Yellow Bellied Friday / 4-19-19

Yellow Bellied Friday EveryOne
Sound the alarm, blow the trumpets, let the bells ring wake everyone up it’s that day of all days we call Friday. Yes folks that glorious day we can take it to the house and wrap up another week of work, put it behind us then party like it’s 2099. But we first need to get it out of cushy bead we are lying in (mentally speaking as we are already up reading this, Dah). We need to get into that closet and find those sprinters and lace them up and grab that visor instead of the staff so we have some shielding from the sun on our face. This days run is through the dessert, it is a marathon sprint all the way. We have one goal in mind, finishing, finishing strong, finishing with quantity and quality, finishing with dignity, finishing with our heads up, finishing like there is not tomorrow. This is not a sleeper of a day, this is nothing like the rest of the week has been, this is a one day winner take all kind of day. So get it together and let’s get it to the starting line so we can get this day on the go. Yes along the way we will come on those who need help, and are hurting both physically and mentally, we will still stop and listen and help in whatever way we can and see them to the next care center, and remember we are here to do good and move on. (So you wanna know what the theme has been for the week, all are different types of Turtles,, I know it can a little slow to us all,, it was all hidden in the shell the whole time,, it could ,, ok, ok, I’ll stop as it’s too early in the morning for too many puns.) Any way, I wanna get the party started and that only happens when we cross the finish line, So let’s get this day underway and go make us a great ad wonderful and a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long. And do it to the best of our abilities every step of the way.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi
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National Rice Ball Day
National Garlic Day
National Amaretto Day
Good Friday
Passover begins at sundown
Bicycle Day
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Action Day
John Parker Day
National Hanging Out Day
National Poker Day
Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day
World Marbles Day
National Dance Week: 19-28
Global Youth Service Days: 19-21

National Pineapple Upside-down Cake Day – 20
Lima Bean Respect Day – 20
Chinese Language Day – 20
Husband Appreciation Day – 20
Look Alike Day – 20
Volunteer Recognition Day – 20
Auctioneers Day – 20
Comcast Cares Day – 20
International Cli-Fi Day – 20
National Cheddar Fries Day – 20
National Pot Smokers Day – 20
Take Your Parents To The Playground Day – 20
National Park Week: 20-28
Passover: 20-27

National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day – 21
Easter Sunday – 21
Kindergarten Day – 21
Bulldogs are Beautiful Day – 21
International Hemp Day – 21
National Surprise Drug Test Day – 21
National Yellow Bat Day – 21
Orthodox Palm Sunday – 21
Plum Pudding Day – 21
Queen’s Birthday (real date) – 21
Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week: 21-27
Administrative Professionals Week: 21-27
Bedbug Awareness Week: 21-27
Chemists Celebrate Earth Week: 21-27
Festival of Ridvan: 21-5/2
Fibroid Awareness Week: 21-27
Medical Laboratory Professionals Week:21-27
National Coin Week: 21-27
National Infertility Awareness Week: 21-27
National Paperboard Packaging Week: 21-27
National Pet ID Week: 21-27
National Princess Week: 21-27
Orthodox Holy Week: 21-27
Preservation Week:21-27
Sky Awareness Week: 21-27
Spring Astronomy Week: 21-26
World Hula Week: 21-27

