February 6, 2004

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WELCOME BACK:   Well Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow so they say that well have six more weeks of winter. Have you ever looked at a calendar and noticed that spring is about six weeks away? Maybe the big rodent isn't so smart after all :-) Here is Washington State our local rodents did not see their shadow so for use winter must almost be over. Our trees are starting to show lots of buds, the crocus are coming up and spring is in the air, all be it a cool air!

I need to clarify a little statement I made last week. When we sent the picture of our newest grandson, Hudson, playing in the dog food dish we said that he was getting to be a handful. Jenni, Ken's daughter, said that he was a wonderful baby and no problem at all. All we meant was that once they start crawling they have a lot more opportunity to explore their world and get into things hence, "becoming a handful". We know he's wonderful and no offence intended.

We want to remind you that Valentines Day is just around the corner and we don't want you to forget your sweetie. Take a look through our online stores and see if that special gift is there waiting for you. Every time you buy something through one of our affiliate stores we get a tiny, and we do mean tiny, percentage but every bit helps. One of the biggest shopping sites on the Internet is Amazon.com and they are one of our affiliate stores. If you are shopping for something on Amazon please think of us first. When you are ready to do your shopping just go to our web page, www.runnerduck.com and click on the Amazon banner about one page down. There's a "Shop Now and Save" banner for Amazon. Just click on it and you'll be taken directly to Amazon. We have other store links on our site, like Rockler Woodworking, that work the same way. Just snoop around and have a ball.

Oh yeah, don't forget that we have a link to 123 Greetings where you can send greeting cards to that special sweetie on Valentines Day. You can select your card and then set it to be sent on the 14th. Do it now while you are thinking about it and then you'll look like a hero when it arrives on time. Again, just go to our web page and click on the 123 Greetings link and away you go.

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We keep telling you about our craft site but have you actually gone and checked it out? We currently have Wood'n Wares, hand made maple kitchen utensils and Ron Godin's Adirondack art signs on display. These are some great crafts that would look great in your home or make great gifts. Check them out at www.runnerduck.com/craft.htm.
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Ken and Marilyn

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What's New This Week?   Thanks goodness the Super Bowl is over. What a fiasco! The game was good and some of the commercials were funny but we don't even want to talk about half time. Now we can get back to the Democratic primaries, woops, we don't want to got there either ;-)

One thing we started last year and plan to continue this year is our Grammy web sight. We put together a site that has all the Grammy award winners for every category and a link to where you can purchase the CD's. Since the Grammy's are this Sunday it will take a little while to get them up but will do it as soon as we can. This is a great resource for all you music lovers because it covers every style of music you can imagine. It's sort of a one stop shopping place to find all the best of the best from 2003.


      Marilyn's dad, Frank, has not been receiving our newsletter. He use to but has not gotten it for the last two weeks. We've tried sending it several times and he never gets it. We don't get any indication that it bounced or anything. We asked him to call his Internet service provider (ISP) to see if anything use up with them. They said that because of all the viruses and spam out there they had instituted new filtering software, thank you very much! They said that there must be something in our newsletter that is causing it to be blocked.

Let's see, he gets lots of emails about enlarging parts of his body, how to get a bachelors degree, offers to participate in offshore financial transactions and other spam like that but send a wholesome family fun newsletter like RunnerDuck and Wham, they put the clamps on.

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     Have you ever tried Origami, the fine art of folding paper. We're sure you've see all those cute little doves and other foul that many people fold from just plain pieces of paper. Now for the real question, have you ever seen a motorcycle made from paper? Well we hadn't either. This weeks site not only has motorcycles but many different kinds of birds and not the Origami type. These birds look like real birds. It's just amazing what you can do with some paper and a little imagination.

If you have a printer and a little patients you will find this paper art quite fascinating. The directions to make these creations can be quite long and involved but once you see what they make you'll understand.

Just go to, www.yamaha-motor.co.jp/eng/papercraft/ and prepare to become a paper artist!


Valentine's Hat Box

     It's been said that special things come in small packages. Well how about a small pretty package? This hat box project is fun and uses a lot of your creative abilities.

Here's what you'll need:

A small round box with a lid that you can get at the craft store.
Ribbon, gold rope, beads, cloth and anything else that might make it pretty.
A pressed flower

Arrange your decorations to make you box look pretty. I cut and put a piece of patterned cloth in the bottom and bordered it with some gold rope.
I glued a pressed flower in the middle of the lid and paint it with clear decoupage. If you made our flower press project, www.runnerduck.com/kc_flower_press.htm, than you would have plenty to choose from :-)
Decorate the outside of the box and you should be ready to fill it with lots of lovely gifts.

Some ideas for filling the box are, candy, potpourri, a gift certificate or a 20 carrot diamond ring!

     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 marilyn@runnerduck.com and we'll do the rest.

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

Kids Stuff

Remember, Valentine gifts are for kids too. Here's a great selection of special Valentine's gifts just for kids.

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The Tempos
News and CD of the Week

We are excited to report that the Tempos piano player Wayne is recovering from his prostrate removal surgery. We are absolutely sure that all of you prayers helped a lot. He is doing well but it will be a slow recovery. We don't expect to see him tickling the ivories for a few weeks. We wish him the best recovery and hurry back, we miss you!

