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April 3, 2010
 Welcome Back

Wow what a month we had. Weather wise it was pretty typical March weather here in Western Washington. Sunshine, rain, partly cloudy, hail, wind, sunshine, snow, you get the idea. Hopefully we are all done with any freezing weather and we can start seeing our garden grow.

The big news is a visitor that came to see us this month. We're sure you've heard us talk about her many times in our "Site of the Month" section of this newsletter. Roz Savage, the first woman to row the Atlantic Ocean SOLO and who is currently attempting to be the first woman to row the Pacific Ocean SOLO shared our campfire.

What an honor that she would come to our little home and spend some time with us. So far she has rowed across the Atlantic Ocean and from Los Angles, California to Hawaii and from Hawaii to Tarawa. She had many stories to tell about her adventures and we shared lots of philosophy on saving the planet.

Her mission at the moment is "Rowing towards a greener future" and to "Save the planet one stroke at a time". She is bringing awareness of the poor condition of our earth's oceans to the masses and showing how together, making small changes in our lives, we can have a profound effect on the earth.

While she would like to have a massive influence on "climate change" she realizes that it is really too big and controversial to get much traction. This is not saying that she's going to quit trying to raise awareness but... A more immediate impact is; "through the reduction of plastic in our daily lives the oceans will be much healthier". Plastic water bottles and plastic shopping bags that end up in the oceans or land fills do not biodegrade but instead slowly disintegrate into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic that all the species in the ocean can ingest. Ultimately we get it back in the form of the fish we eat.

After we talked the bottom line is that if everyone does a little something each day to green up the world the world will become a better place. Are you an "ECO Hero"? Check out Roz's latest blog and see how you and your family can become ECO Heroes! The ECO-Heroes web site is not fully up and running yet but you can still register at

We have definitely made a new friend and will be pulling for her in the third and final leg of the Pacific row which will begin on April 17th, if all goes well.

Roz lives out of a suitcase when she's not on her boat. Her only income is from speaking engagements, book sales and donations. We encourage all of you to visit Roz's web site where you can follow her adventure and while you're there please make a donation or buy her book, "Rowing The Atlantic, Lessons Learned On The Open Ocean". To help her out go to, We thank you and we know Roz will thank you.

Ken and Marilyn
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In This Issue
What's New
Site of the Month
Marilyn's Corner
The Tempos Big Band
Joke of the Month
This Months Recipe
Woodworking Project
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Wood Plans
Woodworking Tools
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What's New?

Coupeville has a newly rebuilt and expanded library. The good people of Coupeville and other people from Island County and Snohomish County voted for a $1.5 million dollar expansion that was just completed this month. It's really much larger, lighter and more conducive to reading and relaxing than before. It also houses a new meeting area for gatherings of all kinds. It's really nice to have something that grand in our little seaside village.


One nice feature of the new library is a web cam that they have mounted on top of the building. It points north towards town and the wharf. Check it out to see what things look like in Coupeville,

Ken has joined the "Island Life Fitness Center" to get some needed cardio exercise and some range of motion and strengthening in his bad shoulder. Another incentive is that his brother Ron, and sister Diane, are having a "weight wace". So far Ron is winning but he is also swimming a mile a day and walking three to six miles a day. Diane and Ken are still working so it's a little tougher for them. The good news is; win or loose in the weight department we're all winning in the health race.

One of the things that even small towns can't avoid is crime. Here in Coupeville crime is rampant as noted in this past months Crime Watch. Here are some of the more interesting calls our local police have received:

Monday, March 22
11:15 p.m. Caller says "they" - the family, including his mother - were visiting and were forced into the hospital, and the hospital won't release them.

Tuesday, March 23
3:56 p.m. Caller from W. Welcher and Wandering Lane reports a blue four-door car occupied by two males who were going through people's mailboxes.

Wednesday, March 24
2:36 p.m. Caller reports two high school students on S. Main skateboarding on the road and obstructing traffic.

1:28 p.m. Caller reports her bike was taken from inside her car while parked at S. Quail Trail. She says she now saw her bike on an Island Transit bus headed toward Oak Harbor.

Like I said, we're out of control ;-)

Site Of The Month

To continue with Roz's "Rowing to a greener future" theme, this week's web site is a real eye opener. It was sent to us by Roz and we've been passing it on to friends and family. We'd encourage you to do the same.

