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 https://robinstoffeebythesea.com 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 https://guide.farmfreshri.org/food/member.php?fn=1027, Farmfresh.org, 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
BRA Day USA:
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

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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

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Ivy Monday / 10-14-19

Ivy Monday 
   And may the sun rise high and shine upon all you do today. We have been allowed another day in this journey we called life, let us rejoice and be glad. We have a wonderful opportunity to start a new walk this week. To go in a new direction, to take on new challenges to conquer new hills and valleys. So come join me on this Magical Mystery Tour (thank you Beetles) and let’s accept the change that has been put before up and let’s rise above another thing that might keep us from our appointed destination and press forward to the prize before us. Oh ya it’s Monday morning and since I’m up I might as well get it going. Yeee Haa. And not I have not had my coffee yet, and before you ask yes I could have gone back to bed very easily, but I’m up, I’m going so I might as well make the best of it. So along the way if you come on someone in true need, stop and help them, and to the rest that cross your path today, give a hearty smile to them of encouragement. And may your whole day be a Happy, Happy that you cannot explain.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Dessert Day
National Chocolate Covered Insects Day
Be Bald and Free Day
Columbus Day
Be Bald and Be Free Day
National Online Banking Day
Native American Day
Spider-Man Day
World Standards Day
Choose To Be G.R.E.A.T. Week: 14-18
National School Lunch Week: 14-18
YWCA Week Without Violence: 14-18
National Caramel Month
National Chili Month
National Chiropractic Health Month
National Cookbook Month
National Crime Prevention Month
National Critical Illness Awareness Month
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Dental Hygiene Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Depression Education & Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Down Syndrome Month
National Dwarfism Awareness Month 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Salted Carmel Friday / 10-11-19

Salted Carmel Friday EveryOne
   Blow the horns, Band the big bass drum, twirl the ratchet, and toot the kazoo, it is Friday and we have made it. Standing at the start line to of the parade that leads to Paradise Friday Party. So strike up the band and pass out the party hats, when this line comes to the end the festival really begins and the party will jump, We have worked hard and long, we have 8 more hours to go and then we will be Party central. So put your lips to the bugle and let your hands clang the cymbals this parade is about now is full stride. Remember we need to get to the end in shinning fashion so do your best and let it shine and when one shines we all shine. If along the way you see one that needs a true hand of help, lend it, and to the rest wave and smile and encourage. So what has the theme been for this week? You thought I forgot, well, what do all these have in common? All after different flavors of Whiskey. Now may you have a wonderful outstanding Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long. (this week's morning go getters have been brought to you by way I flash back week 5 years ago with a few updates)
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holiday & Observances: 
National Sausage Pizza Day
World Dulce de leche Day
It's My Party Day
National Fossil Day
World Egg Day
General Pulaski Memorial Day
International Day of The Girl Child
Myths & Legends Day For All Fantasy Movie, Books and Legends Cephalopods
National Family Bowling Day
Southern Food Heritage Day
Stem Cell Awareness Day
Apple Butter Days: 11-13

National Gumbo Day - 12
Pumpkin Pie Day - 12
Cookbook Launch Day - 12
Old Farmer's Day - 12
Moment of Frustration Day - 12
Columbus Day - 12
Costume Swap Day - 12
Day of the Six Billion - 12
Drink Local Wine Day - 12
Free Thought Day - 12
I Love Yarn Day - 12
International African Penguin Awareness Day - 12
International Moment of Frustration Scream Day - 12
National Curves Day - 12
National Motorcycle Ride Day - 12
National Savings Day - 12
Universal Music Day - 12
World Arthritis Day - 12
Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week: 12-20 Link
World Rainforest Week: 12-18

National Peanut Festival - 13
National Pumpkin Festival - 13
Yorkshire Pudding Day - 13
National M&M Day - 13
International Skeptics Day - 13
Sukkot, at sundown - 13
English Language Day - 13
Father-Daughter Day - 13
Clergy Appreciation Day - 13
International Day for Disaster Reduction - 13
International Day for Failure - 13
Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day - 13
National Chess Day - 13
National No Bra Day - 13
Navy Birthday - 13
Silly Sayings Day - 13
World Thrombosis Day - 13
Bullying Bystanders Unite Week: 13-19
Drink Local Wine Week:  13-19
Earth Science Week:  13-19
National Chestnut Week: 13-19
International Infection Prevention Week: 13-19
Mediation Week: 13-19
National Food Bank Week: 13-19
Sukkot: 13-20
Teen Read Week: 13-19
Veterinary Technicians Week:  13-19

