Oro Blanco Friday / 10-26-18

Oro Blanco Friday EveryOne
Oh Happy Day, and let the Sunshine in, I wanna dance all day, I wanna sing, I wanna boogie woogie all day long. Yes folks we have arrived, we have arrived, the door is open and we are stepping through to claim this Friday as our own. We have worked hard, we have given it all we could, and now there just stands the last 8 hours from another glorious weekend. So for starters let’s put those hikers away and pull out the sprinters. The staff goes back into the stand and the visor comes out and onto the head and time to start that last trek of the week to the line. But what about that theme of the week you ask? Well every one is a variety of grapefruit, yup that morning go, go pucker juice. So with that, let’s be reminded that we have taken this week one layer at a time and now we are looking at the final peel to get to the fun stuff. We need to put our best foot forward and do what we need to do to get the job done, but we need both quantity as well as quality and we will except nothing less than both. Just because today is Friday does not mean we get to turn a blind eye to those in need, they still are hurting and we still have the abilities to help even if in a still small way and see them to the next care station. So let’s get this day underway and go make us a most Happy, Happy not just for the day but for the whole weekend long.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances: Weekend Edition
National Mincemeat Day
National Pumpkin Day
National Pretzel Day
Frankenstein Friday
Howl at The Moon Night: 26 Link
International Bandanna Day: 26 Link (Last Friday)
Intersex Awareness Day: 26 Link
Mule Day: 26
National Breadstix (Bread Sticks) Day: 26 (Last Friday)
National Day of The Deployed: 26
National Pharmacy Buyer Day: 26
Sherlock Holmes Weekend: 26-28

National Potato Day – 27
American Beer Day – 27
Make a Difference Day – 27
National Tell a Story Day – in Scotland and the U.K. – 27
Navy Day – 27
Black Cat Day – 27
Cranky Co-workers Day – 27
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage – 27
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – 27
Pit Bull Awareness Day – 27

National Chocolate Day – 28
Wild Foods Day – 28
Plush Animal Lover’s Day – 28
Mother-In-Law Day – 28
Champagne Day – 28
Mother-in-Law Day – 28
St. Jude’s Day – 28
Reformation Sunday – 28
Visit A Cemetery Day – 28
Give Wildlife a Brake! Week: 28-11/3

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Duncan Thursday / 10-25-18

Duncan Thursday EveryOne
Wicked awesome greetings to you and welcome to a wild and crazy Thursday morning. The air is crisp, the leaves are at their peaks and the waters are no longer fit for human swimming. But the sun is out, the birds and singing and the squirrels are chirping, and oh yes the turkeys are dive bombing out of the treetops for some ground feeding. The neighborhood dogs are up and all talking to each other except mind who finds it all a bother to his ability for an early morning nap. Today is the day that we start to pull all those projects from going in so many difference directions and get them all heading to a common goal. We are coming down off this hill today and by the end will also have cleared the tree line. So it will be a grueling day but we have the knowledge and the abilities to get it done, so let’s get those hikers on and take hold that staff and make ourselves ready. Along the way we are going to come on those that are in deep need and hurting beyond their own abilities. We will stop, listen and help in whatever way that is, then see they get to the next care station for the proper long term recoupment. Now, the day is not getting any longer and the sun is not staying out as late as it has been, so let’s get it going and get to the line and time to go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Greasy Foods Day
World Pasta Day
2 Months Till Christmas
Punk for a Day Day
Chucky, The Notorious Killer Doll Day
International Artists Day
Read for The Record Day
Sourest Day
International Magic Week: 25-31

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Work at Home on the Cape & Pumpkin Cheesecake / 10-24-18

