Magnificent Morning/ November – 30-17

Magnificent Morning EveryOne
Oh what a day what a day it is. Just look out through your minds eye and see all you can see this fine feathered morning. This is the blazon workhorse day of the week, when we make the most to climb over stumps and boulders and thrash our way through thistles and briar patches. We need to get off this mountain by the end of today and make sure we have cleared the tree line. We have places to go, People to see and thing to do. So don’t get any ideas that today is the day you choose to back it down a notch or two. We need all hands on deck today, all hands on the plow, all feet in the pot, it’s an all skate kind of day. There is no place to sit this one out, or go off looking for a rocking chair. Oh no, no-no, no, no, no, no, this is a rock-n-roll day were we need to go, go, go. But just because we have a major agenda today does not give us the ability to overlook those who are in serious need of a helping hand. We will keep our eyes open and we will stop and do what we can. And if any of our peers need a hand we will be there as well. Now let’s get them hikers pulled on and laced up and take hold that staff like there is no tomorrow. So let’s not dilly dally any further and let’s get this show on the road and as we go let’s go make this a most Happy, Happy all day long in everything we do.
Your Morning Journeyman
Steve Gimmi
ccrockhopper.com

Holidays & Observances:
National Mousse Day
Cities for Life Day
Computer Security Day
National Mason Jar Day
National Meth Awareness Day
Stay Home Because You’re Well Day