To start this adventure go to this little video on "The Story of Stuff Bottled Water"

It's a great informative video all about plastic bottles that you need to share with your children.

Now check out "Dinner, White Wine, Garlic, Butter, Clams and Oh Yeah, Styrofoam!"

After you've watched the video and seen what's for dinner surf around their web site, and share it all with your friends and family. It's a good first step in becoming an "ECO Hero"!

Marilyn's Corner

Mason Bee House


Mason bee homes are often called "trap nests" but I prefer "bee house". Mason bees are great pollinators which is always a good thing in the spring when the fruit trees are blooming. They like a home that has 1/4" to 3/8" diameter holes that are 3" to 6" deep. You can make these by drilling holes in pieces of wood but I think this house is pretty cool.

The female starts filling the hole in layers, first with nectar and pollen, then an egg, more nectar and pollen then another egg. This continues until the hole is filled. She'll cap the end of each hole with mud so it's a good idea to have these houses close to a mud source. These eggs will not hatch until the following spring and lie dormant over winter as long as they remain cold.

This Mason bee house is made from a plastic container (great way to recycle) with straight walls and has a snap on lid. It just happens to be an empty frosting container.

Attach the container to a small piece of wood using a couple of screws so that it can be mounted to a wall. You'll want to remove the nest from the wall for winter storage.

Cut straws to fit flush to the top of the container and fill it full, they should be packed really tight.

After the Mason bees have filled the tubes and they have sealed over the ends of each one with mud it's time to cool them down. Once all this activity is complete just pop the lid on the container and place it in your freezer until next spring.

March is a good time to bring it out and place it on an easterly facing wall and wait for nature to take its course.

These are very gentle bees and you can never have too many. They'll only sting if provoked by rough handling.

Be sure to get the kids involved in making these Mason bee homes, it's a great lesson of nature.

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The Tempos Big Swing Band
 If you have an event planned in the Seattle area and are in need of a great band, The Tempos are ready to perform for you. Just drop a line to

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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 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 We perform all over the Seattle area for all sorts of events.

Joke of the Month
This weeks joke comes from sister Michelle C, very cute :-)

Bigger Than The Pope

After getting all of Pope Benedict's luggage loaded into the limo (and he doesn't travel light), the driver notices the Pope is still standing on the curb.

"Excuse me, Your Holiness", says the driver, "Would you please take your seat so we can leave?"

"Well, to tell you the truth", says the Pope, "they never let me drive at the Vatican when I was a cardinal, and I'd really like to drive today."

"I'm sorry, Your Holiness, but I cannot let you do that. I'd lose my job! What if something should happen?" protests the driver wishing he'd never gone to work that morning.

"Who's going to tell?" says the Pope with a smile.

Reluctantly, the driver gets in the back as the Pope climbs in behind the wheel. The driver quickly regrets his decision when, after exiting the airport, the Pontiff floors it, accelerating the limo to 125 MPH.

"Please slow down, Your Holiness!" pleads the worried driver, but the Pope keeps the pedal to the metal until they hear sirens.

"Oh, dear God, I'm going to lose my license -- and my job!" moans the driver.

The Pope pulls over and rolls down the window as the cop approaches, but the cop takes one look at him, goes back to his motorcycle, and gets on the radio.

"I need to talk to the Chief", he says to the dispatcher.

The Chief gets on the radio and the cop tells him that he's stopped a limo going 125 MPH.

"So bust him", says the Chief.

"I don't think we want to do that, he's really important", said the cop.

The Chief exclaimed, "All the more reason!"

"No, I mean really important", said the cop with a bit of persistence.

The Chief then asked, "Who do you have there, the mayor?"

Cop: "Bigger."

Chief: "A senator?"

Cop: "Bigger."

Chief: "The President?"

Cop: "Bigger."

"Well", said the Chief, "who is it?"

Cop: "I think it's God!"

The Chief is even more puzzled and curious, "What makes you think it's God?"

Cop: "His chauffeur is the Pope!"

Give me a sense of humor, Lord,
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And pass it on to other folk.

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This Month's Free Recipe
Eggs Ala Goldenrod 
We roll this recipe out every couple of years because it is such a special treat at Easter time. After you are done with your Easter Egg Hunt make this delicious breakfast. This recipe uses one dozen hard boiled (decorated) eggs.

Peel the hard boiled eggs. (so much for the decoration)
Divide the Egg Whites into one bowl and the Yolks into another.
In the Yolk bowl add Salt and Pepper to taste and fluff with a fork. This is the Goldenrod!
In the Egg Whites bowl cut up the Egg Whites into bite size pieces.

