Champagne Monday / 12-31-18

Champagne Monday EveryOne
Rise and shine and get let’s get this day on the move. There is so much to get done today and to put a wrap on the 2018 year. I know it’s another lame duck Monday but that is no excuse to just sit by and allow it all to go to heck in a hand basket. We need to take a little pride in all that we have accomplished this year and put stamp of pride on it and finish it in a blaze of glory. You can rest tomorrow while watching the parades and football games. But today is a day for cranking it up and grinding it out. You choose the footwear, just be sure it’s got traction and can support your footing. We will take this day by storm, finish the year with a bang and stand proud of all that we have done, while giving us a firm foundation for starting off the new year. Now along the way we will continue to help those that need help and give aid to anyone who asks. Keep focused, keep pressing forward, and don’t stop will the song is sung. Now let’s get to the line and get ready to go, go, go and make us a most Happy, Happy all day long, and right into the new year.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances: New Years edition
National Champagne Day
National Vinegar Day
Make Up Your Mind Day
New Year’s Eve
Unlucky Day
First Nights
Leap Second Time Adjustment Day
Look On The Bright Side Day
New Year’s Eve Banished Words List
New Year’s Dishonor List
No Interruptions Day
Universal Hour of Peace Day
World Healing Day
World Peace Meditation Day

National Bloody Mary Day 1-1-19
National Black Eyed Pea Day 1-1-19
Apple Gifting Day 1-1-19
National Hangover Day 1-1-19
Copyright Law Day 1-1-19
Commitment Day 1-1-19
Ellis Island Day 1-1-19
Euro Day 1-1-19
First Foot Day 1-1-19
Global Family Day 1-1-19
Mummer’s Parade 1-1-19
New Years Day 1-1-19
New Year’s Dishonor List Day 1-1-19
Polar Bear Plunge or Swim Day 1-1-19
Public Domain Day 1-1-19
Rose Bowl Game 1-1-19
Tournament of Roses Parade Day 1-1-19
World Day of Peace 1-1-19
Z Day 1-1-19

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Little Drummer Boy Friday / 12-28-18

Little Drummer Boy Friday EveryOne
Well another day and another week and the beat goes on as we have been marching out way through this week. Sometimes we feel like a lone stranger in the midst of a crowded world looking just to make it to the end. It’s Friday alright, and the end is in the near distance, we just need to get from here to there to call it complete. In the way a vast dessert, half baked, full of pitfalls and hurdles doing anything they can to keep us from our appointed destination. We will however persevere and we will fight out way through this day and come out victorious. For such a short week it has been unbelievably long. But the we will continue to fight until the end. The cadence is beat all of its own but we are marching our way in whatever way we can to the end. So let’s get it together, do what we need to, set our course, and give it all we’ve got. Remember along the way we will come on those in deep need, be open to stoping and helping not cause we have to but because we really do give a darn. Now let’s get this day going to we can bring this week to a close. We have got one more crazy week to go like this and one more work day of the year. For now though just finish hard, finish strong and just do your job,,,, well. Now let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances: Weekend Edition
National Box of Chocolates Day
Card Playing Day
Asarah B’Tevet
Holy Innocents Day
Endangered Species Act Day
National Chocolate Day: 28 & 29
Pledge of Allegiance Day

National “Get on the Scales” Day – 29
National Pepper Pot Day – 29
Tick Tock Day – 29
YMCA Day – 29

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

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Three Kings Thursday / 12-27-18

Three Kings Thursday EveryOne
Ok so we are past the half way mark of the work week for those of us who are so privileged to be in the office this week. You get the point? I know that for many of us this is not the first place any of us want to be. But on the other hand I have to continue to remind myself that for those of us who have jobs there are many who don’t and even those who have less than desirable jobs, it is still a job and we are able to bring some resemblance of a paycheck home, no matter how great or small it may be. And remember those making much more are more likely to be that much greater in debt and merely fear loosing it all either in poor investment decisions or from other trying to steal it. So as we put in this week, don’t worry about what we are not getting, and trust me that is hard for me as well. But do your best at what you are doing and what comes, comes, change what you can, don’t worry about what you can’t and always do your best. And as corny as it sounds do unto other as you would want it done unto you. Yikes that sucks sometimes, cause I so want to knee jerk react to many things that go come my way. Oh well, life it full of turkeys but only we have the choice to either fly above them or mingle with them, and I’m going I’d rather be flying then ground pecking. So what is our doing today, do we continue to push forward and following the star, or just ignore possible opportunities and adventures and live status quo. The Three Kings got it, what about us. Time to go out and get it done today, be open to opportunities for ourselves and to help others and be ready to spread a little sunshine wherever we go and in whatever we do. Go have yourself a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Fruitcake Day
Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day
Free Balloon Day
Howdy Doody Day
Visit The Zoo Day ( I like this one )

