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March 31, 2015

March 2015

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 8:48 pm

We have sad news from PG.  Friday mom (Leona) took Bea to the doctor, then they went out to eat. On the way back they ran off the road into some trees.  Bea had many broken bones, was lucid until yesterday and died this afternoon (Tuesday).  Bea was 96, had been at PG since February 2009, and was a dear soul with a wonderful spirit.  During her days in the hospital she had many visitors… many loved Bea.  Yesterday Bea couldn’t respond, but I thought she could hear.  I told her about the visitors she’d had, that many loved her, that we were sorry this happened but we trust the God we love… and she had much to look forward to.  Tears came to her eyes… so I know she understood.  We will really miss her at PG!  Bea’s funeral will be at PG on Saturday, April 4, 2015.  Here’s a picture of mom and Bea when Bea  arrived in 2009 and then a picture of Bea last month.

Leona and Bea 2009Bea and laundry basket

A CAT scan showed mom may have had a stroke, which could have caused her to run off the road.  She has multiple bleeds in her brain.  At first they thought they’d have to do surgery to release the pressure, but the pressure didn’t build and she remained alert.  With time the bleeds have improved.  She has fractured bones in her face, which must have hit the steering wheel, but otherwise she doesn’t have any fractures.  Her condition has improved, but is somewhat of a roller coaster with good and bad times.  Her throat is swollen (maybe from the stroke) so she can’t swallow yet.  The doctors warn us that it will be a long painful recovery.  Here’s a picture of mom a few weeks ago giving me a haircut.  The second is of dad, Katelyn, and mom with Lois and David Lancaster who were here from Maine for a visit.

Leona cutting Kens hairJack, Katelyn, Leona Lois DaveLancaster

After that sad news, it’s hard to continue…  but before the accident March was a wonderful month.  Two new residents arrived, Raymond Reece and Elton Cleveland.  Raymond was coming from a few weeks of special meetings in Mexico.  During that time he had congestive heart failure and was in bad shape when he arrived.  He felt he should go to a nursing home instead of assisted living.  He was placed on strong medication and lost 40 pounds of water in 3 weeks.  So now he’s much better, walking with his walker, getting to all the meals, bible studies and most meetings.  He gets overly anxious about trivial things sometimes, but that is improving as he gets used to being with us.  We really appreciate his help in the morning bible studies and his child-like spirit.  Here is a picture of Raymond and then Raymond with Elton, Karen, Sara, Jennifer and Jeannette.

Raymond ReeceElton, Jeannette, Karen, Sara, Raymond, Jennifer

Elton Cleveland (97) came a couple of days after Raymond.  His daughter Karen brought him and stayed for a week.  He’s enjoying PG and fitting in very well.  He’s also helpful in the bible studies and entertaining us with wonderful music.  He’s able to visit his brother Roger in the nursing home fairly often.  Here’s pictures of Karen and Elton wearing cowboy hats, Elton with Roger and playing the piano.

Karen, EltonElton & Roger ClevelandElton at piano

We had many visitors in March, including the Potts from Ohio, the Bartels from Iowa, Linda and Elinora shown with the Milles, the Myers brothers from Indiana, Leah and Della Bolt, Alicia with Joyce and Betty, and Celia and Rocio with Conchita.

Dwayne and Ellen Potts family with Jeannette and EstherJennifer with her parentsLinda, Elenora, Mireille, DominiqueLeah Bolt, K,aren, Della Mae, Della Bolt, LeonaJohn and Fay Myers with JeannetteRalph and Ginny Myers with JeannetteJoyce, Alicia, BettyCelia, Rocio, Conchita

Salena turned 22.  Here she’s shown with Esther, Bea and Kenny.  The second picture is a companion picture with Martha, Jeannette, Naomi, Esther and Karen.

Salinas birthdayCompanions

Samuel had a birthday celebrated twice.

Samuel and ConchitaSamuels birthday group

We had the wonderful experience of seeing Don Lewis return after many years.  He’s related to the Goffs and remembers Esther from many years ago.  He lives in the sticks not too far from PG.  Here he is with Jennifer and Sara.  Also a picture of 3 of our staff, Jashell, Conchita and Lala.

Don Lewis with Jennifer and SaraJashell, Conchita, Lala

A few more in case you haven’t had enough!