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

More General Cape Life & Clam Balls/ 11-29-17

Well, Im not sure if the weather if wonderful or not. I am just as happy that it has not been below freezing a lot, as my body after 3 back surgeries is not liking the cold that much. But it has almost been a bland fall so far and not much to talk about. So what are we hoping for, personally I would love to see a warmer than, till we get back to spring, except of course a little snow for Christmas than it can go away. To think I used to be a lover of that white stuff, and would love to love it again, but the older and I get and all that is going on, the body is overruling. In the meantime it has been good weather for my contractor to get the quirky stuff done that needs to be finished up. Then once the door gets here we can get that done and be on our way. It is amazing how much a storm door really does help keep the wind from blowing through and the cold from penetrating the old wood door. Life on the Cape is a wonderful thing, but I can easily see where some would not or could not put up with much of the quirkiness that comes with area and the rules and regulations of housing. It is certainly an interesting experience to say the least. I guess for now we pray for a little more bland weather so things can finish up ok, and that temps stay above freezing to I can get some claming in our season here in Dennis starts now. Yaa, been waiting for this since the end of May. Well, I hope you have been able to get your holiday decorations started so to enjoy them to their maximum. And I hope you can also find time to relax and enjoy all that the Cape has during this coming month. Please be sure to check out the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce web site to may of the towns listing and happenings. Well until next time be safe and have a great time doing whatever, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
Small business report, first up is a true home grown business from Eastham. If you are a bird lover this product is for you. They don’t have a shop, but their product is now sold in over 150 different store across the country. The product is called You Do it Suet. Find their story at https://youdoitsuet.com, then find where they can be purchased, sign up for their blog and get times and more. This is also a good use of recycling food that would normally be waste to putting to good use. You use products you already have in the house, pour into a You Do it Suet mold then help feed your local birds and end up with some wonderful views of birds you might only see at your neighbors down the street. Check it out and make it a family affair with You Do it Suet.
Second is a special owner/artist gallery called Faces Gallery right in the heart of Dennis Port, right across from Buckies Biscotti. You can also find her on line at http://www.facesgallery.com/. Best way sometimes is just give it to you as they have it about themselves. So from her websight: Faces is an artist owned and operated gallery and studio space located in Dennis Port, MA. With a desire to integrate art into the everyday, we celebrate the versatility of creative expression by featuring an array of visual and functional art from emerging voices within the Cape Cod based creative community. Our gallery is an approachable setting in which artist and audience are afforded an intimate experience and the opportunity to cultivate authentic connections. Most importantly, we provide a platform for a contemporary arts based initiative on Cape Cod in the hopes of facilitating their personal and creative growth. Sophia is a wonderful artist that loves to work with stone and wood both for just beauty and for functional art. She also has brought in a couple other local artist in other mediums to give a well rounded gallery with something for everyone. Take the time to check her website out and go visit the gallery and see what you can take home to brighten up your space with her stuff.
Third and final call has got to be food: During this off season is our time to check out some really special places check out their websites for hours and specials. I know several of these places do off season stuff just for us. First in Hyannis, if you have never been give the Naked Oyster a try. This place is really quaint and they have unbelievable food. Next is Black Cat, some of the best clam chowder around and still a great view of Hyannis Harbor, and if Asian cuisine is what is calling you then check out Dragon Lite Restaurant, the food is outstanding and the portions are huge and the prices are reasonable. Next is the Dennis’, There is Scargo Cafe, elegant and special and the food is nothing short of spectacular. If you are looking for just good pub grub you have two outstanding options, either the Lost Dog Pub near to the corner of 134 & 6A, or Jason’s Tavern in Patriot Square, Kelly’s on 134 near Rt 28 or The Red Nun in Dennis Port. And in Orleans you have one of the better Mexican grub pub & tequila bars total yum, also there is Land Ho, and Jailhouse Tavern, with Hog Island Brewery in the back.
I know there are more places then these but this is a start to give you something. Next week, maybe I can give some additional places in other towns around. What I am trying to remind you is that there are plenty of places to find great food at for all ranges of prices during this time of year. Check them out as you most you wont find a line and the time is extra special.
Well folks, it’s been a couple weeks since I have been able to take the time to talk to you personally. I am sure that young whipper snapper did a good job of telling you what the old man running around these Coast Guard grounds like a chicken with its head cut off was up to. But the the harvest decorations needed to come down and the fall festival decorations needed to go up. Yup a wreath for the general public to signify ever lasting peace and harmony, we have a nativity for those of the Christian faith, a really nice Menorah for Hanukkah, which by the way starts on December 2 this year, really early. And then we have something for Kwanzaa that always follows Christmas. And of course we could not leave out father time and that New Year Baby. And of course December 21 is the first day of winter. I do say I think we are prepared for just about everything, although I am sure there is someone out there who will find something we missed, like they just ate a bad mussel or clam. Anyway, speaking of bi-values for many around here, tis the season to get get busy and bringing in those bad boys. I hear it all the time from some of my coffee counter curmudgeons I commiserate with at the local caffein intake station, the only good bi-values are those taken from the colder waters of late fall, winter and early spring. Once those waters started to heat up it takes all the taste out of them things. Ha, what do they know, they cold I think has frozen their taste buds, these Cape waters never produce a bad clam. On well, I guess I should get off my soap box, ha, ha, sorry about that. Anyway, I hope you all get a chance to get and about during these holiday seasons and enjoy some of the local festivities and please be sure to stop by and see all that we have going on. Well. Ya’ll have a great week, and just keep the wind to your back, and the sand out of your eyes, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
This weeks recipe comes from another one of those local small organizations cookbooks from has stood the time for more that 35 years. You know the ones that everyone in the organization pitches in and shares a recipe or two or three from grandma to Aunt Suzy twice removed. Anyway, I would bet that if we hunt enough on the Internet we could find a close if not exact recipe claimed by at least a half dozen. So I say at this point as I have at the beginning of every year I take no credit in a recipe unless I specifically say so, and that is very rarely and that I am slow to do as I am sure someone else thought of it first and it just has not found it’s way out of Uncle Henry’s lock box.
With that we come to the last 5th Wednesday/Thursday in the year, and what better way to end it with a tried and true recipe for a wonderful finger food / appetizer. If you like claims you will like these, the recipe say it was taken from an old Ham Balls recipe. So you see playing with your food does pay off sometimes. These thing are great. Hope you and your guests enjoy. Now on with the show.

