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

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Plum Purple Thursday / 7-11-19

Plum Purple Thursday EveryOne
   May the joy of a new day and the fire of the sun light your soul today with overflowing excitement for what lies before us. Many can not see the sun, and live in darkness, be grateful for what you can see, Many can not hear what sounds bring joy to our ears, they live in silence. Many can not get out of bed and walk to a window or outside and experience that wonders that await each one of us that stroll about without a thought, as they have lost use of their legs, may our limbs be filled with joy each step we take, and each swim we make. My point this morning is, as we have come on this Thursday morning struggling to just get it going, we have so much to be thankful for, so much to be grateful for, so much many others can't. Take the joy of what is given, the joy of what you have, the joy of opportunities, the joy of adventure with you. You think I am just talking to the audience, guess again, this writer has his days, wondering if getting up is worth it, questioning if what I am doing really makes a difference, worries about stability of job (and when you are in your late 50s thats a real issue as more and more jobs get moved off-shore.) You see, this is not just for all you who are reading this. This is not written for a particular person that popped into my head, or that I came across at the market that I thought needed it. No, this is written more often than not for me. I need reminded of the blessings I wake up with each morning, and get out of bed with and keep going through the day. You may not be here today, but what about tomorrow, or next week or next month? This is why I always remind us to keep our eyes and ears open to those that have fallen, lost their way, hope and left them and stop and listen and help in any way you can. May the joy of a new day and the fire of the sun light your soul today with overflowing excitement, and share it. Now as we get our day started and get that snorkel gear on, this is the last day in the water as we will end the week on land. Swim hard, kick harder and make the most whatever comes your way and be proud of all you do. Now tis the time to get in the water and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long, and share it with as many as we can along our way. 
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi
www.ccrockhopper.com

Holidays & Observances: 
National Blueberry Muffin Day
National Mojito Day
Cheer up the Lonely Day
World Population Day
Bowdler's Day
Cheer Up The Lonely Day
Day of The Five Billion
Make Your Own Sundae Day
National Rainier Cherries Day
Slurpee Day or 7-11's Birthday
World Body Painting Day
World Population Day

