Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

February 28, 2011

Heating water in Microwave.

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 8:32 pm
Microwaving  Water!

A  26-year old man decided to have a cup of coffee. He took a cup of  water and put it in the microwave to heat it up (something that he  had done numerous times before). I am not sure how long he set the  timer for, but he wanted to bring the water to a boil.. When the  timer shut the oven off, he removed the cup from the oven. As he  looked into the cup, he noted that the Water was not boiling, but  suddenly the water in the cup ‘blew up’ into his face. The cup  remained intact until he threw it out of his hand, but all the  water had flown out into his face due to the buildup of energy.  His whole face is blistered and he has 1st and 2nd degree burns to  his face which may leave scarring.

He also may have lost partial sight in his left eye. While at the hospital, the doctor  who was attending to him stated that this is a fairly common occurrence and water (alone) should never be heated in a microwave  oven. If water is heated in this manner, something should be  placed in the cup to diffuse the energy such as a wooden stir stick, tea bag, etc…, (nothing metal).

General  Electric’s Response:

Thanks  for contacting us, I will be happy to assist you. The e-mail that  you received is correct. Microwaved water and other liquids do not  always bubble when they reach the boiling point. They can actually  get superheated and not bubble at all. The superheated liquid will  bubble up out of the cup when it is moved or when something like a spoon or tea bag is put into it.

To prevent this from  happening and causing injury, do not heat any liquid for  more than two minutes per cup. After heating, let the cup  stand in the microwave for thirty seconds! Before moving it  or adding anything into it.

Here is what our local science  teacher had to say on the matter: ‘Thanks for the microwave  warning. I have seen this happen before. It is caused by a phenomenon known as super heating. It can occur anytime water is  heated and will particularly occur if the vessel that the  water is heated in is new, or when heating a small amount of water  (less than half a cup).

What happens is that the  water heats faster than the vapor bubbles can form. If the cup is  very new then it is unlikely to have small surface scratches inside it that provide a place for the bubbles to form. As the  bubbles cannot form and release some of the heat has built up, the  liquid does not boil, and the liquid continues to heat up well  past its boiling point.

What then usually happens is that  the liquid is bumped or jarred, which is just enough of a shock to  cause the bubbles to rapidly form and expel the hot liquid. The  rapid formation of bubbles is also why a carbonated beverage spews  when opened after having been shaken.’

February 27, 2011

KJ at Cheer National Competition

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 8:04 pm

KJ and her Houston teammates competed in

a Inter-National Cheer Competition

this weekend in Dallas.

There were over 10,000 young folks participating

with teams from as far away as Japan.

They were disappointed with a second play finish.

Her grand parents thought she deserved 1st place.


February 26, 2011

Alaskian fishermen rescue Sitka deer from freezing water!

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:23 am
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Alaska photos – 10/8/2010 > > A foursome of young bucks fell upon some good luck Sunday > as they were pulled from the icy waters > > of Stephens Passage by a group of locals out to enjoy the > last few days of recent sunshine. > > These good Samaritans describe their experience as “one of > those defining moments in life.” > > > > A group of four juvenile Sitka black-tailed deer. They > swam right toward the boat, then, > > they started to circle the boat. They were looking up and > looked like they needed help. > > > > > > Four deer swim toward the Satre’s boat Sunday. Once they > reached the vessel, > > Satre said they began to circle the boat and looked > obviously distressed. > > > > The typically skittish and absolutely wild animals came > willingly and > > once on the boat, collapsed with exhaustion.


They were > > shivering > > > > Four Sitka black-tailed bucks pulled from the waters of > Stephens Passage Sunday recover > > on the back of Tom Satre’s 62-foot charter vessel, the > Alaska Quest. All deer were transported to >


Taku Harbor and witnesses reported they all recovered from > what appeared to be exhaustion and a bit of hypothermia. > > > > Once the group reached the dock, the first to be pulled > from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back, > > then leapt into the waters of the harbor and swam to > shore. He quickly disappeared into the forest. > > Two others followed suit, after a bit of prodding and > assistance from the group. > > > > > > > > One of the four Sitka black-tailed bucks pulled from the > waters of Stephens Passage Sunday > > is seen being transported via wheelbarrow by Tom Satre

after reaching Taku Harbor . > > Witnesses reported all the deer recovered fully from what > appeared to be exhaustion and a bit of hypothermia. > > > > > > > > > >

Gotta hand it to the guys of this vessel and all the fisherman – heroes at heart!

