Grand Greetings / 4-30-18

Grand Greetings EveryOne
How do you do?! This fine feathered Monday morning. Last day of the mouth, last Monday of this month, last day of the first trimester of the year. Yes the weekend is through, done and gone and the beginning of the week is here and now. New journeys, new adventures and new opportunities now lay before us. So leave the crappy attitude under the bed and put on the sunshiny brightness that can fill a room with more smiles than blades of grass on a 1000 acre farm. The point is we can not wait for someone else to bring life to our week, we need to take the initiative and make it happen for us and those around us. It is contagious and it will spread and it will stop any nay sayers. So as we get this week going, let’s take the lead and put our smooch of sunshine on whatever we do and where ever we go an let’s make it fun fun fun. So let’s get those hikers out of the back of the closet and lace them up well. Grab hold the staff we put in the umbrella stand and let’s get this day going. One last thing, we will come upon those who are in dire straights and in a major hurting way. Be open to going and listening to them, hear them, and then help them in any way possible. We are one step, one paycheck, one breakdown from where they are at, and in the long run our kindness will not go unnoticed. Maybe not in this lifetime but it will be recognized. Now let’s get this show on the road and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day and all week long.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Oatmeal Cookie Day
National Raisin Day
Adopt A Shelter Pet Day
Animal Advocacy Day
Beltane
Bugs Bunny Day
Díá De Los Niños / Díá De Los Libros Day
Day of Vesak
Kiss of Hope Day
International Jazz Day
National Animal Advocacy Day
National Bubble Tea Day
National Honesty Day
National Military Brats Day
National Prepareathon Day
Spank Out Day – USA
Walpurgis Night

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Wicked Greetings / 4-27-18

Wicked Greetings EveryOne,
Wow, Wow, Wow, and waky, waky to a bright and beautiful Friday morning. That’s right the day we have all been working so hard to get to is finally here. But we need to work our way through the day, we need to give it all we’ve got before we can give it up at the end of the day. Party time does not begin will after the whistle blows and the work day has finished. We need to be sure all is wrapped up and finished with excellence and nothing is left undone or done with half an effort. We need to go into today with a wicked smile on our face and an attitude that will knock the sox (I know how it is spelled) of anyone and light a fire of positiveness in anyone who encounters you/us today. All efforts to do our very best will not go unrewarded in the long run and scheme of life. As we are off the mountain and out of the tree line, it is time to put the hikers away, but the staff down and pull out the sprinters and the visor, it is a day for being a minimalist as we need to go light on our load and have nothing weighing us down in any way. Now I am sure I need to remind anyone, but those in true need are still out there and still need our help. Be aware of those along the route we travel and be open to listen to them and what they need and help them in legitimate and real way we can. Make a difference in there life and ours and let’s see that they get to the next checkpoint. Now let’s get to line and give it all we’ve got and let’s go out of this week in a blaze of glory. The time is on for us to go and make this a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long.
Your Morning Comrade
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Prime Rib Day
Arbor Day
Babe Ruth Day
Day of Dialogue
Mantanzas Mule Day
Morse Code Day
National Day of Silence
National Devil Dog Cakes Day
National Little Pampered Dog Day
National Hairball Awareness Day
Tell a Story Day
Undiagnosed Children’s Awareness Day
Interstate Mullet Toss: 27-29
National Dream Hotline: 27-29
National & Global Youth Service Days: 27-29

National Blueberry Pie Day – 28
Biological Clock Day – 28
Brave Hearts Day – 28
International Table Top Day – 28
International Sculpture Day – 28
Bob Wills Day – 28
Eeyore’s Birthday Day – 28
National Dance Day – 28
National Go Birding Day – 28
National Herb Day – 28
National Pool Opening Day – 28
National Prepare-A-Thon Day – 28
National Rebuilding Day – 28
National Sense of Smell Day – 28
*National Superhero Day – 28
National Take Back Day – 28
Save The Frogs Day – 28
*Workers Memorial Day – 28
*World Day for Safety and Health at Work – 28
World Healing Day – 28
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day – 28
World Veterinary Day – 28

