Dundee Tuesday / 12-18-18

Dundee Tuesday EverOne
It’s time to get up, it’s time to get up, it’s time to get up this morning. Ok folks even the elves are up and doing their thing. The alarm has sounded and hitting that snooze button again is only going to make you later than you want. So get that lazy fuzzy butt out of bed and let’s get this day rockin’ n rollin’, cause the more we do and get done this week means the more we can concentrate on parting and having fun next week. I know yesterday was a tough day, I get it that Mondays are not a lot of peoples favorites, but Monday is behind us and this is Tuesday and we are full steam ahead. So let’s get those hikers pulled and grab hold that staff cause somewhere in them there mountains that white stuff is falling and we will need all the support we can get. Somehow these weeks that precede major holiday weeks always tend to be a little more helter-skelter than others, and on top of it the end of the years is upon us. So as we go along today be aware of those that have lost their way, their hope, their abilities to move forward, They need help, and we are that help, stop, listen then provide what you can and see them to the next care center. So get that extra pot of coffee going already cause we are already in need of it and let’s get headed to the starting line. It’s time to hop to it and go make us a most Happy, Happy and put a smile on your face and let the sun shine through us all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National “I Love Honey” Day
National Roast Suckling Pig Day
Bake Cookies Day
Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day
Arabic Language Day
Give A Wine Club Day
International Migrants Day

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Panforte Monday / 12-17-18

Panforte Monday EverOne
Another day another week, welcome to Monday ready or not. Where did the weekend go I am not sure but that is past and we have lots to get accomplished. The end of the month is coming fast and the end of the year even faster, (figure that one out). The mistletoe still need hung and the stockings all stink and the mail they just delivered to my desk, well what where they doing saving it up for a year? The work that is before us may seem dauntingly fearsome and for the last full week we have between now and the new year, oh help are those lions and tiger and bears? Oh My. Oh pish-posh to the whole thing, we have had deadlines before and we will deadlines after this and we will get done what needs to get done. So put the decorations aside for right now and get your mind focused on what needs to be done. Get the brain juices flowing and set your sites on the goal. Pull on darn hikers and take old of your staff and let’s get to the line and get this day underway. Yes we still have to watch for those in need, and yes we still need to take time to stop and listen, then lend a hand and see them to the next care station. So now that we have that straightened out, let’s turn up the tunes, get that hip in our hop, jig in our jog and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long in all we do and say.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Maple Syrup Day
A Christmas Carol Day (Story)
Clean Air Day
Wright Brothers Day
Saturnalia: 17-23

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Grinch Friday / 11-14-18

Grinch Friday EveryOne
It’s a romp-em, stomp-em kind of morning and we are hootin’ n hollerin’ cause we have finally arrived at Friday and we are going to take the house down today. We have worked hard all week but we have one last day to go. This day is more like a marathon sprint through the dessert with blazing sun and burning sand, or is it through the North Pole with hollowing winds over the frozen tundra and a sun that blotted out by blizzard conditions? But in either case it is going to be a long grueling day. So let’s start by putting the hikers away and pulling out the sprinters, and put the staff away as that will only slow us down. We need to focus on what is before us and pulling all together what we have been so diligently working on. Yes there will be still be those along the way that we will need to stop and lend a hand to, we will take the time to listen and help, then move on. So let’s get this day on its way, let’s find the grind deep down inside and give it all we’ve got right to the end. Then we can enjoy some of our theme for this week and that would be they are all different types of Christmas Cookies. Now are you ready, ready to take this run, this day all the way to the end in a blaze of glory? Well let’s get it to the line and let’s go, go, go and make us a most Happy, Happy not just for today but all weekend long.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances: Weekend Edition
National Biscuits and Gravy Day
National Bouillabaisse Day
International Monkey Day
Roast Chestnuts Day
National Salesperson Day
Official Lost & Found Day
Yoga Day
Christmas Bird Count Week: 14-1/5
Halcyon Days: 14-28

