Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

April 20, 2012

Paul with a nice jug blue catfish

Paul has to show his grand-son Caleb

who is the best at catching cat fish

on jugs.

April 19, 2012

On the Bright Side – April 18, 2012 – Mary Howell

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 12:12 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell


The following article was sent to me.  The author is unknown.  I pray that the presentation will be thought provoking and a blessing to all.

The Resume of Jesus Christ

Address: Ephesians 1:20

Phone: Romans 10:13



My name is Jesus – The Christ. Many call me Lord!  I’ve sent you my resume because I’m seeking the top management position in your heart.  Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resume.


Qualifications – I founded the earth and established the heavens.  (Proverbs 3:19)

I formed man from the dust of the ground (See Genesis 2:7)

I breathed into man the breath of life. (See Genesis 2:7)

I redeemed man from the curse of the law. (See Genesis 3:13)

The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant come upon your life through me. (See Genesis 3:14)


Occupational Background – I’ve had only one employer. (See Luke 2:49)

I’ve never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful.

My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me. (See Matthew 3:15-17)


Skills Work Experiences – Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised. (See Luke 4:18)

I am a Wonderful Counselor. (See Isaiah 9:6).  People who listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil.  (See Proverbs 1:33)

Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of your sins.  (See 1 John 1:7-9)


Educational Background – I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom and understanding.  (See Proverbs 2:6)

In me are hid all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (See Colossians 2:3)

My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path. (See Psalms 119:105).

I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart. (See Psalms 44:21)


Major Accomplishments – I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times. (See Genesis 1:26)

I laid down my life so that you may live. (See II Corinthians 5:15)

I defeated the arch enemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly. (See Colossians 2:15)

I’ve miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead!

There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot – The Bible. You don’t need an Internet connection or computer to access my website.


References – Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healing, salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance.


In Summation – Now that you’ve read my resume, I’m confident that I’m the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart.  In summation, I will properly direct your paths.  (See Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life. (See John 6:47).  When can I start?  Time is of the essence. (See Hebrews 3:15).



April 18, 2012

April 18, 2012

Fish Hatchery Closed due to 2011 Drought

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:42 am

Continued Lack of Rain Forces Suspension of Operations at Dundee Fish Hatchery

ATHENS—Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) officials have announced that operations at the Dundee State Fish Hatchery near Wichita Falls will be suspended effective immediately due to a lack of sufficient water.

“Although many parts of the state recently received good rains, the area west of Wichita Falls around Lakes Kemp and Diversion did not,” said Todd Engeling, director of hatchery operations for TPWD. “Lake Kemp remains at an elevation of approximately 1,126 feet, only one foot above the level at which the hatchery is not authorized to use water from the lake. As a result, operations at the Dundee Fish Hatchery will be temporarily suspended until conditions in Lake Kemp improve.”

The Dundee hatchery is one of the state’s primary producers of striped bass and hybrid striped bass fingerlings for stocking into Texas public waters. “Production of striped bass and hybrid striped bass fingerlings remains a high priority, because they support valuable and popular sport fisheries throughout the state,” Engeling added. “We will be adjusting normal production plans and shift efforts at other facilities away from largemouth bass to produce striped bass and hybrid striped bass fingerlings. Our goal is to balance the priorities and needs for both species in supporting fisheries management efforts with available hatchery space.”

April 17, 2012

Pendleton Golf Tournament Winners – 041412

George Johnson, Jaxon Page, Anthony Page, Clyde Brewer and Jim Kirby won the April golf tournament at Pendleton Harbor Golf Course with a score of 10 under par.


Second Place went to Gerry Chau, B. T. Skelton, Kevin Dutton and Freddie Keel with a score of seven under par.


Nearest to the Pin Winners” were

Clifton Orr and Jeffrey Bailey

The Pendleton Harbor Golf Tournament is played on the 2nd Saturday of each month.  It is a scramble format and all are welcome.

April 16, 2012

Canadian Geese on Toledo Bend Lake

Filed under: Birds — Freddie Keel @ 6:53 am

This video was taken about one month ago.  The birds were feeding under a corn game feeder.  Now one month later, we are starting to see some baby geese.

April 15, 2012

Blues are still biting

When mom holds up this nice blue cat,

her beautiful baby is sorta ok.


When papaw holds up the same blue cat fish,

check out the baby’s bottom lip.

April 14, 2012


Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:19 am

One huge Blue Catfish that weighed 82 pounds


April 13, 2012

End of the Osprey Story

A pair of Osprey built their nest on top of a

Cypress tree stump

when lake was eleven feet low.


Heavy rains caused the lake level in rise.


the water just kept coming

and it appeared their nest would inundated.


High waves destroyed their nest.

The pair of Osprey are still in the area

and return to their Cypress stump

for time to time.

April 12, 2012

2011 Texas Drought takes some of our beautiful trees

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:33 am

This is just one of the big Southern Red Oaks

along our highway frontage

that died due to the 2011 Texas Drought.

This tree must have been over 100 years old.


Thanks to Campbell Timber Company

providing free hardwood seedlings

through Lufkin Chamber of Commerce,

we were able to plant in areas

where the drought took our mature trees.


