August 15, 2003

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WELCOME BACK:   What a fun weekend we had entertaining the fine people of Bothell and Seattle. The Tempos played at the Bothell Landing in Bothell, Washington and had a great turn out. The weather was threatening all day long and just as we were setting up our equipment a few sprinkles started to fall. They had a cover for the band but it wasn't big enough for all of us. But as luck would have it the skies cleared up and the concert went on. We had the people dancing all over the place and they really seemed to like the old swing tunes.

On Sunday the weather was even worse with heavy showers most of the morning. The band was to play at the Hiram Chittenden Locks in Ballard, Washington at 2:00. Once again it was sprinkling when we got there and by the time we were ready to play the sun was out and the concert began.
The Locks is a fun place to play because you get to entertain two groups of people. There are the locals that bring their picnic lunches and blankets and the tourists that come to see the world famous Locks. Over the course of the two hour concert there is probably a thousand or more people that walk by the stage on their way to the Locks and fish ladder. They stop, listen to a song or two and then move on. These people are from all over the world so we really get some good exposure.

All in all it was a perfect weekend of making people toe tapping happy!

Now it's back to work at Sandy Point on our dock project. If you remember from our previous newsletters we've rebuilt the dilapidated old dock and now have our boat tied up to it. Our project this weekend is to try and put the ramp from shore to the dock. Currently we have to dingy from the neighbors dock over to ours. Hopefully after this weekend we'll just be able to walk down to it.
The project includes digging a hole, building a foundation frame, mixing and pouring cement and finally placing our new 40 foot aluminum ramp between the foundation and the dock. Any of you have some spare time this weekend? We'll fill in all the details next week.

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
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Thank you,
Ken and Marilyn

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What's New This Week? Back in June we mentioned the Mars Exploration Rovers that we launched to explore Mars. In July told you about that describes the weather conditions on Mars. This week Mike Strasburg tells us that it might be a good time to go visit the planet. You see Mars is closer to the earth than it's been in 60,000 years. We will be just 55.6 million kilometers away and this should cut down your travel time by quite a bit.
Actually, the reason we mention this is because you can see the red planet as the brightest thing in the sky, next to the moon. With just a good pair of binoculars you can get a pretty good look at it. For more information go to


      Have you patched your Windows operating system yet? If not you might be part of the problem. We are always telling you to install all the patches that Microsoft has available to help reduce the vulnerability of getting a virus but some of you just don't listen. Well this latest virus is nasty because you can get it by just being logged onto the Internet.
The virus sits there on a host machine just looking for a open IP address. An IP address is what is assigned to each and every computer connected to the Internet. When it finds one open it writes a copy of its self to that machine and now that machine starts doing the same thing. You can imagine using that approach how fast a large number of computers can become infected.
The good news is that it does not appear to cause any damage to your computer other than slowing things down. You can download virus scan software from and to scan your computer to see if you are infected. You can download the patch from Microsoft and install it to prevent you from getting it. Good luck and keep your patches current!


     Actually this is not as much a site as it is a neat little program. Have you ever wished you had an alarm clock on your computer? It would be great to remind you to go do something when you are deeply engrossed in surfing the web or writing a newsletter. Another good use for an alarm clock is to remind you to get up and take a break from the computer. It's hard on the eyes and body to sit there for hours staring at the screen.
Talking Alarm Clock can remind you of important dates and events by using a popup dialog, sound notification or Microsoft Agent character animation. You can schedule one-time reminders or recurring events (daily, monthly, weekly) and also limit alarms to certain Windows users. The program runs in the system tray and offers an attractive and easy to use interface that allows you to add new alarms easily.
We got this program from which is a great resource for all kinds of programs. While you are there downloading Talking Alarm Clock snoop around and see if there are any other programs that might interest you. For Talking Alarm Clock go to


Tin Potpourri

     Do you still have some tin left over from last weeks project? Well here's another great little project you can make with it. Be sure and get the help of an adult to cut and bend the tin. It can be very sharp and cut you.

Here's what you'll need:
  • Tin panels. You can get them at most craft stores.
  • Hanky
  • 1/4" Ribbon
  • Potpourri
  • Other Decorations
Cut the tin panel into fourths.
Using one fourth, fold two sides into the shape of a cone.
Poke holes so you can tie the sides together in the middle.
Poke a hole in the top to hang it. Put a ribbon through the hole for a hanger.
You can hang an bell or other decoration from your cone.
Take a Hanky and put some Potpourri in it. Fold up the Hanky and stuff it down in the cone.

That's all there is to it. It looks like you spent a lot more time then you did making it. They are wonderful gifts for friends and family.

     We hope you enjoy Marilyn's Corner and look forward to all the fun things she brings you each week. If you have a fun project that would be suitable for our newsletter we'd love to share it with our readers. Just contact and we'll do the rest.

Remember we have all of our past projects archived on our web site at Just click on the Projects or Kids Only Eggs.

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The Tempos
News and CD of the Week

As you can tell from our welcoming story the band had a great time at these two summer concerts. That's it for public appearances right now. If you want to hear and dance to The Tempos I'd recommend hiring them for your next event.

     Don't forget that The Tempos big swing band is available for hire. If you have a special event that could use the wonderful music of a classic big band be sure to contact

      My all time favorite bass player is Ray Brown. This CD brings us nothing but the very best he has to offer. Mr. Jim from Missouri has this to say about this album, "Ray Brown is without a doubt, one of the greatest bass players ever...always in the fun-mode...moods that take on every aspect in the music genre. Performing with Ray is - Gene Harris (piano) and Jeff Hamilton (drums), one of the most compatible threesomes ever to go with their creative styles, and blending to perfection.
Of course there are stand outs - "SUMMER WIND", always associated with Sinatra and Nelson Riddle, but what a great performance this group shells out..."THE REAL BLUES", the Ray Brown tune keeps the gang low-down-diggin' the blues, Harris clearly has the pulse of the moment..."LI'L DARLIN'", composed by Neal Hefti for the great Count Basie, this was one of Basie's stock numbers - but listen to Ray's arrangement, feels real good the way it just flows from each musician.
The entire album is a "gas" - that grooves and loaded with fun the guys are having, is evident from the audience reaction - Concord has captured the moment - "Live At The Loa", and we are there to enjoy the spin this CD, sit back and give a listen to some the best jazz you'll ever hear!