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The A/C ? & Grilled Corn

       So what do you talk about when it's rather warm, and the humidity is rising and the wind is barely blowing? I will say that I have not put my A/C units in yet, I am still working on window A/C and have not had the funds to put in a central air unit yet. Since I have construction that will be going on in August not sure how much I will use it anyway this year but I will say it would be nice as the humidity rises and there is chances of rain to have them in. During the summers we would come to the Cape for the month of August. We would stay in Dennisport on Old Wharf Road, the only thing between us and the water was the beach and the road, not even another cottage between us snd the road. So we knew what humidity was like as being right on the water it is always heavier air than where I live today in South Dennis. It is amazing how that changes just going in land a couple miles. But we never had an A/C in the cottage, or maybe I should say we had 9/10 air conditioning, that's 9 windows open with a light 10mph breeze blowing. We would like most bring extra fans with us and just keep them all going through the evening. Sure it was a tad sticky at times but we were on the Cape and honestly we did not mind that much. I know there are those that go, I can not come to the Cape without it,, and then there are the few with medical issues such as my daughter that absolutely needs it due to breathing issues including asthma. But for the rest of us, I am still holding out looking to go as long as I can without it. besides, it's a whole lot cheaper not to run the electric bill up that much. So if you want the real Cape Cod experience, do without the A/C the old times don't know that they are and will tell you about it also. If you need it, please use it, and for the rest of us, well, do what you need to do and just enjoy the Cape. This is such a beautiful place, enjoy it, get out into nature, on the beach, onto the bike paths and nature trails and just enjoy and don't worry about the A/C it will be there when you get back home. Here is hoping for great weather and may you have a great time this summer, whether you live here year round or are just visiting, cause this is wonderful old Cape Cod. 
      Time for the small business report and it's that time of year that we have the artisan and craft shows on top of all the farmers markets, pop up shows, festivals and town fairs. So i start to focus on the crafters within the shows to maybe highlight that I think stand out from the rest. My first choice is always to support our local artists and crafters. I have talked about our friends with Cape Cod Cutlery being a major one. Red Dog Dog Treats (Update here, they are so busy between making the dog treats and one of the owners going into one of the first responder fields they just don't have the time to do the shows, but their products are in local Pet stores and other shops that carry pet supplies. Still convinced one of the best around, not just on the Cape) and there are others I have covered from pottery people to artists and so on. Second line of push are those from the state of Massachusetts, If I find someone from in the state that is the next best thing, third is New England artist and crafters and last and they have really got to be something special is all the rest. So now that you know my puddle pool rings you know mostly where I am going to pick from. Well this week I am going to surprise even myself and go with state of Mass crafters just cause theirs for one reason or another really stand out to me. The first one is from Gloucester, called Judy Plank Art, they are from and spend good bit of their time there and do some business in Florida. She is a artist that does carved paintings, that are so designed you can hang many of them outside as well as inside. The colors are brilliant and designs are bold. I go to a lot of these shows and I have shown art work in that as well and I'm here to say this is a very unique style she has that is well work looking into. Check our her evens page on her website http://www.judyplankart.com she will be around the Cape a lot this summer and in the fall between here and Gloucester. So go and check her out.
   My second and new artist is from The Lost Buoy Co at www.thelostbuoyco.com. she is from the south coast area in Massachusetts. her specialty is hand panted buoys. These are unique stenciled and hand panted or completely hand crafted items are great decorative items, she also makes table lamps out of them, these are well made again for inside and outside use. She also has home decor, beach gear, hoodies, hats and stickers and papers all with,,, drumroll please,, buoys on them. So if you are into buoys this is the place, even if you are not check her out this stuff is cool and she will also be around a bit with the craft shows. 
   Ok and time for the restaurant report or suggestions. I have mentioned them for a while and just ate there then other day, and that would be Cooks Seafood in Hyannis. These folks do a super job and the food is outstanding. The folks who run this shop are part of the original family that first started Cooks so we are back to the basics here and the food has not lost one bit of good taste So check them out for lunch special or dinners, or even just a mid afternoon snack this is a fantastic place to stop and get a bite. And if you like them the Knack in Orleans across from the Scoop is owned by them as well. Great food with outdoor eating area with a view. Now the Knack has a more varied menu I think but the fact you don't to drive all the way to Hyannis for a good inexpensive meal is always great. So check them out and have a great day eating on the Cape.
      Oh what a wonderful day it has been, over and over again, the temperatures are great for the beaches in the low 80s and the evenings cooling off into the 60s. And you thought this old geezer was only a light tender. Well as some of you know lighthouses, life saving stations and Coast Guard Stations are also major weather stations. Now not all are but most at least keep records that are trended by some local, state or national group. So something that many of you did not know. I know that some of the stations even at least one here on the Cape do weather ballon tracking. But we get it all, the highs and lows, humidity, barometric readings, wind speeds, tide readings and even tracking of the moon phases, meteor shower observances and star movements. We do it all, ok with a lot of electronic help now days. Not like the old days when most of the records we would have to go out and take physical readings every hour or every other hour. But we still have to keep up on things just in case there is some kind of outage, cause we all know how perfect the computer age is. LOL, trust me I prefer getting those reading in my office in the middle of winter than having to go out there in the freezing winds. But sometimes it still has to happen. So what happen the rest of the time? Well needless to day, it's the happy vacation waters to our traveling Great White Sharks. We have a ton of them and they are even putting on shows for us and the scientists who study this creatures. So just be ware of your surroundings, don't go swimming alone, and keep aware of the warnings that go out by the local radio stations and social media and NOAA. The crowds at the lighthouse I believe are up at least by 10% may be even close to 15% from last year and we are having a blast talking about our station, tower and that glorious light beacon. I sure hope you can get out here and give us a visit and definitely make sure you visit the other stations up and down the outer arm of the Cape from P'Town to Chatham, as well as the underarm from Chatham to Falmouth. And if you have the time get to a spot where you can view the Bay side lights. Well I have taken up enough time of this young reporter for today, I heard he was heading up to P'town after this for another hot food story and some art gallery checks. So have a great and wonderful day especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.     
      This week's recipe is about as simple as you can get. But honestly to just ask I would have had to gone and look it up. Grilled Corn. Can't get any easier, but is it. There are two methods, the easy way with husks off and one harder more labor intensive husks on, ok three, the third being naked in aluminum foil but I call that still husk-less vs husked. You know me easy gets it done. The fun comes more when they are done and what you can do with them after they are grilled. I will make some suggestions in general, you can go look them up. So if you are grilling out this summer and you want a fun veggie with it, as corn on the cob normally is and is considered a summer staple, considered corn on the cob. Now on with the show,

