WELCOME BACK: Happy Fourth of July everyone! We hope you have a safe and sane holiday with your friends and family. We're celebrating rather low key again this year. The town we live in does not allow fireworks so you'd think that all would be quite on the Western front but not so. From our vantage point up on the hill we get to see and hear everything that goes on in the valley.
You can almost see where the city limit is because there is an arsenal of fireworks just outside the line while there is a smattering inside the city. I guess some people just need to live dangerously. We can see the big commercial displays at some of the schools but the more exciting displays are the private individuals and groups that have gotten together to blow up things. The whole valley lights up like a war zone for about two hours, pretty spectacular.
If you have a strong need to blow up some stuff this year please pay attention to all that is around you and pay special attention to the kids. It's amazing how many people end up getting hurt each year. We need all the readers we can get so please play it cool.
Just to keep you abreast of our up coming grandchild, here's the latest. Jenni, Ken's daughter, is due at the end of July. Because the baby seems to be anxious to get out of there she has been put on bed rest. Everything is still looking really good but they would like the baby to hang on for a little while longer. Nothing more fun than trying to do bed rest when there is a two year old bouncing off the walls around you. We're all pulling for her and like the new baby, we can hardly wait.
What happened to all our famous people this week? It seems like falling dominos in the world of entertainment. First we lost Katherine Hepburn then Buddy Hackett and now Strom Thurmond. We include Strom Thurmond as entertainer because of his past history in government life. It's hard to believe that they are gone when they are people that you've seen your whole life. It's wonderful that we have all the old movies and footage to remember them by.
We are currently in discussions with several crafters to sell their art pieces on our web site. Stay tuned for further updates as we finalize things. If you are a crafter who would like to sell their creations through our web site please drop us a line and we'll see what we can do. We currently only have one persons crafts on display, Ron Godin, but would love to add more. Check it out at www.runnerduck.com/craft.htm.
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What's New This Week? Boat problems! Since Ken's brother Ron is up from California and helping out we decided to have him help change one of the starters on our boat. The starboard starter decided to die the last time we used the boat. It's never fun to get into the engine compartment and work on things because there just isn't any room. It seems like every time you want to access a bolt there is something else in the way.
After a few bruised knuckles and a few dropped tools and hardware down into the bilge we got it out. It seems that the armature was broken. We were lucky to find a rebuilt one and got it installed. It was a lot easier put in the new one.
Since we don't like to boil the batteries dry with the charger we turn it off when we're not using the boat for a while. Because of this the batteries were dead and we couldn't start it. After a day on the chargers we went back up to the boat and both engines started just fine. We put the port engine in and out of gear to check things out and it worked just fine. When we tried the starboard engine nothing happened. The shifter would not move. It appears that the shift linkage cable is frozen. This wouldn't be so bad except the only way to change the cable is to haul the boat and pull the outdrive off. The wonderful thing about boating is nothing is cheap. Here's a break down of this $30 repair.
Haul the boat (in and out) $186
Pressure wash $30
Environmental fee $30
Remove and replace the outdrive (labor) $300
Linkage cable $30
Endless hours of waxing, priceless!
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Something else that is new this week is the Federal Government has finally taken action on solicitor phone calls. They have set up a web page where you can register up to three phone numbers to add to the "Do Not Call" list. If you register before August 31st you should stop receiving about 80% of unsolicited phone calls by October 1st. It's a very simple process, just go to www.donotcall.gov and add your phone numbers.
It takes all of about three minutes. After you register you'll receive an email that you must respond to by clicking on the enclosed link. That will open up a web page that completes your registration.
The email says, "Once you have registered, your phone number registration will be effective for 5 years. It will be illegal for most telemarketers to call you, and you will be able to file a complaint if a telemarketer does call you. The website www.donotcall.gov provides information about filing a complaint.
SITE OF THE WEEK
On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from England and Democracy was
born. As they say, the rest is history, lots of history. Have you ever had a
curiosity about the Fourth of July holiday beyond it being Independence Day?
We found a site that that has been a work in progress for the past eight
years. In their Purpose and Scope section they say, "This database was begun
in 1995 by James Heintze, Librarian at American University, Washington, D.C.
Its purpose is to bring together in one source selected examples of Fourth
of July celebrations that have occurred throughout our nation's history from
1776 to 2003. The goal is to capture a slice of the American cultural
tradition--its pageantry, spectacle, music, and symbol in order to enhance
our understanding of the American character and heritage."
Be prepared to do some serious reading about the Fourth. They have amassed
a ton of great information. Just go to
www.american.edu/heintze/fourth.htm and enjoy.
If you are a kid that wants to have some holiday fun check out
www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/july4. They have all kinds of really fun
Fourth of July activities just for kids.
Be prepared to do some serious reading about the Fourth. They have amassed a ton of great information. Just go to www.american.edu/heintze/fourth.htm and enjoy.
If you are a kid that wants to have some holiday fun check out www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/july4. They have all kinds of really fun Fourth of July activities just for kids.
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Fourth of July Fun Rocket
We had such fun with this project last year we thought we'd feature it again. We all know that many fireworks are unsafe and can cause fires. Well here's a little Fourth of July fun that is relatively safe. It does require some adult supervision but what the heck, it's always fun to play with your folks.
Here's what you'll need:
Here's what you'll need:
Put about a 3/4 tablespoon of baking soda into the middle of a 4" X 4" piece of tissue paper. Fold up the corners and twist the ends so the baking soda will stay inside the tissue. This makes the release of the gasses a little slower so you have time to put in the vinegar, put on the lid, put it down and stand back. Poke the tissue down into the film canister.
Put 1 tablespoons of vinegar into a small container.
Have an adult help with the next step.
Pour the vinegar into the film canister, put the lid on, place it on a flat surface with the lid down and stand back.
It should take about 2 seconds for it to "pop-off". Remember the results are unpredictable so you may have to play around with it and try different film canisters to get the best results.
It can be fun to decorate your rocket with paint and even a paper nose cone.
Have fun and enjoy the Fourth!
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Add Boiling Water and cook over direct heat until thick and clear, stirring constantly.
Stir a portion of hot mixture into the beaten Egg Yolks then add the egg yolk mixture to the portion remaining in the saucepan.
Stir in Butter and cook over low heat for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Stir in Lemon Juice, grated Lemon Peel and Vanilla.
Save out 1 cup to use as a topping.
To the remaining hot filling add the Gelatin which has been soaked in 1/4 cup cold water.
Stir until the Gelatin dissolves.
Blend in Half and Half and chill until the mixture forms mounds when dropped from a spoon.
Beat the Egg Whites until stiff but not dry.
Fold into chilled gelatin mixture.
Spoon into a baked Pie Shell and chill until set.
When set, spread the cup of filling you reserved over the top.
Garnish with whipped cream if desired.
This pie is suitable for freezing.
We think you will absolutely love this pie and take it on many a summer picnic.
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