IslandDrumz

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

Friday, June 29, 2012

Half Way

CONGRATS to Ty and Gherlin Johnson and their brand new baby boy Wyatt!

Can you believe it, the year is half over. Time to get busy. Lots of stuff so take notes.

The 4th of July Civic Club membership drive and golf cart parade!! It’s all on July 4th which is NEXT Wednesday. The parade will start lining up around 10:30 and we’ll end as close to noon as we can at Jarboe Pavilion. We’ll issue parade numbers at the Club House and collect your yearly membership dues so don’t forget to bring an extra $20 bill. There will be First Place Prizes for Adults and one for the kiddos. Good luck! At the pavilion we’ll have all the club goodies out and marked for a quick sale.

The Scholarship committee is still looking for donated items for their silent auction.

Electronic Recycling

CLEAR FALLS KNIGHTS BASEBALL

Booster Club Fundraiser


June 30, 2012

9am – 2pm

Chick-Fil-A Parking Lot (FM 2094 & HWY 146)

WANTED: PC towers, laptops, laptop batteries, monitors, modems, cables from computers and any electronics, PC boards, bridges and hubs, cell phones, telephones, cell phone batteries, cordless phones, printers, ink cartridges, fax machines, copy machines, radios, CD players, clocks, calculators, car batteries and electric motors.

(No appliances and no televisions)

To contribute your unwanted electronics:

Drop off your items at the Chick-Fil-a parking lot (321 FM 2094, Kemah, TX 77565) at the corner of FM 2094 and HWY 146 on Saturday, June 30th, from 9am to 2pm. Hard drives will be destroyed at the recycling facility or on site if requested. Receipts available upon request.

Questions?? Contact us via: e-mail: brenda.vige@gmail.com

website: www.clearfallsbaseball.com/


WATER WARS V

It seems the evil commander of the Eastern forces has escaped his alien abductors! He has declared the day of retribution to be Wednesday, July 4th. But since he has a orthodontist appointment he can’t start until 2 and his mom told him to be home by 8. For a lot of reasons he holds the Westies responsible (he’s simple like that) and has declared Water Wars IV ON! For all you newbies out there here are the rules. PLEASE share them with your children!!

1. No physical contact with the opposition. Unless there is a special invitation (wink).

2. No water balloons. I know they seem like a good idea but they are not and they leave a god awful mess.

3. All official parks are hereby designated DMZs. That’s De-Militarized Zone for Larry. That’s right ALL PARKS are safe zones.

4. It’s ON between 14:00 (2 o’clock) and 20:00 8 o’clock Wednesday July 4th. At sunset clear and retire your weapon.

5. No water balloons. If you hit me with a balloon I will hit you with a rock.

6. When this idea was hatched it was all about squirt guns. Not powered pumps that would make a fire fighter drool. While there is no “rule” about pumps and such keep that thought in mind when you are at Home Depot searching for inspiration.

7. Do I even need to say water only? Clean water only? Nothing you wouldn’t put in your mouth? I hope not…..

8. If you want to play, identify yourself and your target. Last year we used the three middle fingers pointing straight up to signal W for west side of Clear Lake Road or the same fingers pointed sideways ∑ letting folks know you represent the East side of the Island. If you blast someone who is not playing you are on your own. Know that some of your neighbors have a very poorly developed sense of humor.

9. Did I mention NO WATER BALLOONS ? I mean it too. No DANG balloons. Spread the word.

A quick word about safety.

DO NOT LET YOUR KIDS DRIVE THE GOLF CART!!!




Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Happy Birthday To..

Happy Birthday! The song was penned by the Sisters Hill, Patty and Mildred in 1893. And to the anal retent out there who felt so compelled to tattle on Movie Night the song was copyrighted in 1935. Feel free to call 911 at the next birthday party you attend. Putz. Speaking of Movie Night, I’ll have some information on licensing that the Club needs to vote on at the next meeting. It’s your money so be there.



Ever heard of Noonday Onions? We were up in Jacksonville, Texas over the weekend and kept seeing the reference to noonday onions and watermelons. MJ got out her trusty phone and proceeded to Google the noonday’s. Turns out they are named for Noonday, Texas and are touted as one of the sweetest onions you can buy. They are compared to Georgia’s Vidalias and for the same reason. They are named for an area and as luck would have it the soils are remarkably similar. Being onion lovers we pulled in to one of the roadside veggie stands and got our bucket full. Melinda fried a couple up just to see how they acted. In a word, YUM. We will definitely be on the lookout for more of those. I wonder what the melons taste like?


