August 29, 2003

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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
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Thank you,
Ken and Marilyn

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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.


      Have you had your fill of virus email yet? The worms that are out there right now sure are clogging the band width. We had a really hard time sending out our newsletter last week. We hope you got yours but please understand that if you didn't it wasn't our fault.
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.


     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.
Do you have or know someone who has a single person pontoon boat used for fishing or drifting down the rivers? If you do then you know how difficult it is to move the boat from the car to the water especially when you have all the gear loaded on it. DaBob has come up with the "Launching Gear". It's a single wheel that mounts to the bottom of the boat. It drops down for rolling on the ground and swings up when in the water. This device might just save your back for when you need to pull in that really big fish.
Check out the "Launching Gear" at and read a great review of the product at


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:
  • Some pretty print material, enough for three 12" circles.
  • 1/4" seam binding to match the print.
Cut three 12" diameter circles and edge with 1/4" seam binding.
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.

     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 and we'll do the rest.

Remember we have all of our past projects archived on our web site at Just click on the Projects or Kids Only Eggs.

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The Tempos
News and CD of the Week

Labor Day is here and that means that it's time for The Tempos to start rehearsals again. During the summer months there is so much to do and so many people on vacation that it's hard to get the band together for rehearsals every week. Now that the kids are back in school and the summer travel season is over it's time to buckle down and start working on some great new songs.

     Don't forget that The Tempos big swing band is available for hire. If you have a special event that could use the wonderful music of a classic big band be sure to contact

      One of my favorite entertainers is Harry Connick Jr. He writes music, arranges, leads orchestras and combos and also is a pretty good actor. This CD is a collection of songs that Harry heard and liked. This is a CD that whole family can enjoy with songs like Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead and Oompa Loompa. If you haven't heard Harry Connick Jr. in a while then this CD is for you.


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Questions and Answers

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Q: Carolyn writes: Hi There, I have received your newsletter and have enjoyed seeing what you are doing with your dock. I went to your web site because of the name Runner Duck Review. I am looking for information about runners and to purchase 2. I find few in the Washington area. I have 2 African geese and Harley the Welch Harlequin. I want to round off the flock with runners, but can not find any. I would like to get them before fall if possible. I know they are around in spring, but don't want to wait.
Now can you help me with this, do you know a hatchery that has some now?
Thank you and keep on building.

A: Like so many duck questions we pointed Carolyn to to talk with Lori one of the best resources on the web for duck questions.
If you know of any runners that are available in the Vancouver, Washington area please let us know and we'll pass the information on to Carolyn.


      We are continuing to get a good response to our request for conservation tips. We'd like to get more so if you have one please send it to

This week's suggestion came from Jane F.

For years, I was always looking for scrap paper for notes! I finally found an almost inexhaustible supply in my own home! When you go thru your mail, keep the paper that is only printed on one side, turn it over and cut it the size you want and you will always have something to take notes on. I have a stack of this kind of paper by the phone, in the sewing room, in the kitchen and in the television room by my chair. Along with this stash of paper, I keep a writing stick (pen, pencil, etc) by each stack.

Thank you Jane for this tip. My mother use to do this but I had forgotten about it, great idea.

If you have a conservation tip please send it to and we'll post it in our newsletter.


Fruit Dressing
      As the fruit is coming off the trees and vines it's time to figure out how best to prepare them. We think that this fruit dressing is just the ticket for fresh fruits or fruit salad.
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Flour
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice or Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream, whipped
  • 1 teaspoon Kirsch Liqueur (optional)
Melt the butter in a sauce pan and stir in the flour.
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.

Remember, if you have a recipe you'd like to share please send it to

     Every month we post a new recipe on our web page. Be sure and check out the NEW September recipe at the RunnerDuck Kitchen Store.
We'd be happy to post your favorite recipe there or in our newsletter and give you credit. Just drop a line to


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Hexagon Bird Feeder

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     We've had this bird feeder for a very long time and it's finally succumbing to the elements. Since we are going to replace it we decided to turn it into a project for you. We like it so much we figured you might like it just as we. The nice thing about it is that it has screen in the bottom so that the rain can run through and the bird seed will dry out really good after the rain.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2" X 2" X 60" cedar
  • 2" X 4" X 20" cedar
  • 4" X 1" X 16" cedar
  • 1" X 3/4" X 60" cedar
  • 4" X 1" X 6" cedar
  • Window screen 16" X 16"
  • Glue
  • nails
  • (4) 2 1/2" #8 deck screws
Cut down a 2" X 2" to 1 1/2" X 1" for the top hex frame.
Radius the top side using a 1/2" round over bit in your router.

Cut this down to (6) 9" pieces with 30 degrees on each end.
Cut the bottom hex frame 1" X 3/4" into (6) 9" pieces with 30 degrees on each end.
Cut the cross member 4" X 1" 16" long.
Cut the support arm 2" X 4" down to 2" X 2 3/4" X 17 3/4" with 45 degrees on each end.
Cut the mounting plate 4" X 1" 6" long.
Cut the window screen 16" X 16".
Glue and nail the top hex frame together. If you have a Band Clamp you can use it to glue the pieces together.

Tack the screen to the bottom of the top hex frame or trace the frame onto the screen. Cut off the excess material to the hex shape.
Glue and nail the bottom hex frame to the bottom. Mount the pieces so the ends are opposite to the top pieces.

Glue and screw the mounting plate to one end of the support arm.
Glue and screw the support arm to the center of the cross member.
Glue and nail the cross member across the center of the hex.

Mount the birdfeeder to your deck or house using four deck screws into the mounting plate. It is best to predrill and countersink the holes.

Now put some bird seed into it and watch the birdies flock to their new feeding troth.

We hope you've enjoyed this project and have good success with it. Remember, if you ever have any problems with our projects just drop us a line and we'll try to help. Since we build every one of these projects we have a pretty good idea of how to get through them. We also make lots of mistakes so we can help avoid them. If you have a project that you would like to share please drop us a line and we'll help get it published in the RunnerDuck review. We are looking for woodworking, gardening, crafts and kids projects so send us your thoughts at .

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I'm afraid Mike F. has got Ken's number when it comes to jokes. Here's one he sent that was right up his alley.

Murder at Krogers

Tired of constantly being broke and stuck in an unhappy marriage, a young husband decided to solve both problems by taking out a large insurance policy on his wife, with himself as the beneficiary, and arranging to have her killed. A "friend of a friend" put him in touch with a nefarious underworld figure who went by the name of "Artie."
Artie explained to the husband that his going price for snuffing out a spouse was $5,000.
The husband said he was willing to pay that amount but that he wouldn't have any cash on hand until he could collect his wife's insurance money.
Artie insisted on being paid something up front. The man opened up his wallet, displaying the single dollar bill that rested inside. Artie sighed, rolled his eyes, and reluctantly agreed to accept the dollar as down payment for the dirty deed.
A few days later, Artie followed the man's wife to the local Kroger grocery store. There, he surprised her in the produce department and proceeded to strangle her with his gloved hands. As the poor unsuspecting woman drew her last breath and slumped to the floor, the manager of the produce department stumbled unexpectedly onto the scene. Unwilling to leave any witnesses behind, Artie had no choice but to strangle the produce manager as well.
Unknown to Artie, the entire proceedings were captured by hidden cameras and observed by the store's security guard, who immediately called the police. Artie was caught and arrested before he could leave the store.
Under intense questioning at the police station, Artie revealed the sordid plan, including his financial arrangements with the hapless husband.

And that is why, the next day in the newspaper, the headline declared
[You're going to hate me for this]



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