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

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Then there's this

From neighbor Rob's front porch to your computer screen. We give you a Vine Sphinx moth.Notice the Bic lighter for a size reference. Do we grow 'em big or what?
And this just in from Neighbors Tommy & Tina on North Shore.
"This kitten was found near Sundial Park on Wednesday night during the sailboat races.  He is about 4 weeks old, very friendly and loves to play. If anyone recognizes this kitten or would like to adopt him, let us know."
Tina Price 713-805-7388
Tommy Price 281-744-0710

And last but not least the owner was found for the lost Boston Terrier reported two days ago. I don't know who she belonged to but I'll bet one of you out there know the fellow. Please talk him in to putting tags on his dog.  There is no reason not to have an ID tag on your pet folks. And it makes finding you a whole lot easier. 


Friday, August 29, 2014

Numbers, we got numbers

But first, Happy Birthdays to Nancy S. and Lisa F.! and many more lovely neighbors and members of the Pine Street Gang.

And if that's not enough excitement for you it’s also National College Colors day, So there.

Hard to believe this blog is still banging along after 3 1/2 years. Thanks. I think. We sure have come a long way…..mostly together. Today's post will be number 752 since January 26th 2011.
354,970 are how many page views there have been in that time.

7,252 just last month.
6,012 are how many comments have been left and that doesn’t count the 5 that are being held (by me) in limbo. They have been deemed unworthy.
117 Shopping days ’till Christmas. Didn't that just make your day.

93 days left in Hurricane season
72 Friends and neighbors who are registered Followers of this blog
50 days is all you have to wait for one of the biggest outings the Island has seen, Yep, Barktoberfest is almost here.
10 different countries have regular readers of this blog.Go figure. Latvia?
8 and it’s Jammin’ On Jarboe. If memory serves it’s an Island fave, the Level One Band. I’ll verify that with Dennis.
0 Days till I go retrieve my 22 foot lawn ornament from the boat doctors.
It's official, IT has become a project.....

Just when you thought it was safe to start talking about ducks again. Some neighbors on Narcissus are wondering what to do about their duck problem. IT seems one of their across the street neighbors really enjoys feeding them but you know how ducks are, they have no respect for property lines. Whenthey are full of food they wander across the street and dump all over the place. The dumpees are kinda bashful and haven’t said anything yet but my suggestion and I think a lot of yours is to talk to your neighbor. I have no idea how that conversation will go but it’s the best place to start.

Check out this little guy. I found him hangin' out on my Key Lime tree(bush). THis is not the ugliest bug I've ever seen but it's damn sure in the top 3. Google said it's camo is meant to resemble bird droppings. Nailed it. We think it's eventually going to be a Giant Swallowtail. Sooner the better in my book.

This just in from Senor Beans
Hey Gang! Tomorrow night (Friday the 29th) Senor Beans rides again!

This is probably my last HH at Noah's this year so let's make it a good one. I will be taking a GOOD nap Friday afternoon so I can rock all night. Get yourself one too and let's to it to it!

7PM til the Captain makes me stop! Noah's Ark Bar & Grills

Have a great Labor Day Weekend Clear Lake Shores!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

National Bow Tie Day AND

National Cherry Turnovers Day.
Cherry turnovers are a sweet dessert that are a type of pastry made by placing a cherry filling on a piece of dough, folding the dough over, sealing it then either baking it or frying it.
Related to plums, peaches and nectarines, cherries are drupes or stone fruits.
Cherries were brought to North America in the 1600′s by the English colonists.
There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United States.
There are an average of 44 cherries in one pound.
 Dog in Need
From neighbor Julie, Oak and Forest large female Boston Terrier She has an all white face Sha was found wandering the Island and is currently hanging with Julie Lindsay. You drop her a line here.

Barktoberfest 2104 is Almost Here!

Hello Clear Lake Shores! Barktoberfest 2014, benefitting Bay Area Pet Adoptions, is coming to Jarobe Bayou Park on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date is Oct. 25). If you haven’t done so already, mark your calendars NOW! You won’t want to miss this event!

Our goal is to raise $10,000 for Bay Area Pet Adoptions.