I’m not sure if it is the weather change or if I am just run down physically or what but I have been having the toughest time getting motivated this week. On time of it all it has been a full moon this week which does not help with long hours in the office. Some say that working out of ones own house is the ultimate, while it does have it’s advantages long hours in an office is still long hours in an office. Or my commute is like fifteen steps from my bed to my office chair and getting off the commute to the kitchen is about 20 steps. Usually when it is nice and I am working regular hours I have time after work to get out of the hours while there is still light shinning and I can enjoy seeing more than the 27 turkeys I had outside my office window the other day. I try to go out periodically and go meet the people that walk past the house everyday so I have more that just a passing face to identify with. I have several older folks (older than me that is) that do daily walks regardless of weather. I also have the dog walkers of all ages, and the funny thing is we know each others pets names than we do each others names. I know what time everyone leaves for work and what time they get home. I am the proverbial know it all of my neighborhood, but most don’t mind as I am the first to know if something is no fitting or appropriate going on, or if there are issues happening and I make sure everyone on our streets knows everyone else and we keep an eye on each other. This is what makes living on the Cape such a joy is having folks around me that are fun to be around and that want to know each other. This is what I like so much about living on the Cape. Parts of New England, and the east coast can be very cold when it comes to people, but the Cape has different and open and caring people. So although I get stuck in my office sometimes I can wave to my neighbors, I can see what is going on around me and I can at least go raid my refrigerator when I am hungry without having to spend extra at the local shop or worse not get out of the office and just go hungry. LOL. So I will snuggle in my blanket, and relax in my office chair and type away at my work. Regardless of how I feel, what the weather is like outside, who is on the road, I can be comfy during my work times then get out of the house as soon as I’m done and enjoy whatever the Cape has to offer that day.
I hope you have a neighborhood and friends like I do, regardless of where you live, and I hope you are not fighting the changing weather or seasonal bugs. But if you are able and live here on the Cape take advantage of any down time and get out and enjoy this wonderful place, even with the changes happening. And if you live off Cape, give the weekend a try and come on out and get a relaxing weekend in, enjoying harvests, festivals, farmers markets or just wondering from town to town in and out of shops, or a rail trail or nature hike. The Cape has so much to offer, so have a great and wonderful wherever you are but especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
So is the time for local business reports. It’s been a while since I have gone over some of the pie shops on the Cape. With the holidays quickly approaching I think it would be good to reiterate some of the great local pie shops and bake shops we have here on the Cape so if you are either not handy at making pies or you just don’t have the time you will know there is someplace close by that can help you out.
First up is Pie in the Sky in Woods Hole, find them online at http://www.piecoffee.com, on facebook and at 10 Water St. This shop is more than a pie shop, it’s a breakfast place, a lunch place and a coffee shop. They also carry a lot of other baked goods. Totally fun place to check out.
Second up is Centerville, find them online at http://www.centervillepies.com or on facebook or at 1671 Falmouth Rd. If you are anywhere from Hyannis to Mashpee this is the place you want to check out for your pies. They have fresh pies and frozen pies and take and bake pies. They have savory pies and well as standard fruit, cream and specialty pies. If you don’t see something, you can call them on a special order but I can assure you there will be no slice or crumb left of these pies if they even make it home. Check them out they have won awards and are wicked awesome.
Third, Marion’s Pie Shop in Chatham, find them online at http://www.marionspieshopofchatham.com or facebook or at 2022 Main St (also known as RT 28). They have outstanding savory pies as well as the standard fruit, cream, custard and specialty pies. Marion’s does more than just pies they do breakfast items and treats as they say as well as soups and sides. if your between Hyannis and Chatham check Marion’s Pie Shop out for all you holiday pie needs or any other time of the year pie needs. How can pass up a great piece of pie anytime, no one. Yumm.
Well have we seen the last of the warm weather? I know the winds have been howling round the tower the last few days and I have been feeling it in my bones and these old muscles. The Full Harvest Moon has been giving the skies an eerie look casting long shadows across the cliffs and shimmering off the water and waves. At times I have felt the presents of spirits long past wandering the shore lines looking for loved ones and to complete business unfinished. As a wisp of a cloud passes over the moon you can almost hear the creek of a ship silently slipping it’s was across a windless ocean only to look out and see nothing there. Are these waters haunted with the spirits of ships wrecks past, I really can’t say, I suppose anything is possible to those who have a vivid enough imagination and a willing mind. Just don’t too many of those who have been through the haunting woods trail, I have heard some strange tales already. We have been having some fantastic attendances these past couple of weekend. And really only this weekend and next left. I have heard roomers of rain, but I am holding my breath not, so we can have a great time for all who come. Well the time has come and gone and so must I, to tell the tales of sailors old and ships that pass in the night. Well you will have to come to the bonfire story time for more. Have a great and wonderful Halloween especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
Ok I am not one of these gotta have pumpkin in everything I eat or drink this time of year. I like pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread and an occasional piece of pumpkin cheesecake. Keep it out of my drinks, and I’m not one for pumpkin ice cream. pumpkin cookies I could take or leave but pumpkin custard can be enjoyed once or twice a season. So I do this recipe cause it’s the season, and I know some people just crave pumpkin this time of year. So this comes from a reliable source, another one of them church group pot luck cookbooks and so if this is your thing and just have not found a good recipe, please give this one a try and hope you enjoy. Now on with the show.