Here’s a heads up for all you folks that have furry roommates.
From Paul Shelley

























The Nevereverending Story update:
We are swapping certified mail. It appears Mr Lavalle does not respond well to voice mail.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

HOT

What a nice long weekend that was. Started off with a tour of the Railean Rum distillery in sunny San Leon. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to meet Kelly Railean you know what I’m talking about when I say she’s impressive. The lady knows her stuff. I love listening to and watching people who excel at their craft and that most definitely includes her. I think the best part was when she was explaining that everything from the ink in her labels on up are made in the USA. Except the cork. I’m not much of a rum guy but Railean will be on my shelf. If you want to know more give her a call or visit http://www.railean.com/
Then it was off to Gilhooleys for lunch. It’s been too long. Phil, you still make the best BLT on the planet. Noah’s Ark was next and it was nice sitting in the shade with the breeze and the view. Saturday was a trip to Jacksonville. Not Florida, Texas. We took a ride on the Texas State Railroad out of Rusk. It goes through the woods about 20 miles towards Palestine the engine turns around and drags us back to Rusk. We rode on a 1910 ish Steam engine 300. Well worth the trip.

Is it just me or are patrol cars getting fewer and farther between rounds on the Island? Maybe I’m just misremembering but I think I used to see them two or three times a day on weekends. Maybe they were just keeping an eye on me?


JSC: See the Space Station
Viewers in the JSC area will be able to see the International Space Station this week.

Tuesday, June 26, 9:29 p.m. (Duration: three minutes)
Path: 17 degrees above NNW to 22 degrees above E
Maximum elevation: 33 degrees

Wednesday, June 27, 10:11 p.m. (Duration: two minutes)
Path: 16 degrees above WNW to 28 degrees above WSW
Maximum elevation: 28 degrees

Thursday, June 28, 9:18 p.m. (Duration: 3 minutes)
Path: 39 degrees above NW to 21 degrees above SE
Maximum elevation: 78 degrees
The e-waste recycling is this weekend!
Electronic Recycling Details & Important Info:
  • Goal - Collect donations of unwanted electronics
  • Items to collect -PC towers, laptops, laptop batteries, monitors, modems, cables from computers and any electronics, PC boards, bridges and hubs, cell phones, telephones, cell phone batteries, cordless phones, printers, ink cartridges, fax machines, copy machines, radios, CD players, clocks, calculators, car batteries and electronic motors. NOTE - No appliances or televisions accepted.
  • Drop off point - Chick-fil-a parking lot (321 FM 2094, Kemah, TX 77565) on Saturday, June 30th, from 9AM-2PM
  • Questions - Contact Brenda Vige (832-444-2852) or Melissa Welch (713-870-7463)



The older I get, the smarter my Dad gets. (Mark Twain)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

It's official


Welcome to the first full day of Summer. Watching the weather says it will hit the triple digits by the weekend. I wouldn’t have it any other way.



Lost Kitty.
His name is Simba, he was last seen on Monday. He's an outdoor cat so for him to stray is not unusual but he has never been gone this long. We have looked, called, asked, and he seems to have disappeared without a trace. Can you please put out the word for us? He is loved and missed very much and I want him home.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Christine and Gary Morris
906 Juniper Rd.
832-221-2414/ 832-221-2442


This Just In!

It seems the evil commander of the Eastern forces has escaped his alien abductors! He has declared the day of retribution to be Wednesday, July 4th. But since he has a orthodontist appointment he can’t start until 2 and his mom told him to be home by 8. For a lot of reasons he holds the Westies responsible (he’s simple like that) and has declared Water Wars IV ON! For all you newbies out there here are the rules. PLEASE share them with your children!!
  1. No physical contact with the opposition. Unless there is a special invitation (wink).
  2. No water balloons. I know they seem like a good idea but they are not and they leave a god awful mess.
  3. All official parks are hereby designated DMZs. That’s De-Militarized Zone for Larry. That’s right ALL PARKS are safe zones.
  4. It’s ON between 14:00 (2 o’clock) and 20:00 8 o’clock Wednesday July 4th. At sunset clear and retire your weapon.
  5. No water balloons. If you hit me with a balloon I will hit you with a rock.
  6. When this idea was hatched it was all about squirt guns. Not powered pumps that would make a fire fighter drool. While there is no “rule” about pumps and such keep that thought in mind when you are at Home Depot searching for inspiration.
  7. Do I even need to say water only? Clean water only? Nothing you wouldn’t put in your mouth? I hope not…..
  8. If you want to play, identify yourself and your target. Last year we used the three middle fingers pointing straight up to signal W for west side of Clear Lake Road or the same fingers pointed sideways ㊥ letting folks know you represent the East side of the Island. If you blast someone who is not playing you are on your own. Know that some of your neighbors have a very poorly developed sense of humor.
  9. Did I mention NO WATER BALLOONS ? I mean it too. No DANG balloons. Spread the word.