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Mud Thursday / 4-18-19

Mud Thursday EveryOne
Another day, another set of challenges to tackle, another path into the unknown. Thursday is that wonderful day we get to make those decisions to what continues on to the finish line and what gets cut. What we want to spend our time on and what we need to shelve. This is not going to be a lazy man’s or woman’s day, this is not a rocking chair on the porch kind of day. This is going to be an up and at em kind of day, a day where we need to reach down give it all we have got and make it happen even when it looks like there is nothing left to give. The path could be muddy, or just full of briars and bramble, but we will take it on. So let’s get those hikers pulled on and take hold that staff and let’s strike out for the starting line. Along the way we will encounter those in a world of hurt, so be prepared to stop and listen and lend a hand in whatever what we can, even seeing them to the next care center, and in the process do good and move on. Now are we ready? In reality if we actually knew what was coming not we are not ready but it is here and we have not a choice but to make it our own and take control of it in every way we can. So let’s get it going and in the process go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long, regardless of what comes our way.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi
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National Animal Crackers Day
Raw Milk Appreciation Day
Maundy Thursday
International Juggler’s Day – also applies to multi tasking office workers
National High Five Day
Newspaper Columnists Day
Adult Autism Day
Get to Know Your Customers Day: 18 ( January 17, April 18, July 18 and October 17 = 3rd Thurs. of Each Quarter)
High Five Day
International Amateur Radio Day
International Day for Monuments and Sites
National D.A.R.E. Day
National Lineman Appreciation Day
Pet Owners Independence Day
Poem In Your Pocket Day
World Amateur Radio Day
Cleaning For A Reason Week: 18-24
Consumer Awareness Week: 18-23
Police Officers Who Gave Their Lives In The Line of Duty Week: 18-23
Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month
Women Helping Women Heal Month
Workplace Conflict Awareness Month
World Habitat Awareness Month
World Landscape Architecture Month
Worldwide Bereaved Spouses Awareness Month

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More to does on Cape Cod & Greek Style Baked Cod Planki / 4-17-19

