Thursday, November 14, 2019

Whiskey Thursday / 11-14-19

Whiskey Thursday EveryOne
Happy Thursday Morning, and a big hello to the sun rising through the trees between my neighbors houses, and to the squirrels and birds and to all that I can see. Am I Yurtle the Turtle and king of all I can see. Well not exactly, and I think I am quite satisfied with my own little pond for now, but I am happy with all I can see. Sometimes during the week we get lost in what we are doing, all the stuff that is happening around us, and we forget there is much to be thankful with, just with what is around me. Being grateful for the everyday things of life, and breath, and movement, and sight, and the ability to remember. Too often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life the job and forget all that is good around us. As we start the haul off the mountain today, let’s keep this in focus and allow our vision to stay clear and focused, not allowing the little things to drive us off the path and into the briar. If we do I think the work will become much easier and our relationships with those around us will flourish much brighter. Now if you come on one in true need to day, stop and lend a hand, and to all the others that cross your path give them a smile to remember. And through all you do today may you have a most Happy, Happy the whole day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
National Guacamole Day
National Pickle ‘Appreciation’ Day
Hindu Diwali Day
Operating Room Nurse Day
World Diabetes Day
International Girls Day
International Selfie Day
Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day
National American Teddy Bear Day
International Tempranillo Day
Spirit of NSA (National Speakers Association) Day

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Life Keeps Going, Make Warm Memories & Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts / 11-13-19

      What can I say, I am not ready for cold, and certainly not ready for those heating bills the utility companies like to stiff us with, and right now I can not even get to my wood burner due to construction still happening at the house and all the stuff from other rooms in my living room. I was enjoying the warmer weather and the not so fall like seasonal temperatures and so was my wallet, ok that extra was going to my contractor, electrician, and plumber and for the later than then first. But it is what it is and had to be done. So as soon as I can I need to get my wood burner service guy here and get this thing in working order then get my wood stacked that was delivered last month and have not been able to get to it due to table saws and other remodeling tools in my back yard, and my wheelbarrow has turned into a holder of remodel goods. Again, oh well, but as soon as this project is done it has got to happen. Coming back to warmer weather, this is the time of year that if you do not have a place to escape to in Florida or out west, you live each day on last summers days of sun and fun. Remembering all the good times that kept your warm, and don't I remember some of you complaining about the heat. I hope you are enjoying this. LOL. Anyway, may the memories of this past summer keep you warm through the holiday seasons, and may the warm and joy of your times on Cape Cod bring a smile to your face. Cold may be in the air but thoughts and memories can always bring happiness to the lonely hearted. Sounds so simple, and sometimes it is, but other times we have to work at remembering it. I keep talking about those of us who live here, still have to work, still have to do the daily grind, still have to pay the bills, do the laundry, and cook our meals. Yet we need to work on making time, not just during the summer but year round to enjoy what others long to be able to do and have. Warmths comes in more ways than just the sun, and if we do not work on making those memories for the future when those cold days come, we will not find the joy that could have been. So as we work through out fall season and see the colder days of winter coming, prepare now, so that you will not only be warm on the outside but warm on the inside with the joys of all your experiences here on Cape Cod. Sounds corny I know, but sometimes you need to dig deep to make life happen and make it happy, otherwise what are we doing living here. Can't say it enough, be open to making memories, make the with your elders, the grandparents, the parents, and make them with the younger ones, from children to teens to post teens. See life through their eyes and learn, and figure out how to be free, and then share with those around you. Life on Cape Cod, not always easy, not cheap, but can be very rewarding if we let it. Have a great and wonderful, stay warm and happy, and especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.   
      Ok, last calls for many seasonal restaurants, with the last of them closing up Thanksgiving weekend. I specifically am thinking of Cook's Seafood at 1120 Rt 132, in Hyannis. Their last weekend will be Thanksgiving weekend while closed for Thanksgiving Day will then be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be last day. Now I will admit, I love Cook's, I love their clam chowder, second only to my own, I lover their fried clams, their fried fish is outstanding, and the list goes on and on. Now you all know there is one in every crowd, so like most restaurants, until you have had don't past judgement. For me and my family,  Cooks is a fabulous place to enjoy yummy seafood. Check them out and enjoy before the season comes to a close.  
      Next up is some hour changes for one of our top business friends Truro Vineyards/South Hollow Spirits. Located up in North Truro, on the corners of 6A and Shore Rd the new fall hours are now Thursday through Saturday 11-5 and Sundays 12-5. Upcoming event will be the Holiday Extravaganza  on 11-29-19 with the lighting of the wine bottle tree, there will be caroling, cookies, cocoa, cider, and wine and spirits (as usual)! (as they say, LOL). Swing by the vineyard from 4:30 - 6:30 pm on November 29th for our 5:00 lighting ceremony! This is a great place to do your holiday shopping also, from new hats and shirts and other fun stuff and lets not forget about the Wine, it's all about the wine and the spirits. So get it going and get to Truro Vineyards this fall and holiday season.  
      Not sure were to go with this last one, but a reminder to shop local, buy local whenever possible, and help support our local communities. We still have a few holidays festivals and craft shows including the Upper Cape Tech Fair is November 23-24th, also Love, Live, Local December 7-8 held this year at Barnstable High. So much more room and more parking so get ready to shop, shop, shop. 
      Great day to you all and I hope you are finding a way to stay warm through this cold spell. I have it on some good word that this should be it for a while and we should be back to near November weather the rest of the month. Needless to say the water temperatures have stated to change, and this is the time of year we need to be on the watch for cold stunned turtles. Over this past weekend, rescuers were called into action along the Brewster beaches and get that turtle to the rescue center in Quincy to heal. The reports state it was a Kemp's ridley turtle, one of the rarest and most endangered sea turtles. If you are out along any of the beaches and find a cold stunned turtle, please do not attempt any rescue yourself, call the local authorities ASAP so they can contact the correct group to come get them for rehab. It is against the law for the average citizen to handle these creatures. Also if you are out in the waters fishing and come on one that is looking sluggish, again call the authorities as quickly as possible. As far as actual fishing I am starting to hear that our fish are moving further off shore and deeper. As the waters around the Cape become colder, the majority of our sport fishing head south, literally speaking. So take this to heart if you were wondering. Most of the recreational boats have been pulled by now, and about the only thing happening is clamming of all kinds. Check with your local constable if you have any questions to what's open and what's not. Last, but not least, our Thanksgiving display is up, got a little tricky with all the recent winds and the quick turn around after Halloween, so although the station and light tower is not open to the public, the grounds are and we do have the lookout point and several other plaques and information centers. So there is still things to do here. Well, that's it for now, time to go take the readings and get them reported and be sure we don't have any squatters up in the lamproom. You have yourself a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod and hope to see you soon.                 
      This month the side dish can go with any meal, but especially the holiday meals. My family has always loved brussel sprouts, so trying new ways of doing brussel sprouts has always been fun for me. So this recipe is a new one from my own collection, and seriously I have to say has been one of my better things to come up with in a while. I have recently gotten into using flavored vinegars, I have used infused oils in the past, not have not worked a lot with infused or flavored vinegars. So this was a stretch for me, but I think I hit this one out of the park. Now if you are not into the flavored vinegars or have access to them, you can either just do EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) or go with just real maple syrup (no imitation stuff here please). But if you can seek out a great Italian Olive Oil Shop in your area and have some fun spicing up your foods. Oh, I am getting so hungry, so let's get this going and do some wicked good eats. 

