| Welcome Back |
As we've mentioned
in the past we live on an island in WashingtonState and as such tourism is a big business.
Being a destination we often see signs of visitors. One prominent sign is the
bed and breakfast in Coupeville. They get visitors from all over
the world and they put the national flags of the visitors out in front of the
Here's a photo of
the inn with flags from England, Canada and the United States. In the last month we've seen flags from Ireland, England, Finland and Switzerland.
We also enjoy all the
special events around the island such as the Penn Cove Water Festival in
which took place a couple of weeks ago. The main event features about a half
dozen different Native Northwest Indian tribes competing in canoe races. These
traditional canoes range in sizes from 1 man/woman boats to 11 man boats.
This photo is of
one of the longer boats being carried in after a race.
The weather this
past month was really quite comfortable up until this past week. The
temperatures have been in the record breaking range of the high 80's and low
90's. Finally this weekend we are back into our more normal daily highs of 65°
All in all the summer
is off to a great start!
Ken and Marilyn
Rockler always has great specials, here's the latest!
We've talked in
the past about our sailing/rowing/motor dingy.
Well we finally
put a name on her and we think it's pretty cute.
We settled on Lil'
Dipper because in the sailing configuration it is what's called a "dipping lug"
sailboat. It's called that because when you change tack you dip the yardarm
(lug) from one side of the mast to the other. Since the boat is small and it's
a "dipping lug" what could be more appropriate than "Lil' Dipper"?
|Site Of The Month|
Roz is at it
again. Roz Savage is attempting to be the first woman to single handedly ROW
across the Pacific
doing this not only as a personal challenge but also to raise awareness of the
pollution problems with the oceans. You can follow her daily adventures as she
updates her blog everyday at http://rozsavage.blogspot.com.|
It's truly amazing
that this forty year old rather small gal is doing this. She crossed from San Francisco to Hawaii last year and now
she's on leg two of her three leg journey. She's rowing from Hawaii to Funafuti the capital of Tuvalu a Polynesian island
nation. It's a tiny target in the middle of a very large ocean.
We had some bamboo
left over from our electric fence project around our pond so I decided to make a
trivet. This can also be used as a pot stand to get your flower pots up off the deck.
Here's what you'll
Copper or brass
Clear acrylic spray
I cut the bamboo between
the knuckles at a sharp angle on a band saw. You could use any saw that will
cut bamboo. I cut the lengths so that the ends were shorter and gradually
increased in length to the center.
The tricky part is
drilling the holes. I drilled four holes, two pairs 1" apart with about a 2"
space in the middle.
I used a drill
press but you could easily use a hand drill just carefully mark the holes so
that when they are drilled the angled ends will all align up. Drill the holes
as straight through the bamboo as possible.
Lightly sand the
bamboo to make it clean and smooth.
Hook up the end of
the wire and run it through the beads and bamboo.
Tightly knot up
the other end against the bead.
Repeat this for
all four holes.
Spray with clear acrylic.
That's it you now
have a very nice looking trivet on which to put hot dishes or flower pots.
Remember we have all of our past projects archived on our web site at www.runnerduck.com. Just click on the Craft Egg.
|The Tempos Big Swing Band|
|The Tempos summer concert schedule is coming together. If you are going to be in the Seattle area during the following dates come check us out.|
If you are in the Seattle area and interested in hiring a great band The Tempos are ready to perform for you. Just drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Early Ford Picnic, June 7, 11:00 - 1:30, Bellevue Community College
- The Burien Strawberry Festival, June 20, 5:00- 7:00 Burien Community Park
- The Ballard Locks, August 16, 2:00 - 4:00, Ballard Locks
News and CD of the Week
The Tempos CD, "Big Swing", features fourteen great swing songs from the 40's and 50's. If you love the old big band swing music we think you'll enjoy this CD. It's the kind of music that makes you just want to get up and dance, you do remember how to swing don't you?
The only place you can get this CD is from our web site. Go to www.thetempos.com and click on the "Click Here" at the top of the web page or click the album cover.
If you'd like to get a taste of this CD just go to The Tempos web site. When you are at the Tempos web site click on the horn valve button that says "Hear our CD". Then click on the song titles to hear a little bit of each song.
The Tempos big swing band is available for hire. If you have a special event that could use the wonderful music of a classic sixteen piece big band be sure to contact email@example.com. We perform all over the Seattle area for all sorts of events.
|Joke of the Month|
This months joke
came from Dee B.
SECRET TO A LONG AND HAPPY
At All Saints Lutheran Church
they have a weekly husband's marriage
seminar. At the session last
week, the Pastor asked Ole, who was
approaching his 50th wedding
anniversary, to take a few minutes and
share some insight into how he
had managed to stay married to the
same woman all these years.
'Vell,' Ole replied to the
assembled husbands, 'I've tried to treat
her nice, spend da money on her,
but best of all I took her to
Norvay for da 20th anniversary!'
The Pastor responded, 'Ole, you
are an amazing inspiration to all
the husbands here! Please tell us
what you are planning for your
for your 50th anniversary."
Ole proudly replied, 'I'm a-gonna
go get her.'
If you've got a funny family friendly joke send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
|This Month's Free Recipe|
Lotus Cream (Ice Cream)
This is a really good summer recipe that we got from Nicky B. If you like home made ice cream you're going to love this.|
In a large bowl pour 1/4 Cream and Milk and add beaten Egg, Salt and Sugar.
- 2 Cups Cream
- 1 1/2 Cups Milk or 3 1/2 Cups 1/2 & 1/2
- 1 Fresh Egg
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cup Cane Sugar
- 1 Lemon, grate peel and squeeze juice
- 4 Tablespoons Lemon Juice or adjust to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
- 1/3 Cup Sliced Almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
- 5 Pounds Crushed Ice
- Rock Salt
Blend with a whisk or hand beater.
Pour the rest of the Cream and Milk into freezer can.
Add Blended ingredients, Lemon Peel and Lemon Juice, mix well.
Taste and adjust ingredients to your own taste a little at a time.
Put the paddles into the ice cream maker and put the lid on.
Layer ice and rock salt, turn the crank and add more layers as needed. Do not get the ice and rock salt over the lid.
After about 20 minutes of cranking your ice cream should be ready to serve. Let the kids lick the paddles and serve up a big bowl for everyone!
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This Months Woodworking Project
We struggled with what to call this project, is it a greenhouse or an atrium. Because it's not sealed or intended to create its own weather we called it a "greenhouse".
This greenhouse was designed to fit on top of the sewing cabinet we recently converted, www.runnerduck.com/sewing_cabinet/sewing_cabinet.htm. Because it is specifically for that I've left off most dimensions and given you more of a concept and guide. You can use your own dimensions to fit your table. I'll point out the particular problems that I had as the project progressed.
Because of the many steps required for this project I decided not to post the whole thing in this newsletter. To view the entire project go to www.runnerduck.com/green_house/green_house.htm
Here's a rendering of the greenhouse as I started the project.
I made everything out of 3/4" hemlock and would probably not do that again. While hemlock is a nice straight grain wood to work with this project has many sharp edges and I found that the hemlock has a tendency to split along sharp edges.
That's about it for this month. We hope you liked this project. If you build it and your friends ask where you got such a clever idea, please tell them that you got it at RunnerDuck.com.
If any of you have wood projects to share I would be happy to put it into a format for our newsletter. Just send me an email at email@example.com and lets see what we can come up with. Thank you!
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