Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

December 31, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Freddie Keel @ 12:18 am

Is there one special matter you have been praying about for a long time, with no apparent answer in sight? Are there times when you wonder if the answer will ever come?

How long does it take God to answer a prayer or prayers…  Of course when we pray for Patience we want it ‘right now’.  God is not Santa Claus or Room Service.

Think about these prayers:

Jacob was a father and surely his prayers were like most parents. “Lord protect and guide my love ones”.  We all know the story that his favorite son, “Joseph” was taken from him by his brothers and sold into slavery.  Jacob thought his son had been killed by wild animals.  In Jacob’s opinion, this certainly was not God answering his prayers to protect his love ones.   He might have ask God, “why were my prayers not answered’!

The story continues as Joseph becomes the Pharaoh of Egypt’s right hand man because could interpret  the Pharaohs dreams which was warning that there would seven years of  abundance and seven years of  famine.  So what happens during the seven years of famine?   Jacob and his family were on the verge of starving.  The had no food for themselves or their livestock.   And to fast forward the story, Jacob sends his sons to buy food from the Pharaoh and behold it is his son Joseph that is in charge.  Jacob and his family move to Egypt and survive the seven years of famine.  If Joseph had not be sold into slavery, Jacob and his family might have died.    So did God answer Jacob’s prayer, “Lord protect my loves ones”?

And another prayer:

The Israelites were doing  just fine in Egypt until the Pharaoh died.  The new Pharaoh changed the status of the Israelites from ‘residents in good standing’ to ‘slaves’.  Their prayers might be summed up in the following song verses:

O come, O come, Emmanuel (God with us),
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Some report that they were slaves for over 100 years.   And finally God has Moses to deliver his people.  Did it take God that long to answer their prayers?

We may wonder about our own prayers. Do they matter? Will it make a difference if we spend twice as much time praying?  If we pray for rain, should we carry our umbrella to show our faith?

Next Christmas, feel free to ask God for snow – it does matter. He loves to hear from us. And, if it snows, praise God! It would be a very rare thing in Hemphill to have a white Christmas. If he doesn’t, then remember he still wants to hear from us on a daily basis.

December 30, 2010

Mom and I or is it Mom and me?

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 12:05 am

Mom and I are coming out of the Hemphill Care Center Sunday morning service.

December 29, 2010

Before Gman Left, he set the live trap and

Filed under: Family,Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 1:14 am
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he caught a raccoon which was relocated.

December 28, 2010

On the Bright Side – Mary Howell (12/29/10)

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 12:51 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell

The sights and sounds of the Christmas Season have been wonderful during the month of December at the Hemphill Care Center.  The residents have been blessed with an outpouring of love and gifts from family and friends throughout Sabine County.

Our activity staff made our home beautiful with all the special decorations.  Everywhere we looked we could see Christmas.  We have a beautiful tree in the lobby which is a welcome sight for our guests.  Our larger tree in our dining room was decorated by our friends from the Hemphill Church of Christ.

Everyone knows how busy we are during a normal month but December has been highlighted with even MORE activities such as Christmas programs presented by County Line Baptist Church, Fairdale Baptist Church, Bethel Chapel and Parkway Baptist churches and the Rach Family.

Six Mile Baptist Church made it possible for us to have a free shopping spree. We could select gifts for our family and friends at NO cost to us.  We say a big “THANK YOU” for giving us the joy of giving.

Our annual Christmas Party was a grant success!  We had a large crowd of visitors, volunteers and family members.  Santa Claus made a special appearance and helped spread Christmas cheer.  We have been blessed with a wide variety of gifts such as handmade blankets, delicious treats, gift bags, fruit baskets, toiletries of every kind and beautiful poinsettias that help to make our home festive.

