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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


National Play-Doh Day is celebrated annually on September 16th.  Play-Doh inventor Joe McVicker actually sold it originally as a wallpaper cleaner but the world had another use for his product.  Play-Doh was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 1998.

City Council meeting tonight. To see the agenda look right over there and click on the City link. Agendas are on the first page.

Here’s a shout out to Pricilla the D for organizing the 5th annual Block Party. It was a lot of fun getting out to visit old neighbors and meet some new ones and have a nosh. If you were lucky enough to be there and smart enough to get one of Adelia's Blueberry muffins then you know what I’m talking about. Adelia my dear, Those were yummy beyond definition. And a thanks to JT for providing the live music.

As to Orange trees, While I was really inclined to follow the sage advice of the Zen Gardener I did cave and neuter my poor little tree. Neuter mat not be the correct word since he (she?) still has two rather manly sized appendages, hanging nicely I might add. I snipped it near the top and the antenna part was taller than the regular part of tree.  We shall see.

More on Barktoberfest. Go check this out.

Friday, September 12, 2014

National Chocolate Milkshake day!

I'm in! Looking for advice today from any "tree people" out there. Here is a picture of my orange tree taken two months ago.

It's a cute tree but hasn't produced any oranges yet. I have two in the making but I can't get past the thorns to check the progress. I guess it found it's "Happy Spot" because today it looks this.
So now the question is what do I do with the "antenna"? It's taller than the tree. One more in a long list of reasons I'm not a gardener. 

I  don't mean to sound like a dumbass(intentionally) but who is \was the late Jim Frazier? I don't recall ever hearing the name. I even asked a couple of long time residents and they didn't know either. Anybody?

From Senor Beans....
Hey Gang!
It's been a very busy month with private events, which I truly love doing.  But, I don't get to see enough of you sometimes.  This week I do have one in an open venue where EVERYONE is invited!

Saturday night, Sept 13th, I will be back at Aspen's Bar and Grill in Clear Lake Shores.  817 Aspen Road, 77565, 281 549 6384.  One block North of FM 2094 (Marina Bay Drive).

The fun begins when you arrive, and the music is scheduled for 8~11PM.  I usually get excited and start a little earlier than that!

This is a very friendly neighborhood bar with a nice water view deck out back, easy to get to, great staff, drinks, sandwiches, pizza and sports TV, and a cozy atmosphere.

Come on out and kick back a little with us!

Senor Beans (aka Ben Reyna)
832 857 2326

PS:  'Tis the season for parties.  If you are having an event this Fall and need entertainment, please consider me.  I stay booked up about 4 - 6 weeks out.

Happy Friday Clear Lake Shores!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Before I introduce you to our new neighbor I am going to ask for your help. Over there --à, on the right side of this blog, is a list of other web sites I have provided a link to. All you have to do is click on the name and voila. The Citys’ link is there so you can see City Council’s agenda. The Civic Club is there so you can read the Islander. And a couple of Island based business’ are there too. I put it there for your convenience and I do it to help our local business’.  The way I see it if they do good we all do good.  It seems some folks don’t realize how easy it is. Here comes the help part. Spread the word. If/When in a conversation with a neighbor it comes up how hard it is to find out what’s going on please point them to this blog or the Facebook page or the City’s Link or the Civic Club site. Help ‘em out. Show them it’s not as hard as they may think. Please. Thanks. Now, as promised, can I get a drum roll please……

         Artist Debi Starr anxiously awaits the opening of her new gallery/studio, StarrStruck Gallery, in Clear Lake Shores. Debi, a native Houstonian, has been creating art her whole life. She graduated from The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts before heading to the windy city to attend The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Debi holds a BFA as well as her Teaching Certificate for Art Education and she has successfully built her reputation as an artist and a private art teacher.
         Debi Starr’s original paintings grace the walls of homes and businesses in the United States as well as across the pond. Her murals and decorative finishes can be found throughout the greater Houston area and her prints are available online to all.  She has been featured in many local art shows, exhibits, juried shows, solo shows, local artists’ groups and organizations and donates art yearly to many charity auctions, including Young Texans Against Cancer.
         Debi teaches art to both children and adults and finds inspiration while inspiring others. Creating art, whether it is a multi media piece, figurative, floral, or even a pet portrait keeps Debi’s passion alive.
         StarrStruck Gallery will serve as an ideal place to display her artwork as well as share her creativity. She plans to host other Local Artists’ Art and Receptions, teach Classes and Workshops, demonstrate Live Painting Events, hold Ladies’ Nights’ Out, offer Couples Painting, Sidewalk Saturdays, Painting Parties and Wine and Art Evenings. Debi’s endless energy will bring art and culture to the City of Clear Lake Shores.

