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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
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
World Cities Day
World Savings Day


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 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, 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
    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


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
World Psoriasis Day

Monday, October 28, 2019

Arches Monday / 10-28-19


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


Friday, October 25, 2019

French Butter Friday / 10-25-19

French Butter Friday EveryOne
   Well it’s a wonderful life when you can hum a happy little tune, Ob-la-di Oh-la-da life goes, Or whistle a happy tune to chase the blues away. The wind may blow from all directions sometimes it seem all at once, and while one month you barely get any rain in your life, one day comes along and you get a whole month’s worth in one day. But life does go on and I can sing and happy, hum a happy and whistle a happy tune. What about you, It’s Paradise Friday and yes you have made it. You may be going through a dry spell, or you may have felt that you have been sinking in a deluge of issues, but life did go on and you are here, at the train station of Paradise Friday waiting for the party train. So be diligent, be faithful, be of good cheer, you have made it and all we need is that last push to 5 O’clock whistle stop and then it is little umbrella time and It is party time. So sing that tune in your little head, Hum that tune between your ears, or whistle that tune in a closed closet but do it man (or ladies) just do it and we will see you at the beach party. So you thought I forgot about the theme? Me? No, I would never do that, so without any further ado, the theme of the week is, Varieties of Pears, yummy for the tummy Pears. Have a great and wicked wonderful day, if you see one in true need, lend a hand and to all the rest, invite them to the party. And may you have not only today but through the entire weekend a most Happy, Happy.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances 
National Greasy Foods Day
World Pasta Day
Frankenstein Friday
Punk for a Day Day
Chucky, The Notorious Killer Doll Day
International Artists Day
International Bandanna Day
National Breadstix (Bread Sticks) Day
National Pharmacy Buyer Day
Sourest Day
St. Crispin's Day
International Magic Week: 25-31

National Mincemeat Day - 26
National Pumpkin Day - 26
National Pretzel Day - 26
Make A Difference Day - 26
Allantide 26
Howl at The Moon Night - 26 
Intersex Awareness Day - 26
Kiwanis One Day - 26
Make A Difference Day - 26
Mule Day - 26 
National Day of The Deployed - 26
National Financial Crime Fighter Day - 26
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day - 26 
Pit Bull Awareness Day - 26

National Potato Day - 27
American Beer Day - 27
Hindu Diwali Day - 27
Mother-In-Law Day - 27
National Tell a Story Day - in Scotland and the U.K. - 27
Navy Day - 27
Black Cat Day - 27
Cranky Co-workers Day - 27
Diwali - 27
Mother-in-Law Day - 27
Navy Day - 27
Reformation Sunday - 27
Visit A Cemetery Day - 27
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage - 27
World Priest Day - 27
Give Wildlife a Brake! Week: 27-11/2
Kids Care Week: 27-11/2


Thursday, October 24, 2019

President Thursday / 10-24-19

President Thursday EveryOne
   Happy Thumping Thundering Thursday and may all the clouds in your life today have a silver lining attached to a glorious rainbow that has an even larger pot-a-gold at the end of it. But for the rest of us who’s silver is merely a silver fish in the tub or the rainbow seems to be somewhere over the canal or anywhere, where you are not, it’s time to get the pick axe and shovel and get to work. Grumpy, this morning? No, in fact very pleased to be still looking at the lawn from the topside and not the underside. Appreciative to be able to see all that is in the sky, birds, plans, clouds and the rays of sun peeking through and even a rainbow that pops up now and then. But since I have not been lavished with extra in my pockets I must put the pick to ground and do that which pays the bills. Thursdays the work horse day when we set our course for exit Friday and put the hammer down to cover the ground to get there in one piece and to be able to look back and be proud of the job we have accomplished. So as we get moving this morning and motivated to do what sometimes we wonder why we are doing it. May we be grateful for what we have and willing to help others in true need along the way so that all can prosper accordingly and share in the blessings that are before us. Keep smiling the whole day through and be a light and source of encouragement to all you come in contact with today and maybe someday we will strike that cloud or stumble over that pot at the end of your rainbow. And in all you do today may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
National Bologna Day
Feast of Good & Plenty
United Nations Day
Food Day
Recycle Your Mercury Thermostat Day
World Development Information Day
Disarmament Week: 24-30
Prescription Errors Education & Awareness Week: 24-31
World Origami Days: 24-11/11


