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Friday, May 29, 2020

Friday Morning 5-29-2020

Sichuan Friday EveryOne
And a Wicked Awesome Paradise Friday to you, Happy pollination season to you and I hope that all your flowers and plants are getting all the lovely bee attention that they need. In the meantime may all who suffer with allergies find a refuge of seclusion to make it through this time of year. But isn’t it great to be alive. Well is a relative point, so if you are alive enjoy that which is going on outside your window right now, whatever it is, why? Cause you can, you can see, you can smell, you can hear, Yes I know I keep going over and over this but it is true, we so rarely really take seriously how fortunate we are, and all the good things that have been bestowed on us. So this Friday as we are putting all efforts into getting through this day and making our way to the Train Station to make the celebration party on Paradise Island, Be aware that we are uniquely and wonderfully made and we have been given a wonderful thing called life to enjoy. Now go do the best you can with all you can so that you can relax not only at the end of today but the whole weekend long. The theme of the week, No i have not forgotten,, is different kinds of Peppercorns. Yup that stuff we cook with and put on and in our food. Now Remember if you come on one in true need, stop and lend a hand and to all others encourage to the end. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
National Coq Au Vin Day
Learn About Composting Day
Heat Awareness Day
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
Learn About Composting Day
Mike, The Headless Chicken Day: 29-30
Put A Pillow On Your Fridge Day
Shavuot: 29-30

Water a Flower Day - 30
Artichoke Days: 30-3  Moved to August 8-9
Indianapolis 500 Anniversary - 30
Loomis Day - 30
Memorial Day (Traditional) - 30
National Creativity Day - 30
National Nail Tech Day - 30
BookCon: 30-31

Save Your Hearing Day - 31
World No Tobacco Day - 31
Bay to Breakers Race - 31  Moved to September 20
National Smile Day - 31 
Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day -31
Pentecost - 31
Save Your Hearing Day - 31
What You Think Upon Grows Day - 31
WhitSunday - 31
World No-Tobacco Day - 31

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Thursday Morning 5-28-20

Kampot Thursday EveryOne
Welcome to full throttle Thursday, where white water mountain rapid shooting is the name of the game. These short work weeks somehow always manage to seem to be longer than a normal week, but I am not complaining. It is good to be able to get up and have a job to do, it is good to be able to get up. So what is good some will ask you, I know we have said it over and over again, but it is bares worth repeating, life, the abilities to see, to smell, to touch, to hear, to breath, to taste, to think, the enjoy. I wish you could see the flowering bushes in my yard and up and down my street, they are so beautiful. They are made up of pods and each pod is a flower in itself but when all pods are open turns into a bouquet, the bushes come in primarily three colors a purple, magenta, and white being the rarest here. The flowers will last only a short while but how wonderful they smell and how beautiful to view. That is what getting up is all about and being thankful for. The small things all along life’s walk. Have a great day today, and don’t forget to realize those little things while we throttle up and throttle down today. Remember if you come on one if true need, stop and help, and to all others have them join you on the fast track today and share the adventure. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances;
National Hamburger Day
Amnesty International Day
Ascension of Baha'u'Llah
Menstrual Hygiene Day
National Brisket Day
Sierra Club Day
Slugs Return From Capistrano Day
Black Single Parents Week: 28-6/3

