Trade Center building

Clean car AND clean car mats* !!

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.

It’s the little things….



Insert your car mats into the slot and they are magically vacuumed and cleaned….included in the car wash price!
Then it comes out clean!


Good friends, true blessings

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.




Gratitude seals friendships








Shared from a dear friend:

“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)

— Baltasar Gracian

Gratitude seals friendships.



FUN facts about 🍀 St. Patrick’s Day

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.

Thank you to my sources: Ripley’s and Rev Patrick Comerford and Wikipedia.

Happy 🍀 St. Patrick’s Day!! What/Who are you wearing? Any FUN facts to share?



I profess my fortune..

To be sure….

While prepping for St. Patrick’s day celebrations, be sure to have: your shamrock tie, your green knickers, your green t-shirt and your green sand viper / serpent bread.

sand viper / serpent bread available at Schnucks grocery stores

It’s only two days away, so get crack-a-lackin’.

Any chance to party!