WELCOME BACK: We've received some really nice emails of encouragement and compliments on our ramp and dock project. That always helps us forge ahead even though the hard labor is getting a little old. Here is the update from last weekends efforts.
If you recall from our previous newsletters we have the dock rebuilt and the ramp in place, less decking and electrical. Well this past weekend we got the planks installed which went pretty good. Because we were screwing into aluminum every hole had to be predrilled. 120 holes and screws later we were able to actually walk from the shore to our dock.
Next we needed to get power to the dock so we can keep a heater going during the winter and keep the batteries charged. This entailed some more fun digging a 35 foot trench from the power pole over to the top of the ramp. Digging in Sandy Point should be easy since it is after all a sandy point of land. Well there are rocks in that sand, lots of rocks, big rocks, get the idea? Every time you swing the pick into the ground you hit a rock. Needless to say it was no fun.
We put the power cord into the trench and then screwed it to the bottom of the ramp. On the dock we put up a piece of wood for the power post and installed the 30 amp outlet and a 15 amp outlet for things like a buffer so we can have more fun on our boat ;-) We hooked up the cable to the 30 amp GFI breaker and we were good to go.
The only thing left to do is put the expanded metal grating down the middle of the ramp. This will give us good foot traction during low tide, wet or freezing cold days. The grating is supposed to be here by this Friday so we may get it done over the Labor Day weekend. Ken also plans to find some time to run his new RC speed boat. Who knows, we may actually get out on our big boat now that it has a home to come back to.
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? Just like we suggested in last weeks newsletter we decided to go to the Evergreen State Fair. We hadn't been in a few years and wanted to see all that it had to offer. We went during the week to avoid the large weekend crowds and it was great.
Another reason we went on Tuesday was because there was a strong indication that there would be runner ducks there and we were right. There were about five cages with two or three in each one. There were Gray Runners, White Runners, Pencil Neck Runners, etc. We took quite a few pictures but the lighting was so bad that hardly any turned out. We did manage to get one that we really liked.
Hey guys, look at that goofy looking duck :-)
Labor Day and September are upon us. Where did the summer go? While we worked our summer away up at Sandy Point we did have a good time also. Actually here in Washington our summer generally continues for a while longer. We can have some really nice late summer and early fall days which are great for camping and boating. If you don't have children that are back in school this is a great time to come and visit our wonderful state.
As promised we got the new radio controlled electric speed boat out on the water and it was a blast. It controls really well and zips along pretty fast. I (Ken) still have to get use to the transmitter and the responsiveness of the boat but it is really a lot of fun. I need to do a little trimming with the out drives to make it go faster but for learning to drive it, it's probably fast enough.
I don't know what anybody is going to be able to do about these devious people but it sure is getting annoying. Last week we got 180 emails in one day that were all generated by the worms that are out there. If you don't know, a worm is a virus that infects your computer and then sends its self out to everyone in your Outlook address book. It also opens a door so that hackers can have easy access to your computer.
We've said it a dozen times before but if you see a suspicious email dump it and then empty your trash bin. I just ain't worth it to open up one of those interesting sounding emails and infect your computer. Curiosity killed the cat and now it's killing the Internet. Remember, do not open up email attachments unless you know who they are from and what they are.
While we were at the fair we checked out the computer club booth. They had a sign that sort of summed everything up.
SITE OF THE WEEK
We thought we'd try and send a little business to a friend of ours. I use to work with Dana and Bob at Primex Aerospace, they ran the model shop. They are a couple of the best sheet metal and machinist guys around. After a few reorganizations the company closed down the model shop so Dana and Bob started their own company over on the Olympic Peninsula called DaBob Precision Sheet Metal.
They do sheet metal work for a number of industries in the area. The reason I'm talking about them here is because they have invented a cool new device.
Old Fashion Bun Warmer
My grandmother had on, my mother had one, Ken's mother had one and now you can have one. This is a sewing project that will make a really neat bun warmer. These actually work and they make great gifts. Remember it's never too early to start working on holiday gifts.
Here's what you'll need:
Place two circles on top of each other with the pattern sides up. Sew across the center left to right to the edges and then sew from top to bottom to the edges.
Cut two 12" pieces of seam binding. Fold in half lengthwise and sew along the edge to close.
On the third circle piece, place one 12" piece top to bottom and the other left to right across the center of the circle. Sew them across the center of the circle about 1 1/2" either side of the center. This will leave a tail on each side that will be tied up later.
Place the single circle on top of the two circles with the pattern and tails on top.
Rotate the top circle until the ties line up with the stitching of the bottom circles.
Sew the top circle to the middle circle half way between the tales. Sew them to within an inch of the center. That's probably all the closer you can get anyhow.
Repeat this between the remaining three ties.
That should complete the assembly of your bun warmer. All that's left is to tie the left and right ties together and the top and bottom ties together. Pull them up snug so that the pockets for the buns open up around the sides. Place the bun warmer in a basket or on a plate. Pop the warm buns in and set it on the table. Everyone will wonder at your neat new creation.
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Add the Sugar and beaten Eggs.
Stir with a whisk over low heat until slightly thickened.
Cool and add the Orange Juice and Liqueur if desired.
When you are ready to serve, add the Whipped Cream and pour over the fresh fruit.
This is about the nicest thing you can do to fresh fruit, your guests and family will love it.
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