Friday, July 19, 2019

Orange Crisp Friday / 7-19-19

Orange Crisp Friday EveryOne
   Rise and shine people cause we have reached the day we make the run for the promised land. That's right folks, it's FRIDAY, that wonderful, wacky wild and wicked awesome day we get to run for the finish line, the end zone, the shot for the goal, or look to blast one over the Green Monster and run the bases, or finish first at Daytona or the Monster Mile. Or if cycling is your thing winning the Tour de France or winning one of tennises Grand Slams. Pick your sport, your poison, you passion and do today as if that image is your prize at the end of the day. Yup this is Friday and the world does not stop for us to take a break and we need to concentrate on quality as well as quantity. We need to take all the good that has happened this week, and push it one step forward. We have had to work hard on some days to keep the joy of life going, and thus we have struggled with happiness. But remember they are two different things and definitely there is no happiness without joy, but joy can be experienced without happiness. We need to work on this and be sure that in all things we find joy, hard work, good results, in others, and in ourselves. So we need to put the hikers away and get those sprinters out and get them put on and laced up. And we need a noggin cover cause we want no burnt heads and then lather up to the max. As noted Friday is a holiday to no one that includes inflicting damage and harm on to the weak and helpless. Be ready to be a stop, listen, and help in any way you can including as needed seeing them to the next care center. So what has been the theme of the week? Well, a great summertime treat, they are all different types and varieties of Watermelons. Yum. So this last day we need to give it our all, our best and hold that attitude of gratitude all the way through the day. Share it wherever you go and with whomever crosses your paths, be a light and source of encouragement and give it all you've got. Now let's take this party and run for the roses, the checkered, the whatever you need or have and let's go make us a most Happy, Happy not just all day, but all weekend long.
Your Morning Jester   
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Daiquiri Day
National Raspberry Cake Day
Celebration of The Horse Day: 19-21
Flitch Day
Robin Hood Day: 19-21
National Parenting Gifted Children Week: 19-21

National Ice Cream Sundae Day - 20
National Lollipop Day - 20
Fortune Cookie Day - 20
Moon Day - 20
Ugly Truck Day- it's a "guy" thing - 20
International Cake Day - 20
National Bridal Sale Day - 20
Space Exploration Day - 20
Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day - 20
Toss Away the "Could Haves" and "Should Haves" Day - 20
Woodie Wagon Day - 20
World Jump Day - 20
National Scrabble Week: 20-24
National Moth Week: 20-28

National Junk Food Day - 21
National Lamington Day - 21 (Australia) 
Anne Hutchinson Memorial Day - 2 1
Lake Superior Day - 21
Legal Drinking Age Day - 21
Lowest Recorded Temperature Day (-128.6F Antarctica) - 21
National Be Someone Day - 21
National Ice Cream Day - 21
No Pet Store Puppies Day - 21
Captive Nations Week: 21-27
International Lace Week: 21-27
National Independent Retailers Week: 21-27
National Zoo Keeper Week:21-27
RAGBRAI: 21-27

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Jamboree Thursday / 7-18-19

Jamboree Thursday EveryOne
    There's a party going on at the end of today and we want to be apart of it. So what are we still doing in our brain hammock? I know it's your happy place, but this ain't Friday yet and we have so much to do. Before you loose that joyful spirit, remember we have made it so far this week. Over the river and up the hill, the top the top as come and gone and through the woods we will be by the end of the day. I get it that it is not all fun and games and that Thursday is that thumping pumping, bumping day we get to grab all those ends that have been whacking us in the back of the head all week so far and do something with them. This is a downward trending path today so we will still need those hikers on so let's get to it and get them on and take hold that staff as we still need to stabilize ourselves and heave help up but may even need to fend off some gnarly predators. We will need to sort out what is working and what is not, what is going to benefit and profit us and what is going to rot on the root and boot it out. So get it together, and focus on our job but do it with a joyful heart and a smile that will steal any show. But as we go along we will come on those that are down trodden and hurting and need a helping hand and we will be that one that needs to reach out to them. We will need to stop, listen and if need see them to the next care center. We will need to impart that attitude of gratitude and remember we really do have it so much better and be that encouragement to those that are not so well off. Now let's get it moving again and finish our day strong when it's all said and done. But for now, it's the start and we need to get it going and go make us a most Happy, Happy .all day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi   

Holidays & Observances:
Get to Know Your Customers Day (yes there are multiple dates)
National Sour Candy Day
Nelson Mandela International Day
Comic Con International: 18-21
Hemingway Look-Alike Days: 18-21   Link (Nearest his Birthday of 7/21)
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) Education & Awareness Week: 18-25
World Lumberjack Championships: 18-20

