Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

October 31, 2011

My Favorite Senior Day at School

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 5:54 am

The freshman were able to wear a shirt to honor their favorite seniors.

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Our grand-daughter, KJ,  chose two seniors on her tennis team

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then expanded “My Favorite Senior Day”

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October 30, 2011

Quit that nagging

Filed under: Birds — Freddie Keel @ 6:52 am

 

October 29, 2011

I’ve just found a new way to haul my fish.

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:23 am

 

October 28, 2011

Luke and Papaw

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 6:24 am

 

October 27, 2011

Another Poem by Granddaughter Spiffy

YOUNG FREDDIE THE HUNTER

WHEN FREDDIE WAS A YUNG UN HE LIKED TO GO OUT HUNTIN
HE'D HUNT STAG AND DOVE AND DOE AND MOOSE
HE WOULD NOT LET NOTHING LOOSE
NOT EVEN BIRD OR SQUIRREL OR GOOSE
HE'D SLAY THE NEAREST BEAR I HEARD
HE'D EVEN SLAY A HARMLESS BIRD
HE'D HUNT PIGEON AND SWAN AND WOLF AND BUCK
HE'D SLAY BUFFALO AND BOAR AND HARE AND DUCK
THEY'D TRY TO RUN BUT NO, NO LUCK
HE'D HUNT ALL DAY HE'D HUNT ALL NIGHT UNTIL THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT IN SIGHT 

YOUNG FREDDIE LIKED TRAPPIN
ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY WERE SNAPPIN
HE'D TRAP THROUGH RAIN OR HAIL OR FOG
HE'D TRAP THROUGH SNOW OR SWAMPY BOG
JUST TO GET ONE SCRAWNY HOG
BEWARE OH FOOLISH COON
OR YOUR FATE YOU'LL FIND OUT SOON
HE'D TRAP ALL DAY HE'D TRAP ALL NIGHT UNTIL THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT IN SIGHT

WHEN FREDDIE WAS A KID HE LIKED TO WAIT AND SIT
HE'D WAIT FOR A SALMON FAIRLY STOUT
HE'D WAIT FOR PERCH
HE'D WAIT FOR TROUT
THEN HE'D GIVE A GREAT BIG SHOUT
SAYING THIS IS WHAT FISHING'S ALL ABOUT
HE WOULD SIT OUT BY THE LAKE
JUST WATCHING THE FORM OF HIS BAIT
NOT CARING HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE
HE'D FISH ALL DAY HE'D FISH ALL NIGHT UNTIL THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT IN SIGHT

SHOOT YOUNG FREDDIE WOULD
NO MATTER WHERE HE STOOD
FROM VERY CLOSE TO FAR AWAY
THE DEER WAS THERE
WAS THERE TO STAY
FROM IN BETWEEN THE TREES
WAS FREDDIE ON HIS KNEES
THE DEER WOULD SAY O PLEASE
JUST LEAVE MY FAMILY HEAR IN PEACE
FOR THAT WISE DEER NEW ALL TO WELL
THAT WAS THE LAST THING HE'D EVER TELL
HE'D SHOOT ALL DAY HE'D SHOOT ALL NIGHT UNTIL THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT IN SIGHT

THE CROSSBOW WAS FREDDIE'S FAVORITE
HE'D DO ANYTHING TO SAVE IT
ARCH HE WOULD WITH ALL HIS MIGHT
NOTHING WOULD PUT UP A FIGHT
EXCEPT THAT YOUNG STUPID BOAR
CHARGING AT HIM WITH A ROAR
THE BOAR WAS QUICK
BUT FREDDIE WAS QUICKER
FREDDIE THEN LET LOOSE OF THE TRIGGER
I CAN OUT WIT THAT GUY THE DEER WOULD SAY
AFTER THAT HE'D HAVE HELL TO PAY
HE'D ARCH ALL DAY HE'D ARCH ALL NIGHT UNTIL NOTHING WAS LEFT IN SIGHT

