Howdy / 12-29-17

Howdy EveryOne,
We have arrived folks to the starting line of our final leg to this weeks odessey. Unfortunately there is no trading out hiking shoes, there is no putting down the stick. We can turn the really cap round, we can remove whatever is binding us, but this boat is our vessel to the end. So take your seat and pick up that ore, we have a race to complete and we want to finish strong. We have taken this shorted long week and done well so far, but now is not the time to quit, stop, or even take a break. The waves are coming strong and hard, the channel opening poses shifting currents and the winds will try to push us back out to sea. So row hard and row with your crew like there is no tomorrow, and push till you reach the shore. And from what I have heard there is a party waiting that will last a weekend plus long, and might just take us into the new year. Remember, there are still those out there that are hurting, in true need, that need our help and we will stop to lend a hand and to help in anyway we can. We all need a helping hand from time to time and we all need to get to the end. So do not overlook these folks and be generous. Now, Now is the time, let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long and party harty, till the New Year dawns, but do it responsibly.
Your Morning Cheerleader
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: Weekend Holiday Edition
National “Get on the Scales” Day
National Pepper Pot Day
Tick Tock Day

National Bacon Day – 30
National Bicarbonate of Soda Day – 30
Baking Soda Day -30
Falling Needles Family Fest Day – 30
No Interruptions Day: – 30

National Vinegar Day – 31
Global Champagne Day – 31 Link (Note: US Champagne Bureau has another observance on Oct. 28)
First Nights – 31
Leap Second Time Adjustment Day – 31
Look On The Bright Side Day – 31
Make Up Your Mind Day – 31
New Years Eve – 31
New Year’s Eve Banished Words List – 31
New Year’s Dishonor List – 31
Universal Hour of Peace Day – 31
World Healing Day – 31
World Peace Meditation Day – 31

National Bloody Mary Day – 1/1/18
National Black Eyed Pea Day – 1/1/18
Apple Gifting Day – 1/1/18
Copyright Law Day – 1
Commitment Day – 1
Divorce Monday – 1 (First Monday of year which is when most feel that divorces are filed. )
Ellis Island Day – 1
Euro Day – 1
First Foot Day – 1
Global Family Day – 1
Mummer’s Parade – 1
National Hangover Day – 1
New Years Day – 1
New Year’s Dishonor List Day -1
Polar Bear Plunge or Swim Day – 1
Public Domain Day – 1
Rose Bowl Game – 1
Tournament of Roses Parade Day – 1
World Day of Peace – 1
Z Day – 1
Diet Resolution Week: 1-7
National Lose Weight/Feel Great Week: 1-8
New Year’s Resolutions Week: 1-8
Silent Record Week: 1-7

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Grand Greetings / 12-28-17

Grand Greetings EveryOne,
Tis the season to be jolly, so why all the doom and gloom this morning? You look as if the dog ate your pancakes and the cat peed in your coffee. What gives? We have had a wicked great start to the week. We are now over the half way point of the work week. We only have today and tomorrow to go, so open your eyes and see all that is good. Get your head our from under the pillow and pull your body out from under the covers. We have much to do, places to go and people to see or work with. Let’s turn that frown upside down and put on a sunshine face. We will get through this day by hook or by crook, and we will do it with a smile on our face. Now as we go through this day be on the lookout for those in true need and be ready to lend a hand in anyway we can at a moments notice. We are took blessed to turn a blind eye to those who are hurting and expect to continue to be blessed. Now with all that, get in the boat and pick up an ore, we have another leg of this adventure to experience and we need to give it our all. Now let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Journeyman
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Box of Chocolates Day 28 & 29
Card Playing Day – but not at work please
Asarah B’Tevet
Holy Innocents Day
Endangered Species Act Day
Pledge of Allegiance Day

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New Year / Winery, Brewery, Distillery Report 1st Q ’18 & Jewish Pound Cake 12-27-17