National Shrimp Scampi Day – 29
Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare – 29
Greenery Day – 29
International Dance Day – 29
Mother, Father Deaf Day – 29
National Pet Parent’s Day – 29
“Peace” Rose Day – 29
Pinhole Photography Day – 29
World Wish Day – 29
Zipper Day – 29
National Small Business Week: 29-5/5 Link

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Welcome Back / 4-26-18

Welcome Back EveryOne,
That’s right, I know many after the last few days have been ready to throw in the towel or go look for a rocking chair to wait out the rest of the week. But that is not how it works, the world does not stop to let us off or to let us on. We do not get to chose what days we will participate or not, this is a round the clock operation and when it is time to work we need to work and give it our best with all we’ve got. This morning we will be digging deep into our bag of tricks to get that attitude in full check and with a killer smile, you know the one that makes people just want to get on board with even some of the dumbest ideas on the planet earth in the past 200 years. Yup the one that just makes children giggle and laugh and old folks with they were young again. You’re getting the picture as we head into the workhorse day of the week. We need to put the Clydesdale mentality or Plow Horse drive on and give it all we’ve got today. Hikers again are the name of the game for the footwear and take that staff as you will need it as we traverse our way down off the mountain and past the tree line. We need to get all that is going on, headed in the right direction and working together like a well oiled machine. With all that going on we still need to be aware of anyone along the way that is in true need and be ready to stop, listen and lend a hand where one is willing to accept and see them to the next checkpoint with whatever you can do for them. When all is said and done may we share a blessing with them that will come back with unexpected positive returns. Now we need to get this train rolling and time to go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Wing Man
Steve Gimmi
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National Pretzel Day
Audubon Day
International Girls in Information & Telecommunication
Technologies Day
Hug An Australian Day
National Help A Horse Day
National Kids and Pets Day
Poem In Your Pocket Day
Richter Scale Day
Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day
World Intellectual Property Day
Fiddler’s Frolic: 26-29
Gathering of the Nations Powwow: 26-28

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Figuring Out Life on Cape Cod & Irish Cream CheeseCake / 4-25-18