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Post Storm Rambles & Pumpkin Crisp / 10-23-19

      So another storm rolls through and the area that never looses power, gets caught in the crossfire and my grid ends up in the dark and cold for 48 hours. What was funning is my neighbor on one side had electric and one street over had electric while the rest of us were looking for ways to weather the weather. Bless my neighbor as they allowed us to run an extension cord the next day so my contractor could continue working at my house so we can get this project wrapped up. At least at this point we are laying tile and starting to paint. So there is a light at the end the tunnel even if it is a Yugo coming our way or a moped. I can dodge or jump over those. But fortunately with only 48 hours I did not loose anything out of the freezer or refrigerator as I kept my mitts off the door handles and kept them shut tight. I was talking to something and we were remembering big time storms that we would have gone through and came up with Bob, and though I was not here, my folks here were and road it out with a pastor friend in South Yarmouth. Then there was that huge snow storm back in the January of 2005, that hit the south coast really hard. They also talk about one that happened in 1960 but since that was the year I was born I don't think I remember anything about that one. But over the past several years we have been since 20114 we have had some really screwy weather of our own. So regardless of Hugo, Bob, Dorian the rest of the events make up for some interesting times. But let's hope that this winter is more of a quiet mild one would just be one cup of fine tea for me. You think I'm dreaming of pie in the ski again hey. Oh well, I can dream. This week I have been working extreme hours since I got cut short last week do to no power. So, I've been rambling long enough, yes the construction continues but we are getting closer, and some shut down time is coming soon, and then the holidays and maybe some good new in life, we will see. Won't go there as some would not think the same way as I do about that. Anywho, just trying to enjoy what sunlight there is now days and taking it all in. Remember enjoy what you can, push through what you can't, change if possible where you can, and find ways around what isn't working for you. The Cape is a wonderful place, let's not miss out on what is, even through the changing seasons. Live life to the fullest and find a way to be happy, and for me that means enjoying life here on Old Cape Cod. Have a great and wonderful.  
      Small business report, first up are the little guys and gals, coming up are the holiday festivals, first up will be the Cape Cod Tech in Harwich Nov 9-10th and the next the Upper Cape Tech in Bourne Holiday arts and crafts fair. These two will have some of the largest numbers of local crafters and artisans. So get out and support the local small business person and group and get your holiday shopping done early. Also add to this a very Merry Market, every Saturday from November 16th to December 21 from 11-4 at Cape Cod Beer. Yum yum.  
      Small business hot news, for those of you reading this in Boston, if you know and love Little Miss CupCape guess what? She is coming your way with a second shop. You will not have to wait to get that wonderful tasty cupcakes, you will be able to get there right there in Boston. Stay tuned and follow Little Miss CupCape on Facebook for when and where. WOO HOO you Rock Taylor. 
      Last but not least, I got to go to Red Face Jacks last week after the storm ran through the Cape. I was without electricity and needed to see my Ohio State Buckeyes playing. I went one other place and they did not carry the Big Ten Network and suggested I try Red Face. For a Friday night they were not overly crowded but a nice group of folks. I found a corner spot at that bar, the bar tenders were fantastic, new many of the regulars by name, interacted well without being overwhelming. I ended up with a hamburger and fries and a couple Jack Abby's. The burger was delicious, done medium, very juicy while done threw and hot all the way through. Came with lettuce, tomato and onion on it, I passed on the cheese. Simple but tasty and felt I wasn't cheated, and came with a mound of fries that could have fed two. My first experience, regardless of how simple I went is enough to go back and try something else and expand on the menu. Great place to watch sports with plenty of TVs and good view from both the bar area as well as high tops. For a sports bar type eatery they were very good for me that night. Located in West Yarmouth on Rt 28. And yes they are open year round so no need to be guessing.   
      Well as I left you last week the winds were picking up and the rain was coming on fast. By 1:40 in the morning the power went out in the keepers house while the generators kicked in for the station weather gear and for the beacon and fog horn. I spent some time going between the beacon room and the monitoring room watching gauges and recording readings. Out our way we read wind speeds right round 84.6-84.7 mph and rain fall all over the place from central Cape to P'town. From reports I heard the Cape lost about 80 telephone/electric poles and all over the storm effected areas over 200K lost power. Some for short times others like us for 2 days and a few that had the lines from the poles to their homes for even longer waiting for someone to come re-hook it up. But as fast as it moved it, it moved out and we have had mild weather since for clean up times. One thing we have not had to worry about were many swimmers outs trying to make friends with the sharks. But as usual with a lot of storms that produce high surf we have those few that just have to go surfing or sail boarding. Personally I think they are a little crazy but hey some call me a little crazy as well. Last weekend we were able to recover enough to have the fall festivities going on, and it will be the same this weekend with more fun getting restored as we have had many volunteers helping out. Only Sunday looks a little wettish but unless it is just a downpour we will try to keep things going. Well, I hope all is going well for you and that you had a great time this past weekend at the Wellfleet Oyster Festival, I know we had many stop by going both ways and we really appreciated seeing you. Now the good times and fun don't stop just because we are past Columbus Day, so find a day off or find a weekend and come on out and visit us. The tower itself is closed right now but there is still plenty to do and see. So come on by and while your at it have a great and wonderful all the time your right here on old Cape Cod. See you soon, be safe and keep an eye open for the beacon.   
      Now fall time seems to bring out more pumpkin that anyone could handle in two months let alone that I would want to handle in a life time. Now don't get me wrong, I love my pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread, but not much past that do I get into much pumpkin things. And pumpkin drinks, give me a break please, I eat my pumpkin not drink it. But when I saw this recipe I was skeptical about it, but it mixes a crisp and some pumpkin pie together to make a really tasty dessert. So if you are not a big pumpkin person this is one for you to try or if you are a pumpkin gordo then this is for you. Just give it a chance and not this is our last Crisp of the year, so grab and run with it. Oh and this does come with how to make real whipped cream, not that stuff out of a tub. LOL Now on with the show.

