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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



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:


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.


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.


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.


Happy New Year!  Thanks for your interest in PG.


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).


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



October 31, 2014

October 2014

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 2:20 pm

Sadly, the time came for Mary Jane Pike to leave us.  Her dementia had reached a point that she needed to be in a special facility.  Her family found a place for her in Mount Airy, NC called Twelve Oaks.  Jennifer Grady, Waverley Pierson and Daniel Farris came to take her.  Here are pictures of them with Conchita, Samuel and Hector, and then leaving.  I just heard from Waverley that they’ve arrived and all went better than expected.

Daniel, Conchita, Samuel, Hector, Jennifer, Mary Jane and WaverleyJennifer, Mary Jane, Daniel, Waverley

We hope Mary Jane settles well into her new place.  It’s sad to see someone in such good physical shape but so confused…

Only 3 of our residents were able for convention this year, Bea, Jean and Teresa.  The rest were able to listen in the residence, which they really appreciated.

Two birthdays in October, Naomi turned 86  and Teresa turned 94.

Naomi turns 86Teresa turns 94

Visitors in October included Stephen and Daniel Bentz with Dorthy and Scottie Scott.  Stephen had spent time with the Milles in Vietnam, and didn’t realize they were here!  Also Hector’s wife Betty visited, shown here with Conchita and Samuel.

Stephen, Scottie, Dorthy, Dominique, Mimi, DanielHector, Betty Escaamilla with Conchita and Samuel Valdez

LeRoy Sanford came by after Mountain Peak, shown here with Daniel Farris.  LeRae Sullivan visited Don and Jenny Waldo and their kids Oscar, Jaina and Ava.

LeRoy adn DanielLaRae Sullivan, Don, Jenny, Jaina, Ava Waldo

Our residents enjoy the kids, here’s Naomi with Ava Waldo, Doris with Katelyn Kelleher (who sits still), and Doris with Evren Furrow (who doesn’t!).  Also a picture of Kathy’s sister Kim Schneider from Minneapolis and our 4 grand-kids.

Naomi and AvaDoris and KatelynDoris and EvrenKimmy and kids

David Bolt (from Newry PA) comes to PG to work with his son Travis about once a month.  This picture shows Karin, Travis, Patrick, Katelyn and David.  Bob and Cindy Erickson moved to Washington state.  Cindy worked at PG for over a year, a few years ago.  This is a picture from their going away get together at Colson’s.  We miss them in our meeting!

Karin, Travis, Patrick, Katelyn, DavidBob and Cindy Erickson

Ken Johnson told us something at Georgetown I wish I’d heard earlier… you don’t prune a fig tree!  In 2013 our fig tree had many small figs.  We decided to prune it in hopes of getting larger figs.  It worked… we got a lot fewer, larger figs (see picture in July 2014 post).  Then the fig tree promptly died!  Here’s a picture of a much smaller fig tree at Georgetown, taken in October, which has figs on it!  And a picture of our pruned, dead tree.  We’ll leave it till next spring to see if there is any life, but we don’t have much hope.  I wonder what that fig tree in the vineyard thought watching the vines get pruned?

Fig tree at GeorgetownOur fig tree

The pecan harvest continued in October.  They are now all in the pecan room being dried… some have already been cleaned.  We probably have about 10,000 lbs (in shell)… far more than any previous year.  The crows and squirrels never showed up this year!  The second picture is of a Chinese persimmon tree that bears a lot of fruit… we don’t really know what to do with the persimmons.  They’re sweet and tasty, but not a very nice consistency.

PecansChinese Persimmon


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