     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 thetempos@runnerduck.com. We perform all over the Seattle area for all sorts of events.

Album Pick of the Week

Various CD's to Set the Mood

One of the things that make any special event more special is music. This Valentines Day a little soft music might just be the ticket. We have selected a web page that gives you many choices from you favorite artists to set that just perfect mood! You'll find great CD's from Sting, Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr, and Billie Holiday just to name a few.


Remember, we have a link on our web site, www.runnerduck.com, to our ever popular Grammy® Shopper site. If you haven't been there yet just click HERE to see all the 2003 Grammy® winners complete with links to purchase any one of them.

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Q: Please keep your suggestions for dust control coming. We'll be doing an article on dust control in the near future and would love to include your suggestions. Just send your suggestions to projects@runnerduck.com, thank you!


      Do you work in an office where conference lights are always on and computer monitors stay on all night? Become an energy champion at work and take a proactive stance against energy waste. The company where I work there are always conference rooms with all the lights on and the video projector just sitting there wasting energy. Every time I see that I turn them off. I've worked with the IT department to make sure that at a minimum the computer is set up so the monitors will go to standby after some period of time. A few little efforts like this in the work place and you can make a big difference. Who knows you may gat a big fat raise for conserving so much energy :-)

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This is from Tom H., thanks Tom.

Ain't this the truth!

I was tired of being bossed around by my wife; so I went to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist said I needed to build my self-esteem, and so he gave me a book on assertiveness, which I read on the way home. I finished the book by the time I reached my house.

I stormed into the house and walked up to my wife. Pointing a finger in her face, and said, "From now on, I want you to know that "I" am the man of this house, and my word is law! I want you to prepare me a gourmet meal tonight, and when I'm finished eating my meal, I expect a sumptuous dessert afterwards.

Then, after dinner, you're going to draw me my bath so I can relax. And, when I'm finished with my bath, guess who's going to dress me and comb my hair?"

"The funeral director," she said.


Poke Cake

Poke Cake, now there's a cake you can poke a stick at :-) Actually this is a really yummy cake recipe that is fun to make and fun to eat.


  • 1 Package Lime Gelatin (3 ounces)
  • 1 Package Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake Mix
  • 1 Tub of Cool Whip
  • 1 Package Lemon Instant Pudding Mix (4 servings)
Following the directions on the box for baking the cake.
While the cake is baking dissolve the Gelatin in 3/4 Cup boiling water.
Add 1/2 Cup cold water and set aside at room temperature.
Cool the cake for 20 - 25 minutes and then poke deep holes with chop sticks about 1" apart. Be sure and do this while the cake is still a little warm.
Slowly and carefully pour the Gelatin into each hole until full.
Refrigerate the cake while preparing the topping.
Blend the Cool Whip and Pudding.
Spread the topping on the cake and you are ready to serve a really delicious dessert.

Remember, if you have a recipe you'd like to share please send it to marilyn@runnerduck.com.

     Every month we post a new recipe on our web page. Be sure and check out the NEW February recipe on Monday 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 marilyn@runnerduck.com.


"Get Togethers: Rachael Ray 30 Minute Meals"
by Rachael Ray

We like to watch cooking shows and one that is always interesting is Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Recipes. She actually make the entire recipe in 30 minutes during her show. Some shows make you think you'll be out of the kitchen in 30 minutes but usually it's more like half a day. Not with Ms. Ray.
Virginia Lavish from Clifton Park, New York USA, had this to say about this cookbook, As before, I was NOT disappointed Rachael's latest book. Her technique and enthusiasm comes thru clearly, as it does on her show. I LOVE being able to make something in about 30 min.. even if it takes ME 31 min or so (I don't chop as fast)!! BUT!!! being retired does not mean I have more time to spend in the kitchen..if anything I have LESS.. So being able to put together a meal quickly works great for me and my (also retired) husband. THANKS FOR THE LATEST EDITION of your collection of recipes and cooking techniques. WE LOVE your show and watch it all the time. You have an infectious smile... Can't wait for the next cook book ...I AM SURE one is in the works!!!!
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Shoe Shine Planter

Since we believe the groundhog didn't see his shadow here is Western Washington we figure it's time to start getting ready for the planting season. Flower planters placed around the yard are always fun, especially when they have a little character to them. We think this shoe shine planter does just that.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 8" X 3/4" X 8' cedar
  • Nails
  • Glue
Here's an exploded view of this project. Click on the picture for a bigger view.

Cut all the pieces as shown in the exploded view above.
Use you table saw miter to cut the angles for the sides.

Rabbet the bottom 3/8" in and 3/8" deep all the way around. It's better if you go a little heavy on the 3/8" in by a 32nd of an inch.
Cut a 3/8" X 3/8" groove 3/4" up from the bottom of the sides and ends. It's best if you make the groove a tiny bit deeper for expansion.

Make the shoe pattern any way you like. You can use an actual shoe for the pattern or just sketch one out.
Double back tape the two shoe pieces together and cut them at once on the band saw.
Separate the parts and cut the heal off of the top part.
Glue and nail all the pieces together.

That's it now throw some dirt and seeds in there and wait for spring.

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If you have a project that you would like to share please send us an email 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 projects@runnerduck.com .

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