To help reach that goal for Bay Area Pet Adoptions, the Civic Club is planning a fun-filled, pet friendly day of activities, including a Walk-Your-Dog-A-Thon, golf cart parade; pet competitions, pet specialist, demonstrations such as flyball and K-9 training, and also a pet psychic, caricaturist, and pet photographer.  And to get your holiday shopping started early, we’ll have a silent auction, white elephant sale, and plenty of vendors selling their distinctive merchandise. To top it all off, visit the “Bier Garten” where Allen Batchelor and his great team of folks will be serving Oktoberfest themed food and drinks, accompanied by oompah music!
For up-to-date information about Barktoberfest, visit the Clear Lake Shores Civic Club Barktoberfest website at There you can learn more about Barktoberfest events, how to become a sponsor, register for the Walk-a-thon and pet competitions, donate a silent auction item, reserve a vendor booth, and learn how you can help if you are unable to attend.  You can also follow on Facebook at or email Susan Adams and or call 281-380-2947 for more information.

If you have a 10x10 tent or 6’ or 8’ tables that you can loan us for the day, or have a silent auction item to donate, please contact Susan Adams. And if you have any clean, empty containers suitable for gift baskets, please drop them off at 516 Clear Lake Road (please place them on the white bench under the balcony).

Please help us get the word out about Barktoberfest by sending the website link to your family, friends, and business associates. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook! You can also help us meet our goal by donating directly to Bay Area Pet Adoptions if you are unable to attend. A link is on the Barktoberfest website.

Bay Area Pet Adoptions is a non-profit, 501(c)3 No-Kill shelter, pet rescue, and adoption organization that relies on donations from the public to house, feed, and medically care for the dogs and cats taken in its adoption program. It is not operated or funded by any national animal group and must rely on contributions from the public to keep its shelter open.

Thank you for supporting Barktoberfest and Bay Area Pet Adoptions. See you on Oct. 18th!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's National Dog Day

Dumbest shit I read this week: “A sign advertising the bacon at a Vermont diner has been taken down after a Muslim resident complained about the sign on the Internet and sparked a massive backlash against the restaurant, Sneakers Bistro.
In June, in return for taking part in a local volunteer initiative to plant flower beds in the city’s traffic medians, the diner was awarded a sign on a lamp post that said “Yield for Sneakers Bacon.” A woman took issue with the sign, calling it insensitive to those who don’t eat pork.”
First, This business is free to put up or take down any of their signs they choose. They choose. Not a sign that was chosen for them. Some bonehead is not happy with a word on the sign so it must be removed? Are you shittin’ me? Insensitive? Let’s face it she’s a moron. The owner went on to say they took the sign down as a gesture of respect for the community. His call. What about the communities respect for his business? What’s next get all pork off the menu? Anything that isn’t Halal? (That has already happened) The Mayor of Winooski, Vt. Said “The cool part of living in a diverse community is that it’s not always comfortable,”. Or apparently as diverse as he thinks it is. That citizen just made it a tad less diverse because she got her sensitivities tested by the word bacon. What a Moron. Sometimes you just gotta call ‘em out. You don’t like my sign feel free to shop elsewhere. I wonder if she is going to stop with bacon. Hold on to your shorts Winooski…..

Sunday, August 24, 2014

National Peach Pie Day

Happy Anniversary to my lovely wife of 20 years. We went to a local favorite last night. Opus Bistro as it is officially known but we just call it Opus. I met Charlie for the first time last night. What a nice guy. And what a First Class dinner we had. I had one of the best Ribeye’s I’ve ever had. And coming from this confirmed carnivore that says a lot. Melinda is still going on about her Fettuccine Aspen. The other treat was something brand new. In my not so short time on this planet I have never had a martini. Well, Christine was our server last night and she hooked a brother up. She personally stuffed some awesome green olives with some yummy Gorganzola for my vodka martini. She told me what all was in it but by the time I got to the bottom of the Ketel One most of my brain cells reset to zero so you’ll have to stop by and have one for yourself. The place was packed so I’m glad we made a res for 7 o’clock. One of the best parts was seeing all the familiar faces come in the door. It was almost like going to a Civic Club function only with Martinis. The In-Laws are coming over from England in November and we’ve already made plans to treat them to a night at Opus’. Charlie, Job well done and we will definately see you more often.