      This week's recipe: Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts

  1 !/2      lbs      Brussel Sprouts (cleaned and cut in half)
      2      Tbsp    Maple Vinegar (My preference is Gustare of Chatham, Ma)
      3      Tbsp    Maple Syrup (I use Wood Brother' Bourbon Maple Syrup)
      1      Tbsp    EVOO (the good stuff please)
      8      slices   Maple Bacon (cut into 1 inch pieces) or go for it with a full pound.
                          Kosher Salt & Ground Pepper

      Place cleaned Brussel Sprouts in a large bowl. In a separate smaller bowl mix Maple Vinegar, Maple Syrup and EVOO and whisk together then pour over the Brussel Sprouts and toss till lightly coated. Then pour out onto a large baking sheet so in a single layer. Lightly sprinkle Kosher Salt and Pepper over the sprouts. Take cut up bacon and place evenly around the Brussel Sprouts then roast in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for approximately 25-30 minutes (or until lightly golden brown and tender, NOT MUSHY). Turn about half way through so both sides get evenly done. Serve Hot. 

Grand Marnier Wednesday / 11-13-19

Grand Marnier Wednesday EveryOne
Happy wacky Wednesday to all and may the willies and whilies of this what could be wayward day not weird you out. Yes folks that is right we are halfway through this bumpy week and it is about time we get over this hump and dump the blues and move on over to the other side, where wonderful way out wonders are bound to withstand any weirdness. Wanna join me? The journey is only 4 more up to the top of the mountain and then we start our journey down. Yes it has been a long week already but let’s continue to make the best of it. We still have some to go and the best is yet to come. So grab a hand and bring someone along with you, the more the merrier at the top at the mini bar, have a mini celebration than push for the final stretch. We can, we will make it, and we will do it in style. Have a great and awesome filled day. Along the way we will come upon some that are in true need, and we will stop to lend a hand, and to all the rest whether they join us or not will give them a smile of greeting to match no other. And through all this may you have a most Happy, happy all day long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Indian Pudding Day
Feast of St. Diego Alacala
Caregiver Appreciation Day
Sadie Hawkins Day
World Kindness Day
GIS Day (Geographic Information Systems)
International Pathology Day

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Kahlua Tuesday / 11-12-19

Kahlua Tuesday EveryOne
Well we have survived through Monday and now Tuesday is here. The connecting flight between take off and passing over the peak. It's a climb to elevations that can help us pass over the mountain peaks with ease. The sun is out and the skies seem in our favor, but all needs to work well together. So before takeoff today, be sure your flaps and stabilizers are working well, do the walk around and be sure your craft is in good condition and do not start without going through your preflight checklist. It is a wonderful thing being able to sore high but it takes all in good working condition to do so. Have you done your pre-check today? Have you given thanks for being alive, have you rejoiced for opportunities that are to come, have you confirmed that your mental health as well as your physical health is in good shape for today’s trip. Do it now, don't wait, and get it all together. It is going to be a special day and we want everything to be right. So with all that, let's start our engines and roll out to the runway and let's put this bad boy in the air and sore where only eagles could dream of. Along the way we might encounter one that might need some true help, lend it, and to all the rest that cross your path greet them with a hearty smile, and may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long and may you have a very happy landing.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi
www.ccrockhopper.com

Holidays & Observances:
National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
Young Readers Day
Fancy Rat & Mouse Day
National French Dip Day
World Pneumonia Day
Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
Sweet Potato Awareness Month
Teff and Millet Month
Triple Crown of Surfing (11/12-12/20)
World Vegan Month
Worldwide Bereaved Siblings Month