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Chocolate Thursday / 10-10-19

Chocolate Thursday EveryOne
Well we have passed the midway point to the week, and it is shorter to go forward than to try to retreat, and seriously do you want to go back through that again? I don’t care how good it was, once is usually enough and when I try to duplicate something good a second time, I usually mess it us. So forward is most the time a better option than going backwards. So are you happy to be alive this morning? Are you happy that you are up and moving about? Are you happy for the toast and oatmeal this morning? You’re not?? Really? Let’s visit a hospital, a nursing home, folks having to deal with disease in other countries, the list goes on. Hum, gives a whole new meaning to being appreciative for what we have right down to the breath we take. Trying to make you feel bad? Heck No! But trying to put into perspective our mornings and the multitude of reasons we have to be grateful to be up and going, even at this hour in the morning. So I will sing in my heart and rejoice in head and let it shine threw in all I do today. Hope that yours is a most spectacular day. Remember if you come on someone in true need, lend a hand and to all the rest that cross your path give them a smile they won’t forget (not a creepy one but a sunshine filled one.) And may you have a most incredible Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Tic Tac Day
National Angel Food Cake Day
Hug A Drummer Day
International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
International Newspaper Carrier Day
International Stage Mangement Day
Motorsports Memorial Day
National Depression Screening Day
National Handbag Day
Naval Academy Day
Squid & Cuttlefish Day
World Day Against The Death Penalty
World Homeless Day
World Mental Health Day
World Sight Day
Take Your Medicine Americans Week: 10-17
National Aesthetician Month
National AIDS Awareness Month 
National Animal Safety and Protection Month
National Arts & Humanities Month
National Audiology/Protect Your Hearing Month
National Bake and Decorate Month
National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Cape Home Remodel Update & Easy Veggie Salad / 10-9-19