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

A quick note and more. & Key Lime Cooler Cookie Balls / 5-27-2020

      Ok folks I am working between 10-12 hour days right now, 3-4 days a week and the 5th standard 8, but at my age one should be slowing down not speeding up. And with some impending changes coming, as one would say you have to make hey while it's hey making season. I am blessed to still be working, but there is a winter season coming, not my choice, but until then I will be working myself to death, just hope not literally. So my thousand pardons, especially in this harsh times we are in. There is a fine line of encouraging people to come while also being socially responsible and asking to just take your time. Be smart, be wise, please don't overload your cottage or seasonal home with extra people. I have already seen some of this and it just baffles me. And for those who are looking to get to a beach, find a nice spot away from everyone else and mind the Ps and Qs and just remember to be respectful of others. This is not only for those not on the Cape full time but a reminder to us year rounders like I am. I hope you have a great week. and read on please, a couple great businesses, a word from the old Station guard and a great new recipe, remember it's dessert week. Yumm... Have a great and wonderful and safe week right here on old Cape Cod.  
      Small business report, wow have the restaurants just opened up all around. Now they are still all pic up or take out but seriously they have all just bloomed like my flowering tree. I just hope they all make it. So go take a drive around the block, or go take a drive up and down Rt 6A or across Rt 28. Many of the summer joints are already accustomed to take out so I i know they will do well. Now if we can just get some folks here. I know they are not encouraging a lot of that but our businesses need it, so let's keep as many in business as possible. 
      I know Cobies of Cape Cod located on Main St in Brewster (aka 6A) is one of those. check out their web site at or check their facebook page out. I have a lot of friends who just love this place and swear by their food. So check them out and have some great eats on the go or in your car. 
      Another place is The Knack, located on Rt 28 in Orleans. Check out their website, and on facebook, their menu and their ordering procedures. They have a great menu and have great food. A wonderful place to grab and go. 
      Then there is one of my fun places, Cape Cod Creamery. with 3 locations to service your ice cream needs. South Yarmouth on RT 28, Hyannis in the Christmas Tree Shop OutLot, and in Dennis on Rt 6A. Find their website and on facebook. This is some of the best ice cream on Cape Cod if not in the entire New England area and then some. This is just one of the top two ice creameries I would recommend any day, any time, and anywhere, they are locally owned and managed and are always giving back to the community. So come out and support a great establishment and get some great ice cream. 
      Last foot note,, The Snowy Owl Coffee Roaster and Cafe is open for business. They have a walk up window to do business at instead of going inside. So if in Brewster and you need some great coffee, this is the place to go.       
      Well, hello folks, this week I am struggling with the thought of all this and were things are going. I'm not the spring chicken or clam digger I once used to be. I am sure the big boys who make the decisions are seriously gonna consider cutting the money to these lighthouses even more, or at the lease to any staff, go completely automated as they have with most of the others. I think the Boston light is one of, if not the last actual manned / womanned station in the US. I love waking up in the mornings, climbing the tower stairs and watching the sun rise over the Atlantic, looking out there for the whale jus lazily cruising along the coast, ok they are out there, don't think I am talking about 1/2 to a mile out, I'm talking way out there. I have watched the ships filled with cargo as well as cruise ships making their way past the outer Cape. And of lately keeping an eye out for those darn pesky sharks. I have loved having the children here, seeing there eyes light up as we talk about the old days of life saving, or talk to them about how the beacon works. Then to see the older kids having so much fun going up to the lamp room seeing just how far they can see, and how important that light really is. But the time is coming. I knew it was coming some day, but in this kind of a position you just never think about, retirement. When some of you are asking, well just as this stupid virus has overtaken us, I am not seeing this place open for Memorial Day as I hopped, and with the regulations they want to put on us and these kind of places I'm just not seeing it happening. So why put it off any long, I was thinking it would hold till the end of the year, but without the summer. I'm not sure what they will do with the old gal, Oh modernized I'm sure, they are getting how real of a help and necessity these things really are. But the rest of it. I just hope they allow a group to come in and keep it as a museum. Thanks to so many of you who have followed us here at the old station. I hope you have at least gotten a new glimps at what we go through here. Sparked a little interest in saving some these majestic ladies. You all make the best you can out of this coming summer, and make the best of all that life has to offer, especially if you can did it, right here on old Cape Cod.    Thank you all.. here's to retirement. weee. 
      Welcome back to dessert week. Wow did ever have to do some change ups. Normally with cookie balls I can find a dozen or more recipes that are the same thing. This however is not the case with these balls. I wanted to do a lemon-lime sugar cookie ball, however the few recipes I found used either store bought dough or you had to find your sugar cookie recipe. This was a little different but still citrusy and fit right into summer. So here is the where I pulled this recipe. Only reason I feel ok in doing this, I don't get paid to do this and don't make a dime off it. So go go visit her site and show some support.

      This week's recipe: Key Lime Cooler Cookie Balls 

       3       cups     all purpose flour
    1/2       tsp        baking powder
    1/4       tsp        salt
       2       sticks    unsalted butter, softened
       1       cup       powdered sugar, plus 2 cups more for rolling
       1       egg       yolk
    1/4       cup       fresh key lime juice (regular lime juice is ok)
       1       Tbsp     key lime zest

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter and 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. On low speed, mix in the egg yolk, lime juice, and zest until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients, mixing on low speed just until combined. The dough will be very crumbly. Using your hands, knead the dough gently until it comes together and forms a ball. Roll the dough into 1" sized balls and place 1" apart on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Check for doneness after 15 minutes, as oven temperatures do vary. Place the baking sheet on a wire rack. While the cookies are still warm, roll them in the reserved 2 cups of powdered sugar, and place back on the baking sheet to cool completely. Sift the remaining powdered sugar over the tops of the cookies. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Note: Make sure your key limes are room temperature so that you get the maximum juice out of them! One 1 lb. bag of key limes normally yields 3/4 cup of juice. Freeze the rest! Prep time includes zesting and juicing the limes.
These cookies actually get better as they sit. This makes them a great cookie to ship to relative