      This from Vern:

      Allan;

      Might be fun to watch the muscle boats go by Saturday around 10:30 or so. Tiffany, at the office, told me that it was the largest poker run in the country. Their web page is www.texasoutlawchallange.com ..there is supposed to be over 130 go-fast boats going up the channel. Should be something to see.

      Vern




      This explains a lot…
      On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years."
      The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?"
      And God saw it was good.
      On the second day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span."
      The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?"
      And God, again saw it was good.
      On the third day, God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."
      The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?
      And God agreed it was good.
      On the fourth day, God created humans and said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years."
      But the human said, "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?"
      "Okay," said God, "You asked for it."
      So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
      Life has now been explained to you.
      There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I'm doing it as a public service. If you are looking for me I will be on the front porch.


      Wednesday, June 20, 2012

      Happy Birthday To....

      Me! Next year is gonna be a big one. God willing.

      Except for the overly long executive session it was a very good City Council meeting. Polite, professional and to the point. Couldn’t ask for more. If you had to bail, no decision was made on naming Chief Cook to permanent Chief status. My guess is they have some kinks to work out. The second part was Council removed themselves from micro managing the Chiefs position over his staff. Basically back like it used to be and like all the other cities in the survey. They did allow that in special circumstances Council could act as mediator. Win, Win.

      From Neighbor Melinda who found this out the hardest way with her cat.

      Hello Island friends and pet lovers.
      Did you know that day blooming lilies are terribly toxic to animals, especially cats? We didn’t and as a result we lost our sweet Miranda on June 16, 2012.
      Two days before her passing, she vomited a little which was out of character for her, so I started keeping a close eye. She became a little subdued, which if any of you knew Miranda, was totally out of her character (right, Nancy!?). She had three additional small episodes through the night and the next morning, so my husband, Craig, fetched her to the vet straight away. Upon examination, doc checked Miranda for obstruction and didn’t feel like this was the issue and to our knowledge she hadn’t ingested anything foreign. She must have had an upset tummy, which occurs at times, so he prescribed tummy trouble meds and we came home. Doc called the next morning to check on her and there wasn’t improvement, so he asked us to fetch her back as soon as possible.
      Upon a second examination, he thought perhaps there was an obstruction since her condition hadn’t improved and she was admitted. His staff did radiological tests and sure enough, there was an obstruction and she went straight into surgery. The procedure went well and the doc extracted what looked like raffia ribbon. Where the heck did she get raffia? Then I remembered. I had wrapped a gift and finished it off with a raffia bow. Crap. I must’ve dropped some on the floor and Miranda swiped it before I saw it.
      Now for the crazy part.
      Upon administering the drug to help wake her from sedation, she had a seizure and began hyper-reactive breathing, followed by three more seizures over the next couple of hours. Doc and his staff stayed with Miranda through the evening and we visited our girl twice and at approximately 10p she passed away. First thought was she had an allergic reaction to the anesthesia causing the over stimulation; rare for a cat so young and healthy. We all were totally surprised and heartbroken.
      Doc was so befuddled and bothered, he did a post-mortem look and was totally surprised to find her kidneys had failed from what appeared to be acute toxic poisoning. What? He rang the next day to let me know of the underlying issue that no one knew about and was super concerned for my two other cats. He suggested I do a sweep of the house to see if I could identify potential threats. I didn’t find any chemical agents and with our cats being totally indoors, the mystery became more intriguing. Then there it was; a day blooming lily sitting in the guest bedroom window. I called doc back and asked him about the plant and he confirmed its extreme toxicity to cats. She had been poisoned by chewing/eating the leaves/stems. He educated me on the toxicity of lilies, especially day blooming lilies. The foreign matter he extracted from her intestines wasn’t raffia ribbon after all, but the thin leaves/stems of the plant.
      Solving the mystery allows a little comfort, but doesn’t bring back our dear Miranda. She was the only one of our cats allowed in that bedroom, thank goodness, or we could’ve experienced three tragic passings. Craig and I learned a huge heartbreaking lesson. We know of some plants that are toxic, but never anticipated a day lily. We’ve educated ourselves with learning more about toxic house plants to protect our other two babies, Jackson and Daphne. We are fantastic pet owners: diligent, attentive, cautious, loving, but missed the boat on this one.
      We all love our pet babies and I want to pass along our story and the following information, so you too can keep your pets healthy and safe.
      We love you Miranda and miss you like crazy. We’ll see you at the Rainbow Bridge. Until then…
      Craig and Melinda Metz
      There are actually over700 plants that can be poisonous or toxic to your pet? That size of a number seems almost incomprehensible.
      Following is a list of the10 Most Common Poisonous Plants to Cats. Please visit EarthClinic Global Remedy Networkhttp://bit.ly/6h8Ahq for an expanded list and/or ASPCA at http://bit.ly/ahi6 for a list of plants poisonous to cats, dogs and horses.
      Marijuana - Animals who attempt to snack on this plant can suffer serious consequences such as diarrhea, vomiting, increased heart rate, drooling, in-coordination, and even possibly seizures and coma.
      Sago Palm - While the seeds and nuts of this plant are most poisonous, the entire plant is toxic. Animals ingesting parts of this plant may suffer from diarrhea, vomiting,depression, seizures and liver failure.
      Lilies - Plants of the lily variety are very poisonous to cats. Even very small amounts of this plant could cause serious kidney damage.
      Tulips - The toxic portion of this plant is the actual bulb, which can cause drooling,central nervous system depression, gastrointestinal irritation, cardiac issues and convulsions.
      Azalea- The toxins in azalea plants can be very severe and potentially cause drooling, diarrhea, vomiting, central nervous system weakening and depression, and in some cases possibly coma or death.

