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, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

President Lincoln made it official in 1863.
This is a rerun from Last year. I know from all the hoo-haa that many of us switched to the oil less fryers but this is still good advice. That reminds me I still haven't received my promo check from Big Easy...

I have your 50th T-Shirts at my house. I'll be around all week and dropping you an email to come and get them.

From neighbor Ronnie. This is about frying turkeys and is all good info. I know all of you out there know what you’re doing so feel free to review this article so you can keep your idiot brother-in-law from burning the house down tomorrow. And if I might add my own 2 cents worth, I can think of several experienced turkey frying neighbors who agree the Oil less fryers are the way to go. What ever you do this holiday weekend have fun. Be thankful and be safe. We’ll look for you at sunset.

I guess summer isn’t quite finished with us just yet. I’m not complaining mind you I’m just saying. I know the in-laws are loving it.

From a dear friend and hopefully just in time for Black Friday. What a great idea.

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods, merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.
This year could and should be different. This year Americans could give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans, friends, family and community.
There is no longer an excuse that, at gift-giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American-owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift  certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamin's on a Chinese made electronics or some other techno gadget?
Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates.  And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half-dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint.  Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains, this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
How many people couldn't use an oil change, set of tires or a tune-up for their car, truck or motorcycle,  done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day, week or month.

Your computer need a tune-up, I KNOW you can find some young local guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you are looking for something more personal. Local craftsmen and other talented people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves, grow their own grapes, and make them into wine. They make jams, jellies and deserts, and All kinds of great stuff to eat and enjoy. They also make and or sell All sorts of craft items from beautiful wood, clay, metal & glass. Personal items or items for  home decor. What about our local artist?  Potters', painters, sculptors, glass workers, photographers, jewelers & sign makers. Just to name a few!

What about planning your holiday outings at local, owner-operated pubs and restaurants, be sure to leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a movie,  play or ballet at your hometown theater or playhouse.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house from your big box stores? You could buy a five dollar string of lights locally. At least some of the money from that purchase stays in the community.
If you have big bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas should no longer be about draining American pockets so that China and big corporations can control all the wealth or build another glittering city.
Christmas should involve caring about our community and country, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow
their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

First you forget names, then you forget faces. Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down.
George Burns


Adelia said...

Found our Made in the USA Christmas Tree stand at Walmart today.

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Jennifer said...

Don't forget about your local Farmers Market that is every Saturday from 9:00-1:00 located in your backyard. We offer fresh tamales, cold pressed olive oils, pistachios, vinegar, spices, authentic Indian food, delicious empanadas, french baked good, salsas, fresh farm eggs, grassfed beef, range free chicken, pork, lamb, massages, organic doggie treats, healthy teas/coffee, handcrafted jewelry, all of the produce you could ask for, local honey, fresh cut flowers, handcrafted pottery on site, transplant herbs, plants, fruit trees, bread, sausage, handcrafted soaps and so many more vendors signing up each week. Please support your local Farmers Market if you would like to see it stay around.

Anonymous said...

Looks like someone learned a new word but used it in the wron place. Xenophobia is a fear of PEPOLE from foreign countries. I don't think anyone is expressing a fear, just encouraging Americans to support American companies no matter where the owners are from. I challenge everyone in CLS to do all of your shopping from your golf cart and only buy from family owned businesses and I don't mean Sam Walton's family. you will be enriching local businesses and save enough gas to buy an extra present or two. There is something for everyone within carting distance.

Jennifer said...

Well said....