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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


March 1, 2014

February 2014

Filed under: Newman Residence,Ponds,Senior Residence — knewman @ 9:47 pm

Our dear Frances passed away February 15th.  She was 94 and had been at PG since August 2009.  There was a memorial service at PG for her on Feb 20th, which about 90 attended.  Much was said about her ready smile and faithful life.  The pictures below are of Frances on her birthday in 2012, and then of her daughter and family, the Makis, Josh, Dale and Patty, at her memorial service.  Frances’s niece and husband, Steve and Wynesta Dale were here for the memorial service too (this picture was taken after Houston special meeting).  Finally, a picture of the workers that were at the memorial service.

Fances Jan 2012 Josh, Dale, PattySteve and Wynesta Workers at Frances Memorial Service Feb 20 2014

A group of us, including all the residents, went to the nursing home for Roger’s 94th birthday.  His niece, Karen was here for a few days from PA.  The pictures show Roger with Karen, Roger with the residents, and then Roger with the group of us that were there.  Teresa, who is amazingly talented on a piano, was asked to play Happy Birthday for Roger.  When she started playing, a very lively version of Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer came out!  Kathy had to sing Happy Birthday to her to remind her how it went!

Roger and Karen Mary Jane, Esther, Naomi, Roger, Jean, Doris, Betty, Teresa, Bea Roger's birthday group Teresa and Kathy

We had many visitors at special meeting time, but didn’t get many pictures.  The first picture below shows Mark, Ronda and John.  Clarence Rochell lives about an hour from PG, but came and stayed a few days during special meetings, so he could ride the bus with the residents.  Here he’s pictured with dad and myself.

Mark, Ronda, John Ken, Clarence, Jack

We have some big projects going on at PG.  One is to build a house for Kathy and myself on the farm.  Jeff Chenault has come down from PA to help on the excavation work for the house.  His son Trevor and Trevor’s new wife Heather (Bolt) were here for a few weeks as well.  Here’s Trevor, Heather, Karen and Jeff.  Jeff’s driving the compactor by the basement excavation for the house.  Basements are rare in this area, so progress is slow.

Trevor, Jeather, Karen, Jeff Basement Hole

The dam that creates the small pond beside the cabin was originally built with a spillway.  Years ago a rush of water washed out the spillway and cut a hole in the dam.  The beavers built a dam across the hole, and that has kept the pond until now.  We managed the offend the beavers enough that they (finally) left!  So… Jeff dug out the beaver dam and is repairing the damaged portion of the dam.  The pictures below show the excavator from the cabin (where the Milles are living) just as Jeff started removing the beaver dam, and then the cabin across the partially drained pond.  The repair of the dam should be finished next week.

Excavator from CabinCabin from dam

We don’t usually have much weather below freezing, but we sure had our share this year.  Here’s the deck of the cabin with some snow on it (very rare here), and a cardinal in the cabin bird feeder.

Snow at the cabin Cardinal







January 31, 2014

January 2014

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 2:57 pm

Frances McPherson had a stroke in January, was in the hospital, then in the nursing home and is now back in the hospital with multiple problems.  It doesn’t look good for her at this point.  We’re glad we trust in One whose timing is perfect.

Roger Cleveland is still in the Park Manor nursing home.  He improved to a point, but doesn’t seem to be improving further.  His niece, Karen, came down from PA yesterday for a few days visit.  Here he is this morning with Karen, ourselves and the twins.

Ken Maven Roger Karen Maren Kathy

So… we’re down to 8 residents at PG, who are doing reasonably well.  We have room for 13.

Dominique and Mireille Mille moved into the log cabin at PG in November.  Dominique is helping me with business management.  We’re really glad to have them here and for their help.  They’re shown in the first picture below with Christie Fair from BC Canada and Ivan Gibbs from Australia. The second picture is of their son Pierre and his family who live south of Houston.  The third is of their daughter Elisa (Herd) and her family who live near Fort Worth.  Finally there’s a picture of granddad and the 4 grand-kids.

Dominique, Mireille Crystal, Pierre, Bryce and Emma Elisa, Ian, James and Isaac Herd Dominique and grandkids

Our good friends Doug and Vivian Murphy from Los Alamos, NM visited with their son Talus and his temporary coworker Doug Murray.  The first picture is of those 4.  The second is of the 2 Doug’s playing hymns together.  Judy Timmersman was here at the same time.   The third picture is of Judy and Vivian.  A few days later the brothers met at PG, Doug, Talus and Tom Davis.

Doug, Vivian, Doug and Talus Doug and Doug Judy and Vivian Doug, Talus and Tom

Other visitors (that we have pictures of) include Darwin and Karen Witty from Ontario, Samuel’s dad from Mexico, Kristi Bullock and her parents Alan and Marilyn Walker with Jennifer and Hannah, and Duane and Rita Shaffer.

