Pecan Grove (www.pecan-grove.net) Pecan Orchard and Senior Residence

September 30, 2017

September 2017

Filed under: Pecan Farming — knewman @ 8:17 pm

Last Friday Naomi Nicholson (88) started getting sick.  She went from the nursing home to the hospital Sunday morning, and passed away early Tuesday morning.   We knew Sunday morning in the emergency room that she wasn’t going to live, so we stopped all treatment and kept her comfortable.  She had more than 2o visitors on Monday, and responded when hymns were sung and to some questions.  Naomi came to PG in August 2011, and went to a nursing home in Conroe in January 2016.  The funeral was yesterday (Friday).  Barry Barkley, Rosemary Fandrich and Jane Estey came from the north east, and 4 of the Texas workers came, Lyle Schober, Marie Mounce, Joyce Lawerence, Emma Perez, Jennifer Bartels and Sarah Ranstrom.  Here’s a picture of Barry, Rosemary and Jane with Fern.  Also 2 pictures of the group together before the funeral.  There was a pot luck after the funeral with a much larger group.  We are working on notes from the funeral which will be emailed to the blog list.

Earlier in September a lot happened.  My dad, Jack Newman, had back surgery, and is still in a rehab hospital.  He’s making progress and hopes to return home next week. My brother Brent, and sister Ronda Rosamond came to be with him. Alice had emergency surgery for a hernia.  She has recovered quickly, but still has some pain.  Jean went into the same rehab hospital dad is in for 10 days of PT and OT.  It made a big difference for her… she was in a wheel chair and now is walking again.  Betty Denton and Lois Culver (John’s sister) came to visit John and Fern.  Here’s pictures of Lois with John, then Betty and Lois with Clinton, and Betty with her Texas relatives Bud and Mary Aldrich.

Ronda Stidolph took Marybelle to convention in Iowa.  Pearl Bailey and Alma Johnson visited Fern.  Jean turned 94 (before going to rehab).  Truman Weld visited from Oregon, shown here with Elton.

4 couples came to visit at the same time.  Unfortunately we only have a picture of Roger and Betty Egger from Canada (near where Fern is from).  The other couples were John and Betty Egger (John and Roger are cousins), Mel and Rudonna Pipgras, and Brian and Linda Blair.  Our 6th grandchild arrived in September, Emry Furrow.

That pecan tree we showed last month that was blown over by Harvey, we managed to stand up again.

Ken

August 31, 2017

August 2017

Filed under: Pecan Farming — knewman @ 5:10 pm

August has been a very eventful month!

Friday the 25th Ken and Kathy left for Hong Kong/China and the same evening Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the coast in Rockport, TX and rains began falling in the Houston area.

Saturday we remember experiencing heavy rainfall all day.  Salena and Lety’s families moved to the farm to be close to the residents because of the streets flooding.

Sunday the heavy rain continued all day and night and many meetings were canceled.  Terry moved his meeting to the residence for those who were staying on the Pecan Grove grounds.  We were amazed at the increasingly high waters in the pond behind the residence as you can see in the first two photos.

These photos show the waters from the pond overflowing into the forest and horse pasture.

The waters rose to cover the pier area at the cabin and the pond waters began to go over the dam.  We were worried it would break under the pressure.

Marcos caught a few of the escaping carp and they were prepared for supper at the residence.

Monday the rains persisted night and day causing the soil to turn into quicksand.  One of our 4-wheelers became stuck and we tried to pull it out with a small tractor and then a bigger tractor, but they also became stuck!  The photo shows Marcos, Terry, Dominique, and Ty (not shown in picture) trying to rescue the machines.

Tuesday we lost power in the morning, but was back up and running in the afternoon.  The rain finally stopped that evening and the sun came out briefly.  The residents were overjoyed and many went out on their walks, they and the buildings are all doing well.  The farm sustained minor damages with a few fallen trees and lost pecans.  We are grateful to be located so far north, many of the areas south of us were evacuated and destroyed by the flood waters.

 

Earlier this month we had a big change in personnel at PG.  Samuel and Conchita, who have worked here since 2013, decided to take an opportunity in San Antonio.  Samuel had been working on the farm, and Conchita at the residence.  We are missing them.  It was a pleasure seeing Bambi again before they had to leave since we have not seen him in a while.

 

Fern turned 87 and Jack turned 84 in August.