SO BEWARE MY ANIMAL FRIENDS
BEWARE OF FREDDIE'S HUNTING TRENDS
OR IT WILL BE YOUR FOREVER END

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October 26, 2011

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE – Mary Howell – OCTOBER 26, 2011

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:43 am

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
OCTOBER 26, 2011

The month of October has been filled with fall festivities for the residents of Hemphill Care Center. We have been blessed with showers of rain and cooler temperatures which have made our days pleasant for all our activities here.
We began October with an appreciation party for our kitchen staff, delicious homemade nachos, cake and drinks were served by our activity staff. We appreciate the wonderful job that our kitchen workers do everyday in preparing all our meals for us.
Our resident council selected Foy Forehand and our friends from Hemphill’s Church of Christ as our volunteers of the month. They are faithful to come play bingo with us twice a month and lead us in gospel sing-a-longs every other Wednesday night. We congratulate Lorene Jones who was named as our resident of the month and Charla McCary and Katherine Thomas as our employees of the month.
One of the highlights of the month was a visit from Katherine Crippens from Texas Parks and Wildlife. She taught us everything there is to know about alligators, she even brought in a baby alligator for us to see. We enjoyed making fall wreaths and jack-o-lanterns for our rooms this month with the craft ladies(Carol & Linda) and our friends from the Hemphill Garden Club.
We say a big Thank You to our staff for washing our wheelchairs, which are now sparkling clean.
We were blessed with worship services and gospel singings provided by Hemphills First Baptist Church, Hemphills Church of Christ, Fairdale Baptist Church, Bethel Chapel Baptist Church. Community Fellowship Church, Parkway Baptist Church, Little Flock Baptist Church, Bethany Baptist Church and Bro. Lakey.
We say thank you to our friends from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for playing dominoes with us each Wednesday afternoon and Mary Lou Zingalefor stopping by every Friday to play the Wii with us. We also say thank you for the lively bingo games which were sponsored this month by Hemphills Church of Christ, Parkway Baptist Church and Carletta Cramer from Texas Home Health.
`We always look forward to our karoake afternoons with Marti Bible. We have lots of fun pretending we are singing sensations. The Pineywoods Pickers came last week to give us a concert of good ole down home pickin’ and grinnin’. We say thank you to the United Methodist Church for providing our refreshments for our concert. Our mission ladies from Macedonia Baptist Church treated us to wonderful pies and cakes last Thursday afternoon. We would like to thank them for the delicious goodies. Marissa from Jordan Health Services stopped by for our “Storytime with Marissa” hour, we really enjoy our interactive time with her.
Last Friday night we had our “Movie on the Lawn”. We watched the classic movie ET and had wonderful treats from the snack bar. A great time was had by all. We would like to thank Hornet Express Video for the loan of their movies every month.
We enjoyed a special treat yesterday courtesy of Odyssey Hospice. They have a special pumpkin patch set up in Jasper and invited us to come by and pick out our own pumpkins and even decorate them if we wanted to. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
The owners and staff of Hemphill Care Center welcome everyone to an open house party today from noon to 2pm. Families and friends are welcome to stop by and see all our beautiful new renovations.
My family and I are having a special Birthday Party today at 230pm for me and all of my friends here that are having birthdays in October.
During the next few days we will   be filling trick or treat bags, getting ready for all the trick or treaters we hope to get.
We are looking forward to making jewelry with Sandy Trahan Friday morning. She brings the most beautiful beads for us to work with. On Friday afternoon C.J. Michaels the One Man Band is stopping by to play all the old classics for us.

