Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Clear Lake Shores is probably one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay Area. Yes we are an island. We are surrounded by Clear Lake, Jarbo Bayou and the Lazy Bend canals. Plug this in to Google Maps and you'll see what I mean 29.32' by 95.01' We are about half way between Galveston Island and the city of Houston and located in north Galveston county. I will try to keep us up on all the goings on that we can walk, boat, bike or drive our golf carts to. Very few things pi$$ me off but one of them is wasting my precious time. I'll try not to waste yours. Enjoy. ab

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May the Fourth...

Be with you. Yeah, yeah, yeah, It's National Star Wars Day. But according to Mac it's also World Naked Gardening Day! That oughtta liven up the community garden huh? Moving right along.
Anyone seen this little cutie ?
He/she/it was wandering around my deck yesterday. When I went out to see what the tree rats were all worked up over this one was the culprit. Ever so not afraid of me she strolled over to the nearest tree and as you can see still didn't run. Ah wildlife. We suspect she was responsible for getting in to a trash bag the night before. Still don't blame her though, it was full of Coonies' crawfish leftovers. 

Not much happened at City Council last night. Short agenda means short meeting. Readers Digest version is City is doing well.

The Civic Club's Crawfish cook off has been rescheduled for May 28th, after the cancellation due to perfect weather that is. weather, go figure.

The Island Wide Garage Sale is the 14th followed later that evening by our first Jammin' on Jarboe for the year. Ought to be one fine day.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

It's National Talk like

Shakespeare Day? Seems like England would have this one covered.
More sad news from the music industry. Kanye West was found alive in his home in LA.
That is all.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

National Lima Bean Respect Day

Seriously? Someone needs to get out more often. 
Sorry I’m late but that’s on Comcast. They were down for two days here on our little Slice of Paradise. Good to now some things just never change huh? Your cable will go out when it rains. It's 1978 all over again. Kinda like Ctrl + Alt + Del for my PC using friends. Well, It’s raining. Again. For those who aren’t aware, we in the greater Houston area have been getting a lot of rain. I say greater Houston area since we are about half way between Galveston and the City. As much rain as we got Monday it’s a fraction of what some folks got and are getting again today. It started about noon on Monday here and looked like this in about 20 minutes.
It came down on a mission. After about 4 hours I checked my rain gauge and this is what it looked like.
Yep, That almost 5 inches in 4 hours. Tis is what CLear Lake Shores looked like.
Here's the park at the Club House. Have a seat.

I guess it's a good thing The Shore's are used to it after this long.

Forster's front yard from West Shore. Good thing is it's going down at this point. You can see the high water marks at the street.

Believe it or not there's a boat ramp out there somewhere.

The waterfront and the front of Theda's old place.

Chicken Licken' and Clear Creek Channel.

 As a point of reference, Sunday we were about 6" behind on yearly rainfall totals. As of today and that does not count what is falling now, we are 7" over. Do the math. That's a lot of water. Good thing we live on an Island!

The in-Laws will be here in a few weeks. Can't wait to see them!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Happy Birthday to

Thomas Jefferson. Lucky number three once said "The price of Freedom is eternal vigilance" Can I get a hallelujahs! Here's a few more worth keeping in mind as the elections grow closer.

I went to the EDC meeting last night. It was interesting to say the least. It seems there a several interested parties wanting to open new restaurants in our fair city but WCID won't provide them with water. Imagine that. The way I understand it  is they don't have any water. At least not for a new business. I have to ask myself though, Why don't they just go get some? That is their line of work isn't it? To provide water to folks in WCID12? Yeah, yeah, yeah I'm being simplistic. I know. But to deny a building permit for lack of water? There has to be a better way folks.

Tomorrow at Jarboe at 6. THat's when the crawfish committee is meeting. Spread the word.

Oh and It's National Peach Cobbler Day too! Score.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It's Grilled Cheese Sandwich day

again. I went back to last year's post to see what was going on and apparently it was nothing. It was one year ago in March that I took some time off. How time flies. 

For any of you locals who fancies themselves a coon-ass cooker there are only two weeks left to sign up for the crawfish cook-off. The powers that be are meeting this Thursday at Paul Shelley pavilion around 6 and at last count there is only room for three more teams. There ya have it.