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Cape Cod and Life Changes & Chocolate Rum Cheesecake / 12-26-18

So another calendar year coming to a completion and time to take account of the past year. What went good, what didn’t go so good, what things can we change what can’t we change and how can we deal with it. Everything from finances to work, from hobbies to housing. From social activities to relationships, even dietary habits to health issues. Things as little as what am I going to do differently to get to know my neighbors better and be a better neighbor to what can I do to give back to my church and be involved in their community events. Some if not most of us go through each change of year like it’s status quo the next day no different than the last, being satisfied to complain what we don’t have or what we wish was different and have not intent on changing anything to accomplish something new. We get so comfortable in our situations our habits our relationships when things need major changes and overhauls. Our homes fall to disrepair while we lazily lounge in our lazy-boys and think it will all fix itself. Hobbies that should be a second income that we have spend endless dollars on goes wasted away because we are too lazy to get up, turn off the boob-tube and engage our brain. How are we going to eat differently to help curb the weight, the sugar and salt intake and stop being lazy and finding excuses not to cook properly or even worse just go out to eat wasting money we really don’t have and not watching what our intake of quality food is. I could go on and on, but living here on the Cape there are so many opportunities to help us with these changes. I understand that some of the choices are dependent on health issues. I understand some are financially not accomplishable under the current circumstances, there are other things that block our abilities to make the changes we want or need. But we need to stop and figure out what we can change and make those changes, and what we can’t, let them go, but stop complaining about about what coulda-shoulda-wouldas when you can about most of the things wish you could or want to do. On the Cape we have wonderful trails to hike and bike, beaches to swim and places to help one get in shape. The Cape offers opportunities to display and show your crafts and artistic and hobby skills. The Cape offers farmers markets and local food stands coupled with places to fish and shellfish to provide healthier ways to eat. These are just some of the front line things we can do with not a lot of cost changes if any. Remember choices are not a forced ordered legal issues, they are not something we are mandated to do, but they are choices and those we have the abilities to do. Living on Cape Cod is a choice we choose, it is not forced on us. If it is not working then maybe we need to move, for some reading this it is the reverse you are living off Cape and have wanted to live here and need to make that a reality, that is choice. In the end regardless of whatever the issues are, all I am going to ask is what are you going to do about your situations.
The new year is upon us, these are not resolutions that so many make and then in 6 weeks forget about it. These are changes that mean something that you want to do and mean business with, they are thought out and written down then follow threw with. If you have not desire to see them through, then don’t put it down. Most of you reading this are adults, I get it, that it’s good to be a kid every now and then but let’s get real, if you don’t mean business than don’t put it down on your list. Seriously. So where does that leave us, and the Cape. Again the Cape has so much to offer to help us though many of our life issues, including taking care of our homes. As for help to get fix what needs fixed, what can you within your budget. Getting involved with your neighbors, your church, social clubs and groups, and community events with give your attitude a boost along with helping Cape Cod become more beautiful, and you will take more ownership of where you live. Those who do nothing have no right to complain about anything, but if you do and help, gives you much liberty to speak up on local changes. So are you ready? Are you set? Well ok many of them I am, but there are one or two that I need to do and they scare me. may mean even bigger changes in my life. But the Cape is where I want to be, where I want to live, where I want to enjoy the friends and neighbors I have here, The Cape is were I want to enjoy life better, so I will push to see even the changes which are the hardest come to reality and enhance my living and life here on Cape Cod. We have made so many memories that have helped us get to this point, but changes do we need to or can do to enjoy our time even more here on Cape Cod. I know this is not my typical blog, but sometimes what I am thinking, by sharing will encourage someone else to join me in making their own lives better, and live happier, especially if you are able to do it right here on old Cape Cod. Next week we will start a new journey in a new year and get back to what we do best, talk more Cape Cod and just the occasional life on the Cape and past memories. Until then, have a safe and happy New Year.