   Well, I had no idea that starting this first week of October I would still be talking about kitchen renovations, I mentioned it back on August 21 not long after we started what was meant to be an easy cabinet replacement project. What has ended up is a total kitchen gut job, we are talking opening walls, down to bare studs all floors up. Discovering that the floors were so uneven that the tile I had picked out just was not going to work in there due to the size. I get some who have said, Oh we could have made it work, hum didn't see what my contractor has had to do to level the breezeway floor. So the tile that I bought a year ago that can not go back, will become the tile I use in my bathroom down the road for the walls, then the tile I am now going with throughout the dinning/kitchen/TV rooms will work well on the floors and compliment the original tile well. But that is for another year, definitely not now. Besides all the "fun" stuff then we could look at what they did with the electrical system, all the slicing and splicing have caused issues all of their own. And no we are not done yet, although the conversation with my contractor things that we can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel and not it is not a fright train coming our way. Some would say, "you should have planned for overruns." Dah we did, that is what is so frustrating, these are things that even the skilled person did nor foresee coming, but once you open walls there is no going back. So on we go and pray that is is clear sailing from here on out. There will be a celebration once this thing is done and I know it will be nice but living and working in this war zone is about at the end of my rope. Gotta laugh and remember it will look nice once it is all done. But honestly I would not trade it for many other places in the country, as I love my house and love even more living right her on old Cape Cod. Have a great and wonderful and more later.   
      Small business report is here, I have to admit I learned about this company from Edible Cape Cod. If you do not subscribe you need to find someplace that carries it and pick it up on a regular basis. One of the best food magazines around. Especially specializing in local foods, local businesses and local events that are all food related. I know I have mentioned them before but seriously, I know this is a national organization and pulls information on a national level, but the real focus is on what is happening locally. So if you go to Sarasota, Fl for the winter, or Orlando, you can find an Edible magazine in those areas. But we have two close together one is the South Shore South Coast, and Edible Cape Cod. So when you can check out the magazine, the web sight, Facebook, and twitter. They have great reports, reviews and even their advertising gives us so much information. Edible Cape Cod, for the food report and barometer of food on Cape Cod this is the place to go. And if you are in the business of being edible here on Cape Cod, why arn't you advertising with them, get with the program, and get in Edible Cape Cod. Yes I know I am blogging primarily for CapeCodToday.com and would encourage you to advertise here as well, and make good use of your resources and go both ways. We both have something to offer. But forget that, and to all my readers go get a copy and read it cover to cover, it is well worth it. 
      The next up I have not mentioned for some time is Cake & Islands Sea Glass Candy company. Find them online at https://www.cakeandislands.com/ or on facebook. Now the sad news is that they are closing down the bakery, for good, what a shame no more macaroons, however they are shifting their focus to the Sea Glass Candy. They are in the process of moving so keep an eye on their facebook page for a new shop, but look for their products all over the Cape or get online and order some for the holidays, or your special occasions. They will always be happy to do special orders as well as send out jars of this just in time for your office parties as great gifts to give. Ok so make sure you keep a few for yourself. But anyway, this is a home grown, Cape owned shop doing outstanding business from right here on Cape Cod.
      And last but certainly note least this weeks restaurant: Oliver's and Planck's Tavern located on Rt 6A in YarmouthPort, and online at http://oliverscapecod.com/ and on facebook. This is a great place to meet others, a special night out with your significant other or just a nice place for the family to gather. They have everything from great appetizers to delicious burgers to wonderful entrees that are fit for any special occasion. They like to do a lot of seasonal dishes, run specials and best of all they are open year round. They also have a kids menu, if you need one. Also on Saturday evenings starting at 9:45 they have live entertainment. So go check out Oliver's and Planks and have an enjoyable night out.       
      Now howdy folks I will say this may be a short report as this storm that has decided to come visit us, is a good one. It's not a category hurricane but it is a definite Nor'Easter. These are the days I get my most work out with watching and recording wind speeds, rain fall, sending up the weather balloon, and making sure these numbers are the same that the electronic versions are putting out. I am also on call to man the radio for anyone in distress and making sure out boys at the Guard Stations get the message and the co-ordinances. I am also keeping an eye on all our work that we had completed on the fall festivities and trying to get them secured down or covered up, so they don' blow away. There has not been a lot going with so much beautiful fall weather, so this is really catching a lot of folks off guard, especially the amount of rain that some areas are expected to get. Well folks as you can see I am rather obsessed and focused on taking care of my weather duties and making sure the light keeps going and that the horn is working as needed. This brings back way to many memories of years gone past and ships getting caught and tossed onto the shoals and onto rocks and the beaches. So take care, be safe and keep an eye on the skies and keep your doors and gates securely latched and may the waters stay off your door stoop and out of your basements. We will catch you next time and watch for any changes on the opening of the fall festivities. Until we see each other,  stay dry and stay safe and always enjoyed every moment you can have while right here on old Cape Cod.  
      Since this is October and harvest month I thought this recipe went well. What I also discovered is this recipe will work year round as the contributor, whomever it was used canned veggies instead of fresh. So my word to you is, use your imagination and when possible switch out fresh for canned any day, any time. But even with canned veggies, it is still good. Ok peas I traded out for frozen, I just don't do canned pea. So take this recipe play with it, but most of all have fun and bring the joy back into eating veggies. Now let's get on with the show: 

      This week's recipe: Easy Veggie Salad

      1      can      tiny peas (remember I used frozen)
      2      cans    shoepeg corn (again frozen will work)
      1      can      French style green beens
      1      jar        pimentos
      1      green   pepper diced 
   1/8      cup      grated onion
      1      cup      celery, finely chopped
   3/4      cup      sugar
   3/4      cup      vinegar
   3/4      cup      vegetable oil
              salt & pepper to taste 

      Drain all canned items and put into one bowl.In a separate bowl add oil, sugar, vinegar, salt & pepper and mix well. Pour over vegetables and toss gently. Chill overnight if possible before serving.  
      Now go have some fun with this and give and take on the dressing. 

