Friday, December 13, 2019

Scandi Friday / 12-13-19

Scandi Friday EveryOne
Haaapy, Friday, we are singing Thumpity thump, thump, thumpity thump. thump look at Frosty Go, Yeee ha, Haaapy Birth’’’ I mean Haaaapy Friday. Wow we made it, we really, really made it. And I think I have one up on Olaf., I got here without losing my head completely, which for me this week was a feet beyond thought. So How are you, are you missing a leg or an arm, has some munching moose or elk eaten your carrot nose. Has some old magician decided to take back his magic hat that you found fair and square. Well fear not you are you, and although you may be a who-banger short or a who-blaster broken I really believe if you look all around you will find all your parts where they really should be, including that stuff we call gray matter in your skull. So give a big hoot, a real rooty, toot, toot and let’s put on our running shoes and head for that station for the train we all want. And once all aboard, and bound for the end, we can set our sight on the last station we all know, Paradise Friday. So lace up your leathers, and button down your flappers roll up the sleeves and let’s get this train rolling. Cause we have a place, with all kinds of neat people just waiting for us to arrive at Paradise Station. This weeks theme has been different types of Christmas Stars. Hope you all have a wicked cool Friday and more so weekend and we will see you next week, same time same starting point. Remember no casualties left, if someone is in true need lend a hand and to all the rest, invite them along. And may you and all yours have a very Happy, Happy from here to the end.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Popcorn String Day
Ice Cream & Violins Day
National Day of The Horse
National Guard Birthday
National Salesperson Day
Official Lost & Found Day

National Biscuits and Gravy Day - 14
National Bouillabaisse Day - 14
International Monkey Day - 14
Roast Chestnuts Day - 14
U.K. National Postal Worker Day - 14
AKC Champtionships - 14
Day Of The Horse - 14
Gingerbread Decorating Day - 14
International Shareware Day- 14
National Wreaths Across America Day - 14 
Yoga Day -  14
Christmas Bird Count Week: 14-1/5
*Halcyon Days: 14-28

National Gingerbread Latte Day - 15
National Lemon Cupcake Day - 15
Bill of Rights Day - 15
Cat Herders Day - 15
International Tea Day - 15
National Cupcake Day - 15
National Wear Your Pearls Day - 15
Zamenhof Day (Esperato Literature Day) - 15

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Moravian Thursday / 12-12-19

Moravian Thursday EveryOne
With a Hi and a Ho and an off we go It’s time to get these creaky old bones and joins moving this morning. Never under estimate the power of being able to get up in the morning, to open ye ole eyelids and seeing the all that is happening outside your window, even if it is not what is your first choice to see. Don’t ever poo-poo hearing the dark bark and the or the geese honk, or the doorbell ring. Ok so these are not a few of my favorite thinks to hear, unless the dog is tell me he wants to go out when Im away, or the right before the goose gives me a golden egg, and the doorbell I only want to hear when the kids have driven in and I was expecting them or the UPS or FedX guy delivering a package (which in my area they don’t do). But in all things give thanks many can not  enjoy seeing a cloudy sunrise, or hear the birds chirp, or smell the coffee in the morning and some cannot even feel a loving hand touch them. So as you get going this morning, as everything around you starts to bother you, or get under your skin, stop and give thanks for all that is good and let the rest go. Ok we are on our journey off this mountain of work. Grab a hand and take from company with you and make it a joint effort. Along the way if you come on one in true need, stop and lend a hand and to all the rest greet warmly. And may you and all those around you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Cocoa Day
National Ambrosia Day
Gingerbread House Day
National Ding-a-Ling Day
Poinsettia Day
International Day of Neutrality: 12
National 12-hour Fresh Breath Day: 12
National Lost Day: 12 Link
Our Lady of Guadelupe

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Getting On with the Holidays & Roasted Baby Beet & Spinach Salad / 12-11-19