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Bailey's Monday / 11-11-19

Bailey's Monday EveryOne
Well it is a beautiful morning to be alive and up, a little chilly yes, but the sun is shining, and looking at the grass from this side vs the bottom side is always good. So time to stretch the mind, the muscles, the eyelids and the mind. Get this joints working and a shot of espresso to open the arteries. Are you ready, it is a new week, an opportunity for new adventures, and new possibilities. Life is so often what we make it, it is dealing with what has been dealt to us and making the best of it. So this fine feathered morning. See your sun, either through the clouds or out there bright bold and beautiful and take hold of what is before you and take ever advantage to make the best of it. Along the way we will encounter some who will be in true need, a good Samaritan and lend a hand, and to all the rest that cross your path give a smile of encouragement. And may your day be a most Happy, Happy through all you do.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
Veteran's Day
Armistice Day
Death/Duty Day
Forget-Me-Not Day
National Homunculus Awareness Day
Origami Day
Red Lipstick Day
World Orphans Day
National Young Readers Week: 11-16
NET Cancer Awareness Month  Link
NoSHAVEember - Beard Month or Movember
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Pet Diabetes Month
Picture Book Month
PPSI Aids Awareness Month
Prematurity Awareness Month
PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month 

Friday, November 8, 2019

Fort Peck Friday / 11-8-19

Fort Peck Friday EveryOne
Well my eyelids are up higher than the sun this morning and my feet are moving quicker than the wind is blowing, which is reality is a good thing. Leaves outside my window may be drawing to the end but I will enjoy what little color is left every minute I have to look at them. It is a wonderful day in the neighborhood and I am going to rejoice and give thanks. Has it been a stellar week, well it might have been but just not in the direction for jubilation. So to celebrate its end is a wonderful thing. Now let us set our course for the day and with all due diligence put the hammer to the floor, drop the sails to gather all wind, lace up the shoes for the run or anything else to maximize your efforts to get going and let’s get a move on it. We have a party to attend and it is not going to wait for us. Work hard, work efficiently and do your best and stand tall and proud at the end. So let's get this theme out of the way before some of you just freak out about it (LOL being funny) We all know most of the first 15 major lakes in the USA but do we know 5 our of the next 7? Well now you do. And we will celebrate the accomplishment together at the end of the day at Paradise Friday Party. Now if you cross someone in true need, help them and to all others give a hearty smile. And may your day and all weekend be a most happy, happy will the end. Until next week,,,,
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holiday & Observances:
National Harvey Wallbanger Day
Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day - 8 or 9
Dunce Day
Abet and Aid Punsters Day
Intersex Day of Remembrance
National Parents As Teachers Day
National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day
Shakespeare Authorship Mystery Day
X-ray Day

National Scrapple Day - 9
Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day - 9
Chaos Never Dies Day - 9
Birth of The Bab - 9
Domino Day - 9
Carl Sagan Day - 9
Kristallnacht: 9-10
Mawlid Al Nabi - 9
Microtia Awareness Day - 9
Milad un Nabi - 9
National Child Safety Council Day - 9
World Freedom Day - 9

Forget-Me-Not Day - 10
USMC Day - 10
American Frog Day - 10
Area Code Day - 10
International Accounting Day - 10
NET Cancer Awareness Day - 10
Sesame Street Day - 10
Windows Day - 10
World Science Day for Peace and Development - 10
Geography Awareness Week: 10-16
National Nurse Practioner's Week: 10-16
Perioperative Nurse Week: 10-16
National Split Pea Soup Week: 10-16
Snowcare For Troops Awareness Week: 10-16
World Kindness Week: 10-16
National Book Awards Week: 10-16

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Devil's Thursday / 11-7-19

Devil's Thursday EveryOne
Let’s see if we got today right, it's a Thursday morning, not Wednesday as that has come and gone and not yet Friday, only wishful thinking. But we now are on the back side of the mountain working our way through the rabbit trails and briar patches. Trying to leap small bramble bushes with a single bound to see our way open to the tree line off the forested mountain and onto the grassy plains of Friday. But be of good cheer, cause we are here, we are here, we are here, and no cwazy kangaroo is gonna tell me different, even if the message is delivered by some weirdo dressed up like a cat wearing a hat. However if he point points me in the direction of someone selling green eggs and ham, I might give it a second thought or maybe if he has a side dish of red fish or blue fish. No, no we must stay focused we have a job to do and we must put out minds to doing it. The distractions that come around us can be tempting, so put on the blinders today and set your course and make a bee line to the finish. We need to finish strong today so tomorrow will fly like the wind to Paradise Friday party time. Now along the way if we fine one in true need, stop and lend a hand, and to all the rest through a great big smile. And from start  may you have a wonderful Happy, Happy all the way to the end.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
Men Make Dinner Day
Employee Brotherhood Day
International Merlot Day
National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
National Men Make Dinner Day
Notary Public Day
Read for The Record Day
International Stout Day
Dear Santa Letter Week: 7-13
National Native American Heritage Month
National Family Literacy Month
National Novel Writing Month
National Peanut Butter Lovers Month
National Pet Cancer Awareness Month
National Pomegranate Month
National PPSI Aids Awareness Month
National Runaway Prevention Month
National Scholarship Month 