Sarsaparilla Wednesday / 10-9-19

Sarsaparilla Wednesday EveryOne
Rain, Rain go away come again, well, come, well, ok we need the rain, so when else would be a better time? So on this wet and wild Wednesday morning let's give some thanks for being able to, get out of bed, get dressed on our own, taking a shower on my own, fixing breakfast, being able to go to a job, to school to where ever I choose to. So often we start the morning looking at all the rain being a total washout to our day when we need to see, to find the silver lining in each cloud. One bad apple, one rotten tomato, can really effect many around it and how we project ourselves, especially in the mornings will affect those who are around us. So choose to put on a happy face, choose to smile (even if you don't feel like it,) choose to make a difference, choose to be different and see what really happens. We have the opportunity to turn bad rains into flowering tropical gardens and to make a read difference in the lives around us. Now if you come on someone who is truly in need, help them, and to all the rest that cross your path give them a hearty smile. And throughout this day may any rain clouds pass on by and may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long. 
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
National Moldy-Cheese Day
National Pizza and Beer Day
National Hoagy Day
Curious Events Day
Emergency Nurses Day
Fire Prevention Day
Leif Erikson Day
Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day
Bullying Prevention Day
Emergency Nurses Day
International Top Spinning Day
National Chess Day
National Nanotechnology Day
National Pro-Life Cupcake Day
Nautilus Night (Cephalopods)
S.A.V.E. (Stop America's Violence Everywhere)
World Post Day
Learn To Bowl Month
LGBT History Month
Long Term Care Planning Month
Month of Free Thought

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Ginger Tuesday / 10-18-19

Ginger Tuesday EveryOne
   A Terrific Tuesday to you may your time of trudging up sunshine mountain not be so tumultuously terrifying but totally trouble free and terrific. You may need to do a dance or a gig along the way to spruce up your journey, or quote a quiver of poems to break up the segments. But do what you need to do to brighten up this fine feathered day so that is it not as frightening as friends want to fret about. Tuesday, where all of Mondays plans get put into full motion and the squeaky wheel really starts to grind. Where to path deviates from the planes to a full upward direction toward the summit. So pack your provision and let's push this party forward. We have a job to do, people to see and places to go and I personally would like to see it done if fine fashion. Are you are board, do you want to make a hey today so that you don’t end up behind the rest of the week. Come on and let’s do it together and be an encouragement to one another and let’s bring as many along with us as we can. The load will be lighter and the time will pass so much quicker. No onward and upward we go. Remember along the way if we come upon one in true need, we will stop and lend a hand and to all the rest, we will greet with great enthusiasm and vigor. And throughout this day may you experience a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
National Fluffernutter Day
National Pierogi Day
American Touch Tag Day
Ada Lovelace Day
Alvin C. York Day: 8
National Face Your Fears Day
National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day
National Pierogy Day
National Salmon Day
World Child Development Day
World Octopus Day
Yom Kippur
German-American Heritage Month
Global Diversity Awareness Month
Go Hog Wild - Eat Country Ham
Go Sober For October
Halloween Safety Month
Head Start Awareness Month
Health Literacy Month
Home Eye Safety Month
I'm Just Me Because Month 
Italian-American Heritage Month
International Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month
International Starman Month
International Strategic Planning Month
International Walk To School Month
Intergeneration Month

Monday, October 7, 2019

Pecan Pie Monday / 10-7-19

Pecan Pie Monday EveryOne
Well, the sun is still trying to get itself into the sky  but I am up and thankful to still be able to do so. Too many people around the world cannot and I am blessed to be able to. I have the abilities to watch the raze of sunlight peeking through the trees and the changing of the skies colors from rich oranges and yellows, to a bright blue. I get to watch as the birds come alive and the squirrels start to hustle bustle about their business of  gathering nuts for the coming change in season. My body may be screaming at me to go back to bed but my head is reminding me of all the beauty I would be missing. So I will delight in what I can and be thankful for what I am able to do. It’s a wonderful Monday morning, new challenges, new journeys, new adventures, and new beginnings. We have opportunities that we have never had before, let’s embrace these together and see what they have to bring as we begin out trek to the mountain top. Have a great and wonderful, remembering to lend a hand where help is truly needed and a smile to all the rest we meet on along the way. And may you have a most Happy, Happy the whole day long.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
National Frappe Day (ain't no milkshake here)
Bald and Free Day
Blue Shirt Day/World Day of Bullying Prevention
Child Health Day
Day of Unity
LED Light Day
National Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day
National Consignment Day
National Forgiveness Day
National Inner Beauty Day
National Personal Safety Day
World Day of Architecture
World Habitat Day
You Matter To Me Day
Customer Service Week: 7-11 
Drive Safely Work Week:  7-11
Financial Planning Week:  7-12
Kids' Goal Setting Week:  7-11
National Health Care Food Service Week: 7-11
National Heimlich Heroes Week:  7-11
National National Work From Home Week: 7-11
Primary Care Physicians Week: 7-11 
Spinning & Weaving Week: 7-13
Eat Better, Eat Together Month
Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
Emotional Wellness Month
Employee Ownership Month
Energy Management is a Family Affair-Improve Your Home Month (10/1-3/31/13)
Eye Injury Prevention Month
Fair Trade Month
Financial Planning Month
Feral Hog Month or Hog Out Month 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Ginger Gold Friday / 10-4-19

