Monk Monday / 2-11-19

Monk Monday EveryOne
So you made it back for another go around with this thing called life? Like any of us had a choice on the matter, seems the world goes round and round whether we like it or not and it does not slow down to let us off. So we might as well make the best lot of it and all that is about to come our way. With that, welcome to Monday morning, and time for an attitude of gratitude monitor check. I know some of your wish I would talk about something else, some of your keep sticking your nose back looking to see if I have changed the tune to my song and others well, you still trying to figure me out. The fact is, I dislike mornings just like anyone else, I dislike having to get up and feel that I have to do, just to survive. Monday are not at the top of my dislike days, but maybe number 2, but let’s look at the options before us. I like to eat, I like a roof over my head, I like to buy things, I like go on vacations, I like to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and all this cost money. So since I enjoy all these things and I know my means do not allow me to just sit on the sidelines and enjoy and endless pot of gold at my disposal, then I have to do something to feed my piggy back to allow me these things I like in like. Now I have to make that decision to either do it as the biggest grumpy, grouchy, grinch there is and make it as miserable for both myself and all those around me and that I come in touch with or do whatever I can to make the most and the best what is before me, making it a better environment for those around me and those I come in contact with. Now this is our path that we must take as we climb our way to the top of this weeks mountain and down the back side then onto the finish line. We might as well get those hikers on now and find that staff to keep our balance and fend off unwanted critters. Along the way we will come on those in great need. Yup I keep hammering this one home, it is one of the basics of humanity, caring for one another. We will take the time to stop and listen and help in anyway we can, and when needed see them to the next care center. Now we have yakked long enough I think it’s about time we get this show on the trail and get this day and this week going. And as we get it moving let go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long and spread a lot of sunshine along the way.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Peppermint Patty Day (I love these things)
Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk Day
Clean out Your Computer Day
Make a Friend Day
National Inventors Day
White T-Shirt Day
Be Electrific Day
Clean Out Your Computer Day
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Get Out Your Guitar Day
Meal Monday
Pro Sports Wives Day
National Inventors Day
National Shut-in Visitation Day
Satisfied Staying Single Day
White Shirt Day or White T-shirt Day
World Day of The Sick
Freelance Writer Appreciation Week
Love a Mensch Week
National Green Week
Westminster Dog Show

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Coffee Bean Friday / 2-8-19

Coffee Bean Friday EveryOne
Howdy, Howdy, Howdy, and welcome to the grand finale of the week, the Bahama Mama Sausage, the Big Kahuna, the Mother Load day. What else do you want to call it, it does not matter, we are on the last day of the standard work week. Yet we need to keep that attitude of gratitude, that focus that has gotten us to this point. We do not need to get lazy or complacent, but finish this week all the way through to the end. First up the theme of the week has been edible seeds. Yup every one of them are edible. Now time to change out shoes and put those hikers away and get those sprinters on, but the staff back in the umbrella holder and put on the visor and let’s get this party rolling. Remember there is no vacation, no day off, no siting on the pouch for a rest day for those that are hurting in so many different ways. For those that need our help, that need seen to the care center, that just need someone to listen to them. We are one paycheck, one pump of the heart, one step away from being in their shoes. Do not pass them bye, and find the compassion that is needed within to help in any way you can, that they too may become productive again. Now before we loose any more time, let’s get this show on the road and go finish this week and this day and make sure we give it all we have right through to the end. 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 Molasses Bar Day
National Potato Lover’s Day
Boy Scout Anniversary Day
Kite Flying Day
Laugh and Get Rich Day
No One Eats Alone Day
Opera Day
Love Makes the World Go Round; But, Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week: 8-14

National Bagels and Lox Day – 9
National Pizza Day – 9
Gwyl Mabsant – 9
Read in the Bathtub Day – 9
Toothache Day – 9

National Cream Cheese Brownie Day – 10
National “Have a Brownie” Day – 10
All The News That’s Fit To Print Day – 10
Autism Sunday – 10
Man Day – 10
National Home Warranty Day – 10
Plimsoll Day – 10
Umbrella Day – 10
World Marriage Day – 10
Children of Alcoholics Week: 10-16
International Friendship Week: 10-16
Jell-O Week: 10-16
National Secondhand Wardrobe Week: 10-16
International Flirting Week: 10-16