National Gingerbread Latte Day – 15
National Cupcake Day – 15
Bill of Rights Day – 15
AKC Champtionships – 15
Cat Herders Day – 15
International Tea Day – 15
National Wear Your Pearls Day – 15
National Wreaths Across America Day – 15
Zamenhof Day (Esperato Literature Day) – 15

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day – 16
Barbie and Barney Backlash Day – 16
Zionism Day – 16
Posadas: 16-24
Gluten-free Baking Week: 16-22

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Spice Palmiers Thursday / 12-13-18

Spice Palmiers Thursday EveryOne
Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day, (thank you Oklahoma) Oh yes it is, Oh yes it is, Why you might ask? Well, we were able to get up this morning, we were able to get out of bed this morning, we were able to choose what we wanted to wear, we were able to choose what we want for breakfast. And the list could continue on and on and on. So whether the wether be good or whether the weather be bad, it does not matter whether it be cold or whether it be warm, we are what matters to whether we have a beautiful day or not and I matter that it be good. So as we get this morning going, this Thursday workhorse of a day. Let us make the choice to choose what is good and positive and motivating and energy filled and make the most of everything that comes our way today. Before we forget and have to do this decent barefoot in the snow up-down hill (you know grandpa’s stories about walking to school 5 miles up hill both ways) let’s get those hikers pulled on and take hold that staff and start heading out. As we go along today be ready to give your best in all we do and as we come on those in dire needs we take the time to stop and lend a hand in any way we can. Now before this day gets away from us and we are left in everyone else’s dust, let’s get it going and go make us a most Happy, Happy in all we day and say and be ready to share and spread whatever light, and hope and encouragement we can along our way.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Popcorn String Day
Ice Cream Day
Violins Day
National Guard Birthday
National Day of The Horse
Pick A Pathologist Pal Day

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Time to get Active & Mushroom Ratatouille / 12-12-18