This week’s recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 8oz cream cheese softened
1 cup sugar
4 each eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla (real)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine crumbs, nuts, sugar and cinnamon, mix in butter. Pat mixture into bottom of a 9 inch springform pan
In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy, gradually add sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Mix in flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add pumpkin and vanilla, blending well. Pour into a prepared crust; Bake 10 minutes. Lower temperature to 325 degrees and bake 1 hour longer or until a cake tester comes out clean. Turn off oven.
Let cake stand in oven with door closed 20 minutes. Remove to wire rack and cool. Chill at least 2 hours before serving.

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Flame Wednesday / 10-24-18

Flame Wednesday EveryOne
Well we have come to that fun day that we need to turn up the flame and blaze this trail till the smoke can be seen all the way to the end to let them know we are coming. By mid-day we are going to be closer to the end than to the beginning and we are tearing it up so far and we are not gonna stop till we take it to the house. So get them bunny slippers off the feet and get them hikers on, and get hold that staff like it’s your only lifeline. There is no tip toeing through any tulip patches today, although I think there might be a few briar patches, just hoping brother bear is not bumbling his way through there to the bee hive for his honey fix. Now when we finally get to the to of the dirt hill you need to take the time to look back and note just how far we have come, then turn and mentally map out where we need to go, then get a go on it cause that ain’t the end of the day. Now along the was we will encounter those in a bad hurting way, it is to us to stop, listen and help in any way we can, then see them to the next care center. Now we need to collect ourselves, like there are pieces of us scattered all over the floor or something, and make our way to the starting line. Cause we is gonna go out and kick some behind and make us a most Happy, Happy along the way, all day long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Bologna Day
Feast of Good & Plenty
United Nations Day
Food Day
Unity Day
World Development Information Day
Disarmament Week: 24-30
Prescription Errors Education & Awareness Week: 24-31
World Origami Days: 24-11/11

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Rio Star Tuesday / 10-23-18

Rio Star Tuesday EveryOne
Well I see you arrived this morning so I am taking it that yesterday ended on a note. (Note I did not designate good, bad or indifferent, LOL). Now that you are here, WAKE UP, you look like a zombie, or someone or something looking for a Halloween party to got lost from. So get the red out of them eyes, put a comb or brush through the mop on the top of your head, get a nibblet of morsels to body going and let’s get our heads into the game. We have a journey to travel an odyssey to traverse and an appointment with destiny. But remember life is what you put into it what some challenges thrown in along the way to keep it interesting to help us grow. No I am not always a favor of most of those challenges but they are what they are. Now along the way we will come on those who’s challenges have gotten the better of them and they have been overtaken, we will take the time to stop, listen and help as we can and see them to the next care center. But for now, lets get those hikers pulled on and laced up, take hold that staff and let’s get to the starting line. This world does not stop or slow down to allow us to catch up to it. So let’s be sure we are there when we are suppose to and get it going on the right foot. There is just one thing left for use to really consider and do and that is let’s be sure to give it all we have in maying us a most Happy, Happy all day long cause no one is going to do it for us.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Boston Cream Pie Day
National Canning Day
National Mole Day
Tv Talk Show Host Day
IPod Day
Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
Red Ribbon Week: 23-31
Tackling Hunger Month
Talk About Medicines Month
Vegetarian Month
Wishbones for Pets Month (10/15 – 11/30)
Women Walking In Their Own Shoes Month
Workplace Politics Awareness Month
World Menopause Month

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White Marsh Monday / 10-22-18

