Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

September 30, 2011

Interesting if True?

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:01 am
Who knew?
Did you know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately-without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers??Did you know that Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns??Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They’ll clear up your stuffed nose.

?Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 tablespoon horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.
Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-even though the product was never advertised for this use.
Honey remedy for skin blemishes… cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.
Listerine therapy for toenail fungus: Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine Mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.
Easy eyeglass protection… to prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear Nail Polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.
Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer… if menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can’t find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.
Smart splinter remover: Just pour a drop of Elmer’s Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Hunt’s Tomato Paste boil cure.. cover the boil with Hunt’s Tomato Paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.Balm for broken blisters… to disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine, a powerful antiseptic.

Vinegar to heal bruises… soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

?Quaker Oats for fast pain relief… it’s not for breakfast any more! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

September 29, 2011

the grand-kids love our deer/pork smoked sausage

Filed under: Uncategorized — Freddie Keel @ 6:51 am
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the deer and pork have gone through the grinder after being seasoned.

after stuffing into hog casing, the link sausage is placed on the pit.


after about four hours on the pit, the sausage are ready.

they will be washed, cooled, cut into small links

and put into quart zip locks for freezing.

once frozen, the sausage will be disbursed to the grand-kids

September 28, 2011


Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:31 am

On The Bright Side
September 28, 2011

September has been a busy month for the residents of Hemphill Care Center. The month started with a Labor Day celebration, which we all enjoyed. Our activity staff planned an outdoor party complete with delicious hot dogs, chips and cold drinks. The highlight of the party was a watermelon eating contest, which Anna McKay was our winner. Then we topped it all off with homemade strawberry ice-cream. Yum yum.
Fourteen of our residents celebrated their birthdays this month. They were Celedonia Pederson, Leola Miller, Sarah Sullivan, Mina Keel, Estelle Granger, Jerry Fields, Bobbie Gross, Thelma Reid, David Malone, Alice Easley, Mary Smith, Ruby Williams, Eva Powell, Bill Ener and Bernadine Powell. We enjoyed celebrating with them and their families.
We were blessed with worship services and gospel singings under the direction of Community Fellowship Church, Hemphill’s First Baptist Church, Hemphill’s Church of Christ, Fairdale Baptist Church, Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, Parkway Baptist Church, Quincy Martindal from Odyssey Hospice, The Lakes Area Hospice Clowns and Bethany Baptist Church.
Our Tuesday afternoon matinee has become a big hit. We look forward to watching a good movie, and the popcorn and cokes don’t hurt either ! Thanks go out to Hornet Express Video for their donation of the movie every week. We want to say a big THANK YOU to Bonnie Stewart for her years of serving as our hairdresser here. We wish her the best. We want to welcome Elaine Daniels as our new hairdresser. After their summer break the Hemphill Garden Club ladies are back in the swing of things here. This month we decorated picture frames that hold beautiful nature pictures. Our hearts were saddened by the death of one of our own Garden Club friends Edna Campbell. She will surely be missed.
We say thank you to the Pineywoods Pickers, Marti Bible and C.J. Michaels for giving us afternoons of lively toe-tapping music.
Our activity director and other staff members went with us on an outing to the Patricia Huffman “Remembering Columbia” Museum. We were amazed to see the wonderful Columbia exhibit.
September bingo games were sponsored by, Hemphill’s Church of Christ, Carletta with Texas Home Health and Parkway Baptist Church. We appreciate the very nice prizes that they provide for us.
During National Housekeepers Week we honored our housekeepers with a “build your own sundae party.” thank you for the wonderful job you guys do everyday.
Monday the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 10351 treated us to ice cream and cookies. Marissa from Jordan Home Health read us a precious book titled “If Dogs Could Talk” which brought ripples of laughter to us. We always look forward to her storytime.
We would like to say a special thank you to a few folks, The guys from the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints for stopping by every Wednesday to play dominoes with us, Mary Lou Zingale for stopping by on Fridays to play Wii games with us and Sandy Trahan that comes every month to give us lessons in jewelry making.
Our deepest love and sympathy go out to the families and friends of Roscoe Whitworth, David Hines, Vivian Weaver, Marie Sweeney and Joe Procella..
The resident council selected Edgar Smith as our resident of the month, Community Fellowship Church as our volunteers of the month and Tonya White, Rene’ Hyden and Abby as our employees of the month.
We express our appreciation to Kathie Talbert and Jerry Polk for the donations of stuffed animals they made to us this month.
We are excited about the 50’s style “Sock Hop” we will be having on Friday September 30th at 6:30pm We want to invite our friends and families to come join in on the fun. Come and have an evening on the bright side!!