I hope your holiday spirits have been good this year, we have New Years to ring in then the winter’s cold fingers take it’s hold on us. If anyone has seen the weather report the best thing for us to do is once the First Night has pasted is to hibernate and not come out till it is Spring time. I love the Cape but I will say the older I get the more moving south this time of year. My body just does not like this bitter cold any more. I will leave our trees up till the weekend after New Years then take them down, I have done this for as long as I can remember and I think it comes from my folks doing this. Since my Dad being a pastor worked right through the holiday season, it was one last time to sit down after all had finished and just enjoy them. I know some wait for the celebration of the 3 Kings which takes place 12 days after Christmas or January 6th. So if you take it down the day after Christmas or wait, I hope you have had a joyous and blessed holiday. Let’s take the season of Peace and carry it into the new year and may we focus more on giving peace and being the peacemakers than always having to have our own way at any expense or anyones expense. Have a great and wonderful week and New Year and we will see you back here 2018 for another chapter in this thing we call the life of a Cape Cod Rockhopper. Until we meet again.
Well as I started with the 4th quarter of this year, I am posting the next quarter the week before it is here and not the week after it has started. We are going to give you time to prepare and make plans, not miss the first week do to slow reporting. So here we go and please check their web sights and or give them a call if you have any questions and hours of operations.
First up will be Truro Vineyards / South Hollow Spirits Distillery, located in North Truro on 6A or Shore Road. They report,
This is going to be our first year that we are staying open the entire Winter. Yup as in not closing, so during this off season and your looking for something to do, come visit us. Our Winter hours are going to be Friday & Saturday from 11-5 and Sunday from 12-5. We are still doing daily wine and spirit tastings for $10, serving wine by the glass for $8, and cocktails for $8. We have been doing spiked hot apple cider, and on on occasion, spiked hot chocolate. Both pair so well with the Amber rum.
We just recently released our new reserve rum, 2 special cask rums, on is a Red Port Rum the other a White Port Rum. Folks this is a limited run, hand crafted, and bottled release. If you did not get one or both for Christmas, or want to treat yourself with something special with the bonus you got (if you got one) or gift money you got, and you enjoy special rum this is what you want. Get up to the winery one of the weekends after the New Year and get one or both, it will be money well spent, if that is your glass of spirits. Thanks for a great year and look forward to another outstanding year. Thanks for being a part of it.
Second is Cape Cod Beer: Located on Phinneys Lane, just off 132 past Attucks Lane. First this is their winter break and Cape Cod Beer is closed between 12-24-17 and 1-1-18 reopening 1-2-18, but once they do reopen it will be business as usual, open daily from 10am-6pm Mon-Friday and Saturdays 11am-4pm. Tours are done daily at 11am while tastings are done during regular business hours. First Friday’s Concert Series gets back underway on January 5th with Super Soulshine then continues each first Friday of every month. Check the most current line up on their web site under under events. Next will be the ever fun Yappy Hour on 1-9-18 Join us monthly with your furry friend for a doggie social at the brewery, or if you dont have one of your own, borrow the neighbors and come join the fun. And coming January 25 Nox Atro Imperial Stout, being poured at the brewery until its gone, and when it’s gone, it’s gone. There is so much more, for February and March that space is just not enough to list all here. So check out the web site for more evens and beer releases coming during the winter 2018.
Last on the list is Cape Cod Winery located now at 4 Oxbow Rd in East Falmouth. Now a little warning when going to visit them, Oxbow is one way horseshoe road and the entrance is the east part. Turn north and follow round almost all the way, the entrance to the parking lot is before the building and if you get to the stop sign, ya went to far. We will be open by appointment January-March so please call if you are in the area and can schedule a wine tasting. Other than that we will be busy getting our wines ready for the 2018 season! Stay in touch by visiting their website at Check out the website and see what they have been up to, the line of wines is growing and it is fun to see this young couple really putting all they have into this business and giving it all they’ve got to make Cape Cod Winery a great name and brand. Call for an appointment or watch for when regular hours to resume come spring.
Welcome my friends, and I hope you had very pleasant and joyful Christmas. But that is now behind us and New Year’s Day is closing fast. WOW where has this year gone, it seems like just not that long ago that we were talking about summer season, then second season, than came along Halloween, and it just kept going. Anyway, this week I am taking to reflect on all the good that we have had going on here at the lighthouse. The numbers have been up, especially with the kids and that has been exciting to see. Also when we finally closed up the tower for the winter, the crowds did not stop coming and for the harvest maze and story time, Thanksgiving, fire pits and holiday decorations, it just has not let up. Speaking of which, we will keep the lights and decorations up through January 7th then we have got to take it all done and pack it up. I know some that are starting that job on January 2, but we put all that work into putting it up and so many have come to see it that we will leave it up through the next weekend. Last but not least for this week, good news so far that it has been a quiet week out on the waters, If you plan to do a little New Year’s eve cruising and watching some of our finest first hour fireworks around the Cape, please operate all craft, not just cars but any boats or what have you soberly. We want you all to come back and visit us in good health. Now since this is the last of this year, may I be the first to wish you a happy New Year, and many blessing and much prosperity in the coming year. Now believe it or not we have another group that has come in for a fire pit evening and enjoying the crystal clear evening sky gazing. Have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
Maybe I should have done this recipe the end of last month so it was posted for the Jewish holiday of Hanukah. But when I am looking for recipes, I just look for things that are good and maybe something others might like to try and that is easy to make. So regardless of what your background is, if you like a good pound cake then give this one of try, I have also seen a few cross referenced recipes that add semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks. I’m just giving the basic recipe and saying go to it and have fun with it and enjoy. Now on with the show,

