Friday, June 5, 2020

Sparkle Friday Morning / 6-5-2020

Sparkle Friday Morning EveryOne
  As noted on Monday I am going to start this week by saying at the end of June I will be bringing this morning letter to an end. I will do this little ditty only Mondays and Fridays, then my last post will come on 6-26-2020. I had my entire year already planned out, I still have all my weekly themes planned, but has become clear to me that my time has come and gone. This letter is not reaching as it was was 10 even 15 years ago. This letter I have been doing now for round 25 plus years. Most people don't get the chance let along to do something for 25+.years. But this is a lot of work, I don't get paid for it, it's been a labor of love. But now is the time to exit the scene. I hope you stick with me through the end and see what themes I have for the next 4 weeks. Thank you to all who have read, and stayed with me, I do appreciate it. Now let's finish on the strong side and go out with a bang. Now on with the show.
Happy, Happy Paradise Friday to you, and may the clock on the way fly to your appointed hour. What a weeks, but we have made it through with not to many ding and dents. It is good to be alive and able to enjoy knowing that in so many hours we will be on the platform boarding the train to Paradise Island. So get those peepers popping and the pencil pushing, we have a party to pop and we don’t want to miss it. The work must be finished and finished to our best and then it is off to the races we go. What more can I say then please work diligent and be faithful on all you do today and yes you still need to lend a hand to those truly in need, we want no one left behind. And give support to all those around you that we can have a wicked awesome fun after the job is done. Well the theme of the week, if you have not guessed it yet, put the word Berry behind each work and all are edible, and noted delicious, YUM. So pick up your heels, your arms your head and let’s get a move on it. Cause I don’t want to be late for the party nor this wonderful weekend. And may you have a most Happy, Happy every minute of this and the coming days.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
National Veggie Burger Day (not me)
World Environment Day
Hot Air Balloon Day
National Doughnut Day
Apple II Day
Baby Boomers Recognition Day
Doughnut Day or Donut Day [Salvation Army]
Festival of Popular Delusions Day
Horseradish Days: 5-7
Hot Air Balloon Day
National Moonshine Day
Ryan Moran Day
World Environment Day

National Applesauce Cake Day - 6
D-Day, WWII - 6
National Gardening Exercise Day- 6.
National Yo-Yo Day - 6
Do-Dah Parade Day - 6
Drawing Day or Pencil Day - 6
Drive-in Movie Day - 6
National Black Bear Day - 6
National Bubbly Day - 6
National Eyewear Day - 6
National Higher Education Day - 6
National Play Outside Day - 6
National Prairie Day - 6
National Tailors Day - 6
National Trails Day - 6
Russian Language Day - 6
The Wicket World of Croquet Day - 6 Moved to September 12, for 2020
Turtle Races Day - 6
YMCA Day - 6 The Organization
YoYo Day - 6
International Clothesline Week: 6-13
National Lemonade Days: 6-13  Moved to August for 2020

National Frozen Yogurt Day - 7
Children's Awareness Memorial Day - 7 
(Daniel) Boone Day - 7
National Animal Rights Day - 7
National Cancer Survivors Day - 7 
VCR Day - 7
Bed Bug Awareness Week: 7-13
Black Single Parents Week: 7-13 
Community Health Improvement Week (CHI): 7-13
End Mountain Top Removal Week:  7-13
National Automotive Service Professionals Week: 7-13
National Business Etiquette Week:  7-13
National Headache Awareness Week: 7-13
Pet Appreciation Week: 7-13

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Sea Thursday Morning / 6-4-2020