An organization is like a tree full of monkeys, all on different limbs at different levels. The monkeys on top look down and see a tree full of smiling faces. The monkeys on the bottom look up and see nothing but assholes.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The answer is today.

If the question is "when is National Farm Animal Day? Moving along.
Got back from Mesquite Texas last night. We went to a Taekwondo tournament. We, and when I say we I mean Wyatt, left Mesquite with 6 First Place medals and 1 Third Place. Talk about one proud Dad. He makes it look easy and I know it's not. He put's a lot of effort and practice in to his craft and it shows. Most important though is he has fun. The best part for me is when other parent's come up and tell us how much fun it is to watch him do hid thing. I'll stop gushing (publicly) in a minute. But first here's this..

Hope you had as great a weekend as I did.

Friday, April 8, 2016

It's National Zoo Lovers Day

That said, I hope you didn't miss yesterday's Nation Beer Day. With a twist. It was also National Alcohol Screening day. What the hell? Moving on,
"April 7, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law that allowed people to brew and sell beer, in the United States, as long as it remained below 4.0% alcohol by volume (ABV).  Beer drinkers celebrated and were happy to be able to purchase beer again for the first time in thirteen years."
Great Civic Club meeting last night. I mean whats not great about free pizza from Marco's  right? We have 3 new officers. Shawn Dunnegan is our new Pres, Kat Tierney has agreed to stay on as Veep, Ros Smith is your new Treasurer and Sarah Kempisty has stepped up to be our new Secretary. Thaks y'all for stepping up. I hope you have as much fun as I did. And to our outgoing Pres, Kelly, You did one hell of  job. We are a better club for having you in it.
 The Crawfish boil is on for April 30th. If you want in , at any level, get hold of Tim.
The 10th annual Island Wide Garage Sale is set for May 14th. Sign up sheet is in the Islander. And to wrap it all up May14th is also the first Jammin' on Jarbo of 2016. What a day.
They're baaaaAAaaack! If they nest you're stuck with them till July/August. I hope you like the smell of ammonia.
Have a great weekend Clear Lake Shores.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

National Tartan Day

April 6 is National Tartan Day. This is an official national holiday.
National Tartan Day honors all the Scottish heritage that flows through this nation. From its earliest beginnings, Americans with Scottish ancestry endeavored for that freedom as much as any American.  It was in their blood.
It might be surprising to know that of the 13 governors in the newly established United States, 9 where Scots. There are 56 signatures on the Declaration of Independence. Some scholars suggest nearly a third of those signers were of Scottish descent.
Not only can we point to the country’s founding fathers, but of the 43 Presidents who have taken office, 33 have been of Scottish descent.
Those with Tartan blood were and are independent and resourceful. They are prolific inventors and writers. They are talented musicians and artist, skilled leaders and scholars. In the United States today, over 11 million Americans claim Scottish or Scotch-Irish roots. That makes them the 8th largest ethnic group in the United States.
Went to the Council meeting last night. It was the first in a long time for me. I promise to myself to go every chance I get. IOt was mostly informative and slightly entertaining. New Councilman Solmonsson was there too. Listened to the "new" City atty blather on about why the lease with the Oakies Courtyard wasn't in place. Did not nod off. The City is looking good financially. Always good news. Maybe we could talk them into picking up the trash service bill again? Just a thought. They are moving forward with long term plans to prepare to annex properties in our ETJ and the Kemah/CLE ETJ hooha appears to finally be dead. Like I said years ago, the only good to come out of this will go straight in to the atty's pockets. And so it has come to pass. Road bids are in and done so it looks like that miserable piece of Birch will finally get taken care of. Can I get an AMEN! Oh and we're hiring a full time building inspector/Code enforcement officer. Lots of conversation around this one. Should have been there. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

National Deep Dish Pizza Day!

I went to the Okie's Courtyard Design Review Committee meeting last night. OCD & RC seems legit. I gotta tell you neighbors, Some of our hard working friends and neighbors have done one heck of a job for us. It looks awesome. What I got out of the conversation was it could even be in place at least some of it by late summer. They will meet again in two weeks to firm up some of the building details and they should know more then. It's about damn time. Sad that it took 8 long years but sometimes, that's just the way it goes.
Below is tonights City Council agenda. Some of the stuff looks like it could be fun. See you there.

