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December 31, 2016

December 2016

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 7:40 pm

Many in the news are talking about what a terrible year 2016 has been.  We disagree… 2016 has been a wonderful year in many ways.  We’ve enjoyed so many privileges.  December was no exception.  Marybelle Armstrong arrived at PG from Redbud Canyon on December 1.  Here’s a picture of her arriving and then with her good friend Mona who came for a visit.  The other 2 pictures are of Mona playing a game with 4 residents, and then petting a wolf with Amy.

marybelle-arrivingmarybelle-and-monamona-and-4-residentsamy-and-mona-petting-wolves

Clinton did okay for several weeks, then went downhill quickly.  He had 3 falls in 2 days, maybe from a TIA.  We took him to the emergency room, he was admitted to the hospital for 8 days, then went to a nursing home in Conroe.  Here he’s playing a game of chess with Marybelle.  She had a lot of patience!  Clinton is somewhat better, but certainly needs to be in a nursing home.   Marybelle (and Alice) love to pet Bambi, and all the dogs and cats.  Marybelle tried to pet the Hoffman’s Great Pyrenees goat guard dogs through the electric fence, got shocked, jumped and screamed… now she can’t get the (usually very friendly) dogs to come close to her!  Too bad we don’t have a picture!

clinton-and-marybelle-playing-chessbambi-and-marybelle

Raymond (91) and Ruth (86) had birthdays in December.

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The Spunagle family stopped in briefly on their way to Galveston for a cruise.  The second picture is of Glenn and myself.  Glenn (who owns Redbud Canyon) was a big help when I was getting PG started.

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The Bolts and Nordics visited, as did Chris Burden visiting his aunt Doris.

bolts-and-nordicschris-and-doris

Tom Davis made a fire pit for us, and delivered it.  We’re glad he had time for lunch with some of his old friends.

tom-davis-with-fire-pitsfire-pit

The Birkhofers came for a visit.  The Westerburs came to see John.

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Finally… our grandson Dylan Kelleher is wearing a helmet to reshape his head.  Sorry, this picture isn’t relevant to the residence, but it was too cute to pass up.

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Happy New Year!

Ken

 

 

November 30, 2016

November 2016

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 5:40 pm

Ray brought Clinton Goff from Virginia to be our 8th resident in November.  Clinton is in worse condition than our other residents… but is slowly adjusting to PG.  Clinton’s cousin, Don Lewis, who lives near here came to visit with Clarence.  Don said Clinton has several strikes against him, physical, mental and being a Goff!  Takes one to know one.  The cousins are visiting on the couch in the picture below.

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Tomorrow Marybelle Armstrong is to join us from Redbud Canyon.  I’ll include that in the December blog.

Other visitors (that we have pictures of) included Jim Stipp, Delbert and Penny Lewis, Robert and Linda Klepzig, and then Marie and Joyce.  Mike Callaway and Dave Larson are here visiting today.

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There were about 30 here for Thanksgiving, most shown in the 2 pictures below.

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Patrick Kelleher (our son-in-law who works here at PG) had a birthday.  His little son Dylan got a helmet to help straighten his misshapen head.

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Here’s Naomi and Roger in the nursing home.  Naomi seems to be gradually improving… we see her up more, and her attitude is good.  Roger is basically completely deaf now… we have to write notes to him, but his spirits are good.  Teresa Goff is in bed more, but is in good spirits.  She’s aware her brother-in-law Clinton is here, but we haven’t been able to take him in to see her yet.

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Kathy and I made our yearly trip to Aberdeen Scotland.  A few pictures of our friends there for those who may know them.

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Ty has a longhorn cow and a young bull (not related) that will be a longhorn eventually.  The bull follows the cow around like it’s scared.  Bambi (who is growing horns, so is a he) is now sporting a red collar.  Hopefully that will be enough for hunters to notice, now that it’s deer hunting season.  He’s free to roam, but stays close.

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Ken

 

October 31, 2016

October 2016

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Senior Residence — knewman @ 5:10 pm

October has been a busy, wonderful month.  The pecan harvest keeps us busy, and the conventions were wonderful.  All 7 residents were at Georgetown full-time.  John, Alice, and Dad were at Mountain Peak.

One big event was Elton’s 99th birthday.  We brought Roger from the nursing home.  Elton’s daughters Karen and Cheryl were able to join us by Skype.

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Elton’s son, David, came for a visit and took Elton to Georgetown.  Sandra Wilson (Doris’s sister) and Carol Bush came for a visit. We only got a picture of Sandra petting Bambi.

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Alda and Ann Blakemore came to visit.  Ann was a coworker with Doris.  Here they are with Ruth and Doris, adn then with John, Dominique and Mimi.

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Bobby Sylvia was at Georgetown (below visiting with Doris).  He came back to PG with us.  Then Glenn Sparks came by and picked him up… they were headed to Effie.  Bobby was in our home a lot when when I was a kid.

bobby-with-dorisglenn-and-bobby

The Howdens are now living in Willis.  Deniese spent a day helping out at PG.  Here she’s with Salena and myself.  Jim Stipp is here visiting today.  He knew Samuel in Monteray when Samuel was a kid.