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Coca Thursday / 2-7-19

Coca Thursday EveryOne
Morning has broken like the first morning, (thank you Cat Stevens). And each and every morning is a new start a new beginning, a new adventure. We can not live yesterday again, and we can not live tomorrow until it comes, so each day is new and fresh. Do my bones feel it? Heck no and the older I get the more they want to tell me no more, especially on a Thursday. So what are we up to today, what do we need to do? This is the workhorse day of the week in my mind. We need to seek out what is going awry and bring it back into line, or what is not going to make it and cut the strings. We need to take that curvy road and make it straight and we need to make it down off this mountain and past the tree line by days end. So before we forget let’s get those hikers on and take hold that staff and start heading towards the starting line. Remember we have a mission to accomplish but helping others is just as important. So stoping to help those in need is not a question, it is an absolute. So be ready to stop, listen then seen them to the next care station or whatever is needed. This is not the end of the week for most of us, so do not think this is gravy train day. Be prepared to work hard, give much and go until you drop and make it quality every step of the way. So are you ready? Let’s get this party going and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances;
National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
Ballet Day
Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Dry Bean Day
“e” Day (math):
Laura Ingalls Wilder Day
National Periodic Table Day
Send a Card to a Friend Day
Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbor’s Day
Solo Diners Eat Out Weekend: 7-12
Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week: 7-14
Have A Heart for A Chained Dog Week: 7-14
Risk Awareness Week: 7-14
National Marriage Week: 7-14
National African American History Month Link
National African American Read-In Link
National Bird Feeding Month
National Black History Month
National Care About Your Indoor Air Month
National Cherry Month
National Condom Month Link
National Children’s Dental Health Month
National Enrolled Agents Month Link
National Haiku Writing Month Link
National Hot Breakfast Month Link Link
National Mend A Broken Heart Month
National Parent Leadership Month
National Pet Dental Health Month
National Prevent A Litter Month Link
National Self Check Month Link
National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Link
National Therapeutic Recreation Month Link
National Time Management Month
National Weddings Month
National Women Inventors Month
North American Inclusion Month (NAIM) Link

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A Dream & a Bitter Bikini Cocktail / 1-6-19