      Another year another Christmas here in the old homestead here on Cape Cod. As part of the electrical system in my house being updated we discovered that I nearly burnt the house down with an outdoor sparkle lazar light that shorted out and literally fried the plug and extension cord. Come to find out, the outdoor plug nor the breaker was GMIF rated or the right amp-age. So when the light and extension fried I was lucky the house did not go up in flams as well. But all is now good with new outlets, new breakers, new extensions, and new lights. So back to business with Christmas lights. I have all my trees up, and two out of three decorated, but all have lights and have their stars on top. The work is still not done and the other night I went to put in my wall bookshelves and instead of finishing the job, stripped the head of the anchor screw and in trying to get it out put a hole in my wall. So now as my contractor gets back to my pantry I have to have him patch the hole in my wall, as all my cookbooks are scattered around the living room. Oh and did I tell you, we figured the problem with the pantry panels I purchased, they were not doors but cover panels for like a refrigerator front, not pantry doors. So this week, I took the panels back and exchanged them for cabinet doors, at twice the cost of course. But tis the time of season to be giving I guess. The gift are all wrapped and by the end of the week will be on their way to the rightful addresses in time for Christmas Day. Maybe one more gift that I have been looking for to be gotten but other than that I am done. I have had off this week from work and most of the time has been getting this place back to living as I once knew it, and it is coming. I am just looking for the rest of this week to get that extra bit of sleep and gather my whits and senses about me. I hope that during this holiday season you can find a bit of time to get a way from the hustle and bustle and find ways to reflect on all that is good in and around you. Turn off the TV, most of the social media or have the good graces to change the station. Be wise to be part of good cheer and not bad news. Then share something good with those you come in contact with. May you have a fantastic holiday season and an extra special if you can do it right here on ole Cape Cod.  
      Time for small and local business report. This week I am going to hit on a few small town book stores. It's that wonderful season of giving and what better thing to give then a new or used book. If it's a young reader, make sure it is new, not used. To a book lover they don't care, new used, and to us who collect cook books, an old first edition, or just one we don't have is an awesome gift. So check these out this holiday season. 
   The Brewster Book Store located at 2648 Main St, Brewster, MA on 6A two doors down from the Snowy Owl Coffee Shop. They new books, and love to highlight local writers and do book signings. Check them out at
   Parnassus Book Services is located in Yarmouth Port at MA-6A, Yarmouth Port, MA across the street from the Old Yarmouth Inn. This is a very unique bookstore that has been an icon along the Old Kings Highway for some time. Don't come looking for a new print book, as this is an used book store, but does carry an occasional local writers new print. But other than that, this is a used book haven that if you want something with some real history to it, this is the place you want to check out. Oh ya, website, facebook, or instagram. They are still old school about it all. 
   Also, Titcomb's Bookshop located at 432 Rt 6A East Sandwich, MA also on facebook and twitter. They specialize in new books, Cape Cod Books, they have book clubs and the list goes on. They are a really neat place to go and hide for a time, while checking out what's new in print. 
   In Chatham you will want to check out Where the Sidewalk Ends, located at 432 Main St
Chatham, MA or online at What a plethora of local Cape Cod writers and books on Cape Cod, about Cape Cod or based on Cape Cod and let's not forget cooking Cape Cod. This is a wonderful bookstore located towards the east end of Chatham. If you have not wondered down to that far end, other than to drive by it on your way to the lighthouse, stop it, and take the time to check this place out, it will be worth your while. 
   Now these are not the only bookstores, bookshops on Cape Cod, but the point here is to get your juices flowing and get your mind going to move your feet to check out these wonderful places. And most if not all are open year round, not just during the "high" season. So check them out. 
      The other night we went out to dinner at The Oyster Company located in Dennis Port at 202 Depot St. We went a tad early, like around 5 pm and other then the folks at the bar we had the place to ourselves. By the time we finished there were several other folks and more coming in. I had the Roasted Wasabi Crusted Duck, when can I stop saying YUM. Not overly spicy, great depth in flavor, not greasy at all and, well done as well as could have expected. The wife had the Lobster Quesadilla which most of that came home and we had for lunch the next day. Just as good the second day as the first. The fresh homemade rolls we could have made a meal out of those. We passed on the dessert, only because we were too filled and did not want to ruin a great meal and time out with overstuffing ourselves. I know from the past they have grand desserts and are something to enjoy. This is a great time of the year to go and have a special time out, cause come "high"season you can not get in there without a reservation and good luck getting one of those. This place is that good.   
      Welcome to the land where seasons are about as confused as box turtle is in a round swimming pool. (ok stop and think on that for a bit), or a New Jersey driver in a round-about. (Sorry, but Iwas born in Philly and know about them Jersey drivers, Being funny dah). Anyway, 60 degrees one day and the next we are getting cumulative snow. What is up with this, I am just hoping for all the kiddies that we do end up with a white Christmas. Well getting on with the reporting of the stations business, the sea's have been calm from the standpoint of any major incidence happening, so nothing big happening there. As far as our winter gathering and display, last week was the first weekend and we had a great time roasting marshmallows, drinking hot chocolate and talking about what it was like in the lighthouse stations during the Christmas season. We have several more to go before Christmas and two after. So come and join us, the tower will not be open, unless we get the special permission to open it up on Christmas Day and that has not come through yet. The grounds are open all the time as you know, and the view is still spectacular from the lookout point, and the dunes and grasslands are still explorable. So even though it is the fall (winter does not come till December 21) we still have things to do here. If you have a group that would like to do a fall tour please give us a call and we will be happy to set you up. These appointment tours and the school kids tours are the only tours we do during the off season, so if you drive by and see folks there, that's what is going on. Thank you for understanding. Now I know this is not long but, hey not much happening, which is good sometimes. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod. 
      So the last of the side dishes for this year has come upon us. Without knowing it or really trying I have come up with a dish that actually looks holiday like. I love beets to begin with fresh is always best but hey in a moment of desperation caned will do. And Spinach for some reason, Ok I know why, overcooked or canned is just gross, but spinach if in a salad fresh or cooked properly is just downright yummy. So combined the two and you have a fantastic salad for the holiday season or to go with leftovers. I hope you have enjoyed this years choices in side dishes and remember, eating healthy does not mean boring or costing an arm and a leg. Now on with the show.