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      We have offered up about 100 conservation tips over the past couple of years and now we'd like to hear from you. Obviously there are different concerns in different parts of the country and in the world. Please take a moment and send us your suggestions for conserving just about anything. As you know, conservation is not just water and power but all resources that can be wasted. While some of your suggestions will have already been covered by us in previous newsletters we'll publish any new ideas we get in future newsletters. Please take a second and drop us a line at

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This weeks Joke was forwarded to us by Frank M.

An old man decided his old wife was getting hard of hearing. So he called her doctor to make an appointment to have her hearing checked.

The Doctor said he could see her in two weeks, and meanwhile there's a simple, informal test the husband could do to give the doctor some idea of the dimensions of the problem.

"Here's what you do. Start about 40 feet away from her, and speak in a normal conversational tone and see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response."

So that evening she's in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he's in the living room, and he says to himself, "I'm about 40 feet away, let's see what happens."

"Honey, what's for supper?" No response.

So he moves to the other end of the room, about 30 feet away. "Honey, what's for supper?" No response.

So he moves into the dining room, about 20 feet away. "Honey, what's for supper?" No response.

On to the kitchen door, only 10 feet away. "Honey, what's for supper?". No response.

So he walks right up behind her. "Honey, what's for supper?"

"For the FIFTH time, CHICKEN!!!!"


Blueberry Upside Down Cake
      The berries are ripe and it's time to get to baking. This delicious upside down cake came from Ken's mom's recipe box. We don't know the history of it but it's really good.
  • 1/4 Cup Oleo (margarine)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 2 Cups washed fresh Blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Grated Lemon Rind
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
Melt 1/4 cup of the Oleo in a 9" square pan.
Sprinkle with Brown Sugar.
Mix Blueberries and Lemon Rind and put in the pan spreading them out evenly.
Cream the remaining Oleo in a pan.
Add Sugar and beat until light.
Add Eggs and beat well.
Mix all dry ingredients alternately with the Milk to the first mixture beating after each addition until smooth.
Spread it over the berries.
Bake at 375 degrees F for about 30 minutes.
Let stand for 10 minutes then turn over onto a serving dish.

Believe me, this will really wow your family and guests.

Remember, if you have a recipe you'd like to share please send it to

     Every month we post a new recipe on our web page. Be sure and check out the August recipe at the RunnerDuck Kitchen Store.
We'd be happy to post your favorite recipe there or in our newsletter and give you credit. Just drop a line to


"Blueberry Peaches, Red Robin Pie, An annotated Cookbook of Mississippi Gulf Coast Recipes" by Stella LA Violette

We were looking for a cookbook to compliment this weeks recipe and stumbled across this wonderful sounding cookbook. While it doesn't have a whole lot to do with blueberries it does have a lot to do with wonderful cooking.
One person that reviewed this cookbook wrote the following, "Blueberry Peaches, And Red Robin Pie is a wonderful cookbook for lovers of the foods and fruits of the Mississippi Delta. A believer in using fine, fresh ingredients, cook Stella presents her luscious no-nonsense recipes for salads, chowders, soups, of course seafood, meats, poultry, and side dishes such as Dolce Acorn Squash. Stella does not believe in substitutions or skimping on ingredients. Blueberry Peaches, And Red Robin Pie is all about real food, real enjoyment, and real living. It is an altogether delightful cookbook."


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RunnerDuck Note Pad

     Marilyn came up with this cute idea for a note pad and I liked it, so I made it. A lot of times that's how we come up with our projects. We hope you enjoy this one as much as we did.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 6" X 24" X 1/2" Poplar
  • 1/16" diameter wire 6" long
  • White and Orange Paint
  • Glue
  • A Pencil
  • 3" X 5" Note Pad
Here is the pattern and larger pictures of this project. Just click on the picture below.


Trace the Pattern onto the piece of wood.

Cut out the duck.
Cut two small pieces large enough for the feet. Trace the foot pattern onto one piece. Put the two pieces together with double backed tape and cut out both at one time.

Cut a piece 4 1/4" X 1 1/4".
Glue the feet onto the piece and the piece onto the duck body as shown in the pattern. Clamp them in place until dry.

Bend the wire 90 degrees on both ends just a tad wider than the note pad. Cut each end to about 3/8" long.

Put the note pad on the duck so that the bottom of the pad is just a little above the toes of the feet.
Mark both sides of the pad at the top. Using the wire mark the location to drill the holes.
Drill two 1/16" holes through the duck body.
Adjust the wire to fit into the two holes. Check that the note pad will hang on the wire when it is inserted.
Remove the wire and apply a small amount of glue and put it back in. Leave just enough space for the cardboard of the pad to slide through.

Paint your duck and put a picture hanger on the back.

Like all of our projects this would make a great gift or fun to use for yourself.

We hope you've enjoyed this project and have good success with it. Remember, if you ever have any problems with our projects just drop us a line and we'll try to help. Since we build every one of these projects we have a pretty good idea of how to get through them. We also make lots of mistakes so we can help avoid them. If you have a project that you would like to share please drop us a line and we'll help get it published in the RunnerDuck review. We are looking for woodworking, gardening, crafts and kids projects so send us your thoughts at .

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