Life can be a dream sometimes, especially for an early teenager falling in love with a place that he only know during the summer. But the lure and the love of the land mesmerized that young man and the fantasies and dreams became entrenched in all he did and thought. Cape Cod became his life nearly 24/7. Over the years as I grew older I knew that someday I would live on Cape Cod. I knew that it would be my home, it was just when and how. School came and went, as did the vacations with the parents and life with a family began. Life was rude when one has to realize vacation time does not happen a month at a time when you are new to working. Year after year though, afford it or not I would pack up the family and make the pilgrimage to the Cape for that one, too short, week that I had. Over the next 25+ year we made it just about every year with the exception of a few. But the dream never ended. Finally the opportunity came and the move was made, As in all things there were some issues that were not the best mixed in with the sweetness of coming to the place I have always dreamed of to call home. Over the last 6 years I have enjoyed my home while learning to deal with back surgeries, right in the middle of house repairs turned remodel. All appliances having to be replace and water heater, roof and more. Today I am 2 year out from the last surgery, praise the Lord a solid roof and a dry house. But my poor kitchen still is in the midst of the start of a redo. There are still another 47 to 63 projects that need done as most year round older homes on the Cape. Although I am glad not to be living in one that’s over a 100 years old as that would have put me over the edge by this time. As a kid all we see is the glitter, the glam, the fun in the sun on the beach. But reality is, life still goes on with all the studs of life showing, the roof and appliances that need dealt with and unexpected health issues that come our way. Do those things tarnish a little boys dreams and hopes of a life on the Cape, Nope and I will cherish ever day and moment I am allowed to call this place we call old Cape Cod home. If that is your dream I hope your dream comes true some day, and if not, may your visits fulfill the dreams you have and bring you happiness all the rest of the year. Well until we meet a came, have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
Local business report, why I have not done this soon I am not sure, but during the winter these should be at the top of our lists during the cold months.
First up is Hot Chocolate Sparrows, located at 5 Old Colony Way in Orleans, https://www.hotchocolatesparrow.com and on facebook is just the place to get that Hot Chocolate, Hot Coffee, Hot Tea, and for that Valentine sweethearts they have pastries, sandwiches & soups and then there is the chocolate shop. The Shop does have free Wi-Fi so you can sit, drink your coffee, do that report, study for that midterm or just read an online paper. So please check them out and enjoy a wonderful hot beverage.
Next up is the Cafe Chew at 4 Merchants Rd, Sandwich, online at http://www.cafechew.com and on facebook. The have Hot Tea, Coffees and Espressos. They also specialize in breakfast and lunch goodies. So if you are in the Sandwich area and need a warm me up, check out Cafe Chew.
What about Pie in the Sky located at 10 Water St, Woods Hole, on line at piecoffee.com, facebook, instagram and more. Top of the list for me right now is the have the Hot Coffee, Hot Tea, and Hot Chocolates, they do breakfasts and lunch items. So you don’t have to drive all the way to Sandwich or Orleans to get a good cup of Joe, Tea or HC, You folks in down in the Falmouth/ Woods Hole corner of the Cape have a hot little spot to serve your needs.
Now for the additions and other places as you travel the Cape need to check out. These are some of my tops spots as well,
Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters located 6A in Brewster, some of the best cafe coffee on the Cape in my opinion.
Cape Cod Coffee Roasters, Mashpee & Cafe at Mashpee Commons. I love this coffee in my house every morning.
Nirvana Coffee Company in Barnstable across from the Courthouse on 6A
Three Finns is the new player and a great place in West Dennis on RT 28 at the curve, GREAT coffee.
And Chatham Perk is a hot spot for your hot beverage.
So have a wonderful time at all these plus more that I am not even aware of and enjoy to your hearts delight.
Welcome my friends, I hope the warmer weather has been good to you and for you. It’s been interesting for us here at the lighthouse as we don’t get a lot of opportunities to crank up ye old fog horn this time of year. But the other night it was thicker than Ma’s winter bean ‘n maple bacon soup. and that’s pretty darn think, you know the stick to your ribs kind. Then with a side of corn bread and butter drizzled with maple syrup and green beans and ham hocks. Now look whatcha all did, went and got me off track thinking about food and we all know where that leads too, me in trouble. Anyway, one of these times I have got to talk about the cookins and eatins of a lighthouse kitchen. But we will leave that for another day. But the fog was pretty bad for this time of year, but with the temperatures so high and the waters and ground still so cold it is a perfect combination for fog. We even had the wattage on the light turned up a bit to be sure it cut through that stuff. It’s nights like this that you can get that feeling of what some of those Whalers to Frigates to Clippers to you name it had to go through, and then hope they don’t find one of the shoals or pop up sand bars along the coast lines. The bigger they came the more they wanted to stay out further until the last moments of turning into the harbors. Even the smaller ones that did not draft as deep wanted to stay out as channels changed often and the currents off the Cape can be mighty dangerous and push an unsuspecting captain through the thickened fog into shore before he could have a chance to react. So when these nights come about this time of year, and the air gets eerily quiet and the fog roles in, at times you can almost hear the cries and clammer of crews on ships passing by praying that this night is not the one they meet a watery grave. Yup we have a role here on the shores not only on the Cape but along every coast line around the globe to help protect those who travel the seas to make it home safely to sail another day. Well folks I need to get back up and tend the lamp again tonight, looks like we may have a few more before we get back into real winter weather again. So be careful, take your time and may the light of a beacon guide you home safely, especially if you are right here on old Cape Cod.
This month is a little different type of cocktail than I am used to. I have not used bitters a lot and am just learning about them and how to use them. So when saw this recipe I thought it was a good start and also fit the theme for this year and the other thing it is so simple. So if you have never had or are just getting into bitters this is a good and easy one to start with. Now just for those legal eagles, please be a responsible drinker and a responsible host. It is better to either have one less or give up the coach for someone to sleep on, then never have them again. Ok one last thing, you can find this recipe on many sites so take your pick who to give credit too. Now on with the show and this week’s recipe:

This week’s Recipe: a Bitter Bikini Cocktail.