So are you staying warm, are you enjoying the sun rises after 7am and sunsets before 5pm. Have you had that first taste of the S word and just can’t wait for more? Ok so you are one of those downhill skiers or boarders that crave the white stuff. The rest of us would rather be in bathing suites with either skies or a board or hanging onto a blow up scooting across unfrozen somewhat warm water. There was a day that I used to love the cooler, ok cold weather. It was said I was a product of my mother who was referred to as a snow bunny right up to the very end. But what I am enjoying more is being able to sit in front of a warm fire place or word burner sipping on a good glass of bourbon and just relaxing. Ok so it is colder out, darker out and weather unpredictable. But for us who can not be snow birds do to resources of a myriad of other reasons we have got to find things to get us through this “off” season and into the next. Most of us can’t go out to eat every day or even every week, so that is not an option. And turning the heat up to sauna levels is cost prohibitive. But there are many other things that we can do and one is accept what we can not change and look for ways to keep busy and keep active. This may include but not exclusive too: Church or House of Worship, Social Club or Group, Gym, Library or even just meeting with another group of guys or gals for coffee periodically. Find an organization you can support that does good, whether sending cards to our service men and women, reading programs in our schools, boy and girls clubs, or visiting shut ins. There is so much that needs to be done and too many still sitting home not doing it. Some of us would love one of those opportunities but we still have to put in 8 – 10 hr days and pay the mortgage, so if you are one of those, we still need to be part of something and should not live our lives like hermits. Getting to the point of this, the Cape has so much to offers, lots of things to do and we need to live it all. That means we may have to get out of the house in the winter, we may need to take on the elements but we need to and we need to be active. It’s sounds funny here on the Cape having to encourage people including myself. But that is part of not being in our 20s and 30s anymore. So get out there now, check out what your options are, and be prepared. And if you can find places and things you can do outside, any time you can spend not cooped up in the homestead is always a good thing. Oh by the way this is a good thing for those not living on the Cape as well. So if you need something to do, come on out to the Cape, do a trail, find out what historic places are open and go. There are plenty of places that are open year round and just waiting for you to come and visit. Ok that’s it for another week, stay warm, stay active and if possible do it all on this wonderful place we call old Cape Cod.
Small business report this time of year is import as we all love to support our local artisans and crafts folks. The first one has been here a while and has some fun Jewelry and Apparel. The name is Cape Hook Designs and can be found at http://www.capehookdesigns.com on facebook and instagram. They have taken the common hook design and have made it work in Jewelry, clothing designs, and decals. It might sound corny but they have done a great job of making this little Cape necessity into practical and fun jewelry. They are fun to own and fun to give as gifts. So check them out and either find where to purchase them from a local store or buy online. Right now they have free shipping going on just in time for your Christmas giving.
The second small business I would like to highlight is Little River Beeworks. Her website is still under development, but you can find her on Facebook, Yooying and on Instagram. She has local Honey ( i know Dah on this one) but candles as well. she is new to this but has a great local product and is producing a quality product. If you get the chance to find her and buy her products I think you will be very pleased.
The last for this week is the Cape Cod Chocolatier of Centerville. Find them at https://www.capecodchocolatier.com and on facebook and Instagram. Folks we are so blessed here on the Cape to have several not just good but great chocolate crafters. If you have to ask what this business is all about, well, I’m not going to say it. Yes Chocolates, not half baked stuff but high quality great tasting Chocolate. You can buy online, they can do weddings, they can do corporate gifts and more. You want to check this business out and if you have a sweet tooth you are going to find a new friend to get your fix. Seriously this stuff is to die for and you need to check them out. Wow, I have to watch myself around this stuff it is so good. Hope you find them as delicious as I have.
Well I hope you are doing well, the weather continues to be cooler than usual this time of year up here. I feel the last couple of weeks our reporter guy has nearly abandoned me here in leiu of the Missus and her baking. Seems he does a better job at following his nose through his stomach that a reporters story? Oh well, guess I can’t blame him, she does make some pretty darn good cookies. Any-who, It’s been snowing out here again this week, they call this stuff ocean snow cause it’s coming in off the waters from the North/Northwest, It’s not be a lot but just enough to make the roads miserable, needless to say about how it is affecting our dear fishing crews. This time of year it is bad enough to have to work with the cold spray coming in your face going both ways in and out, but to then have to deal with sea snow squalls as well. We just keep them in our prayers that no one goes overboard, hyperthermia can set in faster than a bee on pollen. Anyway, so far we have not had any reports of anyone going over and I hope and pray it stays that way the rest of the season.
The crowds have been pretty steady for the holiday lights display. Of course this past Monday was the wrap up of Hanukkah and next up is Christmas then Kwanzaa. We have got them all covered and have enjoyed learning something new about all. The cookies have been a bit hit as they have been the past couple of the years as well as the hot chocolate and hot cider, and if anyone has wondered no we have not had roasted chestnuts yet, but who knows over the next couple weekends. Sometimes I feel I have been talking more about the events going on then the lighthouse itself. But this time of year other than the events there is not much going unless something on the high seas happens and we pray that does not as that is normally a disaster. So after the holidays we will get back to things as normal and get back into the normal swing of things. But for now, we hope you can get out and see the displays and hope you and yours has a great and wonderful holiday season especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
This last side dish of 2018 is using on of my favorite vegetable, fungi, Mushrooms. Now I know there are a group of you out there that just can bring yourself to putting some of this whatever we want to call it into the mouth let along swallowing this stuff. I understand that to some it is an “acquired” taste and that it is not everyones bowl goodness gold. But if you have a side of adventure, and spot of curiosity, and just like trying new things then get your apron on and get cooking. There are so many good recipes that utilize mushrooms and not just white button one, but there is a whole world waiting to be explored. For those of you who are about to check out on this one, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and roast yourself some tubers or roots and enjoy. For the rest of us, let’s get cooking and get this show on the road.