      This week's recipe: Grilled Corn on the Cob

      2      ears      Corn per person
                           butter
                           salt & pepper

      The simplest way is, strip husk from corn and clean silk from bog. On hot oiled/non-stick spayed grill place corn direct onto grill. Turn 1/4 way every 2-3 minutes until corn kernels are tinder when pierced by a paring knife. Remove, butter, salt and pepper and enjoy. 

      Options: 
   - There are Mexican Spicy Mayo recipes that can replace the butter then sprinkle with Mexican cheese 
   - Butter, then sprinkle Parmesan cheese
   - you can put husked corn in aluminum foil with butter and oregano close up and cook off direct heat for about 15-20 minutes depending on size of kernels. 
   - Butter, and sprinkle with Old Bay Seasoning. 
   - keep going, if you can sprinkle it, cheeses, spices, herbs mixes, go for it. Make up one of your own, spicy or sweet. or do a Google or Pinterest search for what to top grilled corn with. 

      This is easy and you could really have some fun with these, break the ears in half and have a grilled corn party where everyone can have several halves done different ways each time. Great even for kids to get involved with. So have fun and keep the dental floss handy.     

White Icicle Wednesday / 7-10-19

White Icicle Wednesday EveryOne
   Waka Waka meatballs, and welcome to that wonderful wacky day we wildly call Wednesday where wascally wabbits are not going swimming but we are. So what better way to start a summer morning than with a dip in the ocean with the all the deep sea critters. So far I have not heard of any losses yet, then again maybe someone is not telling us anything, but the ocean is what it is. Great Whites, Krackens, Whales, Spider Crabs, and the again the list goes one, but those are in the deep and we are not, Ok so most of them are, the deal is this, we still need to get from point A to point B today, and whatever is out there we have got to face and get past. The one good thing about today is that half way through the day we will be half way through the week and the moment we hit the half way mark we will be one stroke or one flipper kick closer to the end than back to the beginning. So let's get the snorkeling gear and get flopping to the waterline and time to get wet. We need to make the best of whatever is before us. We all have had long weeks so far, our arms are tired, our legs hurt, and our lungs starting to burn breathing through a tiny tube and going full blast. But we have a job to do and do to a job we need to just do it. Yet, some have not been able to keep it going, some are hurt, physically as well as mentally. The sharks can smell the blood and they are on the prowl and we need to get those folks to the care vessel, then keep pushing forward ourselves. Life it not always far but we will need to press forward. Keep our eyes and our head focused and do and give our best in all that is handed to us. So put the pasta on to go with the meatballs and heat the sauce and let's go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long, not cause we have to but cause we want to and to share to the joy with those around us.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
www.ccrockhopper.com

Holidays & Observances:
National Pina Colada Day
Pick Blueberries’ Day
Clerihew Day
Don't Step On A Bee Day
Global Energy Independence Day
Martyrdom of The Bab
Teddy Bears' Picnic Day
U.S. Energy Independence Day

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

White Hailstone Tuesday / 7-9-19

White Hailstone Tuesday EveryOne
   Hello, Hello and how do you do? It was a wild start to the week yesterday but we made it through and we came out on the other side without a lot of damage to us. But this is a new day with new opportunities and new adventures before us. Remember it is always better to be seeing things from the top side of earth than from below the dirt and sand line. So give thanks for all that is good, the chance for another day, the abilities to have gotten out of bed, the abilities to have something to eat, to wear, transportation if you need it and the list goes on. Then put a smile on your fact pull the snorkel gear on including the fins and let's head for the water. Remember you only need to swim faster than the slowest person when trying to out swim the sharks. Now we need to stay on top of it and when we come on those who in desperate need and make sure we stop, and listen and help in anyway we can, and see them to the next care vessel. Now the sun is shinning, the clouds are few, there is no rain in our forecast and we have a haul to swim, so let's get that suntan lotion lathered on and head for the water and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long, cause we know, no one else is going to do that for us.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi
www.ccrockhopper.com 

