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July 31, 2014

July 2014

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 1:01 am

The residents at PG are doing well.  There’s always something happening… Esther broke her hearing aid, Mary Jane lost her glasses, Bea can’t figure out how to turn off her new electric toothbrush, Teresa’s blood is too thin so she has to have it tested every week… but overall, they’re doing well.

Dominique and Mireille Mille completed the purchase of 11 acres of forest on the back side of PG, along with an easement through PG to access their land.  Jeff Chenault put a driveway in for them.  They have a builder lined up to start building a house on their property in September.   Here’s a picture of Jeff, Ken, Kathy, Mireille and Dominique at the entry into their property, and the driveway that Jeff was building between the pecan orchard and the power lines.

Jeff, Ken, Kathy, Mireille, DominiqueMill driveway under powerlines

Our addresses are changing slightly.  With several homes and businesses entering through the same gate, we were required to assign letters to them so if there is a 911 call the emergency vehicles would know where to go.  The addresses are all 929 State Highway 150, even though the Mille property is no longer part of PG.  The only place without a letter is the residence.  Now they are::

929  - Sr. Residence

929A – bunk house

929B – Hoffman home

929C – Valdez home

929D – Athena Engineering

929E – Cormorant Engineering

929F – Ken and Kathy Newman home – under construction

929G – Cabin – Dominique and Mireille are renting the cabin until their house is built.

929H – Mille home – to be built

My parents place has its own driveway (even though it is part of the PG property) so it has it’s own number:

987 – Jack and Leona Newman home

Sorry for all that detail… hopefully our addresses will stay the same for a long time now!

We added another part-time staff member, Macy,  in July, because Melissa continues to have poor health.  The picture below shows 4 of the staff, Jennifer, Andrea, Macy and Salena.  The second picture is of Bryce and Emma Mille (kids of Pierre and Crystal) playing with the twins, Maren and Maven.

Jennifer, Andrea, Macy, SalenaBryce, Maren, Maven, Emma

We didn’t get pictures of the other visitors in July, which included Heidi Angus, Scott, Brenda and Oliver Lee, Ed and Linda Lloyd and Trevor and Heather Chenault.

In July we had the first cutting of hay, and the figs were ripe.   Doris proved she could eat a dozen fresh figs in a few minutes!  They didn’t last long.

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We found an interesting and scary looking caterpillar!


Kathy and I are in France with Kathy’s cousin and husband, Marcia and Jack Cahill.  Kenny and Salena will join us in time for the convention which starts Saturday.  These were the folks in the bible study at Roudiy’s yesterday… Roudiys, Barnes, Cahills and Newmans.

Wed PM chez Roudiy


June 29, 2014

June 2014

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Senior Residence — knewman @ 5:50 pm

The longest day of the year has already past!  Now for a hot and humid summer.  We’re receiving plenty of rain.  We made a big effort to repair the irrigation system for the pecan trees, so that should guarantee that we won’t need it this summer!

All the residents are doing well.  Bea had a cold in June but she’s over it now.  She takes this stuff called Echinacea, which I call her euthanasia medicine (she doesn’t seem to know the difference)…  it seems to work for her!  One of the staff, Melissa (see picture in May post) is in the hospital with severe vomiting and water on her lungs… has been in ICU but today she was moved to IMU.  We’re not sure the cause of her sickness… but hope she recovers soon.

Bea turned 94 and  Doris turned 91 in June.  Two of the staff, Jennifer (with Doris below) and Melissa also had birthdays.

Bea turns 94Doris and Jennifer

Doris’s sister Sandra came to visit from Alabama and brought Carrol Bush and Charles and Mary Lou Lewis with her.  They are shown with Doris in the picture below.  Sandra’s son Chris and his family came to visit as well.  The second picture shows Chris and family with Sandra and Doris.

Carrol Bush, Charles and Mary Lou Lewis with Sandra and DorisSandra and Doris with Alex, Chris, Annabeth, Amy Burden

Maria Lopez (from Houston) and her parents Benjamin and Rita Lopez from Monterrey came to visit Samuel and Conchita.  They’re shown below with Betty and Naomi.  Samuel and Conchita are standing.  Jennifer Benjamin from Oregon came to visit Don and Jenny Waldo.  The picture by the eagle shows Jennifer with Jaina, Ava and Don Waldo.

Maria, Benjamin and Rita LopezJen Benjamin with Jaina, Ava and Don Waldo

Cindy and Dub Johnson from NY came again to visit PG in general and Naomi in particular.  The second picture is of mom (Leona) holding her great grandson, Evren Furrow.

Cindy and Dub JohnsonLeona with great grandson Evron Furrow

The pecan trees are doing well.  Here’s a picture in the orchard and of some small pecans.