Sea Thursday Morning EveryOne
And a Happy Thursday to you, The sun is shining the dew is on the grass the bees are buzzing the blossoms for its pollen and I am up and around, Wow what a beautiful morning. Do not discard the small things that go on every morning, for all are blessings that we have been bestowed. From the ability to get out of bed to just hearing and seeing nature, to being able to smell and taste. No all have these things and when we have just passing the 3/5ths mark of the work week, even that is a blessing we need to remember to thanks for. So as we prepare our trek off this mountain, take it all in as you go along this morning, and give thanks, then put your head slightly down and move forward. We have a destiny with Paradise Friday and I don’t want to miss anything it has to offer. So this morning rejoice in the small things, give thanks for all and then share the goodness with someone along the way. Remember to stop and lend a hand to any you come upon who are in true need and encourage all others who cross your path. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Frozen Yogurt Day
National Cognac Day
Applesauce Cake Day
Hug Your Cat Day
Old Maid's Day
Audacity To Hope Day
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
National Punk Day
National SAFE Day
Great American Brass Band Week: 4-7, Moved to September 12, for 2020 
National Aphasia Awareness Month
National Bathroom Reading Month
National Camping Month
National Caribbean-American Heritage Month
National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month
National DJ Month
National Foster A Pet Month
National GLBT (Gay,Lesbian,Bisexual & Transgender) Pride Month
National Home Ownership Month 
National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month
National Oceans Month
National Pet Preparedness Month
National Pollinator Month
National Rivers Month
National Rose Month
National Safety Month
National Scoliosis Awareness  Month
National Smile Month Link  (May 13-June 13)
National Soul Food Month
National Zoo and Aquarium Month

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The End in Sight & Flirting with the Sandpiper Cocktail / 6-3-2020

   When and how did this all begin, as I can count somewhere between the summer of 1997 and 1998, that would be either the year, that the founder of CapeCodToday.com Walter Brooks (RIP) started or the summer after. If you take the time to read my little blip, Walter posted a want or need to bloggers, blog posters, aka free writers and I was a sucker and bought in. I wrote in and did not have an idea what I was doing all he did was sent it back and said ok, so start blogging. 21 or 22 years later, who would have thought a little mid-west guy would have so much fun. We went through some very high times and some very low times. But for the most part I have fulfilled my promise to post every week at least if nothing else a recipe. We started vacationing here, my folks and I back in 1065 and by 1970ish knew I wanted to make this my home. In 2012 that dream came true and I have bless with a nice house,, a great neighborhood, even better church, and friends I can not count. I loved the Cape and still do. I will on one part doing this thing and sharing. Over the years it has evolved from a basic story telling, to travel tips, to small business reports. I added the recipes many years ago to add another twist as I love to cook and love sharing my cooking finds. But there comes a time that one needs to see the hand writing on the wall and all good things, ok most good things have got to come to an end. So as I try to remember a few of this past 22 year and share I hope you bare with me. Then on 6-24-2020 I will post my last blog as we have known it for the past years.  I need a break, a rest and too much going on in life that I need to figure out. At nearly 60 (by the end of this year) I need to a little time for myself, I hope you understand. Well enjoy below and I hope you have a great June 2020 in spite of all that is going on and have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
      This month I am going to feature businesses that have been a favorite of mine over the years. Some will open as soon as they can, others will take their time. So as these darn repressions continue, check their web-sites for on line business or for ideas to when they will be open. Hope you enjoy and please go support out local biz whenever possible.
Yellow Umbrella Books covers both the new & and the used, they are located at 501 Main Street. The folks there are fun to talk to and great to work with. If you can't find what you are looking for ask one of them and I am sure they will either find it for you or make some suggestions. Yellow Umbrella has been there for as long as I can remember and has been a staple on Main Street for a long time. If you are a reader, looking for cookbooks, something new, something old check them out and just see all the good reads that come under the Yellow Umbrella. 
   Struna Galleries of Chatham located at 458 Main Street. Timothy J Struna is the main artist of the gallery. I guess I have a soft spot for him as he comes out of Ohio where he went to school and taught for several years. Then in 1988 came to the Cape and made it his permanent home over on Rt 6A. In 1998 his daughter opened the shop in Chatham, featuring her Dad's work. Today it is now a family affair as Heather is producing herself works of art that are in the same quality that her Dad has been known for. She has taken the time to learn under him and applying her own inspiration to create wonderful works of art. Struna gallery is now truly a family offering of great and reasonable art work that would bring joy and brightness to any room in your house or office. 
      And this list is of breakfast places,, And yes over the past several years have eaten at each one with the exception of 2 but these come under high recommendations. Breakfast/Lunch Shops. Hope you can find one or two of these to your liking and add more to the list of your own. 
      Grumpy's - in East Dennis on 6A (been there, and will do that again and again)
      Hole in One -  two locations, one in Orleans and there other in Eastham (only been to the Orleans but love it)
      Hanger B - Serving Side B coffee a local coffee roaster at the Chatham Airport, Great reviews
      Red Cottage - in South Dennis on Old Bass Road (used to be cash only not sure if they have updated yet)
      Keltic Kitchen - West Yarmouth ( been there love it)
      Daily Paper - tow locations, one in downtown Hyannis, and second in West Main, Hyannis, Both great food.
      Wee Packet - Lower County Rd,  Dennis Port
      Ruggies - Harwich
      Maison Villatte - Falmouth
      The Mills Restaurant - Marston Mills (Good Reviews here)
      Piccadilly Deli & CafĂ© - South Yarmouth (excellent food, been there)
      Good Friends Cafe - West Dennis, Warning Cash Only but good review on food. 
      Laura & Tony's Kitchen - Eastham, great Sunday brunch (been there like it lots)
      Optimast's Cafe - Yarmouth Port - nice place good food, (been while since I have been there)  
       