To look back to the days of when I was vacationing here as a kid with my folks back in the 70s & 80s. Care free living and not a worry or concern in life except if I would take first chair again in band, if I would get the college classes I wanted. And what new girls would be in youth group or college and career Bible Study group. The days we all took for granted and only now wish we could run back to and bask in. Carefree days laying on the beach or our on the sail boat tacking up and down the shore line as if you were king of the high seas. At night I was able to run all over the place visiting friends and just hanging out and after 11 would run with the night patrol till 1 or 2 am or till shift change. They knew me and almost expected me to be our there and run with them. They also took care of me when I had a bit to much to drink and the chief was out and about. (thankfully that was only once, and that was once to many for me.) But I didn’t have to worry about a darn mortgage, or the credit card bills, or the utilities and food was readily available in the fridge. And we all could wait to move out and be on our own, what the heck were we thinking about. Where are those days? Never to be seen again, and now, who knows what is really going on or happening. We work day in and out so we can hop in our cars and drive to the beach for 2 hours a day during the week if we ever make it. And that round of golf eludes us like the lottery win we long so much for. On to be that kid again, with Mom and Dad just out of sight enough to have fun yet close enough to feel the love and comfort and cared for that we so long for today. Well, welcome to adulthood, it sucks for the most part, but we can’t avoid it, we can’t dodge it, but we can learn to adapt and whenever possible take those moments and times to just slip away and enjoy what we have all around us. May we who live here year round learn to appreciate what we call either came here for or staid here for and somehow figure out how to enjoy life here on old Cape Cod.
Business report; Well the wife and I were able to go to dinner tonight to a place we have not been to in many years, the Riverway Restaurant in South Yarmouth just west of the Bass River Bridge. We got in just under the early bird special time and they were still seating in the bar eating area. Have to say I had not eaten in that room, always has been in the formal dinning room. Have to tell you I liked it a lot better, it was a lot cozier and was really nice. The number of folks there grew as the time went on and was very eclectic, so you do not need to worry about being out of place. The food was very good, the wife had the Pot Roast and I had the Shrimp & Cod Casserole, this included a salad or soup at the beginning, came with a starch and mixed vegetables, and at the end dessert the grape nuts pudding and neither of us had an alcoholic beverage and all for just a smidge over 42.00 tip not included. Very nice and very good evening. The only problem is with so many good restaurants on the Cape I wish I was richer and could eat out more often at places like this. If you have not been in a while give the Riverway a try again, I think you will find it very likable.
I’m not sure if I am hearing a Screech Owl or if that is the old man trying to sing this morning. As I came up to the house all i could hear was our friend belting out a spring time toon as if he were along on a hill on the Emerald Island itself. And it was all coming from high in the light tower. As I walked into the tower and started the climb up the steps the singing stopped and we started our conversation. So how’s my friend this fine New England morning? He bellowed down the winding stairs as I climbed higher and higher. Finally coming to the top, it smelled of cleaning materials and the windows were all open as a light breeze blew though. He started to sing again, Oh What a Beautiful Morning, Oh what a beautiful day. And that it is he said. Can’t get much better of a day than this on Cape Cod now can you my young friend? ( He always refers to me as his young friend, still trying to figure that one out ). The weather I think has finally turned and we are finally on the warming trend. Take a look out that direction you can nearly see Monomoy and if you look up towards the north there have been a few pods of whales feeding and playing this morning. And if you look over there you can see the Pilgrims Monument. And they say there are a pod of Right Whales over in the bay that have been going between Plymouth and P’Town. If you ever get to see them they are a spectacular sight. I asked how the spring cleaning was going, he said, quite well and we will be ready for the big opening come Memorial Day. But don’t forget to remind the folks of the upcoming volunteer clean up day, just keep an eye on the bulletin board down at the general store. I looked puzzled at him and asked, I thought you had a website I asked. He’s said well that’s kept up by the office cadets and that more of the locals get the news when posted at the GS (general store) than you might think. Gotta have good weather and a quick response from anyone who can make it. Well my friend I’ve got to get back to work, You can spend as much time as you would like but I need to get back to the job at hand. Tell your reader folk I hope we see them soon and to have a great day especially if they can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
Now there are several kinds of boozy CheeseCakes but the one that seems to get the attention the most is the Irish Cream CheeseCake. Most of us think of the brand name, but let me tell you, use what you would drink, and if you wouldn’t drink it don’t use it. I have tried a couple different recipes including a no-bake and this recipe and another and this seems to be the favorite. There is another out there that is an Irish Cream and Whiskey Cheese Cake, but I have not tried that one yet. And the no-bake I tried was a little too chocolaty and did not have the smoothness that a baked cheesecake has. This is not that hard to do, so take a step out of your comfort zone and give it a try. I do not think you will be disappointed. Now on with the show, Remember this is not my recipe but one I found, and in more than one place so which came first the chicken or the egg, I don’t know just that I did not make this up. Now

This week’s recipe: Irish Cream CheeseCake

CRUST: (you can choice to do a ready make crust if you must)
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup sugar
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

FILLING
3 pkgs cream cheese, softened (8oz pkgs)
1 cup sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup Irish Cream liqueur
4 large eggs

TOPPING
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar

Make the crust first: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.In a small bowl, combine crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press crumb mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch Springform pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
Next the filling: Keep the oven temperature at 350 degrees. Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a food processor. Process for 10 to 20 seconds, or until smooth. Add sour cream and Irish cream liqueur, process for 5 to 10 second. Add eggs, one at a time, processing after each addition. Pour the filling over the crust. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until the edges are puffed and center is firm. Remove from oven and cool for about 10 minutes while you make the topping.
Finally making the topping: In a small bowl, whisk together sour cream and sugar. Spoon the topping over warm cheesecake and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Release the pan sides, slice and serve.

