Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

August 31, 2012

A Tale of Woe..

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 5:43 am
A class of aspiring young psychiatrists, who completed their undergraduate work at universities all over the country, were attending their first class on emotional extremes.
“Just to establish some parameters,” said the professor to the student from UCLA,

“what is the opposite of joy”?

“Sadness,” said the student.

“And the opposite of depression?”

he asked the young woman graduate from Rutgers.
“Elation,” she answered promptly.
“And you,” he pointed to the Texas Aggie.

“How about the opposite of woe”?

The Aggie replied, “Well, sir, I believe that would be giddy up!”

August 30, 2012

How to remove a fish hook

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 5:51 am

August 29, 2012

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell- August 29, 2012

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:01 am

On The Bright Side

By Mary Howell


Although the August temperatures soared near 100 degrees, the residents of Hemphill Care Center enjoyed several cool treats while celebrating the National Homemade Ice Cream Day, the National Watermelon Day, and the National Banana Split Day. 

On August 1st a homemade ice cream contest featured several different flavors of ice cream. The winner of the contest was strawberry cheesecake made by our physical therapy team.

We express our appreciation to our August Bingo sponsors for coming to play Bingo with us and supplying the nice prizes for the winners. Sponsors include: Hemphill Church of Christ, April from Texas Home Health, American Legion Post #197, Parkway Baptist Church, Lorene from Consolidated Health Care, Camille from River City Hospice, Brother G from Heart to Heart Hospice, and Juanita and Melissa.

The Resident Council met August 2nd and named April from Texas Home Health Volunteer of the Month, Myra Courson Resident of the Month, and Employees of the Month are Juanita Merchant and Amber Gottschauld.

We say ‘Happy Birthday’ to Estella Tibbs who was our only resident to have an August birthday.       

On August 15th we enjoyed entertainment by The Pineywood Pickers, and music with Mary Welch and Resse McGraw on the following Monday.

Our hearts were blessed with worship and gospel singing provided by Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, Community Fellowship Church, First Baptist Church, Hemphill Church of Christ, Fairdale Baptist Church, Parkway Baptist Church, Bethany Baptist Church, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  We also enjoyed Bible study with Brandi.

We say ‘thank you’ to the Ladies Auxiliary Post #10351 for treating us to chips and dip last Tuesday afternoon. 

We look forward to other activities including a ‘thank you’ party for the Med-Aids and a Newcomer Social on Thursday afternoon. We also look forward to a Friday concert by CJ the One Man Band.

We express our sympathy to the families of Doris Bryant, Earl Reed, Jo Ann Kelley, and Harrietta Selby in the loss of their loved ones.  

We have had several guests who have brightened our days by taking the time to visit us. Some of these friends include Dean and Nancy Schober of Dallas, Linda Lout of Houston, and Lester and Kay Fatheree of Granbury.

May God bless and give to all a day on the bright side.  

August 28, 2012

Garrett erects electric fence to protect water melons

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 6:11 am

first he drives stakes around the perimeter

and attached insulators to the stake.


Next he un-spools the wire.


after securing the wire

to the insulators on each stake,

he attached wire to charger.

He drives metal rod into ground

for the ground rod.

And finally attached wires to a six volt battery.

Our watermelon patch has been attacked

by small predators that chew on every watermelon.

We don’t know if they are rats, squirrels or ???

Hopefully, the electric fence will let them know

they are not welcome.

August 27, 2012

Cheating alleged in fishing tourney

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:20 am

Seven people charged with fraud in Ladies Kingfish event

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Seven people who participated in the Ladies Kingfish Tournament were arrested this week on allegations that they cheated in the fishing competition, authorities said.

A game warden said four women participating as a team and three others engaged in a fraud to enter a fish in the tournament that had not been caught during the competition. The team won second place in a side bet called a “Calcutta” competition, with a prize of about $5,000, Game Warden Jason Duke said.

