Dzień Dobry / Tuesday 10-31-17

Dzień Dobry
Wow, can you believe that this is the last day of October? Or are you more surprised that you just survived another Monday? Personally the end of October is a bigger surprise, that means just 2 months till the new year. But we can not worry about what is not here yet and we need to get much done before the little gremlins and cuties show up. So rock-n-roll that brain out of it’s bed and shake the cobwebs out from between the ears. You might have been able to shuffle your way through Monday but dust bunny bumping is not an option today. We have got to take this week into full control like a bull by the horns and steer this thing in a direction that is going to get us up this hill. So pull on the hikers and grab that pole, pull on the cap and get ready to go. Reports are we did not do badly yesterday with reaching out to those in real need, but we need to keep that up. And to those around us keep up the voice of hope, it is working whether you feel it or not. Now time to get this caravan rolling, and time to go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long any way we can.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Caramel Apple Day
National Candy Apple Day
Tick or Treat for UNICEF Dday
Halloween
Carve a Pumpkin Day
Increase Your Psychic Powers Day
Beggars’ Night
Books For Treats Day
Day of the Seven Billion
Girl Scout Founder’s Day
Halloween or All Hallows Eve
National Knock-Knock Jokes Day
National Magic Day
Samhain
World Cities Day

Primary sources of holidays but not exclusive of:
holidayinsights.com
brownielocks.com
foodimentry.com
thenibble.com

Guten Morgen / Monday 10-30-17

Guten Morgen
Time to rise and shine, it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood and we have so many things to do, places to and people to see. Life is not a given and another day given is a blessing, so use it to the max and take full advantage of what it has to give you. Yes it is a Monday morning and I have not lost my head, and I never been accused of having all my marbles in the same bag or have too many screws between the ears. But stop and think about it, we are not guaranteed anything, and life is too short to waste away either always in the Mondays blues or wallowing in a Monday murky stew. So time to Get Up, Get Back on your Feet, and it is only you that can do that for you. Now, there are many along the way in much worse situations than you, do not pass them by, stop and lend a hand in any way you can, even if only to lend an ear. And to those around you be alert, as we all need a steading hand from time to time, he ready to reach out and give it. So what’s the attire for this week? Mix weather reports, and depends what part of the country you are in, but since we are rising up into the mountains, hiking boots and a cap of some sort, the rest is up to you, and don’t forget that pole, there is more uses for it than just holding you up when you get tired. Now let’s get this caravan moving, and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Friend.
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Candy Corn Day
Buy A Doughnut Day
Mischief Night
Checklist Day
Create A Great Funeral Day
Devil’s Night or Mischief Night
Haunted Refrigerator Night
National Publicist Day
Speak Up For Service Day
World Audio Drama Day

Primary sources of holidays but not exclusive of:
holidayinsights.com
brownielocks.com
foodimentry.com
thenibble.com

Morru/ Friday 10-27-17

Morru
Happy greetings this wicked awesome Friday morning. Let the sunshine down and let us stand up and shout a word of praise. We are about to start this last and final day of this work week, Ok, ok I know several of you out there work on Saturdays or have unusual work schedules, but play along with the rest of us. Cause regardless it is a glorious day and we are going to be sprinting for the finish line. This is not a day to stay asleep, this is not a day to be lazy, this is not a day to sit around and do nothing. No, this is a day of celebration, a day to see victories, but that only comes when we cross the finish line. So put away the hikers, and lay down the staff, grab hold those sprinters and lace them up tight. Turn that cap round to a rally and point that nose it the direction of the end, then take your mark, get set, and remember that those who are hurting or are in desperate need of help don’t get a day off. And although this is a dash for the cash, a race to the base, a push for the ,,, oh you get it, and you know, we still stop and help regardless of the day. And to the rest around us we will be that cheerleader that encourages all the way to the end.
Now let’s get it going and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long.
Your Morning Cheerleader
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: Weekend Edition
National Potato Day
American Beer Day
Black Cat Day
Cranky Co-workers Day
Frankenstein Friday
International Bandanna Day
National Breadstix (Bread Sticks) Day
National Tell a Story Day
Navy Day
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

National Chocolate Day – 28
Wild Foods Day – 28
Champagne Day – 28
Make A Difference Day – 28
National Chocolate Day – 28
Pit Bull Awareness Day – 28
St. Jude’s Day – 28
Plush Animal Lover’s Day – 28