Vern Johnson, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson


REGULAR MEETING April 5th, 2016 @ 7:00 P.M.
Al Burns, Mayor Pro Tem Amanda Fenwick Jan Bailey
NOTICE is hereby given of a Regular Meeting of the City Council for the City of Clear Lake Shores, County of Galveston, State of Texas, to be held on the above mentioned date and time at the Club House, 931 Cedar Road, Clear Lake Shores, Texas, for the purpose of considering the following numbered items. The City Council of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, reserves the right to meet in a closed council session on any of the below items should the need arise and if applicable pursuant to authorization by Title 5, Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code.
    Councilwoman Bailey Councilman Hoerner Mayor Pro-Tem Burns Councilwoman Fenwick Councilman Solmonsson Mayor Johnson
    City Administrator

    1. Check Register: Feb. 02.25.16 thru 03.30.16
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held March 1, 2016
    3. Minutes from Special Meeting held March 23, 2016
    4. Quarterly Investment Report ending Dec. 31, 2015
    5. Certificate of Unopposed Candidates for May 7, 2016 General Election
    a. Update from City Attorney on contract agreement with Sidewalk Brands,

    LLC d.b.a Okie's Courtyard. (Councilman Hoerner)
    b. Update from City Attorney on the Mayor's topic of Clear Lake
    Shores ETJ. (Mayor Johnson)
  9. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following
    1. Ordinance 2015-20: An Ordinance adopting amendment no. 5 to the original budget of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas for the fiscal year 2014-15, adjusting amounts in the expenditure accounts of the General Fund Public Safety Department; containing findings; providing for severability; and providing other details relating thereto. (City Administrator George Jones)
    2. Presentation of the audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015. (City Administrator George Jones)

c. Introduction of Kevin Harrell and approval of his employment as City Building Official/Code Enforcement Officer of the City of Clear Lake Shores.
(City Administrator George Jones)
  1. Request to annex certain properties South of FM 2094, directing staff to proceed with the preparation of a service plan and statutory procedures. (City Administrator George Jones/City Attorney)
  2. Appoint Alex Scanlon to fill vacancy on the Zoning Board of Adjustments
    (City Administrator George Jones)
  3. Resolution 2016-04: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, authorizing the Galveston County Mosquito Control District Aerial Spraying for the Abatement of Mosquitoes. (City Administrator George Jones)
  4. Ordinance 2016-06: An Ordinance adopting amendment no. 1 to the original budget of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas for the fiscal year of 2015-16, providing for a supplemental appropriation to the General Fund Police Department. (City Administrator George Jones)
  5. Award of the street bid for Street Construction to the low bidder, D & W Construction in the amount of $636,985.00. This includes the base bid plus alternate 1. (Cobb Fendley recommendation letter)
    (City Administrator George Jones)
  6. Approve a change order for the bid from D & W Construction in the amount of $25,120.00 (Cobb Fendley recommendation letter)
    (City Administrator George Jones)
  7. Extension of the contract with Crowder-Gulf for Debris Removal in the event of a natural disaster requiring a debris removal contractor.
    (City Administrator George Jones)
  8. Approval of a contract with Gulf Coast Aquatics for lifeguard and maintenance services at the Clear Lake Shores Municipal Pool for 12 months beginning May 1, 2016. (City Administrator George Jones)
  9. Resolution 2016-05: A Resolution of the City of Clear Lake Shores declaring unopposed candidates in the May 7, 2016 General City Election, elected to office; canceling the election; providing a severability clause; and providing for an effective date. (City Administrator George Jones)
  10. EXECUTIVE SESSION: Pursuant to the Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 Texas Government Code Sec. 551.072: a closed session to deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property.
  11. Action from EXECUTIVE SESSION: Pursuant to the Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 Texas Government Code Section 551.072. To take action, if any, on item discussed in the Executive Session – deliberation of the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Stand by for the Irony