Arrested Sunday on a state jail felony charge of “fraud in a fishing tournament” were Stacy M. McMillen, 31, of Laguna Vista; Judith C. Schroder, 56, of Lyford; Jose M. Cavazos, 67, of Combes; Jose “Meme” Cavazos, 33, of Combes; David Lynn Garcia, 39, of Bulverde; Andrina M. Cavazos, 31, of Combes; and Ada P. Guijarro, 45, of Laguna Vista, authorities said.

McMillen, Schroder, Guijarro and Andrina Cavazos were entered in the tournament as a team that called itself Nice Tails, Duke said.

Officials of the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the Ladies Kingfish Tournament that was held Aug. 9-11, did not return repeated calls from a reporter on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Duke, a game warden for Kenedy County, stated in an affidavit that he discovered the seven were involved in a fraud to enter a fish in competition that was not caught by the persons entering it and not caught during the contest.

On Aug. 11 while patrolling Port Mansfield, he and Game Warden Oscar Castañeda inspected a boat at the north board ramp, Duke said in the statement. He stated he recognized the boat operator as Jose “Meme” Cavazos, who had several female passengers wearing blue shirts with “Nice Tails” embroidered on the back.

A man was waiting for the party in the boat ramp parking lot, Duke reported. Duke stated he planned to conduct a routine inspection of the boat’s safety equipment.

The unidentified man told Duke the fishing team was in a hurry to make the tournament weigh-in, and had already been inspected while at sea by Game Warden Robbie Robinson.

Duke stated he agreed to allow the fishing team to proceed to the weigh-in.

The man carried a blue cooler and Duke stated he “observed them select the fish that they would weigh in and place them in the cooler,” which were spotted sea trout and red drum, Duke said.

Duke reported he observed that two of the larger spotted sea trout that were placed in the cooler appeared to have red discoloration on their bellies, anal fins and tails that would indicate that they were held captive and “were not caught during the tournament, but rather caught days prior and held in a device to keep them alive for the tournament.”

Duke reported this information to other game wardens, asking them to watch the group when they weighed the fish at tournament site at South Point Marina in Port Isabel.

On Aug. 16, Duke stated, game wardens obtained a statement that “Meme” Cavazos made phone calls the day of the tournament “asking an accomplice to provide a flounder for the team to weigh in at the tournament in Port Isabel.” The flounder was provided to “Jo” Cavazos and David Garcia to transfer to the team, according to the affidavit. Duke said he did not see a flounder in the group’s catch.

No court date has yet been set for the cases, Duke said Wednesday.

Bonds were set at $10,000 for McMillen; $5,000 for “Meme” Cavazos; and $2,000 each for Schroder, Jose Cavazos, Garcia, Andrina Cavazos, and Guijarro.

The cases have been turned over to the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office, Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Bennie Ochoa said, adding “The DA might change the charges or just send them on to the grand jury.”

August 26, 2012







Years ago the Reader’s Digest magazine had a section titled “The Most Unforgettable Character I Ever Met” in which readers sent in stories about people who had touched their lives.  Were it still in existence I would have to write about the Cowboy Preacher, Rev. B. B. Crimm.  I was quite young when I met him, and for only a short time, but his preaching made me see the error of my ways.  I was all of 13 when Rev. Crimm preached a revival at First Baptist Church in San Augustine in 1949 on the topic of “hell”.  He scared me into accepting Christ as my Savior, and being baptized.

Rev. Crimm was an imposing figure, six-feet – three inches tall, rawboned, wearing cowboy boots and a ten gallon hat most of the time.  He preached about hell as though he was born and reared there.  His unusual antics in the pulpit created much interest and his large tent would always be full of people wanting to see and hear more.

Crimm was born in Van Zandt County, Texas, in 1886, which is also famous for its annual Fire Ant Festival.  That event features the hottest chili this side of Perdition.  His parents named him Bertie Bridges Crimm, which he understandably shortened to B.B. Crimm.  Later he accepted the sobriquet “Cowboy Crimm”, probably because of his career as a rodeo performer and a cattle rustler before he lit out down the Sawdust trail of preaching.