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We’re having a reasonable pecan harvest this year, which is nice after having no harvest last year.  Last year the wet spring caused scab, then the crows and squirrels ate all that was left!  This year, we had a wet spring again but we sprayed for scab 5 times.  We had almost no squirrels or crows.  And so we have pecans!  For the first time we’ve identified the types of pecans, and are keeping them separate.  The Pawnees (red on the map below) came in in late September, followed by the Cheyenes (green), then the Chocataws (orange) and finally the Desirables (yellow).  We have about 7 native (N) pecan trees, and have planted a lot of Kiowas (pink), but they aren’t big enough to bear yet.  There are 4 trees (blue) that we aren’t sure what they are, but they have huge pecans like the one shown below.

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The pecan harvesting involves shaking the tree, picking them up off the ground with the harvester and running them through the cleaner which uses a big air blower to seperate out the leaves, limbs, etc.  The pecans come out on a conveyor belt and people have to pick out the stones and bad pecans.  Below Amy, Ty, Dad and John are heloing Samuel clean the pecans.  John has found a new use for his golf cart!  After this the pecans are put on drying racks to dry, then sometimes they have to be run through the cleaner again to blow out the empty pecans.

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Ty added a cow to his longhorn heard, so now he has a bull and a cow.  Sandy and Bambi are good friends.

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Ken

September 30, 2016

September 2016

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 6:49 pm

In September Bambi lost her spots!  Ok, maybe that wasn’t the most important thing that happened in September, but it was interesting to see how fast it happened.  Here are pictures of her at the beginning and end of the month.  She escaped from her pen for a day or so… then came back.  Now she follows Samuel around like a puppy.

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The residents are doing well.  Jean fell and thought she broke her arm, but it wasn’t broken, and she soon recovered use of it.  Raymond had a few falls but seems to be doing fine.  They cut back on the pain medications for Doris… she’s more “with it” and doesn’t seem to have pain.

Terry and Cathy Lawrence came to visit Doris.  We took a group picture which includes the Lawrences (including Joyce who isn’t related), all the residents, Dad, Kathy and myself.

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Marilyn, Joyce, and Jennifer visited, shown here with Alice.  Diann and Patty came for the bible study one morning.

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Jean turned 93.  Her good friends, Don and Clarence visited here today, pictured with Elton and Hannah in the background.  John had enough fish for another fish fry… so we had 26 here for lunch.

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Elton had this picture taken at the nursing home with Roger, Naomi and Teresa (and Hannah).  All 3 do well, though Teresa seems to be in bed most of the time when we visit.  The Nordic’s have a pet wolf, Zeus, who lives here now, shown here with 3 of our grandchildren and myself.

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The pecan harvest has started.  There is one of the 8 varieties we have, called Pawnees, that is ready for harvest earlier than the other varieties.  So far we’ve only been harvesting Pawnees.  They are more susceptible to scab than the other varieties, and we had a very wet Spring, so the yield isn’t very good, but it’s a lot better than last year!  Last year the squirrels and crows wiped out much of the crop… this year there are very few squirrels and crows.  We’ve been hunting the few that are here… hopefully the numbers won’t increase for the rest of the harvest.  The pictures show the tractor shaking a tree and then Dad pulling the  harvester, picking the pecans up off the ground.

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A business acquaintance that has a helicopter came to visit and gave us rides.  This picture was taken from the helicopter.  The Sr. Residence is in the foreground, and the pecan orchard in the background.

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Ken

 

August 31, 2016

August 2016

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 4:26 pm

August turned from dry to wet… we’re glad for the rain… the pecans are looking good.  All here are doing reasonably well.  John caught enough fish for another fish fry.  Elton went to visit his daughter Cheryl and Jim Hutchinson in Olympia Washington, and was at the Olympia 2 convention!  Almost 99 year old jet setter!  Here’s Elton with Cheryl, then Jim and Cheryl with an old friend, Jean Larson.

Cheryl and EltonJim, Jean, Cheryl

The Lopez family visited from Dallas.  Dad turned 83, here with John, Salena and Kenny.  Some of the friends in France asked Kathy and myself why we weren’t fatter!  Everytime they look at the blog they see birthday cakes.

Lopez family from DallasJack's 83rd

Elton visits the 3 in the nursing home each week… Naomi, Roger and Teresa.  Naomi continues to do a little better… is dressed more often.  Teresa is in bed in this picture but is up and dressed sometimes.

Naomi, Elton and RogerNaomi, Roger and Teresa

Ty and Amy Nordic are still in the process of moving here… currently staying in the cabin.  Here Ty is entertaining us, then Ty and Amy with Larry and Jan Pierce who were visiting from Georgetown.

Ty and Amy NordicAmy, Ty, Larry, Jan

Clarence and Don visit from time to time… less often than before since there is now a meeting at Clarence’s.  Bud and Mary Aldrich from the Fort Worth area visited Ruth.

Clarence and DonBud and Mary Aldrich with Ruth

We had several other visitors, but unfortunately no pictures.  Two pictures from France, both from McDonalds.  You enter your order, pay for it, and get a receipt at the computer screen… then go to the counter to collect your order.  Dogs are welcome.

McDonaldsDog at McDonalds

Ken

 

 

 

 

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