So another week has gone by and we have arrived at Easter week and it is late this year. So if you use Easter as a guide to doing your vacation planning you are already behind schedule. So i am going to feed you a few more places to add to your wanna do list. These will cost you a bit some more than others but all are worthy of looking at both for individuals to families. First, have you ever been Kayaking, there are several places on the Cape to rent kayaks and just go out and have a relaxing time to doing tours, if paddle boarding is more your style they have those too. For me with my back I will stick to sitting down and paddling vs standing and trying to balance.
Next: we already covered whale watching, but have you thought of Shark and Seal tours, or an excursion around Monomoy Island? These go out of Chatham mainly, but there are a few others. If that does not float your boat have you thought about a Cape Cod Canal Cruise or tour, There are several places that cruises go out of so please google this for names of places that offer it.
So you have done all these and still can get enough of seeing the Cape, I have something different for you, what about seeing it from the air. Yup from Biplane Rides to enclosed cockpits, from one end of the Cape to the other. Chatham has tours flying out of, Marston Mills is another which is near Mashpee and also out of P’Town (Provincetown to those of you new to the Cape.) Gotta tell you I have not done this, but I have been up in smaller single engine and twin engine planes and I love it. So this is one of those bucket items on my list to do.
Last for this trip is the Real Pirates Museum the Whydah Pirate Museum located at 674 Rt 28 in West Yarmouth you can also find them online at discovderpirates.com, facebook, twitter and instagram. This is the real deal here folks, stuff you will not find anywhere else. And displays that are the kids can really handle (honest they actually encourage it.) They have been featured by National Geographic and other nationally known organizations. Here again this is great for individuals as well as families. Look for advertising cards in the rakes at restaurants and grocery stores as there is a 3 dollar coupon on it. Go, have fun, and get a history lesson while you’re at it.
Well that’s about it for another week of ramblings. Whether you are coming here for vacation or live here, I hope I have given you a few more ideas for what to do around the Cape besides going to the beach, not that there is anything wrong with that, but there is far more to do than a lot of people really realize. So have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod, and enjoy your Easter and week.
Business report: First up is the Candy Co located at 975 Rt 28 in South Yarmouth or find them on facebook to be sure you know where you are going and their hours. Folks if you have not been, you are missing a Cape Cod institution, a candy icon. they have so much good stuff it’s not funny. Just about all the flavors of Jelly Bellies, home make fudge, tons of what we used to call penny candy, and candy from around the world. Go and buy a little or buy a lot, just in time for Easter what a fun place to go.
Next up Seafood Sams located at 1006 Rt 28, South Yarmouth or find them on facebook, or on the web at http://www.seafoodsamsyarmouth.com. We have already eaten there since they opened back up and seriously 3 of us shared the fried seafood platter for 2 there was that much food. Now if you are a heavy eater, the platter for 1 will be fine, or the platter for 2 for 2. But for lighter eaters there is a lot of food and it is all good. They do have lunch specials and daily specials. This is a great come as you are, family oriented restaurant, there is something for everyone.
Last place up for this week is Cape House Shop located at Skaket Corners, 9 West Rd Ste 10, Orleans or on facebook. They are more than just a card shop, they are a gifts and collectibles shop. they have goods from local artisans, from chocolates to clothing to gifts. The owner is a wonderful local man who is trying to support the local community not only to the high season customers but to the year rounders. I get it, you ask why stop at another store just to get my cards, I can get them at the grocery store. Really? So you want you cards smelling like a meat and cheese tray? Or like it just came out of a fruits and vegetable market? No, and the grocery or drug store is not going to have the selection as what the Cape House Shop is going to have, not to say the gift selection from graduation to marriages to new births, anniversaries, sympathy, get well cards and yes Happy Birthday Cards. And if you have a special need, ask them they may know of something you are not seeing. Also when it comes to Wedding greetings, Birth Announcements, Christening or even Bar Mitzvahs and Bas Mitzvehs. The point is even when it comes to holiday seasons they have party goods to cover it all. So go check out the Cape House Shop in Orleans for more than you ever expected.
Greetings all, first to those in Paris France, and to those of the Catholic faith, my deepest sympathy to you all for your loss of such a magnificent sacred structure, a landmark of the country and continent, an architectural wonder and an artistic masterpiece. May you be guided by the One who the building honored and was a central house of worship for many as you begin the clean up, then through your rebuilding. It took some 300 years to build, 850 it stood, down in just hours but never out or gone completely. It will take time but you will rebuild. Your building, your spiral served in a similar way to the lighthouses that stand around the world. It gives hope, it gives guidance, it gives warning, it gives so much more. May we around the globe support you in your future endeavor.
Now as this is holy week I hope and pray all is going as well as can be expected. The light has been working overtime since we last spoke as the weather has been in the funky zone that likes to produce a lot of fog, and it has along with the rain that has come through. What can I say, that is what we are here for, and that is what we will do. And old Foggy has been belting it out as well. I have been having good reports from those fishermen who have been coming back with decent catches for this time of year. You know the story it can always be better, but let’s look at what we have to work with. I am hearing from the boys at the real station that water craft inspections are going well, but they warn the sooner you can get them done the better it will be. As we get closer to season the more busy it will get. Finally, Easter egg hunt, this Sunday weather permitting, and really it will have to be really hard rain to cancel, but the safety is the first in mind, and second we don’t want it to be miserable out there. So keep an ear open and you and us will use our common sense and go from there. We are hoping and praying it all comes off ok. Remember it does not start till after church times, so early afternoon, and from what I am seeing that will play into our hands. So that is about it and all we need to cover this week. Another reminder that the Lighthouse and station will begin to be open on the weekends from now till middle or so of May. Well until then, have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod, and hoping you are making plans to see us this summer.
I love fish and I love to try new things. I will say this recipe is a little more work than I normally like to do but there are the occasions that going the extra step is worth all the time. Especially when you are looking to have another couple over, Sunday dinner (although that’s a fleeting thing now days.) But regardless if you are the main cook or the secondary, we all like to put it on fancy now and then and this is one of those recipes that can just make you shine. So look it over, and note what all here, then go to it. I really don’t think it is as hard as it first looks, so don’t be afraid and remember those that try, eat well, those that don’t, well, miss out on a lot of great food Now on with the show and let’s get this recipe going.

This week’s recipe: Greek Style Baked Cod Planki

2 Tbsp olive oil or salad oil
1 med fennel bulb sliced
1 med onion, thinly sliced
2 med tomatoes thinly sliced
1 lb cod fillets
1 tsp chicken instant bouillon
1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
2 Tbsp butter (that’s 1/4 stick)
1/4 lb Feta cheese crumbled
1/2 cup Mediterranean olives or pitted ripe olives
1 Tbsp minced parsley
Fennel sprigs for garnish

In 12 inch skillet over medium heat in oil cook fennel and onion until tender-crisp, stirring frequently. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line bottom of 12×8 inch baking dish with tomato slices: top with cooked fennel/onion mixture. Place cod fillets on fennel mixture; sprinkle with bouillon and pepper (I would use Old Bay at this point sprinkle lightly). Dot with butter and bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, basting with liquid in baking dish.
To serve, sprinkle Feta cheese, olives and minced parsley over baked cod mixture. Garnish with fennel sprigs. Serves 4. Note this can be easily doubled for larger parties.