Ginger Gold Friday  EveryOne
   It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, Can you say F-R-I-D-A-Y, that's right, let's not use our inside voice we need to say this nice and loud, it's FRIIIIIDAAAAAY. GET up, GET up GET UP. It's a day to metal music and a mosh pit. Ok well maybe not the mosh pit at my age, Any-who, stand up and shout, jump up and down, let the bells ring and the gongs clang, we need to get up and get ready to take this day all the way to the finish line and do it with quantity and quality, and readiness to all that we have to accomplish. For starters we need to put those hikers away and pull out the sprinter, put the staff back in the umbrella stand and pull out that hat to the keep the sun off your head. You don't want much else than that, as we want to be free from any restraints and don't need anything clingy, trust me it is not good. The run will be across the dessert sand, and the winds will not be cool. There will be critters that wish to steer us off course or worse impede our progress in anyway they can. Do not get caught up in there game and keep pressing on in all you do, as our goal is the finish line and the fun that awaits us at the end. Now as far as the theme of the week; (Best Apples for Apple Pie 5 of top 10 apples for pies according to according to NewEnglandToday.com).  Whatever you need to image the finish line to be, image it, a football goal line, home plate after hitting a home run, the tape at the end of a marathon, the checkered flag of an auto race. So we need to get it together, get our minds and eyes focused and go take this day by storm. Just because it is Friday does not mean hard times takes a day off, so we will come on those who are in desperate need for help. We will stop, listen and help in any way we can and see them to the next care center. Then refocus, and get moving towards that finish line. Now as we go need to keep a smile on our face and a sparkle in our eye, and the best way to do that is the go make us our own Happy, Happy, first for today and then take it all the way through the weekend. And as we go make sure to share it with all that cross your path wherever you go and in whatever you do.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi
www.ccrockhopper.com

Holidays & Observances: 
National Taco Day
National Cinnamon Roll Day in Sweden 
National Vodka Day 
Dick Tracy Day
Improve Your Office Day
International Ship in A Bottle Day
Kids Music Day
Lee's National Denim Day
Manufacturing Day
National Body Language Day
National Diversity Day
Ten-Four Day
World Animal Day
World Space Week: 4-10
National Storytelling Weekend: 4-6

National Apple Betty Day - 5
Rocky Mountain Oyster Day - (a Colorado delicacy) - 5
Do Something Nice Day - 5
International Frugal Fun Day - 5
World Card Making Day - 5
World Teacher's Day - 5
Cephalopod Awareness Day - 5
Chic Spy Day - 5
Get Funky Day - 5
Fall Astronomy Day - 5
Frugal Fun Day - 5
Inter-American Water Day - 5
International Day of No Prostitution - 5
National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day - 5/6
The Victims of Marijuana Prohibition Day - 5
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Day - 5
Woofstock - 5
World Card Making Day - 5
World Porridge Day - 5
World Teachers Day - 5
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta: 5-13
Old-time Fiddler Days: 5-6

National Noodle Day - 6
Come and Take it Day - 6
Mad Hatter Day - 6
Oktoberfest in Germany ends - 6
Physician Assistant Day - 6
American Libraries Day: 6
Change A Light Day: 6
Country Inn Bed & Breakfast Day - 6 
Intergeneration Day - 6 
International African Diaspora Day - 6
International Blessings of The Fishing Fleet Day - 6 (South Africa)
Jackie Mayer Rehab Day - 6
National German-American Day - 6
National Orange Wine Day - 6
National Plus Size Appreciation Day - 6
Pickle Day - 6 
World Communion Day - 6
4-H Week: 6-12
Death Penalty Focus Week: 6-12
Emergency Nurses Week: 6-12
Fire Prevention Week:  6-12 
Getting The World To Beat A Path To Your Door Week: 6-12
Great Books Week: 6-12 
International Post Card Week: 6-12
Mental Illness Awareness Week: 6-12
Mystery Series Week: 6-12 
National Carry A Tune Week: 6-12 
National Metric Week:  6-12 
National Physicians Assistant Week: 6-12
Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Week : 6-12


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Esopus Spitenburg Thursday / 10-3-19