1 1/2 oz Campari® bitters
1/2 oz triple sec
1 oz dry vermouth

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a rocks glass over ice.

Cempedak Wednesday / 2-6-19

Cempedak Wednesday EveryOne
Wake up, Wake up, Wake up, it’s up and over day, hump-day, halfway day, moving forward day and the list goes on and on. But if we don’t get out of bed and put our feet on the floor we are not going to get anywhere or get anything done. So let’s take that chance and put a hip in your hop and a bop that can’t be stopped and go take this day by storm. We need to start by getting those hikers on and taking hold of that staff and getting out of that comfy cozy place our brain is wanting to hide in all morning. We have a job to do, and we need to do it right, there is a opportunity here and we need to take full advantage of it. When we get to the top, take a moment after you plant your flag to turn and take a look back at just how far we have come. Then turn and make a mental map of where we need to go, then pick up your pack and head off down the back side of the mountain. The day is not over at the top, but this one thing I know that we will be closer to the finish line one step over the line then we will be to where we started. So as we get out of our cozy little place this mornin, let’s not forget that not everyone has that place to come out of, not everyone has the same health and wellbeing as we have. We need to be aware as we travel along today of these who need our help, and to take the time to listen, and lend a hand in any way we can and if need see them to the next care station. Now let’s get to the line and get this day going and as we do let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances;
National Chopsticks Day
National Frozen Yogurt Day
Lame Duck Day
Canadian Maple Syrup Day
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
National Girls & Women in Sports Day
National Signing Day
Play Monopoly Day
February is Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month
Feline Fix By Five Month
Free and Open Source Software Month
From Africa to Virginia Month
International Boost Self-Esteem Month
International Expect Success Month
International Hoof-care Month
International Month of Black Women in The Arts
International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
Jobs in Golf Month
Library Lovers Month
Love The Bus Month
Marfan Syndrome Awareness Month
Marijuana Awareness Month

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Lotus Tuesday / 2-5-19

Lotus Tuesday EveryOne
As we wake this lovely morning let’s take a look at that loveliness of the Lotus: a plant in Greek and Roman mythology. A genus of terrestrial plants in the family Fabaceae, Or is it a place on the map or a brand, a religion music, a vessel, a people, a position or is it something else. Today as we get this morning going what are we going to be? Who are we going to be? How are we going to project it? What is going to be our agenda? What do we want other to see us as? As we get our brains out of our cozy beds this morning, we need to start this day with an attitude of gratitude. An outlook that is upward and onward. We need to take whatever is given us and make the best out of it and then give it back ten fold. The lotus can be many things to many people but for us being a lotus is not what it is about. It is being consistent, true, honorable and worthy of whatever you are doing. And when you fail, get up, dust yourself off, correct what you can change what you can’t correct and move on. So as the morning sun rises and our eyes rise to see where we are heading this morning, take a moment to look down and pull on your hikers and take hold your staff. As we need to get this going moving. Let’s take all that, that we need to be and can be and apply it in helping others along the way that have lost their or who have fallen on hard times and need a helping hand. So let’s give it all we’ve got to be who we need to be and should be and let’s head on out now and go make us a most Happy, Happy, cause no one else is going to do it for us and we can make a difference by being different in a positive way. Have a great and wonderful in all you do today.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
World Nutella Day
National Frozen Yogurt Day
National Chocolate Fondue Day
Adlai Stevenson Day
African American Coaches Day
Chinese New Year
Dump Your Significant Jerk Day
Losar
Move Hollywood & Broadway to Lebanon, PA Day
Safer Internet Day
Shower With A Friend Day
Weatherman’s [Weatherperson’s] Day
Western Monarch Day
World Nutella Day
World Animal Reiki Day
Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month
AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
American Heart Month
Bake for Family Fun Month
Barley Month
Beat The Heat Month
Cricket World Cup (2/13-3/29)
Declutter For A Cause Month
Dog Training Education Month