      Oleander - All portions of this plant are poisonous and can cause gastrointestinal irritation, hypothermia, heart problems and possibly death.
      Castor Bean - Poisoning as a result of this plant can cause abdominal pain, drooling, diarrhea, vomiting increased thirst, loss of appetite and weakness. More serious cases could also lead to dehydration, tremors, seizures, twitching muscles, coma and possibly death.
      Cyclamen - The most poisonous portion of this plant is located in the root. Ingestion of the plant can cause severe vomiting and gastrointestinal irritation. In some cases death has been reported as a result.
      Kalanchoe - Ingestion of this plant can cause gastrointestinal irritation and cardiac rhythm and rate problems.
      Yew - Poisoning as a result of the yew plant can affect the nervous system and cause in-coordination, trembling and breathing difficulties. It may also result in gastrointestinal irritation, cardiac failure and could possibly lead to death.



      Don’t forget …
      A celebration of life will be held for "Rabbit" at Jackie's Brickhouse Saturday, June 23rd from 12-5pm. Everyone is welcome to come. We will have an appetizer buffet set up to enjoy and serving $2.00 Fish Tacos in his honor from 12-5pm (Those were his favorite!)
      We miss you already, Rabbit! Rest in Peace my friend.

      Tuesday, June 19, 2012

      Fathers' Day

      Was celebrated for the first time in Spokane Washington in 1910. But did you know it wasn’t made official until 1972 by none other than President Nixon!


      UPDATE: Sienna has been found. Thanks all

      ...THIS JUST IN...

      Hi, I'm just moving into Lazy Lane and my dog got lose while a contractor was at my home today. Her name is Sienna, she is a two year old Yellow Lab with a red collar and a microchip, She is very friendly and playful and quite the wuss. I would love to reunite with her, If you have any info call 713-822-0494.

      Lezlie, thanks for passing this info on.

      Sincerely, Nancy Triggs



      If you’re a Nickleback fan you may want to take note. Just heard from a critic on the current tour. “You can spend $45 for a ticket or you can buy 45 hammers at the dollar store, hang them from your ceiling at eye level and spend the weekend beating the demons from your head.” Ouch. Guess he’s a R&B fan.


      The Civic Club is exploring options for movie licensing so we can have another Movie Night. We are currently talking to two different companies that offer this service. Dave is talking to the MPAA and I am talking to MPLC. Thanks for the heads up and lead to Swank from Friday’s post but the tattling was really not necessary. More here when we get it.