National Oatmeal Day – 29
Hermit Day – 29
Internet Day – 29
National Cat Day – 29
Reformation Sunday – 29
Visit A Cemetery Day – 29
World Psoriasis Day – 29
National Frankenstein Day – 29
Give Wildlife a Brake! Week: 29-11/4

Primary sources of holidays but not exclusive of:
holidayinsights.com
brownielocks.com
foodimentry.com
thenibble.com

Raphi/ Thursday 10-26-27

Raphi
What a day, what a day, oh what a day it is. Life is so good and the opportunities abound. Sometimes we have to go looking for them, sometimes they come to us unexplained or desired, and sometimes they just wait for another day. But any way we look at it we can not give up as the world does not wait for us or stop while we make up our minds. We have much to get done today, on this workhorse of a day. We need to get our behinds off this mountain and cleared of the tree line. We need to be sure the bulk of the work has been completed by the end of today and we need to be sure that it has been done correctly. We can not short change ourselves let along others we come in contact with today. So get your head pointed in the right direction and your game face on and let’s take this day with nothing being held back. Now let’s get them hikers pulled on and laced up and take hold of that staff like it’s for our life. And yes we are still keeping our eyes and ears open for anyone along the way who is in true need and needs out help. And to the rest round us may we be that beacon that gives them the direction they need. Now let’s get this day going, and let’s see just how far we can take it and make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Journeyman
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Mincemeat Day
National Pumpkin Day
Pretzel Day
Howl at The Moon Night
Intersex Awareness Day
Mule Day
National Day of The Deployed

Primary sources of holidays but not exclusive of:
holidayinsights.com
brownielocks.com
foodimentry.com
thenibble.com