      This week's recipe: Pumpkin Crisp 

      1      can      pumpkin (15 oz)
      1      can      evaporated milk
      1      cup      sugar
      1      tsp       vanilla extract (real stuff please)
   1/2      tsp       ground cinnamon
      1      pkg      Betty Crocker super moist yellow cake mix (18.25 oz)
      1      cup      chopped pecans
      1      cup      melted butter

      Stir together first 5 ingredients and pour into greased 13x9 inch baking dish. Sprinkle cake mix over pumpkin mixture, then sprinkle pecans on top. Drizzle butter over peans and bake at 350 degrees for 60-65 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven, let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature with real whipped cream.

      Whipped Cream;
      8      oz          whipping cream
      2      Tbsp      confectioner's sugar
              Dash of ground nutmeg

      Beat cream at low speed with mixer until foamy, increased speed to medium-high and gradually add sugar and nutmeg, until soft peaks form. 

Trout Wednesday / 10-23-19

Trout Wednesday EveryOne
   And a high diddle dee, dee, this Wednesday’s just for me. The weather's turned chilly and wet, Hi diddle dee, dee It's great to be at work. You see work can be a wonderful place to be when the elements of the outside are not the greatest. So whether you are looking at a wet soggy day where you are at, or in unbearable heat and or humidity it’s all relevant to where you are and your situation. So as we finish the climb to the top of the mountain peak today, we know that all of us have to do it. It is just going to be are you going to make the best of the situation that you are in, that you have to muddle through. A work nor’easter coming through, or a work issues that is full of hot air and humidity. The good point is we are here for each other, to encourage, to cheer on, to pull or push on, as we all are working out way to the peak, the summit, the tip top of the mid-week, and finally up and over. So as your climbing today, look around and see who you can encourage, who might need a true hand of help and give your best to get them back on the track. And let’s sing a song (ok some of you might not need to sing as loud as others or sing inside your head) that gives way to worries that would want to hold us back or discourage us and helps put a smile on our face, a lift to my step and a giddy to my up. Have a great and wild wonderful today, and may your day be filled with may happy, happy all the way to the top, up and over and through the end.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Boston Cream Pie Day
National Canning Day
National Mole Day
Tv Talk Show Host Day
International Print Day
IPod Day
Medical Assistants Recognition Day
Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
Unity Day
International Dyslexia Association Reading Week: 23-26
Red Ribbon Week: 23-31
Tackling Hunger Month
Talk About Medicines Month
Vegetarian Month
Wishbones for Pets Month (10/15 - 11/30)
Women Walking In Their Own Shoes Month
Workplace Politics Awareness Month
World Menopause Month