Recipe of the Week: Clam Balls

6 chopped hard boiled eggs
1 Tbsp Minced chives or onions
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup drained canned minced clams
1/4 cup mayonnaise (not sweet dressing)
2/3 cup chapped walnuts

Combine all ingredients, except nuts. Shape into small balls. Roll balls in nuts. Refrigerate. They say makes about 40, then again depends on the size of the balls. ( a variation on this is to substitute one 16 oz minced ham for the minced ham.) So you can have something for those who like clams and those who don’t.

As posted on CapeCodToday.com/blogchowder/ccrockhopper

Happy Hump Day/ November – 29-17

Happy Hump Day EveryOne
Time to get uppity up up, and maybe see Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965 British comedy), or some other wonderful wacky business going on around us (good movie too). Yes folks it is that awesome day we call hump day, when halvesies are the name of the game. when half the day is gone we should be on the top of this mountain planting our flag into the frozen ground. When you do, take the time to look around and enjoy the view. See how far we have come, then turn and mentally map out where we are going. Then get moving off the peak and down the back side, hopefully not on your back sides. But at this point the day will only be 1/2 finish so we need to keep moving. Be alert for those we come upon that are in true need and be ready to help in anyway we can. And to those close at hand be that shoulder they need to lean on to make it the next couple steps. Now pull them hikers and take hold that staff, we have a mountain we need to go conquer, and along the way make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
ccrockhopper.com

Holidays & Observances:
National Chocolates Day
National Lemon Creme Pie Day
National Rice Cake Day
Electronic Greetings Day: 29
International Day of Solidarity With The Palestinian People: 29
National Package Protection Day: 29 Link (Following Wednesday after Thanksgiving)
Square Dancing Day

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

Rise & Shine / November 28-17

Rise & Shine EveryOne
Good to see you have survived another start to a new week. I know you are saying barely but seriously the fact that you were able to get out of bed this morning, that you were able to open your eyes and see, that you were able to heat the birds, squirrels and other animals is a reason in itself to give thanks and praise and get that mind out of its bed this morning. So often we don’t acknowledge these simple little things and take them for granted. Don’t ! These are not, and there are many that would love to be able to experience these things. So as you are getting going this morning, give thanks, pull on the hikers and take hold of that staff. This is day two but there are always folks along the way that are in true hurting need in so many different ways, be ready to lend a hand. And may you be that beacon of hope to those around you are the situation arrises. Now let’s stops complaining about what we’d rather be doing right now and get moving onward up this mountain and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi
ccrockhopper.com

Holidays & Observances:
National French Toast Day
Make Your Own Head Day
Red Planet Day
Card Playing Day
Giving Tuesday
Rockerfeller Christmas Tree Lighting

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

Grand Greetings/ November 27-17

Grand Greetings EveryOne
Oh what a tryptophan Monday morning, are you still experiencing turkey hangover? Are you turkey leftover outed already? Well put that all behind you right now and let’s get our heads out of our mental pillows and get them into this week’s game. No football today, no races to be caught up in, and no hoops tournaments happening right now. What we need is our hikers pulled on and to take hold that staff. The game of life is that which is before us, the one that comes around and demands our participation, whether we are ready or not. So I’m not asking if your ready or not, I’m just giving your warning that it is here and it is not going to wait, so let’s get it together and get on board with what we need to do. We have a mountain to climb, and a journey to travel, let’s take full advantage of all our recourses and make the best of what lies ahead of us. While we climb, be sure to keep your eyes open to anyone who might be in true need, and be prepared in all situations to stop and do whatever we can to help. And to those traveling with us, be alert and ready to be that cheerleader that helps get them over, through or around any issues they may be having. Now time to move it on out and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
ccrockhopper.com

Holidays & Observances:
National Bavarian Cream Pie Day
Pins and Needles Day
Cider Monday
Cyber Monday
National Craft Jerky Day