Thank you again, feel free to edit as you wish!
We will have a new website for the gallery soon but you may include these as well:

Debi Starr
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

National TV Dinner Day

And it’s also Good Neighbor Day. Two Very worthy causes. I know I personally scarfed more than my share of the Swanson products. As weird as it sounds I loved those “mashed potatoes and gravy”. So sue me.

 From the Civic Club
1.  For the next on-line Islander.  Final date to submit your columns, articles, advertisements, classifieds, photos, etc is the 24th.  Reminder that anything you send needs to be "camera ready" as we won't be editing anything on your submission.  If we see anything incorrect or doesn't work, we'll send it back to you for you to correct it.
2.  For the October cover page we would like to make a collage of our Clear Lake Shores children's artwork.  We would like an October theme with either fall or Halloween drawings or paintings.  If your child would like to submit their art, please make sure that it's in a document that can be emailed to our webmaster.  Please use MS Word or a PDF file type to submit the artwork on.  Due date is the 24th of Sept.  Webmasters email address is:  By the way, our webmaster is Theresa Buck...and she's doing a great job!  Thanks Theresa!
3.  Thanksgiving meal tickets will be going on sale soon!  This year will be a little different as we are pre-selling tickets.  Please do not expect to show up at the door and pay on the day of the event as we are going to cook the amount of food to match the number of tickets we sell.  Tickets and pricing will be available soon, so keep your eye out for future emails! 
4.  Our Block Party will be September 13th and Priscilla Duffy has volunteered to be the Chair for this fun event.  This is where we get out and meet our neighbors!  Thank you Priscilla!  She will be contacting everyone with details and requests for volunteers, etc.  So, keep an eye out for her emails so you'll have the latest scoop.
5.  Movie night for September has been cancelled due to lack of interest.
6.  Don't forget to register your child for the "Children's Fishing Derby" on October 4th!  This is an anniversary year so there will be extra fun for the kids.
7.  The Civic Club's website has been updated with a "Membership" button that will allow you to easily pay for your Civic Club membership online through PayPal.  It's already up and running, so if you like the Club and want to pay your dues for this year and/or next year, simply click on the box and it will take you to our PayPal account  Or, you can still leave a check in the box by City Hall - not a problem!  Thank you for your support and membership in the Club.  If you meet some new neighbors I hope you will ask them to join the Club.  The more...the merrier!  We need everyone in Clear Lake Shores to be Civic Club members and have fun with all our activities year round...what a great deal for just $25/year dues - and per household!   

If you are not getting emails from the Club that means you are not a member. There are a dozen ways to join. Just ask. Short version, Join.

The third annual BBQ Cook off is slated for the second Saturday in October. Start getting your recipes lined up. Someone needs to steo up and Chair the event or this could go the way of Movie Night. The biggest change from last year is that every Island team that registers is allowed to invite one off Island team. I’m in and I’ve got an invitee who is ready to show us how its done.

Hear about the new Art Gallery coming to the Town Center? Read all about it here, tomorrow.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Another Win –Win

It’s National Cheese Pizza day

·  In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs and cheese which some believe is the beginning of the “pizza”.
·  In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα”, pita, meaning pie. 
·  A sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves was developed by the Romans.
·  The modern pizza had it’s beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
·  The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant which was produced in the surroundings of Naples.

National Lazy Mom’s Day

Annually celebrated on the first Friday of September, National Lazy Mom’s Day is a special day for all moms across the nation.
This day was created as a day for moms to relax, rest, and enjoy without feeling guilty about taking the day for themselves to completely unwind after the busy summer.  Take a long nap, go for a nice walk, enjoy the afternoon at the movies, read a book, have coffee with a girlfriend, watch your favorite shows on television or whatever you choose, the day is yours!!

From neighbor Philis

Today is Polycystic Kidney Awareness Day!  As many of you know this is the disease that caused my Kidney Transplant in 2007. My daughter, Kelsey Christeson was diagnosed with it 2 years ago and for now is doing Great !! Kelsey and I are walking in the Polycystic Kidney Walk in late October to raise money for research on this disease to find a cure. Here is the link to my website to make donations towards this walk. Please go to my donation page ( found below) and donate to help find  a Cure for this disease, so my daughter or even future Grandchildren do not have to through what I have been through. This disease has a 50% chance of being passed on to my children and then their children.  HELP us find a CURE!!


Love, Phillis Christeson

Jammin' on Jarboe tomorrow- Favorite Level One Band is back so bring your dancin' shoes!