Pig Nosed Wednesday / 4-17-19

Pig Nosed Wednesday EveryOne
Great jumpin’ Jehoshaphat’s, or is it leapin’ Lamars, can you believe that we have already reached the halfway day? In just 4 hours of our work day we will be halfway done with this day, halfway through this week, and the climb will shift to going down a descending path versus that wicked rocky climb we have been struggling with. But we need to get started to get to that point, so let’s get those hikers on and take hold that staff and let’s get this day on the grind. This week has been a hard week for reasons that are personal, but the journey must go on, the adventure regardless of how we feel must continue, and life does not stop because we are struggling to put one foot in front of the other. So hopefully your week is going well, your work load has been handlable and fulfilling. Your adventures have been what you expected and the journey has been better than expected, When we get to the top, take a moment to look back and see just how far we have come then turn and map out where we need to go and then get moving. That is only the half way point, we then get to start the decent off the back side of the mountain. So let’s put a smile on our face and get this day going. While we go make sure that when a need arrises we take the time to stop and help in any way we can, even if means taking them to the next care center. Now let’s get it going and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long regardless of howe we really feel.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
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National Cheeseball Day
World Malbec Day
Healthy Kids Day
Bat Appreciation Day
Blah, Blah, Blah Day
Pet Owners Independence Day
Ellis Island Family History Day
Ford Mustang Day
Herbalist Day
International Haiku Poetry Day
Nothing Like A Dame Day
World Hemophilia Day
School Library Media Month
Soy Foods Month
Straw Hat Month
Stress Awareness Month
Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
National Toddler Immunization Month

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Pink Belly Tuesday / 4-16-19

Pink Belly Tuesday EveryOne
Morning y’all, it’s a bright and sunny day, Ok somewhere, just like it’s always five o’clock somewhere. Some days we just have to look a little harder to find those rays and this might be one of them. We at least survived Monday, that is always a good thing, Two we all woke up and still have a place we call home, we still have something to guard us against the elements, and something to put into our stomachs. Some days we may have to go looking for those blessings to remind us that we really do have it better than so many others. Sure our journeys may be a little more difficult then we were expecting or our adventures not going in the direction we were hoping for. Or the opportunities have just not panned out as we wanted, but we still have so many blessings. Sometimes I have to remind myself of these things, as it is not always rosy for me either. I have issues getting out of bed, seeing the silver lining appears more like mud and the direction I’m going in seems to be backwards instead of forward. But the day must go on and I and we must continue to take one step at a time and take on what is given us. To start with we need to get those hikers on and take hold that staff and let’s get headed out to the starting line. I know, when you are down, when you are struggling yourself the last thing you think you want to do is help someone else, actually, it’s the best thing to do. Reach out to those around that need us, give some of you away and help them in their need, and see them to the next care center. Hard? Sure it is, but rewarding? Yes. it is what we need, it is the prescription to seeing we are not only ones in need and by helping we can recognize how much we really have. Now ready or not it’s time to get this day going, and as we do let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi
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National Eggs Benedict Day
National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day
Day of the Mushroom
National Librarian Day
National Stress Awareness Day
Save the Elephant Day
Emancipation Day
Foursquare Day
National Bean Counter Day
National Health Care Decisions Day
National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day
National Orchid Day
Pharmacists War on Diabetes Month
Pet First Aid Awareness Month
Physical Wellness Month
Prevent Lyme in Dogs Month
Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month
Rosacea Awareness Month