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Grist Mills/Windmills & Grilled Flank Steak / 7-17-19

      Welcome back my friend to a show that never seems to end. But here we are another summer, the seals are here, the sharks are back and the heat and humidity are coming quickly. So what can we do that does not cost us much money and that will can stay in a cooler car in between places. So what is something we can do? What about Gristmills and Windmills. We have a fair share of them around the Cape, so here again like I have been doing with the small business places, restaurants, coffee shops, and more, I will do that here. Both could be used to grind grains. while some of the windmills were used to grind down salts or pull salt water so drying beds so that salt could be harvested. The history of windmills and grist mills on the Cape can be found by googling. It just easier than me trying to go through it. One thing I learned was Chatham at one time had 17 windmills with 9-12 working at the same time at any one time. So just very interesting. Now let's see what I can give you here and a lot of these I have been too and all have very interesting histories. 
      Bourne - Windmill
      Brewster - Windmill / Grist Mill - Stoney Brook
      Buzzards Bay - Windmill
      Chatham - Windmill
      Eastham - Windmill
      Falmouth - Windmill
      Hyannis - Gristmill - Baxter 
      Orleans - Windmill
      Sandwich - Windmill / Grist Mill - Dexter 
      South Yarmouth - Windmill 
      Truro - Windmill
      West Harwich - Windmill
      Yarmouth - Windmill
   I hope you enjoy researching and tracking each one down and visiting not only the mills but the towns that surround each one. These mills were a vital part of each community and the Cape in a whole. The interesting thing is I have seen just about all of these with the exception of about 2, which really isn't bad at all for me. Ok that's it fo this round. I hope you have a great and wonderful here on old Cape Cod, whether just visiting or you live here year round. It is always good to get to know why you like areas you visit and know the areas you love to live in. See you next time. 
      Small business report time, everyone, ok most people I know, loves donuts and finding your special hole or ring is. But you are from off Cape, you are still asking were to find those tasty morsels of goodness, fried or baked. Well here is a not so complete list of donut shops that I can find and the towns they are in. If I have been I may put a comment, to the rest of them, you will need to try them for yourself and decide. Remember donuts are always a subjective, opinionated thing. Like Scotch or Bourbon, not every brand or style is for every palette. So ask around before you go if you want, but only make your decision after you have tried, not on someone else's taste buds. So with all that, let's get this show on the road, in our mouths and in our stomachs. Or what about a good muffin, everyone likes muffins, right ? Ok same as donuts, each person has their favorites. Don't discard someplace on someone else's likes or dislikes. Then go walk, pedal, and swim those calories off, unless of course you get the kind that the calories leak out of the hole in the center. We we go,,
      The Donut Experiment - Provincetown 
      Hole in One Bakery & Coffee Shop - North Eastham & Orleans / Both
      Village Coffee Shop - Dennis (on 6A) I enjoy these a lot, way to close to where I live. 
      Cape Cod Donuts - Mashpee, Cape Cod Coffee parking lot, wicked awesome
      Cottage St Bakery - Orleans / Muffins
      Woolfies Old Fashion Baking - Dennis Port / Muffins
      Great Island Bakery - South Yarmouth
      Pie in the Sky Bakery - Woods Hole / Muffins
      Marions Pie Shop - Chatham / Muffins
      Beth's Bakery - Sandwich / Muffins
      Underground Bakery - Dennis / Muffins
      Chatham Village Bakery - Chatham / Donuts 
   This is just a smattering of what is out there. I know I am missing some, but as you can see there are plenty of places to get your breakfast sweet treats going. So take this starter list and add onto it and give the Cape a run for it's mufnuts or would that be doffins, whichever go, seek and devour and enjoy the goodness Cape Cod Bakeries have to offer.  
     
