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August 31, 2011

On The Bright Side -Mary Howell – August 31, 2011

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 8:35 am

On The Bright Side
August 31, 2011

The days of summer may be winding down but for the residents at Hemphill Care Center the days are filled with lots of love and fellowship. To begin the month of August the Lakes Area Hospice Clowns entertained the residents with their fun songs and cherry antics. To help us stay cool our activity staff delighted us with delicious treats including root beer floats, popsicles, popcorn and ice cream. We had a s’more party to celebrate national s’more day.
Our August bingo games were sponsored by; Hemphill’s Church of Christ, The American Legion, Parkway Baptist Church and Texas Home Health. We thank each of our sponsors for all the prizes they give to us.
We would like to thank a couple of volunteers that are faithful to come every week. Mary Lou Zingle comes every week to help us play our wii games. We sure are getting good at bowling! The young men from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints come every Wednesday afternoon to play dominoes with us.
We enjoyed our first “Storytime” with Marissa from Jordan Home Health. She read the book “America the Beautiful” to us and showed us the beautiful pictures of our beloved America.
Our residents always look forward to our Tuesday afternoon matinée and would like to say a special thank you to Hornet Express Video for loaning us their movies to enjoy.
We were blessed with worship services and gospel sing a longs hosted by; Hemphill’s Church of Christ, Fairdale Baptist Church, Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, Community Fellowship Church, Parkway Baptist Church, Hemphill’s First Baptist Church, and our newest volunteer Bro. Lakey.
During the 3rd week of August the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 10351 surprised us with ice cream and cookies. The Pineywoods Pickers and the First United Methodist Church brought smiles with their music and cool refreshments on a hot afternoon. The mission ladies from Macedonia Baptist Church came and brought delicious fresh-baked pies and cakes for us to enjoy.
Last week our activities included Tiffany’s Tasties and C.J. Michaels the one man band, who  we always enjoy so much. The staff and residents honored Amber Williams with a baby shower last Thursday. We are excited to welcome a new member to our family here!
We would like to say a big thank you to Janet Jones for the dvd’s and clothing she donated this month.
Our resident council selected Little Flock Baptist Church as our volunteers of the month, Baker Tiner as our resident of the month and Charekia Smith and Tiffany Harris as our employees of the month.
A big Happy Birthday goes to our oldest resident Ebb Dickerson, who celebrated his 102nd birthday on August 14th and one of our new residents Estella Tibbs celebrated her birthday on August 8th.
We were all saddened by the loss of one of our own nurses Cindy Cook. Our sympathy goes out to her family and the families of Sonja Smith and O.C. Horn.
Today we look forward to coffee and donuts this morning, music and fellowship with Quincy Martindale and we are honoring our med-aides this afternoon with an appreciation party.
We thank all of our families and friends for stopping by to visit and for giving us Days on the Bright Side.

August 30, 2011

Hunters practicing with my cross bow.

Luke gets assistance and advice from his dad.


Brett just fired a shot.


His target was the dark spot beside his hand.



Looks like fun. Don’t lose all the arrows – we’ll be there in a few days to practice. :)

Comment by Cindy — August 30, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

August 29, 2011

Luke’s 1st hit playing Coach Pitch Little League Baseball

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August 28, 2011

A Man’s Work is Never Done!

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 8:25 pm

Garret is cutting up Okra

for the family afternoon meal.

He raised the okra in his garden.

The watermelon in the background is from his garden.

KJ learning to speak Spanish

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Comment by KJ — August 28, 2011 @ 10:49 am

August 27, 2011

A poem from grand-daughter Spiffy


The Ailment of A Great Blue Heron

The bird I have in question,
Yes you often see,
He has a strange ailment yes,
It’s that he never moves or sings

He has not the bluebirds tweet,
Nor the ravens ca-caw ca-caw,
No robins melody, sweet
Or boastful crows guffaw

He only moves when needed,
He only eats when hungry,
But even then,
That’s only when,
Mere juices grumble in his tummy

His problem causes interlude,
Of worrisome discussion,
Scientists now conclude,
That he has a slight concussion

Doctors have investigated,
This particular cause for illness,
Some of them have estimated,
It’s because of too much stillness

But the question still remains,
Why the bird is so solemn and still,
Has God imposed on him a shyness?
Or ordered paste put to his bill?