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Red Ear Monday / 4-15-19

Red Ear Monday EveryOne
Welcome folks and I hope you are going with great expectation for this day and this week. I get it that some of us are already experiencing Stormy Mondays, while others are saying Thank God it’s Monday, (yes both are song titles). But whatever your response is we have new adventure ahead of us, new journeys to travel and opportunities that we can not even begin to imagine. So let’s get this day started by getting that sleepy brain our of that cranial hammock and get those peepers propped open. Pull on those hikers and find that staff you so carelessly tossed in the closet on Friday and let’s head on out. For each of us this is a one day at a time gig, I have never met anyone able to live two or more days at a time. Yesterday and last week is behind us and gone, and tomorrow is before us and we can not live what is not here yet. So although we are having to deal with last weeks hangovers (work not too much to drink) and we are working in a way that will lead us to new opportunities and availabilities we still must live life one day at a time. Do our best, give our best, be our best in each and every things that comes our way. Now, along the way there will be those who need our assistance, our hand, our help, be discerning to those who are looking to cheat you vs those in a true hurting way and then give as you can and see them to the next care center. Now before the others leave us behind let’s get this day rocking and rolling and get this climb underway. And in the process of all we are doing make sure to make this a most Happy, Happy for you and all that you come in contact this. May you have a most wonderful, sunshiny day in all you do and say.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
Blessing to those celebrating Holy Week this Week.
National Glazed Ham Day
Income Taxes Due (most years, it’s on the 15th)
Patriot’s Day
Rubber Eraser Day
That Sucks Day
Titanic Remembrance Day
World Art Day
Boston Marathon
Jackie Robinson Day
McDonald’s Day
National Education and Sharing Day
One Boston Day
Take a Wild Guess Day
National Occupational Health Nursing Week: 15-19
National Minority Health Month Link
National Multiple Birth Awareness Month Link
National Occupational Therapy Month
National Parkinson’s Awareness Month Link
National Pecan Month Link
National Pest Management Month
National Pet Month Link Link
National Poetry Month
National Rebuilding Month
National Safe Digging Month Link
National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month Link Note: Sarcoidosis Day is August 29Link
Nationally Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Month
National Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month Link
National Social Security Month
National Youth Sports Safety Month

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Dazzle Friday / 4-12-19

Dazzle Friday EveryOne
Razzle Dazzle folks, it’s time to get up and get it go, go, going. We have arrived at the most wonderful day of the week in my mind, yes folks it’s that amazing day we call FRIDAY. We have pushed we have pulled we have climbed and we have repelled and we have made it to the this marvelous day. Are you ready for the dash for the cash, are you ready to ride the rail all the way to the finish line? Or is your plan to sore high above on wings of flight and use the thermals to take you all the way to the end. So many folks things that Fridays are like a hazy lazy crazy day of summer in which you can lounge your way through the day. However it is anything but that, it is a day for giving all you’ve got, leaving nothing in the tank that could have given us an additional edge up to have finished at a higher level. It is about endurance, staying the course and seeing it through to the end. But the rewards are great for those who are dedicated to the end, and the party for the weekend is wet, wild and way fun. So we can start by tossing the hikers to the side and finding those sprinter and getting them laced up, and put away the staff and find a good visor or hat that will protect your head and face from the suns beat down, and have plenty of lotion to keep from getting burned as you run this days marathon sprint. Now, Oh wait a moment you want to know the them of the week, OK fair enough, the them has been different varieties of sweetcorn, yup the stuff that you eat, I can not wait for corn season cause it is so yummy. Now back to the wrap this up, you get it, no those that hurt, that need our help, that are lost and confused do not take vacations on Fridays and neither do we. So when we come upon them, we will take the time to stop, listen and help in whatever way we can and then see them to the nearest care center. Now, before this day gets away from us, let’s get it together and give it all we’ve got and be proud of all we have accomplished this whole week, and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy both today and all weekend long. Have a great and wonderful in all you do and experience.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Licorice Day
National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
Big Wind Day – this day blows me away!
Russian Cosmonaut Day
Walk on Your Wild Side Day
Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality Monument Day
D.E.A.R. Day (aka Drop Everything And Read)
International Day of Human Space Flight
International Day for Street Children
National Day of Silence
National Donate Life (Blue and Green) Day
National Day of Silence
National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day
National Teach Children to Save Day
Walk on Your Wild Side Day
Yuri’s Night

