Pecan Grove ( Pecan Orchard and Senior Residence

March 31, 2017

March 2017

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Senior Residence — knewman @ 3:17 pm

In March 2015 Don Lewis came back to meetings, and has been with us a lot since.  He and Clarence became close friends and were often together.  March 9th he drove himself to the VA hospital in Houston with heart problems, and passed away on March 14.  He was 83.  Here’s a picture of  Clarence and Don taken last August.  The second picture taken this month is of Don and Clarence listening to Regi who had just tuned the piano.  We really miss his visits and friendship.

At the March 1st Wed night study at Milles is shown below.  Rachel and Marsha were with us.  The second picture is of Blair and Debbie Hoseth with Marybelle.

Ronda brought Joyce for a visit.  Joyce stayed a few days with her good friend Marybelle.

Ruth’s sisters Martha (and husband Hubert) and Elizabeth came for a visit.  Marsha and Sarah are together here while Jennifer is away at special meetings.

Byron and Debi Potter visited, shown here with a group of us, and then Byron with Nordic’s wolf Zeus.

The Printzs and Kolps visited.  Elton visits his brother Roger in the nursing home once a week.

There were 5 birthdays in March.  Troy and Mireille (Mimi), Samuel, Salena and John.  The cakes tell the ages :).

A pecan farmer from 30 miles away came to graft some pecan trees for us.  We tried doing it ourselves last year and weren’t successful.  Here’s Nick with a piece of graft wood he’s carving.  He grafted 2 pieces of Kiowa paper shell pecans into this stump which is a wild pecan tree.  Hopefully at least one of these two grafts will take.  We’ll cut the other off and let the new one grow.  Since the roots are well established the tree should grow very fast.



February 28, 2017

February 2017

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 6:17 pm

February was a busy month.  A brief summary for each one:


Alice – spent most of the month on special meeting rounds. Towards the end she got the flu, but is doing better now.

John – had surgery on his hand, then went for a few special meetings

Ruth – had problems with high blood pressure.  Medication changes made her feel a lot better

Marybelle – also had high blood pressure, was to the doctor today

Jean – had a lot of falls.  She started using a wheel chair instead of a walker to avoid falling.  But the last few days she’s gone back to the walker.

Raymond and Elton had a good month.

Nursing Homes

Clinton – has improved physically and mentally.  He’s able to walk a little, and is in good spirits.  he knows that Al died, but is confused about most current things.

Naomi – is in much better spirits since they changed her medication.  Physically she’s weaker, but is up in a wheelchair every day.

Teresa – is in good spirits but remains in bed almost all the time now and seems weaker.

Roger – had a bad spell this month until they eliminated one medication.  He’s weaker, and more deaf.

Doris – was in hospice, but is now in a nursing home near her sister, Sandra, near Birmingham, Alabama.

There were a lot of workers visiting at special meeting time.  These pictures show Craig, John and Marsha, then Clarence, Kathy, Sharon, Laura and Ruth, then Tyler, Lavina and Talus, then the group eating, then Diann, Sarah and Jean, and finally Marybelle, Dale, Elton and Hannah.

Other visitors at special meeting time included Irving and Sandra West from VA and Wynesta and Steve Dale from CA. The first picture is of the 2 couples with Kathy, and the second is of Irving and Sandra with Clinton.

For Roger’s 97th birthday, Elton, Lety and Hannah took a cake to Roger.  Two of Elton’s childern, David and Cheryl, were here to visit.

Don and Stacey brought John back from special meetings, enroute to their fields in LA.  Rachel brought Alice back today.

Kathy’s cousins, Lori Morgan, Monica Bergh and Faith Braaksma, and aunt Jane Jacobsen came for a visit.  The first picture is of the cousins and aunt, the second they’re with some of our kids and Kelleher grandkids.

Here are the Furrow grandkids visiting Teresa, then pictures of Naomi and Raymond.-

Albert, Maja and Danny McSpadden came for a visit.  Here they’re petting the Nordic’s wolf, Zeus.