Business report of this week. Normally I do not report on “chain” stores or operations. But this time I am going to make a big exception. About 2 weeks ago the wife and i were in the Chick-fil-a restaurant here in Hyannis at the corner of RT 132 and Enterprise Rd. We had the opportunity to talk with one of the owners, or should I say as his badge indicated husband of the owner. What you may not know is this is not a corporate shop, this is a locally owned and operated franchise business. That means it is locals that own the shop not the parent company. It is locals that hire locals to work there, it is locals that give back to the Cape Cod community, it is locals that care about what goes on around their shop, in Hyannis and on the Cape. It is locals that are affected by our support or non-support of their shop. This is important to know as many locals, Cape born and breed, think that just because it is part of a bigger group, that it must be run by someone not associated with the Cape and this it needs band. If you do your research you may learn a few things take the time to get to know the owners and see their passion to help what is important to us here on Cape Cod and there goal is to be a thriving business supporting the local community and the local first responders and more. So please check out Chick-fil-a, they have a pretty good menu and give a break from the standard fast food burger and I have not been once that I have not had a good experience. And before you ask, no I am not paid to write this article, and not given any specialties from Chick-fil-a to do this write up or say a single word good or bad about them. This is my own doing as I do with every business write up I do. There has only been once that I was asked to go into a local restaurant and do a review, and I noted that right at the beginning of the article, but that was the only time. If I don’t believe in a business of any kind you just wont find it reported on here.
Anyway, as we go into January, the dark cold months here on the Cape, be sure if you are doing eateries to be sure they are open before you get all decked out and your mouth is watering greatly only to drive up to the door and ind out they are closed for 2 weeks to 2-3 months. We have many eateries however that do stay open and are great and wonderful local establishments. Take this time of year to get to know them without fighting the crowds and taking advantage of their off season specials they do just for us locals. And as you can get out and support our other local business that make this a wonderful place to live year round. Have a happy New Year and please if you are out, be responsible and watch out for the ammeter drunks. See you all next year.
Welcome back my friends, I hope you and yours had a most wonderful Christmas and many wishes to our friends celebrating Kwanzaa. From our radar Santa had no problems getting around even though most of our area had no snow, than again weather never seemed to bother Santa, except that one Christmas, and we all know what happened that year. In came Rudolph to save the night, but other than that I really don’t remember any other year since. And the even the high seas seemed to know it was Christmas and stayed calm the entire evening, which was pretty good since the full moon was just two days prior to. It was good to hear the bells toll across the highlands and open waters of church bells at midnight and know that this sacred observance is still being taken serious by many. For all the souls that have come and gone before us, on water, land and in the air, to know there is still a believe in the hope of this season. You know the lighthouse and the anchor are strong symbolic symbols of many faiths but particularly of Christendom. A beacon of hope, something to light the way before us when we are lost as those captains looking for the way along the rocky shores, or those pilots looking for those landmarks on the ground to lead the way across the land, to the anchor and security and holding fast especially in times of storminess and uncertainty. I hope that as we finish up this year that, I pray you have not needed our services, but if you have, whether on land or on the high seas, that our old grand lady of the light tower has been faithful to give you guidance and lead you to your destination. My wish is that as we finish this year on a high note safely and soundly. May all that needs to be done and the roads still to be traveled are safe and straight and may they lead you home to your loved ones. As this will be the last before the New Year please be wise and beware if you are out and about New Years eve. Now until then, Have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod, and look to see you in the new year.
Well for the last recipe of month, the year this had better be a pretty dog gone good recipe, well check i out, I think I outdid myself this time with this recipe. Total Yum from start to the finish. The only problem is I get the really really good ones too late for the holidays. But in the depths of winter we need something to cheer us and warm us up and this is just the think. Read through the ingredients before you get started on this one, hate for you to get into the middle and figure out you don’t have it all. Well have a great and wonderful New Year and look forward to a whole new set of recipes and new themes.. No on with the show:

This week’s recipe: Chocolate Rum Cheesecake

2 1/2 lbs cream cheese
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
pinch salt
2 oz cornstarch
5 each eggs
2 each egg yokes
4 oz dark rum
16 oz Hershey’s chocolate syrup ( 1 can)

Graham Cracker Crust:
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter melted

In mixer or food processor, combine cream cheese, sugar, salt, and cornstarch, scraping down sides of bowl well. Add in eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping down sides in 3 stages and again after all eggs and yokes are well mixed in. Add rum and syrup. Grease a 9 inch springform pan; line bottom only with graham cracker crust. Pour in batter and bake in water bath (water halfway up the side of the springform) at 300 degrees until center of cheesecake is firm to the touch, about 50-60 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

Silent Night Wednesday / 12-26-18

Silent Night Wednesday EveryOne
So Christmas has come but has it gone yet, while the business world has done the politically correct thing and cut the time off to the most minimum they can get away with. The almighty dollar more sacred than reason for the season. Wednesdays we are normally talking about climbing mountains, planting flags, crossing the divide and moving off the other side. I understand from the work world some of us are required to be at out stations, putting in the hours and expecting output. When in reality Silent Night Holy Night continues to ring softly in our some of our ears and Angles are still singing on high, only problem is no one is listening any more as our lives have become too busy for such a one in a lowly manager. So as those of us do our best to concentrate on what is required to complete a days work with respect may we continue to remember that the season is not ending but just starting. There is a reason for what we are doing, not for the corporate world but a much bigger picture. May the hope of an insignificant star many years ago ignite in us something more that just another religious ceremony or ritual. May it give us hope for the future, for what we do what we do, day in and day out, and may it give us a reason to go forward each day of the year. Have a great and wonderful in all you do today, remember to lend a hand to those less fortunate, and be ready to share a smile and some sunshine in all you do today.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Candy Cane Day
Boxing Day
National Thank-you Note Day
National Whiner’s Day
Kwanzaa: 26-1/1

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Merry Christmas Eve Monday / 12-24-18

Merry Christmas Eve Monday EveryOne
Well to all of us who are working or have work to do, I welcome you. Since we are up reading this we might as well get it together and get busy. This is going to be a short week, the weekend is over and we need to make the most of what is given us. So let’s keep those sprinters handy and get this on as today is nothing more than a dash for the cash. We need to do what we have to, to stay focused and get done as much as possible with quality. I know tomorrow is a big day, but we need to get through today So let the eggnog pour, may the yule log be tasty, and may the appetizers be as good as they look. But remember we still need to get the work done, the boss still want quantity but it has to be quality work. So concentrate in the midst of chaos and be the best that you can be. Remember we still need to help those along the way that are hurting, take the time to listen and see them to the next care center then move on. Although there is much merriment going on, well wishes and what nots, it is still up to us to go out there and make us a most Happy, Happy all day and all Christmas long.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Egg Nog Day
The Feast of Seven Fishes
National Chocolate Day
Christmas Eve

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

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Brandied Friday / 12-21-18

Brandied Friday EveryOne
Welcome Back my friends to a show that yes will finally come an end for this week at the end of today. So let’s get up and get moving and make the most of today. This is the last Friday before Christmas and we have a ton of work to get done and remembering that the next two weeks are short weeks, the end of the month, and the end of the year. So get those peepers opened and focused as we have got a run to get done, jobs to complete and tasks to tally up. Jingle Bells are sounding in the distance and we don’t want to be caught missing out on the eggnog and gingerbread cookies. We don’t have 12 days till Christmas so don’t thing you are getting any help from either the lords a leaping or the maids a milking, and my luck the 5 golden ring that I ordered are fake and already turning green in the box. So let’s go out of this week with a blaze of glory, wrap this package up with ribbon and a bow and do it with quality. Remember doing our work just to get by will bite us all in the behind, so do as if you were doing it for the highest cause. Now we can start this day off by tossing those hikers to the back of the closet and pulling out the the sprinters, and put that staff away and replace it with a visor. The sun will be hot the ground will be hard, and the run will be long so let’s get this day jelly rolling. Oh theme of this week? Styles of Fruitcake, and no they are not all bad as many would like you to think. Remember just cause it’s Friday is no excuse to close your eyes to those in need and disregard the hurting and those in need. We will stop, listen and help in whatever way we can and will see them to the next care center. Now I know many of you will be off Monday so may I wish you a very Merry Christmas. To those of you who are working, I will be here and we will see you them. Now let’s get this day going and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances: Weekend Edition
National French Fried Shrimp Day
National Kiwi Fruit Day
Crossword Puzzle Day
Forefather’s Day
Humbug Day
Look on the Bright Side Day
National Flashlight Day
Winter Solstice
Ann & Samantha Day
Celebrate Short Fiction Day
Global Orgasm Day
International Dalek Remembrance Day
National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day
Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day
Short Girl Appreciation Day
Underdog Day
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
World Peace Day/Winter Solstice
Yalda
Yule