It's National Mom and Pop Business Day. The same day our local Dairy Queen owner is selling his business. Mr. and Mrs Dar have been here for longer than I can remember. Wyatt and I have been stopping there since he was in a car seat. For those who don't know the whole story here it is in a nut shell. Some asshole from no where near here was driving back to where ever the hell he lives and stopped in at out local DQ. So far so good. Sometime ago Mr. D decided to put up a sign at his place of business that clearly stated he didn't think much of a particular religion. Still good. Well the asshole in question apparently got her feeling hurt and contacted a local news outlet to express her outrage. Well, as you can imagine it made the news cycle and two weeks later it's still there. I imagine DQ caved to the miserable little whiney shits, applied a little pressure and the Dar's are selling. I hope it's on his terms. I don't know about y'all but I don't go to DQ for political input. I go there for the soft serve. 50+ years and counting now. I remember my first cone costing a whole dime.
Short version, if you don't like his sign GO SOMEPLACE ELSE! There is another DQ less than a mile down the hwy for Christs sake!
Not sure why so many cry baby assholes out there want to make shit harder than it has to be. Any Ideas? I'm going to Dairy Queen and I wish a pox on all the Whineybutts.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

This is for everyone that is (was) as confused as me. It's from Wiki so it has to be true right?
"The Easter Bunny (also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. Originating among German Lutherans, the "Easter Hare" originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour at the start of the season of Eastertide.[1] The Easter Bunny is sometimes depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy, and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus or theChristkind, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holidays. The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau's De ovis paschalibus[2] (About Easter Eggs) in 1682[3] referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter eggs for the children."
So there.

Did I mention the great weather we had on our first camping trip of the season. It was very pleasant when we got there Thursday night. Cool, but it was to be expected in March. We did get reprimanded by the Park authorities for being too loud after 10. we deserved that. Friday was awesome. Mostly. Started out with quite a hike up to and over a local mountain. I think someone said it was a couple of thousand feet tall. Mountain to us flatlanders on the Texas coast. We were working on dinner when this happened.
That is a Capri Sun juice bag.
Here's a better pic thanks to Philip Adams.

Can't wait for the next trip!

Happy Easter everyone.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Camping at last!

Finally made it out of the driveway. Next stop is Lost Maples State Nature Area. Ms. Lindelow ranted and raved so we are excited. It's a tad long for the maiden voyage but so be it.

Here's a peak at the inside.

We decided to take the long way and travel Alt 90 out of Houston. The reasoning was we will pass through many small towns so if we do run into a problem hopefully help won't be far.
A few miles east of Eagle Lake we heard a sound. Yep. The downside of Hwy 90 is there is no shoulder and it passes through farm country. Lots of big rig traffic. Lots. THe first place we could pull over was a Shell station. As I went around Big Pearl looking for the source of the sound I came across this.

That's right, there are only two of the six lug nuts left and they are trying to chew their way free. After we jacked it up we coud pull the tire off without removing the last two nuts. Glad we were not on I-10.
Spent the next 6 hours looking for parts for a 1964 trailer. You can imagine the results. Here's where I give a HUGE shout out to Rhonda and David at the NAPA store. While they could not help directly they never stopped trying. They called all the local spots thet we never would have found until we ended up in Nada Texas.
Enter Ricky.

Not only does Ricky have a dog that chases a bowling ball around he is the man at the Nada Garage. He didn't have the parts we were looking for either but  he didn't let that stop him. He simply welded the new lugs to the back of the hub. Voila!
To all who helped us get our Spring Break back on track, Thank You!
On to Lost Maples.

And Happy National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day!

Sunday, February 21, 2016


Why do you think he's doing so well? I think it's a simple answer that some folks are trying to make difficult. Maybe it's just me.

Back from Jamaica. A few friends and neighbors went down and built a playground for some less fortunate than ourselves. We stayed in a real Jamaican Great House in a wide spot in the road in Cave, Westmoreland. It's name is Chebuctoo. Wow.This is the view from the front porch.
So much good food. Here's a picture of an Akee tree. It grows right outside the kitchen so when Sandra cooked the Jamaican national dish, which is Akee and salt fish we didn't have to go the market. The "eyeballs are the seeds and the yellow part is the meat.
Here's Jim with a "Shrimp". Yep a shrimp. It's just short of a Longusta but a damn sight bigger than what we have locally. THere was some speculation that it was closer to a mudbug but we ran out of beer.
Got to meet some of the family and a lot of great people in a great country. Here's Douggie the Rasta. Him and Pete cooked us lunch at the school. Local Style. 
One opportunity I wish I had passed on was the chance to feed some of the local wildlife. It's a mixed bag of Sand Fleas and No see-ums. Damn.
If you get a chance to go make sure you stop in a place named Luna Sea Inn in WhiteHouse. Most excellent food and you can't beat the view.

