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

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.

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!


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.


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.

Short Video – View from the deck

This weekend we visited the house for some routine maintenance, as well as to relax a little bit ourselves. It was a wonderful day, so I ended up shooting a short movie clip of the view oout over the cove and the lake. Enjoy!


Property borders

propertylinesmallWe have updated the welcome book with a map of the property with the borders marked. We have had some guest in the past enter the neighbors yard and setting up hammocks there, which they of course did not appreciate. You are also not allowed to enter their dock or boathouse. Not only is it private property, there is a liability for them if something would happen. As we clearly explain not only in the welcome guide but also in the rental agreement you sign, trespassing on the neighbors property is ground for immediate eviction without any refund. They also have the right to call law enforcement.

We have installed a rope fence along the property line. Look at the map to see where our property ends. The easy way to think about it is to draw an imaginary line extending from where the bushes/hedge along the driveway ends, past the trees next to the deck right (right inside the trees) and down to the bush to the left of the stairs to our dock. Click on the map to zoom in.

Thank you for your considerations!

Welcome Book – September Update

WelcomeBookThe Welcome Book has been updated to reflect the latest updates to the house.

The September edition mainly have some small changes, including updated contact information/phone numbers to reach both owners.

The Welcome Book can normally be found in the kitchen, and we are also happy to mail our guest an electronic version ahead of your stay.

Propane for Grill

PropaneTankWhen you arrive we try to have an at least partialy full propane tank connected to the grill. We also have a full tank available that can be swapped out if the first one runs out. In a normal situation you should always have at least one full tank available, usually more. There is a gauge on the tank that will show how much propane is left. If the happens to be empty, we normally have a spare tank available for you. Please contact us to find out where it is located.

If there has been what we call a quick turn-around (the previous guests left the same day you arrive) they may have left an empty tank in the grill and we haven’t been able to change it out. Again, please let us know.

If you use up all the propane (both tanks) during your stay, you can refill the tanks at Lowe’s for $20.