Jeannette,Elton,K-HotFudgeSundaesEsther and KarenElton, Ken, Raymond

Ken

 

February 28, 2015

February 2015

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 7:18 pm

We’re glad to have Jeannette Ford with us temporarily at PG, and Leah Bolt still visiting.  All 9 are doing reasonably well.  Esther had a bad spell this month, but seems to be doing better now.  She’s 99 1/2… will be 100 in September!  Here’s a picture of Jeannette and Jashell (a new staff member).  Also a picture of Bea dragging her laundry basket.

Jeannette and JashellBea and laundry basket

February 1 after union meeting we took the PG bus to the nursing home where Roger lives, to celebrate his 95th birthday.  We had a 6 candle instead of a 9, so we put 56 on the cake.  Roger’s memory isn’t very good, but he knew that wasn’t right!  Teresa sat down at the piano and played… attracting nursing home residents we didn’t know, who proceeded to request songs and then sing along!

Rogers birthday groupRogers birthday blowing out candlesRogers birthday Teresa playingRogers birthday talking with Esther

We had lots of visitors during special meetings.  We failed to take pictures of several of them, but here are 2 pictures, one of Matt, Andrea, Emmy  and Alice with the Milles, and another of Charles, Andrea and Matt.

Special meeting visitors 1 Special meeting visitors 2

Maja’s brother, Marco, from Serbia visited with Albert, and Martha had a birthday.

Marco and AlbertMarthas birthday

Mireille’s (Mimi’s) birthday is today.  Yesterday evening a group of us were together with her at the cabin.  Families there included Colsons, Makis, Milles, Newmans, Overbys, Hoffmans and Valdezs.

Mimi birthday 4Mimi birthday 1 Mimi birthday 3Mimi birthday 2

Some have been asking about Mary Jane Pike.  We hear she’s doing well there in NC.  Here’s a recent picture of her with the Lawrences.

MJ with Lawrences

Ken

 

January 31, 2015

January 2015

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 9:41 pm

It’s hard to believe the first month of 2015 is already over!  All at PG are doing well.  Naomi passed out again at bible study yesterday.  We laid her back for a few minutes and she came around.  We’re fairly certain it’s caused by her blood pressure medication which she takes at breakfast…. her BP get’s too low.  Several new things happening at PG:

  • Martha Houston came to live and work at PG for a few months.  We’re really glad for her help!  And Esther is really glad to have someone from Ohio here!
  • Leah Bolt is with us for about a month… it sure is good to have her back for a visit.
  • Roger Cleveland’s brother, Elton (97), is going to join us as a resident at PG in March.
  • Jeannette Ford is coming next week for most of 2 months.

Martha’s cousin, Mary Jo Houston, came with Martha and visited a few days.  Here’s Martha, Mary Jo and Esther.  Also old friends, Leona with Leah.

Martha, Mary Jo, EstherLeona and Leah

Joyce was here for her birthday.  They had a cake for her at lunch, then Conchita had a surprise dinner for her at in the evening.

Joyce's BirthdayJoyce's Birthday 2

Don and Jenny Waldo moved to Minnesota.  We had a get together at PG for them.  Here are several pictures from that day.  The first is of the Waldos with Jason Munckton riding the Polaris.  Next, Johnathan and Li Ping with Kathy.  Then Jamie Bolt with Jenny.  Then Ann Newman with the 3 Waldo kids.

Waldos and JasonJohnathan, Kathy, Li PingJaimie Bolt and Jenny WaldoDSC07498

More pictures from that day… Conchita with Katelyn and Naomi with Ava and Katelyn.

Conchita and KatelynAva, Naomi and Katelyn

Brent brought his drone with a camera and flew it.  Here’s a group watching the flight, including our 2 sisters here… Jennifer and Sara.  The second picture is of the Waldos just as they were leaving.

Watching the droneWaldos leaving

Sara’s mom and grandparents, Pam, Alice and Steve Lacock came for a visit.  The second picture was taken by Brent’s drone.  It shows the Sr. Residence in the lower right, our new house on the left and the Mille’s new house barely visible in the woods slightly left of center.
LacocksPicture from Drone

If you’re interested in seeing the video from Brent’s drone crash and then flight, here they are:

Ken

December 31, 2014

December 2014

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Ponds,Senior Residence — knewman @ 10:02 pm

The 7 residents at PG are finishing the year well.  I forgot to mention last month that Bea went on a 6 day cruise with Virginia.  Not bad for 96 and nearly blind!  Esther has started telling folks she’s 16.  She’s going to make it to 100 (next September) or die trying!