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Hemp Monday / 2-4-19

Hemp Monday EveryOne
I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that you are not hung over form the game or for any other reason for that matter of fact. But the weekend is over, the Superbowl is behind us, and January is now nothing but a fading image in the rear view mirror. Today is a new day, the first full week of a new month that just happens to be the shortest, and new journeys and adventures that lie before us. So before you give up and crawl back under the covers. The temperatures are warming and the daytime light is getting longer. And remember the world does not stop spinning cause we don’t feel like it or feel like meeting the challenges before us. Life goes on and so must we, So as we contemplate this new mountain that lies before us, we might as well get those hikers on and pull out that staff as we will need it. As we climb today, this week, this month, we will come on many who are in dire need of help, encouragement and a hand to either get moving again or get to the next care station. We will stop, we will listen and we will lend that hand, as it is a basic of human life and brother and sisterhood that compels us to help one another in times of need. I could go into a more spiritual side of things but will save that for another time. Anyway it’s about that time to for the group to take off from the starting line so let’s get to the line and make the best of whatever comes out way. Now let’s get it going and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long, cause we know, no one else is going to do that for us.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Homemade Soup Day
National Stuffed Mushroom Day
Pork Rind Appreciation Day
Create a Vacuum Day
Thank a Mailman Day
Facebook’s Birthday
Liberace Day
Medjoola Date Day
National Hemp Day
Quacker Day
USO Day
World Cancer Day
Children’s Mental Health Week: 4-10
National School Counseling Week: 4-8
International Networking Week: 4-8
Canned Food Month
National Chocolate Lovers Month
National Cherry Month
National Grapefruit Month
National Snack Food Month
Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
National Hot Breakfast Month
Berry Fresh Month
Great American Pies Month
National Fiber Focus Month
National Fondue Month
National Heart Healthy Month
Potato Lovers Month
Sweet Potato Month

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Fireworks Friday / 2-1-19

Fireworks Friday EveryOne
Woo Hoo, and Amen Rise and Shine and give some glory for just making it to this far. We need to get those peepers open and get those bones and joints moving. We have a long journey to reach our home outpost. We will need all the speed we can get and all the dexterity and agility our bodies will give us. Although the heavens are mostly clear between here and there, there are still those who do not want to see us finish our tasks. Stay alert and stay on top of your job and the things you need to get accomplished. We will be running the rabbit line today, going before the freighters, tankers and schooners that need to get through to the end, so we will be drawing the fire to keep them safe through to the end. (Theme for the week you ask? All are different kinds of Orchids LOL Yup each one, go figure). So get the lighter jumpsuit on, you need to be as free to move about as you can. We will be running the Sky Fighters and Cruisers today and we will need all the help we can get. Headgear, your pick but make sure your communicators are working well. This is the First day of a new month, but in reality it is the final to last months travels. Give it all you’ve got, make it the best that you have to offer and be ready to offer both quality and quantity in all you do. There are no days off for the hurting the weary, the trodden, the depressed, the weak, nor will we take a day off from offering our help to them in any way that we are able and see them to the home outpost. So be ready when you seen them or hear their destress call and go help. Now this is it for the week, let’s get to the docking platform and get loaded and locked in and ready for action. Now let’s go have some fun 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;
National Cake Pops Day
National Baked Alaska Day
National Dark Chocolate Day
Bubble Gum Day
National Freedom Day
No Politics Day
Candy-Making Day
Car Insurance Day
Change Your Password Day
Decorating With Candy Day
G.I. Joe Day
Give Kids A Smile Day
*Hula in The Coola Day: 1
International Day of Black Women in The Arts
International Face & Body Art Day
Freedom Day
National Get Up Day
Robinson Crusoe Day
Spunky Old Broads Day
Wear Red Day
Working Naked Day
World Hijab Day
US Snow Sculpting Week: 1-5
Women’s Heart Week: 1-7
Cordova Ice Worm Day: 1-3

National Tater Tot Day – 2
Candlemas (France) Crepes Day – 2
Heavenly Hash Day – 2
National Pisco Sour Dat: 2-4
Candlemas – 2
Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day – 2
Ground Hog Day – 2
Ayn Rand Day – 2
Barber Day – 2
Candelmas – 2
Hedgehog Day – 2
Imbolc – 2
Marmot Day – 2
Sled Dog Day – 2
Take Your Child To The Library Day – 2
The Record of a Sneeze Day – 2
World Play Your Ukulele Day – 2
World Wetlands Day – 2
Publicity for Profit Week: 2-8