White Marsh Monday EveryOne
Are you ready for a Monday? NO? Why not? If we don’t go through the week you . can’t have another awesome weekend or have a new shot at getting it right. So get that sleepy brain out of it’s bed and thinking and get those peepers up and scoping the way so we can get those feet shuffling in the right direction. Speaking of footwear let’s get those hikers pulled on and take hold that staff. Once we get moving today we do not want this train stopping if we can help it, Mondays for me are the hardest to have to restart if for some reason I get derailed or offtrack. Seems for some reason this time of year there are too many apple orchards just begging to be picked or a dear or wild turkey just asking to be my dinner. But work needs to be done and the tasks at hand are many, to keeping focused is what is needed and what we are to do. Be prepared when we come on those in great need to stop, listen and help in any way we can then see them to the next care center. Now before we doze back off to sleep, get waylaid in the kitchen or distracted from what we really need to be doing, let get to it and find that starting line and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Nut Day
Caps Locks Da
International Stuttering Awareness Day
Kof Awareness Day
National Nut Day
Smart is Cool Day
Freedom of Speech Week: 22-28
Organize Your Medical Information Month
Photographer Appreciation Month
Pizza Month
Polish American Heritage Month
Positive Attitude Month
Raptor Month
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
Right Brainers Rule! Month
Sausage Month
Self-Promotion Month
Spinach Lovers Month
Squirrel Awareness Month (this cracks me up)

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Fukuhara Friday / 10-19-18

Fukuhara Friday EveryOne
Wake Up, Wake Up, Wake Up, it’s time to get up in this morning. We have arrived on this wonderful day called Friday and we are going to chew it up and crank it out all day long will we are taking it to the house. Regardless of how the week has gone or what has happened we have arrived on this blessed Friday and we are gonna give it all we’ve got all day long so that the celebration at the end of the day is even sweeter than ever. Oh them for the week? What is it? Types of Oranges. Yup everyone of them. No we need to push those hikers to the back of the closet and put the staff down, we need sprinters and a good visor to get through this day. We are shooting the stars on this last run today, we what big numbers, quantity but we can not short on quality, cause if it ain’t good it ain’t worth a dime and the end is no closer than the beginning. So do your best in all you do and give nothing but all you’ve got to give. Let’s take that attitude of gratitude and make sure it is spread to everyone you come in contact with. From those at the front line to those who need the most help along the way that we need to stop and lend a hand too and then see to the next care station. We have so much to wrap up, so much to accomplish and we will be so proud of all we have done once we cross that finish line today. Now let’s get to the starting line, and get this day going and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy not just all day but all weekend long.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances: Weekend Edition
National Seafood Bisque Day
Evaluate Your Life Day
Mammography Day

National Brandied Fruit Day – 20
Sweetest Day – 20
Bridge Day – 20
Miss American Rose Day – 20
National Youth Conference Day – 20
INVICTUS Games: 20-27

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day – 21
Carmel Apple Day – 21
Babbling Day – 21
Count Your Buttons Day – 21
Birth of the Bab – 21
Celebration of The Mind Day – 21
Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) Prevention Day – 21
National Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day – 21
Reptile Awareness Day – 21
World Toy Camera Day – 21
Xterra World Championships – 21
Asexuality Week: 21-27
Freedom From Bullies Week: 21-27
Kids Care Week: 21-27
National Character Counts Week: 21-27
National Business Women’s Week: 21-27
National Chemistry Week: 21-27
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week:21-27
National Forest Products Week: 21-27
National Friends of Libraries Week:21-27
National Pharmacy Week: 21-27
National Save For Retirement Week: 21-27
National Teen Drivers Safety Week: 21-27
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: 21-27
National Massage Therapy Week: 21-27
National Respiratory Care Week: 21-27
Pastoral Care Week: 21-27
Pro Bono Week: 21-27
Rodent Awareness Week: 21-27

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Malta Morning / 10-18-18

Malta Morning EveryOne
Wing Dings and flying dongs we are on a roll through this week like nothing else. Well at least I did the second half of yesterday when I lost my footing and thing I rolled half way down the mountain finding every stump and root on my way. And if you if I’m all right, what do you think? I’m here, let’s just put it that way, and yes I am smiling and can laugh about it although that hurts. While we are thinking about it let’s get those hikers on and take hold that staff, that sucker saved me from even a worse fate. Anyway, now that we have our eyes open, and our feet on the ground let’s get get this day going. This is the work horse day of the week where we need to make sure everything is going in the right direction by the end of the day. Attitude is what really got me through yesterday and that same attitude of gratitude will get us through today. Put a smile on your face and a hip in your hop and let’s make the rest of the world around us wonder what we are so happy about. The sun may or may not be physically out where you are at but we can alway find the sun shinning in what we are doing and or how we convey it getting done and helping others to see it. When we come on those that are in a deep world of hurt, take the time to stop and listen and then help in any way we can then see them to the next care center. Now that we are at least up and moving and going let’s take full advantage of what is before us with what we have and go make us a most Happy, Happy in all we do and say.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Chocolate Cupcake Day
No Beard Day
Conflict Resolution Day
Get to Know Your Customers Day
Get Smart About Credit Day
Hard Boiled Guy/Girl Day
International Credit Union Day
International Necktie Day
Meatloaf Appreciation Day
Newpaper Comic Strip Appreciation Day
Spirit Day
World Menopause Day
National Sarcastic Awareness Month
National Seafood Month Link
National Spina Bifida Awareness Month
National Stamp Collecting Month
National Stop Bullying Month
National Substance Abuse Prevention Month Link
National Toilet Tank Repair Month Link
National Window Covering Safety Month Link
National Work and Family Month
National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month