      This week's recipe: Roasted Baby Beet & Spinach Salad

      1       Lb       Baby Beets, stemmed
      1      Tbsp    minced shallot
      3      Tbsp    fresh lemon juice
   1/2      tsp       Dijon mustard
   1/4      cup      EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil)
                          Sea Salt to taste
                          Group Pepper to taste
   3-4      cups    washed and dried spinach
   1/4      Lb       crumbled Roquefort cheese

      Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash beets, then wrap in parchment-lined aluminum foil and roast until tender or about 45-60 minutes. All to cool, Peel beets and cut in half. Whisk together Shallot, lemon juice, and mustard. Whisk in oil until emulsified and season with salt & pepper. Toss beets in a little of the dressing. Place spinach on a large platter, top with beets then cheese. Drizzle lightly with dressing. Serve remaining dressing on side.         

Bethlehem Wednesday / 12-11-19

Bethlehem Wednesday EveryOne
Oh happy day, Oh happy day, yippy ky-ya, we have gone over the river and through the woods and now up and over this midweek mountain peak. And then off we go to Paradise Friday. Yup now half way there in about 4 hours of work time. And to think you did not was to get out of bed on Monday. Just think all you would have missed, I know I could have done without some of it. But overall I’m still alive, still kicking and still doing ok. So pull up you boots and tighten the belt, we have a destination to reach and sitting here is not going to get us there. May you have a very inspirational day and may you be an inspiration to someone along the way. Remember this day only happens once in a lifetime, so do right with it and make the most of it. You can’t change the past but you can make a difference for the future. Have a great and wonderful today, remember if you come on one in true need, lend a hand and to the rest, be a friend. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Noodle Ring Day
International Mountain Day
Kaleidoscope Day
Magnum P.I. Day
National App Day
National Sobriety Day
UNICEF Birthday