And then, to make it the absolutely PERFECT night, The Texans beat the Broncos! thankyouthankyouthankyou.

Want to see a real Space Ship? Look up
Time: Sun Aug 24 8:56 PM, Visible: 3 min, Max Height: 58 degrees, Appears: NNW, Disappears: ESE

First Day of School tomorrow. Do I hafta tell you to put down your damn cell phone in a school zone?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

National Radio Day

In the late 19th century, it became clear that wireless communication was possible.
There were several inventors that had a part in the invention of the radio in the late 1800′s and not just one person can be credited with it’s beginning. To make the radio a reality, it required a number of different inventions and discoveries including both transmission and reception methods as well as technology. It was in the 1920′s when the first broadcast stations began airing programs.  These first programs were those of news and world events.

It was confirmed at the meeting. The Islander is going green. Plans are underway to decide how the e version will get to your inbox. Something to chew on, if you’re not a member the Civic Club doesn’t have your email address. That means no Islander for you.

The first meeting of the Landscape Beautification Advisory Committee, know forever more on this site as LBAC will have their first meeting at Curtis and Janets at Forest & Pine. Yeah, That yard. See you at the pool. 8/27 @ 7:00

Council voted down funding the Yachtygras committee. After discussing the $900 the city invested last year I think the no vote came from the fact that they were not going to have their award and kickoff meetings at any of our local business’. That to me is a valid deal breaker. To you punkin’ heads out their screaming what a fiasco it was last year you are talking out your ass. A few neighbors were turned away from Deep Hole Park. That was very unfortunate but it was quickly addressed and handled. And for the Love of God stop using the word elitist when describing the judges. They are just regular folks who volunteered their time. They got here on golf carts like the rest of us. Some of your neighbors busted their collective asses to throw you a great evening out. If you didn’t get off your dead ass and show up then it’s on you. Still no fiasco. When it was all said and done we raised a few dollars for the Scouts. Is that a catastrophe in your world? Quit whinning It ain’t manly.

Got this on your calendar yet? It is shaping up to be one heckofa party.

And before I forget, they are looking for a couple of the small plastic paddle pools so if you are done with yours please consider giving it to the event. They have something cool planned for te pooches I'm sure.

The Harvest Moon Regatta takes off October 9th. Some of your neighbors are racing so don’t forget to wish them luck. Hear me Walter?

The Blue Angels are making a showing at this years Wings Over Houston. It’s on the calendar for November 1-2

Here’s a link to The Bay Area News and some great shots of some of our girls volleyball team at Falls kicking some booty.

Monday, August 18, 2014

This one is a stretch....

It’s National Mail Order Catalog Day! Although I do have fond memories of flipping through the Sears Catalog a time or two.

This goes out to all my builder readers. All you good folks that make something out of nothing. You’ve seen and worked with all manner of things that most of us are oblivious to so I’m looking for your expertise. This weekend Wyatt and I were fixing a wooden box for a neighbor. We started by removing the bad wood which involved taking out some screws. After some basic cordless drill instructions Wyatt began to back out these square drive screws. A few spins and there is was outward movement so, OK, this one is stripped out in the old wood we’ll beat it out. After pounding out, with great difficulty I might add, the first three fasteners we begin to rethink our approach. Wyatt had inadvertently changed direction on the drill for screw number 4. He gave it a bump as if to drive the screw in and as I started to remind him one more time that it’s counterclockwise to unscrew we noticed the damn thing was coming out. Now look at the screw again. The top section of the thread is opposite to the direction of the bottom part of the thread. What the hell? So we have to go clockwise for the first one inch then switch direction to back the screw out in a normal fashion. That was a first for me. How about you? Anyone out there ever seen a little gem like this before? The next question is if you screw it in “normally” but then have to reverse the direction to finish the drilling process does that not strip out the bottom portion of the thread that is deep in the project? This is confusing. And what about the patterned area separating the different threads? And to top it all off, it was pointed out to me that todays kids don’t do Clockwise and counter clockwise. Their watches are digital. They see the numbers. What is this world coming to? Crap!