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    We use to publish a monthly newsletter but decided to step up and do a blog instead. Just like our newsletter we will update this "newsletter" about once a month.
    Each month we bring you news from our little town of Coupeville, WA and happenings around the island we live on.
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    Ken and Marilyn

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Welcome to the new RunnerDuck Blog!

September 4, 2010

Welcome to our new Blog! We hope you will sign up to receive notices of each new blog when they are published. Use the “Email Subscription” box to the left. We publish a new blog (newsletter) the first weekend of each month.

A Little History – The AllAmerican RunnerDuck Review Newsletter has been running since December 2000. We discuss things we enjoy which include Crafts, Woodworking, Recipes, Jokes and many other interests. People seem to enjoy hearing about the little town of Coupeville, Washington on Whidbey Island, where we live, and things that are going on around the island. We also maintain a website, www.runnerduck.com, which has a ton of interesting things including many woodworking projects, Quick Links to many of our favorite web sites and much more. While the format has changed the content will remain the same. So with that preamble welcome and here we go!

Welcome: Happy Labor Day weekend America, we hope you all are having a grand time on this last three day weekend of the summer!

This past month was extra special as Ken had a birthday and retired on the same day. He has worked since he was fifteen without any major breaks or layoff’s the entire time. That’s 51 years straight without a break! This day has been a long time coming and we are looking forward to years of fun and relaxation for years to come.

Since that day we’ve been to the Island County Fair where we were treated by seeing some Indian Runner Ducks, yes folks they really do exist.

We also had the big Art Fair in Coupeville which had 250 booths and was very well attended. This fair is an annual event with artisans from all over the island and country selling their art. Last week was the annual plenair art exhibit and fund raiser. Artists from all over the world come to our little town to paint “in the open air” (plenair). People with easils are all over town painting and their creations are exhibited at a big art show on the weekend. Money from the art is donated.

WHAT’S NEW: Earlier this month we went out in our little red boat, “Simply Red” and joined the flotilla in remembrance of Lolita, the Orca whale who was captured in 1970 along with many other whales and sent to aquariums around the country. As luck would have it our little boat was captured by the Whidbey Times photographer.

Simply Red is the little boat in front of the big blue one.

It was a different time in 1970 when they did things like this and we’re glad they no longer practice this sort of capture. You can read the whole story here, www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/community/100305374.html.

Speaking of boating Ken also went out with our brother-in-law Steve on his little 15′ Montgomery sailboat. It was a nice two hour sail with a good breeze to push them along. Boating is always a good option on the island.

SITE OF THE MONTH: Our good friend Lori of www.liveducks.com Posted a compelling atricle on her blog about “Animal Cruelty Shines a Light on What’s To Come”. While this post is rather long it’s important for you to take the time to read it and share with your children and friends. Animal abuse is really a problem and there are many things you can do to help prevent it. While you may think that animal abuse is someone else wrong doing it may be closer to your home than you think.

Please click on this link to read the full story, www.facebook.com/notes/lori-goodman/animal-cruelty-shines-a-light-on-whats-to-come/432649466496, Thank You!

MARILYN’S CORNER: We were visiting at my sister Sandy’s and noticed this interesting chandelier hanging over their patio table. I decided that this would make a fun and simple project for my corner. There’s not a lot to it but you can make them as interesting as you like.

They were glass jars wrapped with a wire and beads to make a handle.

A votive candle was placed in each one.

They were hung from the ceiling with chain that was screwed into the ceiling. Each one was at a different level and really had an artsy interesting look to them. The bottom link of the chain was opened to form a hook so you can easily remove them to light the candle or replace them.

Sometimes the simplest projects can be the most fun!

JOKE OF THE MONTH: This is a joke from Marilyn’s sister Susie who just visited us last week coming from Eatonville, Wa.


A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had Cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife’s bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000.

He asked her about the contents.

“When we were to be married,” she said, “my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.”

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

“Honey,” he said, “that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?”

“Oh,” she said, “that’s the money I made from selling the dolls.”

A Prayer. Dear Lord, I pray for wisdom to understand my man; love to forgive him; and patience for his moods, because Lord, if I pray for strength, I’ll beat him to death, because I don’t have time to crochet.

THIS MONTH’S FREE RECIPE: As you regulars know each month we publish a free recipe. With all the apples falling off the trees we thought this recipe would be perfect.

Spiced Apple Pancakes

Pancake Mix

  • 2 Cups Bisquick
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/3 Cups Milk
  • 3/4 Cups Shredded Apples
  • Beat together Bisquick, Cinnamon, Egg and Milk.
    Fold in the Apples.

    Cider Sauce

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 2 Cups Apple Cider
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • Mix Sugar, Spice and Cornstarch in a pan.
    Stir in the Cider and Juice.
    Bring to a boil, stir and boil for 1 minute.
    Remove from the heat and melt in the Butter.

    Now fry up the pancakes and pour on the Cider Sauce, you’ll love it.

    WOODWORKING PROJECT: We’ve had funky little house numbers on our house since we moved in three years ago and never really liked them. Recently we added a new porch light and now they really looked bad. I decided to make a nice frame for a new set of numbers. A couple of years ago I made a really nice  screen door and decided to make the house number frame match it. Here is the result of that effort:

    To see how I made this house number frame complete with full instructions go to www.runnerduck.com/house_numbers/house_numbers.htm.

    If you want to talk about something just drop us a line in the box below, we like to talk about most anything. We are always looking for content for our newsletter so if you have something to add we’d love to publish it, assuming it meets our strict family oriented requirements!
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    3 Responses

    1. Kenny, Congratulations on your retirement. May you enjoy yours as much as I am mine. Best wishes, Mike O’Brien, Valley Head,AL

    2. Hi, Ken & Marilyn. I was blown away by your Marble Pin Ball Game. It looks EXACTLY like the one I have from the early 1900’s?
      It is called Jazbo, an African American heritage board game I believe. I have tried 11 different ways to google it, and no luck. Any ideas. Heck, if you want ,I’ll send a picture of it, and see what you think. Amazing, the similarity between the two. Did you base your game set by it, or some other game??
      Let me know if your interested in seeing it. I think you’d get a kick out of it.
      take care, Bill Elder

      • Hi Bill, I’d love to see what it looks like. I got my inspiration from a marble game pin ball game we had as kids. I surfed the internet looking for pictures of marble pin ball games and when I found what looked like what I remembered I made it. The one I remembered though came from the 1940’s.

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