      If you did not read last weeks, letter, the old lighthouse guy has retired and is no longer doing interviews or sending us updates. He appreciates all the love and interests he is getting but insistes it time to pass on the tradition to someone else or whatever comes next. Thank you again for all your support. Have a great and wonderful from the lighthouse guy.
       Well you talk about strange names and you wonder where in the world did they come up with that name cocktail. But like a lot of paintings, you don't want to ask, and let's just say a lot of libations flowing freely at the time. Actually had a professor who used to tell us that is how most of his paintings got named. Well I am not so sure that most of the wild cocktail names happened the same way, which most of them we could not put in this blog. We do not look to make grandma blush. So before this fly's away let's get this show on the road. Please remember to be a responsible host and a responsible consumer. Now time to go, go, go

      This week's recipe: Flirting with the Sandpiper Cocktail
   1 1/2      oz          light rum
      1/2      oz          cherry brandy
         3      oz          orange juice
         2      dashes  orange bitters

      Pour all of the ingredients into a highball glass almost filled with ice cubes. Stir well.

Wintergreen Wednesday Morning / 6-3-2020

Wintergreen Wednesday Morning EveryOne
Happy Hump-day to you and may the road to the top and over be a smooth one. I love Wednesdays, cause I know I am going to be passing the halfway point of the week and after 4 hours into today I will be closer to the finish and Paradise Whistle stop than I was on Monday morning. I love when I get to the peek to stop for a moment take a good look around and see where I have come from then turn and survey where I still need to go, then as much as I love the view and serenity get off the point and get back on my way as the air is a little thin up there. Along the way are the bushes and flowers of spring time in all shades of colors and shapes, sizes, and yes smells. I notice they are all different and help to make the trip a lot more enjoyable then if there were none or they were all the same. Remember, life is like this, if we didn’t have some diversity along the way, how bland would life really be. I think I will keep enjoying what is around me. Have a great journey to day and remember to lend a hand where truly needed and encourage all the rest that cross your path. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
Repeat Day (I said "Repeat Day")
Chimborazo Day
Global Running Day
National Stuffed Shrimp Scholars Day
Wonder Woman Day
World Bicycle Day
World Clubfoot Day
Hydranencephaly Awareness Month
International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
International Men's Month
International Surf Music Month
Dairy Month
June is Lane Courtesy Month
June is Perennial Gardening Month
June is Turkey Lovers Month
Mens Health Education and Awareness Month
Migraine Awareness MonthNational Accordion Awareness Month

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Cloud Tuesday Morning / 6-2-2020