National Peach Cobbler Day – 13
International Plant Appreciation Day – 13
Scrabble Day – 13
Baby Massage Day – 13
Make Lunch Count Day – 13
Thomas Jefferson Day – 13

National Pecan Day – 14
Ex Spouse Day – 14
International Moment of Laughter Day – 14
Look up at the Sky Day – don’t you have anything better to do? – 14
National Dolphin Day – 14
Palm Sunday – date varies – 14
Reach as High as You Can Day – 14
Children with Alopecia Day – 14
Dictionary Day – 14
Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse – 14
National Gardening Day – 14
National Perfume Day – 14
Palm Sunday – 14
Pan American Day – 14
Pathologists’ Assistant Day – 14

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Cloud Nine Thursday / 4-11-19

Cloud Nine Thursday EveryOne
Hi-De-Ho there neighbors and friends, I hope you slept well and that you are ramped and ready to go. If not, hang on cause this is going to be a rock-n-roll kind of day. In either case, the day is going to come and it is going to move right along. There will be no time to just take the lazy route as the world will not be stopping just because we either want to take a nap or take it easy. This is the work horse day of the week and we will need to push through it in every way we can bringing together the things that are working and discarding the things that aren’t. We need to stay aware of what is happening around us and make decisions that will benefits not only you but those around you. We will need to keep pushing all the way through from beginning to end as we will need to come off this mountain and clear the tree line by the end of the day. So let’s get this started by pulling on those hikers and taking hold of that staff and let’s go find that starting line. Along the way we will come on those who are in a whole of hurt, we will take the time to stop, listen then help and see them to the nearest care center. Days like this will need our full attention, we will need to give it our full focus and make sure that whatever happens, we see it through to the end, whatever that may be. So let’s get this day on it’s way and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Cheese Fondue Day
Eight Track Tape Day – do you remember those?
Barbershop Quartet Day
National Submarine Day
Celebrate Teen Literature Day
International “Louie Louie” Day
National Pet Day
National Pie Day
National Teach Children To Save Day
World Parkinson’s Disease Day
National African American Women’s Fitness Month
National Autism Awareness Month
National Cancer Control Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
National Card and Letter Writing Month
National Decorating Month
National Exchange Club – Child Abuse Prevention Month
National DNA & Genomics & Stem Cell Education & Awareness Month
National Donate Life Month
National Facial Protection Month
National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month
National Garden Month
National Heartworm Awareness Month
National Humor Month
National Kite Month
National Knuckles Down Month
National Landscape Architecture Month
National Lawn Care Month
National Licorice Month

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More Vacation Planning & Pea and Nut Salad / 4-11-19