A third grade dropout, Crimm nevertheless graduated in 1912 from Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas, after lettering in four sports.  He did post-graduate work at Baylor University in Waco.

Crimm came out of his rodeo and rustling careers with a fine sense of crowd-pleasing theatrics.  It is said that he once mounted a pulpit in Paducah, Ky., the way a cowboy mounts a horse from behind.

During his first three years as a preacher, he was pastor of 23 different churches.  This was not a reflection of extraordinary demand.  It was a consequence of frequently being hired on Sunday morning and fired on Sunday evening.

I can recall him jumping on top of a piano one night during his sermon.  He tended to perspire (sweat, in East Texas) a lot and kept wiping his face and forehead with his handkerchief.  After a few uses he would drape the wet hanky over the rail to dry while he pulled a fresh one out of his pocket.  At the end of his sermon there might be three or four wet hankies drying on the rail.

Evangelist Crimm first came to San Augustine in August of 1918.  He roared into town in a Ford truck, with a trailer loaded with fox hounds trailing along behind.  He pitched his tent near the railroad tracks in what was known as the community cotton yards.  He wanted to be where the people were.  He preached his message each night in a four-week revival that shook San Augustine as never before.  His tent was filled to capacity each night .

An incident occurred in Nacogdoches in which someone walked up to the pulpit in mid-sermon and handed Crimm a note.  The intrepid preacher read it aloud.  The author expressed his desire to kill the evangelist.  Without breaking rhythm, Cowboy opined that the next morning at 10 o’clock would be a good time to try it since he intended to be walking down Main street in Nacogdoches with his pistols strapped to his hips.  Crimm was good as his word.  The would-be-assassin failed to show up but the tent that night was packed with sinners eager to hear the cowboy’s message.  Most people think that Crimm wrote the note himself.

Crimm has his own way of dealing with hecklers.  To one of them, he said, “Inside this tent I am Brother Crimm, but outside it I’m just plain old B.B.  Would you like to settle this in here or out there?”  On another occasion somebody put a drunk up to heckling the preacher.  The 6-foot-three Crimm walked away from the pulpit, gave the lush a Sunday punch, and walked back to announce, “The next one who comes in like that is going out on a stretcher.”

Crimm did not believe in conversion by the sword. His tool of choice was the six-gun.  He often laid a pistol on the pulpit prior to his preaching.  After the introductory formalities and song service, he was known to grab the gun, fire a few shots into the air right through the top of the tent, and by this act let the folks know that what was to follow was serious business.  It kept his tent man, Charlie Rogers, busy repairing the holes.  Rogers got so good at patching these holes that after Crimm died he segued into the manufacture of tents, the Aquila and Priscilla Tent Company in Waco, Texas.  All of this from just a few comparatively harmless bullet holes out of one B. B. gun – probably a Colt .45.

In Tyler, Texas in the mid 1940s in the wake of Mordecai Ham, who had converted Billy Graham, Crimm preached a sermon entitled, “Why Drunkards Who Beat Their Wives and Drive Fords Go To Hell”.  He was gunning for a particular sinner in town, one who eventually was converted.

One night in a meeting attended by more than one thousand people, a woman came forward saying, “Oh, Brother Grimm, I have come to lay my tongue on the altar.”  The woman was a noted gossip in the community.  Bro. Crimm replied, “I’m sorry Ma’am, our altar is only eight feet long, but you go and put whatever part of it you are able to get on it!”

Bro. Crimm loved to fox hunt.  Every time he came to San Augustine he would bring several fox hounds with him.  After night services he and a group of local fox hunters, including my dad, Cecil, Dave Sibley, and Cecil Jones among them, would spend the rest of the night chasing the elusive fox.

