Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

August 21, 2010

active grand-sons

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 7:39 pm

Grand-sons at pool during heat of afternoon.


Later, Gman had football practice with Brett staying to support him.

Luke went home with Nannie and Papaw to the a/c.

August 20, 2010

It’s raining and the grandsons are playing in the rain..

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 6:53 pm

Earlier today the temperature climbed above 100* and finally it started to rain.  The grand-sons hit the nearest mud puddle with their electric cars.  It kept raining and they kept playing.

August 19, 2010

Pendleton Habor Golf – August Tournament Winners

Filed under: Buddies — Freddie Keel @ 7:42 pm
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James Hale, Ricky Cryer and Bob Crow are flashing their winnings.  The three-man team won the August Tournament by posting a six under par which was one stroke better than the second place team.

The nine-hole par three golf course is open to the public on a membership basis.  The monthly scramble tournament is held on the second Saturday of each month and everyone is invited.

August 18, 2010

On The Bright Side

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 2:05 pm

In Memory of Charlotte Jones Wells

I Corinthians 13.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not love, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.  Love suffereth long, and is kind, love envieth not; love vaunted not itself, is not puffed up.  doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil.  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Love never faileth; but whether there be prophesies, they shall fail; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish  things.  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face, now I know in part, but then shall I know even as also I am known.  And now abideth faith, hope, love; these three, but the greatest of these is love.

For Charlotte Jones Wells, the greatest of these was her love for God, her husband and her family.  To know Charlotte, was to love her.

She and her husband, Carl, know the meaning of true love. They were friends since babyhood.  They were sweethearts in elementary and high school.

Charlotte’s parents, Lyndon and Frances, showered her with love from the day of her birth.  The doctor who delivered Charlotte advised the Jones’ to “take this baby home and  love and spoil her.  She will not live more than six months”.

Charlotte was born with a congenital heart defect which affected her entire life.  She was in and out of the hospital many times and even suffered from blindness.

She attended the The Texas State School for the Blind in Austin.  Although she was separated from her family and friends. her love for them never waivered.  After high school days, Carl  entered the military and both Charlotte and Carl married other spouses.

More than twenty years passed and Charlotte and Carl were re-united and  married.

The two sweethearts blended their families into one family and they shared many joys.  Their love for God and each other gave them strength and comfort when they faced health challenges.

Charlotte and Carl were not afraid to show their love for each other.  They held hands as they walked side by side and worked side by side.  They prayed and worshiped together and were faithful members of Hemphill’s First Baptist Church.

Life on earth for Charlotte came to an end on July 30, 2010.  She lived 45 years, and 10 months which was way beyond any expectations.

Charlotte is now in Heaven with her Lord and Savior. She can now see the glories of Heaven.  For those of us who knew and loved Charlotte Wells, our lives have been truly blessed by her love.

Mary Howell

August 18, 2010

August 17, 2010

Grand-kids on the golf driving range

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 10:48 am

We  have a set of kids golf clubs (right-handed) so I took our three grandsons to Texas National Golf Course, bought a large bucket of range balls and spread the kids out in an effort to prevent a fatal injury.  Only one problem, Lukie (in the middle) hits from the left side.  So he turns the club around to hit with the back of the club and hit it pretty darn good at times…

“OK guys, let’s be real careful when swinging the golf club and stay between the ropes that are laying very straight on the ground and always stay behind the front rope..”  well so much for the nice straight boundary rope!

August 16, 2010

New Season Hunting, Fishing Licenses Go On Sale Aug. 15

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 4:28 pm

AUSTIN — Current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except year-to-date fishing licenses) expire Aug. 31, and new licenses for 2010-2011 will go on sale Sunday, Aug. 15.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department issues about 2.1 million hunting and fishing licenses annually through the agency’s 28 field offices, more than 65 state parks and at over 1,500 retailers across Texas. For a $5 administrative transaction fee, licenses may also be purchased online through the TPWD Web site or by phone (800-895-4248). Call center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday — Friday. The online transaction system is available 24/7. A license confirmation number is issued at the time of purchase for online and phone orders, and the physical license is mailed separately. Confirmation numbers will verify that a license has been purchased, which is sufficient for dove hunting, but will not allow hunters to take fish or wildlife that require a tag.

August 15, 2010

We’ve got grand-kids for a few days

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 7:46 pm

K J is growing up too fast


Lukie and Brett are a handful.

August 14, 2010

You’ll be smarter once you read this????

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 7:43 pm

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be years and years ago..

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good in June.. However, since they were starting to smell . ….. .Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.. Hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the Bath water!”

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof…Hence the saying “It’s raining cats and dogs.”

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs  and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence,  a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, “Dirt poor.” The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a “thresh hold.”

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, “bring home the bacon.” They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would Sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive… So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.

And that’s the truth????….Now, whoever said History was boring!!!

August 13, 2010

friends helping friends at Hemphill Care Center

Filed under: Hemphill Care Center — Freddie Keel @ 6:49 pm

—Regardless of our situation, friends can offer a helping hand to a friend—

Frances helps Floyd with his lunch bib.


Maxine gets help from niece


Maxine’s grand-daughter and niece come visiting


Nannie gets helping hand from mom


Rene helps Mary with some ice cream.


Angie gets a helping hand from Carolyn


Linda comes to visit her dad


Shawanda helps K.I. with his birthday balloons

Happy 80th Birthday K.I.

August 12, 2010

Hunter Education courses offered throughout the state

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 7:16 pm

News Release – TPWD
General Media Contact:
Business Hours, 512-389-4406

Hunter Education courses offered throughout the state

Hunting is an ideal sport for the entire family, “It is common to have parents and children taking the same class,” said María Araujo, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department instructor. She added that over 30,000 Texans take the course annually and learn hunter ethics and firearm safety.

In Texas, hunters born on or after September 2, 1971 are required to pass Hunter Education. Before age 17, youth are exempt if they are accompanied by a licensed hunter age 17 years of age or older. Minimum age for hunter education certification is nine years old. When a hunter turns 17 years, a one-time deferral is available from license dealers to postpone the Hunter Education requirement for one license period, but it requires hunting under the supervision of a certified adult hunter or a hunter exempt because of age.

For family fun, Texas offers more than 200 public areas for hunting statewide with an annual $48 permit. Family members who do not hunt can have access to the same areas with an annual Limited Public Use permit of $12 and enjoy other recreational activities including fishing, photography, hiking and watching wildlife. Primitive camping is allowed in some areas. Youth under 17 years of age enter free when accompanying a permit holder. The Annual Public Hunting permit can be purchased at any location that sells hunting licenses.

Hunting preparations begin with Hunter Education. The course costs $15 and requires reservations. For more information, call 800-792-1112 ext. 4901 or 512-389-4901 or see:  http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/hunter_education/espanol/index.phtml


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