Ok so what’s up, how are you coming with that vacation planning? WHHAAAT you haven’t started? Really? Ok some of you have and I congratulate you for doing that. I can understand not having it done, let’s not get too ridiculous, but come-on-man,(or women) It’s almost Easter and May. Memorial Day is less than 40 days away, we have got some planning to do, so today we are gonna help by way of memory lane. So hold on and let’s get this going.
When was the last time you went Whale Watching? It’s been a while for us too, it’s a little pricey, but you can find coupons online and in the travel guide magazines (you know like Best Read Guide & Others). We prefer to take the drive to Provincetown and go out form there. Itis closer to George’s Banks were some of the best sightings are found. Besides P’Town (as it is referred to) has a lot of great shops, Pilgrim’s Monument and a ton of galleries. Then coming back you can visit Truro Vineyards, Chequessett Chocolate, Atlantic Spice Company, Highland Lighthouse, Nauset Lighthouse, and Three Sisters lighthouses.
Another Idea is plan an early evening flying kits on a nearby beach. I have some fantastic memories of my father going down to the beach after everyone else had left and teaching me how to fly a kite, He also took me out in a small row boat (a friend of ours boat) even though he gets sea sick the smaller the boat, and taught me how to fish. There are still plenty of spots to go and fish off a bridge or from the shore or even a jetty or two. Parents, be sure to have you license. I remember my folks taking the time to their time driving route 6A, doing small parts at a time. In Sandwich is the glass museum, the Baxter Grist Mill, great shops to stroll through and a glass blowers shop. There are new and used book stores to go into and look for new treasure to be enjoyed again. Then there is Barnstable, Yarmouth Port, Brewster, and finally Orleans. And another thing that is so great about being on the Cape in the summer is the Cape Cod Baseball league. So many great players has come through this league, you never know when the next great will come right from this league. Plan a night to see a game or two and make some new friends and new memories.
I will go over some other later on but this will give you some hints and some tips. Give you some planning ideas and get you out on the web looking at other possibilities. There is something for everyone, for all pocketbook sizes for all ages. Don’t think that the Cape is just a playground for the rich, there is plenty to do that cost little to nothing. Have fun planning and hope to see you soon right here on Old Cape Cod.
Small business report time, first up Cape Cod Creamery has finally arrived in Dennison 6A, across from the gazebo, east of Dennis Public Market and west of Cape Playhouse. Today Wednesday they had joined in with the free ice cream day and gave away free scoops. Sorry if you missed it but so YUM. They will officially open on Friday 4-12-19 and be open every day through Easter. Then go to weekends only through the middle of May then go full time every day after that for season. This is exciting yet dangerous news for me as they are now just minutes from my house. The South Yarmouth shop will open this coming Friday 4-12-19 for the season located on Route 28 across from South Yarmouth Evangelical Baptist Church. And please don’t forget their Hyannis location in the Christmas Tree Shop open year round. Go and get your fill and enjoy, now at 3 Cape Cod locations.
I have to say of all the ice cream shops on the Cape two tie for my top spot and each have their different appeal and our reasons, but both have award winning ice cream, and they are Cape Cod Creamery and Sundae Schools in Dennisport.
Speaking of Dennisport, for the second business report I am here to push the businesses along Rt 28, Buckies Biscotti, Red Nun Restaurant, Hot Diggity Dog, the Dennis Library, LaBelle’s General Store, Organic Market, Tint Gallery, Sodium, Faces, and I know there are more but forgive me if I missed your place. ATTENTION THESE BUSINESSES ARE STILL OPEN EVEN THOUGH THERE IS ROAD CONSTRUCTION GOING ON. This construction is scheduled to go on into May. These businesses need yours and my continued support. There is public parking behind the south side of the buildings, or you can park over in the Dollar Tree/Ocean Job Lots parking lot and walk up and down Main Street, It is not that far to walk. But please us the back roads to get there or around the construction, it is not that out of the way and will serve you well to bypass most of the RT 28 congestion. The reward, good food, good finds, and support of local business, and a whole lot of fun. This household just made it to Buckies on Wednesday, when was the last time you were there? You need to go and get your Easter cake, or cookies, or just some cannolis or her so ever delicious biscotti, (they come either straight or half dipped in chocolate) get there and take some goodness home with you, the construction takes care of the calories just an FYI. LOL.. Go and enjoy.
Hello my friends and welcome back. Can you believe that next week is Holy Week, Palm Sunday is this coming weekend and the big day Easter is the following. Remember folks if you want to come out to the lighthouse and watch the sun rise on Easter there will be several church groups having sunrise services both on the beach below us and a group up on the cliffs at the foot of the tower, all have said you are welcome to join them if you want. We are still looking for a few volunteers to help us put out the eggs and help monitor the events. Another reminder we will be having 6 age groups and areas, one for our tinnies up to 2, then a toddlers group up to kindergartners, K-5, 6-8, 9-12, then one group past high school this is for all you older kids from college to over aged kids. And it all kicks off early afternoon after church and we are all so praying no rain.
As far as what is going on here at the lighthouse, we are getting ready the weekend after Easter to kick off our weekend opening. From the weekend after Easter to Memorial Day we will be weekends, Saturdays 9-5 and Sundays 12-4, then Memorial Day to Labor Day will be daily, hours to come later. The weather has been really playing tricks with us, and this week we have seen another round of fog and misty rain and stuff that just is not a boatman’s friend. So we have been very busy making sure the beacon has been going strong and that when needed old foggy has been bellowed. Good things has been not to much traffic this time of year but come May 1st that will all change. Docks are going out already, and we have had a few requests for boat inspections. Please remember the boys with the coast guard and the local natural resource officers are the primary folks to do this, so check with them on when and wheres of boat inspections, I am only a volunteer. Any-who Have I covered it all for right now? I feel like I am missing something or not going over something. But I have rambled on enough and you have been patient enough to listen. Have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod and hope to see you soon.
As you know I am always looking for something unique and interesting. Now for starters I enjoy green vegetables, ok orange veggies, purple veggies, come to think about it I enjoy just about every kind of vegetable out there, with the exception of a few and I mean very few. The other thing I have been fortunate in is that my family has been wonderful about trying new things. So trying new recipes with different vegetables and combinations of vegetables and nuts and so forth has been a joy. And even now that the family is scattered they still every once in a while want one of Dad’s recipes when they come to visit. Watch this recipe as it has two parts, the salad and the dressing. It is easy to put together and gives a whole other spin on a vegetable that gets way to bad of a rap. Oh, one thing I do not enjoy at all is canned peas. Fresh or frozen is the way to go, other veggies are ok, but not peas, no, no,,, no way. Ok now on with the show, and hope you enjoy.