Wednesday Morning 5-27-2020

Malabar Wednesday EveryOne
Welcome Wonderful Wild Wednesday, now that we survived Tuesday, you really to survive the rest of the week? I can dig it, Yes I can, (song time flash back for all the young kids.) What a day, sun is shining,(trust me it’s there), the grass is still green, the flowers are still in full bloom and I am still alive to take it all in. So now that you figured out that you are still breathing and around for another day, let’s have some fun with it and do something productive, you might as well since you took all the trouble to get out of bed, and put something on. Really! We have a mountain top to reach today and wonderful things to see and things to get done and places to go and people to come in contact with. We have an adventure to explore and what a day to do it. So come on, put a happy smile on that face you have to many blessings that have already been bestowed on you today not to share them. And through it all, don’t worry (besides it leaves wrinkles) be happy. Now along the way when you come on one in true need, stop and lend a hand and to all others along your path today, share in their joy. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Italian Beef Day
National Grape Popsicle Day
Sun Screen Day
Cellophane Tape Day
Joe Cool Day
National Senior Health & Fitness Day
World Orienteering Day
World Otter Day

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tuesday Morning 5-26-2020

Long Tuesday Morning EveryOne
    Well I did not pick the name out on purpose it just happened to come to me so I had to take it and run with it. But for some reason these short weeks always seem to be the longest. But here we go, and there is no looking back. I hope and pray the long weekend was good to you and all of yours. But tis the time to ramp it back up, change gears in yea old brain back into forward drive. The flowering cherry tree outside my office window is in full bloom and to enjoy the blossoms, there are many parts and petals. Each one is necessary to make a complete flower. They also don’t open up all at once but slowly unfolding to reveal its beauty and fullness. May we this week learn to be patient with one another, helping each other, to open as a collective group so that the beauty of our groups can be revealed and enjoyed by all. This takes patients, but what will come out at the end will be with it all. May you have a great day on your journey up the mountain today and may your path be with few rocks and pot holes. Remember if you come on one in true need along the way stop and lend a hand and to all others give encouragement. And may you have a most Happy, Happy of days when all is said and done.
Your Morning Rooster
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
National Cherry Dessert Day
Sally Ride Day
National Chardonnay Day
National Paper Airplane Day
World Lindy Hop Day

Friday, May 22, 2020

Ferris Wheel Friday / 5-22-2020

Ferris Wheel Friday EveryOne
Happy, Happy Holiday weekend Friday to you all, what a wicked beautiful morning, the sun is shining (Maybe) and I am still on the right side of the lawn. I can still hear the birds and see the squirrels and rabbits in my yard and the flowers are still in bloom. So as today is being Paradise Friday and the onset of a long weekend, let’s stoke the boiler full and put the pedal to the metal, and let that whistle scream all the way to the station. We need no one left behind on this trip and we also need to be sure we finish in a blaze of glory in all we have done. So do the job to the best of your abilities, get all you can done and more and let’s set this scene for a party like no other once we get to Paradise Island. If along the way you come on one in true need stop and help, or call of the aid of others to help as well, and to all others encourage to the enth degree. Ok, ok, for the theme of the week, they have all been different names for different kinds of Tomatoes. LOL, Love all kinds of then, yumm. And may you have a most Happy, Happy of all days and weekends.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Vanilla Pudding Day
Buy a Musical Instrument Day
Don't Fry Friday - Friday before Memorial Day
World Goth Day
Canadian Immigrants Day
Harvey Milk Day
International Day for Biological Diversity
National Cooler Day
National Craft Distillery Day
National Polka Day: 22-24
National Road Trip Day
National Title Track Day
National Maritime Day
National Wig Out Day:
NF2 Awareness Day
Sherlock Holmes Day
US Colored Troops Day
World Paloma Da
National Polka Weekend: 22-24

National Taffy Day - 23
International Jazz Day - 23
Lucky Penny Day - 23
Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day (ARMAD) - 23 
Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test: 23  Link
*Declaration of the Bab Day - 23
Eid-Al-Fitr - 23
International Day to End Obstetric Fistula - 23
International Heritage Breeds Day - 23 
Julia Pierpont Day - 23
National Best Friend-in-Law Day - 23
World Turtle Day - 23
Mudbug Madness Days: 23-25
Old-Time Player Piano Weekend: 23-25

National Escargot Day - 24
Aviation Maintenance Technician Day - 24
Brother's Day - 24
Eid-Al-Fitr - 24
Indianapolis 500 - 24 / Moved to August 23.
International Tiara Day - 24
Morse Code Day - 24
Neighbor Day - 24
World Schizophrenia Awareness Day - 24
Yucatan Shrimp Day - 24
National African Violet Week: 24-30

National Brown-Bag-It Day - 25
National Wine Day - 25
Memorial Day- 25
National Missing Children's Day - 25
National Towel Day - in the UK - 25
Tap Dance Day - 25
Cookie Monster's Birthday - 25
Hamburger Day - 25
Memorial Day - 25
National Tap Dance Day - 25
Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day - 25
Prayer for Peace Memorial Day - 25
World Thyroid Day - 25
Healthy and Safe Swimming Week: 25-30
National Backyard Games Week: 25-6/1
Scripps National Spelling Bee: 25-28, Event Postponed - No new date set yet.
Week of Solidarity With The People of Non-Self-Governing Territories: 25-31