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

Thanksgiving 17 & Cranberry-Orange Pound Cake / 11-23-17

Well, I have to admit this blog is getting done during the last hour of last day before Thanksgiving. The turkey is thawed (for the most part) in the refrigerator waiting to be taken out and cleaned then stuffed. Yup I’m a stuffing type guy, and I make a sage stuffing. I like my stuffing moist and full of turkey flavoring, I find that when I have attempted to do a dressing, it gets way to dried out and does not do as well in the left over category. The wife is doing her well known cheesy green bean casserole, we can never go back to the standard recipe as we all love her recipe to much. The cheese just takes it over the top. And pumpkin pie, that recipe comes comes from my mother and should better be called a spiced pumpkin pie. After you have had a piece of this pie, all other pumpkin pies seem as bland as flavorless cardboard, really. It is out of this world. So we will eat well then use the food saver to package up left overs to through in the freezer for dinners over the next couple of months. I could also talk about the breakfast rolls, football and the sales that start for us at midnight, but really? What is Thanksgiving all about, being thankful for unity that first year with those who had already come and moved in first. Thankful, for what we have, (then get slapped in the face with what we don’t on Black Friday and for just 14.95 you too can have it.) Much of the issues today that we have, stem from being ungrateful, unthankful, prideful, greedy, ill tempered and the list goes on. If we stopped with the attitude of having to keep up with the jones maybe we would find time to give thanks and look for ways to give back instead of finding ways to rip off or one up the next person in line. Thanksgiving for health, for what you have not what you don’t, for those around you who really do care about each one of us, and for being able to celebrate the good things in life and remember those who have gone before us. Thanksgiving, why we only do this once a year I’m not sure, maybe we should start considering doing every day as a thanksgiving day, finding something every morning to be grateful for before you get going. Then when you eat, give thats for what you are about to take in for substance, then when you get ready for bed, give thanks for three things that happened during the day. But it does not happen overnight, and you can only do it one day at a time. So let this be the day the week, that we stop looking so much inward and look out and give thanks for what we have and who we are with, instead of what we don’t. Give thanks first then go share that with someone else who might need some lifting up. Couple big praises and things to be thankful for, for me, I can walk, 2 years ago not sure that was going to be, thankful that I get to live here on Cape Cod. If you have grown up here you don’t get this one. But I have wanted to live here for so long and for the past 5 1/2 years has been such a blessing. and the list could go on and on. Now you take over and make your own list and make sure you share it with someone so that they can celebrate with you. May you have a great and wonderful Thanksgiving and days to follow especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.

I love going to fairs, festivals and arts and craft shows. I went to Cape Cod Tech Arts & Crafts show in Harwich, the turned around the following week and we did the Upper Cape Tech school Arts & Crafts show. At these shows you get to meet so many of our local artisans and crafters and the ideas for any holiday gifts just go through the roof. So I will give you three of some that caught my eye.

First up is Obsessed with Owls Woodcarving Studio, with carver Mark Madden. If you like owls or know of someone who does this guy is for you. Go to Obsessedwithowls.com, he has these wood carving that are, let’s facing are freaky realistic, beautiful, unbelievable craftsmanship. These works of art are some of the finest carvings I have ever seen, and anyone who enjoys owls would find it a privilege to own one of these owls. And he has then in all sizes and all prices, you can buy what he has or he will do a commissioned pieces. On his website he does keep up his events page as well so you can see where he will be next. He is out of Wareham, Ok so that is technically off Cape, but close enough for me with an artist this good.

Second up, Mah Jongg Remade, Hand Crafted Jewelry and Gifts made using Mah Jongg tiles of all sizes. This has got to be one of the more unusual crafters I am seen lately but they are really cleaver and all are very practical, from earings to necklaces to cuff links to other non wearing items. This stuff really stood out as something different from all the others. You will want to go to etsy.com/shop/mahjonggremade or at mahjonggremade.com. Want something unusual, something that will add color, something that most likely will not be duplicated anytime soon, check this one out. Oh ya they even have menorahs made from Maj Jongg tiles. And yes they find themselves out of their Mashpee Studios.