Pecan OrchardPecans on Trees

The residence across the lake with the lily pads…

Residence across the lake 


May 31, 2014

May 2014

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 8:12 pm

The residents at PG are doing well.  We’ve noticed an improvement in Doris recently, she’s much more aware and involved.  Some days she goes into the kitchen and washes dishes (by hand).  She’s reading better in the morning bible studies.  Mary Jane spends time with her, rubbing her back and talking to her.  We’re not sure what caused the change, but are glad for it.  Teresa continues to do better, Esther is speaking up more often in the studies, all are getting out to the meetings.

We had another granddaughter in May, this time our daughter Karin (who helps us manage PG) and Patrick Kelleher had a daughter, Katelyn.  Here’s her picture with her parents the day she was born and then a picture at her first meeting, 6 days old.  Yes, Karin had that much hair when she was born also!

Katelyn Alexis Kelleher first picture May 9 2014Katelyn Kelleher

There are sure a lot of babies around here, and more on the way!  Here’s Patrick and Katelyn with Don and Oscar Waldo.  Patrick and Don work together at PG.  Then Anna and Evren Furrow with mom (Leona).

Patrick, Katelyn, Don and OscarAnna, Evren and Leona

Mary Jane turned 74 in May.  She’s the youngest of our residents.  In last months post I thanked our staff, so here’s a picture of 3 of them, Melissa with her daughter Kirsten behind, Jennifer and Andrea.  Conchita wasn’t in this picture.  Several others work part-time or volunteer including Salena (Kenny’s fiance), Kathy, Leona and Mireille.

MJ BirthdayMelissa, Kirsten, Jennifer and Andrea

Dominique and Mireille Mille are buying some acreage on the back side of PG and building a house.  Here’s a picture of the Milles, and then of Samuel and Dominique eating Mary Jane’s birthday cake!

Mireille and DominiqueEating MJs cake

Elton Cleveland (96) came to visit his brother Roger (94) who is now in Park Manor nursing home.  Elton stayed at PG during his time here… we sure enjoyed his visit!  He played the piano at the nursing home (shown in the second picture) and at PG… entertaining the residents in both places.

Elton and RogerElton at the piano

Jeff Chenault, his son Trevor and Trevor’s wife Heather came down from PA to work on our construction projects (our home and the Mille home) at PG. The second picture is of Elton and Jeff.  They go to the same meetings in PA.

Heather, Trevor and JeffElton and Jeff

Clarence comes to visit fairly often… the staff enjoy his visits and wish he’d move in!  Ruth, Lorraine, and Betty (from San Antonio) came to visit Betty.

ClarenceRuth, Lorraine, Betty and Betty

Hannah and Jennifer are having a few gospel meetings at PG… which we really appreciate.  Some have accused PG of being a church, which is so ridiculous it’s humorous, but we are glad for a few gospel meetings from time to time.  The second picture is of dad (Jack) on his golf cart (his primary transportation around PG) ready for meeting.

Hannah and JenniferJack

Dominique took this picture of a humming bird at a feeder by the cabin.  I’ve included pictures of the 2 new grand kids, so will add one more picture of the twins, who turned 2 in May.

HummingbirdMaren and Maven




April 30, 2014

April 2014

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Senior Residence — knewman @ 8:45 pm

All residents at PG are doing well.  Here’s a picture taken today.  In the back row: Betty, Teresa, Mary Jane and Jean.  In the front row: Doris, Bea, Naomi and Esther.

PG Residents

Last month Teresa had been sick, was losing weight and not eating (down to 75 lbs), stayed in bed most of the time and walked with a walker when she had to.  The staff kept encouraging her to eat… telling her she needed to eat to get her strength back, but she wouldn’t.  When the physical therapist came to work with her she usually refused.  She didn’t even want the nurse to examine her.  The doctor decided it was time to put her on hospice care.  Then some ideas were suggested which we tried.  When PT came the staff would do the PT along with Teresa so she wasn’t alone.  The staff would help the nurse examine her, so it was someone familiar.  They brought her meals on small plates with small portions, and brought the same for themselves… sat down and tried to make it like a little tea party.  They talked while she ate, not mentioning the food… keeping her focus off of the food.  When not focused on it… she ate!  Now she’s almost back to her old self, at all the meals, able for some meetings, all morning bible studies, and playing the piano again!  We’re glad to have her back… thanks to our staff for working with her!

Frank Porter died in Florida.  Frank spent nearly 2 years at PG.  We appreciated his soft spirit and humor.  Kathy and I went to Apopka for Frank’s funeral, and spent time with his sister Jean and the folks in her meeting… a wonderful experience.  Here’s a picture of Frank and Jean taken at PG a few years ago.