Happy Hump Day / 4-25-18

Happy Hump Day EveryOne.
Shut my mouth and see them bunnies hopping down the trail this morning. Can you believe it is Wednesday already, aka Hump Day, Halfway Day, No Return Day (like we had a choice or would even want to), and a host of other names. But the bottom line is that 1/2 way through today we will be 1/2 way through the week, and at the end of the day will be more than 1/2 way past our mountain peak. I know I preach this all the time, however it is a good practice that when we get to the peak of this mountain and plant our flag, we take the time to look back from where we started and see just how much progress we have made. Then turn and look forward to where we need to go and mentally map out our course and make any corrections we need to make our destination on time. Then don’t get to comfy there on the top that is not the final destination. We still have the rest of the day to get on down the back side of the mountain. This morning will be a steep and rugged climb, so hikers are definitely the order to take, along with some climbing gloves, ropes and other rock climbing equipment. We will need to be sure that our attitudes are on check at all times and be ready to lend a hand at any time. Speaking of which, we will come on those who are just down on their luck in every which way and then some. Even in the middle of a climb we need to be open to listening to their needs and offering whatever help we can to see them on their way if they are willing to take it. But if they turn their heads and or back on your offer, do not curse then, but give them a blessing and be on your way. Not all who are in great need want or are willing to accept our offer to help. So when all is said and done today, be open and willing not just for your co-workers or friends, but to all who willing to accept and leave all with a smile on the face and a knowledge that someone cares. Now time for us to get it so the line and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Zucchini Bread Day (some say the 24 others the 25)
Administrative Professionals Day or Secretary’s Day
Denim Day
DNA Day
East Meets West Day
Hairstylists Appreciation Day
Hug A Plumber Day or Plumbers Day
International Guide Dogs Day
International Marconi Day
International Noise Awareness Day
License Plates Day
National Mani-pedi Day
Malaria Awareness Day
Parental Alienation Day
Red Hat Society Day
World Penguin Day – (this is my day/ CCRockhopper get it CC = Cape Cod)
National Golf Day
International Mariachi Week: 25-31
National Tattoo Week: 25-30

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Hello / 4-24-18

Hello EverOne,
So we meet again, fancy that, and glad to see you made it through another Monday. I’m not sure why this week is starting out so sluggish, like I am walking through thick mud in waders, and trust me when I call that sluggish, well it really is. I’ve been here what raking for Quahogs (the larger clams used for making clam chowder or stuffies (stuffed claims). Can you tell I am hungry already, as the breakfast drink is not going as far it is usually does to get me going and the coffee is still on it’s way. WOW I think that going from late winter straight to early summer is just playing tricks on my mind and body. But as yesterday we have a job to do, and we need to do it to the best of our abilities. So somehow I have got to get it going and so do you, and the sun coming up through the trees just around the corner of the house across our street and dead into my eyes I have to say it NO–OT helping. But it does help to put a smile on the face and the doomy gloomy gray that has been lingering I am so hoping behind us. Much easier to get through the day with the sun shinning and warmer temperatures. But we still needs to work and pay the bills so let’s get it together and pull on the hikers, and grab our staff and head to the starting line. As we go, we need to keep ours eye and ears open for those hurting and in need. We need to be open to stopping and listening to their situation then lending a hand in anyway we can and seeing them to the next checkpoint. Now for us, time to get it ready, get set and go make us our own Happy, Happy all day long, cause no one else is going to make it for us.
Your Morning Coach f
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
National Sauvignon Blanc Day
Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day
New Kids on The Block Day
World Day for Animals in Laboratories
World Meningitis Da
National Scoop The Poop Week: 24-30
World Immunization Week: 24-30