Oh the Rain & Wind / Cold Oven Poundcake

Oh how the rain has come down, down down. I am not sure if I am becoming part fish or not or if somewhere along the dog walk route I am going to run into Noah building the Ark II. Which all of this comes along with a side order of gusty winds. After living here on the Cape now for about 5 years I see and hear of other parts of the country having high wind warnings, then hear that they are having 20-25 with gusts to 30mph. I can’t stop laughing as that’s a mild NorEaster or a fall leaf blower. And there is the sad part, we still have so many leaves on the trees and many on the west side of the ditch (Cape Cod Canal for those not familiar) were starting to change to being in full color bloom, while on the east side of the ditch we have spots but still not tons of color this year yet. This wind is going to just strip down the trees and there goes a big chance of much of a color palate this year. Even the gang of turkeys that were out and about earlier today took refuse by mid-day. But as tonight started to come, the winds died down and even one of the turkeys felt adventurous enough to find their way onto the roof of my home. They sound like a house sometimes prancing around, we were spared thankfully of a skylight full of turkey butt, trust me not a pretty sight. But they did not stay there long fortunately and off they went with their gang to wherever they were going to spend the night. When the weather up here is good it is very very good. But when it gets bad, well it can be a real pain in the neck. But I sit high enough that even 5 inches of rain in 24 hours is not much of a bother for me. Well so much for another day in the life of living on Cape Cod, each day is uniquely its own but so much worth the while. Even with the wind and rain these last couple of days I would not change it for anything. I hope the weather around you has been better, and I hope you are able to enjoy the changing of the season wherever you live. But what can I say but how lucky and blessed I am to be able enjoy it all, right here on old Cape Cod. Till next time, stay save and enjoy life and make plans to come visit us soon.
Small business report time, now this one I have reported on in the past, but as we go from second season to off season I like to try to remind us of those local places that stay open year round to serve those of us who call this place home 365 day a year. If you happen to go into these places please let them know where you were remind of them from so they know there are those that are supporting them like they support us. So with that, first up is,,,
The Local Scoop, located at 34 Route 6A, Orleans, also on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and at Thelocalscoopcapecod.com. Now what do they have: Create your own ice cream sundae masterpiece, then weigh and pay. COLD Options: Frozen Yogurt, Soft Serve, Homemade Ice Cream, Ice Cream Cakes & Cupcakes, Fresh Fruit Smoothies, Frappes, Organic Ice Cream / Vegan / Gluten Free / Sugar Free Options Abound, HOT Options: Dessert Crepes, Brownie Baked Alaska, Nutella Hot Chocolate, Melted Ice Cream Cocoa, Affogato, French Pressed Coffee & Tea. They do, birthday parties, they do wedding desserts and parties, they do office appreciations, they can do them in the shop or they can come to you. Their shop ours are wonderful Sunday – Thurs Noon – 9 and Fri-Sat Noon – 10. Folks this place is fun, fun, fun. And oh ya if you are having a church or social even invite them to come and be part of it.
Next is the Wellfleet Sea Salt Company. Now this is not a brick and mortar business, but you can find their products all over the Cape and you can order online. About them: Wellfleet Sea Salt Company was founded by two college students as a local producer of gourmet finishing salt harvested from seawater right here on Cape Cod. Our product is organic and contains less sodium than average table salt, making it a healthier choice. Our process uses sun evaporation in a new and eco-friendly way to create natural, mineral-rich salt. All salt is not created equally; because of the qualities of the water surrounding Cape Cod, our sea salt has a unique structure, color, and flavor that will give any meal a distinct Cape Cod taste. You can find our product in gourmet and specialty stores on Cape Cod, Chicago, and Saratoga Springs areas. It can also be ordered through our website, so take a look! This stuff is wicked good. Note website is being worked on, please contact them by facebook.
Last for this round is Fritz Glass located at 36 Upper County Rd, DennisPort, and online at http://www.fritzglass.com/. What can I say about Fritz, he is a wicked cool artist, glass blower, and has a creative edge to him that is beyond when it comes to anything may with glass. You will find him making, platters, vases, bowls, ornaments, and one of his specialties marbles and more. You can go to either his shop and buy things or go to the website and find were dealers that carry his works. Also you will find works by his wife June Raymond, as she is as She has shown her work across the country in group as well as solo shows. June’s work is in many collections including the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the University Art Museum at Tempe. The two of them emulate what the Cape has become known for as artist and have taken it to new levels. If you appreciate glass work check Fritz’s work and take something home for your own home or cottage or to give as a gift.
Hello my friends, Oh, this last week has been one of the most spectacular weeks of fall weather I have seen in a long time. Now if you don’t like warm days and cool nights, well this would not be your week. But for us long timers out here, having this is like a glass full of sunshine. Now the only trade off is that the evenings I have been doing some overtime with the beacon and fog horn. But, we have had some wicked good fun with the haunted forest and maze we have up for the kids and younger folk. Kind of fun seeing them jump when we start talking about all the ghosts of the ship recked souls that have unfinished business to deal with. We try to pass on those stories right before dusk sets in. Then the fun starts, he-he-he. Anyway, I have to say with these warmer temperatures have brought out a few more surfers and kite boarders then usual. Seeing them fly up and down the coast line at ridiculous speeds and doing them tricks makes my stomach do flip flops and my head hurt. But I will say it does look like they are having fun. I’m just hoping they not one of the next lost souls roaming the wooded areas up here, now that would spook me. And let me tell you have had plenty of spookings over the years, especially in the town, and up in the lamp room. Anyway I will save the stories for those who come and can site through them. Wouldn’t want to give all my secrets away now would I. Well, I need to fancy this place up before the next group comes in. Honestly we have had the kids coming in during the day on the field trips, we have have the tour buses and in the evening the kids from the social clubs and kids organizations and other that have all wanted to come and spend some time. It has almost been overwhelming but I will say I am enjoying it. Keeps me busy and keeps me young, or that’s what I tell myself. Well I think I best be moving along, and send this reporter on back to office so he can get some work done, either that or I am going to put him to work here, LOL. So ya’ll have a great week coming up, and watch out for the weather to turn a bit. But may you have a very best, in whatever your doing especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
Oh how I love these bundt/pound cakes, and the easier the better, this one even the kids might make it for you. It was my mother who invited me into her kitchen and allowed me to help. Whether it was to help prepare the green beans for canning, or allowing me to help make cookies to helping with making dinner outright. Over the years I have learned by the time we moved Marion, Ohio my mother because the June Cleaver of the mid-west for reasons I won’t go into, but got everything that my sisters should have gotten plus more. I also had the benefit of a father who was not afraid of the kitchen and loved to and at age 90 still enjoys cooking, (makes the best hamburgers still to this day). But both taught me to keep it simple, keep it fun, and don’t be afraid to try something new. Well this meets just about all the requirements. So if nothing else give this a try and have some fun with and I am betting it becomes a favorite. Now before I start eating the keyboard, let’s get this show on the road:

This week’s recipe: Cold Oven Poundcake
3 sticks butter
2 3/4 cups granulated sugar
6 eggs
3 3/4 cups sifted flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla (the real stuff please)

Cream butter and sugar; add eggs one at a time; add sifted dry ingredients, alternating with milk and flavoring. Beat 1 minute and pour into well-greased tube pan. Put cake into cold oven, then turn oven on to 325 degrees (in other words do NOT pre-heat oven) and bake for 1 1/2 hours or until knife (or tooth pic) inserted is clean then pulled out. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes to cool then remove to rack to finish cooling. When cool, put in air tight container. Let sit for at least 6 hrs, better if can allow to sit overnight. It is good on the first day, but hang on to day two, it only gets better. Serve with whipped cream, ice cream, or a nice drizzle. Then again, it might not last that long to add anything to it.

This is a reprint of my posting on http://www.capecodtoday.com/blogs/Rockhopper

Como estai/ Wednesday 10-25-17

Como estai
Hippity hop hop, hippity hop, hop, all the way up the trail and welcome to that wonderful ay we call hump day. Yup we are going to take this mountain by storm and ride the crest as long as we can. So, at 1/2 way through this day we will be half way through this week. So when you get to the top of this mountain I want you to take a few moments after you plant your flag and look back to where we started and note just how far we have gone so far this week. Some of us have already lost sight that we have made great strides to get where we are at. Then turn and map our direction off this mole hill, so you have an idea of just where we are headed, then get moving. The top of the mountain is not your final destination for today. We still have another half a days travel to get through so do not get comfortable up there, the thin air can play tricks on your brain. So we know what we need to do, now let’s get them hikers pulled on and strapped up, and take hold that staff. No doubt we will come on those in true need, be open to how we can help, and to those around us may we be a voice of strength to help get them through the day. Now is the time to get it going and make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
Punk for a Day Day
National Greasy Foods Day
World Pasta Day
Chucky, The Notorious Killer Doll Day
International Artists Day
Sourest Day
Unity Day
3 Months till Christmas Day
International Magic Week: 25-31
International Dyslexia Association Reading Week: 25-28

Primary sources of holidays but not exclusive of:
holidayinsights.com
brownielocks.com
foodimentry.com
thenibble.com

Buenos Días/Tuesday 10-24-17

Buenos Días
Cock-a-doodle doo, and hello to you, It’s a fine feathered morning when you can find your way out of bed and into the days routine. I know it is deadman’s Tuesday, I get it that many feel this is a nothing day, but everyday is a new day, and offers new adventures and potential unseen opportunities. So get your head out from under the covers and stop trying to lay a bad egg on Tuesday. This is an outrageously great day and we are not going to coward to the foxes that want to steal not only our eggs and take over our hen houses. So stop being so fowl, quit flapping your wings, and let’s give it our best all day long. Now, let’s get those hikers pulled on and laced up and take firm hold of that staff of yours and,, hold up one moment, don’t think that helping others was a one day event. There are hurting people out there that need our help, so keep an eye out for them and be ready to stop and help. And again to the rest around us, be open to supporting them in any way that we can. Now time to get this day on, and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Bologna Day
Feast of Good & Plenty
United Nationals Day
Food Day
World Development Information Day
Red Ribbon Week: 23-31
Disarmament Week: 24-30
Prescription Errors Education & Awareness Week: 24-31
World Origami Days: 24-11/11

Primary sources of holidays but not exclusive of:
holidayinsights.com
brownielocks.com
foodimentry.com
thenibble.com