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Rainey Wednesday / 11-6-19

Rainey Wednesday EveryOne
The sun is hiding his face this morning but that is all the more reason to climb up sunshine mountain. To get above the clouds, to reach the summit that clouds do not touch, to go above and beyond what wants to hold me back to heights that are above those things that want to hold me back. So as you stretch you limbs and lungs and get your body and brain on the move, get ready for an exciting day. Keep your eyes focused onward and upward as we seek the peak of the perch today and once we get there enjoy what it has to offer. Recompass,  and reset your direction for the rest of the week, then gather your thoughts and your sights and head on out in the direction of our destination, Paradise Friday.  Are you ready? Set? Well let’s get going anyway, cause we go lots of ground to travel today and I am excited to accomplish great things. Now along the way we may encounter one in true need, if we do, we stop to lend them a hand, and to all the rest, invite them to join us on the journey with a grand smile. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long in all you do and say.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances
Marooned without a Compass Day
Saxophone Day
Button Day
International Stress Awareness Day
Marijuana Recreational Legalization Day (Colorado & Washington)
National Block It Out Day
National Adoption Month
National PPSI AIDS Awareness Month
National Alzheimer's Disease Month
National COPD Month
National Diabetes Month
National Entrepreneurship Month
National Family Caregivers Month
National Georgia Pecan Month
National Gratitude Month
National Healthy Skin Month
National Home Care & Hospice Month
National Impotency Month
National Inspirational Role Models Month
National Memoir Writing Month
National Long-term Care Awareness Month
National Marrow Awareness Month
National Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Awareness & Appreciation Month 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

From Football to Changing Trees & Pink Bikini Punch / 11-5-19

       Well, the leaves for the most part have finished changing colors and with the winds and latest rains are pretty much either off the trees or are holding on for deal life. And my Directv signal is back to full strength and no channel diggy out. This past spring was the first time in the 7 years I have lived here that I have had a problem with the signal due to my neighbors trees getting to dense with leaves to pull a full signal and the first time in about 20 years that I have had Directv that I have had a problem at all of any kind, including weather related. So I am a happy man, especially in light that college football is coming down to playoffs and by December will be bowling and Division 2 & 3 championship playoffs. Yes folks I am a football junkie and I watch and follow teams from all over the country. I also enjoy football tailgating food, which constitutes more finger foods than anything else and I mean making them as much as I enjoy eating them. Although the Cape is not a hub of football activity like the mid-west were I grew up and spent most of my years. In the land I come from we put it simply like this, once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye and we all bleed Scarlet & Gray. But up here on the Cape I have had to learn to live with other Big !0 fans, until the day we play each other than all bets are off for that day. Pro football is another story up here, and is different than being off Cape. The Cape is now more of a hodgepodge,  potpourri or mishmash of people from around the country who have settled here. Sure our patriots are strongest, but we have people from that weird state of New York (ok take a laugh right now, its a joke, yet not as serious as to Ohio State Buckeyes the state up north during football season, we don't use the M word at all, still it's a joke). But literally we have east coast rooters, west coast rooters, AFC, NFC of all divisions. So we can mix fairly well out here and have fun at it. Bottom line however is football is not that big of a deal as it is in the mid-west whatever division you follow. So getting my signal back is like a kid on Christmas seeing all the gifts under the tree, not knowing which one to open first. What game to watch, do I go split screen or quad screens, and do I stay up till 1:30 am to watch the west coast games. Get the picture here. So having the winds come through and clear that path has been wonderful for me, as much as I enjoy seeing all the color that the change in season brings to the trees. But what is left are all the pine trees, still green, still protective of the blowing wind and sand, still beautiful, and still filling the air with that pine sent so many of us love. That sent combined with the salt-air was the give away we were so close to the Cape when we were traveling to vacation on the Cape over the years. That is what reminds us of what is so special here, not just in the warm summer months but also throughout the year. The birds that live here year round that call the pine trees their homes like the Warblers Nutcrackers to Wrens, Owls and more. The animals that crawl into their protection like coyotes and foxes to rabbits and chipmunks. The Cape is full of these protective shelters and our nature walks and preserves can be a place to find so much of what really happens here on Cape Cod. Sure I love my football, as many of us do, but sometimes we need to put the remote down and step outside and see all that is going on around us here on Cape Cod, besides worrying about who is going to clean up all those leaves and if I hide long enough watching football they will all go away by themselves. (P.S. some will say they are find just where they are at until spring,) So here is to fall football, if that is your thing, but please be sure to find a good weekend and go exploring what has not been revealed by the leaves falling off the trees and what new is showing up in the trees that are still so green and prevalent here on the Cape. Now let's have a great and wonderful fall in all that we do and let's explore this great and wicked awesome place we call as our home, old Cape Cod.         
      So small business report time, First a great place for breakfast, someplace I enjoy is the Keltic Kitchen. Folks it is the off season, so time to take advantage of some of these places you can not come close to eating at during high season and Keltic Kitchen is one of them. Located in West Yarmouth on Rt 28, facebook or try their website at keltickitchen.com, open daily from 7am-2pm. Reasonably priced for what you get and trust me, you won't leave hungry. And when you get don't forget to check out their gift shop in the back the Keltic Kottage, a wicked good place to pick up some of those Christmas or Holiday gifts and get your shopping done early. Good eats, and good gifts, and great staff to make your morning a great morning, and open year round.
       And for Lunch or Dinner if you have not done so yet, you have got to try the Naked Oyster on Main St in Hyannis. Watch for their specials of $1 dollar oyster specials couple that with some clam chowder or puffed duck soup and folks I can be just has happy as a clam in the Cape Cod Bay. Just telling you. And now that it is scallop season, they are running specials with freshly harvested Nantucket Scallops, can you just pass me the towel now as I am drooling all over the keyboard right now. Folks this is one of the best restaurants here on the Cape, and off season is one of the these best times to get to know these folks better.
      As I am sitting here, with my glass of Cranberry Harvest Beer from Cape Cod Beer writing this blog, I have to make mention of my friends at Kappy's, located at 333 Iyannough Road, or online at hyannis.kappys.com or on facebook or twitter and instagram. This month they have two big events coming up, the first on November 16th is their Autumn Wine Tasting event from 2pm-5pm. Lots of good wine to taste and special on multiple bottle purchases.This is a major event for those who are wine lovers and a chance to try something new that you would have not otherwise tried. Then the following weekend, and just a weekend before Thanksgiving on November 23rd is their Grand Whiskey Tasting event. Folks what is a good holiday feast without a good Bourbon, Scotch, Rye, or some other great whiskey or is it whisky. Try something you have never had before, try something you thought you didn't like, maybe your tastes have changed. Talk to folks who make whiskey their business on pairings to go with Holiday dinners and especially desserts.Don't ruin a great dinner with bad whiskey, come check it out and and get the right whiskey for you and yours this Holiday season. Hope to see you there, I know I will be.     
      Well, it has been a busy place around here the past few weeks, with lots of weather, lots people of all ages and lots of fun. But now is the time to take a deep breath, get all these decorations cleaned up, picked up and put away, and get ready for the next holiday and that being Thanksgiving. No, we are not in Christmas mode yet. Unlike a lot of others, we still celebrate Thanksgiving here at the old homestead guard station and lighthouse. A few of the decorations from the last holiday will stay up, but we will also add quite a bit that notes our thanks to both the Pilgrims and the Native Americans as in the beginning they worked together, not against each other. We will have other displays of others who may have even come before the pilgrims like the Vikings and others. This display will be up through Thanksgiving weekend, Then we do a quick turn around and on December 5 start our Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa which will run through January 5th. So we look forward to seeing you and your family sometime throughout the holiday seasons.
      As far as what is happening with the actual lighthouse, LOL, well in between everything else is going on we still have station to run, see that the beacon is burning brightly, and the fog horn is sounded when needed. The weather meters and gauges still need read and reported on. Even with all the weather issues we have been overly fortunate that especially with all the high winds there were no high sea boating issues that we had to deal with. The sad thing is there was quite a bit of erosion but as the beach line changes so do the sandbars and channels. So as you fishermen and ladies head out over the next several weeks, be careful of changes that have occurred and continue to change those channel openings. Some may have changed drastically and want you safe. Also with the temperatures changes, there is fog out there, the horn will be sounding but again please be careful. I hope that all you recreational folk have a great time and please be sure our local harbor masters and coast guard folk are still on patrol, keeping things legal and honest, and making sure that your safety is top priority, so keep the PFD handy, the fire extinguishers up to date and all your licenses in a handy but dry place. Now we need to get to work get the changes need done, so that we can see you back here with the next display. I hope you have a great and wonderful and especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
      This month's cocktail is more of a party style punch than an individual cocktail. It is holiday season and with lots of parties going on, I thought this would be perfect for any party (other than those going on at the actual work place). You know I normally do not do these types of drinks, but I feel this month it is appropriate, as I know a lot of folks like to prepare a nice punch style adult beverage. So with all that the name stays in the category, and since all the sites I found make it the same way not sure who came up with it but it is a real goodie. So please enjoy to the max, but be a responsible drinker, a responsible host and always have a designated driver, an alternative in transportation or an extra bed ready for those who need to just stay put. Now have a great and wonderful and let's get this party rolling.

