December 5, 2003

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WELCOME BACK:   Sorry we're running a little late this week but we had one heck of a wind storm come through and shut us down for a while. Over the past couple of days we had sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with gusts to above 70. That managed to take our power out for the past 24 hours. I tell you it is really hard to write a newsletter with the power out :-( The winds have subsided for now and it's back to rain for the next ten days at least.

Now that Thanksgiving is over its on to the remainder of the holiday season. We've been getting in the mood by watching some great old movies. So far we've seen Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas all really fun shows. Our favorite is A Christmas Story. I think Ken can relate to it more than Marilyn because he grew up in a small Midwestern town but we both like it a lot. Another nice thing that we have in the Seattle area is a radio station that plays holiday music 24 hours a day from now through Christmas. WARM 106.9 started the day after Thanksgiving and it sure is fun. We sat in the dark last night listening to Christmas music and playing Rummy. Marilyn won :-)

As we told you last week we did not partake in the post Thanksgiving shopping madness. What a mess that was, people trampling over people, cars crunching to get into the same parking space and generally rude people grabbing everything in site to save the almighty buck. I'm sorry but it just ain't worth it to us. Let's see we saved $20 on a DVD player but the hospital bills total $2,500. I wrecked my car getting into a parking stall but I saved $35 on a watch. Right? Instead Ken headed for the wood shop and Marilyn broke out the paper and paints to make some homemade gifts. For everything else we opted for the serenity of our computer room to order everything on line that we don't make. Remember, if you are doing your holiday shopping on-line, start at the RunnerDuck web site and spread your wings from there.

It sounds like we need to head for Sandy Point in Bellingham, Washington to check on our boat again. Last weekend the winds were up over 50 MPH and this week even more. While the boat is well tied to our new dock we're concerned about the plastic tarp we put on to cover the cockpit. We also need to put some antifreeze in the fresh water system to make sure that if the power goes out when it's cold that the pipes don't freeze. We also got our new cover for our camper trailer this week so we'll swing by and put it on to provide some winter protection. With all the rain we get the biggest problem on our trailer is moss. It grows on the roof and then water runs over it and stains the sides of the trailer. We're getting tired of waxing the whole trailer every spring and hope that this will help. Now if the weather would just cooperate while we accomplish these tasks.

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Be sure and check out our craft site. There are lots of great gifts for your holiday shopping. 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 have Wood'n Wares, hand made maple kitchen utensils and Ron Godin's Adirondack art signs on display. Check them out at
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Thank you,
Ken and Marilyn

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What's New This Week?   Once again we received another email from a reader that we'd like to share. It just makes us feel so good when we hear from you that we like to share.

Hi, my name is Casey and I've been a reader for 5 months now. What a great family newsletter and web site.
I'm a working mother of 3 and very busy this time of year. I've saved a lot of time by shopping online using your links to all those great stores.
I've saved money using your coupons and free shipping. And time not having to fight the crowds! All the time I've saved shopping at your sites will be spent making cookies with my kids and enjoying some quality family time. Thanks again for my less stressed, happier holiday season!

Thanks Casey we're glad that we were able to help you get through the holiday season a little easier.


      Have you seen the reports of a new Trojan horse called Sysbug? Well it's out there and it's nasty. A Trojan horse is aptly named after the Roman gift, if I remember right, they came carrying something other than presents. This virus carrying email comes to you as a saucy email that sounds like it got sent to the wrong person. Attached is supposed pictures of a love encounter between the sender and intended receiver. What you don't want to do is be tempted to take a peek at those pictures. If run, Sysbug allows hackers to gain unauthorized remote access to affected computers.
If we've told you once we've told you a thousand times, don't click on email attachments from people you don't know. Even if you know the person sending the email it's often good to double check with them to make sure it was them.
Remember you can get good virus protection and firewall software from McAfee. We've been using them to protect our computers for years and so far so good.


     We really appreciate those of you who have been doing your holiday shopping through the RunnerDuck Stores at Remember that it doesn't cost you any more to access these stores through our links and it does help us out a lot!