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Morning / 4-23-18

Morning EveryOne,
So another day another nickel, another weekend behind us and another adventure and journey before us. A lot to take in on a Monday morning? I know the only one thing you wanted to do was sleep in and that was shot when the alarm went off earlier than your body wanted to get our of bed. And that’s nothing compared to your brain, who if anything like mine, is still in it’s fluffy place dead asleep or at least pretending to as the rest of my body is up and about. So now the objective is to get it together so that we can function through the day, a Monday to boot and do it not just half-behind-ed but clear minded, and with a killer positive attitude, (ok good luck with that combination this morning). But that is what is needed and that is what we will deliver on. So let’s get it together and get this day on the move. Hikers are call for the footwear the majority of the week and a good walking stick/staff is highly suggested. Now along the way we will come on those in great need, it is to us to take the time to stop and listen, and to lend a hand in anyway we can and see them to the next check point. Now it’s time to get this party on the move as we need to start our climb up this wonderful mountain. So let’s get it all together and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances
National Cherry Cheesecake Day
National Picnic Day
National English Muffin Day
National Zucchini Bread Day
Lover’s Day
Take a Chance Day
World Laboratory Day
English Language Day
Impossible Astronaut Day (Dr. Who)
National Lost Dog Awareness Day
Movie Theatre Day
Talk Like Shakespeare Day
World Book & Copyright Day
World Book Night
Administrative Assistants Week
National Karaoke Week
National Environmental Education Week: 23-29
National Playground Safety Week: 23-27

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How-do-you-do / 4-20-18

How-do-you-do EveryOne,
Shake rake rattle and roll that brain of yours out of it’s cushy cranial brain bed, it’s F-R-I-D-A-Y, that’s right it’s FRIIIIDAY. We don’t have not time to layin’ around like a lazy loafer, we have got our Friday racin’ goin’ on and we need to get it together and get with it, cause we don’t want to be stuck behind the sloths and ground crawlers of life when we want to get things accomplish, finished and put behind us before the weekend is officially starting. So first things first, get rid of them hikers, toss them to the back of the closet or better yet put them out on the back stoop, they will help repel the Coons and Skunks away with the smell that is emulating from inside. Second gently put the staff away cause we won’t need it on this stretch, trust me I ain’t about to go beatin’ any snakes I come across and most so if I see any snakes it will be motivation to run faster to the finish line. Next pull on them sprinters, cause ya gonna need something for them feet on the hot ground underfoot, and pull on a visor to keep the sun out of your eyes. but as far as much else it will only weight you down and get uncomfortable and in the way, just trust me on this one. Now we have one thing in mind today, ok 2, the first being to get what is out there on our plates done, not half heartedly but done well and to the best of our abilities. Half – well you know what comes after that – will only bit us in the – you know what come Monday in so many ways it ain’t funny. So don’t skimp, don’t cut corners and do as you would want it done for you. Second, this is no vacation from helping those who need help the most. We will keep ours eyes open and we will stop and listen, and lend a hand and see them to the next checkpoint. So let’s get our fancy together and get this day going, and give it like there is no tomorrow and let’s see where we can take this if not to the next level beyond what anyone expected. Now time to get it going and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long.
Your Morning Comrade
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Pineapple Upside-down Cake Day
Lima Bean Respect Day (hum, I’m not digging this)
Look Alike Day
Volunteer Recognition Day
Chinese Language Day
International Cli-Fi Day
National Cheddar Fries Day
National Pot Smokers Day
National Teach Children to Save Day
National Dance Week: 20-28
Global Youth Service Days: 20-22

National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day – 21
Husband Appreciation Day – 21 (Not My doing)
Kindergarten Day – 21 (Funny this is on a Saturday)
Auctioneers Day – 21
Bulldogs are Beautiful Day – 21
National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day – 21
National Surprise Drug Test Day – 21
National Yellow Bat Day – 21
Queen’s Birthday (real date) – 21
Record Store Day – 21
Spring Astonomy Day – 21
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW): 21-28
Money Smart Week: 21-28
National Park Week: 21-29

