Welcome to Morning Thunks, Thoughts and More, where an everyday person needs to just find a positive way to get a morning going. So I try to give a little encouragement and add a few laughs and set our focus on what needs done, while letting you know there is someone else out there going through what you are. << then on Wednesdays we post my weekly blog from CapeCodtoday.com under Blog Chowder that I have written for many years. Hope you enjoy.
Welcome my friends to the greatest show on earth, Life. That's right life, where living is what it's all about. And since you were able to get up and out of bed you have already accomplished several things that are essential to getting through today and this week alive. You were able to get up, you were able to get out of bed and trust me to be able to see the top side of the grass and the underside of clouds is a perfect way to begin. So now that you are up and you have figured out regardless of what you head is telling you, you might as well make the best of everything and anything that is before you and going to come your way this day and this week. That's right, it's a real killer to try to fight it and the alternatives can really be a downer. So we have a journey to trek this week, for some the path may be smooth but long and hot. For others, windy and bitter cold, for some you will travel the unknown through unchartered space, but for most of us it will be the same old, same old mountain climb. A steep, rocky, slippery when wet, root studded pit hole filled path, and both ways of the mountain will seem uphill, but in reality it will be up to the peak, over the top and down the back side. Not very glamorous, nothing your gonna become a star at, but each of us is a cog that if we don't do our jobs, do them right and well, many things will not happen correctly. Whether corporately, small business, or just what the effective are to our every day style of living. So we will start each morning by pulling on our hikers, or whatever footwear your journey calls for, we will take hold of out staff and we will take our place at the starting line. Along the way we will we will come on those that are in great pain, hurting both physically and mentally, lost and need someone to just take time to stop, listen and in some cases give them a hand to the next care centers. We will find whatever gentleness it takes to accomplish our task and get them there then move on. Helping others can be a bigger does of medicine for our own blues than most other things. The phrase I have come to use here was taken from my pastor a couple years ago and it is, do good and move on, that is all there is to it. Now we need to get this day going, and make the best of it all, and while we are dealing with it we might as well go make us the most Happy, Happy cause we know, no one else is going to do it for us. Then go share it with all that cross your path today. Yep just one day at a time, just one day at a time. Now let's get to it.
Wake up, Wake up, Wake Up, it's time to wake up and and see the sun as it rises, hear the birds as they sing, listen to the chatter of the squirrels. This is it, this is the day we have all been working towards and for since day one. So let's go, go, go and get this day going, by changing out those hikers for the sprinters and put that staff away and get the PF50+ out, cause it's gonna be a hot and sultry day running across the dessert. We will need to lather up well and go as light as you can or as bare as you dare as the less you have the cooler and easier it will be to manage your run. Our goal today is to get from point A to point Z without any major issues or hang ups. We want to take all those project we were pointing in the right direction yesterday and see them to the finish. This will be a day that we need to stay focused and really concentrated on what we are doing. It is not all about quantity but quality as well. It does us no go to just do for the same of doing without caring about what we are doing. The outcome will effect us in the long run. Maybe not today, or tomorrow but it will, and it will knock us down like a ton of bricks. So be prepared to give it your all, give it your best and give it all the way to the end. Now along the way we will still find those that need our help, need someone that listens or even needs someones help to get to the care center. This is good, and right and just and honorable, so don't get caught being too busy for others and what ails them and what help you can provide. So are you ready to get this day going so we can get to the party? Then let's get ,,, wait I'm forgetting something, like the theme of the week? Sorry about that, the theme has been all different kinds of Sand. So let's not let it all slip through the hour glass and waste what precious time we have, but let's get it together and get to the staring line and go make us a most Happy, Happy not for just all day but for all weekend as well, and may we share that joy in whatever way we can with everyone we come in contact with.