Ken’s sister Ronda, who was the manager here at PG for a few years, and her son Travis Chandler and family, visited at the same time David Bolt was here with his son Travis.  Nathan and Allison Potter also visited.

 

The Jeanes came to visit John, and the Tasics visited the Milles.

Elton flew to Quakertown convention.  Here he’s pretending to fly (100 year olds get special treatment), and then shown in a 4 generation picture.

 

Thank you for your continued interest and all the care and concern that has been shown to us.

Ken, Dominique, Mimi, & Salena

 

July 31, 2017

July 2017

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 3:36 pm

The biggest news in July was that Ruth Evans went back to Georgia to be in a facility owned by the Garys.  She had been at PG a little more than a year.  Kelvin, Sharon and Colleen picked her up on their way back from Happy.  The pictures below show the residents and Jack with Ruth the day before she left, then the residents and future residents 😊.

Here’s Ruth’s early morning send off, and her first evening’s supper in her apartment with Mark and Lauren Gary and family.

Collene and Sharon came to visit for several days before Happy.  Pat and Linda Bly visited from Missouri.

Kathy’s sister Kim Schneider and family visited from Minneapolis.  Here’s Kim with Marybelle, then the 4 cousins, Faith, Kathy, Kim and Lori.  Next is Kim’s 3 kids with the twins and the wolf.

Samuel’s brother Noe visited with family and friends from South Houston.  Edna and Pearl came to visit Fern.  Lyle stopped for a visit, shown here with Alice and John.

Conchita had a birthday in July, Marybelle cut paper dolls for the kids, and we had some fireworks on July 4th.

Kathy, Karin and the kids visited Teresa in the nursing home.  Kathy and I visited Clinton, who had just had a hair cut.

Ken

June 30, 2017

June 2017

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 5:18 pm

A graduation party was held at the Sr. Residence for Abigail Hoffman.  Abigail was home schooled.  Terry declared the Hoffman high school officially closed!  About 80 people came to the party.  The pictures below show Terry, Kim and Abigail, and group photos inside and out.  The meeting at PG is in the Hoffman home.

Visitors this month included Gary, Susan and Adrianna Peter, Lynden and Nadene Laird shown here with Fern and Neville Lee shown here with Marybelle and Elton.

Also Calvin and Nedda Penland shown with John, and Ivan, Christie and Ryder Gibbs from Australia who came to visit the Milles.

We have 4 wonderful staff who work at the residence.  One is Jennifer Maddoux who had a birthday this month.  The second is Conchita Valdez, shown here with Patty Maki and Jack Newman.  Conchita’s husband Samuel (not shown) works on the farm.

The third is Lety Valdez, shown with her husband Marcos (who also works for an engineering company located on the farm), and their daughter Hannah.  The last is Salena Newman shown at the nursing home with 5 of the 8 PG residents and with Naomi and Roger.  Salena manages the residence for us.  Finally, Dominique and Mimi Mille who help with the business management and purchasing the groceries.

A few months ago I showed pictures of some of the pecan grafts we had done.  Most of them died, but we have about 9 that took.  Here are pictures of 2 of them.  You can see the graft wood from Kiowa paper shell trees connected to the larger native tree stump.

Thanks for your interest in us here.

Ken

May 31, 2017

May 2017

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

PG still has 8 residents.  Alice has been in Washington for about a month.  She’s at convention this week and returns next week.  Marybelle’s brother took her to visit relatives in Austin and Kansas, and brought her back last week.  The others, Raymond, Jean, Elton, Fern, Ruth and John are doing reasonably well.

Clinton has been in a nursing home in Conroe, but he had a fall and some other issues last week, so was hospitialized in Tomball.  His brother, Norris, wife, Nancy, are here visiting him.  Hopefully he’ll be able to return to the nursing home in Conroe.

Herbie Barnett has been doing some doctoring in Houston, so he and Patty visited along with Gilbert and Linda Randall.

David, Jim and Beth Grainger from Kansas, came by for a visit, shown here with Ruth, Marybelle and Fern.  The second picture is of Elton and Clarence one Sunday morning at Clarence’s.

Lety’s sister and family, Benjamin, Orfa and Brisa visited from Mexico.  Juan, Maria, Martha and Lopita from Pearland visited Raymond.

Kathy, the twins (Maren and Maven) (5) and Katelyn (3) had birthdays in May.

The pecans are looking good!  We’ve had reasonable rain, and are being very careful to spray for scab (fungus) and casebears (bugs).  So we have hope!

Ken

 

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