      This week's recipe: Pink Bikini Cocktail Punch

      1      1.75 L      bottle of Raspberry Lemonade. (such as Minute Maid, Simply Lemonade, or your favorite)
1 3/4      cups        coconut rum
      1      cup          amaretto liqueur

      Combine raspberry lemonade, coconut rum, and amaretto liqueur in a large pitcher. Stir well, and serve over ice. You can easily double or triple this receipt for larger groups. And float a raspberry lemonade ring with mint leaves in it or raspberry lemonade ice cubs to keep cold.   

Salton Tuesday / 11-5-19

Salton Tuesday
And a top of a Tuesday morning to you and all that is green and red and orange and yellow and blue, shine about you and give you a blessed reminder that life is good and we are blessed to be able to share in it. Even it if is raining or the “S” word in your area, all that is around can be taken in as a blessing. I hope your journey through yesterday was good, if not you have a chance to change things today and right the ship, if they went well you can make plans to stay the course and keep ploughing ahead with all diligence. But either way we move ahead today, with all expedience and determination. Adventure it the name of the game, and life is full of it. So may the shamrocks be keep under your feet and the heavenly skies above you in full view and may your feet float gently like butterflies while your head stay out of the clouds. Have a fantastic day as we go day two of the climb to the top of this week’s mountain and if along the way you meet one in true need, lend them a hand, and to all the other that cross your path greet them with a big smile. And may you have a most Happy, Happy the whole day long, no matter what comes our way.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Doughnut Day (yes there are 2)
National Chinese Take-out Day
Gunpowder Day
Guy Fawkes Day
U.S. General Election Day 
Election Day
Firewood Day
National Medical Cannabis Day
National Love Your Red Hair Day
Play Monopoly Day
World Tsunami Awareness Day
Diabetic Eye Disease Month
Epilepsy Awareness Month
Eye Donation Month
Family Stories Month
Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month
Historic Bridge Awareness Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Manatee Awareness Month
Movember
MADD's Tie One On For Safety Holiday Campaign (11/16-12/31)
Military Family Appreciation Month 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Red Morning / Monday 11-4-19