Bom Dia/Monday 10-23-17

Bom Dia
Well another happy, happy weekend has come and gone and now start to a new journey, a new adventure and many new opportunities. So many want to moan and groan that the weekend is over and complain that we have to start something new, when I believe we get nowhere trying to change what we can’t and put off what might be the most exciting times of our lives. And we can not experience the next best greatest weekend if we continue to live in the past and never move on. So put away the droopy ears, the sad sack face and the dejected attitude. Open your eyes, and lift up your spirits and lets see what we can see and accomplish not only today but through this whole week. This is not a lazy mans game and the way may not always be the easiest but it will be worth the effort come the end of this tour. So pull on your hikers and take hold your staff and let’s get this trek underway. This weekend is however no different then the rest, we will come on those in true need and we have an obligation to stop and help in any way awe can. Also if we are called upon, if those around us just need a word or encouragement, we need to be there anyway we can be of help. Now let’s get it together and let’s get it going and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Friend.
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Mole Day
TV Talk Show Host Day
IPod Day
Lung Health Day
Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
National Boston Cream Pie Day
National Canning Day

Primary sources of holidays but not exclusive of:
holidayinsights.com
brownielocks.com
foodimentry.com
thenibble.com

Howdy: it’s Friday 10-20-17

Howdy EveryOne
And welcome to F-R-I-D-A-Y, yes I said it, Fri-day, we have arrived at the starting line to the last day of the normal/regular work week. Yes I know some of you still need to put in Saturday morning hours or some of you work flex weeks, but for the normal today is it. First things first, we need to ditch those hikers and put down that staff, grab the sprinters and lace them up well. Put on the rally cap and dawn the shades, and point that nose in the direction of the checkered flag. We have a race to run, and to finish strong. This is not a day we can lazily lumber through hoping that all will be ok if we just show up. Guess again ya’ll, this is a work day, a day that needs tended to, a day we still need to give our best, and a day we need to be sure we finish what we started way back on Mondays. So you have the sprinters and the cap, now its just time to get that positive attitude going and once that gun goes off kick it into high gear. Now just because it’s Friday does not mean hardships take a day off, so when we come on those in true need we will stop and help, and we will continue to encourage those around us all the way to the finish line. Now get that smile going and make sure you share it, and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long.
Your Morning Cheerleader
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: Weekend Edition
National Brandied Fruit Day
Mammography Day
Miss American Rose Day
National Pharmacy Buyer Day

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day – 21
Carmel Apple Day – 21
Babbling Day – 21
Count Your Buttons Day – 21
Sweetest Day – 21
Birth of the Bab – 21
Bridge Day – 21
Celebration of The Mind Day – 21
Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) Prevention Day – 21
Reptile Awareness Day – 21
Sweetest Day – 21

National Nut Day – 22
Mother-in-Law Day – 22
Caps Locks Day – 22
International Stuttering Awareness Day – 22
Kof Awareness Day – 22
Smart is Cool Day – 22
Xterra World Championships – 22
Kids Care Week: 22-28
National Chemistry Week: 22-28
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: 22-28
National Massage Therapy Week: 22-28
National Respiratory Care Week: 22-28
Pastoral Care Week: 22-28
Pro Bono Week: 22-28
Rodent Awareness Week: 22-28

Hellooooo: it’s Thursday 10-19-17

Helloooo EveryOne
Good Thursday morning to you, and I hope your week has been a good one so far. If not, let’s see what we can do to change that. If you answered yes, then what a day, what a day, what can we do to inspire those around us and get us going to get us through this day. Before any of you out there think that I am a morning person, let me tell you, I hate mornings, I would rather spend them in bed sleeping. There are some of you our there that love mornings and think they are God’s gift to mankind. While other of us know that the only reason morning was created for sometime to kick satan out of heaven. So some of us need help kick starting out mornings, we need a laugh, a yuck-yuck, something to put a smile on our face, or just know someone else is feeling our pain. So this Thursday morning as we prepare to hit the workhorse day of the week, let’s pull it together, good week so far or not, and pull on thinking caps. Check the bad attitudes at the door and put on a happy face. Now always easy when you know it’s going to be a hard day. But we need to do it. So get those hikers pulled on and laced up, take hold that staff and hold on tight, and let’s remember there are still those along the way that are in a serious hurting way and need whatever help we can offer. And there are still those right around us that need our support to get through this day, give it all you got. Now let’s crank this day up a notch and get all we can done with effort and pride and lets give it the best we can. Tis the time to stop talking and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Journeyman
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
Conflict Resolution Day
Hindu Diwali Day
Evaluate Your Life Day
Get to Know Your Customers Day
Get Smart About Credit Day
International Credit Union Day
LGBT Center Awareness Day
Read for The Record Day
Spirit Day
National Seafood Bisque Day