      Welcome back my friends, were some like it hot and some like it, well a little hotter and this is the time of the year they are getting it like they like it. Now let's start with our shark report, this week we have already had several sightings ok more than several, and they have even tried to join too many parties along the edge of the shore line and they have had to close beaches a couple times. And the whales have felt left out and so decided to put on a show for several boaters. So to that end, if you are out in the Bay or off the the tip out near Stellwagen Bank be aware of our large friends. If you see bubbles in an area stay clear as there will most likely be a whale near by and we don't want to harm any of our gentle giants. Will also have to remind you that if you are out and about the Chatham area, be aware of all the seals in the area, they can do some real damage to your boat if you hit one. And also don't forget the reason the Great White Sharks are here is for their favorite dinner food, seal meat. I know this grosses some out but it is part of life and the cycle of life and the food chain. Ok as far as the boating scene, we have had the typical boating issues, running out of fuel, the occasional fire, the run a grounds, and sail boats that do the old flip-a-roo especially on the extremely windy days. Nothing overly serious but all reminders that you need to be wearing your PFDs and have your emergency equipment handy. So the report on the grounds, station and lighthouse. Wow have we been busy, a couple days we have had waiting lines to take the tour up to the lamp room at least a 30-45 minute wait periods. The Mrs has been busy in the kitchen doing her special cookies to help raise funds, and we have brought in the bottled water. No we are not gouging the prices only 10 dollars a bottle,, LOLOL no no, 50 cents is all we ask to help cover the expense, if you want to toss in a bit more that is alway appreciated. The view have been awesome from the top this past week with views from the tip to canal. We have had ships and fish sightings, ya those nasty ones and the big ones. And great views up and down the coast line. the volunteers have stayed busy from the time we open to the time we close but all seem to be having fun at it. Please remember that the parking lots are only for your time while here on the grounds and do not include beach parking. We just don't have the room or space to do that. So please come and visit us as you work your way up or down or both the outer arm of the Cape visiting all the other lighthouses and hope you can find the time to fit us in. The weather looks to be continuing as it has been so your visit should be filled with wondering sightings. Ok we need to get back to the tourists and guests and keep this party rockin. You all have a great and wonderful, as we know you will as you are here on old Cape Cod. See you soon.    
      There is nothing like summertime and grilling. I will grill just about anything that does not eat me first. Everything from hoof to finned to feathered, (preferred the feathers removed first). Anyway, so summer time and these recipes I am just loving and enjoying every step of the way. This is another one of those old church cookbook recipes that you can go wrong on. This is a simple marinade then throw it on the grill. Remember the longer you can let your meet soak in the marinade the more it will take on those flavors and goodness you have it soaking in. Now before I start eating the pages this recipe is on let's get this show on the grill.

      This week's recipe: Grilled Flank Steak

      1      lrg        flank steak
   1/3      cup      olive oil
   1/3      cup      soy sauce
   1/3      cup      dry wine, gin, vodka or sherry
  2-3      cloves   minced garlic
      1      tsp        sugar
      1      Tbls      ground pepper

      Lightly cross slash flank steak. Mix remaining ingredients in a large ziploc bag/ or food saver bag (do not vacuum close it will pull all juices out of bag, just heat seal end) . Add flank steak and marinate overnight. Grill flank steak for 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.  

Lemon Krush Wednesday / 7-17-19

Lemon Krush Wednesday EveryOne
   Is it a sweet week or a sour week? Regardless of what it is are you holding onto that joy we all started out with. Remember I did not say are you happy with the week but do you have joy. And if so where is that joy coming from? Look at it , we are already on Wednesday, by half way through this day we will be half way though this week and that means as we take that one step over the line we are that much closer to the finish line then back to the starting line and that folks is something to be joyful about. Some will say, putting thoughts of snow falls and blizzards in their place this time of year is something to get joyful about. Nope, that's just happy land, which goes with cresting the peak of this mountain, seeing the finish line closer than the starting line, or even knowing we will be on the downward side after the half way point. Folks joy is not always happiness but happiness is always joyful. So pull on them hikers and take hold that staff, we have got a mountain to crest and a journey to take. Along the way we will be come on those who have lost their joy, who have lost their hope, who have lost their way and some worse. When we come on those we will need to stop and listen and help in whatever way we can, even if that means taking them to the next care center. The objective is, do good and move on. And as we do refocus find that attitude of gratitude and keep it going all the say to the next camp sight. Now let's get it going and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
ccrockhopper.com

Holidays & Observances: 
National Hot Dog Day
World Emoji Day
Yellow Pig Day
Disneyland Day
Take Your Poet To Work Day
Victims of Baton Rouge, Louisianna Attack Day
World Day for International Criminal Justice
Wrong Way Corrigan Day
National Baby Food Week: 17-20
National Ventriloquism Week: 17-20

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Jade Star Tuesday / 7-16-19

Jade Star Tuesday EveryOne
   Oh happy day, who said that at 6 something in the morning, I honestly believe they might have a screw loose or something. But I will be joyful about it, now won't I, cause we know we are suppose to joyful regardless of how happy we are about a situation. Can you just hear me smilin' all the way to the office. Humm. I'm smiling so hard, it's making my face hurt all the way to and including my ears. Hummm. Yes folks some mornings, it's just like that, but seriously we, even after the Monday we have had, we need to find the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy down in my heart and let it shine, shine, shine all over this place. It's Tuesday folks and we are full steam into it. Monday is past and Wednesday is not till tomorrow. We can only do with what is before us. So let's pull it together, pull on the hikers take hold the staff and take that step of confidence with us. But remember we need to be open to those along the way that need our help, our lending hand our comfort or prayers. Be open to stoping and listening and helping in whatever way we can we can even it it means seeing them to to the next care center. Now it is getting late and we need to get this day going, whether we feel it or not. But we can find the joy down deep and make the most of it all, so let's do that, go make us a most Happy, Happy and share it with whomever crosses our path all day long. 
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
National Ice Cream Day
National Corn Fritter Day
National Fresh Spinach Day
World Snake Day
National Personal Chef's Day