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Concord Tuesday / 10-22-19

Concord Tuesday EveryOne
   Well, the sun is waking up later and later and I am having to use my flashlight more and more to find my way to the office. But no need to worry I still will find the sunshine of my morning to brighten my day. Where there are clouds, I will find my umbrella or even a rain slicker, (big word ooohh), If the wind decides to blow, I will find a boulder to hid behind or tie a rope to, to hang on, if there are,, you name the element, I will find either protection or a place of refuge. So as I look at my climb up the mountain today, I will not fear, I will not worry, but I will set my goals and I will climb with authority and I will climb with purpose. My morning does not have to be crabby or grumpy, but it can be filled with joy and expectation that I can and I will reach the goal that is before me. No go and place one foot in front of the other and let us take this mountain with confidence and do it to the best of our abilities no matter what comes our way. Now along the way if you come on someone in true need, lend them a hand, and to all the rest that cross your way, give them a greeting of joy that they will never forget. And may your day be a most Happy, Happy every set of your way.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Nut Day
Caps Locks Day
International Stuttering Awareness Day
Kof Awareness Day
Make A Dog's Day Day
National Nut Day
Simchat Torah
Smart is Cool Day
Raptor Month
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
Right Brainers Rule! Month
Sausage Month
Self-Promotion Month
Spinach Lovers Month
Squirrel Awareness Month


Monday, October 21, 2019

Conference Monday / 10-21-19

Conference Monday EveryOne
   Good morning, and welcome to a mighty, might Monday, where many monumental mountains are taken down one set at a time. The task that lies before us might see monstrous but it can and we will take it down one step at a time. Mondays are day not a day to fear but a day to be challenged to look forward, onward, and upward to what can be done and what can be accomplished. So as we take hold of, take ownership of, take control of our Morning, our Day our week let us do so with enthusiasm and great effort and remember today is the first day of the rest of your life, let’s make everything we can out of to the good of others as well as ourselves. Have a great and wonderful today, and may your journey’s start to this week be fruitful and encouraging. Now if you come on one who needs a true hand of help, lend yours, and to the rest who cross your path, give a smile of joyful greeting. And may your day be a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Friends
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
National Carmel Apple Day
National Mezcal Day
Babbling Day
Count Your Buttons Day
Celebration of The Mind Day
Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) Prevention Day
Lung Health Day
National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day
Reptile Awareness Day
Shemini Atzeret
Xterra World Championships
National Health Education Week: 21-25 
Medical Assistants Recognition Week: 21-25
Freedom of Speech Week: 21-27
Organize Your Medical Information Month
Photographer Appreciation Month
Pizza Month
Polish American Heritage Month
Positive Attitude Month

Friday, October 18, 2019

Duckbill Friday / 10-18-19

Duckbill Friday
   It’s Friday Yes, Yes, Yes TGIF, It’s Friday, Paradise Friday even. Put out the invitation, make the calls to the caterer, at the 5 O’clock whistle stop we are going to let the hair down and, turn up the music and kick off the shoes. But we still have to get there, we still have to do our 8 hours today. So don’t lose your head to quickly, don’t release your mind from thinking yet, Bottle that energy, that excitement and put it to fueling your mind for these last several hours of this week. It’s been a hard week, a long week, but others before have been harder and some weaker, and the same will happen in the future, but today we celebrate today, this week, this completion, and when the time comes we will party hearty. Now from this time till let us put our nose to the grindstone, our pedal to the metal and our hands to the plow. So you thought I forgot again didn't you, nope, I have not, the theme of the week are types of Caps, as in head gear, I love these types of hats they are fun to wear. Now, Are you ready, are you really ready, Nope but let’s get-r-done anyway, cause I am so ready Paradise Friday Party to begin. Now we leave no one behind who wants to come, so if you happen upon someone in true need, stop and help them, and to all the rest give them a high five, a hardy smile and an invitation to join us. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all your day long.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Chocolate Cupcake Day
No Beard Day
Global Champagne Day
Hard Boiled Guy/Girl Day
International Necktie Day
Mammography Day
Meatloaf Appreciation Day
Newspaper Comic Strip Appreciation Day
World Menopause Day
Apple Butter Stirrin' Week: 18-24