Red Morning EveryOne
The beauty of the after, after a storm has moved through, the appreciation of the sun, the beauty of the blue skies, only thing this morning is drying out, getting the sun to warm us up and get this day going. But as the sun rays bounce off wet brilliantly colored leaves, (the ones that are left), it is a wonderful way to start to the morning, And yes with the change in time I can now see the sun when I come to my office, another blessing to be enjoyed for a while. Now time to rejoice and be glad for the breath I have received today to live, the sight to see, and mobility to move about, and the capacity to think clearly, (ok don’t get funny when I’m trying to be serious). May all that is in me give praise to and thanksgiving for all I have and all I can do to day. Now, let’s look forward and move onward into today with enthusiasm and vigor to take on what is before us. Have a great and glorious and may your hard work be rewarded greatly. If you come on one in true need today, lend them a hand, and to all the rest that will cross your path give them a smile of encouragement. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
King Tut Day
Check Your Blood Pressure Day
Color The World Orange Day
Fill Our Staplers Day
Job Action Day
National Chicken Lady Day
National Easy-Bake Oven Day
National Traffic Professionals Day
Traffic Directors Day
Use Your Common Sense Day
Give Wildlife A Brake! Week: 4-8
National Patient Accessibility Week: 4-8
Adopt A Senior Pet Month
Adopt A Turkey Month
American Diabetes Month
American Indian Heritage Month
Aviation History Month
Banana Pudding Lovers Month
Children's Grief Awareness Month
Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month

Friday, November 1, 2019

Saguaro Friday / 11-1-19

Saguaro Friday EveryOne
Well it is Friday, the first Friday in November, we have cleared 10-12ths of the year going and are starting the last 1/6th of the year, and what else can we say but, it's Paradise Friday. Sound the noisemakers, clang the bells, blow the whistles, and rooty toot, toot the horns. We have nearly made it through the week and in 8 hours the train stops, the plan lands, we exit highway hectic and that place we can let the hair down and sing a little song, do a little dance and get down tonight. Woo hoo. But we still have to make it this last stretch, no fluffing along the way, no slouching on this last watch, we need to get up and get it on, get moving, and give it all we got and finish hard, and strong. Now before anyone thinks I have forgotten the theme of the week has been: Names of National US Parks, just a few of the lesser known ones. I hope you and yours has a most wicked awesome wonderful day and weekend and enjoy it anyway you can. We still need to lend that hand if we come on someone in true need, and greet all the rest that cross your path with a hearty smile. And may you all have a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi
www.ccrockhopper.com

Holidays & Observances: 
National Bison Day
National Pâté Day
National Deep Fried Claims Day
National Vinegar Day
All Saint's Day
Dios Los Muertos 1-2
Author's Day
Autistic Speaking Day
Calzone Day
Extra Mile Day
Fountain Pen Day
Give Up Your Shoulds Day
Hockey Mask Day
Love Your Lawyer Day
National Brush Day
National Calzone Day
National Family Caregiver Day
National Family Literacy Day
National Go Cook For Your Pets Day
National Jersey Friday
National Sports Fan Day
Plan Your Epitaph Day
Prime Meridian Day
World Vegan Day
National Farm Toy Show Days: 1-3 (First Full Weekend)
Sherlock Holmes Weekend: 1-3 (March 15-17, October 25-27 , November 1-3))  LINK
National Fig Week: 1-7
World Communication Week: 1-7

All Soul's Day - 2
Book Lovers Day - 2
Look for Circles Day - 2
Plan Your Epitaph Day - 2
Bison Day - 2
Cookie Monster Birthday - 2
Digital Scrapbooking Day - 2
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists - 2
National Play Outside Day - 2
Pumpkin Destruction Day - 2
Sadie Hawkins Day - 2
Sausage and Kraut Day - 2
World Numbat Day - 2

Housewife's Day - 3
Cliché Day - 3
Daylight Savings Time Ends - 3 (Turn Back 1 Hour) 
International Day of Prayer for The Persecuted Church - 3
National Medical Science Liaison Awareness & Appreciation Day - 3
Public Television Day - 3
SOS Day - 3
Zero Tasking Day - 3
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week: 3-10
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week: 3-9
National Radiologic Technology Week: 3-9

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Congaree Thursday / 10-31-19

Congaree Thursday EveryOne
Hi Ho Thursday, changing times, changing seasons, changing temperatures, all reasons to stay in bed this morning, Ok most mornings I do a fairly decent job of dragging my fuzzy little butt out of bed, doing the routine and into the office. I didn’t say I liked it or wanted to do it, but I just do it. But now and then you get a morning that getting out of ye old hey bail is not the first, second or even third thing that comes to mind when the alarm goes off. And no matter how many times you smack that thing the irritation of the buzzing or beeping or the radio popping back on comes right back in another 7 minutes. But we have to, we should, we know we need to, but. To many who know me, mornings for me are not the first at the top of my love list. I would rather stay in bed till my body is good and ready to get up and then start my day. But I would rather get up and get moving than stay at the desk later at night, so I fight with the alarm clock and get up, and this morning just was not my brains or my body’s better or more stellar ,moments. My comment to a few has been, To some God blesses with mornings, to the rest He gave us coffee, For me hook me up to the intervenes bag please. But I am alive, I can breathe on my  own, I was able to shuffle to the office on my own, and yes I can ever still enjoy looking out my window at all that is going on. So look at whatever you can to get you motivated, get you moving, give praise, rejoice, and remember we are blessed to be in another day and now let’s get this show on the road. Thursday the workhorse day of the week . Remember if you see someone else in true struggles, give them a hand, and to the rest smile, even if you have to work on it. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long, even if you don’t want to be out of bed yet.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
Trick or Treat for UNICEF Day
Carve a Pumpkin Day - no surprise here
Halloween
Increase Your Psychic Powers Day
Beggars' Night
Books For Treats Day
Day of the Seven Billion
Girl Scout Founder's Day
 Halloween or All Hallows Eve
Magic Day
National Doorbell Day
National Knock-Knock Jokes Day
National Magic Day
Samhain
World Cities Day
World Savings Day