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Life Continues on Cape Cod & Tuna Chowder / 10-17-18

The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are starting to fall and not come back to where we have been accustomed to having them. There is talk of frost on the pumpkin, for real, and the smell of leaves burning and fire pits and fire places going. You actually need a jacket going out and some would say a nice sweeter, but I’m not a sweeter person at this point in my life. I am finding that since my back surgeries the cooler air and changing barometer are not as kind to me as it once was and the impending winter season that I used to look forward to and not really bother me a bit, well that’s a story in change and I’m not even 60 yet. And now on top of it all I need to find someone new to get a flue liner into my chimney as the one I have is out of commission due to bad wood that I got. Someone did not care what they were giving their customer and just scooped up what was left sitting at the bottom of the pile in the mud in the standing water and I was the lucky son of a gun. Not only did I not get heat last year but the creosote is so thick I can not ever use the liner any longer. So I need to replace the liner, and the guy who put in the last one has raise his prices so much you would think I live in a house that was worth 7 figure or that I make a 6 figure salary. So I guess unless I can find someone quickly no firebox for me this year. Oh well. Life we think sometimes only happens to us, that others certainly don’t have these problems. And that is why I write, to share the frustrations of life sometimes so that someone else realizes they are not the only ones having issues or problems. And I am not here to complain about life but just share so that someone else can get encouragement that someone else is leaving to live with inconveniences that they would rather not. Life on the Cape is all paradise, right? Well, reality is, we still have to pay the mortgage, still pay the insurance bill, pay the taxes, put food on the table and put in 8-10 hours of work a day. We do get to see the sun set over the Cape Cod Bay or over Bass River (which is an inlet by the way) or Buzzards Bay. I know I have talked about this in the past and will continue to share living the dream here on the Cape, as some will boo hoo, folks that move here than realize it’s really no different than living any place else, we just have some extra perks, like high winds, hire cost in housing, favorite restaurants that are only open for 3-4 months and the list goes on. So why live here, why put up with the quirks and irritations. This time of year there are the sunsets, there is the seafood, there are the nature trails, there are whale sightings from the cliffs of Wellfleet and Truro, there are lighthouses to go visit, there are historical places that due things up for the holidays, there are strolls there are, tell me when to stop. And if you really do have to leave the Cape, within a couple hours drive there is Rhode Island, the Berkshires, New Hampshire and Vermont, Maine, Boston, Plymouth, and again the list goes on. So life on the Cape encompasses so much beautiful, nature, community, It has it’s faults, changing weather, being the biggest, and limited heat from limited sun angles. You need to be fairly hearty to really make through the winter, although todays Cape Codder is nothing compared to years gone by. But with endurance and patient’s and persistence you will be able to experience all that Cape Cod has to offer not just one season, but all seasons of the year. A flew that needs replaced seems so small to everything else. It will happen I am sure, I may be thin on wood and have to learn to like sweaters, but I will not lose my love for old Cape Cod. Hope to see you seen.
Small business report, I have a big one but it only has 4 more weekends, as they are a seasonal ( and I mean cranberry seasonal) business. That is Annies Crannies, find on line at http://www.anniescrannies.com, or on Scarsdale Road across from the Dennis House off Whig Street in Dennis. The gift shop will be open from 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sundays for the 5 weekends starting on Columbus Day weekend, October 6th. If you see Annie’s Crannies signs on 6A, we are open. They may not be the easiest to find but when you get there you know you are getting the real deal. They do, do a tour each day at 11 but please email Annie or call her to confirm the time. They also have a store where you will not buy cranberries anywhere else any fresher than what she is offering, cause she harvested them that day. She also has other products available and there is an online store that you can order her products from as well if you can get to the farm physically. So get to Dennis on 6A and find your way on Whig to Scarsdale Rd and across from the Dennis House look for the sign to Annies Crannies.
While in Dennis, you could do lunch or brunch at Scargo Cafe, super yummy, I love this place. Grace staff and even better food. Then wonder across the street to the Nancy’s Candy Shop and take some delicious chocolates to go. or visit the Pottery shop or if you need a good coffee or you are looking for breakfast or a lighter lunch there is the Underground Cafe located behind the Post Office. Take your time and drive up and down 6A and stop into so many fun shops from one end to the other. But please don’t stop in the middle of the road with other cars behind you trying to make up your mind where you want to go, pull into the parking lot and then decide.
Welcome one and all to one of several beacons in the night here on the Cape. Yes folks, as night time falls earlier and earlier the beacons along the coastline of Cape Cod becomes very important. Both fisherman/fisherwomen leaving early in the morning or coming back later afternoon need that site guide to help them find the opening of the ever shifting channels and tides, along with staying out far enough to avoid the seal population before making that turn into the harbor. We also support those freighters scooting off the coast of Cape Cod on their from Canada or Maine down to New York or Baltimore or even before turning east to head across to Europe or the Mediterranean Sea even though they use more GPS satellite guidance systems. And let’s not forget the cruise ships that come passing through the the Cape Cod Canal going both ways north and sough hitting all the tourist spots they use us as landmarks to stay on track along with the digital guidance systems they use. Anyway we are in great demand along with aircraft pilots using us, now again that is more smaller private planes but that is were all the airport beacons came from is from us lighthouse towers. Any way with the shifting and changing winds September through January have been some of the harder months for ships over the years for wrecks. So again our beacons and horns are most important. Now for a quick update on the Fall Harvest / Halloween festivities. This past weekend we were packed to the gills, what a fun time we had. Weather for the most part played our direction and we picked up many who after going to the Oyster festival stopped by our place on the way back. The maze was doing its wonderful job of confusing the heck out of people, the bond fire was going, and the hot cider, donuts and other goodies we barely had enough. And towards the end had a few reports of some haunting sightings. But I am not going to get into that as there are some skeptics out there and you will just have to come find out for yourself. So I hope to see you over the next couple weekends while it lasts. Well that’s about it for now, have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
Now as we are in a full on change of seasons this week, what better time to get the chowder pots going. This time of year one of the fish that run is tuna and from what I’ve heard it is as exciting if not more than catching a marlin or swordfish. But what is even more exciting is eating fresh tuna, regardless of how it is prepared, whether in sushi, or grilled or as we are going to see chowder. So get out the pots, check the list twice to be sure you have it all, I usually don’t like a lot of ingredients but it really is not as bad as it looks, and is evening easier to prepare. So get them chowder pots out and let’s get to it.

