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Before we go any further we hope that you all had a grand Thanksgiving! Ours was super with Ken's sister and husband having Thanksgiving dinner in our new home and Marilyn's sister coming for the holidays as well. Now it's on to the big ones!
Since this will be the last newsletter before Christmas we hope that all your holidays, no matter which you celebrate, will be bright.
Ken and Marilyn
Tis the gifting season and we have a great suggestion for the person in your family that loves to play in the kitchen! Bob in Montana makes the nicest hard maple kitchen utinsels you've ever seen. Make your holiday shopping easy by going to Wood'n Wares and selecting a gift set of hand made, hard maple, kitchen utensils. These gift sets are perfect for that special someone that loves to cook using only the finest tools.
Check out all the great gift sets by going to, www.runnerduck.com/woodnwares_gs.htm. While you are there check out the rest of the individual kitchen tools that we have. Remember these beautifully crafted spoons are hand made in Montana, USA by Bob and Jean in their little wood shop. Check out the large selection by clicking on the display. www.runnerduck.com/woodnwares.htm.
Many you you have asked about Ken's shoulder recovery so here's the update. He's doing fine and just starting to do some strength training. The doctors have been waiting for the muscles that they had to cut to heal up before building them up. While we know that it will be a long and slow recovery early signs are that the new shoulder will be stronger and better with a greater range of motion than before.
Today is the Coupeville Christmas Parade, tree lighting and boat parade. It should be a grand event in our little town and our first one. The weather prognosticator is predicting snow showers this afternoon so it could be an interesting event. We could be singing "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" :-)
| How would you like to have a personal assistant that would help remind you of birthdays, anniversaries, "take the trash out" and just about any other thing you can think of? I just put Sandy to work for me and it is working really good. Sandy reminds me through my email of things I need to do.
Sandy is a free reminder service that you sign up for over the internet. It's quick and simple and it sounds like they protect your information well.
, after you log in, you set up simple instructions that are later emailed or sent in a text message to you. It uses everyday language such as "Remember Christmas parade 12/01/07". Come December 1st Sandy will send me an email reminding me that there's a parade that evening. You can set reminders by the day or to the minute she'll remind you at the appropriate time.
Just go to www.iwantsandy.com/ to get a great relationship started with Sandy! It really is fun and quite useful.
|Site Of The Month|
Oh boy, it's that time of year when Santa will be deciding who's been naughty and nice. Our web for December will help your kids get closer to Santa and the North Pole. It's a very fun and interactive site for kids and adults alike.
At Santa's Secret Village they write: "Enjoy the joy and magic of Christmas in Santa's Secret Village! We invite you to experience a traditional look at Christmas through the many free activities here at northpole.com. Write to Santa, read stories, enjoy Karaoke, send e-cards, find recipes, play games and puzzles, print stories to color-even put you or your child in a personalized story! Our stories and activities combine traditional feelings of Christmas goodwill with state-of-the-art computer technology-all richly illustrated with original artwork."
Grab your kids or grandkids and travel to http://www.northpole.com/
. It's a magical place that will bring everyone closer together.
Marilyn's Corner - Planter Repotting
This months project comes from Ken's sister Diane. She was at a hotel recently and noticed a planter in which only the palm was actually planted in the planter. All the other plants were in their own individual plastic pots (as they come from the nursery) and sphagnum moss was used to fill in the empty spaces.
Diane writes: We received this gift basket and after a couple of weeks, the plants were already showing the stress of having been crammed together. Florists care that the gift baskets look nice when they first arrive, but most are not long-term investments. Yet, the real plus of getting plant gift baskets over cut flowers is presumably their staying power. I decided to see if I could turn this thoughtful gift into something more permanent.
What you get
When you take apart the gift basket, you'll find that the florist used a clear thin plastic container as a liner into which they crammed all the plants, then covered them with sphagnum moss, put in the wicker basket and added a long plastic card holder and a long wooden pick to which they wired a bow.