Jean and Frank

Visitors included Rob Waldo from Oregon.  He’s Don’s dad.  Don and Jenny had a new (big) son this month, Oscar Dean Waldo.  The first picture below is of Rob, Don, Jenny and their 3 kids.  Dawn and Wayne Overby visit often… Dawn’s brother Kelly Olson from Idaho came with them.  The second picture is of Dawn, Naomi and Kelly.  Albert McSpadden brought Danny and Ana out for some 4-wheeling and some fishing.

Waldos with RobDawn, Naomi andAlbert, Danny and Ana

Our new grandson, Evren Furrow, visited PG for the first time.  Here he’s with Karla (our daughter).  I had a birthday… the years fly!

Karla and EvrenKens birthday (2)

What a difference a year makes.  Here’s the twins (Evren’s sisters) in the blue bonnets in April 2013 and then in April 2014.  Can you tell which is Maren and which is Maven?

Twins in flowers 2013 bTwins in flowers 2014

What a beautiful time of year!  Beautiful weather, beautiful flowers… fresh green colors.  Below a picture of the Sr. Residence from across the lake showing the flowers on the backside of the dam, and a picture of the catkins on the pecan trees.

Flowers and fountainPecan tree catkins

Here are some of Dominique’s pictures of deer and a juvenile gray heron taking flight.





March 31, 2014

March 2014

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 5:44 pm

Of the 8 residents at PG, only Bea escaped having something… cold/flu/virus, in March.  Teresa has a touch of pneumonia, has lost weight and is very weak, though today has been a better day for her.  The other residents recovered and are doing their usual.  Roger continues about the same at Park Manor nursing home.

Ed Bolt passed away near Newry, PA, March 17th.  Ed and Leah spent a few months at PG in 2010 and 2011.  Ed’s parents, granny and granddaddy Bolt (Joseph and Ava) and pop and grandma Newman (Jasper and Elizabeth) were  friends and members of the Nazarene church… the men worked together as carpenters at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD… when Ida Hawkins and Louise Woods came to that area with the gospel in 1936.  Both couples professed in that mission, and the families have been close ever since.  We were neighbors, with Ed and Leah on one side, and granny and granddaddy on the other side, when I was young.  Ed’s faithful, caring, kind example meant much to many.  Here are pictures of Ed and Leah at PG, and Ed carving (his hobby) on the porch.

Leah and Ed Feb 2011 Ed carving 2010

While I’m telling stories… The evening before the March union meeting we met a couple from Oregon, Fred and Linda Plews, who were here visiting Don and Jenny Waldo.  The next day, Dave Bolt (Ed’s son who lives at Newry and works with one of the engineering businesses at PG), was with us for union meeting and the pot luck.  At the pot luck, Dave told a story from the 1980s.  He was working in Michigan, and was doing business with a small company on the west coast.  After working with the owner of this company for a while… somehow… they realized that they were both friends.  Neither can remember how they figured that out.  The point of Dave’s story was that they had worked together but had never met.  I asked Dave who this man was… and he said Fred Plews!  I said… I just met him yesterday and he’s here (at a different union meeting)!  So Dave and Fred met at PG that afternoon, where the picture below was taken.

Dave Bolt and Fred Plews

The twins had a brother, Evren Furrow, on March 4th.  Evren and Karla are doing great.  The twins are trying to understand what it means to not be the center of attention!  Here’s Evren with us and the twins.

Evren twins with Evern

Two of Betty’s sisters and their husbands came for a visit.  The pictures below show Roger and Jean Marshall (Arizona), Betty, Patsy and Harold Lee (Florida) and their granddaughter Amelia Lee.

Roger, Jean, Betty, Patsy, Harold Amilea

Other visitors included Fred and Georgia Aldrink (Arkansas) and the Overbys, Wayne and Dawn, Kory, Teresa, Ryan and Lily.

P1040105 (2) Overbys

Other visitors included Rebecca Larson and Sue Fantini with Jennifer and Hannah.  We didn’t get a picture of Gene and Carol Goff from TN.


Kenny (our son) and Salena Thorburn were engaged in March.  Salena continues to work weekends at PG.  Kenny works there some, usually when Salena is there!  They are planning on getting married in August 2015 when Salena finishes college.  The second picture is of Jim Phillips (discussed below) and LiPing.  LiPing comes in from time to time and cooks Chinese food for us.

Salena and Kenny Jim and LiPing

Maybe some of you recall the huge oak tree along the driveway that died last year.  We cut the tree off at 12 ft, and hired Jim Phillips to sculpt it for us.  Here’s Jim starting to work, and the finished product – an eagle landing on a nest with a fish for twin chicks.

Jim starting eagle IMG_1735

The following are some pictures Dominique took around PG in March.


Here are a couple of videos of Dominique with birds.  I haven’t included many videos… these should work with a fast internet connection.

Dominique feeding birds

Dominique and Cardinal


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