Esopus Spitzenburg Thursday EveryOne
   One, two, three, four, One, two three, four, time for jumping jacks, One, two, three, four, One, two three, four. Sit ups time, that's up one, down two, up one, down two here we go again and again. What? You don't do mental exercises every morning? No stretching? No warm ups? You just get up and go? WOW are you brave? Then again who am I kidding, my exercise consists of raising my head off the pillow, reaching over and hitting the snooze on the alarm than putting my arm back under the sheets and putting my head back down again. I do this several times, personally I think this counts as warming up and stretching out in the morning. Also lifting a coffee mug to my face and down several times works as another warm up for me. Ok, so now that I hope you're smiling a little let's talk about getting this day going, No, hitting the mental snooze button more than twice is not recommended and no you can not take a lazy day either. This is Thursday, the workhorse day of the week. We have places to go, things to do and people to see. We have decisions to make, loose ends to pull together, and projects that need cut. We need to be on the top of our game today and get it all together so we have a straight line to run tomorrow. The other thing we need to do today is get off this mountain and out past the tree line. As we go along today we will come on those that need help in many different ways. We will take the time to stop and listen and then help in whatever direction we are able to provide help in, including seeing them to the next care center as needed. Now, stretched our or not, exercises done or not, it is time to get this show on the path and get to the job so we can get-r-done. And as we do, let's go make us a most Happy, Happy and be ready and willing to share it allow along your way today. 
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi
www.ccrockhopper.com

Holidays & Observances:
National Carmel Custard Day
National Boyfriends Day
Techies Day
Virus Appreciation Day
Bring Your Bible To School Day
Techies Day
Great American Beer Festival: 3-5
No Salt Week: 3-10
Bat Appreciation Month
Black Speculative Fiction Month 
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Bullying Prevention Month
(World) Blindness Awareness Month
Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month
Celiac Disease Awareness Month
Celebrating The Bilingual Child Month
Children's Magazine Month
Christmas Seal Campaign (10/1-12/31)
Church Library Month
Church Safety and Security Month
Class Reunion Month
Contact Lens Safety Month
Co-op Awareness Month
Corn Month
Country Music Month
Cut Out Dissection Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Dyslexia Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Some Hot October Cape Cod Events & a Frozen Bikini / 10-02-19