Holidays & Observances;
Chick-fil-A's Cow Appreciation Day
National No Bra Day

Monday, July 8, 2019

Watermelon Monday / 7-8-19

Watermelon Monday EveryOne
   So we made it through another weekend and a new week lies before us. It is all out the dog days of summer and there is no sign of it letting up anytime soon. So whatcha gonna do? We gonna get as comfy and possible, use as much suntan lotion as it takes and we are going to enjoy it to the hilt cause we know there are times before us a comin' that are at the opposite end of the weather scale. So as we get this day and this week going, enjoy every moment of it that you can. Now we do need to be careful as there are sharks in the waters. Those who would rather see us fail than succeed, this is part of it why we need to stick together and support each other and keep an eye on one another and watch for those fins to be coming in close to shore and heaven help us if anyone sees them starting to circle one of us. So let's keep our eyes focused, make the most of all that is out there and around us and give it our best. This week we are going to be pulling on the snorkel gear including the fins and paddling our way through rough waters and many times filled with thick seaweed. So be aware of your surroundings and who is with you. We are still going to be watching for those in severe need and stop, listen and help in whatever way we can. Now let's get into the water and get this swim underway and give it all we've got. And when it's said and done let it be said we left nothing to be questioned. Now let's go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long and share it to all that cross our paths. 
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
www.ccrockhopper.com

Holidays & Observances;
Body Painting Day
National Blueberry Day
Video Games Day
Coca Cola Day
Math 2.0 Day
SCUD Day
Nude Recreation Weekend: 8-14

Friday, July 5, 2019

Black Krim Friday / 7-5-19

Black Krim Friday EveryOne
Well back to the grindstone for one day, but it is FRIDAY and for that we will celebrate. It will be a long day today as we have to collect our thoughts, gather our wits and refocus on the direction we need to finish this race we are running this week. This is a one day marathon sprint from the get go to the finish line, so let's start by ditching those hikers and swapping them out for the sprinters, put down the staff and get that suntan lotion on and the eye protection dawned. I know it was hard getting out of bed and we are all sluggish from yesterdays parties and BBQ gatherings. But this is it, we still have this day to finish up and to do it with quality as well as quantity. And yes we will still be stoping for those that need our help, to listen then see them to the next care center. Remember life downers do not take a holiday nor is Friday a day off, so we will be ready to help in whatever way we can. Now we did not get our day of weeding out, we did not get our typical wrap up, but its a bright and sunny day and we are not going to let what didn't or what hasn't gotten done, nor are we going to worry about what we can't change and focus on what we can accomplish. So are you ready? I get it,, but . oh wait this weeks theme? Ok ok,, they are all different types of Tomatoes, each is a different kind kinda cool I think, if not just down right interesting. Ok, enough babbling, and time to get this show on the race track and take this week to it's finish. And if we need to pepper it up with a lot of hot-sauce then do what you need to make it one of the best that's ever been. And just think 2020 is less than 6 months away. Time to do it and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long and give it all you've got.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Graham Cracker Day
National Bikini Day
Work-a-holics Day
Work Without Your Hands Day
Roswell UFO Days: 5-7
International Cherry Pit Spitting Day - 6
Hop A Park Day - 6
International Day of Cooperatives - 6
International Kissing Day or World Kiss Day - 6
National Hand Roll Day - 6
Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day - 6
Tour de France: 6-28

National Strawberry Sundae Day - 7
National Macaroni Day - 7
World Chocolate Day - 7
Build A Scarecrow Day - 7
Father-Daughter Take A Walk Together Day - 7
Global Forgiveness Day - 7
National Dive Bar Day - 7
Tell The Truth Day - 7
Victims of The Dallas, Texas Attack Day - 7
Be Nice To New Jersey Week: 7-13 
Creative Maladjustment Week: 7-14  
National Farriers Week: 7-13
Sports Cliché Week: 7-13


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Cherokee Purple Thursday / 7-4-19