We will close out the month of October with our big Fall Festival Next Monday afternoon. We want to thank all the volunteers, vendors and staff who are working so hard to make this a fun-filled day for us.
Our love and sympathy are extended to the families and friends of Donna Robinson, Dan Rach, Sunny Beard and Lougena McClelland. Our hearts go out to you in this time of sorrow.
We say a BIG thank you to all of you who made it possible for us to have days On The Bright Side in October

October 24, 2011

Our new raised bed for Dill and Garlic

We built the frame out of sweet gum logs to keep the nature appearance.

Once the logs were stacked three high, the bed was lined with tar paper

to prevent the encroachment of tree roots.

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Filling the bed with soil was made  easy by using our Kubota.

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Once it rains and the soil settles,

the tar paper will be trimmed.

We will then plant the Dill Weed seed and Garlic Cloves.

Instructions for planting Garlic:

“Plant individual garlic cloves in October. First, break apart the bulb and separate the cloves, leaving the papery skin intact. Choose the largest cloves from the bulb for planting. Push each clove into the soil about 3 to 4 inches deep, with the pointy side up. Cover the garlic seed with 2 to 3 inches of soil and pat down. Cover the area you planted with mulch.Keep your garlic plants happy with regular watering.”

Instructions for Dill Weed:

Here are a few suggestions to start you on your way to a crop of dill:

  • Dill, like most herbs, loves to bask in the sun, but will tolerate afternoon shade.

  • Dill grows up to 3 feet tall, so plant it in the back of your flower, vegetable or herb garden.
  • Sow seeds close together. This will allow the plants, which blow over easily to support each other.

  • Cover the seeds lightly, and allow a week or two for them to germinate.

  • For a continuous crop, sow repeatedly from mid spring to early summer.”

October 23, 2011

Zwolle man “tags” 12-foot gator at Toledo Bend Lake

courtesy photo

Roger Rivers, left, and his wife Rita, right, of Zwolle with the 12 foot, 7 inch alligator he killed in September at Toledo Bend Lake.

By Linda Barron
Beauregard Daily News
Posted Oct 16, 2011 @ 12:36 PM
DeRidder, La. —

 All his life, Roger Rivers, 36, of Zwolle, has lived off the land and wrangled everything from catfish to alligators.

Just a few weeks ago, on September 18, he literally wrestled with a 12 foot, 7 inch gator in the process of “the kill”, to fill the only two tags he was allowed for Toledo Bend Lake.

According to Rivers, who weighs 190 pounds, the 1,190 pound gator attacked the 14-foot aluminum boat he and Michael and Jessie Meshell were in that day.

After another gator hunter failed to get his catch in this particular spot of the lake by September 16, Rivers set his two lines out the next evening just before dark, thinking he would probably get a couple of eight-footers because that’s what he had seen in the area.

Toledo Bend Lake was down about 12 feet, making it difficult to get anything larger than the 14-foot boat Rivers used, to travel to the area where his lines were set.

“We finally got to the spot where my lines were set and noticed both hooks were down,” Rivers said. “And as we approached the first line I noticed there was a little slack in it and that the ground around it was torn up from a gator that was trying to get free.”

Rivers said he didn’t know if the gator had gotten loose, so he picked up the line to take a look and the massive gator “went berzerk”!

“He attacked the boat from underneath and tore loose some of the riveting and put big dents in it,” Rivers said. “He tried to turn us over, but Thank God he wasn’t able to do that.”

While struggling to get the gator from under the boat, the half-ton beast knocked Rivers out of the boat, causing him to tumble head first into the lake, gun and all.

“I did a quick flip in the water and made it back to the boat before he could get ahold of me,” Rivers said. “But my rubber boots were half full of water and it was a struggle.”

Rivers said when he got back into the boat, the gator was still trying to attack, so he asked one of the Meshells where his gun was.

“When they told me my gun went overboard with me, I remembered I had a pistol in the boat too,” Rivers said. “So I grabbed it and started to shoot him (the gator).”

Rivers said it took 12 shots to kill the gator, which obviously would not fit into the 14-foot boat they were in, so the three of them had to drag him to the bank and go back to get the truck.

