Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

May 31, 2011

I’ve got help in the corn patch

Luke gathers his first ever ear of corn.


Garrett get a couple of ears.


Then he learned how to ‘shuck’ and ‘silk’.


And then for the best part.

Large Fish Eats Small Duck!

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 5:18 am

be sure and watch the second small duck and see if you can determine

what kind of fish eats its.

May 30, 2011

One of my tractor operators

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 9:03 pm
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It is the Veteran!

           MEMORIAL DAY

It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of  religion.

It is the VETERAN, not the reporter,  who has given us freedom of the  press.

It is the VETERAN, not the poet, who has given us  freedom of speech.

It is the VETERAN, not the campus  organizer, who has given us freedom to  assemble.

It is the VETERAN, not  the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair  trial.

It is the VETERAN, not the politician, Who has given us  the right to vote.

      It is the VETERAN who salutes the  Flag,

  It is the VETERAN who serves under the  Flag,




  1. A great tribute to those who serve and have served on this Memorial Day.

    Comment by cb75948 — May 30, 2011 @ 9:46 am

May 29, 2011

mama surprised today

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 9:05 pm



Glad we got to see Mamaw this weekend. :-)

Comment by Cindy — May 30, 2011 @ 9:20 pm



Great photos to treasure

Comment by Gwen — May 30, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

Wild Hog Roundup

Wulf Outdoor Sports is East Texas’ premier retailer for hunting, fishing, archery, outdoor apparel and off-road power vehicles. Fred Wulf, a long-term resident of East Texas and a man with 35 years business experience, opened Wulf Outdoor Sports to the people of East Texas on June 8, 2004 with his first store located in Center, Texas.

Recently Wulf Outdoors sponsored the first Wild Hog Roundup.  Thirty-seven teams competed from May 5th through May 14 to see which team could catch the most hogs and the largest hog.  The hogs had to be taken from a few nearby counties by trapping or the use of dogs.  East Texas is over run with feral hogs and this was a good opportunity to prove who was the best at catching wild hogs.

A total of 724 wild hogs were taken during the contest period and the largest was 400 pounds.  The winning team caught 154 hogs.     For full score board : http://www.wulfoutdoorsports.com/

A video of the heavy hog capture is available on Youtube.

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May 28, 2011

FUMC Hemphill – Pastoral Prayer (5/22/11)

Almighty and Loving God, you sent your Son to bring us life and forgiveness.  Even though we don’t know for sure, I suspect that Jesus was considered a little weird when he lived two thousand years ago.  When he ascended you did not desert us, but rather were with us in a new way.  You have empowered us with your Holy Spirit.  You have made us a royal priesthood, to do the work of your kingdom.  And so like Jesus, we may expect to be called weird.  Give us the courage to see that that is a good thing, that our hands and feet are doing things that others will not do.  Give us the courage to see your power at work in us.  Help us to believe in ourselves as much you believe in us.

Hear our petitions as we lift up others for prayer and for your blessing.  This we pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.

May 27, 2011

Noodling Legalization Approved By Texas Senate

AUSTIN, Texas — Texans who want to catch catfish using only their bare hands would be able to do so legally under legislation approved by the state Senate.

While budget negotiations were teetering on the brink of collapse Thursday, state senators took action to legalize hand fishing, called noodling, in Texas. Right now the fine is $500 for noodling in Texas.

The bill would require “noodlers” to have a fishing license and freshwater fishing stamp.

Enduring joking questions from fellow senators, bill sponsor Sen. Bob Deuell said he’s never noodled, but that the bill needed to be passed for the “noodlers of Texas.”

The measure was already passed by the House and is headed for Gov. Rick Perry’s desk, where his signature would make it law.

(when I was just a young toot I tried this method of fishing… it was illegal but one of my uncles was proficient at catching big catfish with his hands and he invited me to go on a noodling trip.   He was missing one finger and I never ask how that occurred.

We crawled off into the river and starting swimming along the bank.  We would take our feet and try to find a cavity under the river bank.  Once a cavity was located, we would stick our hands into the cavity feeling for a catfish.

I found a large cavity with my foot and turned so that I could reach into the cavity with a hand.  I kept moving my hand from side to side until I felt something large, round, cold and scalyThat was the end of my noodling career.  And thankfully, I still have all of my fingers)

May 26, 2011

Gas is Going UP: New Smart Family car

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:27 am


The Smart Car 
What we will be forced to drive quite soon.