Cloud Tuesday Morning EveryOne 
      Well the skies I'm not sure know what they want, just fog burning off or something else, but I will not let it affect the attitude of my day, cause I just happy to be on this side of the grass. But now that I think about it, with this rain I may need to get a goat or two to keep it under control. Any-who, So how are you today, did I at least get a grin, I hope so, we made it through Monday, and we are now starting up the second 5th of the mountain. Not easy, and the gray skies do not help, but it is good for the ground and I have the hope that we will rise above the clouds today to see whatever sunlight there is to offer. Life is not always fun and games, or full of laughter, or easy going. But if we never have challenges, never push ourselves, never see a little rain in our lives, we never have a chance to grow. So grab your slicker, your umbrella and your goulashes and let’s get this show on the road. We have much to be thankful for and we have places to go and a little rain is not going to keep us from our task. Ok so some of us need a canoe or even a tug boat to get through it , but still let’s do it and let’s do it together and we will make it every step of the way together. Have a great and wonderful, remember to stop and lend a hand to those in true need and give support to all the rest you come in contact with. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
National Rocky Road Day
National Rotisserie Chicken Day
National Bubba Day
National Gun Violence Awareness Day
National Rotisserie Chicken Day
St. Erasmus Day
Yell "Fudge" at the Cobras in North America Day
Adopt-A-Cat Month
Adopt A Shelter Cat Month
African-American Music Appreciation Month
Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month
Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome Awareness Month
Audio Book Appreciation Month
Beautiful in Your Skin Month
California Avocado Month
Cancer From The Sun Month
Caribbean-American Heritage Month
Cataract Awareness Month
Celibacy Awareness Month
Child Vision Awareness Month
Children's Awareness Month
Dairy Alternatives Month
Dementia Care Professionals Month
Effective Communications Month
Entrepreneurs "Do It Yourself" Marketing Month
Fashion in Colonial Virginia Month
Fireworks Safety Month
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month
Georgia Blueberry Month
Give A Bunch of Balloons Month
Great Outdoors Month

Monday, June 1, 2020

Bear Monday Morning / 6-1-2020

Bear Monday Morning EveryOne
I am going to start this week by saying at the end of June I will be bringing this morning letter to an end. I will do this little ditty only Mondays and Fridays, then my last post will come on 6-26-2020. I had my entire year already planned out, I still have all my weekly themes planned, but has become clear to me that my time has come and gone. This letter is not reaching as it was was 10 even 15 years ago. This letter I have been doing now for round 25 plus years. Most people don't get the chance let along to do something for 25+.years. But this is a lot of work, I don't get paid for it, it's been a labor of love. But now is the time to exit the scene. I hope you stick with me through the end and see what themes I have for the next 4 weeks. Thank you to all who have read, and stayed with me, I do appreciate it. Now let's finish on the strong side and go out with a bang. Now on with the show. 
Hello June, can you believe we have made it this far this year? On one hand I thought it was going to take forever for summer to get here. On the other hand January and the college bowl games and the Superbowl just seem like yesterday. Many snows have come hand gone and now the grass is green and the flowers are in full bloom, so are the days of our lives (all pun intended). But really, we take for granted on one hand the time that we have, yet can’t wait for the next on the other forgetting to savor every moment we are given. So as you start your new day, new week, new month, (WOW that’s a lot) take a moment to reflect on the past and then give a glance to the future as be grateful for a wonderful new chance to experience all that is before you. Then take a deep breath, lace up the shoes and let’s get this show on the road, Today is not going to wait for us and yesterday is long gone. We have a mountain to climb, people to see, places to go and things to do, and many lives to brighten and shine into. May every moment count and remember also smile and be happy, for you will never have this moment again to do good. You know the drill, just go do it and may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
www.ccrockhopper.com

Holidays & Observances: 
National Hazelnut Cake Day
Dare Day
Flip a Coin Day
Baby Boomers Recognition Day
CNN Day
Global Day of Parents
Heimlich Maneuver Day
International IGBO Day
International Table Top Day
National Go Barefoot Day
National Nailpolish Day
National Olive Day
National Pen Pal Day
National Thank God It's Monday Day
Oscar The Grouch Day
Say Something Nice Day
Stand For Children Day
Superman's Birthday
World Milk Day
World Narcissistic Abuse Day
World Reef Awareness Day
Hemp History Week: 1-7
National Candy Month
National Dairy Month
National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month
National Iced Tea Month
National Papaya Month
National Mango Month 
National Seafood Month 
National Steakhouse Month 
National Turkey Lover’s Month