Archive for January, 2011


January 6, 2011

Did you ever have a great thought you wanted to share with others?  Well, I had one this morning while taking my shower.  The shower is a great place for me to meditate and I’ve had some great thoughts and ideas when I am closed in from the rest of  the world.

After being so excited about this great thought, I got to the office and my mind was blank.  So, maybe it was not such a great thought after all.  I am sure I will recover from my loss of memory at the appropriate time to share it with others…I have to because it seemed so great at the time.

While I was trying to recall my lost thought, suddenly I had Rumpy’s Little German Backerei & Deli on my mind.  Just in case you don’t know…backerei means bakery/baking house in Germany.

One year, Pam and I were taking a different route to Panhandle, Texas for our annual Christmas visit with her family.  Every year or so, we will change our route so we can see different parts of Texas.  Rumpy’s in on I-35 at Gainesville…about an hour from Dallas.  A few years ago, we were taking this route and it was almost lunch time, so I was searching for a new place to eat.  A few miles from  Gainesville I saw a billboard advertising Rumpy’s German Bakery.  While I was in Germany, I really enjoyed German food, so I thought this sounded pretty appetizing.  When we arrived at Rumpy’s, it was a Valero gas station and convenience the bakery.  I was immediately encouraged because there were pickup trucks surrounding the building.  This is always a sign of good food because working men know where the best places are.

We weren’t disappointed.  The deli serves delicious sandwiches made from fresh bread from the bakery.  We ate our sandwiches and purchased some other goodies for the trip.  This included 2 strudels (apple and peach).

A few miles from Gainesville is Fischer’s German Meat Market and we will stop by for bacon, sausage, and cheese.  The meat market is located in the back of a grocery store and around Christmas time the long line reaches the front door.  But, it is worth the wait.

When we traveled to Kansas City to spend Christmas with Lyndsey this year, we went through Gainesville and stopped at Rumpy’s for lunch and to pick up goodies for our holiday.  We changed our route to Kansas City this trip.  Going through Dallas and taking I-35 to KC is about 100 miles further than our usual route, but we are on interstate highways when we leave Tyler.  Lyndsey only lives about five miles from I-35.  Our former route has a lot of small towns and narrow highways, so the drive was not as tiring.

Below are some pictures of Rumpy’s and you can visit their web-site and order some of their tasty treats.

Rumpy’s Little German Backerei & Deli

Deli Counter

Apple Fritter

Apple Fritters

Apple Fritter






Fruit Kolaches

Kolaches (Fruit)

Meat Kolache

 Kolaches (Meat)

Large Pies

Pies (Large)


Strudels (Fruit)

There are times in life when we are really enthused about doing the right thing and being obedient to God’s plans when the things of this world press in on us and we lose focus.  I am not saying Rumpy’s was a distraction from my thoughts.  It came to my mind when thinking about the great time Pam and I had with Lyndsey on our Christmas trip.  I am not a person who believes that Rumpy’s strudel is so good it must be evil.  I believe God provides many wonderful things for us to enjoy and He gets great pleasure in seeing us enjoy those things.  The good things provided by God are just the fringe benefits…not the goal… of our growing relationship with Him.  The important thing is for us to keep our attention and focus on Jesus and never let the things of this world tempt us away from growing in that relationship.




January 4, 2011

 Are corn cobs good for anything?

When I was growing up, biofuel was unknown.  At least it was to me.  I understand that corn cobs are used in making fuel in this present age.  I grew up on a farm and we had a few uses for corn cobs.  Of course, the cows ate the cob along with the corn, so nothing remained.  The pigs ate only the corn, so there were always cobs left in the pig pen.  These cobs were covered with mud and “you know what,” so there were of little use.

So, what do you do with available corn cobs?  You can grind them up and use for bedding for both large and small animals.  They can be used for kindling after they have dried. 

 “Diamond Dry” is made from ground corn cobs to treat baseball diamonds that have been soaked by rain.  You can get back on the diamond in about fifteen minutes.

Back in the day when people used “smoke houses” to cure their meat, cobs could be used to creating smoke.  They were also used in the old wood-burning cook stoves.

My grandmother even used corn cobs for making jelly.  It was actually pretty good.

But my cousins and  I had a much better use for corn cobs.  We used  them for what we called a  “corn cob fight.”  The rules for a “corn cob fight” are THERE ARE NO RULES!!!  These fights are strictly forbidden by parents and when you went back to the house with your head “skint-up,” there was almost a certainty that a “rear-end” adjustment was forthcoming.

The battlefield is the barn, corn crib, and the corrals surrounding them.  Sometimes you chose sides, but often it is every man for himself.  The ammo is found in the pens around the barn and the best selections are wet and heavy with mud and “you know what.”  I always liked to fill a bucket about half full of water and soak my cobs to make them heavier.  If salt was available, I could then rub the cobs in salt.  If you are hit on bare skin with a salted cob and get “skint,” the salt gets in the wound and causes quite a sting.  The wetter the cobs, the faster they traveled and the faster they traveled, the more they hurt.

So, there is a real good use for corn cobs…..COUSINS!!

There are times in our lives when we feel less than useful for anything, anyone, or even God.  If I can find a good use for corn cobs, surely the inventive genius that God is can use each of us in a way we never imagined.  I am sure a corn cob never imagined skinning a cousin’s head.  Just as corn cobs submitted to my trusty right hand, we can be used as God pleases when we are submissive to His plans.  I have been on both sides of the battlefield and believe me…I had rather be serving God than throwing corn cobs at cousins.

2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 107 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 244 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 72mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 17th with 70 views. The most popular post that day was “DEER HUNTING IN STYLE”.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for stan and ollie, fort knox agony and misery, fort knox misery, blue hole east texas, and blue hole texas.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.




“AGONY – MISERY” March 2010


“THE BLUE HOLE” May 2010




“SAND DOLLARS” August 2010