Monday, July 15, 2019

Crimson Monday / 7-15-19

Crimson Monday EveryOne
   Red sun at night sailors delight, Red sun in morning sailors take warning, that's a great saying if you're a sailor but personally I think, especially with the issues I have with morning, that just seeing morning come and being able to get up and out of bed is reason for jubilations. Ok let's get it straight, no I am not singing with the birds, I am not getting out of bed doing a dance, I am not a happy go lucky in the morning hours. But I am learning that in all things including getting up in the morning, out of bed, and moving about to give thanks, to be joyful, and to start it out with a heart attitude full of gratitude. Joy is what I'm talking about, joy in the heart, now remember joy and happiness are two different things. Trust me I am not happy in the morning getting up the hour I get up. I am not happy to hear that alarm or the birds at the hour they choice to start making noice. But I can be full of joy that am able to to hear the alarm and birds, be full of joy that I can get out of bed, even on a Monday morning, or that i can get dressed if I chose or even go make myself a cup of coffee or tea or pour some orange  juice or whatever your heart desires. You see joy is a perspective, and outlook of like. And on a Monday morning sometimes, ok a lot of times it is hard to accept, get with the program that we can still be filled with joy and take it through the day. For many of us that is a faith based center thing, but whether that is your source of joy or what ever it is, we need to find it, lay claim to and take it with us all through the day and the week. It is hot as blue blazes in many of the places that this is being read this morning, so dress appropriate and if need put an extra layer of sun lotion on. grab those hikers and get them on and laced up and take hold that staff cause we have a wicked long hike this morning. Along the way there will be those that need out help, and we will take the time to stop and help, then move it on, or as someone once told us, just do good and move on. even if you have to see them to the next care center. This day, this week is ours to embrace, to take on, to conquer. Are you with me, the day is coming whether you like it or not, so might as well join the party and get that joy in the heart going. Now let do it, and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long in whatever situation we find ourselves in. 
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
ccrockhopper.com   

Holidays & Observances: 
National Tapioca Pudding Day
National Gummy Worm Day 
Be a Dork Day
Cow Appreciation Day
National Get Out of the Doghouse Da
National Give Something Away Day
National Pet Fire Safety Day
Saint Swithin's Day
World Youth Skills Day
Rabbit Week: 15-21

Friday, July 12, 2019

Helios Friday / 7-12-19

Helios Friday EveryOne
   This is the day of the Greek god of the sun, so what you doing still laying around in bed (mentally & a few of you physically). Do you not get it, this is FRIDAY, the day we have been striving for since the beginning of the week. The day we have been swimming so hard to get too. The day that when it is over we start to PAR-TAY. You think we can just find a rocking chair on the pouch and watch the world go by, well guess again. We still have a job to finish and a journey to conclude and an adventure to bring to a wrap up. Fridays are not lazy, hazy days, they may be crazy, mazy and blazy but we still need to work it, bring it to a close, and make it the best finish ever. So put away the snorkel equipment and get out the sprinters, and find that visor, and please get that lotion on as the sun is still high and burning brightly. We need to do quantity with quality as half baked work will always come back to bite us later on. Now the theme of the week is,,, drum rolls please, Different kinds of Radishes. Yup those delicious round, long finger like multicolor vegetables that grows in our back yard, or we buy at the store or farmers market. YUM. Now back to the business of finishing this week, we still got to keep our eyes and ears open for those in need. Just cause it's Friday does not mean back times gives up or we get to turn our heads and look away. We will still stop, listen, and help to the extent of seeing them to the next care center, then move on and finish in style. Well folks this is it, the end of another week, another post holiday week and we have survived. So let's take it out of here in style and with a purpose driveness about it and as we do let's go make us a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend. long. 
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances
National Michelada Day
Different Colored Eyes Day

Beans 'n Frank Day - 13
Barbershop Music Appreciation Day - 13
Embrace Your Geekness Day - 13
Fool's Paradise Day - 13

National Macaroni Day - 14
Bastille Day - 14
Pandemonium Day - 14
National Nude Day - 14
Shark Awareness Day - 14
Everybody Deserves A Massage Week: 14-20