International Bat Night: 24-25 International Strange Music Day - 24 Knife Day - 24 National Waffle Iron Day - 24 Sand Castle Day - 24 Pluto Demoted Day - 24 Wayzgoose Day - 24 William Wilberforce Day - 24
Chuckwagon Races: 24-9/1
National Banaba Split Day - 25
National Whiskey Sour Day - 25 Kiss and Make Up Day - 25
Go Topless Day - 25 National Park Service Day - 25 National Second-hand Wardrobe Day - 25 Be Kind To Humankind Week: 25-31 World Water Week: 25-30
Hello, hello, are you up and ready to go? NOOOO? Now wait one dang gum moment. This week has been going along just fine. Ok so there have been a few bumps and humps and maybe a few bruises along the way. But seriously this is not a day for the lazy boy, rocker, or hammock. This is a rock-n-roll kind of day, and we have lots to do and a lot of ground to cover. We need to get off this mountain, and out past the tree line. We will encounter, roots and stumps, paths overgrown with choke weeds and briars. We will definitely need those hikers or boots on and that staff will come in handy if we come on any varmints that want to impede our way to our destination. So get that brain of yours out of it's fuzzy wuzzy cozy cradle and get it buzzing with mojo running though it and stimulating us to get done what we need to accomplish today. As I have already mentioned this is an activity fulled day in that we need to gather loose ends and get them pointed in one collective direction and weed out what is not working and keep that which is. So be on your toes, be open and what needs doing and what needs done and get it done. Whatever gets done today means less of a hassle tomorrow. Now we are going to find some horrific situations today with folks who have lost there way, lost their hope, lost it all and will need our ears to hear and our eyes to see for them. We will need to help several to the next care centers and we will need to be that good Samaritan that just did and moved on. I can not stress this enough, in that helping other is the best medicine for getting us through the dumps and hard times along our journeys as we do good for others and don't care what the if any rewards comes our way. Just do good and move on. Now we have lots to do so let's get moving towards the starting line and let's give it all we have got today. As we do, let's go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long and share it each step of the way.
Well folks due to a lot going on this week with some needed repairs to my humble abode, I am going to keep this short. A lot of dust and an aching back spells bedtime for Bonzo here really soon. Just a quick story, this past Sunday morning was on my way to church and stopped into my local Cumbies for coffee before heading off to worship team practice. A dear seasoned Cape Codder lady was all in a huff when finally it got the best of her and it just came flowing out, "Why don't these F-ing just get the blankety, blank, blank, blank out of here and go the blankety, blank, blank home. First there were younger folk around, so that bothered me, but just the audacity to talk like that and have that attitude and mind set just blew me away. She went off to get here bottled water and came back. I figured put the lady in front of me and just get her through and out. As she moved in front of me, I merely said "remember dear these folks help pay our neighbors mortgages and helps cloth their kids and," She interrupted me: "Don't argue with me I hurt and I don't need an argument" O-K I though, the younger lady behind me her eyes were wide open not knowing just what to think about it all. A register opened and the lady behind me tapped my shoulder, and I immediately pointed the curmudgeon in the direction, and as I turned to the lady behind me said, she needs either some sunshine in her life or we need her out of here with all the kids around. She smiled and agreed and we all went back to our morning doings. I thought for a bit after that though, how sad that you have to be that sour and degrade and belittle others that much to make yourself feel better. We life in such a beautiful spot on the globe, we do not own it, we are merely caretakers of it and need to learn to share and play nicely. It's only for a short while and they do help pay my neighbors mortgages, and cloths them and helps feed them and the list goes on. To you tourist reading this, please not this is not the norm here, please come, stay, play and then come back again. To you locals, be mindful and help those around you who have this attitude to remember what this is all about and love them, apparently there are a few just mean mean people in need of a Mommy or someone who can crack their shell and get in to shine some love in their lives. I hope we make this a warm and inviting place to be and that we all can share and play nice together. I hope we all can have a great and wonderful, right here on old Cape Cod. So where can one eat when one is basically shut out of ones own kitchen but not do the fast food joints over and over. They are ok once in a while but not everyday and I definitely can't do the $20, $15 even &10 dollars a day. This is my quest for the next 3 weeks while my kitchen is out of commission while I have a few updates done to it. So far I have found that buying deli items go much further and you get the best bang for your bucks. I have to say that my local stores each have their specialties, Stop N Shop and Shaws. But places like Ring Brothers Dark Horse Beef & Deli. This is located at the stop light where Patriot Square is on one side of 134 and Ring Brothers the other, or visit them at www.ringbrosmarketplace.com. Dark Horse Deli makes some killer ham salad and chicken salads. I can usually get two lunches out of a 1/2 pound container, sometimes 3. They have Boars Head as many of our delis do (which is my #1 got to for deli brands, sorry other guys). I will get things like roast beast and turkey and get a couple nights of sandwiches. I can make a better sandwich for less money than the local sub shop that wants to charge me 8 - 12 dollars each. The Dark Horse staff is very nice and always ready to help.
