| WELCOME BACK: Happy Spring 2003! While many of you are wondering when winter will end,especially those folks in the Rocky Mountain region, officially it's over.Isn't it funny how a date on the calendar signifies the end of a seasonwhile a foot of snow falls on your head? Here in Western Washington we'vebeen having Spring for quite a while although the spring rains have beenright there with it. We hope those of you still suffering from the cold andsnow will soon be basking in the warm Spring rains.
Now that G-dub has pulled the trigger we can only hope and pray that it willsoon be over and with little blood shed. If everything goes according toplan the people of Iraq will be better off after removal of a tyrannicalleader. We really hope that the people of the world will see the good sideof the Americans and that our intentions are honorable. Like we said lastweek, we don't like to express any political views here but we do pray forour troops and the good people of Iraq.
Ken's brother Ron is back home after his quick trip up to see his new grandson. Like all proud grandfathers he has shared a picture of the baby with us. Please join us in welcoming Kian Larkin Bloomquist into the world. Here is a picture of him last Sunday at four days old.
Wow, what a chunk, 9.9 pounds, and look at all that hair. This kid could almost pass for a toddler.
It won't be long and you'll be getting your summer cabin ready to enjoy. One really nice thing that you could do for it is to order a custom Adirondack sign from Ron Godin's rustic Adirondack art. He'll make a wonderful sign that says anything you want. To check them out just go to www.runnerduck.com/crafts.htm and see what he has for you.
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| What's New This Week? Spring 2003 is definitely new. Today is the first full day of spring andit's almost time for the grass to be cut, seeds to be planted and trees tobe pruned. Since you've procrastinated all winter long now would be a goodtime to sharpen all those blades and cutters and get the gas poweredequipment tuned up. Change the oil in your lawn mower and weed eater tostart the season fresh. Some people believe in dumping the old gasoline butI've run gas powered equipment on gasoline that is several years old anddidn't have a problem. "Martha" on the other had would have you changing theair in the tires so you have fresh air in them for the season. You'll findyour summer maintenance jobs a lot more pleasurable with sharp tools and goodrunning equipment.
Once you are at the Microsoft Support site click on the Find and Download Software link under Support Menu. Select what you would like to update like Microsoft Windows Update and the next window that opens will ask to Scan For Updates. When you click this button they will analyze your computer and give you a suggested list of updates and patches. Select the ones you want and let the software install them. I found that when I did this it told me that there were some updates that had to be done first. That's part of what took so long. Install the update, restart the computer, log back onto their web site and go through the whole routine again until everything is updated.
It shouldn't be that much of a pain if you are fairly current. But in my case I was way out of date. Good luck and stay safe.
SITE OF THE WEEK
One of the really nice things about writing this newsletter is that we get to met some really wonderful people. One of our more recent acquaintances is Christen G. and his seven year old daughter Ellie. They live in the English Lake District at the bottom of the Helvellyn mountainrange, on the southern shore of Ullswater (an eight mile long inland lake) in the UK. He runs pleasure cruises, Ullswater Steamers, on their 125 year old passenger boats and has The Pier House restaurant.
Spring Flower Napkin Holder
This is one of those projects that the kids can do, with a little help from an adult, that look really nice and are useful. You'll want to make one for every place setting on the table.
Be sure to have your parents help you with the cutting so you don't cut yourself!
Using the pattern from our web site at www.runnerduck.com/napkin-ring-pattern.jpg, cut out the different parts of the project. You can mix up the colors if you like but you should probably keep the leaves green.
Put the stem through the slit in the pedals.
Now put the other end of the stem through the leaves and pedals.
Doing this you've formed a loop that the napkin will go through.
There, now that was simple and really looks nice, doesn't it?
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 email@example.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.
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Saute Onions, add Rice, Cheese, Tomatoes, and Seasonings.
Cut the Peppers in half lengthwise and stuff.
Bake at 325 degrees C for 30 to 35 minutes.
Serve it up as a wonderful side dish and your guests or family will go nuts.
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