(Reuters) – The massive drought that has dried out Texas over the past year has killed as many as half a billion trees, according to new estimates from the Texas Forest Service.

“In 2011, Texas experienced an exceptional drought, prolonged high winds, and record-setting temperatures,” Forest Service Sustainable Forestry chief Burl Carraway told Reuters on Tuesday. “Together, those conditions took a severe toll on trees across the state.”

He said that between 100 million and 500 million trees were lost. That figure does not include trees killed in wildfires that have scorched an estimated 4 million acres in Texas since the beginning of 2011. A massive wildfire in Bastrop, east of Austin in September that destroyed 1,600 homes, is blamed for killing 1.5 million trees.

The tree loss is in both urban and rural areas and represents as much as 10 percent of all the trees in the state, Carraway said.

“This is a generational event,” Barry Ward, executive director of the nonprofit Trees for Houston, which supports forestry efforts, told Reuters on Tuesday. “Mature trees take 20 or 30 years to re-grow. This will make an aesthetic difference for decades to come.”

He said the loss will affect the state in many ways. For example, there is increased fire danger because all the dead trees are now fuel, Ward said.

Scattered rain and snow has only recently put a dent in the historic drought. The one-year period between November 1, 2010 and October 31, 2011 was the driest in the state’s history, according to State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon. Along with the drought has come punishing hot weather. The National Weather Service said the months of June through August in Texas were the hottest three-month period ever reported by any state in American history.

The drought and heat caused many trees to go into dormancy in the middle of the summer as a self-preservation measure, leaving them without adequate nourishment, said forester Clay Bales of the Texas Forest Service.

Officials say the dead trees include all types, from pine to deciduous trees, and the carnage is seen all across the state.

The Texas Forest Service says aerial mapping will be used in a more in-depth study in the spring, to see whether any of the trees that have gone into early dormancy may bounce back. But with 63 million acres of forest land in the state, it could take as much as 10 years to get a real inventory of the damage from the drought.

Forest Resource Analyst Chris Edgar said that trees and forests are amazingly resilient.

“Loss of trees due to adverse weather conditions is something that is a part of the natural process of the forest,” said Edgar, who works for the Texas Forest Service.

One of the worst areas of die-off occurred in the part of east Texas known as the Piney Woods, he said. That is one of the country’s leading producers of wood and paper products. It is still unclear what the long-term damage may be to that industry, which is one of the largest agricultural employers in the state.

Carraway said that what Mother Nature has damaged, Mother Nature can repair.

“Assuming the rainfall levels get back to normal, I certainly see the forest being able to recover,” he said.

April 11, 2012

On The Bright Side – 4/11/12 – Mary Howell

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:15 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell


David Ener


This week’s On The Bright Side is dedicated in honor of David Ener who has made his home at Hemphill Care Center for the past 13 years.


The son of Bill and Onie Ener, David was born in Jasper on November 21, 1950 and grew up in Nederland.


His childhood was difficult since he was born with one leg shorter than the other.  His disability did not stop him from going to school or from graduating from Nederland High School.  When David was a little boy, he often came to Sabine County to visit his grandparents, Hartman and Sletie Ener and Mrs. Mittie Smith.  His grandmother Smith lived up the road from the First Baptist Church parsonage.  David would slip away from his grandmother’s house and come to Bro Howell’s house.  He was about 4 years old at the time. My mother would give him treats and snacks when he came to our house to play Chinese checkers with me.


After he had graduated from high school in 1969, the Ener family moved to Yellowpine where David continued to live until 1999.  David was able to get a job at Temple Inland where he would work for 14 years. 


David attended the Macedonia Baptist Church where he led the singing and his sister, Kathy, played the piano for worship services.  He also helped in Vacation Bible School several years.  David lived in Yellowpine until his parents died.


His friends often teased him and called him the “Mayor” of Yellowpine since he knew everything that happened in the community.  At Christmas time he would play Santa Claus at the church’s Christmas pageant.  He would dress up in a Santa suit.  He often rode in the car with the Sabine County sheriff during the Christmas and western Day parades.


David is a “one-of-a kind’ guy.  He has many friends.  He faithfully calls his friends on the phone and writes letter.  He also sends get-well and birthday cards to those he loves.  He loves to sing specials during worship services at the Care Center.  Every song he sings is about Jesus.  Some of his favorites are “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”,  “I Know A Man Who Can”, and “Thank You Lord For Your Blessings on Me”.


He is always willing to share his testimony and give a devotional when he is asked to do so. Every day he is thankful to God for every day he has to serve God.


About ten years ago, David had to have a knee surgery which eventually led to amputation of his leg.  But this doesn’t stop David. He enjoys life.  He plays bingo, dominoes and forty-two.  He is always ready to help someone.  He is a whiz at doing word puzzles such as Jumble, Word sleuth and working crossword puzzles.


For those of us who know David the best, we are truly blessed to have a loyal friend.

Taken from the words of his favorite song… “Many things about tomorrow, David does not understand but he knows God holds the future and he knows God holds his hand”.


April 11, 2012


Mary’s Note:  This tribute for David was written before his death.  He had the privilege of reading it just one day before he died on Friday, April 6, 2012.


Good Bye David

Thanks for the memories

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