National Date Nut Bread Day – 22
Be A Lover of Silence Day – 22

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

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Old Traditional Thursday / 12-20-18

Old Traditional Thursday EverOne
Sorry folks but the Silent Night is done and Morning Has Broken, so rise and shine and give some glory cause we are another day closer to the weekend. Yes folks it is all down hill from here on out but the path is wet and icy and treacherous. We have to get off this mountain and past the tree line today, the zip line is not usable, the catapult is not functioning and the Bobsled run is not close enough to get to. So we are on our own and we need to keep our heads down and our feet moving. There is so much going on today but we have got to keep it positive, and keep the sunshine beaming. But we are getting nowhere if we don’t get those hikers on and take hold that staff. I think I heard someone say that skies might me a better option today but there is more mud than that white stuff and mud boarding is not recommended. So what is our agenda today? To get all the massive projects we have going on headed in the right direction, Weed our what ones are doing well and feed them and the ones that are dying and cut them off. Make wise decisions that will set us up for a clean finish tomorrow and and be diligent in all you do. Now we are still on the alert for those in dire need along our path, and when we come to them, stop, listen, lend a hand, then see them to the next port of care, then move on, expect nothing, be humble and know you just did what needed done.
I know that many of you read some of these and go, he repeats the themes over and over, he says the same thing, really? Well I agree with you, I do, but we need continually reminded of the basics, we still have to get up every morning, we still have the same challenges, we still need the same reminders that what we are doing still needs done, is still important, and life still needs lived. Sounds boring? Life is sometimes, but it is also what we make it. So even though the game is still the same, life goes on and stuff still happens, we can all know that we are not the only ones experiencing issues in life.
Now we need to get this show going, so let’s get it to the line and go make us a most Happy, Happy as we know, no one else is going to do it for us.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Sangria Day
Go Caroling Day
Free Shipping Day
Games Day
International Human Solidarity Day
Mudd Day
National Re-gifting Day
National Sangria Day
Poet Laureat Day
World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

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Cape Cod Christmas & Lobster Bisque / 12-19-18