Every year around this time we try to find some fun web sites for the holidays. This week we have two that we thought would be fun for the kids.
First is A Christmas Celebration and it's a classy site that has lots of interesting things to read and do. You can find it at
The second one is for all our Jewish friends. Chanukah is December 20th and we thought this site would help you prepare for it. Again there are lots of fascinating stories and fun for the whole family. Go to and enjoy the holiday.


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Santa's Underwear

     This is a really cute little project that is a twist on the Christmas stocking. Santa's Underwear can be filled with little treats for the kids or diamond rings for that special someone.

Here's what you'll need:

Red Felt
12" of 1/8" White Ribbon
2 Small Buttons
White Embroidery Floss
Paper Poem

Using this pattern, cut the front and back body and one of the bottom flap.

Click on each picture for full size pattern.

Sew the bottom flap next to the "cut line", shown on the body, using a running stitch.
Sew buttons at each bottom flap corner.
Cut through the felt at the top of the flap as shown by the "cut line".
On the front of the body poke a needle with a large eye and the 1/8" ribbon through the six holes lacing them as you go. Tie the ends into a bow.
Using a blanket stitch sew the two body pieces together with the bottom flap and buttons facing out.
Write a poem on a small piece of paper and stuff into Santa's Underwear along with a small gift and candies.
Here's a cute poem to get your started.

Dear Santa,
We looked for a stocking,
but couldn't find a spare,
se we ended up stuffing,
your red Underwear.
         The Elves

     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.

Personalized Gifts for Kids

One of the really exciting things to get for Christmas is a toy that is personalized just for you. We have a large selection of toys that can be personalized for that special little someone this holiday. Check out them and all the great toys that are at fantastically low prices.

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The Tempos
News and CD of the Week

For those of you who have been following along, my (Ken) shoulder is healing very slowly after the fourth surgery in nine years. What a mess but we're slowly, and I mean slowly bringing it back. I plan to attend The Tempos rehearsal this Wednesday for the first time in six weeks. It should be interesting to see if number one I can play at all due to pain and lack of mobility and number two if I remember how to play. After all I've only been playing drums since I was eight years old ;-)

     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.

DVD Pick of the Week

We've had so much fun watching the old Christmas movies that we thought everyone should have a chance to see them. If you don't currently own these great DVD's we'd recommend buying them. They are not very expensive and then you can play them any time you want. They are also great because the movie isn't interrupted every fifteen minutes by some lame commercial. All three of these classics are really good family entertainment that you'll watch over and over.

A Christmas Story

This is our very favorite!

Miracle On 34th Street

It's A Wonderful Life

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      During our past 24 hour power outage we discovered the value of keeping rooms that you don't use closed. A lot of cold air comes in through those rooms and when you are heating your house this is a real waste of energy. Any room that you seldom use should be closed and the heater vent shut off. It also helps if you put a towel along the bottom edge of the door. This really does make a big difference in how warm your house stays and how much you spend on heating bills.

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


Cheddar Cheese Crax

The holiday are a great time for entertaining. One of the season favorites is cheese balls or cheese logs. This recipe is neither but it's a great way to serve some wonderful cheese treats. We call this recipe just plane good!

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 6-8 drops of Tabasco Sauce
  • 3/4 Cup Rice Krispies
Cream the Butter and Cheese.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Shape into rolls and wrap in plastic wrap.
Chill 1 hour.
Slice thin onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.

Make up a bunch for that special holiday party or take some to work to share with your coworkers. They're also great with a hot, hearty soup or chowder.

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 December 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


"The Cheese Plate"
by David Gibbons and Max McCalman

If you know someone that loves cheese the way that some people love wine then this book is for them. If you’ve ever had genuine farmhouse Cheddar from England, or real Alsatian Munster, or aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, you know that fine hand-crafted cheeses have absolutely nothing to do with the bland, shrink-wrapped, food-colored offerings that evoke school cafeterias. Artisanal cheeses—from luscious triple crèmes to the “boss” blues—are complex and richly rewarding, very similar to fine wines. And these cheeses get even more rewarding if you know something about their subtleties, their attributes, and how to get the most out of them—like which wines go with which cheeses (and why), or how a multiple-cheese tasting should progress, or what an appropriate portion size is, or which accompaniments work best, or why the Loire chèvres peak in autumn.
Max McCalman is one of the world’s foremost experts on these matters. As the maître fromager (or “cheese master”) at the acclaimed restaurants Picholine and Artisanal in New York City, he spends his entire day, every day, dealing with cheese—ordering it, tasting it, studying it, serving it. And The Cheese Plate is the culmination of his years of passion and study for this subject: the definitive work on how to enjoy the world’s greatest cheeses (and what those cheeses are) at home.