Next is Peterson's Market 918 Rt 6A YarmouthPort, I have had folks bring me prepared meals from there, and they are out of this world. Most of the containers you can get a dinner or lunch for two or if you are just one person two nights of eats for the price of one. Now these are not 2 dollars meals but when you divide them out they become very reasonable and cheaper than eating at a sit down every night and breaking the bank. They also have full dell as well. also find them online at www.petersonsmarket.com.
If you are over in the Mashpee area then Roche Bros is your place to go. Located at Commercial St, Mashpee, MA or online at http://www.rochebros.com/. They have a hot bar, chefs specials and the usual deli items, Remember if it is just one you are doing, get different kinds of salads and only do 1/2 pound each, most time you eat half one night and half the other and it stretches it out and makes it reasonable to enjoy a variety of food.
Now if you are in Orleans there is the Friend's Market located at 57 Main St, Orleans, across from the post office. or online at https://friendsmarketplace.net/. This is a family owned Market with a lot more then just deli items, they have a great wine section and would be glad to help you pick out something to go with your Deli selection. Yes they do sandwiches, but they also have the salads the chickens and the prepared entries. Homemade from scratch is what they are about and a wonderful place to get your deli fix.
A few others that I am just running out of room and time here, but Lambert's Farm Market located at 271 Cotuit Rd, Sandwich, MA or online at www.lambertsfarmmarket.com
Again this is not an all complete list and does not even touch above Orleans, like Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. And there are places along Rt 28 that runs between Falmouth and Sandwich. So get out there, give them a try, buy small amounts and buy variety and you will find you can eat for a lot less and much healthier than eating out so much. Happy Eating.
Hi-Ho one and all, how ya doing? It's been a hot one here the past couple days. The beaches are still full and waters are still warm and the buffet is still full so the Great Whites are still about. But with some smart heads up knowledge and watch where you are going to swim you can have a wicked awesome time out in the water. The boating could not be better and the surfing, paddle boarding, sail boarding and kite surfing are all going strong. The night climb this past Thursday evening went fantastic with about 250 people showing up throughout the evening and about 1/2 of those making the climb to the lamp room. It was a clear evening and you could see lights from all over the place, like from Provincetown to Race Point, to Highland and Nauset and all the way down to Chatham. We had the hot chocolate flowing and the baked goods seemed endless. And stories about ship wrecks and ghost ships were all about. Hope some of these stories come back for our Halloween weekends, they were really good. Well we will be going strong through Labor day, then starting that Tuesday we will still go 7 days a week but hours will be adjusted to 10-5 till Columbus Day when we will really scale back to the public. Thats about when the school and senior tours ramp up. But until them 9-7 will continue to be the norm through Labor Day. Nothing else going on that is overly special, the docents are still here sharing stories and historical facts about not only this light house and station to many of the other around the Cape. And if the schools in your area have started back, what a perfect time to come if you are single, or a couple without kids. And if classes have not started in your area, come on out as the crowds are starting to thin a bit. I know that sounds like I'm double talking but if you think about it, it really is true. What a great time to visit. Well I need to get back to the tours, we have another one going off in 5 minutes and I like to take at least a half dozen times a day or more. So hope you see you soon and if you made it already I hope you had a great and wonderful time, but who wouldn't cause you would be right here on old Cape Cod.
Well nothing like having to change recipes in the middle of things, and as you saw in my opening paragraph that my house is a mess and in turmoil and my cookbooks and research material are all blocked in. So did a little research and came up with this little, incredibly easy recipe and able to do inside or outside on the grill, however I will say remember if doing on grill put either foil down or put a more solid surface and use the smoke to flavor the fish as well. Halibut is a nice white fish that can get rather flaky when done and when put on a grill, you might loose it between the grating and that would not be good. However there are some more solid fish that would work great with this recipe such as, Monk Fish, Tuna steaks, Mahi-Mahi, Swordfish and Salmon and a lot of sites add Snapper. So take a look at this recipe and dress it up, change it up, have some fun with it and enjoy fresh fish, especially this time of year. Now let's get this show on the road or should I say into the pan or on the grill.