We were blessed with worship services and gospel singings under the direction of: Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, Hemphill’s Church of Christ, Fairdale Baptist Church, Hemphill’s First Baptist Church, and Bethany Baptist Church.  Appreciation is expressed to all of our bingo sponsors including: Parkway Baptist Church, Hemphill Church of Christ and our activity staff.  We want to say Happy Birthday to the following: Angie Martin, Freddie Weathered, Henry Phillips, Ruth Watson, Annie Patrick, Anna McKay, Bobbie Garrett, Daisy Lacroix, Jesse Allen and Faye Nethery.

Our December was also highlighted with visits from the Hope Family from Lakes Area Hospice,  Quincy Martindale from Odyssey Hospice, The Pineywoods Pickers and First United Methodist Church, Fairdale Baptist Church’ Clown Patrol, Hemphill Garden  Club Ladies, The Craft Ladies (Carole and Linda) Macedonia Baptist Church’ Mission Ladies and our domino players from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  All helped to make our holidays happy.  Congratulations to our Resident of the month Ann Strickland, our volunteer of the Month, C J Michaels and our Employees of the Month Betty Clark and Robin Dickerson.  Special Recognition was given to our Volunteer of the Year, Bethel Chapel Baptist Church and Resident of the Year, Henry Phillips.

We look forward to our New Year’s Eve Festivities which will include music by C. J. Michaels, the One Man Band and a pizza party at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, December 31st.

We thank God for making the year 2010 a wonderful year for the residents of Hemphill Care Center.  We ask His blessings upon our home during the New Year.  We wish our families and friends a joyous 2011.

December 29, 2010

December 27, 2010

High cold east winds and crappie were slow

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 1:16 am
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with the east wind howling a temperature hovering around 40*

the crappie were on a slow bite.

Caught most of these on minnows.

December 25, 2010

Christmas Day Deer

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 8:46 pm
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Christmas afternoon and deer hunting.

Jingle Bells and ho ho ho is over til next year.

The temperature was in the low 40’s and wind was blustery out of  northwest.

Just before darkness, the narrow shooting lane filled with doe.

The high wind had the deer very nervous.

It was difficult to select one without hitting two or more.


For the grand-kids supply of deer sausage next year, we need another deer.

This healthy mid size doe will make one batch of sausage when mixed with pork.

December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to all

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 9:51 pm

When we recall Christmas past,

we usually find that the simplest things –

not the great occasions –

give off the greatest glow of happiness.

Bob Hope


I will honor Christmas in my heart,

and try to keep it all the year.

Charles Dickens


The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:

the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.

Burton Hillis


Wouldn’t life be worth the living

Wouldn’t dreams be coming true

If we kept the Christmas spirit

All the whole year through?

Author Unknown


Good news from heaven the angels bring,

Glad tidings to the earth they sing:

To us this day a child is given,

To crown us with the joy of heaven.

Martin Luther


Peace on earth will come to stay,

When we live Christmas every day.

Helen Steiner Rice

Gman continues having a great time

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 12:43 am


white crappie on left, black crappie on right





Gman takes aim at a crow


Look what the hog trap caught– two buzzards.

December 23, 2010

Gman had a good day


It started with an early morning fishing trip for crappie.

He’s learning to stretch those arms when taking a picture.



And then it was time to eat those fresh crappie

Our fish cooking  is simple.

First and most important – cut fillets into small pieces, about size of a finger.

Apply only Tony Chachere Original seasoning


Moving a hog trap to a new location.

Our hog trap is small to prevent catching deer.

And it will catch hogs.


baiting trap with fish carcass


Trigger set, Gman is ready for the hogs.

Notice that we cover the bottom with dirt

and put some brush on top.


see tomorrow’s posting for his next day—-



December 21, 2010

On the Bright Side – Mary Howell(12/22/10)

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 10:22 pm

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell

The Christmas Story – Luke 2:1-20  NKJ

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Cesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.  So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.  So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is called Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you:  You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger”.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest,

And on earth peace,

Goodwill toward men!”

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another; “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”  And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger,  Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.  And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds, But Mary kept all these things an pondered them in her heart.  Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.             December 22, 2010


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