Third and final is called Brewster Tackle Co. find them at facebook.com/brestersackleco, out of, you guessed it Brewster. If you want a really neat piece of jewelry for that fishing partner of yours this is the place. they are shinny, unique, and look really nice. This is a gift that I think your loved one or special whoever will both get a kick out of but find it a conversation piece they can wear and enjoy. This stuff is fun, fun, fun.

I’ve heard that this old guy that keeps the guard station going and the light tower sparking and looking so good and seasonal is suppose to be in his 80s or older, I have a hard time believing this cause I’m seeing kids in there teens that can’t keep up with this fellow. Jumpin Jiminy Crickets this dude constantly full of energy, totally on the go and does not look as if he is going to slow down let a lone stop any time soon. He is a lot like my Dad who is 90 1/2 this month, been to Hawaii this year, going to Florida for his Grand-daughter in law’s graduation from University and to see his Grand-son and son-in-law in December, has speaking engagements set up, still teaching Sunday School at the church he attends, still does the cooking for him and his wife. Ok so what’s the difference between these two? Guess that’s why I like this guy so much, he is always on the go, does not believe in slowing down, tells me the day he does he might as well give up the ghost, cause life would not be worth living at that point. He enjoys seeing people smile and having a good time and he enjoys being part of that. The old only difference is this old seaman and my Dad, is this guy has just a little more gas in the tank than my Dad. But the minds are still as sharp as ever and have been blessed with wonderful lives. Our seaman, lighthouse keeper, station watchman, yup, story teller, grounds keeper, life guard, search and rescue team leader, and the list goes on. I’m still trying to discover what this dude doesn’t do? Ok I’ve seen him turn up his nose at edamame peas, and I can not repeat what his exact words were in mixed company. But as far as jobs, he does it all, and tells me he will continue to do as long as he can. He keeps running past me, either with some kids tagging behind or going the other way with ornaments or cookies in his hands. He keeps telling me he is coming, but I think he is having way to much fun entertaining the crowds, and me, well, there will be more quiet days coming up. So I will let keeper do his thing and catch him latter on. I am sure he would say, please come and see what is going on up here, even if the tower is not open, there is still things to see and do. Now have yourself a wonderful Thanksgiving, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.

Take a pound cake, do it in a bundt pan and I’m a sucker for it. Why, I don’t know, I just like the taste of a good pound cake and or bundt cake. My favorite is a Vanilla Nut Pound cake that the wife makes or a Pistachio cake. But after examining the cakes I have enjoyed over the years it is any good pound cake, fruit flavors, liquor inspired or some other good combination. This one that I have chosen is a straight up seasonal pound cake. I know it may be a little late to add to the Thanksgiving menu, but we have the month of December and even into January to make this one. The flavors just go well for this time of year. So before I start drooling on the keyboard let’s get this show on the road.

This week’s recipe: Cranberry-Orange Pound Cake

Cake:

2 3/4      cups     cake flour

1      tsp       baking powder

1/2      tsp       baking soda

1/2      tsp       salt

1      cup      sour cream

1      Tbsp    grated orange zest

1/4      cup      orange juice

1      tsp       vanilla extract

1      cup      unsalted butter, soften

2      cups    sugar

4      large    eggs

1      cup      dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350F. Generously grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan. In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk sour cream, orange zest, juice and vanilla. Beat butter and sugar together on medium speed in a bowl of a standing mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until blended. Reduce the speed to low and beat in 1/3 of the flour mixture, followed by half of the sour cream mixture. Repeat with another 1/3 of the flour mixture and the remaining sour cream mixture. Beat in the remaining flour mixture until just incorporated. Fold in dried cranberries. Pour the mixture into the prepared bundt cake pan and spread evenly. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for about 10 minutes before inverting on rack. Let cool completely.

      Orange Glaze

2      cups      powdered sugar

3 – 4      Tbsp      orange juice

To make the orange glaze ; whisk together powdered sugar and orange juice, a tablespoon at a time, until it becomes thick and smooth. Pour over cake.