National Seafood Bisque Day - 19
Evaluate Your Life Day - 19
Sweetest Day - 19
Bridge Day - 19
Evaluate Your Life Day - 19
Sloth International Day - 19
Sweetest Day - 19
INVICTUS Games: 19-26

National Brandied Fruit Day - 20
International Chefs Day - 20
Miss American Rose Day - 20
National Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day - 20
World Toy Camera Day - 20
Asexuality Week: 20-26
Freedom From Bullies Week: 20-26
National Business Women's Week: 20-26
National Character Counts Week: 20-26
National Chemistry Week: 20-26
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week:20-26
National Forest Products Week: 20-26
National Friends of Libraries Week:20-26
National Nuclear Science Week: 20-26
National Pharmacy Week: 20-26
National Save For Retirement Week: 20-26
National School Bus Safety Week: 20-26
National Teen Drivers Safety Week: 20-26
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: 20-26
National Massage Therapy Week: 20-26
National Respiratory Care Week: 20-26
Pastoral Care Week: 20-26
Pro Bono Week: 20-26
Rodent Awareness Week: 20-26
Spiritual Care Week: 20-26

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Scally Thursday / 10-17-19

Scally Thursday
   Well another fine week we have been blessed with, some of the things so far I have liked a lot, others  I can’t say that I would invite or encourage to happen in my life again for some time. But all are there for a reason. So on this fantastic morning whether you really are a morning person or are up by way of necessity you are awake and you are alive and relatively well, Trust me if you are reading this there are many other in this world who are far worse off.  But moving on since we are up we might as well get this day started on a good foot, whichever foot that might be, right or left. Thursday the workhorse day of the week, the proverbial mule day of the week, the chain gang day, the, oh well you get the point. This is the day we work our behinds off so that tomorrow is just a loose ends day. Thursday is the make hey, while it’s hey making season day. Thursday is,,, oh you get the point,, so let’s put our hand to the plow and get this day going. We have much to do, and to do much. Let’s be our best, shine our greatest and be the leads to great things getting done. Now along the way we will encounter ones in true need, take the time to stop and lend a hand, you will be blessed, and to all the rest give a smile that will keep them going to then end, it will refuel your tank as well. And through it all may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Pasta Day
Four Prunes Day
Black Poetry Day
Conflict Resolution Day
Get to Know Your Customers Day
Get Smart About Credit Day
International Credit Union Day
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Mulligan Day
National Edge Day
National Pasta Day
National Playing Card Collectors Day
Spirit Day
Wear Something Gaudy Day
Food & Drug Interactions and Awareness Week: 17-24
National Reading Group Month
National Roller Skating Month
National RSV Awareness Month
National Sarcastic Awareness Month
National Seafood Month
National Spina Bifida Awareness Month
National Stamp Collecting Month
National Stop Bullying Month
National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
National Toilet Tank Repair Month
National Window Covering Safety Month
National Work and Family Month
National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month