This week’s recipe: Mushroom Ratatouille

2 med Green Peppers, sliced
2 med Zucchini, sliced
1 Ib Small Fresh Mushrooms
1 med onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, shopped
1 Lg can tomatoes, drained and cut into chunks
1 1/2 tsp salt: pepper to taste
1/2 tsp Thyme
peanut oil

Saute peppers, onion and garlic until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove to bowl. Saute zucchini about 10 minutes, just until tender. Remove to bowl. Saute Mushrooms about 5 minutes. Combine, vegetables, add tomatoes and spices. Simmer cover, for another 5 minutes or until hot. May be served either warm or cold.

Polar Bear Sugar Wednesday / 11-12-18

Polar Bear Sugar Wednesday EveryOne
Wake and Shake it’s time to bake, and we have got a glorious morning to do it. I’m telling you what, this is a wicked wonderful day to be alive and well. First of all it is Happy Hump Day, that’s right, half way through today we will be closer to the end then back to the beginning. Next we have been granted another day in life to accomplish so much more. Another is that we have been done so well with that attitude of gratitude we are going to get to put it to even more use. So let’s get those hikers on and take hold that staff and let’s start maying our way to the starting line. As we take account of what we need to accomplish today, making the peak of this mountain in good time, planting our flag than making our way off the back side towards our camp for the night, we also need to keep our awareness about us for those in true need and be ready to help and give aid whenever it is needed. This is another one of those days that will require us to focus on every step that we choose to make and be sure footed so that we make good and wise decisions in all we do. We have so much still to accomplish and get done before the end of the year is upon us. Do not give up, do not become dismayed, but keep pressing on in all we do, no compromising is what we believe or can give. So with all that, are you ready? Well like it or not, ready or not, here it comes so let’s get it together and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long cause if we do it, it will shine though out and through us and it will help make a difference to all those we come in contact with today. And it will help us keep our attitudes in check in all we do and say.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Cocoa Day
National Ambrosia Day
National Ding-a-Ling Day
Poinsettia Day
Gingerbread House Day
National 12-hour Fresh Breath Day
National Cocoa Day
National Lost Day
Our Lady of Guadelupe

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Reindeer Tuesday / 12-11-18

Reindeer Tuesday EveryOne
Totally awesome start to the weeks dudes and dudettes, What a rockin way to begin a week, and a good thing too cause there is no turning back there is no waiting on the world to slow down for us to catch up with it. The only down side to starting off so great is that more is expected of us to complete this week, but can and we will do it and we will do it in style. So as we are thinking about it let’s get those hikers pulled on and grab hold that staff, that thing can be a lifesaver some times. It may be cold outside, but the squirrels are chipmunks are still looking for those winter rations to put away before that white stuff really sets in and I don’t need to loose any of my provisions to those nut thieves. Anyway, the sun it up and we need to make the most out of everything and anything that is sent out way. So ready or not, awake or not, it is time to get this parade rolling. We have a mountain to climb, places to go, things to do and people to see. We have journeys to take adventures to quest and objectives to conquer. We will need to be ready for whatever comes our way or whatever we come on including those who need our help. We prepared in all issues to give your best, to lend a hand when it is needed, an do good and move on whenever needed. So are you ready? Are you READY!!?? Then let’s make some noice, some Happy, Happy noice and go turn this day upside down with everything that is good and give it all we have got with a heart and attitude full of gratitude. So let’s put it together and get this day rolling and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National “Have a Bagel” Day
National Noodle Ring Day
International Mountain Day
Kaleidoscope Day
National App Day
UNICEF Birthday