In a saucepan make a medium white sauce as follows.

  • 4 Cups Milk
  • 8 Tablespoons Butter
  • 8 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

Melt the Butter in a pan, add Flour, Milk, Salt and Pepper.
Bring to a low boil to thicken, reduce heat and add Egg Whites. You may have to thin with a little Milk.
Pour the Cream Sauce over toast or biscuits and top with a sprinkling of the Egg Yolks.
Tasty additions include Bacon or Ham on the side or on the toast or cheddar cheese.

If you have any leftovers, (I can't imagine), add Peas, cooked Potatoes, Pearl Onions and the Yolks to the cream sauce. Serve it with your Holiday Ham.

This is a very old recipe that has been in Marilyn's family for generations. We hope you enjoy it for your Easter.

If you have a recipe you'd like to share with our readers please send it to We'd love to share it with everyone.
Woodworking Project


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This Months Woodworking Project

Woodshop Tips

I'm sorry but I did not get my glider chairs completed in time for this month's newsletter. I had great intentions but as they say, "best laid plans". Maybe by next month I'll have them completed and documented for you.

In the mean time I've got some tips for you that I used while making my glider chairs. They can be used on a lot of different woodworking projects but definitely will help with the gliders.

1. Drawing a large radius or circle.

Starting out really simple I like to make large radii or circles with round objects like paint cans.

Of course you can break out the compass, measure in and equal distance from the corner in both directions, find the center and draw your arc or plop down a paint can approximately the right size and draw a line. Unless I'm doing something critical this is how I do it.

2. Drawing Curved lines.

My favorite tool for drawing curved lines is a French curve.

3 Piece French Curve Set
3 Piece French Curve Set

I have a number of them and they come in quite handy. I figure out where I want my line to come from and where I want it to go or merge with another line. I align the French curve with these points and draw a line. The problem comes when you want to make that same curved line to match at the other end of the piece you are working on or another piece.

I use a piece of masking tape to mark the starting point of my curve and where it merges with another line or point. Since the French curves are clear I just flip it over and match the tape up to my other points, draw a line and I have an exact match.

3. Sanding inside curves smooth.

There are many ways to sand the inside of curves all the way from hand sanding to oscillating sanders. My choice is my trusty old bench top belt sander.

It doesn't work in all cases due to the size of the rollers but for larger radii it works great. I hold the piece I'm sanding flat on the belt and then run it into the radius of the roller where it curves while lifting up the other end. You do have to be careful and have a light touch so you don't sand grooves into your piece but it does work good for me especially on the base of my glider chairs.

4. Plugging screw holes.

My glider chairs are going to use a large number of screws that will reside in plugged holes. For all of the seat and back pieces I needed to drill screw holes the same distance in from each end. I set up my drill fence with a stop. I set the back of the fence so that the hole will be centered on each piece.

First I drill 3/8" counterbore holes about 3/8" deep using a Forstner bit on each end.

22-Piece Forstner Bit Set
22-Piece Forstner Bit Set

Set the drill depth stop so that the 3/8" depth is achieved. The Forstner bit leaves a nice little point in the bottom of the hole so I no longer need the fence and stop to drill the countersink hole for the screw.

After I've drilled all my counterbore holes I set the depth for the countersink so that the screw head will be flush with the bottom of the counterbore.

Rockler/Insty-Drive Tapered Drill Bits and Countersinks
Rockler/Insty-Drive Tapered Drill Bits and Countersinks

Once the gliders are assembled I cut plugs from the same wood that I'm using, cedar in this case. I use a tapered plug cutting tool and drill about 1/2" to 3/4" into the wood.

Hex Shank Tapered Plug Cutters
Hex Shank Tapered Plug Cutters

After I've drilled a bunch of plugs I take it to the band saw and cut all the plugs out from their holes.

I carefully apply glue to the hole making sure I don't get any glue around the outside of the hole. I carefully tap the plug into the hole taking it easy so I don't split the wood.

After the glue has dried I use a flush trim saw to remove the part of the plug that extends above my pieces, then sand.

Dozuki Dovetail/Flush-Cut Saw
Dozuki Dovetail/Flush-Cut Saw

I hope these ideas help you with some of your wood projects, I know they will if you decide to build my gliders.

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

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 and lets see what we can come up with. Thank you!
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