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, June 24, 2017

National Praline Day

Here's everything you need to know.
At the Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte during the 17th century, French sugar industrialist, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin (1598-1675), originally inspired the early pralines. These first pralines were whole almonds, individually coated in caramelized sugar.
The powder made by grinding up sugar-coated nuts is called pralin. This is an ingredient in many types of cake, pastries and ice creams. When this powder is mixed with chocolate, it becomes praliné in French, which gave birth to what is known in French as chocolat praliné.
The French settlers brought their recipe into Louisiana, an area of the United States where both sugar cane and pecan trees were plentiful. During the 19th century, New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for almonds, added cream to thicken the confection and thus created what is known throughout the Southern United States as the praline.
Including Paula Deen's recipe.

Here's one that's close to home. And I'll throw in a freebie at the end. Bee's. We talked about these little gems a few months back when Eileen's house became a nest for roughly 40,000 apian wonders and their queen. I'm a big fan of Honey Bees and have raised my family not to swat at them but how to coax them elsewhere. The removal team had to come out a total of three times to get them all. A few weeks after that I remember someone on FacePlant was asking what to do about bees at her place. I think we all understand how that many bees can make a person twitchy. With the Africanized bees in the area a whole new twist is added. Did you know over 50 people a year die from bee stings? Then there's this...
CDC: Bees are the Deadliest Non-Human Animals in America ...

HOLY CRAP! Now the question becomes, what do you do when your over the
fence neighbor brings in an honest to God beehive? Well, you can take it to City Council but I can tell you after reading Section 10 of our Ordinances there's not much one can do. The closest thing I can find would be under Public Nuisance. Here ya go. 
  • Sec. 10-33. - Public nuisance.
    Failure to exercise proper care prohibited. It is unlawful for any owner to fail to exercise proper care and control over any animal owned or in the custody of such owner, or to fail to exercise proper care and control over the premises where any such animal is kept, so as to prevent such animals, or the conditions of such premises, from becoming a public nuisance. It is unlawful for an owner or handler of a dog or cat to fail to immediately remove droppings or feces of said animal when on public property or private property other than that of such owner.
    Conditions constituting a nuisance. All of the following conditions, situations or occurrences are hereby declared to be a public nuisance and constitute a failure of the owner to exercise proper care and control of his animal and/or the premises where said animal is or has been kept:
    Any animal, which turns over garbage containers or scatters garbage or which otherwise damages private or public property;
    Any animal at large;
    Any animal that barks, whines, howls, crows, or makes other loud sounds or noises that cause the peace and quiet of the neighborhood or the occupants of adjacent premises to be disturbed; or
So If I wanted to bring in wild animals, that are indigenous to the area and are not specifically outlawed in our ordinances I can. I pick rattlesnakes. I wonder how my neighbors are gonna like me now? But what if our apian advocates tell you they need the honey because they have severe allergies? It's a health issue.  I'm pretty sure the health nuts have made the argument that local honey is good juju and hey, who doesn't like honey right? The fact that you can buy local honey at our Farmers Market every Saturday doesn't seem to matter much. What about the whole "At Large" status? What to do. The bee guys said they use smoke because it makes the bees think there is a fire in the area and they will pack up their hive and move it to a safe place. Maybe set up your smoker on your side of the fence and roll out a brisket? or two? decisions, decisions...

While I was there I looked up on my favorite peeve. Yappin' ass dogs. You know the ones I'm talking about. Very few things can mess with your Zen as fast as the notorious brown yapper. Most of us want to be good neighbors so we bite our tongue and go on. But what about a dog you can hear barking 2 blocks away? Is it still protected under the good neighbor rule? Sonofabitch ain't my neighbor. No we don't have any dogs that loud thank God. I'm talking about parrots. There's a few on our little Island. And we know where they are because they are so damned loud. They fall squarely under 10-33(b)(3). When does your inclination, you do not have a right to own another animal, interfere with my preference for peace and quiet? As a responsible pet owner, assuming you are yet knowing not everyone is, you want the best for your animal. With parrots that includes placing them outside for a little fresh air. Where they commence to get loud. Really loud. The experts say they vocalize when they are happy. How ya gonna be mad at a happy animal? Did you know Macaws are the loudest of the parrots? Cockatoos are in third place (we have them too) and African Greys' are number 5. Yes we have at least one of these. Speaking of a being a bird sanctuary and all that entails I found this. 

  • Sec. 10-155. - City designated as a bird sanctuary.
    The entire area embraced within the corporate limits of the city is designated as a bird sanctuary.
    (Code 1999, § 6.12.010)

  • And here's the surprise I promised.  Pay attention to the second half of the sentence! HA
    Sec. 10-156. - Unlawful activities.
    It is unlawful to trap, hunt, shoot or attempt to shoot in any manner any bird or wild fowl or to rob or disturb occupied nests of birds or wild fowl within the corporate limits of the City of Clear Lake Shores, except for the Muscovy duck breed which may be trapped and humanely euthanized and the eggs of Muscovy ducks may be addled.
    (Code 1999, § 6.12.020; Ord. No. 2006-14, § 1, 12-19-2006; Ord. No. 2015-07, § 4, 8-18-2015)

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