Fall on Cape Cod & Crab Souffle / 10-16-19

      Well, folks, what a long week, I love Cape Cod, and am so excited about being able to get out and back to clamming, whether it is for soft shell steamers or cherry stones or Quahogs for chowder and stuffies. But as my neighbors are get out and about, I could do the same but no place to cook them, steam them or prepare them. I am so looking forward to getting this kitchen word wrapped up. I know it is coming, but you never realize how much you miss it until you ain't got it. Anyway This time of year brings on some great fishing besides clamming, smells of fireplaces and pit fires, walks along nature trails and weekend strolls through our small villages. The longer I live here, the more I appreciate the fall season on Cape Cod. And what better thing to do than go to the Wellfleet Oyster Festival this coming weekend. So while you are out and about take time to stop off at all the places you only think about during the summer, like Coast Guard beach (if only to walk it), Nauset Beach, the Audubon Sanctuary on 6A, and since you are that close go take a ride up to the winery at Truro Vineyards and South Hollow Spirits and don't forget Atlantic Spice Company. There are also so many beaches that you could take the time to stroll and go looking for sea glass and drift wood, or maybe some other kind of treasure. But the idea is get out and enjoy this place we call Cape Cod. I talk about making summer memories, but really fall is a great time to make memories as well. Also go a beach after dark away from the lights of towns and go star gazing, it is an amazing view to see just how many stars and constellations are up there. So fall is a great time to be here on Cape Cod, even if you have to work everyday to afford to live here. But we also need to remember to take the time to enjoy it, and to those who have never thought about it, make a visit to the Cape this time of year and see just how beautiful i is. Now have a great and wonderful every day and especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.  
      Well this weeks small business report is short, I went to the Yarmouth Seaside festival this past weekend and got the names of a few newer folks that I really want to share with you. But with all the construction still happening in my home I have put down the business cards and can not locate them, so give me till next week to find those, as things are winding down anyway. But I want to start pushing our folks that are open through the end of the year and especially those open year round. 
   With that said let's start with Robin's Toffee by the Sea shop, located at 12 White Plains Rd in South Yarmouth. Turn east onto White Plains and they are on the North side of the street right across from Cape Cod 5 bank. Or you can visit them online at or on facebook are catch them at LoveLiveLocal. Folks this toffee is just downright addictive, it is that yummy. So make sure you get there for all your holiday toffee treats and make the holidays an extra sweet treat for all. 
      Folks one of the best if not thee best bread baker on Cape Cod is a guy by the name of Rein Ciarfella who runs Rein's Real Baking in Waquoit, Ma. Read about him on,, and a few other write ups. He does not have a website, no store front, he only sells at either farmstands, farmers markets and festivals. You will need to get signed up for his news letters that tell you where is going to be at so you can get in line for his goodies. Not only does he do Rye Bread, but Lumpa Bread, Smoked Gouda Bread, Other breads, muffins, and pastries. Folks once you have had Rein's breads you will not want anyone else's breads, his are that good. 
      We for this round that is going to be it, hopefully this house construction will come to  close soon and I will have access to all my cards and find ones I have lost. Watch for winter festivals, holiday festivals, church holidays fairs all coming up between now and Christmas. They can offer some outstanding finds and will have tons of things for gifts that all can enjoy.  
       Hello my friends, what a week it has been. clean up after the storms last weekend and a late start to our festivities opening day, but by Sunday evening we were actually able to have a decent night. This weekend looks like it is going to work out for us as well, as long as we make it through another Nor'Easter the next 36 hours. But as we did last weekend I have already prepared for the high winds and getting things back together should not take long. There was a full moon this weekend also so that has made for some interesting evenings as well. With all these high winds and surf being up, the old gal and her beacon have been working overtime. And here a couple evenings old foggy has been tooting out a tune as well. But noting major going on, and as this second season is now winding down we have even less boats in the harbor and on the waters. So the opportunities, are not there for major water issues, this time of year I worry more about the fishermen going out and storms coming up quickly and catching them by surprise. Just want our crews to be coming home safe and with all onboard that they went out with. Don't forget that some of our sister lighthouses are still open and others doing weekend open houses. Check out Cape Cod lighthouses and their dates and hours open. I know I am getting shorter and shorter on this report and I apologize, but with all the weather and the holiday festivities I am busier then at Christmas time. We are now open only on the weekends in tandem with the fall festivities. Then we will close for the season after that. But remember we still do private tours and learning tours for the school kids and for tour groups that pre-arrange. But the grounds are always open so you can come and till have access to lookout perch and can walk around and read all the information boards that stay up year round. Well for now stay warm, hold on to your hats and I hope you have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it on old Cape Cod.          
      We are coming down to the end of the year and with this month and December I really look forward to the these final months of the surf side. I love just about any and every kind seafood there is. Crab meat is so wonderful and so vestal and there are so many different kinds that it just makes it fun to work with. So check this recipe out, I know it will take a little more work than the normal recipes I give, but I think it will be well worth it. Remember frugal is not about being cheap, it is about making the most out of what you have. So may this be something you find tasty as well as enjoyable to make and very rewarding when serviced to your family and friends. I know this recipe is a little lengthy but I really don't thing there is anything outrageous here nor are there ingredients that if there are any leftovers that won't get eaten. So again be frugal not cheap.  Now on with the show and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy

      This week's recipe: Crab Souffle

   1/2      cup      grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese
      2      Tbsp    minced shallots
      3      Tbsp    real butter
      3      Tbsp    flour
      1      cup      scalded milk
   1/2      tsp       salt
   1/8      tsp       pepper
      4      eggs    whites
   1/2      cup      grated Swiss cheese
      1      cup      flaked white crab meat
      3      eggs .  whites
              pinch of cream of tartar
   1/8      tsp        salt
      Preheat over to 400 degrees. Butter a 6 cup souffle dish and dust with grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese (approx 1/4 cup). Cook shallots in butter for several minutes. Stir in flour and cook for two minutes at medium-low heat. Gradually blend in milk, salt & pepper. Cool slightly. Beat in egg yolks one at a time. Add Swiss cheese and cook, stirring until blended at medium-low heat. Fold in crab meat. Cool. Beat egg whites until frothy. Add cream of tartar and salt to egg whites. Beat until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into soulffle base. Pour the mixture into the prepared souffle dish and sprinkle top with remaining cheese. Place dish in a tray of water and set on middle rack of oven and lower heat o 375 degrees. Bake for 30-35 minutes. 
      This really is not that hard, so please give it a try and enjoy a great meal. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Pub Wednesday / 10-16-19

Pub Wednesday
   Well it’s a beautiful day to stand at the top of a mountain and look out in all directions. Seeing where one has come from a few days ago and surveying where one needs to go and get to in the next couple of days. Yup Wednesday, Hill-Top day, Hump-Day, whatever you want to call it we are in 4 hours halfway through this week. And what a beautiful morning to take that final last climb to. Raining or sunshine, Snow or other it does not matter, it is all beautiful as you can do it. Hard? maybe, but worth the effort? Always. So give thanks for all your opportunities today and be thankful for each breath you take. And as you climb that last few steps to the top be grateful for all that has been given. Then allow a song of joy to fill your heart as you head down the other side. Remember as you hike if you come on one in true need lend a hand, and to all others give generously your smile. And may you day be a most Happy, Happy when all said and done.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Liqueur Day
National World Food Day
World Bread Day
Boss's Day
Department Store Day
Dictionary Day
Global Cat Day
Hagfish Day
Information Overload Day
National Feral Cat Day
National Fossil Day
National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day
Thank Your Cleaner Day
Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce
World Food Day
World Spine Day
National Medical Librarian Month
National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month
National Orthodontic Health Month
National Physical Therapy Month
National Popcorn Poppin' Month
National Pork Month
National Protect Your Hearing Month
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Flat Tuesday / 10-15-19

Flat Tuesday 
   Welcome to tinsel Tuesday where tritons of twinkling tidbits of treasures dance from the brain. Are you ready for today, are you up for the challenge. Do you have a smile on your face, do you have a leap of joy in your heart? Seriously, we have so much to be thankful for. Don't believe me? Talk a walk with me through some of our hospital wards, Walk with me through some of our nursing homes, walk with me through some of our own orphanages. You will become much more appreciative of your everyday blessings. Now put on that happy face. Put on that smile so all can see. Put on an attitude of gratitude and be an encouragement to those around you. Now on with today, upward and onward, we have a mountain to climb are you ready to come with me. Let's do it together, let's lend each other support and let's make sure we leave no one behind. It's a beautiful, are you ready for it, it's here ready or not and we get this it together. Remember if we pass someone in true need, we will stop and help them, and to all the rest that are crossing our path, give them a tantalizing top of the morning or any other fairly well greeting. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
National Mushroom Day
National Red Wine Day
National Chicken Cacciatore Day
National Roast Pheasant Day
Blind Americans Equality Day
Global Handwashing Day
International Day of Rural Women
I Love Lucy Day
National Aesthetician Day
National Cake Decorating Day
National Cheese Curd Day
National Grouch Day
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
National Pharmacy Technician Day
National White Cane Safety Day
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
Pay Back A Friend Day
Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity
National Ergonomics Month
National Family Sexuality Education Month - Let's Talk!
National Field Trip Month
National "Gain The Inside Advantage" Month
National Go On A Field Trip Month
National Kitchen & Bath Month
National Liver Awareness Month