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Appreciating Life & Lobster Cups / 10-30-19

       I love living through remodeling, said no-one. We all know that when the job is done, it will be worth it all and it will look wonderful and give me so much more storage and counter space. But getting there is a long and winding road. And when you have a home here on Cape Cod, the rest of the issues that go with our homes, due to weather conditions and foundation issues, to the list goes on and on. But finally we are hanging cabinets, and bless my contractors heart for patiently working through all the "issues" that have come up along the way. I am sure that most others would have, given up, thrown up, walked out, or charged 4 to 5 times more to deal with the issues. Seriously if he wasn't already so backed up with work I would mention his name, but he might not come back and finish the job. LOL. Any-who as growing up and dreaming of living on the Cape, one does not thing of these things. Even as a tourist, in your late twenties to mid thirties you understand the costs of living here, but honestly you don't think of buying a house here then realizing the repairs that need done to your home and what they really entail. And when you do figure it out, it's too late. LOL But seriously I would not change a thing, except the back surgeries, and the extra expenses incurred along this path. Oh ya and having to work to pay the mortgage, and, oh ya that's normal life. So as we live each day, may we give thanks for what we have, don't make a big deal about what we don't and live life to the fullest with all that has been given to us and done be afraid to share. Hoarding, being cheap, being a spinster, an ogre, a grumpy pants person. We life in one of the most beautiful places in the USA if not all of North America. So enjoy it and have a great and wonderful, cause we can, right here on old Cape Cod.  
      Small business report time. First this is a seasonal one so let's get this started right. Cape Cod Haunted & History Tours, locate in Barnstable right on 6A. Find them online at CAIPRS.com. Their tours will be open to the public through November 15 than after that whey are doing private tours, so you can call them and schedule your group for a private Cape Cod Haunted & History Tour. They offer several different kinds of tours so don't think that you cant book something after Halloween that's just out of season. So check them out and go have fun with the Paranormal of Cape Cod. 
      Next up, it is that time of year when fund raisers are big, big, big and what better way then to sell Popcorn, and we have someone right here on Cape Cod that makes there own flavored popcorn, bags it and sells it. They will work with all kinds of groups for fund raiser events, school, social groups, athletic groups, church groups. If you have a project your group needs to raise money for, check this place out, Who is it?? Smith Family Popcorn located at 545 Main Street, Hyannis, or online at Smithfamilypopcorn.com, on facebook, twitter and instagram. And if you don't have a need to fund raise, just get into the shop and buy some, take it home, take to the office, give it as gifts or give them a gift certificate so they can get their own. They not only make great popcorn but they give back to the community in so many ways, and did I mention they ship as well. OH ya send a little Cape Cod to someone off Cape in need of some Cape Cod love. This stuff is delicious. 
      This is all I going with this week. Since I have been stuck in my house for the past several weeks with kitchen construction, I have not been out very much for dinner grub. I know there are a couple of seafood shops that are winding down, so get to those places before they take their winter breaks. Also we have other places starting their off season specials. Keep your eyes open and support our local eateries that help those of us who live here by staying open year round with a few extra eat outs. Find out when they have specials and go support them. I will start looking for those come next month and try to get the word out to you. Until them, eat well, eat healthy, eat local as much as possible.       
      Hoping you are having a spooktacular season, and greetings from the hollowed grounds of ships wrecks and lost souls overboard. The weekends have been interesting and although a little windy so far we have lucked out with very little moister, and the next couple look dry as well, although the temperatures might be all over the place and winds will be haunting us right through the last weekend. We have already had a few foggy evenings, and the beacon has been said to have strayed across a few of those wondering souls just the other night when the new moon was at it's peek, hiding her face from those who have look for what she can not offer them, a shinning light showing the way to go. There have also been some who have said they have heard the cries of those who's ships were going down and sails flapping as if in a storm in the dead winds and calm seas. I don't know, I just tend my light, make sure foggy is working, and read my meters and gauges. Sometimes it is best this time of year not to speculate or question anything, lest the rattles of chains and slaps of ors on boatless beaches ring loud in unbelieving ears. All I can say is we have this weekend left to enjoy the decorations and festivities here at the stations grounds and before we start to change seasons again. And remember the Mrs has wonderful cookies, and there is hot mulled cider, hot chocolate and yes for you old timers coffee and tea will be available. So come and join us and see what all the ghoulish grinning is about. I hope you have a great and wonderful Halloween and especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.    
      This is the last appetizer of the year so I decided to go special on this one. I wanted something that could go for just about any kind of event from tail gating to a formal get together. As you know I concentrate on seafood appetizers for the most part, not saying in an upcoming year I may decide to try something different, but since I live on Cape Cod i have just thought it appropriate and fitting that I go this route. So what do most seafood lovers enjoy? And I say it that way as there are those that either don't care for seafood, especially crustaceans, or can't do to allergies, or for other dietary reasons don't eat crustaceans. I look at it this way, just means more for me. But with that past us, what do most seafood lovers just enjoy out their ears? Lobster? I know there are lobster sliders and lobster dip, lobster pastries, lobster bites, bacon wrapped lobster, and more. It took me awhile to find something where I am going to go with this, but as with most recipes, I am sure you if you look long enough and hard enough you will find someone, somewhere who has done it before. So although this is my recipe, (in other words I did not use someone else's recipe as a guide to come up with mine, it's all mine) I am sure you can find other like things out there. Anyway, this is basically a lobster salad in a fancy pastry cup, also this is a recipe you can either do with real lobster, (if you win the lottery, or are doing a fancy formal gig) or you can do it the cheap-er way with imitation lobster, like us poor folk. If you know got grandma's lobster salad recipe and love it, use that, this is merely a concept, an idea, a starter for where imaginations can run wild in the kitchen. This can also be done with Crab meat, or Shrimp as well. So be creative and have fun with this, it is so simple and will look fantastic. Now on with the show, before I start eating my own words, 