September 27, 2011

Sam Rayburn lake level continues to decline.






The above photos are looking South at Angelina River on Hwy 103





And these photos are looking North at the Angelina River and Hwy 103

September 25, 2011

tough day

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:00 am
At dawn the telephone rings,
“Hello, Senor Rod? This is Ernesto, the caretaker at your country house.”“Ah yes, Ernesto. What can I do for you? Is there a problem?””Um, I am just calling to advise you, Senor Rod, that your parrot, he is dead”.

“My parrot? Dead? The one that won the International competition?”

“Si, Senor, that’s the one.”

“Darn! That’s a pity! I spent a small fortune on that bird. What did he die from?”

“From eating the rotten meat, Senor Rod.”

“Rotten meat? Who the heck fed him rotten meat?”

“Nobody, Senor. He ate the meat of the dead horse.”

“Dead horse? What dead horse?”

“The thoroughbred, Senor Rod.”

“My prize thoroughbred is dead?”

“Yes, Senor Rod, he died from all that work pulling the water cart.”

“Are you insane? What water cart?”

“The one we used to put out the fire, Senor.”

“Good Lord! What fire are you talking about, man?”

“The one at your house, Senor! A candle fell and the curtains caught on fire.”

“What the heck? Are you saying that my mansion is destroyed because of a candle?!”

“Yes, Senor Rod.”

“But there’s electricity at the house! What was the candle for?”

“For the funeral, Senor Rod.”


“Your wife’s, Senor Rod”. She showed up very late one night and I thought she was a thief, so I hit her with your new Ping G 15 204 gram titanium head golf club with the TFC 149 D graphite shaft.”


“Ernesto, if you broke that driver, you’re in deep trouble.

September 24, 2011

When Your Hut’s On Fire!

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:04 am

When Your Hut’s On Fire  

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.  He continued to pray.  Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions.
One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, ‘God!  How could
 you do this to me?’  Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! ‘How did you know I was here?’ asked the weary man of his rescuers. ‘We saw your smoke signal,’ they replied.  

The Moral of This Story:   It’s easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn’t lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering. Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground.   It just may be a smoke signal that summons the GRACE of God.  

God’s Grace is his unconditional, unsolicited love for each of us.

September 23, 2011

Squirrel hunters will appreciate no skeeters in the woods.

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:16 am


A science blog with Eric Berger
Houston Chronicle

Scientists develop a sperm-less mosquito: Females lay eggs that don’t hatch

In April I reported on a discovery by scientists, including Andrea Crisanti, of a method to introduce genetic changes in mosquitoes — which are not necessarily beneficial to the survival of the bug — that quickly propagate throughout a species.

Now Crisanti is back with a new advance in the battle against mosquitoes in general, and malaria in specific: Sperm-less mosquitoes.

In particular, the researchers “silenced” a gene that’s required for the production of sperm in Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, one of the most important carriers of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.

They report their work today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (see abstract).

Anopheles gambiae: One of the most efficient malaria vectors known. (Wikipedia)

After silencing the sperm-making genes the scientists introduced their male mosquitoes to females, and they went at it. What happened? Females still laid eggs, but the unfertilized eggs did not hatch.