Well Christmas on the Cape, have you been to P’town to see all the lights and the lobster pot tree and Pilgrim Monument lights. What about Falmouth Village Green lights and Noska Lighthouse in Woods Hole. There is the Mashpee Rotary or what about the light display at Gardens Aglow @ Heritage Museum in Sandwich. Then there are all types of town display with lighted trees and other holiday decorations. Then there are the neighborhood displays, from the Yarmouths to Dennises, Orleans, and let’s not forget Chatham and Main Street. And I love to take the drive down 6A and see all that people have done to brighten the season with the decorations. I love my neighborhood, no one has overdone it to the point of annoyance but some very nicely decorated and lit homes. I just wish we could get a few more happening, but I am thinking we will as we get more younger families moving back into the area. We are a unique area in that we have about 80-85 percent year rounders and no I am not in Hyannis. But when this time of the year can start to become depressing and boring, being able to see all that is going on and the light that is still here on the Cape is exciting to see and be apart of. I just wish we had another good holiday that this all happened between now and St Patricks Day.
Well I hope that the season has more meaning to you then just company parties, friends and family gatherings and seeing what you are going to get under that tree. I hope that this season is more than eggnog and brandy, hot toddies or Mimosas and Poinsettias (same as a Mimosa only with Cranberry Juice). I hope that it has real meaning for you, or helps you stop and ponder the reason this holiday even exists. I hope that peace and good will is not just an old song for old people to sing but a something we take truly to heart, letting this year be the start of something new in your lives. Being here on Cape Cod we sometimes get lost from the real word and all that is going on and this time of year with so many snowbirds or folks that lock their doors and go back to another part of the world we can crawl into our caves and forget that there are others here on the Cape that need our help, need our hand, need our good will. Instead of closing the doors and pulling the curtains tight, let the goodwill begin with us to our own and maybe we start to see a difference one community at a time. Have a great and wonderful Christmas and holiday season and especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
First up on local business reports is Cape Cod Beer, please remember they are going to be closing then 23rd of December for their holiday break and will not open back up till the new year. So if you need to fill it up for Christmas dinner get there Friday or Saturday. Also if you need some last minute gifts they have them, just for that special beer lover in the family.
Also about our friends up north at Truro Vineyards, they are open this weekend and have lots of ideas to fill those wine lovers needs. From shirts to hats, to glasses and more, and let’s not forget all the wine you could ever want to get you through both Christmas and New Years. Oh and if you have either a Gin lover or Rum lover they have that too under the South Hollow label. And if you are really looking for something special, why don’t you get them something from the wine club. Woo hoo.
And then our friends at Cape Cod Winery have a sale going on through the end of the year with $10 off shipping plus percentages for multiple bottle purchases. This is a great deal and a wonderful way to stock up for the winter months when you sitting beside the fire and just want to be enjoying something nice to sip on and share with someone special. Check out their webpage for more details.
Don’t forget to read your Edible Cape Cod to stay in tune to what is happening on the local food market through these next frosty few months, and as they will remind you to buy fresh buy local even through the winter months. And get out and visit your local business, there are many still open all year round and need our support whenever possible.
Well I guess this is the Christmas fly over letter, as the next time we talk it will be after Christmas. It was back in the 20s that there was this guy, Captain William Wincapaw who became known as the Flying Santa. He would fly over the lighthouses and deliver gifts, to lighthouse keepers and their families. Later his son joined him and eventually they were visiting over 90 lighthouses and lifeguard stations. What a service this man and his family had for so many keepers and guards. You can read more about the “Flying Santa” by googling it and there are several sites that tell his story. Today however there are so few of us left and the lighthouses that are in the middle of no-where, literally, are all automated, so the need is not as great and the few of us that still work the stations are for the most part on a main spit of land with other inhabitants.
Today the windings have been blowing crazy, and the waves have been kicking up. Although we have a few warmer days here on the Cape, that cold blast is not to far behind, but for anyone looking for a white Christmas will have to go to the interior of the state. For those going out fishing need to keep an eye on a pending rain maker that could really turn nasty and might be a good time to stay in and spend some holiday time with the family. I will be have the light shinning brightly both through any turns in weather and will definitely have it on Christmas Ever for Santa. We are one of the reporting stations that track his travels to the world tracking center and the North Pole. We will also have that fog horn ready just in case with that warmer air that if something crops up we want Santa to have a safe flight over and through the Cape. Well I know this is not much but I hope you’ve learned a little bit, the decorations are still up and we will be open through New Years Day then start to dismantle it all before we get socked in. To those who have already come out, thank you for your support and hope you enjoyed your time, and to those who are still coming we look forward to seeing you. Well best way to end this is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and wonderful Holiday season, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
As this is the last main dish recipe for this year and in the middle of holidays, I had to go out with a bang. I found this very simple, I did not say cheap, but simple lobster bisque recipe. There are others out there, lots of others but this one just spoke to me to share as it is very easy to make, to double, to have as an appetizer or as a main dish. So if you like lobster, have some fun with this one. You could also do it with Crab meat and or Shrimp. Now on with the show,

This week’s recipe: Lobster Bisque

12 oz lobster meat
1 can cream of shrimp soup
1/2 pt heavy cream
1/2 pt white sauce (flour & milk)
dash Tabasco sauce
Sherry
paprika

Combine all ingredients in double boiler. Cook until thickened. Service with a little sherry and a sprinkle of paprika.

Trappist Rum Wednesday / 12-19-18

Trappist Rum Wednesday EveryOne
It’s always a wonderful day when you can get up and get out of bed, move around, then go get something to eat. It’s a wonderful day when you can look out your window and see all that is going on, a green or brown lawn or what color is coming out of the skies, nothing, clear, white. We all find reasons to complain about getting up, getting moving, taking on the day before us and we forget that there are many in this life and world that only with they could. It is Wednesday, Humpday, over the top day, halfway day, whatever you want to call it. That’s right, when we hit the half way mark though today we will be closer to the finish line than the starting line, and this in itself is cause for celebration. So first let’s get the hikers on and take hold that staff, cause we’ve got a mountain to conquer and a week to keep moving on. Santa ain’t waiting for us to be finished to deliver the toys and those that ain’t done don’t even get coal. So let’s pick up the pace and make sure we cover all the ground we need to. And like we need reminded, be aware for those that need our helping hand and be ready to extend it. There is no excuse for being a Grinch anytime of the year, but especially this time. Now with less than a week to go till that jolly holly holiday, let’s get climbing, and when we reach the top, plant that flag, take a sneak peek back to see how far we actually have come then turn and make a mental map of where we need to go then move off the top as that is not the end of the path for today. We still have a ways to go, so be prepared to pack it up and move on. Now, we need to get it going, and make the most of what we have in front of us and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
ccrockhopper.com

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