Recipe of the week; Jewish Pound Cake

1 box white cake mix
1 box vanilla instant pudding (small box)
1 small container sour cream
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla (the real stuff please)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup black walnuts

M ix first six ingredients. In small bowl mix sugar and walnuts. Fold all but 2 Tablespoons into cake batter. Sprinkle sugar mixture on top and into bottom of pan. Pour into tube pan, on top of sugar mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes.

Happy Hump Day / 12-27-17

Happy Hump Day EveryOne,
Yup we are already here folks, so get your sleepy brains up and going. Shake off those dust bunny slippers and through another log on the fire, we have got some rowing to do today. The hump today is not a mountain peak but waves that rival that perfect storm. It’s a long way up but the ride down will be sweet. Remember as we go through today, take time to look around and see and hear the birds, see the sun and feel it’s warming raise, look around and realize you have a roof over your head. Yes our way is not easy, we have our own struggles to deal with, but we have it so much better than so many others. We are extremely blessed, and need to live that way and adjust our attitudes to reflect this. So as we come on those in true need, be ready to help, be ready to lend a hand, be ready to give what is needed and what you can, then move on. Always remember that the sum of many is greater than one and when we reach out and lend a hand we gain more strength to our team in numbers. Now pick up an ore and let’s get this day underway, and only you and I can make our day great, so let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Fruitcake Day
Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day
Free Balloon Day
Howdy Doody Day
Visit The Zoo Day

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Morning / 12-26-17

Morning EveryOne,
Welcome back my friends, the fun never end, but I hope you had a wonderful time off with family and friends. These next two weeks are the wackiest I think of the year, then again I could get use to a 4 day week. This week we need to concentrate on wrapping up the end of the year. Play time is over and we need to put the nose to the grind stone. I know this is suppose to be a up and at em post, a joyful, happy get along. But sometimes we need reality and to face what is before us and be reminded you are not alone in your what you are staring down this week. We are all in this together, we may not be in the same boat, but the we are on the same ocean and trying to reach the same destination. So let us cheer each other on and give support along the way. The seas are rough, but we will get though it. So keep your spirits up and your eyes looking forward to our goal, pick an ore and let’s row together, and we will get through this week. Along the way we will come on those that are in true need, we will take the time to offer whatever help we can, so be prepared for anything and everything. Now bundle up and pick up an ore and let’s get this journey underway, and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Candy Cane Day
Boxing Day – Canada, UK, Australia, NZ, SA
National Thank-you Note Day
National Whiner’s Day
Kwanzaa: 26-1/1