      Get your recipes ready, looks like we’re on for August 4th.

      Clear Lake Shores BBQ Cook Off
      August 4th, 2012
      Open to all Citizens of Clear Lake Shores, Lazy Bend,
      Watergate, Legend Point and Port O Fino

      Entries
      $10 per entry, no limit per team
      Brisket, not tagged
      Pork Ribs, back or country style
      Chicken, No restrictions
      Sausage, minimum 2 lbs
      Beans, No restrictions
      Desert, No restrictions
      Chef’s Choice, No restrictions
      Rules
      All entries must be cooked on site
      No restrictions on fuel
      Garnishes are allowed
      Sauce may be served to the judges on the side
      When an entry is turned in for judging the remainder is made available to the public.
      Each team will clear its site no later than midnight
      The Club
      Will award first and second place trophies for every field
      Will sell plates, tableware and side dishes for $10
      Will provide each team one plate, per entry, at no charge
      The Club will also provide
      Cold drinks and water for .50
      Ice wherever needed.
      T-Shirts and other Club items will be available
      Other
      Entries must be registered no later than 30 minutes prior to turn in.
      Send all questions to allanmbatchelor@gmail.com
      (trailer restrictions)



      Bud sent this. If you have a minute to spare you won’t be disappointed.


      And last but certainly not least.
      Electronic Recycling Details & Important Info:
      • Goal - Collect donations of unwanted electronics
      • Items to collect -PC towers, laptops, laptop batteries, monitors, modems, cables from computers and any electronics, PC boards, bridges and hubs, cell phones, telephones, cell phone batteries, cordless phones, printers, ink cartridges, fax machines, copy machines, radios, CD players, clocks, calculators, car batteries and electronic motors. NOTE - No appliances or televisions accepted.
      • Drop off point - Chick-fil-a parking lot (321 FM 2094, Kemah, TX 77565) on Saturday, June 30th, from 9AM-2PM
      • Questions - Contact Brenda Vige (832-444-2852) or Melissa Welch (713-870-7463)



      For every action there is an equal and opposite criticism.

      Monday, June 18, 2012

      Sir Paul McCartney

      Turns 70 today. Not a typo.

      Who’s driving your buggie? This from the Chief!

      Must be a licensed driver:
      A person must have a valid drivers license to drive a golf cart on any public roadway. No unlicensed child is allowed to drive a golf cart on any public roadway, unless they possessboth a valid drivers learner permit and have another licensed driver with them (same rules as a car).
      If caught in Violation - CLSPD Policy:
      1st offense = Parent must immediately come to the scene to take their child and drive the golf cart away (warning only).
      2nd or more offense = Citation issued and golf cart is towed and impounded to the storage lot. The parent is also subject to receiving a citation for allowing an unlicensed driver to drive.
      Safety & Child Endangerment concerns:
      Never, just hold your baby onto to your lap while driving.
      Baby seats must properly be "strapped down" (use good quality straps - not bungie cords). Please ask any CLSPD officer, and they will be happy to help you and/or inspect how your baby seat is properly secured to your golf cart.
      Traffic Laws:
      All Traffic laws do apply to golf carts on any public roadway.
      Liability Insurance is also required.
      Everyone, please be safe...
      Chief Cook


      Here’s a great place for those old golf cart batteries !!

      Clear Falls High School Baseball Team Booster Club
      Fundraiser


      June 30, 2012
      9am – 2pm
      Chick-Fil-A Parking Lot (FM 2094 & HWY 146)
      WANTED: PC towers, laptops, laptop batteries, monitors, modems, cables from computers and any electronics, PC boards, bridges and hubs, cell phones, telephones, cell phone batteries, cordless phones, printers, ink cartridges, fax machines, copy machines, radios, CD players, clocks, calculators, car batteries and electric motors.
      (No appliances and no televisions)
      To contribute your unwanted electronics:
      Drop off your items at the Chick-Fil-a parking lot (321 FM 2094, Kemah, TX 77565) at the corner of FM 2094 and HWY 146 on Saturday, June 30th, from 9am to 2pm. Hard drives will be destroyed at the recycling facility or on site if requested. Receipts available upon request.
      Questions?? Contact us via: e-mail: brenda.vige@gmail.com



      You can't make someone else's choices. You shouldn't let someone else make yours. (Colin Powell)