The end of the trail came for Cowboy Crimm during the middle of a revival he was holding in Cuero, Texas.  He had made a trip back home for his wife’s birthday and had a car accident near Marshall which broke his neck. He died on a rainy December 1st, 1950.  The man who took over the revival in Cuero and then took over Crimm’s tent ministry was Lester Roloff.  Roloff had been the pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Thus ended the life of an evangelist who is credited with leading more that 140,000 souls to belief in Christ.  Bro. Crimm’s epitaph in the Algona cemetery near Marshall reads, “I have fought a good fight”.  If there had been enough room for the full story of his life on the granite slab, it might also have read, “I have fought a colorful fight”, or “I have fought a long fight”.  He was, indeed, the most unforgettable character I ever met.






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August 25, 2012


Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:36 am

(borrowed from a friend’s blog     —–    http://cb75948.wordpress.com/)

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE

“If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.

“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”

 3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.

“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.

“Because I said so, that’s why.”

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC…

“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.

“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”

7. My mother taught me IRONY.

“Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.

“Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTION-ISM.

“Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck?”

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA…

“You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.

“This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.

“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.

“I brought you into this world, and I can take you out…”

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.

“Stop acting like your father!”

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.

“There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.

“Just wait until we get home.”

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.

“You are going to get it when you get home!”

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.

“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.”

19. My mother taught me ESP.

“Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”

20. My mother taught me HUMOR.

“When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.

“If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.

“You’re just like your father.”

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.

“Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?”

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.

“When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”

And my favorite:

25. My mother taught me about JUSTICE.

“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!”

Only you folks my age understand these profound statements!!! But, there is one missing from this list~~my personal all time favorite!!!

My mother (and father) taught me about CHOICE.

“Do you want me to stop this car?”

August 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Tadpole

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 6:40 pm

Yep, made it to age 72.

Glenda’s Muscadine Jelly

after harvesting the muscadine grapes,

she cooks them and later will separate

the pulp from the juice.

I offered  to smash them with my feet

and collect the juice in that manner.


Once she has the juice,

the magic starts of converting

to jelly.


the finished product


yum yum on a hot buttered biscuit

August 23, 2012

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – August 23, 2012

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:03 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell


America lost a beloved friend and respected television icon when Andy Griffith passed away at the age of 86.  Andy Griffith who played Andy Taylor on the Andy Griffith show won a place in the hearts of his viewers  The death of Andy Griffith on July 3, 2012 seemed to be the end of an era when life was simple and secure.


Born on June 1, 1926 in Mt Airy, North Carolina, Andy’s first career ambition was to be an opera singer. Later, he decided he wanted to become a Moravian preacher and enrolled as a pre-divinity student at University Of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. 


He became involved in drama and music and graduated with a degree in Music in 1949.  Griffith taught high school music for three years before starting his career as n entertainer.  A monologue “What It Was Was Football” was released in 1953 and became one of the most popular monologues of all times.


His career gave him many opportunities such as being on Broadway and acting in plays such as “No Time for Sergeants”, “Destry Rides Again”, “A Face In the Crowd”, The Steve Allen Show and others.


His popularity soared when he starred in the Andy Griffith show with Don Knotts as his deputy sidekick. Andy always played the “good guy” and always seemed “down to earth”.  He was like an old friend who came to visit in our homes every week.


Some of the shows that stand out in my mind are when Opie, played by Ron Howard shot a small bird with his  BB gun.  Andy’s simple psychology taught his  son and other viewers that guns are dangerous and life is not to be taken for granted.


Another show that brought laughter to my Daddy was when Don Knotts tried to sing a solo in the church choir.  Poor ole Barney couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket so Andy arranged to get a substitute to sing his solo for him.  He didn’t want to embarrass his friend.


Another show that made everyone laugh when Otis, the town drunk, would show up and would lock himself up in the Mayberry jail cell.


We can never forget Aunt Bee who won a place in Andy’s heart as his housekeeper and cook.  Regardless of what Aunt Bee cooked, Andy would always say “This is good”!


The Andy Griffith show lasted for eight years but after more than four decades, TV lovers still enjoy the simple life on Mayberry by watching the re-runs.


Andy Griffith made us smile and gave us a life on the bright side.



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