Top of the Morning August 28



Hey everyone!  How was your weekend?

The last weekend in August 2023.

I’m not gonna lie – I am not sad about it being the last weekend of August.  Gosh it’s been screaming hot here (everywhere, I understand) and I feel like we’ve been riding a bucking horse straight outta the shoot and hanging on for the buzzer (the buzzer meaning fall is just right over there.  Hang on!).

I had a super fun Saturday.  Went to Autonomous Society‘s one year celebration mark.  Check them out here.

If you live in the DFW area – a must go + see.  Very cool | creative | chill place to spend an afternoon or evening.  Not to mention Dean brews all of the beers there (giant brew kettles) which are in plain sight and impressive + 5 star original logo + swag with that logo on it for sale.

Owned and the brain child of Dean and supported by others in the Dallas film community.  The place was packed with film crew friends.  Some — I hadn’t seen for several years.  It mattered not.

Spontaneous happy, hearty hugs and smiles and laughter and story telling of “remember when” erupted — and SNAP time simply slid straight back like it was just yesterday since we all last saw one another.  I think it’s called a community like no other I know.

And the five piece band – “Best Band Available” (( ha)) all seasoned film crew professionals who work in different departments AND happen to be very talented musicians — impressive!

It was a very cool time.

TREES everybody!  If you have trees – like I do – I was concerned about the possibility of losing some trees due to the long stretch of heat and no reprieve or rain.

I text my arborist friend, Bill, who I appropriately have nicknamed the Tree Whisperer (because he is) and inquired about a giant elm I have outside my front entrance.

His response was this :
“Everything is obviously very stressed out right now.  It never hurts to water.  I really doubt that you could ever over water the elm.  Maybe just let the hose trickle for a few hours in a few spots about 10 feet from the trunk around the tree would be good.”

I share this valuable information in the event it might be helpful to you – caretaker of mighty, magnificent trees on your property.

The HOTEL CLERK is full of heart and an enchanting story.  Not sure if it’s true or not – I’d like to think so.

Thank you for gifting us with some of your time today + sharing + commenting.

I collected these fun + awe-mazing + delicious for today.  Click and enjoy!


And the story goes like this :

One stormy night many years ago, an elderly man and his wife entered the lobby of a small hotel in Philadelphia, USA.  Trying to get out of the rain, the couple approached the front desk hoping to get some shelter for the night.

“Could you possibly give us a room here?” the husband asked.

The clerk, a friendly man with a winning smile looked at the couple and explained that there were three conventions in town.

“All of our rooms are taken,” the clerk said.  “But I can’t send a nice couple like you back out in the rain.  Would you, perhaps, be willing to sleep in my room?  It’s not exactly a suite, but it will be good enough to make you folks comfortable for the night.”

When the couple declined, the young man pressed on, “Don’t worry about me; I’ll be just fine.”

So the couple agreed.

As the elderly man paid his bill the next morning he said, “You are the kind of manager who should be the boss of the best hotel.  Maybe someday I’ll build one for you.”

The clerk looked at them and smiled.  The three of them shared a chuckle.

As they drove away, the elderly couple agreed that the helpful clerk was indeed exceptional.  And, too, agreed that finding people who are both friendly and helpful isn’t easy.

Two years passed.  The clerk had almost forgotten about the incident when he received a letter from the elderly man, recalling the stormy night with an enclosed round trip ticket to New York, asking the young man to pay them a visit.

The young man took them up on the offer and boarded the flight to New York.

The elderly man met him in New York and led him to the corner of 5th Avenue and 34th Street.

The old man pointed to a great new building – a pale, reddish stone, with turrets and watchtowers thrusting up to the sky.

“That,” said the older man, “is the hotel I have built for you to manage.”

“You must be joking,” the young clerk said.

“I can assure you,  I am not,” said the older man, a sly smile playing around his mouth.

The older man’s name was William Waldorf-Aster, and that magnificent structure was the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

The young clerk who became the first manager was George C. Boldt.

The young clerk never foresaw the turn of events that would lead him to become the manager of one of the world’s most glamorous hotels.  Because of his kindness and willingness to help.

~ Author/storyteller unknown

Take away — Don’t be afraid to reach out and touch someone’s life.  You never know whose heart you may be touching.


~ Henry David Thoreau ~


7 replies
  1. Carol says:

    What a great read! Love the Autonomous Society story and they’re offerings. On our list to check out. Great recipes, every one. Smoking the stuffed peppers is an excellent idea that we are sure to try. Oh, and I’m Blue Cheese too!

    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Carol – Hi!
      Yay to the Blue Cheese club!!

      I think smoking the stuffed peppers is a great idea. Bet Toby will know just how to do it.

      Autonomous Society (BTW) also serves wine. I actually did not know this – or I probably would have ordered wine.
      Peter would have loved the crafted beers (don’t get me wrong – delish – little too heavy for me, though).

      Thanks so much for reading + commenting + your fun writing. Grateful!
      Happy Monday, Daymaker!

      • dixie bostick says:

        Another great episode! Guess what, I too am a member of the Blue cheese club! I love, love, love my air fryer, it beats a microwave hands down.

  2. Marty says:

    Thanks Daymaker, I’m on your recipe for stuffed peppers. It brings hope back to my taste buds as I never felt baking stuffed peppers brought out enough flavor. I just bought a small Air Fryer so I look forward to heating up my leftover frozen stuffed peppers! Hmmm, maybe me the BEGINNER will get brave enough to cook it in the Air Fryer.
    As for taking the quiz on what flavor I am …It appears I’m a green olive.

  3. dixie bostick says:

    You must get an air fryer, life-changing! It is so easy, not like the “Instant Pot, ” which is still in the box from 3 Christmases ago.

  4. dixie bostick says:

    You must break out the air fryer; it is life-changing for cooking and reheating food. ! It is so easy, unlike the “Instant Pot, ” which is still in the box from 3 Christmases ago.

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