February 25, 2011

On the Bright Side -Mary Howell 2/23/11

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 5:57 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell

Hemphill Care Center is presently undergoing an extreme home makeover.  With remodeling beginning the first week in February, things have been kinda crazy around here. The construction workers and staff have been busy little bees trying to keep the residents calm and comfortable.  Routines have been thrown out the window. The residents have been moved from one room to another while their own room was being painted.  The first of the remodeling was the hardest, making it necessary for us to remain in our rooms throughout the daytime.  Meals were served in our rooms because the sheetrock was being re-done and sanded.

During the month, our activities almost came to a standstill due to inclement weather, illness and remodeling. We enjoyed the few activities that we did have.  We appreciate all the faithful volunteers that came despite the bad weather.

Valentine’s Day was a happy day for all of us.  Our Valentine party was hosted by our friends from the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post # 10351.  Bobby Butler was crowned the Valentine King with Ann Strickland being crowned our Queen.  They were presented with nice gifts made especially for them. The day was certainly a day of love shared with our residents, staff and friends.

The Resident Council selected Ann Strickland as our Resident of The Month, Hemphill Church of Christ as our Volunteers of the Month and Evelyn Roberts and Elizde Carranza as our Employees of the Month.

Love and deepest sympathy are extended to the families of James Hardy, Henry Phillips, Maxine Ladner, Mary Green, Marvin Baker and Ray Roberts.

We are looking on the bright side and awaiting the completion of our remodeling project.  Our home will soon be bright and beautiful.  We welcome all our families and friends to drop by to see all the improvements have been made thus far.

The residents of Hemphill Care Center wish each one a happy week that is filled with God’s blessing.

February 23, 2011

February 23, 2011

Texas bill could force hunting dogs to carry insurance

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 8:29 am

A bill introduced in Texas would require certain dog owners, whose dogs are not restrained as defined by the language of the bill, to carry liability insurance on those dogs.

Texas House Bill 998, introduced by Rep. Ruth McClendon (D- San Antonio), would require owners of unneutered male dogs weighing 20 or more pounds, that are not restrained at all times, to carry a minimum $100,000 insurance liability policy. A dog is only considered restrained if it is either kept in an enclosure or kept on a leash under the immediate control of a person at all times.

Failing to purchase the insurance would be a class C misdemeanor.

Under the bill, many sporting dog owners will be forced to buy the insurance policy, neuter their dog, or face criminal charges. In addition, a large number of sporting dog breeds weigh more than 20 pounds and would be considered “unrestrained” under the bill’s definition when hunting, training, or field trialing. Even a securely tethered dog would be considered unrestrained by this bill.

Much of this material comes from the US Sportsmen’s Alliance.

My Thoughts:

First I am opposed to more government regulations and this bill seems a little far fetch.  As retired insurance agent, I can tell you that most insurance companies  will run from providing ‘canine liability insurance’.   It is  difficult to obtain Homeowners Insurance when you certain breeds of dogs.  The companies are worried about the liability issue.  And should you find a ‘Specialty Company’ to provide canine insurance, how in the world would our police force enforce such a law?  Maybe all insured dogs would wear a certain color collar.  Naw, that would not work…

Secondly I am in favor of neighbors keeping their dogs on a leash.  In our neighborhood, we have several dogs with collars that wander across our property.  They will dig through our trash.  They will bark at us on our own property. We have concern about the safety of our grand-kids.  But insuring these dogs would not help our situation.

February 22, 2011

hey guys, let’s build a tree swing

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 6:01 am

Our kids will remember a large pine tree in the back yard

that provided many hours of

entertainment and excitement.

At our new spot in Lufkin,

we have this big oak tree with the perfect limb for a swing.

Luke helps his dad pull an old fire hose over the limb.


then Luke decides, he can handle this job by himself


time to try it out, somebody push me!


now he is ready to fly


oh this is fun


just a swinging


February 21, 2011

tator planting time

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 6:32 am
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Grand-sons Brett and Luke helped plant two rows of potatoes.