National Carrot Cake Day – 3
Feed the Birds Day – 3
Superbowl Sunday – Superbowl 53 – 3
The Day the Music Died – 3
Four Chaplains Memorial Day – 3
National Missing Person’s Day – 3
National Women’s Physicians Day – 3
Popcorn Day – 3
African Heritage & Health Week: 3-9
Dump Your Significant Jerk Week: 3-9
Burn Awareness Week: 3-9
Children’s Authors & Illustrators Week: 3-9

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Donkey Thursday / 1-31-19

Donkey Thursday EveryOne
Hello and glad you came back for more fun. Like you have a choice in the matter, the mortgage is still due, the insurance still needs paid and this eating thing it kind of addictive. So I get it, you’re here out of necessity and not want. But let’s get that attitude of gratitude working for us, the fact we can get out of bed, we can go to the kitchen and get something to each. We can hear the birds that were chirping at 5am this morning obnoxiously, we can see the squirrels chasing each other and the rabbits doing well rabbits do best, just being cute. The list could go on and on but we have neither the time nor the space to do it in. We need to get our jumpsuits on and be sure the visors are cleaned and communicators are working. Todays mission is to weed out that which is not working and work on that those issues that are making the most progress and getting them headed all in one direction. Remember this is a one day at a time event so although this is a battle with the Storm Troopers kind of day, we will make it through to the end, but it will take all we’ve got to do it. So stay alert and stay focused and make the most out of what is given you. Even with all this going on we still need to be aware of our surroundings and those that are in dire need of help. We will take the time to stop, listen and help in anyway we can, then see them to the next care station. Now I hear them calling us to the docking platform to report for duty. Stay alert, stay focused, and remember we need to give it all we’ve got. This is not the end yet but we are one step closer by the end of today, and you know that right towards the end of today will be a shower of space junk trying to do all it can to derail us from getting to our next outpost and discourage us. So keep hold the attitude of gratitude and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long and give it our best.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Hot Chocolate Day
National Brandy Alexander Day
Backward Day
Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day
Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
Street Children Day

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Time To Start Planning & Cheesy Shrimp Bites / 1-20-19