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Rise N Shine / 12-22-17

Rise N Shine EveryOne
Fantastic, funtastic Friday morning to you. What an awesome week we have had, and we are not going to stop, quit or take a brake until we have completed this journey at the end of today. It is time to toss those hikers to the back of the closet and grab hold those sprinters, pull them on and lace them up well as we have a dash to flash through to the finish line. Reminder, this is no pass to get out of helping those in true need along the way. We still will stop and help and we will give all we can. We will also be available to those around us who need a shoulder to lean on to get to the end. What a great week and we want to finish this strong. This is a holiday weekend we are coming into and we want to celebrate with nothing hanging over our heads or weighing us down. So give it you all, give it your best and let’s go like our feet are on fire. Remember Monday is Christmas as we want nothing to do with work if at all possible, and give our time to family and friends. Be alert and be ready and do you best in all that is given you. Now let’s get this day going so we can bring it to a close with a bang. Now is the time, now we need to get it going and go make us a most Happy, Happy not only just today but all weekend long, and have a very Merry Christmas.
Your Morning Cheerleader
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: Holiday weekend edition
National Date Nut Bread Day
Be A Lover of Silence Day

National Bake Day – 23
National Pfeffernuesse Day – 23
Festivus – 23
Human Light Celebration – 23
Roots Day – 23

National Egg Nog Day – 24
The Feast of Seven Fishes – 24
Christmas Eve – 24

National Pumpkin Pie Day – 25
National “Kiss the Cook” Day – 25
A’Phabet Day or No “L” Day – 25
Christmas – 25
Christmas Pudding Day – 25
It’s About Time Week: 25-31

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Happy Greetings / 12-21-17

Happy Greetings EveryOne,
Can you believe this week is almost over, and still so much to do, the biggest by far is getting off this mountain. Now, first things first, but on that happy face, make any frowns into clowns and chase the blues away. For you who are creepped out by clowns, you understand the need for this. This takes work, and it is not completely a solo act. Yes we each have our own projects that need to be attended to but the sum of many is the greater picture here that needs to fit together when we get to the end. So working together, is the name of the game throughout today more than any other, where as one benefits we all benefit to get the jobs done. Now let’s get them hikers on and take hold that staff and get this day going. While you do a quick reminder, there are those around that are in dire need of a hand, and we will give whatever hand we can to help. Remember we are all just one step away from being their shoes, don’t overlook them. Now is the time, let’s get this day on its way and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Journeyman
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National French Fried Shrimp Day
National Hamberg Day
Kiwi Fruit Day
Ann & Samantha Day
Celebrate Short Fiction Day
Crossword Puzzle Day
Forefathers Day
Free Shipping Day
Global Orgasm Day
Humbug Day
International Dalek Remembrance Day
Look on the Bright Side Day
National Flashlight Day
National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day
National Re-gifting Day
Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day
Short Girl Appreciation Day
World Peace Day/Winter Solstice
Winter (Winter Solstice) – 11:28 AM EST

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Christmas Scurry & Pepper N Herb Crusted Sirloin Roast / 12-21-17