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Barn Tuesday / 12-10-19

Barn Tuesday EveryOne
Time for the Tuesday trot, hut two, three, four, hut, two, three, four, a little calisthenics for the brain, and a visual workout to get one stimulated. My mind is ready and willing but how come the body is not willing to move. Sometimes the song the old gray mule just ain’t what he used to be. Warmer temps and rain today but back into freezer tomorrow, and a mule might be kind.  But is it what it is and I am alive and relatively well, so for that I give thanks. So you up and at ‘em this morning, bouncing like a baby bunny on steroids being chased by a fox. Ya I thought so, so let’s all take encouragement this fine feathered morning and stick together as we head up this mountain called work today. Giving credence to the phrase the sum of the whole is stronger than the sum of one. We will together support each other and encourage each other throughout today so that each of us can make it through the day together. So you ready, I know, I know, but the world ain’t stoppen to let anyone off and it does not slow up to let someone catch up. So let’s get this train started and let’s conquer this hill collectively together. ONWARD HO. And if one falls and truly needs a hand we all lend one to help, and if anyone crosses our path greet them and offer them to join, and may by the end of the we each one of us be able to look back and know it has been truly and Happy, Happy for us all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances 
National Lager Day - YUM
Dewey Decimal System Day
Human Rights Day
International Animal Rights Day
Jane Addams Day
Nobel Prize Day
Computer Science Education Week: 9-15 sorry missed this one. 
Human Rights Week: 10-17

Monday, December 9, 2019

Moroccan Monday / 12-09-19

Moroccan Monday EveryOne
Welcome Monday morning, and what a beautiful morning to be alive, Fah who for-azel, dah who dor-azel welcome Morning Come this way (yes Dr Seuss again) Welcome, Welcome rah-moose Welcome, Welcome Dah who Dah-moose Monday is in our grasp, So long as we have hands to clasp.  Sometimes we need to take a look at Mondays like we do the holidays and enjoy what is really important, that we have life and breath and friends and abilities and opportunities. Am I always bubbly and effervescent on Monday’s? Heck no, but I try, and I try to be thankful for what has been given me and all that is before me. As we travel through this holiday time, regardless of what faith you practice or if any and give an ear to a man with some very interesting insight and the Who’s of Whoville and let not the circumstances of our surroundings get us down but give thanks and be grateful what we do have. I hope that your day is filled with fun surprises and great expectations that are met. How if you run into one who is in true need, lend a hand, and to all the others give a great smile. And may you be blessed with a very Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
My Birthday :-) 
National Pastry Day
Christmas Card Day
Cremation Day
Green Monday
International Anti-corruption Day
International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Genocide Crimes. 
Weary Willie Day
World Techno Day


Friday, December 6, 2019

Jingle Juice Friday / 12-6-19

Jingle Juice Friday EveryOne
So it is Friday, and time to get that jig out of your foot and do a little dance or a put a jog in your step. Maybe a shake where you would normally rattle and the let your rock roll. (you see you shake rattle and roll, oh my). Let’s get out the tringler and fuzzles and dafflers and wuzzles and someone please toot on a horn for today there’s a party just waiting to happen, a party of celebration. Is it as big as old Christmas, I’d day pretty not but we have made it right to the end. So time to get hats and time to get cake and just about time for little drinks with umbrellas, but to get there we need to end strong. So put down the peddle, and step up the pace I don’t want to be late for the Friday Paradise party. (thank you Dr Suess for a little help on words). I hope all of you have a fun and fantastic day and weekend, work hard and party harder and we will see you all back her we hope in one piece come the day after the day after tomorrow. Oh, before I forget the theme for this week, they are all names of Christmas Punches according to Remember we all need help sometime so if you come on one in true need lend a hand, and to all the others rooty toot, toot a grand old hello. And may you and yours have a wonderful Happy, Happy all day and weekend long.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Gazpacho Day
National Microwave Oven Day
National “Cook for Christmas” Day
St. Nicholas Day
Mitten Tree Day
Put on your own Shoes Day
Faux Fur Friday
Miners' Day
Mitten Tree Day
National Pawnbrokers Day
National Salesperson Day
St. Nicholas Day

National Cotton Candy Day - 7
Ferry Floss Day(Great Britain) - 7
International Civil Aviation Day - 7
Letter Writing Day - 7
Pearl Harbor Day - 7
Earmuff Day or Chester Greenwood Day - 7
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day - 7
National Play Outside Day - 7
National Rhubarb Vodka Day - 7
Skywarn Recognition Day - 7

National Brownie Day - 8
International Children's Day - 8
Take it in the Ear Day - 8
Bartender Appreciation Day - 8
AFL-CIO Day- 8
Bodhi Day - 8 [Traditional]
National Day of Lard- 8
Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day- 8
Worldwide Candle Lighting Day - 8
World Choral Day- 8 
World Pear Day - 8