Cherokee Purple Thursday EveryOne
Morning one and all, and Happy 4th of July, as we go through today let us remember all those that gave their lives so that we could have the freedoms we have. The abilities to think and relatively say what we want. The ability to live where we want and work at what we want. We as a nation need to go back to the roots and see what this country was built on and take it back to the basics. Things were not perfect but we were at least united in the cause. No everyone did not agree on all the points of the constitution but they worked together to put it together. Not everyone was of the same faith but they worked together, not everyone was of the same backgrounds, but they worked together. Today we have more people wanting to do their own things and then point fingers at the other side than you have fingers and toes in an army of 10 thousand. No life is not perfect, freedom is not free, and egos and self righteousness need to be checked out of the picture and left outside not brought into the house. Today is a day of celebration and we need to keep it that way, lest all the work our forefathers did put this all in motions go down the crapper. Life is too short to focus so hard on thing object and miss the greater picture. Fireworks are only great when you are back a bit seeing them in their full beauty and not up close trying to look through smoke and haze. So remember this 4th of July that we are a nation, that will either make it together, or fall being divided. And folks, seriously if you can't stand for the USA as it is in all her glory, them please get out, leave, there is a difference between having a difference of opinion and undermining what the USA is all about, in a whole... May God Bless the USA that seeks to stand together. 
Your Patriot Friend forever
Steve Gimmi
ccrockhopper.com 

Holidays & Observances:
National Barbecue Day
Caesar Salad Day 
Independence Day (U.S.)
National Country Music Day
Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
Aphelion
Boom Box Parade Day
Earth at Aphelion
Fourth of July or Independence Day
Independence From Meat Day
Indivisible Day
Ratha Yatra
Freedom Week: 4-10
Sandwich Generation Month
Self Care Month  Link  (Note: It's also Sept. Different Sponsor)
Smart Irrigation Month
Social Wellness Month
Tour de France Month (1-23)
Wheat Month Link
Women's Motorcycle Month
World Watercolor Month Link
Worldwide Bereaved Parents Month


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Great White Wednesday / 7-3-19

Great White Wednesday EveryOne
Up, Up, Up, we are at the top and the path today starts the trek down, down, dow the back side so we need to be focused, focused, focused, cause it is going to be one of those fast and furious days. That staff you keep questioning me about is going to your lifesaver today to grab hold of it and hand on, and those hikers you need to pull on are going to get the heals worn off. I can not remember the last time we have had this wild a ride on a Wednesday, but we are going to do it. Along the way we will come on those in dire need, and we will do all we can to help them in and get them to the next care center. The sun is risen and it is climbing fast, we have cleared days one and two and day three is here. Tomorrow is a day off for many except our service related people, our radio folks and a those in sales. But that is not till tomorrow and we need to take care of business today and let tomorrow take care of itself. Remember we still need to hold onto that attitude of gratitude and keep the spirits running high. We can not let ourselves be dragged down by the would ofs, the could ofs, or the should ofs, or ever the what ifs. We need to just concentrate on what is before us and do all we can to do our best, and let life live out to it's best. So are you ready? Neither am I but guess what, we don't have a choice so let's get it together and get to the line and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long. 
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
ccrockhopper.com 
Oh and Check back tomorrow for a post as well. Yes I know it's a holiday but I will be posting.

Holidays & Observances:
Eat Beans Day
Compliment Your Mirror Day
Disobedience Day
Eat Beans Day
Stay out of the Sun Day
Compliment Your Mirror Day
International Plastic Bag Free Day
Stay Out Of The Sun Day
Superman DayBeer Pong Days: 3-7
Bean and Bacon Days: 3-7
National Tom Sawyer Days: 3-6
National Deli Sandwich Month
National Anti-Boredom Month
National Black Family Month
National Blueberries Month
National Child-Centered Divorce Month Link
National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month Link
National Contract Sewing Month Link
National Cord Blood Awareness Month Link
National "Doghouse Repairs" Month
National HIV Awareness Month  Link  (Note: October is AIDS Awareness Month also.
National Horseradish Month
National Make A Difference to Children Month
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
National Parks & Recreation Month
National Roadside Traffic Safety Awareness Month
National Vacation Rental Month
National Wheelchair Beautification Month