Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

February 17, 2011

Day 2 – Still missing in action!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Freddie Keel @ 5:48 pm

Tadpole was moved from the ER to the Progressive Care Unit. He hopes to be home soon.

February 16, 2011

Tadpole is missing in action!

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

Current location: Memorial Hospital of Lufkin
Departure: Hopefully sooner than later.

February 15, 2011

They’re still coming and we’re still catching’um

Filed under: Hogs — Freddie Keel @ 6:17 am
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It’s been a few days since I baited one of my traps.

The next morning we had a guest.


These two old men are straining to show you their pig.

February 14, 2011

Here’s what I’m thinking

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 7:01 am
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She graduated Salutatorian from high school

She finished college with Business Degree

Went to Law School and passed the Bar

and now unemployed raising chickens and goats

with a big garden.


I’m thinking she is one happy goat farmer

February 13, 2011

On the Light Side – Boating Accidents

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:26 am
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I laugh at the following video and glad the camera was not on me during some of my boating mishaps.

– On a real cold April morning and dressed with heavy clothing, I was bass fishing with the trolling motor down and on a slow steady speed when I noticed a submerged log directly in my path.   I grabbed the rope to lift the motor out of the water, but not quick enough as the motor caught the log and pulled me head first into the cold water.  With my rod in one hand and the edge of the boat in the other, I slid upon the submerged log and rolled back into the boat.   Well fishing was over for that day.

– On a really cold windy day in January, I was unloading my boat.  When unloading by myself, I attach a rope to the boat and the other end to my trailer.   I’ll then back the trailer into the water until the boat floats, then pull forward with the boat in tow to the shore.  This day I must have been ‘brain dead’ as I attached both ends of the rope to the boat.  I backed the trailer into the water until my boat floated, pulled forward and the boat kept drifting into the water.  I jumped out of my vehicle, looking for another fisherman.  None in sight.  The only thing between my boat and the dam some eight miles away was a small peninsula jutting out in the lake.  My boat was rapidly floating toward the peninsula.  I found a long limb and ran to about where the boat would hit the shore.  Boy was I in luck, it was coming straight to me.  When it got about ten feet from shore and undercurrent must have caught it and it began to drift away.   Not choice but to take one giant step into the lake, hook the limb into my boat.  I said a quick prayer, thanking God for saving my boat.   I took the boot off that foot, drained the cold water and put it back on using a dry sock from the other foot and went fishing for a couple of hours in the 25* degree weather.   Did I feel dumb.  Thank goodness no camera on me.

– and over the years, backing the boat into the water with the plug removed.


February 12, 2011

Please watch this church advertisement.

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 7:38 am

You will be directed to watch on Youtube.

And I suggest you consider watching on ‘full screen’

by clicking on small icon at bottom right of image

February 11, 2011

It BB time again

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 12:32 am
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February 10, 2011

Happy Birthday K J

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 10:02 pm
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Just a few old photos of KJ who now is 14 years old.







On the Bright Side – 2/9/11

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 8:03 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell

Although Thanksgiving is considered the favorite holiday for food lovers, Christmas is the time that children love best, and Labor Day makes every “8 – 5er’s”pulse soar, there is another holiday that is cherished.  No one gets the day off and a few cynics sniff that “it’s only for lovers” but Valentine’s Day is also a memory making day.

Arriving in the midst of winters chilling breeze, February 14 is a heart warming day filled with expressions of love symbolized in the giving and receiving of cards, candy and flowers.

The young and the old delight when a friend, relative or lover takes the time to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day.

Sweet hearts Day, as it is often called, has always been a time to celebrate at my house. Decorating with red hearts and flowers, preparing a special meal to the heart’s delight, and exchanging valentines of red and white, have become Valentine’s Day traditions.

February 14, for my parents, brought memories of their first date to a sweetheart banquet while they were college students.

I recall many happy Valentine’s Day memories from years gone by when I was a student at Hemphill Elementary School. I still treasure a handmade Valentine inscribed with “I Love You” and given to me by my heartthrob in Miss Maggie McLemore’s first grade.

Valentine’s Day was celebrated with a long awaited class party and the exchange of valentines between classmates and friends. While I was a student in Mrs. Ruby Minton’s third grade, my friends and I were treated to a candy drawing party in which we took turns drawing peppermint sticks from a large box wrapped in white with red paper hearts.

During my junior high and high school years, Valentine’s Day was highlighted with the annual Sweetheart Banquet at Hemphill’s First Baptist Church.  Attending the banquet escorted by a special someone, was a Valentine’s Day pleasure shared with many Sabine County youths.

During my college years, parties and festivities added a spark of happiness to Sweethearts Days shared with a beloved admirer.  I recall one Valentine’s Day party which I hosted and invited forty college students, including friends who were natives so Thailand, Hong Kong, Iran and Mexico.

A cheery note or a phone call to a loved one can bring joy on Valentine’s Day.

Although traditions and celebrations vary with companions, families and friends, Valentine’s Day is a day to remember those we love.  Life’s simple things – lace hearts, flower blossoms, chocolate morsels and candlelight dinners – seem to convey one message when shared on Valentine’s Day.  …I LOVE YOU.


February 9, 2011

Did President Obama’s dad really serve in WWII?

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 12:04 am
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