Carefully pull apart each plant and select a plastic container with drain holes for each. (I ran out of plastic pots so just took some large plastic cups and a utility knife and cut my own holes). Add soil, pull apart the roots a bit and add water. (I also like to add a dose of miracle grow and "oxygen plus" to the water).
Think beyond wicker baskets. I decided to use another footed urn for this project. I lined it with the bottom of a garbage bag and then filled it most of the way with packing peanuts. The pots were arranged on top of that and then sphagnum moss was used to cover the gaps.
We hope you find Diane's project useful. She has a little more detail on her web site at http://ilregalo.us/. Just click on "Projects" for the full story.
Thanks Diane, we really appreciate the help.
Remember we have all of our past projects archived on our web site at www.runnerduck.com. Just click on the Craft Egg.
|The Tempos Big Swing Band|
News and CD of the Week
It's not too late to get The Tempos "Big Swing" CD, it would make a great stocking stuffer for the music lover on your Holiday list!
"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 www.thetempos.com and click on the "Click Here" at the top of the web page or click the album cover.
We only printed up a thousand of them so get yours before the are all gone!
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 email@example.com. We perform all over the Seattle area for all sorts of events.
Album Pick of the Week
by Lance Buller & the Monarchs
Formed in 1985 by trumpet powerhouse Lance Buller, The Monarchs are a unique combination of all-star journied jazzmen and hot young lions. Always striving for the tightness and flow of a show, they start and end with the spontaneity and drive of a jam session. The Monarchs carry on the tradition of New Orleans with a flair that is jazz today. The latest jewels in their crown include a standing-room performance at the famed Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
We are uniquely proud of the depth of experience of each of the band members - from 20 years with Harry James to having Louis Armstrong as a childhood "sit on my knee, son" to Woody Herman's Young Thundering Herd and The Beach Boys. Equally notable is the amount of attention this band is receiving by the younger set, which is packing the nightclubs after "Lindy Hop" and "jump" lessons to dance and swing to this band. Having long been a favorite on the circuit of traditional jazz festivals - frequented largely by soon-to-be-seniors - this new younger audience is indeed encouraging!
|Joke of the Month|
| This is another one submitted by RunnerDuck reader Baxter R. Thanks for the good laugh Baxter.
Boudreaux been fish'n down by de bayou all day an he done run outta night crawlers. He be bout reddy to leave when he seen a snake wit a big frog in his mouf. He knowed dat dem big bass fish like frogs, so he decides to steal dat froggie.
Dat snake, he be a cotton moufed water moccasin, so Boudreaux had to be real careful or he'd get bit. He snuk up behine de snake and grabbed him roun de haid. Dat ole snake din't lak dat one bit. He squirmed and wrapped hisself roun Boudreaux's arm try'n to get hisself free. But Boudreaux, him, had a real good grip on his haid, yeh.
Well, Boudreaux pried his mouf open and got de frog and puts it in his bait can. Now, Boudreaux knows dat he cain't let go dat snake or he's gonna bite him good, but he had a plan.
He reach into de back pocket of his bib overhauls and pulls out a pint a Arkansaw moonshine likker. He pour some drops into de snakes mouf. Well, dat snake's eyeballs roll back in his haid and his body go limp. Wit dat, Boudreaux toss dat snake into de bayou, den he goes back to fish'n. A while later Boudreaux dun feel sumpin tappin' on his barefoot toe. He slowly look down and dere be dat cotton moufed water moccasin... wif two more frogs.
|This Month's Free Recipe|
Over Thanksgiving dinner we were talking about Pecan Pie and how good it is for the holidays. This recipe is very simple but very good. It was sent to us by Mary.
- 8" Pie Shell, unbaked
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Butter, melted
- 3/4 Cup Dark Corn Syrup
- 3/4 Cup Unbroken Pecan Halves
Beat all but the Pecans together with a beater.
Blend in the Pecans by hand.
Pour into the Pie Shell.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 40 - 50 minutes or until a knife blade inserted into the pie comes out clean.