Some say he has delirium,
Others say the flu,
But I know better than all of them,
I think he’s plainly blue           ( Get it, Blue Heron? HA HA HA!!! )

They make it harder than need be,
Just look at him you’ll see,
He is blue, very blue,
But no bluebird . . . indeed!

Love ya,
Bethany / Spiffy


August 26, 2011

Redneck air conditioner

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:21 am
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You need a box fan

and a milk jug of frozen water.

Place the jug of frozen water

in front of the box fan

and sit back to enjoy the cool mountain air!



Don’t you have any clothes that match?

Comment by Cindy — August 26, 2011 @ 8:17 pm


I bought this matching set at Goodwill on the sale rack!



Cindy… you missed the speck of blue at the bottom of his pants that matched his shirt. If you look closely, it shows up in the photo – just where the pants legs are rolled up.

Comment by Kris — August 26, 2011 @ 8:47 pm


thanks Kris, I love you the most!


Pants rolled up…no style either? And that blue spot looks kinda like colored duct tape… Maybe that’s why they were on sale??

Comment by Cindy — August 26, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

August 25, 2011

On The Bright Side Mary Howell 8/24/11

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 On The Bright Side

Mary Howell


Mary’s Note:  Some information for the following column was taken from the Internet.


Today’s column is in honor of the 72nd anniversary of the release of The Wizard of Oz, which made its debut in August, 1939.


The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro Goldwyn Mayer.  It was directed primarily by Victor Fleming and others. The lyrics for the songs were written by E. V. Harburg.  The music was by Howard Arlen.


The film was Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s most expensive production up to that time but it’s initial release failed to recoup the studio’s investment.  Subsequent re-releases made up for that, however.  “Over The Rainbow” won the Academy Award for original song and the film itself received several Academy Award nominations.


Telecasts of the film began in 1956 which re-introduced the film to the public and made it an annual tradition.  It was named the most-watched motion picture in history by The Library of Congress.


Buddy Ebsen, who later starred in the television series, The Beverly Hillbillies, was cast as the Tin Man.  During the filming, he became allergic to the powder used in the Tin Man costume and had to be hospitalized and was unable to finish the production.


The famous shoes which were worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy were originally silver shoes.  When the film was made into Technicolor, Dorothy’s shoes became red.  The original shoes were later sold for millions of dollars.


The MGM talent scouts needed 100 “little people” for the Munchkinland sequence.  The searched the country far and wide to come up with the citizens of Munchkinland.


The Wizard of Oz has been ranked in the top ten best movies by the Library of Congress.


During the past 72 years, The Wizard of Oz has been a favorite for the young and the old.  For great grandparents, grandparents and children, The Wizard of Oz has brought smiles to the faces of millions and gives them a day on the bright side.


August 24, 2011

August 24, 2011

When I say..”I am a Christian”

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by Carol Wimmer

When I say..”I am a Christian”

I’m not shouting “I am saved”

I’m whispering “I get lost”

“This is why I chose this way”.

When I say..”I am a Christian”

don’t speak of this with pride

I’m confessing that I stumble

and need someone to be my guide.

When I say..”I am a Christian”

I’m not trying to be strong.

I’m professing that I’m weak

and pray for strength to carry on.

When I say..”I am a Christian”

I’m not bragging of success

I’m admitting I have failed

and cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say..”I am a Christian”

I’m not claiming to be perfect,

my flaws are too visible

but God believes I’m worth it.

When I say..”I am a Christian”

I still feel the sting of pain

I have my share of heartaches

which is why  I seek His name.

When I say..”I am a Christian”

I do not wish to judge.

I have no authority.

I only know I’m loved.

August 23, 2011

this just in!

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:37 pm

According to officials in the Obama administration,

the earthquake that hit the East Coast today

was centered on a little known fault known as

“Bush’s Fault”


(tks, Tom)

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