There was also evidence that the females, once they laid their eggs, did not mate again.

These were laboratory experiments, so it’s not clear what will happen in the wild. So this remains a promising alternative to pesticides, rather than a solution at this point.

But because there’s a high energy costs to male mosquitoes for the production of sperm, there’s reason to believe the sperm-less kind might actually be more fit in the wild and therefore spread their seed-less seed further.

So it’s time to ask again, as we may soon have the biological tools to do so: Should we kill all of the mosquitoes?

September 22, 2011


Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:52 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell


Today millions of people are asking one major question.  Why are bad things happening all around us?


The drought and major fires have brought hardships to people of all ages throughout Texas. They are asking why do bad things happen.


Life is so uncertain.  We never know from one day to the next what will happen to us.  Only God can answer those questions.  God knows from before the day we were born the last day that we will live.  He knows everything that will happen in between.


We are all human so we ask Him questions.  Why did God take my loved one at such an early age?  Why did my friend have cancer?  Why did I lose my children? Why did I lose my job?  Why was my home destroyed?  Why did my marriage fail?  Why do I have to struggle financially?  Why did I lose my property?  Why was my loved one murdered?


Everyday we face challenges even though it seems like we have more downs than ups.  We need to look up to God and ask for His comfort and mercy.


God still loves us through all the good times and bad times.  He loved us enough to send His Son to die for us.  Jesus is our comforter when we put our faith in Him.  Since Jesus died for us, we can find peace by living for Him.


Let us remember that God is always with us through every circumstance.   Let us pray for all the families that are struggling that God will keep them in His care.


September 21, 2011

Forest Service to offer antlerless deer hunting permits

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:28 am

Release Date: Aug 15, 2011

Contact(s): Jason Nolde 936-639-8559, Dick Pike 936-639-8544

The U.S. Forest Service is offering a limited number of permits to hunt antlerless deer during the general season Nov. 5, 2011 through Jan. 1, 2012.

Each year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department inventories deer populations in national forests and adjacent lands. As needed, the department includes antlerless deer in the annual harvest to seek a balanced population. The number of permits varies from year to year.

To be included in the Antlerless Deer Permit drawing, hunters should mail a regulation-sized postal card to:
Antlerless Deer Permit
U.S. Forest Service
2221 North Raguet St.
Lufkin, TX 75904

The postcard must contain:

  • Name of hunter
  • Mailing Address
  • 2011-2012 hunting license number
  • Youth Only Permit – Yes or No
  • The specific hunting area permit desired

Hunters are selected by random drawing and only one application per person is accepted. Duplicate submissions are discarded. The number of requests usually exceeds the number of permits available. Applications are accepted no earlier than Sept. 1 and no later than Sept. 30. A drawing will be held in mid-October to select a limited number of permits. Only those chosen will be notified by mail.

Youth participating in the general season public hunts by special permit must apply for “youth only permits” if they are between the ages of 8 and 16 at the time of application. The words “youth only permit” must be on the application, along with applicant’s 20011-2012 hunting license number and specific hunting area.

Hunting areas include:
Davy Crockett National Forest

– Alabama Creek WMA (annual public hunting permit and seasonal hunting license required)

Sam Houston National Forest

– Sam Houston WMA: (annual public hunting permit and seasonal hunting license required) There are no zone divisions in the Sam Houston National Forest.

Angelina National Forest

– Bannister WMA: (annual public hunting permit and seasonal hunting license required)

Sabine National Forest

– Moore Plantation WMA: (annual public hunting permit and seasonal hunting license required)

The Caddo and LBJ National Grasslands will allow doe hunting without permits on Nov. 24-27. For more information, see the Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual on antlerless deer days scheduled for Nov. 24-27.

Hunters are reminded a hunter orange cap and hunter orange vest must be worn when hunting.

September 21, 2011

spash some corn on the ground and see what appears

coyote or fox?


cows from my neighbors


a few doe






and a nice buck

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