The first picture below (taken today – Dec 31) of the residents: Doris, Bea, Esther and Naomi in front, Betty, Jean and Teresa in back.  The second picture is of the residents with those of us that were there for lunch, including my sister Ronda and her husband Mike from Arkansas.

ResidentsResidents and staff

Today is mom’s 83rd birthday.  Yesterday Liz Wilbur brought Jerry and Kathleen Fredrick to visit.  The Milles children and grandchildren were also here, with Mike and Ronda.

Leona 83Milles, Rosamonds, Herds, Wilbur

Samuel and Conchita are with Ronda and Mike in the first picture, in the house Ronda and Mike used to live in at PG… now rented by Samuel and Conchita.  Scotty and Dorothy Scott visited with their daughter Glenda Kadir and her children (who live in Dubai) and their son-in-law Galen Grillo (who lives in California).

Valdez, RosamondP1040263

Terry (all hat and no cattle) Hoffman’s family visited from Wisconsin and Georgia. Ron and Anna Furrow (Brendan’s parents from Ohio) came to visit with Karla, the twins and Evren.  Esther is always glad to see folks from Ohio.

HoffmansFurrows

Mary Sitton brought Bernie and Sarah Hatchett for dinner on Christmas day.  These pictures show Mary with Hector, Conchita and Samuel, then Betty with Sarah and Bernie.

Hector, Conchita, Mary, SamuelBetty, Sarah and Bernie

Sisters Betty Goss and Mary Stanton visited their old friends, Betty and Bea.  Lyle and Ginger Meyer and their 3 – Jessica, Austin and Blake – were down from Minnesota.

StantonsMeyers

Howard and Mary Ann Colson and Wayne and Dawn Overby babysat our residents so the staff could go to a holiday dinner.  Ava and Oscar Waldo enjoy Naomi.

ColsonsNaomi, Ava, Oscar

Our road signs (needed for 911) were installed.

2 signs4 signs

Terry made a Texas slab at the bottom of the flag pole.  There are still a lot of pecans on some of the trees!  We’re to busy (or lazy) to bother with them.

FlagpolePecans in December

Good progress was made on the Mille home… rafters were going up today.   Our place was started in January… windows are going in now.  That retaining wall turned out to be a lot of work!

Milles HomeHouse from Orchard

Dominique took these pictures one frosty morning.

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Happy New Year!  Thanks for your interest in PG.

Ken

November 30, 2014

November 2014

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 4:35 pm

The 7 residents at PG are doing fairly well.  Jean has a stress fracture in her foot, so is using a wheel chair to get around… she says it’s improving.  She didn’t fall… doesn’t know how it happened.  We hear Mary Jane has settled in well at her new place in North Carolina… we’re glad that transfer went better than we could have hoped.  Naomi’s having more difficulty walking because of arthritis.   We’re giving her some supplements and they do seem to be helping somewhat.  There were 2 birthdays in November, Betty and Macy (one of the part-time staff).

BettyMacy

Visitors included our good friend from New Zealand, Geoff Murry, and the McSpaddens.  Geoff is shown here with the eagle (a Kiwi and an Eagle!).  The Milles set up a tent on their property… the second picture shows the Milles with their 2 grandchildren, the McSpaddens, Geoff and Kathy.  Construction has started on the Mille home… hopefully the foundation slab will be completed in December.

Geoff Murray Milles Woods

Dub and Cindy Johnson brought Fern Duncan for a visit.  Fern knows several of the residents… especially Naomi.

Dub Fern and CindyNaomi and Fern

Elton Cleveland spent several days at PG while visiting his younger brother, Roger, in the nursing home.  We’re always glad for Elton’s visits… livens the place up!  Roger stays about the same… his memory is poor but he’s content and has a thankful spirit.  Unfortunately he continues to need more care than we can provide at PG.

Elton and Roger

Other visitors included Kari and Del Campbell and Cory Stevens… we didn’t get pictures.

November was a busy month on the farm, finishing the pecan harvest, cleaning, bagging and shipping… all is well that ends!  We were glad for the help of Samuel, Hector, Kenny, Jack and Leona, Dawn and Wayne….

We tried to take some family pictures, which was challenging with 4 young grandchildren.  Here they are… and a picture of a meltdown!

4 grandchildren Meltdown

Lots of traveling in November… I’ll include one picture from Scotland for those who know Alex and Betty, and one from Minneapolis for those who know Kathy’s siblings.

Aberdeen Scotland Johnsons

Ken

 

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