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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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Happy New Year

Happy New Year:
Here’s to a Happy New Year everyone and a belated Merry Christmas too. Did you miss us? We missed sending out our newsletter last month because we were just too busy getting ready for Christmas.
Our holiday season this year was sad and wonderful. It was sad because we lost two wonderful people just before Christmas. Ken’s daughter Jenni lost her mother-in-law Lynn Brown December 16th, she was a real loss to the family, especially for the grandkids. We also lost our good friend Betty Ludwig December 21st. She was the wife of the lead trombone player in Ken’s band. The band and their families are like one big family and it’s like losing one of our own.
On a lighter note our Christmas Eve White Elephant party was fun and there were a lot of silly gifts as usual. We’d have to say the high point of the evening was when granddaughter Emerson, one year old, opened her present that Ken made.

She was so cute when she put a doll in it, put a blanket over the doll and rocked the cradle, how does a little one year old know how to do that?
As you may remember Ken took a Marquetry class a couple of months ago and all the Christmas presents this year incorporated some Marquetry. Here’s the picture on the side of the cradle.
We were fortunate to have Marilyn’s sister Susie here for the holidays and enjoyed her visit. Christmas morning was just the three of us and quite nice. The last time Marilyn and Susie spent Christmas morning together was 41 years ago.
Things will now get quieter on the island and around our little seaside town as the tourists leave after the holidays and it settles back into a sleepy winter village. The stores will open sporadically if at all and seagulls flying around the wharf will be the height of activity, perfect.
What’s New?
Just a few months ago we changed the format of our newsletter from an email to a blog. Now we are going to change it a little bit more. Rather than trying to hold a schedule of posting on the first weekend of each month we’ll post whenever there is something to write about. This will probably result in more frequent blogs with less content in each one.
It’s amazing but since Ken retired in August we just seem to run out of time to put all the different columns together for our newsletter on a schedule. That’s a good thing because it’s important to keep busy during retirement but we never thought we’d be this busy.

Anyhow look forward to more frequent blogs with hopefully interesting things for each of you.
Site of the Month
Ken’s brother Ron will be turning 70 this year and to celebrate that event he has decided to ride a bicycle across the United States! Crazy you say, well maybe not. He has been walking three miles every day and swimming one mile every day for the past couple of years. He now has a bicycle and has added riding it a number of miles every day. Hopefully he’ll be in shape by April when he plans to leave the west coast.
If you’d like to follow his progress leading up to this adventure and then the actual trip just go to his new blog, “Ronnie’s 70th Adventure” at http://ronnies70thadventure.blogspot.com/.
Marilyn’s Corner
For Christmas I made a pine needle basket for sister Susie that was a lot of fun. Ken had gotten me a kit last Christmas but it didn’t have enough needles for what I wanted to make. While camping last year we found a whole bunch of long pine needles and we collected them for future projects. It turned out really nice and she loves it.
The bad news is that the pictures we took of it got lost and can’t share them with you.
I’ll try to get pictures at a later time but for now just use your imagination 😉
Joke of the Month
This month’s joke came from Robert I.
A minister was completing a temperance sermon. With great emphasis he said, “If I had all the beer in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river.”

With even greater emphasis he said, “And if I had all the wine in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river.”
And then finally, shaking his fist in the air, he said, “And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river.”
Sermon complete, he sat down.
The song leader stood very cautiously and announced with a smile, nearly laughing, “For our closing song, let us sing Hymn #365, “Shall We Gather at the River.”
Woodworking Project
I don’t have a project for you this time because I was just too busy making Christmas presents. I would like to share with you what I made for family and friends.
I made five small boxes with Marquetry in the top of each box. The inspiration for each piece came from either people’s interest or from pictures that they had taken.

The picture for my brother Ron’s box came from a trip he made to Death Valley. He took a picture of a “Say’s Phoebe” bird sitting on the steering wheel of his Vanagon, http://www.blabberon.com/solo_trip_2005_pt2.html.
My sister Diane’s box was a copy of a picture she took from her back deck. She calls it “Sunbird” and you can see the original on her blog page, http://ilregalo.blogspot.com/.
Sister-in-law Susie got the hummingbird feeding on a fuchsia. I took this picture in our back yard and copied it in Marquetry.
Sister-in-law Sandy got the canoe because they are into nautical themes and her husband Steve likes to kayak.
Niece Tammy got the butterfly that was the first Marquetry piece I made after my class.
The last piece for Christmas is still in the works, it’s a framed mirror with Marquetry going all the way around it for my daughter. I’ll have a picture of it posted once I get it done.
As you saw above I made a cradle for our granddaughter which was a real hit.
Remember you can see all my projects on our website at www.runnerduck.com.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Guys……it’s a “red letter day” when I down load my mail and there is a message from you people.I clock 70 this year and can relate to your always interesting family activities.
    We had a white Christmas in this neck of the woods. Kids and grandkids gathered around the tree and opened what was left bt Sanata.
    What I enjoy most is that the kids know that there are other who must do with less.
    All of the best in the new year and please keep your emails coming………………Brian

  2. Hi,
    Just thought I’d say, that the contrasting color horizontal splines at the corners of the boxes is a great touch. Nice work!

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