Wicked Wonderful / Wednesday 11-22-17

Wicked Wonderful to you Everyone
That’s right folks, we are her, we are here, we are here, already we are here. This is the fast lane Friday on a wicked awesome Wednesday. Have have climbed the hill, we have crested the hill, now we dash for the cash off this hill. There is no more climbing this week, (ok relatives and out-laws excluded on that). But be aware, this is no picnic run, this is more like a steeplechase. We will have hurdles, pit hazards, change in surfaces and more. And guess what, we are still needing to keep our eyes open for those that need our hand and our time. This is no time to let down our guard and miss someone we can help, so stay alert and be ready. Now, I am trading out my hikers for sprinters, but be careful they are slick as snot on a wet muddy surface. But I want this to be a run like no other and may we give it all we’ve got and leave nothing on the table like there’s no tomorrow. Now with sprinters on, the cap in rally position, and nose pointed towards the finish line. Let’s focus like the prey of a lion, like there is nothing else to do but run unabated to the finish line so we can party hearty all tomorrow and all weekend long. Remember thanksgiving first, praise and gratitude in all you do, and a desire to do and give our best. Now let’s get this show on the road and make it glow, and make it grown and go have a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long and see you next Monday.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
ccrockhopper.com

Holidays & Observances: Holiday weekend edition (so it’s long)
National Cranberry Relish Day
National Cashew Day
National Jukebox Day
Tie One On Day
Go For a Ride Day
National Deal Week: 22-28

National Espresso Day – 23
Eat A Cranberry Day – 23
Doctor Who Day – 23
Fibonacci Day – 23
International Day To End Impunity – 23
International Image Consultant Day – 23
National Day of Mourning – 23
Thanksgiving Day – 23
Turkey-free Thanksgiving – 23
National Tie One On Day – 23

National Sardines Day – 24
Black Friday – 24
Brownielocks Day – 24
Buy Nothing Day: 24-25
Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day – 24
D.B. Cooper Day – 24
Flossing Day – 24
Fur Free Friday – 24
Maize Day – 24
National Day of Listening – 24
National Native American Heritage Day – 24
Random Acts of Kindness Friday – 24
Sinkie Day – 24
You’re Welcomegiving Day – 24

National Parfait Day – 25
National “Eat with a Friend” Day – 25
Blase’Day – 25
International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day – 25
International Hat Day – 25
International Aura Awareness Day – 25
Shopping Reminder Day – 25
World Day of Giving – 25
Small Business Saturday – 25

National Cake Day – 26

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

Terrific Tuesday / Tuesday 11-21-17

Terrific Tuesday EveryOne
The new Hump Day for this week as we only have 3 days and it’s done. Wow what a Monday, not exactly what I expected, many things I would not have chosen to happen or paths that would have been my first choice to travel. But it is what it is and is what was dealt us. So what did we learn, first not to stop and to keep going, next that through all things we can learn, maybe not for todays or tomorrows application but somewhere along life’s journey we will be able to persevere because of what we went through yesterday. And lastly the sun still comes up the next day, the world still is revolving and we are given another chance at things. Yup it’s the dawn of a new day right now, we get to make changes, take new directions, try a different path that gets you up and over and moving forward. Are you with me, the world is not stopping for anyone to get off so you might as well join the party. May we find that the road we have traveled makes us more aware of plight of many that feel helpless and are in true need and may we always be compelled to give back and help them in any way we can. Now let’s get them hikers pulled on and laced up, and take firm grip of the staff and let’s go take this mountain by storm and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances;
National Cranberry Day
National Gingerbread Cookie Day
Alascattalo Day (About Alaska & humor)
National Entrepreneurship Day
World Hello Day
World Television Day