National Jelly Bean Day – 22
Earth Day – 22
Girl Scout Leaders Day – 22
Chemists Celebrate The Earth Day – 22
Global Selfie Earth Day (NASA) – 22
“In God We Trust Day” Day – 22 (coins)
Mother Earth Day – 22
Chemists Celebrate Earth Week: 22-28
Medical Laboratory Professionals Week:22-28
Administrative Professionals Week: 22-28
Air Quality Awareness Week: 22-28
Bedbug Awareness Week: 22-28
Fibroid Awareness Week: 22-28
International Dark Sky Week: 22-28
National Princess Week:22-28
National Infertility Awareness Week: 22-28
Preservation Week:22-28
Sky Awareness Week: 22-28

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Ahoy / 4-19-18

Ahoy EveryOne,
Thunderous Thursdays to you and hope you’re as happy as I am that we only have today and tomorrow, however I know it is a big disappointment to several of you out there who woke this morning thinking it was Friday, SURPRISE and welcome to a rude reality check, it’s only Thursday. Every now and then I get that devious devilish streak in me, Any who, welcome to another wild and wacky day in the life of us, yup, a day where journeys like to make weird turns and and sudden ups and downs. But where we all strive to stick together and see each other through to the end. So in the course of today don’t be surprised when you see a pink elephant with purple polka dots or a blue whoozal with green zebra strips. If you feel as if you are taking a roller coaster ride in a wind up car or a ballon ride where the ballon is in the shape of twisty animals. Thursdays are hard enough without taking weird rides on winds that smell like cherry pie or pineapple upside down cake, but we will make it through the trenches over the roots and ruts and down off the mountain and out past the tree line. Ya, it’s gonna be a long day but we are gonna make it. First things first through, even though we might be tripping and stumbling over things there tare folks in lots worse shape and in a world of hurt worse than we are. So don’t you dare walk by them, take the time to stop, listen to what their need is and then lend a hand in any way we can. So it’s time, we need to get those hikers on, grab hold of that staff and get to the line. We have a day to take on and we need to get it started. And while we are at it all let’s go make us the most Happy, Happy we have ever made before.
Your Morning Wing Man
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Rice Ball Day
Garlic Day
National Amaretto Day
National High Five Day
Bicycle Day
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Action Day
Get to Know Your Customers Day
John Parker Day
National Hanging Out Day
National Ask An Atheist Day
National D.A.R.E. Day
National Stress Awareness Day
Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day

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A Moment of Silence & Clam Bisque / 4-28-18

In light of all that has happed, especially today and over the last week, I am not going to say much but thank you to all of our own police men and women who serve our communities so well. Thank you to all those officers who came to pay their respects to our fallen hero. Thank you to all our public safety service employees who keep us safe every day. Yes they chose that line of work, but it is also a sacrifice of love that they do it. I am sure they could all have chosen a more safe job to do on a day in and day out bases. Until next week say thanks to all you meet, and say a prayer for each and every one and a moment of silence for all those who have fallen in the line of duty.