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Partridge Monday / 12-10-18

Partridge Monday EveryOne
What a day it is, Ok so it’s a little cold out, so what, (ok tell that to my joints and muscles), but the sun it out, it’s the start to a new week, new journeys, new adventures. Isn’t that enough to get the blood flowing and the body moving and the brain functioning? Well for me that’s at least a good start to it all and I am going to take whatever is pasted my way and run with it. I am going to put a smile on my face and dig deep for that attitude with some gratitude. As we are in the countdown for the end of the year, we have holidays, celebrations and events happening, we can not take our foot off the gas and we can not give up hope. We need to take each day as it is given us and make the most of it all. We still have mountains to climb and trails to travers, deadlines to meet and things to get done. While we are there let’s get those hikers on and take hold that staff. As we move to the starting line for today, be sure to keep your eyes focused on the goals, be ready to lend a hand to those we come on in need, and do not skim on the quality you are able to deliver on. So let’s get it all together and let’s go take this day by storm and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long, cause no one else is going to do it for us.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Lager Day
Human Rights Day
Dewey Decimal System Day
Green Monday
International Animal Rights Day
Jane Addams Day
Nobel Prize Day
Human Rights Week: 10-17

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Moravian Friday / 12-7-18

Moravian Friday EveryOne
Yake up, Yake up, Yake up, it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, will you be my friend (Mr Rodgers) This is the day we have been waiting for and we can now let is shine, let it shine, let it shine. But we need to be sure that happens as we are getting the work done. It is not a rocking chair kind of day, it is a get up and go kind of day. So take them hikers and put them away and take hold those sprinters and put the staff away and get out that vizor. It’s going to be a very bright and sunny day and we want to take full advantage of it. Now about that theme of the week, all are types of star designs that adorn our Christmas Trees. Now let’s get our bodies moving, our brains thinking and our attitudes full of gratitude. Remember along the way we will come in contact with those who need every bit of help we an offer. Do so then see them to the next care center then move one. Give it all you’ve got today, finish strong, finish proud, finish with a purpose and see to it that all that was started this week is finished to the degree it needs to be and with quality not just quantity. Be sure that you encourage your neighbor, be an inspiration to all those around you today and give like there is no tomorrow. I how you have a great and wonderful day in all you do and let 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 Cotton Candy Day
Ferry Floss Day(Great Britain)
International Civil Aviation Day
Letter Writing Day
Pearl Harbor Day
Faux Fur Friday
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
National Salesperson Day

National Brownie Day – 8
Take it in the Ear Day – 8
Bodhi Day – 8
Day Of The Horse – 8
Gingerbread Decorating Day – 8
International Shareware Day – 8
National Day of Lard – 8
Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day – 8

National Pastry Day – 9
Christmas Card Day – 9
International Children’s Day – 9
Cremation Day – 9
International Anti-corruption Day – 9
Weary Willie Day – 9
Worldwide Candle Lighting Day (The Compassionate Friends) – 9
World Choral Day – 9

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German Thursday / 12-6-18

German Thursday EveryOne
Welcome to the thunderous thumping day called Thursday. No Disney fun songs, no cartoon songs, no Silly Songs with Larry (VeggieTales), just the songs of the birds and the squirrels. Just the sound of the wind blowing through the bare trees and the pine trees. We are looking to descend our way down off this mountain and out past the tree line. This is the workhorse day of the week. It is a day we can become very complaisant and lazy. We can try to just roll along but it will be come back to bite us. This day will have lots of sunshine to it, but we may have to look hard and long for it. It’s been a great week, don’t let down your guard, take it on strong, head on and give it all you’ve got. We will work through it all together and we will get through this day with a smile on our faces. So let’s get those hikers on and take hold of that staff and let’s get headed towards the starting line. While we are move that way, yes we will encounter those in a hurting needing way. We will take the time to stop, listen and help in any way we can and see them to the next care center. Now let’s get our gear together and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy cause we know no one else is going to do it for us. Now let’s get it together and go, go, go.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Gazpacho Day
National Microwave Oven Day
National “Cook for Christmas” Day
St. Nicholas Day
Mitten Tree Day
Put on your own Shoes Day
Miners’ Day
National Pawnbrokers Day
St. Nicholas Day
World Trick Shot Day
National Christmas Tree Lighting (DC)

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