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Learn about what's going on at the house and at Cedar Creek Lake

Cedar Creek Brewery

Our favorite place in the neighborhood when we want to go out for a bite of food or a drink is Cedar Creek Brewery, located in Seven Points, just two miles from the house. Inside the brewery you also find Plowboys Cafe, serving pub food like burgers, hot dogs and salads.

Their burgers are our favorites. The burger patties are amazing, made from Weigu beef from a local farmer. You can get the burgers with several different kind of cheese, including ghost pepper cheese (recommended if you like spicy food). And their waffle fries are excellent!

Obviously you should pair your food with one of their crafts beers on tap, they have a wide variety to choose from based on your personal preference. You can also find their beer in some grocery stores in the DFW Metroplex.

 

 

Cedar Creek Lake

From Wikipedia:

Cedar Creek Reservoir is a reservoir located in Henderson and Kaufman Counties, Texas (USA), 60 miles (97 km) southeast of Dallas. It is built on Cedar Creek, which flows into the Trinity River. Floodwaters are discharged through a gated spillway into a discharge channel that connects to the Trinity River.

The predominant fish species of Cedar Creek Lake are Blue catfish, Channel catfish, Flathead catfish, Largemouth bass, White bass, Hybrid striped bass, and Crappie. The best fishing areas for Largemouth bass are in the southern portion of the lake, where the water is clearer, especially the southern third of the lake in the large coves and inlets. The lake’s record Largemouth bass weighed 14.65 pounds (6.52 kg). Catfish can be found everywhere, with more Blues than Channels. Fishing is particularly good in the spring and into summer. Due to the many smaller streams, creeks, and run-offs flowing into the lake, running jug lines in the channels of the many coves using goldfish, shad, and small sunfish makes for very good Blue catfish and Flathead (Yellow) catfish fishing grounds.

Here is a video we shot flying in over our cove towards the house. Enjoy!

Summer is coming!

It’s time to plan your summer vacations, and what is nicer than a week or a weekend at the lake with family and friends?

Perhaps go fishing, water skiing, tubing or something else? If you bring your own boat, we have a dock for you to use. You can also rent boats at several locations around the lake if you so wish.

Discounted weekends in January – Start the New Year off right!

Enjoy a glass of wine in front of a crackling fire in our open fireplace.

Enjoy a glass of wine in front of a crackling fire in our open fireplace.

During January we offer a discounted weekend price. Take a weekend to relax after all the holiday stress!

Sit by the open fireplace and enjoy the view of the lake, or the moon and the stars at night. Dim the chandeliere down to a romantic light and and open a bottle of your favorite wine. Listen to the sound of the logs burning and turn on some music using one of our Bose wireless speakers.

Make it a special weekend.

Boat dock – Storm damage

Due to the recent storm, our boat dock and lift is currently unavailable. We are working on repairs, but with all the damages (one neighbor had his whole dock collapse, with the boat inside!) it may take a few weeks.

When we came down to the house at the end of the storm we found one motor boat parked on/in the walkway out to the boat dock, as well as a personal water craft (jetski). Another PWC was stranded on the neighbor’s beach.

The boat dock is roped off with caution tape, please stay off until the repairs have been made. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Update: The dock has been repaired and is now safe to use!

Living Room – New floor installed

 

20151115_141519We have been hard at work at some updates to the living room.  The white carpet was damaged a few weeks prior, so instead of replacing it with more carpet we decided to go for a different look with more durability since the house gets so much use.

We put in a dark floor that matches the beams from the ceiling.  To soften it up a little we’ve added a super plush and soft rug in the main living room and a runner in the walkway to the deck.  So far we love it!

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Screened Porch – New screen installed

The screened porch is a popular place for our guest to relax, but the screens themselves had seen better days. Over the summer the screen became ripped in several places. It was time to fix this.

After the old screen had been removed

After the old screen is removed.

So last weekend we removed out all the old screen and replaced it with brand new solar screen that is stronger than the old one was. The new one should stand up to the accidental assault of dogs and kids.  It also blocks the sun, keeping the screened patio cooler in the heat of the summer.

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With the new screens.

BugKillerThe new screen also gives us a nice place to relax without flies and mosquitoes buzzing around.

Speaking of bugs, there is a bug light attached to the garage that will help keep bugs away from the deck and garden area. If you hear a crackling noise near the garage, that was a bug being zapped.

Living Room – Chandelier installed this week!

chandelier2Just in time for when the days get shorter and the nights darker we this week had our new “ginormous” chandelier installed in the living room. It will not only bring extra light to the room, it adds a nice cozy feeling.

ChandeliereThe type of bulbs are so called Edison Lights, which looks like the old fashioned bulbs developed by Tomas Edison. These use LED filaments though, making them long lasting and energy efficient while still looking great.

The chandelier replaces the old ceiling fan.