Business Report: I have not mentioned much about Chatham lately and not for any big reasons. Just that I have been spending my time more in Hyannis and Orleans direction then down in Chatham. Most of the places I have visited are right on Main Street from one end to the other. So unless otherwise Of course my favorite candy place is Chatham Candy Manor, they have the best truffles in my humble opinion of anywhere. Their chocolate raisin clusters both dark and white are out of this world and their chocolate caramels are to die for. there are more than just chocolates available and enough that everyone in the family can find something. Oh and did I mention the home made fudge. If you are a fudge lover they have fudge, fudge and more fudge. So while in Chatham do the Candy Manor. If you are a cook, you need to check out Gustare Oils & Vinegars, they are located towards the eastern end of Main St. on the right hand side going towards the light house. If you have not tried Gustare’s you have not had premium oils and vinegars. Once you have tried their products you will not want to go back to those store bought varieties at all. These are quality products that are worthy of being in the pickiest of cooks kitchens. Wonderful flavors, and more than you knew existed, and the things you can do with them will turn an ordinary kitchen and cook into an extraordinary home chief. You can also find them on line or in Mashpee Commons. Next for the fun of it is Ducks in the Window across from Wild Goose Tavern. If you like rubber duckies, they have them, in all sizes in all different kinds of outfits for anyone of any age for any occasion. And if you want something specially done for say a graduation, an anniversary party or even a wedding they can do it for you. Ducks are not just for kiddies they are for everyone. Last but not least if you want a good spot to eat for lunch or dinner the Chatham Squire is a wonderful, down home, reasonable place to get a good bit to eat. They have everything form local seafood to pub grub to good old New England specials. Good for a single at the bar to a family with all ages. Get to the Squire and enjoy a great lunch or dinner.
So I am on my way up to the light house, not sure what the weather is doing, warm yet damp and foggy and it’s in the middle of the day, rather eery if you ask me. I can see the beacon from the light tower already cutting through the fog while I still about a mile out. But I made it and it is even thicker out here. The warming air over the cooler waters is an interesting mix. Took me a while but I found the old guy, he was out along the ridge with his monocular scanning the water level where the fog was separating from the water. I called out to him and he motioned for me to come on out. I asked him what he was doing? He told me he was out of whale watch. I asked him in this stuff? He said ya, trying to get an idea of where these “babies” were so he could call it in to the center to warn the ships in the traffic lanes on the high seas. Trying to spot these beauties is tricky enough let alone in this pea soup, and personally the only thing I was like that is the pea soup in my bowl with crackers and a little catsup, (yup I’m one of them folks). Anyway, he went on; when a whale and a ship collide it’s not a good thing for either the whale or the ship but more so the whale and right now our numbers of Right Whales are dwindling quickly. So the more eyes the better chance these big ships can avoid them and we can save another whale. He went on, most people think the only thing I do around here is climb the tower occasionally to check on the light and check on the weather, and every once in a while take the rescue boat for a spin. They have not even scratched the surface of what we do around a light house and station. Sad but there aren’t many of us left and most of the closings have been based on that thinking and they are missing so much of the bigger picture. Oh well I better get off my lobster box before I say something not nice and they decide to do away with my job here. Not that it hasn’t been a topic over the years. I guess what I really want your readers to know this round is to become educated on the current state of the Atlantic Right Whales, and other whales in general. We are so blessed here on Cape Cod to be right off the Georges Bank which is a huge feeding ground for whales. And I am so blessed to be right off one of there travel lanes around the Cape. I get to see so many different kinds and just pray we can keep them around for our next generations to see and enjoy. So I need to get running my old friend, thank you for sharing something new for our readers. He shook my hand and reminded me that season is soon going to be upon us and they will be open every day, but from now till then they are open the weekends and there is a lot to see. And as usual he told me to tell you he hopes you all have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
This week I am picking a recipe that is a little different than the standard Chowder or Stew. The recipe is relatively easy and the only thing I would due different with it is tell you to use fresh clams whenever possible, just like your clam chowder and possibly my all time favorite Old Bay Seasoning. There is nothing out of the ordinary used when you are thinking of a clam based stew/chowder type dish. So if you like the clam chowders, seafood stews, and seafood gumbo, than this is the recipe for you. Now before I salivate all over the keyboard let’s get cooking:

This week’s recipe: Clam Bisque

2 slices diced bacon
1 1/2 Tbsp sliced onion
6 Tbsp butter
6 Tbsp flour
3 cans minced claims w/liquid
3 cups clam juice
paprika, salt, and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups light cream

Saute onions and bacon until golden. Stir in flour, Add liquid from clams. Add clam juice (you can do 2 -1 with white wine also) and seasonings and heat until slightly thickened. Add cream and clams. At this point chill if serving cold. Before serving, sprinkle with chopped parsley. If serving hot, add lump of butter. Sprinkle with paprika.