Karen and Duane Samuel and his dad Jennifer, Hannah, Kristi, Marilyn and Alan Duane and Rita

Naomi had another passing out spell, this time in Esther’s room while reading Esther’s mail to her.  Esther got excited, pounded on the wall (forgot she had a button she could push)… the staff hauled Naomi to her bed and she woke up on the way.  This has happened about 6 times over the last year, so no one (except Esther this time) get’s too excited.  It seems to be related to her blood pressure… usually happens in the morning not long after she’s had her medications.

Naomi washed her hair before the morning bible study, and put it up wet in a bun the size and shape of a door knob, right above her forehead.  I didn’t comment so she did… “How do you like my hair do?”  ”Aren’t you glad you are a man so you don’t have to mess with long hair?”  (Have you ever felt you were taking a test you hadn’t studied for?!)  Then she added… “I’m glad I’m not a man because then I’d have to shave everyday!”  I decided to leave that one blank!  I did ask if I could take her picture… not a chance!

We have so much to enjoy and be thankful for.


December 31, 2013

December 2013

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 8:50 pm

As 2013 comes to an end, we have so much to be thankful for.  Most at PG are doing their usual… all except Roger.  He recovered from the surgery he had, but hasn’t regained his strength.  He’s still in a long term care hospital in Conroe, and seems to have gotten weaker in recent days.  When he’s up to a conversation he never discusses himself.  He asks about some at PG, about the twins, about our family.  When we ask him how he’s doing he just says “don’t grow old!”.   He often discusses scripture or a line of a hymn he’s been enjoying… sometimes he quotes an entire stanza.  Other times he’s too tired to visit… just wants to sleep.  There were times in December we thought he was improving enough to come back to PG, but that doesn’t seem likely now.

We didn’t get pictures of most of the visitors we had in December.  The following shows Jeff Chenault with Travis Bolt.  Jeff is helping Travis on a project here.  He’ll probably be back in January.  Don, Charlotte and Paul Shaner visited from Virginia.

Travis and Jeff Paul, Charolett and Don

Steve Bailey visited Esther with Dale Maki.  Today is mom’s 82nd.  This picture wasn’t taken at PG like most of our birthday photos… it was taken at Ann Newman’s Orange Shoe studio in Houston.

Steve, Esther, Dale Leona's 82nd

Unfortunately we didn’t get pictures of many others… Jon and Mae Nelson were back for a visit.  The Milles are living in the cabin at PG now and they had visitors including Andrew Jacque from Canada, their kids Pierre Mille and Elisa Herd (with her son James).  Joyce spent a few days visiting her mom and helping at PG.  Several of Conchita and Samuels families visited.

We had a much colder December than usual, with temperatures dropping below freezing several nights.  The cold seemed to bring out the color in the leaves.  It’s certainly not New England, but there were some beautiful colors.  The deer stopped coming to the deer feeder… not sure why, but other varmints including crows, rabbits and coons cleaned up the corn.  This coon was determined to climb the 1″ diameter steel leg of the feeder.

leaves coon

Happy New Year!




December 1, 2013

November 2013

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 6:59 pm

Roger is in the hospital, recovering from a procedure done on Friday to remove a mass from his bladder.  It wasn’t cancer, and the doctor said he should come home on Monday, but that didn’t seem likely when we saw him this afternoon.  Hopefully he’ll get his strength back and be home soon.  Otherwise everyone at PG is about their usual.  The pictures below are from the November union Sunday pot luck.  Josh and Dale Maki are in the second picture.  Dale received the good news in November that he is cancer free.

Pot luck on union Sunday More from pot luck

Derald and Nita Steinbrecker came back for another visit in November.  Nita sang some songs she’d written, and had her birthday while with us.

Nita SingingNita and Derald - Nita's birthday

Mom’s brother and wife, Lynn and Florence Fuller from PA came to visit.  They’re shown here with my brother Brent and his wife Ann.  The last time Lynn and Florence were here (January 2012) Naomi “died” the first time… and Lynn fell on her and woke her up.  If you don’t recall that story and are interested… click back to the January 2012 post and read the paragraph about half way down.  Our sisters this year are Jennifer and Hannah (2nd picture).

Lynn Florence Brent Ann Jennifer and Hannah

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with 26 of us at the residence and another dozen or so at the Hoffman residence.  Betty’s nephew, Scott Lee and his wife Brenda and son Oliver came with Joyce.  Some played games and fished.

Joyce Brenda Scott and Betty Playing Games Oliver and Don fishing



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