Well its just a few days before Christmas and all through over the Cape, every creature was stirring, yes even the mouse. The stockings were still in the box needing to be gotten out, can’t forget to hang them lest Santa leave empty. The cookies are baking in the oven with care, while wrapping of every last present can be heard all about. Now Poppa was beginning to sweat as the gift he did order 4 weeks ago has not come yet, and wondering if anyone still has something so nice, let alone in the size that he needs. The I guess this story could go on and on but the truth of the matter is, he hadn’t quite started. So from Falmouth do I dare to get fitness stuff to Hyannis for hair things, to Chatham he flew, popping in and out of every Mom and Pop’s store. Looking all over he went town to town, From Chatham and chocolates to Orleans and Oysters, I’ll tell here I was looking for pearls and do I drive up to P’Town? Is anything open? Then over to Brewster for a bird house and bracelet, I better had stop for some coffee to go. Then over to Dennis, does anyone think the DPM would have something she’d like? Then through Yarmouth Port and into Fresh Pick, they always have something she’s been oggling at. Next stop to come up would be Barnstable town, theres a place i could stop for a blouse with cute buttons, then quick as a bee I buzzed the Kings Highway to get to East Sandwich for a specialty handblown glass heart or maybe a sun catcher either would be nice. Now swing it on back and one last stop to make, it’s got to be Mashpee Commons for something warm something nice. And before I head home that coffee in Brewster is now wearing off, so get me another from Cape Cod Coffee make it a nitro to go. So back to the house I go in a flurry, I don’t have much time to all of this wrapped. There is church in the morning, oh help us then again at night, and everyone else whats to open at least one before morning. So dash away, dash away, dash away all, I must get this home, wrapped and under the tree. I hope you and your’s has a blessed and joyous Christmas of all, and to all a most wicked wonderful this whole holiday season.
Business report for this week will start with Seasouled, handmade signs. Find them at, on facebook instagram and Etsy. Some really nice sign work for your home, cottage, over the garage, in the den or down at the dock. As you know I like to use their words, so with that: At Seasouled we have always had a passion for creating a sign that could nourish the soul or perhaps even remind you of that special moment. Our lives are filled with moments that we always want to remember and having a beautiful customized wooden sign can provide that reminder. Designed, painted, cut and sanded on Cape Cod using local resources. As Cape Codders, it is important to us to support the local community and provide a product that represents the Capes unique lifestyle. Custom orders are welcomed, or browse through our Popular Ideas tab to see what others have enjoyed. I ran into them at the Cape Cod Beer Merry Market. You can also check out there events and calendar to see where they will be or where you can buy their signs. Some really nice work
Second up and last for right now is the Underground Bakery, located in Dennis right behind the post office off 6A just east of Old Bass Rd. If you go behind the Post Office and see the gallery, go to the right of the gallery and down the steps, yep they are “Underground” in the basement. I have been advised they will be open everyday this week and next except Christmas Day. If you want something special for Christmas give them a call right away and get your order in, or what about for New Years day. They have wicked awesome baked goods, sandwiches and of course coffee. They do breads and wedding cakes or any kind of cake you want. Check them out at for more details.
With Christmas just around the corner if you have not gotten all your shopping done, get out there, stay away from the big box stores and support your local retailer. So many up and down Main St in Hyannis are open and waiting and ready to help you. In Mashpee, there is the Mashpee Commons, with Cape Cod Coffee for your coffee lover in the family, and Hot Diggity Dog if you need something for the pooch in your life, (ok they also have a few things for you cat lovers), and for the cook there is Gustare Oils & Vinegars. Folks if you have never tried specialty oils and vinegars, once you try these, you will never want to buy store bought again they are that good. And offer some real fun to cooking. They also have the main store in Chatham. Speaking of which, don’t forget Main St in Chatham and all their small shops and the Chatham Candy Manor, can we say yum. You get the point, there are tons of places open around the Cape year round. Do what you can to help them, make it through to another year.
So the big day is just a few away and the beginning of winter is upon us. The weather out here has been up and down over the last week then I can remember. But I’m still holding out and hoping that is nothing else maybe w will get something for at least Christmas Day. If you haven’t been out here to see the decoration around the life saving station and the big wreath on the lighthouse tower it will be up through New Years. We will start to take things down the weekend after New Years. Well I have to say me and the Mrs are having some of the family up for the holiday so it will be a busy place around here. I’m not going to keep you long as I am the primary gift wrapper, I need to get rest of them done before they start showing in. I hope you and your’s have a most joyous and blessed Christmas and if for some reason your traveling afterward have a very happy New Year. We are hoping to see you back here next year, both for some more tale and tails and stories and more. It’s been fun this year and I hope you have enjoyed the reports. I am sure the kid will be back here next week, to see how I survived, so for the rest of you, I will see you next week. Have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
We used to do turkey for Thanksgiving, then turkey for Christmas, pork for New Years and Ham for Easter. Well a couple years ago we decided to make a change and now I think it is here to stay. We have switched up Christmas to a Beef Roast, and if I can find at a good price a Sirloin or Top Sirloin Roast. For us the trick is to get it done without overcooking it but not undercooking it either (ok that is pretty hard to do for me.) I have done this recipe in the past and has turned out very tasty, it is not mine but Have gotten it from a couple different places. Don’t be scared of trying this, as there really is not much to the prep time and the key is just to watch your time and internal temperature. Remember a roast does not stop cooking once you take it out of the oven, So you will want it slightly undercooked to your liking when you take it out of the oven. Then as you let it sit and rest, the internal temperatures will continue to rise. So give this a try and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Now on with the show:

This week’s recipe: Pepper N Herb Crusted Sirloin Roast

3-4 pd Sirloin or Top Sirloin Roast
2 tsp sea salt (cape cod sea salt of course)
2 Tbsp cracked or coarsely ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 Tbsp rosemary, finally chopped, fresh is best
2 Tbsp parsley, finally chopped, fresh is best
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. While oven is preheating: Combine sea salt, pepper, minced garlic, rosemary, parsley, and olive oil. Rub the pepper and herb mixture all over the roast; place in a baking or roasting pan, fat side up. Roast for 30 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325 F. Continue cooking for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the roast registers about 130 F on an instant-read thermometer or temperature probe inserted into the center of the roast. This is for medium rare. For medium, take it out of the oven at about 140 F to 145. Remove the roast from oven, transfer to a platter or cutting board, cover loosely with foil (this is called tenting) and let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing. If you would like while roast is resting, make a gravy out of the pan drippings or an onion gravy.

Happy Hump Day / 12-20-17

Happy Hump Day EveryOne,
Can you believe it, can you believe, today at the half way mark we will be half way through the week and down to 5 days till Christmas. The rush is starting to set in that in just 12 days it will be a New Year and a whole new journey to travel. But we have to finish this year strong, we need to leave nothing on the table wishing we had this or that, or what ifs or what should have, or could have. No we need to leave no stone unturned and no job unfinished. So as we crest the peak of this mountain, give it an extra push and give it all you’ve got. The top is not the stop, but just the half way point. So take your quick glances and views of where we have come from and then where we need to go and then get moving, as our destination is down the back side of this ridge. Are you with me, ready or not it is coming, so let’s get them hikers pulled on and laced up and take hold that staff. This is no time for us to get self centered and egotistical about things, so keep your eyes open and your ears attentive to those along the way that need our help and be ready and willing to do so as needed. Now, now is the time get this train rolling and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy in all we do.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Sangria Day
Go Caroling Day
International Human Solidarity Day
Games Day
Mudd Day
National Sangria Day
Poet Laureat Day
World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

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Wowzers Bowzers / 12-19-17

Wowzers Bowzers EveryOne,
As much as yesterday was gray I think we are in for such a bright and sunny day today where I am at. Now if it is not where you are, then put on that smile and make it a bright and sunny day from the inside out. Either way we are going to have another great day. We have heard, we have soul, we have rhythm on the inside, rhythm on the street and the (wait a minute, that sounds relatively familiar? hum, google it folk the Rhythm of Life), any-who, we could go on with that song and just do it and that would work. But, let’s get down to what is real to us, here, now, today. We have a mountain before that needs conquered. We need to do it with an attitude of gratitude and aptitude. We need to remember to keep things light, take all with a grain of salt and remove ourselves from the social hysteria of condemning others and situations before we know the facts, then think twice. Remember we need to work together not against each other and together we will achieve great things. Now let’s get them hikers pulled on and take hold that staff and let’s prepare to get it underway. Don’t overlook those along the way that need our help, we will stop and offer whatever we can to lend them a hand. Now time to get moving and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Hard Candy Day
National Oatmeal Muffin Day
Look for an Evergreen Day

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