“We got my truck and backed it as far as we could toward the bank, then we had to wench him up to where we were,” Rivers said. “By this time there was people everywhere trying to see the gator, and it took 15 people to load him into my pickup.”

Rivers other line had the eight-footer he was expecting.

“This whole episode went from a fun alligator hunt to a life and death situation,” Rivers said. “But I absolutely loved it. Love the danger of it all.”

Rivers said his wife Rita doesn’t like to go out on the dangerous hunts anymore and that she worries about him when he goes.

Two of Rivers’ four daughters were hoping to get a couple of tags to fill this year, but it didn’t work out. “They love it too,” he said.
“But this is what I live for,” Rivers said. “The more dangerous the better.”

The Meshells, according to Rivers, were terrified while the attack of the 12-footer was happening, and that he himself was a little frightened when he fell into the water.

“It kind of hit me the next day or so that I could have been killed and I was a little shaken up,” Rivers said, “But that soon passed and I want to go back and do it again.”

Born and raised on the lake, Rivers said it was just in his blood to hunt and that he does it year round.

“I fish, I hunt gators and turtles, I hunt deer and hogs, you name it,” Rivers said. “It’s what I love and I will do it till I die.”

Rivers also catches logger-head (Alligator Snapping) turtles every year between March and August.

This year he got two that weighed over 100 pound each. “I get from 100 to 150 turtles every year,” he said.

“I caught a catfish at Toledo Bend last year that weighed 75 pounds,” Rivers said. “But I don’t just hunt around here. I go all over the state, anywhere I can go.”

Rivers said he might have holes in his jeans but his fishing equipment is always new and pristine.

He also said that about 80 percent of his hunting, even for turtles and gators, is on foot, walking down the banks of the lake with “a few of the guys”.

“This is really hard core stuff that I do,” Rivers said. “And my country skills would really blow people away. I do whatever it takes to make the kill.”

Rivers said he has never been bitten or hurt by the alligators or turtles in all of his 36 years.

The largest gator he has killed so far has been a 14-footer he got a few years ago.

He dresses everything he kills and utilizes every part of whatever he brings in that can be used.

“I don’t do this for the money,” Rivers said. “I don’t do it to make a living off the land. I do it to live off the land. It’s what I do and I love it!”

Rivers was one of those interviewed at the History Channel’s Swamp People Casting Call held at Cecil’s in DeRidder this year, however, he did not get a call back.

“Maybe next year,” Rivers said. “I think I’m a little bit of all of them rolled into one!”

Rivers said he will soon have a Facebook page set up for people to see photos and video footage of some of the things he does and how he “does what he does.”

October 22, 2011

Johnny got his first cross bow deer-

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Our neighbor got his first cross bow deer today hunting his lease.

It was a nice seven point buck with a 16 inch spread.

October 21, 2011

I received this email and thought you might enjoy it! (tks Clyde)

You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good luck, gifts from angels, etc. This is the first time I’ve ever heard this twist on the story. Gives you something to think about…..
Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband’s employer’s home. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house.
The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband’s employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.
As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband. He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment.
Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts. Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny. He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?
Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She casually mention ed that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value. A smile crept across the man’s face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see.. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this? ‘Look at it,’ he said. ‘Read what it says.’ She read the words ‘ United States of America .’ ‘No, not that; read further.’ ‘One cent?’ ‘No, keep reading..’ ‘In God we Trust?’ ‘Yes!’ ‘And… ?’
He explained, ‘And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him. Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as my response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God’s way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful! ‘
When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words, ‘In God We Trust,’ and had to laugh. Yes, God, I get the message.
It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful! And, God is patient..
Thought for the Day:
If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.
If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.
He sends you flowers every spring.
He sends you a sunrise every morning Face it, friend – He is crazy about you!
Send this to every ‘beautiful person’ you wish to bless.
God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.
Read this line very slowly and let it sink in…
If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
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