Looks like there will be no election locally. With three Council seats open and only three folks running it's a gimme. It will be interesting to see what Bud brings to the table.

Food Trucks are back.  Galveston County's first Food Truck Park was a smash hit Friday night. The perfect weather brought everyone and then some out doors to eat. I had a Cuban from the Cuban Guys and it was the best Cuban I have ever had. Key Wests Cuban Queen included.

Oh, and Happy National Sticky Bun Day!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

It's National Croissant Day!

First things first. Councilman Amanda Fenwick has corrected My misstatement and she is indeed running for City Council. May the Force be with you Amanda.

Think about those miserably cold winter days, all dreary and nasty. And what a treat a nice bowl of chili is on those days, an absolute ray of sunshine in a bowl. Well that's not today. It's mostly sunny and will reach the low 70s. This is why we live in Texas. And we will have one hell of a time at the 34th annual Chili Cook-off on Narcissus. I say on Narcissus instead of Craig and Raynels' place because it hasn't been contained to their place for decades. It is literally on Narcissus. All are welcome so come on down. At this stage of the game it's more like a family reunion anyway. Hope to see you there.

She's gonna be pissed but what he hell, Thats' what big brothers are for right? Happy 60th Birthday to my little sister!

So out of the 25 most dangerous cities in the world Baltimore and St. Louis get ranked with Cali, Rio and most of Guatemala. Anyone else see a pattern here?
I guess thats why the Rams want to go someplace safe like LA?

Was out most of last week with a bug of some sort so progress on the camper stopped. I will try to finish the ceiling today. We went with a 1/16 inch Santa Fe birch paneling for the big radius on the rear wall. I just couldn't beat the thicker stuff into shape. I think the 1/16 will work fine. This will be one more major milestone to tick off.  Anybody got old style trailer marker lights for sale?

Enjoy your weekend folks It's gonna be a beauty. I gotta go stir my chili.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hard to believe

It's National Squirrel Appreciation day already. How time flies. Then again if tree rats aren't your thing you can default to National Hugging Day.

A big thanks to Mike McNamara and Big Al Burns for stepping in and co-chairing the annual Mancakes Breakfast this Valentines day. Give a thanks when you see them because without their effort this event wouldn't happen. Thanks Men. And if any of you guys out there want in on the fun you need to contact someone real soon because there is only room for so many and the spots for this event fill up fast. Could be the bloody marys'.

For all you that feel the need to serve, yeah, yeah, I know,
you only have until the 16th(?) of Feb. to file. So far there is only one interested party. I hear Amanda isn't running so we may not even have an election. I guess that's good and bad at the same time.

Who out there besides me is grateful every day that we live in such an ecclectic neighborhood? Doggie doors with antlers, Dragons guarding stairs, Alligators in the bushes and on and on. Some folks just don't get it. Some will get it in time. I was thinking about the mess at our house when we raised it the year after Ike. Mother of god what a wreck. And we were living in it at the time. I think it took about a year for us to get a yard back. Reminds me of the young couple on CLR. Both with relatively new jobs and two kids to tend to while they raise their house. I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure they are pulling this off one paycheck at a time. Since I think they are both working two jobs it might take 'em a while. Some folks see an eyesore, I see progress.

It's 74 outside and a little rain is stating to fall. Any odds on whether I fixed my leak or not? I give it 50-50. I'll go sit inside when the tail end of that front gets here. It's south of the city so I have about an hour to get ready.

And from Mental Floss' Amazing Fact Generator, Amazing Fact #814The state The State fish of Hawaii is the humuhumunukunukuapua'a. The Hawaiian name roughly translates to "the fish with a pig-like nose." It's English name is the Reef Triggerfish.
glish name is the Reef Triggerfish.