Patriotic Duck The All American RunnerDuck Review
July 3, 2010
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Happy Birthday America, 234 years and counting!

We just haven't been able to slide into summer yet, most days have been cloudy and in the low to mid 60's. We'll get a nice day now and then but just can't seem to string them together. July 1st was 52 degrees F and drizzle!

Ken's daughter Jenni and family visited us this month and since we live on an island beachcombing was the choice for entertainment. The boys found lots of "special" stuff on the beach while baby Emerson slept.



While they were here we celebrated Emerson's first birthday. She and grandpa had a pretty good time rocking in the new gliders he made.

Emerson and Grandpa Kenny

Here on Whidbey Island they festivals have started and the outdoor markets are in full swing. In Coupeville our outdoor markets are on Saturday's.

There is a diverse group of local vendors and artists selling their produce, breads, flowers, knit ware and art items.

On most weekends the Model A Car Club brings out a nice array of vehicles.

This past weekend we bought a really nice basket from a local artisan who said it takes him nine hours to make one basket.

At $28 that's some pretty low wages, of course most artists aren't in it only for the money.

Work continues on our new fifth wheel trailer adding such things as new spice drawers (this month's project), cutting board and many other little amenities to make it perfect for us. Now all we have to do is plan a nice trip to break it in.

To start off July with a bang Ken's brother Ron ( and wife Lolli stopped by for a visit. They live in Fort Bragg, California and we hadn't seen them in quite a while. A good time was had by all!

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?

Simply Red is done!

Yep, the little red motorboat that we've been telling you about is done and we took her out for her maiden voyage last weekend. It was the first time this 1963 Sabercraft, Wildcat Custom, with its 1975, 75HP outboard has been in the water in twenty some years.

After many hours at the Marine Technology School and several hours by us getting everything back together she is once again a thing of beauty. I didn't open her up all the way but the old engine performed flawlessly.

My brother-in-law, Steve, went with me on the maiden voyage and I believe he was impressed by how well she ran and how fast she can go. Wide open she will do around 45 - 50 MPH but I'd say that we kept it much closer to 35 - 40. We will be having a lot of fun as the summer progresses.

Site Of The Month

We both love to cook and are always looking for new ideas. Marilyn does most of the cooking since I'm still working but that will all change once I retire. We will share the cooking duties by alternating weeks that each one of us cooks.

One of the problems is being creative night after night after night using pretty much the same meat selections over and over; beef, chicken, pork and fish.

To help expand our culinary variety we stumbled upon this really nice cooking site that has hundreds of well done videos for all types of meat preparation plus salads, desserts, soups, sauces and many great techniques.

For some really good recipes with nice video instruction go to Good cooking and bon appétit.

Patio Lamp

This is a fun little project that you can get really creative with. All it requires is a pot-pie tin, a jar, some heavy copper wire, solder, beads and a candle.

I started off by making a wire frame for the top.

Cut some heavy copper wire to make two circles slightly larger than the diameter just below the threads of the jar.

Solder the ends together.

Cut four pieces of copper wire to approximately 2 1/2" - 3", bend and solder them to the rings as shown above.

Form the tin into a cone shape and decorate the edge with some beads hung on small wires.

I added a small wire loop through the tin and around the top wire so that the top can be tipped back to light the candle but will hold it in place if there is a breeze.

Have fun with this and make several. Get the kids involved as they can be quite creative!

If you have a craft project that you'd like to share with our readers just send it to

The Tempos Big Swing Band

The Tempos will be performing tomorrow July 4th at Wilmot Gateway Park in Woodinville, WA for the Red, White and Blues Festival. We will play from 6:50 till 8:00 PM. It's a really fun event with a fireworks show afterwards. Bring the family and picnic basket and enjoy the show.

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

The Tempos

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


A little three year old boy is sitting on the toilet. His mother thinks he has been in there too long, so she goes in to see what's up. 

The little boy is sitting on the toilet reading a book. But about every 10 seconds or so he puts the book down, grips onto to the toilet seat with his left hand and hits himself on top of the head with his right hand.

His mother says: "Billy, are you all right? You've been in here for a while."

Billy says: "I'm fine, mommy, I just haven't gone 'doody' yet."

Mother says: "OK, you can stay here a few more minutes, but Billy, why are you hitting yourself on the head?"

Billy says: "Works for ketchup."



1.  You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.

2.  Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.

3.  Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.

4.  Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said

5.  The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own

6.  We child proofed our homes, but they are still getting in.

If you've got a funny family friendly joke send it to

T his Month's Free Recipe


Frozen Passion Iceies  

The kids will be coming to you for something cool after playing in the sprinkler or running around the neighborhood. This recipe is just for those occasions. Cold, refreshing and fun!


  • 2 Cans Eagle Brand Milk
  • 28 ounces of your favorite Soda Pop

Mix the Milk and Pop.
Pour into a shallow dish and place in the freezer.
After it's frozen scrape off shavings using a spoon.
Serve it in cups or glasses.

Yum! The kids really will go nuts for this and you might even like it too.

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

Spice Drawers

We recently purchased a new fifth wheel travel trailer and have been making some improvements to it. There were some cubby holes built in that were pretty much useless. There were three such cubby's that were crying out for some improvement.

After studying the situation we decided that they would be a perfect place to store spices if there were some drawers there. I took measurements and went to work in my woodshop.

Since this is a custom project I didn't provide any dimensions, every situation will be different. I just show you what I did and how they went together.

I had some old library file drawers and used their handles which gave the drawers a really nice look. Since they are in a trailer the drawers needed to be held in place when traveling. I mounted magnets in the back of each drawer that holds against a screw, this eliminated the need for slides or some kind of latches.

To see the project go to

We hope this project inspires you to look at things a little different to make something really nice. 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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