So are you planning your summer vacations yet? If you are like me and the company I work for, they are scheduling time off 6 months out, so June and July are already mostly booked up and August is coming real fast. Is that cottage available again? Is the Hotel or Motel still in business? How early can I book that weekend or week to ensure I get what I want? Most of us aren’t thinking about that as we are more focused on staying warm, planning a quick winter escape to a warmer spot on the planet or maybe you are a skier and just looking to find a slop you can slap one or two boards under your feet and take on getting to the bottom without a broken limb. But we really need to the time to sit down with the significant other and figure this out. If you are lucky enough to have family here, you definitely need to put in your time so you can either avoid the other members you don’t get along with or schedule when the ones you like are there. Funny how I am finishing this blog up while watching the weather and temperatures to the west side of the big ditch are either near or below zero and wind chills are just dangerously low. What better time then is there then now to get that planning started. Over the next couple months we will look at things you can do that does not cost money, cost a little money or things that you might want to save up for. If we don’t start planning now, then summer will be upon us sooner than we know and we will be without a place to stay or money to do the things we want to. So here we go with another year past us and a new year of vacationing on the horizon. I sure hope that Cape Cod is on your list to come visit, we have so much to offer and it is so close to so many reading this. We are looking forward to seeing you all and hope you have a warm safe winter. Oh and buy the way, if you have the time we are still open for business through the winter. Have a great and wonderful and especially if you can do it while right here on old Cape Cod.
Cape Cod business report: I’m looking to drive home the Salt companies and Spice and Herb Businesses. First up is Atlantic Spice Company, located in North Truro at the corner of North Shore Rd and Rt 6 just before you get to Truro Vineyards, Web address is http://www.atlanticspice.com and on Facebook. This is another business open year round both the store as well as online store. They are well stocked year round and have just about anything and everything you would want from spices and herbs to salts to teas. Yes I said teas. They do not get into coffee that is a whole nother critter. They do have quite a collections of kitchen gadgets as well. I know they are a little out of the way, but make them part of a package deal with going to P’town for the weekend and the winery and a few other up the arm. Check them out.
Next is 1830 Sea Salt of Cape Cod, now they do no have a physical store but they available online at http://1830seasalt.com/ or in local shops including Cape Cod Beer. They are our of Chatham and enjoy making a quality product the old way. Read their story on their home page, then go purchase some wonderful crafted salts. Oh they also do wedding and celebrations favorites and gives.
Next up is Wellfleet Sea Salt Company, find them on facebook or on the web at Wellfleet Sea Salt Company. I have used their salts and have been pleased beyond words. The flavors in the salts are amazing and adds and enhances the flavor of whatever you are cooking. You can buy direct online, direct when they are doing the farmers markets and artisan shows. Give them a try and you will not go back to box store salt ever again.
Folks with it comes to bulk spices and herbs and such other than these, and they are good at what they do but right now other than going to a grocery store or specialty grocery store, finding someplace that carries a full line of spices, herbs, salts, teas is just not going to happen. You will need to either head off Cape or order online. At which time I would strongly suggest looking at our own Atlantic Spice as they are always fresh and move a ton of spices and herbs all year round. A specialty shop like that is hard to keep going here on the Cape year round. We are growing in size but we are spread out, so it is not convenient for someone from Hyannis to Falmouth to Sandwich to drive to North Truro, nor would it be profitable to do the other. So if Atlantic Spice is not an option for you, plan your off Cape trips to include a good spice, herb and tea shop while you are off Cape, but buy your salts locally you won’t go wrong.
So another week has gone by and we here on the Cape have seen little to no snow, not that I mind that one bit you know. Whoever in charge of that stuff they can keep it on the other side of the ditch where it belongs. Although the older I get the more these bones and joints don’t seem to like the cold either, or extreme changes in weather. But that’s all part of life and living here on the Cape. Did you all see that one of our own towns here on the Cape made one of them big time on-line magazine to 10 beach towns to live in? Yup the Town of Barnstable did and all it has to offer. Personally I think any of our towns along either side of the arm from bridges to point could have but who am I. Did you all know that Sandy Neck Light is at the opening of Barnstable Harbor as it opens up to the Cape Cod Bay. Sandy Neck was opened back in 1826 but then the light was put out in 1937. Finally a skeleton town was up up in 1952, but the tower was not put back into service until 2007 when it was opened under private run and is used today for private navigational purposes only.So it is not open to the public, but if you ever go whale watching you can get a good look at her. Check out Cape Cod Lighthouses for more on our local towers and some information on each. Although privately owned Sandy Neck is still our sister lighthouse and we like to keep in touch whenever possible.
Well other than the cold, we have really had a mild winter so far. The seas have been relatively calm, no major Nor’Easters, no major navigational changes to channels and harbors. This is a lighthouse keepers dream winter for here on the Cape. I feel like somehow I’m cheating you out of some information or something when there isn’t much to report. I’m still doing the normal winter chores, fixing and repairing little stuff that just gets worn with all the tourists and groups that come in, and especially with all the kids. But I want all to touch, the feel and to get to know this place and that means things are going to need some TLC every now and then. If I don’t taker care of the place the Spirits get a little restless and tend to go on more animated night roamings to get my attention that things need done. And yes I listen, I can only take a couple nights of that then they start to get on my nerves and I love my sleep. Speaking of sleep, that young reporter gentlemen came a little later than normal and is pushing my bed time. So I am going to let you all go for this round and I am going to get some shut eye. They say some high winds are coming in and 5am comes early as I need to have reports turned in for the weather people. Have a good one and,,, well you know, especially if you can have it right here on old Cape Cod.
Well with the big game this weekend I thought I better do it right and appetizers and finger foods are the order of the weekend. The other fun thing is that we start right out of the kitchen in January with a fifth Wednesday and we know that is appetizer are the name of the game when there is a fifth Wednesday in the month. This year we are not going to form and stick with the seafood theme. So hope you find this months feature a fun and tasty treat and easy to share with those you love and care to share some great eats with. Now before the game is over and we all missed it. On with the show;

This week’s recipe: Cheesy Shrimp Bites

6 each English muffins, split
6 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1 stick butter (room temperature)
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp seasoned salt
1 cup shrimp pieces, diced

Blend ingredients in order as listed. Spread on muffins and cut into quarters. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

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