But look at all of the ‘great new choices’
We will have evolving from ‘The SMART Car’….

The Smorvette!

The Smaudi A3 AWD!

The Smamborghini!

The Smorsche!

The Smerrari!

And last
 but not least, 



May 25, 2011

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE – MAY 25, 2011- Mary Howell

MAY 25, 2011 

	The month of May has passed by fast and furious for the residents of Hemphill
Care Center. Every day has been filled with fun, food and fellowship.
	To start the month we laughed and sang songs with the Hope Family from Lakes
Area Hospice. Our friends entertained us with lively songs and funny skits. We
celebrated Cinco de Mayo on May 5th with “south of the border” treats and taking
turns trying to break the pinata. Ruth Watson and Darwin Stroud were the first
to find the candy inside the pinata. On Friday May 6th our mothers were honored
with a Mothers Day Celebration. Beautiful corsages were presented to Sherry
Mobley, our youngest mother, Geraldine Dupree, our oldest mother and Bobbie
Garrett as our mother with the most children.
	May 8-14th was celebrated royally here as National Nursing Home Week, during
which we enjoyed a build a cupcake party, had a fun-filled scavenger hunt, on
Wednesday the owners of our home honored us with a hamburger cook-out. The
following afternoon we were treated to delicious banana splits with the toppings
of our choice. Thanks to our owners the care center has the equipment to show
outdoor movies. On Friday night we were treated to the very first outdoor movie
at our home, which was Secretariat. It is a great movie for all ages. Our
evening under the stars and moon made new memories for some of us and brought
back cherished memories of going to a drive-in theater in our younger days for a
lot of us. Thanks to our staff we had our own concession stand with a wide
variety of goodies for our enjoyment. We welcome visitors to join us for our
next movie night which will be on June 10th.
	In honor of National Nurses Week during May 8-14th , our nursing staff was
treated to a delicious breakfast cooked by our own department heads.
	Lively bingo games this month  were sponsored by: Hemphill’s Church of Christ,
Texas Home Health and Parkway Baptist Church. Various prizes were given to the
	We enjoyed worship services and sing-a-longs with Hemphill’s First Baptist
Church, Hemphill’s Church of Christ, Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, Parkway
Baptist Church, Fairdale Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church and the
Pineywoods Pickers and Bethany Baptist Church.
	We enjoyed our craft time with Carole and Linda. We decorated crosses in honor
of Mothers day. Our Garden Club friends showed us how to arrange flowers and
even gave blue ribbons for the most creative arrangements. The Macedonia Baptist
Church Mission Ladies treated us to delicious fresh baked pies and cakes.  We
say a big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who brighten our days.
	Our resident council selected Barbara Briggs as our resident of the month,
Bethel Chapel Baptist Church as our volunteers of the month and Tammy Childress
and Perry Bice as our employees of the month.
	We look forward to making jewelry with Sandy Trahan tomorrow afternoon as well
as the beautiful music of C.J. Michaels on Friday afternoon.
	Happy Birthday wishes this month  are extended to Lowana Walters, James
Patterson, Baxter Faires, Lois Claborn and Vivian Weaver.
	We wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day week-end. We pray that each of
you will live your life on the bright side.


Biography for Mary Howell

Mary Howell is a cerebral palsied quadriplegic who has resided at Hemphill Care Center in Hemphill, Texas since November, 2009.  She lived with her parents until their deaths and then lived in her home with 24/7 caregivers.  Mary has spent her life turning defeat into victory.  Her determination and strong faith in God have been an inspiration to all who know her.

Mary attended Hemphill High School, Wharton Junior College and served as the Editor of the Sabine County Reporter.  She has received numerous awards from the Texas Press Women and the Texas Press Association. for her writing.  Mary wrote and published her autobiography in 2007, Life On The Bright Side.

She has received various awards for her services in the community. She was named as an outstanding citizen, communicator of achievement, and Texas Handicapped Professional Woman of the Year in 1986.  She was among the “Nine Who Make A Difference” selected by KTRE-TV in 1986..

Mary’s love for God makes the difference in her life, enabling her to turn sadness into happiness and apparent defeat into victory.

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