This is really good served warm but is good cooled down also. I like to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream too.
Thanks Mary for this yummy recipe!
Remember, if you have a recipe you'd like to share please send it to Marilyn at runnerduck.com. We'd be happy to post your favorite recipe on our Kitchen site or in our newsletter and give you credit.
Every month we post a new recipe on our web page. Be sure and check out the New recipe at the RunnerDuck Kitchen Store.
|Cookbook of the Month|
| Killer Pies
by Stephanie Anderson
We think this months Pecan Pie is "killer" but if that's not enough for you here's a great cookbook of fifty more "Killer Pies".
Clair Kelly from Memphis has this to say about this cookbook: "This cookbook is part of a series and this one is awesome! I bought it because we love the McEwen's on Monroe (Memphis) amazing banana cream pie. The owner told me about the new cookbook and loaned me his copy (this is an amazing delicious restaurant that treats you like family) until I ordered my own. It's one of those beautifully put together books with great recipes that I just keep buying and giving away every time I need a birthday present, etc. So now I need to buy a stack! Gorgeous pictures and wide geographical range of delicious regional pies of North America."
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This Months Woodworking Project
Round Patio Table
Here's another neat project sent to us by Bob B. from Glen Rose, Texas about 60 miles south west of Fort Worth. Bob made a couple of different versions of this table and liked this one the best. They are very stable and heavy so they do not tip over easily, even with rambunctious kids around.
Here's what you'll need:
- Table Top - (2) 2" X 6" X 8' Cedar
- Legs and Base - (1) 2" X 6" X 8' Cedar
- Table Bottom - (1) 2" X 2" X 4' Cedar
- 1 3/4" #6 deck screws
- Outdoor glue
First make the top by ripping the edges of the 2" X 6" just enough to square them up. I like using a Freud Glue Line Rip blade but then I don't have a jointer.
This will make the wood slightly smaller than the 5 1/2" we show below but it all works out.
Bob chose to use this Shiplap joint but you could also use a tongue and groove joint, splined joint or biscuit joint.
Set your tablesaw fence to 3/4" and cut the opposing edges of the board as show.
Cut the boards to length as follows:
- (3) Middle boards - 30"
- (2) Intermediate boards - 27"
- (2) Outside boards - 19 1/2"
Glue and clamp the top, carefully centering all the boards in both directions. Bob has a large strap clamp that worked pretty good for him plus additional pipe clamps. To make sure that the top is flat I would use some scrap wood and clamp across the top holding the pieces flush.
Now cut the table top into a 30" circle. Bob made a jig to use his band saw. It was a large table addition to the saw with a pin located 30" away from the blade. A small hole in the bottom of the table went into the pin and you rotate the table through the blade.
You can also use a saber saw following a line drawn using a string or stick secured in the middle of the bottom.
Round over the edges of the top using a 3/8" roundover router bit.
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The base of the table is made by cutting four 2" X 2" X 12".
Drill 3/8" diameter holes 1/2" deep and drill the centers on through for the #6 deck screws. We'll plug these holes later.
Attach all four pieces together as shown below.
Pre-drill and countersink the screw holes.
Attach this assembly to the bottom of the table using screws and glue.
Here's a bottom view of the finished table.
Next we'll make the legs.
Cut pieces 2 1/2" wide and 27 1/2" long.
Using a taper jig like we showed you how to make in our April 9, 2004 newsletter, taper the legs from 2 1/2" on one end to 1 1/2" on the other.
To see the rest of this project go to http://www.runnerduck.com/round_table/round_table.htm . The pictures are bigger and you can print out the whole project.
Thanks Bob for sharing another great project with the RunnerDuck readers.
That's about it. 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 RunnerDuck.com.
Remember, I'm sort of out of commission as far as woodworking goes for a while due to my shoulder surgery. If any of you have wood projects to share like Bob did I would be happy to put it into a format for our newsletter. Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and lets see what we can come up with. Thank you!
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