      Ok this this week I am going to go back to something i did several years ago and do a seasonal brews and vineyards sections. This is a great time of year for lots of great drinks, from beer to wine to spirits and let's not forget coffee too. And with my favorites doing something I thought this was a good time to give a report. Please, if I forget something or some one it is not no purpose but I just only have room for so much space. First a good place to start is at https://www.capecodcraftbeverage.com/. This is a great place to find the main land vineyards, breweries and distilleries. And remember if you are really ambitious there are those places located on each island as well, not to be done with those just off the Cape from Plymouth to the north and New Bedford to the south. There is so much happening that check out each and every website to see what is going on. The beverage trail however does not cover our own local package stores, that do these wicked awesome tasting and fests. Please support those places around you, but also be open to great opportunities to see what others are doing. My go to is Kappy's in Hyannis across from the airport. October is a hopping month with Octoberfest happening the 19th of October then after that is a Whisky tasting that you will need to watch their website for date and ties. But the Octoberfest is always a great time of fun and trying new things before buying that 6 or 12 pack of that new item. 
      Next is Cape Cod Beer, since I did a thing on these guys a few weeks ago Im not going to say a lot but there so much happening, they could almost corner the market on events going on including Second Annual Shuck! A day of Oysters and Beer, this is a ticketed even so go to the website and check it out on their events page. Go hog wild here and get involved. 
      Ok one of my favorites is Truro Vineyards and South Hollow Spirits up in North Truro. I love our wineries here on Cape Cod, they are doing well and are producing some seriously good stuff. There is something for everyone. I you missed VineGrass you missed a good one, put it on your calendar for next year the end of September. But coming up is the first annual Harvest Festival set for October 26, with local food, music, art and more. So put it on the phone calendar to be there or be square,,, Ok so I'm dating myself but you get the idea. 
      Cape Cod Coffee has now three places to site and enjoy or to get and go, besides being in a lot of local shops. The main shop and roasting facility on Main St, then there is the Airport location, during the week, and now Cape Cod Coffee Cafe a Full-Service Breakfast & Lunch with Full Bar with Local Beer, Wine & Specialty Cocktails. And they also are offering ticked events on 3 Thursday nights and one Friday night. Get on their mailing list to find out some of these special events that just look fun, fun, fun.
      OK so there is a lot going on and this is just, what 4 places, there are so many other places doing great things, so check out your community, your local places, brews, vines and distilleries, package stores, local pubs and taverns and have some wicked awesome fun. Please, please, please be sensible in going to these places and watch what you consume and how much, and you shop owners please be mindful of your guests and patrons. So let them ruin your business and someone else's life. 
      No go and have fun and enjoy all that Cape Cod has to offer including everything Cranberries, and love this second season right to the very end. Oh and did I say anything about the Wellfleet Oyster Fest? Let's face it what else is so Cape Cod than local Oysters, we have some of the best in the world. And I just got a news letter from a well known travel magazine that named Cape Cod in whole one of the top 8 autumn/winter beach areas to go. Now go and have a great and awesome, especially if you can do it right here on Old Cape Cod. 
      So small business report. what's hot? Right now still on one of my go to seafood restaurants is Seafood Sam's in South Yarmouth. I love there variety, the staff and most of all the food. They also have either fried or broiled, and fo you healthy continuous people the broiled is the way to go. And the platers for two are really meant for two. So get to Seafood Sam's on Rt 28 in South Yarmouth before they close for the season. 
      Next up is the Brazilian Grill, located more towards the west end of Main Street in Hyannis on the north side of the street. If you love meat, if you love a fantastic salad and sides buffet if you like outstanding desserts (if you have room for it) this is the place for you. If you are able to the time to go is weekday lunch time, I just feel it is better time to go, but really as far as the food, anytime is a good time at the Brazilian Grill. 
      Another fantastic place for me, especially around a late lunch is Scargo Cafe on 6A just east Old Bass Rd in the village of Dennis across from the post office. Their specials are seasonal and tasty, the atmosphere is great, I have not had a bad staff experience, and that Indian pudding is to die for. They have a customer frequent card you can sign up for along with birthday specials and so much more. Lunch, dinner, does not matter, you will always get a good meal, and share great times at Scargo Cafe.    
      Hello my friends and welcome to another addition to the rambling old man behind the doors of the lighthouse. What can we say about the weather? We have had it so good, but you know what they say, if it's too good to be true today wait a bit down the road we will have it's polar difference to make up back to the average. So be prepared for some cold temps down the road. But it is autumn and we are starting to head back towards normal again. The waters have been busy this past week as we have had one rescue off Falmouth and another in the Bay tween P'town and Plymouth. All however turned out fine and it's always a good day for our Coast Guard crews when all come home safely. We are still getting reports of those pesky Great Whites around, then again so are their favorite buffet item, the seals. So if you are looking to do any kite surfing or paddle boarding be aware of your surroundings. Also there have been reports of Ripe Tide Currents being prevalent all along the south shores of the Cape and eastern shores so be careful in all your water activities. The grounds are starting to take shape for the fall festival activities that start on the 11th and go Friday through Sunday, with hours from 4 till 9 each day. The last day will be November 3rd. We will have a hay and corn maze, we will have the haunted woods again, there will be story telling out at the overlook point. And as there has been in years gone by, there will be a fire pit or campfire pit to roast marshmallows and make s'mores, drink hot chocolate and coffee, and just make new friends and enjoy some of Mom's home made cookies or some of may bundt cakes. Yes we do ask for donations as this is one of our fundraisers to help keep this place going the rest of the year and do the necessary upkeep. So please come and enjoy but also help us out please. So hope to see you there. Now enough for this round, I hope you have a great week and come out and enjoy visiting all of Cape Cods, lighthouse and have a great and wonderful time, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.    
      Well we are starting to change seasons here and so must the cocktails. The local waters by the end of the month will be cooling off dramatically and so will the air temperatures. So I we are going to go with a cocktail that I thought represented the coming season. Now I will say this is probably better for the heat of the summer type drink but then again, some of you do spend your winters down south and could take us and this with you. Who doesn't like a good cocktail on the beach? Personally I would rather have it on one of our beautiful Cape Cod beaches but hey, let face the facts, who wants to sit out on the beach in a bikini in the middle of the cold season. But who is thinking that far ahead, and I'm thirsty now, so let's get this show on the road and remember, be a good host, be a good guest don't drink and drive, stay alive, get an alternative drive. Now, on we go:

      This week's recipe: a Frozen Bikini Cocktail.

