WELCOME BACK: After our little vacation last week it was back to work last weekend. We
went to Sandy Point and finished up the work on our dock. We added another
two feet in width and re-decked the whole thing with new pressure treated
wood. Sister Sandy and husband Steve came up to help which really got things
done fast. We put Steve on the dock removing the old dry rotted deck boards
while Ken built the new extension.
It's not easy getting construction materials out to the dock because there is no ramp yet so everything has to be ferried by dingy. Not only that but when the tide is out the bank is very steep adding to the challenge. Once the frame was built we rolled it down the hill, added the foam and floated it over to the dock.
Once the addition was attached all that remained was putting down new decking. What seemed like a billion screws later with sore knees and blister on my trigger finger it was done. We added corner fenders to help protect the boat should we come in crooked sometime (not us :-). We also added some cleats to tie the dingy to once the ramp is in.
The new forty foot ramp is being built and should be ready to install next weekend. That will be the next big project. Maybe after that we'll be able to go up there and relax on the boat a little bit.
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 www.runnerduck.com/craft.htm.
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What's New This Week? Thanks to all you who have sent congratulations on our new grandson. We
stopped by their house on the way to Sandy Point last Friday and everyone is
doing good. Hudson is already starting to look different and getting rid of
some of that new born look. It really is amazing how fast those little tikes
We got a great little story from RunnerDuck reader Telitha R. that we thought we should share with you.
Last week I took my children to a restaurant. My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace. As we bowed our heads he said, "God is great. God is good. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And Liberty and justice for all! Amen!"
Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby I heard a woman remark, "That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice-cream! Why, I never!"
Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, "Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?" As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table. He winked at my son and said, "I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer."
"Really?" my son asked. "Cross my heart," the man replied. Then in a theatrical whisper he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), "Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream can be good for the soul."
Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal. My son stared at his for a moment and then did something I will remember the rest of my life. He picked up his sundae and without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, "Here. This is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes; and my soul is good already."
This weekend The Tempos are performing at Bothell Landing in Bothell, Washington Friday evening 6:30 to 8:00 and at the Ballard Locks in Ballard, Washington Sunday afternoon 2:00 to 4:00. See The Tempos below for more information.
The subject was "Your Account". It read, Hello there,
The attachment was a Zip file entitled "message". When she opened that "WinZip", our unzip program displayed "message" as an HTML file for a web page. She clicked on that and nothing happened. At least she didn't think anything happened. Actually it wrote the WORM_MIMAIL.A virus to our hard drive.
The virus exploits vulnerabilities which affects Internet Explorer and Outlook. These vulnerabilities allow a malicious user to execute any code and script on the infected machine. Fortunately we do not use Outlook and we caught it very early. We downloaded a cleaner for the virus. Ran it twice and we are good to go.
SITE OF THE WEEK
As many of you know we lost our dog Ginger a couple of months ago and really miss her. While we don't have any plans to get another dog anytime soon we still love them a lot. We found a great site that caters to dog lover's world wide. They post a newsletter every day Monday through Friday on their web site.
They do not mail out their newsletter so you need to log on each day to check it out. Of course they are all archived so you can look back to see previous discussions. Catherine, the editor of this newsletter says, "As you can tell, it [this site] is a labour of love. I hope to continue this as I go through vet school."
Tin art is always a fun thing to do. You do have to be careful so you don't cut yourself on the sharp edges. If you are a young person making this project we'd suggest getting some adult supervision to help make it. These pockets make great gifts and look really nice hanging around the house.
Here's what you'll need:
Using one fourth, place the cardboard kiddy corner as a folding guide.
Fold three of the corners up and over the cardboard.
Punch a hole in the middle, where the two corners come together, using a push pin.
Tie them together with a piece of wire.
You can also use these holes to run wire through when you tie your decorations on. We used sea shell beads.
We coiled some of the wire around a pencil to give it some nice curley Q's.
Punch a hole near the top and run a wire through the hole to make a hanger. Loop the wire and wrap it around its self several times to make a solid hanger.
You can put all kinds of things in your pockets to make them very pretty.
Use the extra material to make more and give them away as presents.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Add Ice Cream by spoonfuls, stirring until blended.
Allow to chill until it starts to set but not firm, about 1/2 hour.
Stir in drained Strawberries.
Put in Pie Shell and chill.
Another simple but delicious recipe from the past.
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