      This week's recipe: Lobster Cups

   3-4      cups    lobster meat (chopped) 
   1/2      cup      celery (finally chopped)
   1/2      cup      green onion (finally chopped)
   1-2      tsp       lemon juice
1/2-1      tsp       Old Bay Seasoning
   3/4      cup      Mayonnaise (amount is to taste, Some like more, most like less)
                          salt & pepper to tast
                          paprika
    12      cups    phyllo dough pre-baked cups (if you don't over fill could go 18 cups)

      Remember the amount of lobster meat will depend on how many cups you can fill. Also are you going real lobster meat or imitation. In bowl mix Lobster Meat, celery, green onion (or shallots), lemon juice, Old Bay, Mayonnaise, salt & pepper together. Take a small scoop and fill each each of the phyllo dough cups with lobster mixture, and top with a dash of paprika. Arrange on a plate on a bed of lettuce and parsley, with cherry tomatoes as garnish. 
      Note: this can be done with crab meat and cooked shrimp. also you can make with chopped mushrooms or you can do in mushroom caps, and switch out the Mayo for melted butter and bake for 15 minutes till caps are tender, and top with shredded cheese. You see where this can go, all over the place, so hot or cold have fun and enjoy.       

Pinnacles Wednesday / 10-30-19

Pinnacles Wednesday EveryOne
Happy Wednesday morning to you. May the rays of sun shine upon every foot step you take today. It is peak day, mountain topper experience, mid-way day, up and over or just good old hump day. No matter what you call it, after ½ way through your day we are ½ way through the standard work week. So rise and shine cause we got some trail butt to kick  and some celebrating to do. Yup always good to celebrate small accomplishments, it gives us something to look forward to, some closure on other things and new opportunities on others. No we are building a castle or even a barn at the top, and we are setting up shop or house. Cause there is much more to experience and enjoy further on and we have much more to accomplish. So let’s get this show on the road, and mark another step forward and let do it in a way that we can be proud of. Along the way if we find one in true need, we will stop to help, and to the rest that cross our paths extend a greeting of joy and happiness. And throughout your day may you have a most Happy, Happy all your journey’s way.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
Buy A Doughnut Day
Mischief Night
Birth of Baha'u'Llah
Checklist Day
Create A Great Funeral Day
Devil's Night or Mischief Night
Haunted Refrigerator Night
National Publicist Day
Speak Up For Service Day
World Audio Drama Day

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Voyageurs Tuesday / 10-29-19

Voyageurs Tuesday EveryOne
Well it’s a fine, fine morning when you can get up on this side of the grass, watch the sun rise and make preparation for your day. So you survived the Monday you really did not want to face or deal with, you are here in Tuesday and we are well on our way up the work mountain and all that is behind us is said and done and all that is before us is yet to be experienced. So let’s plot our course for today and keep heading upwards and onwards as we have much to do, to see, to accomplish. And with a smile on the face and an attitude of gratitude in the heart we will make it to our next destination with much rejoicing. Along the way if we encounter one in true need, we need to stop and lend a hand, and to the rest that cross our paths, offer a smile that will last them the rest of the week. And may all you do and say lend to a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances;
Hermit Day
National Frankenstein Day
Internet Day
National Cat Day
Rabi'-al-Awwal
World Psoriasis Day

Monday, October 28, 2019

Arches Monday / 10-28-19


Rockhopper kingsjester7@gmail.com

5:12 PM (1 hour ago)
to StephenStephenGimmi
Arches Monday EveryOne
A one and a two and a ready lets go, go, gadget Monday let's go. Are you ready, are you ready for some Monday? Seriously you just had a decent weekend, you should be riding a high of energy, a gassed tank that was refueled and recharged if from nothing less than being off the past couple of days. We are lucky, if not bless and fortunate that we get another day of life to experience all that is around us. Friends, family, wildlife, life itself, just for starters, and if that is not enough we get another chance to get things right that we messed up last week, or month or year. Mondays are a wonderful day to rejoice and be happy. So quit being so doom and gloom and breath in the fresh air, ( ok for anyone in NY, or LA don't breath quite as deep, being funny), take in the sights and hear all that is going on around you. Now be grateful that you have a job that you can go to or a retire you can enjoy, or a school you can attend and learn from. Give thanks in all issues as there are always others in this world that would give anything to trade places with you. So on this Monday, after the deep breath (hopefully you did not pass out), and the praise for life itself, now let's get this show on the trail and moving up this mountain. We have some challenging trails before us and we want to get this week off on the right foot. Now if you come on one in true need, lend them a hand, and to all others that cross your path give them an encouraging smile. And may you have a totally Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances
National Chocolate Day
Wild Foods Day
Plush Animal Lover's Day
Birth of the Bab: 28-29
Champagne Day
National Chocolate Day
St. Jude's Day
World Stroke Day

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