This week’s recipe: Tuna Chowder

4 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup diced potatoes
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp dill weed (dill not the other weed)
2 Tbsp flour
1 can stewed tomatoes (8 oz)
3 cups milk
1 can tuna, drained (6.5 oz) (or go fresh)
2 Tbsp minced parsley
1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese – shredded

Saute celery, onion, and potato in butter for about 15 minutes. Stir ion salt, pepper, herbs and flour. Add tomatoes, milk, tuna (cooked if you are using fresh and shredded) and parsley. Heat, stirring until chowder is thickened and comes to a boil. Stir in cheese. That’s it, nothing more to it, have fun, eat healthy, and eat well.

Vera Wednesday / 10-17-18

Vera Wednesday EveryOne
It is Vera, Vera good day cause we gonna top this mountain today. Call it hump-day, call it halfway day, call it whatever you want but what I know is when you pall over the crest of this dirt mound we will be closer to the finish line than back to the starting line. I always feel this is a major point in the week as I finally can begin to see the end of the tunnel and have hopes it’s not a freight train coming the other direction at me. The first half of the day is a hard climb but very rewarding then once on top don’t forget to take a moment to look back and see just how far we have come, Then turn map out the direction we want to take then pic up our stuff and get moving down the back side. While we are thinking about it let’s get those hikers pulled on and grab hold that staff. Now as we go higher, it’s not the squirrels we need to worry about but the mountain goats and cougars. Just be aware of your surroundings and be ready at all time. And remember the day is not done at the top of the mountain we still have another half day to go and down the back side. Now be ready, I am sure we will come on those in serious need, we will stop, listed, help, and see them to the next care station, do good and move on. Now let’s get to the line and go climbing, and while we do make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
ccrockhopper.com

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