2 cloves minced garlic 1 pd fresh halibut filets (or your choice of fish)
In a small bowl, combine the butter, honey, lemon juice, soy sauce, pepper, marjoram and garlic. Cut fillets into pieces about 4-6 oz size. For me anything smaller is a waste of good fish.Brush both sides of each with the liquid mixture. Heat pan until it is sizzling hot Sear fish for about 90 seconds on each side. Reduce the heat to medium and cook each side for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the fish can be easily flaked with a fork. On a charcoal or gas grill this will take a bit later to cook fish all the way through.
Rise and shine and shout some glory about, it is a beautiful day to be alive and well. Ok for some of us well is a relative term and alive is about pushing it. But a lot of it is a state of mind, a state of thought, and outlook what we really have before us and not what we don't. The fact we were able to get out of bed this morning is a great starter, the fact that we could go to the fridge and get something for breakfast, if we can look out the window and see the topside of the lawn this is good and the list goes on. And the big one today is that halfway through the day we will be halfway through the week. The days are passing by already quickly and we are riding this wave through the month of August like there is no tomorrow. So is your glass half filled or half empty? Is your wave a pipe line or a ripple in a puddle. Are you giving it all you've got this week or are you just playing games. To get this day going, let's get the hikers and footgear on, grab that staff and get going. There are paths to travel, rocks to climb over, and heights to reach, and when we get there we need to take a moment or two and look back to just how far we have come. Then turn and map out our directions for the rest of the trip then gather our stuff and move off the backside of the mountain. The peak is not our destination it is only the halfway point but it does represent that one step over the line being closer to the finish than back to the start. So take heart, we are making progress but there is still much to do, places to go and people to see and help. Yup we still gotta be our brother's and sister's keeper and let that helping hand as needed when we come on them. So be ready be open, have ears that hear and hands that help. Do unto others as you would want done unto you. Now the day is wasting away and we have a ways to go so let's get it going and go make us a most Happy, Happy and share it to anyone who needs it and is open to accept it.
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Welcome back my friends to a show that never ends, Ladies and Gentlemen (thank you Emerson, Lake & Palmer). Are you ready for The Mission (Styx) today. Are you ready to Face the Music (ELO) today. Yesterday is done, gone and behind us. I think I counted everyone present? So that is always a good way to start to the week. I did not say we were all still in this game mentally but hey we can work on that along the way. I just hope you did not hit The Wall (Pink Floyd) too hard and became all Stressed Out (Twenty One Pilots). Yes it's a musical Tuesday morning and I am hearing the tunes in harmony and praying as we go through this day your's does not turn into sour notes or lead to you writing a Diary of a Madman (Ozzie Osbourne) or person. But let's hope that all you do and say today turns into a Magical Mystery Tour (the Beetles) and carries you to new heights and experiences. So time to get those hikers on, those boots, those whatever things you are wearing on your feet on and grab that staff. While we head to the line let's remember to be faithful and loyal to those around us, who are covering your back and be ready to do the same for them. But also we will come on those who are in deep hurting ways and we will take the time to stop, listen and help in whatever way we can. We will do good and move on regardless of the situation to the best of our ability. Now time to get this day on the go and go make some music of our own. And while we are at it let's make us a most Happy, Happy and Let the Sunshine In (Aquarius, by the 5th Dimension) and share it with all that cross our paths today.
Morning one and all, I hope you had a wonderful weekend or at least part of it was good. But the weekend is over and whether good or bad this is a new day, a new week, a new start to things, new adventures, new journeys, and new opportunities. This sounds old, sounds used, sounds corning. Really? Seriously? Let's look at a few facts, You can't go back and redo last week, you can't go back and do the travels over, you can't can't go backwards. You can try to duplicate what you did but nothing can be copied exactly the same, it will always be different. So we can either accept it and put a smile on our faces, put a giddy in your giddy-up and go make the most of what is before us and make the most out of whatever comes our way. Or we can just be a curmudgeon and sit there and stew in our own miserableness, ruining both our own chances of a good day and those around us. And is it going to change things? Heck no, so you might as well, get with the program, and to the best of your's an my abilities put on a happy face and make the best of whatever comes our way. So ready or not here it comes, so we might as well get some hikers on or whatever footwear is needed for your journey, find that staff and let's get to the starting line. Along the way we are going to encounter those that need our help, so be ready. Whether it's someone we know or someone we had no intentions of helping, ever, be ready to stop, listen and lend a hand in whatever way we can or need to. Now it's time to get this day going and see where this week and travels take us. And the best way to do that is to spread some joy along the way so let's go make us a most Happy, Happy and share it to everyone that crosses our paths today.