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

Great Greetings / Monday 11-2-17

Great Greetings EveryOne
Wow can you believe it, the Monday of Thanksgiving week, so much to be thankful for and so little time. But let’s look at the obvious, it’s good to be alive and well. Ya, many of us have aches and pains, sniffles and snuffles, this or that, but we have life, most of us have family or friends, most of us reading this have a roof over out head, food in the refrigerator, and something to keep the chill off our skin. So let’s start this week on a positive note and give thanks for that we do have that is good and that does mean a job, even if it not the job you thought you would be at, at this time in your life. Let’s give thanks we can get our of bed this morning, let’s give thanks that we can see and hear the birds and squirrels, and let’s not forget the chipmunk. Now with all that, let’s get it going and make the best of a very short, short week for the office worker, (ok retail, not so short I get it, or service related worker.) Let’s put it into high gear right from the beginning and do whatever we can, with whatever we have to make sure we succeed this week. Time to pull on the hikers and take hold that staff, and let’s get ready to, hold on one moment, holidays season is when sometimes the hurting seem to hurt worse, please be aware of those and be prepared to stop and help in any way we can. Thanksgiving best starts with an attitude of gratitude and the willingness to give back, let it be that way this week where we have missed it in the past and may it be part of our lives everyday we are given breath to breath. Now, it is time to get this day on and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
Beaujolais Nouveau Day
Absurdity Day
Beautiful Day
Universal Children’s Day
African Industrialization Day
Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day aka G.O.H.A.R.D.
Name Your PC Day
Transgender Day of Remembrance

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

Fantastic Friday / Friday 11-17-17

Fantastic Friday EveryOne
Rise and Shine and let the sun-shine in. We are about to step out and up to the starting line that will take us to the finish line of this day and this week. Put away the hikers and staff they will only slow you down and pull on them sprinters and lace them up well, then put on that cap and turn it round to the rally position. This is not a day to go looking for the rocking chair or the lazy boy, this is not the day to think you can take off or just coast through. This is a day that we need to focus, focus, focus, we are not chasing the white rabbit, or looking to play croquet with the queen of hears, you know she will beat you every time anyway. Now I’m gonna say it right up front, just cause it’s Friday is no excuse to overlook those in true need. There are no days off when one is hurting in true need, so we don’t take them off either from helping in anyway we can. And be the cheerleader to all those around you to finish this race strong and finish well, pushing all the way through to the end. So are you ready? Are you set to get this day going and to the end. Then let’s rack them and stack them and go, go, go all the way to the end, and dag gone it let’s make this the most, the best ever Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long experience.
Your Morning Cheerleader
Steve Gimmi
ccrockhopper.com

Holidays & Observances:
National Baklava Day
Homemade Bread Day
Electronic Greeting Card Day – now who do you think created this day!?
Take A Hike Day
World Peace Day
National Unfriend Day
Petroleum Day
Substitute Educators Day
World Prematurity Awareness Day
American Sand Sculpting Competition: 17-26

National Apple Cider Day – 18
National Vichyssoise Day – 18
National Adoption Day – 18
Occult Day – 18
European Antibiotic Awareness Day – 18
Family Volunteer Day – 18
Guinness World Record Day – 18
International Games Day – 18
Married To A Scorpio Support Day – 18
Mickey Mouse Day – 18
National Princess Day – 18
Playmobil’s National Day of Play – 18
National Survivors of Suicide Day – 18
Push-button Phone Day – 18

National Macchiato Day – 19
Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day – 19
Have a Bad Day Day – 19 (I choose not to)
American Made Matters Day – 19
Crystal Skull World Day – 19
Do Dah Day (Pasadena) – 19
Equal Opportunity Day (aka Gettysburg Address Day) – 19
International Men’s Day – 19
Mother Goose Day – 19
Rabi’I – 19
Rocky and Bullwinkle Day – 19
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day – 19
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims – 19
World Philosophy Day – 19
World Toilet Day – 19
Better Conversation Week: 19-25
Church/State Separation Week: 19-25
GERD Awareness Week: 19-25
International Restorative Justice Week: 19-25
National Bible Week: 19-26
National Family Week: 19-25
National Farm-City Week: 19-23
National Game & Puzzle Week: 19-25

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