This week’s recipe: Pea and Nut Salad

1 pkg frozen tiny peas (10-oz pkg)
1 cup diced celery
1 cup chopped cashew or macadamia nuts
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions, with part of the green stems
1/4 cup crisp bacon pieces or bacon bits

Dressing
1/4 cup Italian salad dressing
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sour cream
freshly ground pepper to taste

Thaw peas. Combine all salad ingredients. Combine dressing ingredients and fold gently into salad mixture. Taste and correct seasoning. Chill thoroughly. Can be prepared ahead. Keep covered and chill no longer than 36 hours or nuts will soften.

Quickie Wednesday / 4-10-19

Quickie Wednesday EveryOne
Rise and Shine and give all the glory to the one who gives us the strength to make it through each day whether we feel like it or not. Holy Hippity Hops it that crazy Wabbit day were we go hopping over the top of the mountain and start heading down the back side. It is that day that once we step onto the plateau of this mole hill and plant the flag, that next moment over that half way mark we are closer to the finish line then we are to the starting line. Whatever you want to call this day is find with me, I just look forward to it knowing that by the end of today, our final destination will be closer at hand. The issues will be the first half of the day, when the climb up is full of boulders and sharp edges and the path is more for mountain goats than humans. We will need to be aware of the rattlesnakes that like to hide between the rocks and wait for prey to come to them. Let’s make sure we are not it’s prey this day. The other side of this mountain is more jungle like and although the paths are more defined and not as rocky. But the misty days make for a slippery slide that we will need to walk every step that we take, but with each careful step we will make it to our next camp site. Now doing this all will not happen without good footwear so let’s get those hikers on and take hold that staff and let’s make our way to the starting line. This is no different of a day than any other that we will come on those that need our help, and we will stop and listen and lend a hand in whatever way we can and see them to the nearest care center, do good and move on. But we also need to take care of ourselves, and that begins with getting this day started on the right foot and going out and making us a most Happy, Happy all day long, cause we know no one else is going to do it for us.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Cinnamon Crescent Day
Golfer’s Day
National Siblings Day
ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Day
National Bookmobile Day
National Farm Animals Day
Salvation Army Founder’s Day
Safety Pin Day
Holy Humor Month
Home Improvement Time (April-Sept.30)
Honor Society Awareness Month
Informed Women Month
International Customer Loyalty Month
International Guitar Month
International Twit Award Month
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Month
Jazz Appreciation Month
Keep America Beautiful Month
Library Snapshot Month
Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month
Month of the Military Child
Month of the Young Child
Move More In April

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