Be sure and visit the RunnerDuck Cookbook Store for other great savings on cookbooks and cooking supplies.


Woodworkers Gift Guide

We thought it might be nice to give you some ideas shopping for that woodworker in your family. I have found these tools to be very useful in my shop and I believe that your woodworker will like them too.

First off we have good news and bad news. The good news is that this Branding Iron is probably one of the nicest gifts you can get your woodworker. The bad news is that if you order it now it won't get here until after the holidays. It's still worth getting for him/her you just may have to get creative in the gift giving department to put them off until it arrives.
Customized Electric Branding Iron Gift Set (Mail-In Offer)Customized Electric Branding Iron Gift Set (Mail-In Offer)
Put your mark on your woodworking projects with a personalized electric branding iron. Choose from two of our most popular head designs: regular arc, and arc with tools. Makes a perfect gift! Customize..

Customized Electric Branding Iron Gift Set (Mail-In Offer)

Bessey Variable Angle Strap ClampBessey Variable Angle Strap Clamp
The unique, geared winder gives you precise, distortion-free clamping on angles from 60° - 180°...

Bessey Variable Angle Strap Clamp

Peltor Worktunes ™ Radio & Hearing ProtectorPeltor Worktunes ™ Radio & Hearing Protector
Tune into a better way to protect your hearing!..

Peltor Worktunes ™ Radio & Hearing Protector

Clamp-It® Assembly Square, Clamps or Combo PackClamp-It® Assembly Square, Clamps or Combo Pack
Align it, clamp it, and fasten it to get perfect 90 degree angles every time! Here's a solution that's so simple, you'll wonder why it took so long to develop!..

Clamp-It® Assembly Square, Clamps or Combo Pack

Wood Threading KitWood Threading Kit
Providing a convenient and fast way to combine two pieces!..

Wood Threading Kit

Heavy-Duty Fliptop Roller StandHeavy-Duty Fliptop Roller Stand
Our exclusive roller stand flips over from 2-3/8'' bearing roller to eight ball bearings for movement in any direction...

Heavy-Duty Fliptop Roller Stand

Biscuit Cutter SetBiscuit Cutter Set
Includes cutter and all three bearings to cut biscuit slots for 0, 10 and 20 size biscuits. All have baked-on Teflon coating to reduce pitch and resin buildup...

Biscuit Cutter Set

25 Piece Rubber Sanding Drum Set25 Piece Rubber Sanding Drum Set
You'll be ready for virtually every job with this quality set of drums and sleeves...

25 Piece Rubber Sanding Drum Set

These are just a few of my favorites. For a great selection of woodworking supplies and tools check out Rockler, Great Prices/Great Selection!

If you have a project that you would like to share please send us an email 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 .


David K. sent us this joke. Trust me, I'll change the next blond joke to a different color ;-)

Three women escaped from prison. One was a redhead, one a brunette, and one a blonde. They ran for miles until they came to an old barn where they decided to hide in the hayloft and rest. When they climbed up, they found three large burlap sacks and decided to climb into them for camouflage. About an hour later, the sheriff and his deputy came into the barn. The sheriff told his deputy to go up and check out the hayloft. When he got up there, the sheriff asked him what he saw and the deputy yelled back, "Just three burlap sacks."
The sheriff told him to find out what was in them, so the deputy kicked the first sack, which had the redhead in it. She went, "Bow-wow," so the deputy told the sheriff there was a dog in it.
Then he kicked the sack with the brunette in it. She went, "Meow," so the deputy told the sheriff there was a cat in it.
Then he kicked the one with the blonde in it, and there was no sound at all. So he kicked it again, and finally the blonde said, "Potatoes."

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