      1      oz        Champagne
      1      oz        peach schnapps
      2      oz        vodka
      1      splash lemon juice
      2      oz        orange juice
      3      oz        peach nectar
      1      cup      ice

      Blend everything except champagne until smooth. Transfer to glass and top with champagne.

      Heads up, no credits as there are multiple sights with the same set up. 

Jonagold Wednesday / 10-2-19

Jonagold Wednesday EveryOne
   Great Jumpin Jeshosephats it's a whistling wonder Wednesday we are winking at this wicked morning. So what are you doing still lying there in your cranium bed. This is that wonderful wild day we get to finish our climb up the face of this mountain, cross that peak line then start the journey down the back side. But it will be a climb straight up, where only mountain goats go, so have got to have proper footing, so let's get those hikers pulled on and laced up tightly. Take your staff and make sure it is attached to your being securely, as although you may not need it going up, you will need it going down. When we get to the top be sure to take the time to stop, look back to take account for just how far we have come and remember that one step over the line means we are that much closer to the end than back to the beginning. Then turn, make that mental map of where we are heading, pick up our stuff and move off the back side, as our day will only be half done. So again what are you doing still slumbering in that cranium of yours. We have a job to do, and sleeping through the day will not get done what needs done. So up and at em and let's go, go, go. As we go we still come on those who need our help, so just be prepared to stop, listen and help in what ever way we can. So, let's get hopping like a bunny, humping like a camel, and going like a mountain goat, we have a wicked awesome day before us and we will want to take advantage of every moment we have. So let's get to the line and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long and share it every step of the way. 
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
www.ccrockhopper.com

Holidays & Observances; 
World Farm Animals Day
National Fried Scallops Day
National Custodial Worker Day
National Kale Day
Name Your Car Day
Balloons Around The World Day
Coffee With A Cop Day
Fast of Gedalya
Guardian Angels Day
International Day of Non-violence
Name Your Car Day
National Custodial Workers Day
National Kale Day
National Produce Misting Day
National Pumpkin Seed Day
Peanuts (Cartoon) Day
Pet Obesity Awareness Day 
Phileas Fogg's Wager Day
Walk To School Day
Adopt A Dog Month
Adopt A Shelter Dog Month
AIDS Awareness Month
American Pharmacists Month Link
Antidepressant Death Awareness Month
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Month Link


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Idared Tuesday / 10-1-19

Idared Tuesday 
   Sound the horns, blow the kazoos, bang d'pots-n-pans and let's wake up the living dead. It's a brand new morning of a brand new day and a brand new month. Break out the banners, wave the flags, strike up the band and let's make some music this morning and crack the sky (thanks Mylon Lefevre). It's an awesome day to be alive and about, and it is all looking forward and not what's been left behind. Are you read? are you ready to rock n roll (thank you Crystavox) through another day? Ready or not, the down beat has sounded the the drums have started their cadence and it is time to get it going. So let's get those hikers pulled on and laced up, and take hold that staff as the path will be narrow, steep and rocky along the way. Be ready in all things to give aid to a brother or sister who has fallen by the wayside and needs a hand or needs a hand getting to the care center. Now, the sunlight is now staying out any long and the days are growing shorter, so let't get it together and get this day going. Remember, for the most part not to many are going to help you have a good day, so we have go and make us our own most Happy, Happy and then don't hide it, don't be a hoarder, go and share it with everyone you come in contact with today. 
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi
www.ccrockhopper.co,

Holidays & Observances:
National Pumpkin Spice Day
World Vegetarian Day
Homemade Cookies Day
Pudding Season Begins
CD Player Day
Fire Pup Day
International Day of Older Persons
International Music Day
Model T Day
National Black Dog Day
National Book It! Day
National Fruit At Work Day
National Hair Day
National Lace Day
National Walk Your Dog Day
Vegan Baking Day
Willy Wonka Day
American Cheese Month
Eat Country Ham Month 
Fair Trade Month 
National Apple Month 
National Applejack Month 
National Caramel Month 
National Chili Month 
National Cookie Month
National Dessert Month
National Pasta Month 
National Pickled Peppers Month 
National Pizza Festival Month 
National Popcorn Poppin’ Month 
National Pork Month 
National Pretzel Month 
National Seafood Month 
Vegetarian Awareness Month
National Walk Your Dog Week: 1-7
Trichotillomania, Skin Picking & Related BFRB Awareness Week: 1-5
Universal Children's Week: 1-7
World Dairy Expo: 1-6