Nanna carried the seed potatoes.

February 19, 2011

On the Bright Side – Mary Howell 2/16/11

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 11:18 pm

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell

MARY’S NOTE:  The following story by Neal Murphy was written about my grandmother, Mary Etta Thorp, who was born on February 22, 1883.  This story was just one of many stories which were published in Murphy’s book, Those Were The Days.



When a young man is about to propose marriage to his lady, it is important that the lady’s family is in agreement.  That was the situation in which I found myself in 1956 at age twenty.  I was attending Baylor University in Waco, Texas, but my love lived a four-hour drive away in Hemphill, Texas.  Every other weekend I drove my 1950 Chevrolet to East Texas to be with Clara, my future wife.  I certainly wanted her family, all of it, to approve of my being grafted into their family by marriage.

A situation arose in which Clara’s grandmother, Mrs. Thorp, found herself in Waco and needed a ride to Hemphill on the Friday afternoon that I was going to see her granddaughter.  Here was a chance to gain the approval of another member of her family.  I agreed to her riding with me.

Washing my Chevrolet made it look nice, and eased some of my nervousness.  I picked up Mrs. Thorp mid afternoon and we began what I hoped would be an uneventful journey to East Texas.  The fickle finger of fate, or Murphy’s Law, either, or both, decided that the trip would not be uneventful.

About one hour into our trip a tire blew out. How could this happen, I thought to myself as I struggled to replace the blown tire with the spare.  My spare did not get much attention, and I was surprised that it still had enough air in it to support my car.  Finally, we were back on the road again, my clothes a bit dirty.  I stopped at the first service station I saw and aired the spare fully.  I breathed easier now, and resumed the trip.  My passenger seemed unruffled about this event.

Still, I was not in the clear in trying to do my good deed.  About an hour later in our drive, another tire blew out suddenly.  This time there was no spare to bail me out of my predicament.  I was left to my own initiative to handle this crisis.  How I handled it would leave a permanent impression on Mrs. Thorp as to my abilities to care for her granddaughter.  Could I pass this test?

We were within a few miles of a small farm town so I decided to drive on the flat, slowly, until I found a tire store or service station.  The first business I saw was a Humble service station, so I limped onto the apron.  “Do you have any new or used tires in stock?”, I pleaded.  After checking his stock, the attendant announced, “Well, don’t have any used ones, but I have a new one that will fit your car.  You want it?”   I really did not want it, but I had to have it.

Now, the big question – how to pay for a new tire.  I checked my wallet to find around twenty-five dollars, not nearly enough.  I began to feel panicky.  Then I spotted a Humble credit card that my dad had let me borrow, just in case of an emergency.  Well, I felt this situation would certainly qualify as an emergency.

Back on the road again, this time with a new tire on the front.  Mrs. Thorp appeared to be taking all this in stride.  She will never ride with me anywhere again, I thought.  What an impression I must be making on her.  How could anyone be unlucky enough to have two, count them, two blowouts on the same trip?

Then it came to me, the answer to my question.  A few months earlier I had seen a tire shop that specialized in recapping tires.  For around twelve dollars one could take in an old, bald tire, and get a like-new retread.  I could not afford four new tires, so had all of them recapped.  They were supposed to be as good as new ones, I was told.  It never occurred to me that all those pieces of tires you see on the road came from recapped truck tires.  That should have been a clue.  Well, live and learn as they say.

The trip to Hemphill ended without further problems.  Mrs. Thorp was as happy to see her family as I was to see my young lady.  This unfortunate incident was never mentioned again, even at our wedding.  So, I assume that I passed the silent family test in spite of Murphy’s Law and the fickle finger of fate.

February 16, 2011

February 18, 2011

Tadpole Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — Freddie Keel @ 4:56 pm

Tadpole is doing better and hopes to be released tomorrow. Diagnosis is Type A Flu. All that stands between him and freedom are glass cutters and a hacksaw.

Oil/Gas activity in San Augustine County

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 7:08 am
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These photos of oil/gas activity were taken from vehicle on 2/8/11.

The top photo shows a well head.  This is an old well.

Now they have poured a large concrete slab.

The bottom photo show a large pit being constructed.

Just wondering if anyone has the information on this site?

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