January 31, 2017

January 2017

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 1:29 pm

Doris Crawford, who had been at PG almost 8 years, left in January.  Her sister, Sandra Wilson, came for a visit with Louise Martin, and decided to take Doris back to Alabama with her.  Hopefully she’ll be able to get Doris into a nursing home there.   Doris’s care needs were really beyond what we should be doing in an assisted living facility, but the staff loved her so much they didn’t want to see her go!  Please contact me if you would like Sandra’s address.  We now have 7 residents at PG.  We heard that Evelyn Wilson (Sandra’s sister-in-law) who was at PG for a year, passed away in Missouri.  The first picture is the group saying goodbye to Doris.  The second is of Louise and Marybelle with Ty Nordic’s parents, Sharon and Gary.

A kiwi family (kiwi means from New Zealand), Brent, Ellen, Amanda, Brayden and Evan Roberts, came for a visit.  They are shown below at the residence and with the Hoffmans and their goats.

While they were here Marybelle had her 91st birthday, so they fixed Pavlova!  Ruth’s sister Martha and husband Hubert visited.

William and Mark visited, shown here with John.  Noe and Malena visited Samuel and Conchita.

Lyle and Silas stopped by for a brief visit.  Jennifer and Sarah visited and took Alice on special meeting rounds.

Alice’s niece Marian and Roger Fryer are staying near here for a month or so, visiting and escaping the Wisconsin winter.  Roger is helping Marybelle improve her chess game.

We have 4 in the nursing homes near PG now.  Alice is with Teresa below.  Teresa has some bad sores on the back of her head and neck, that the doctors think are cancerous.  She doesn’t get out of bed anymore, but she’s happy and peaceful.  Roger has gone down a lot recently.  Naomi is doing much better with a new medication they’re giving her.  She’s weak and her memory is poor but she’s up some every day, happy and thankful.  Clinton is stronger, but his mind hasn’t improved.

We’re having beautiful warm weather now, after nearly 5 inches of rain and some freezing nights earlier in January.  The grass is turning green and the trees are confused.  Here’s a picture of the pecan orchard.


December 31, 2016

December 2016

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 7:40 pm

Many in the news are talking about what a terrible year 2016 has been.  We disagree… 2016 has been a wonderful year in many ways.  We’ve enjoyed so many privileges.  December was no exception.  Marybelle Armstrong arrived at PG from Redbud Canyon on December 1.  Here’s a picture of her arriving and then with her good friend Mona who came for a visit.  The other 2 pictures are of Mona playing a game with 4 residents, and then petting a wolf with Amy.


Clinton did okay for several weeks, then went downhill quickly.  He had 3 falls in 2 days, maybe from a TIA.  We took him to the emergency room, he was admitted to the hospital for 8 days, then went to a nursing home in Conroe.  Here he’s playing a game of chess with Marybelle.  She had a lot of patience!  Clinton is somewhat better, but certainly needs to be in a nursing home.   Marybelle (and Alice) love to pet Bambi, and all the dogs and cats.  Marybelle tried to pet the Hoffman’s Great Pyrenees goat guard dogs through the electric fence, got shocked, jumped and screamed… now she can’t get the (usually very friendly) dogs to come close to her!  Too bad we don’t have a picture!


Raymond (91) and Ruth (86) had birthdays in December.


The Spunagle family stopped in briefly on their way to Galveston for a cruise.  The second picture is of Glenn and myself.  Glenn (who owns Redbud Canyon) was a big help when I was getting PG started.


The Bolts and Nordics visited, as did Chris Burden visiting his aunt Doris.


Tom Davis made a fire pit for us, and delivered it.  We’re glad he had time for lunch with some of his old friends.


The Birkhofers came for a visit.  The Westerburs came to see John.


Finally… our grandson Dylan Kelleher is wearing a helmet to reshape his head.  Sorry, this picture isn’t relevant to the residence, but it was too cute to pass up.


Happy New Year!




November 30, 2016

November 2016

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 5:40 pm

Ray brought Clinton Goff from Virginia to be our 8th resident in November.  Clinton is in worse condition than our other residents… but is slowly adjusting to PG.  Clinton’s cousin, Don Lewis, who lives near here came to visit with Clarence.  Don said Clinton has several strikes against him, physical, mental and being a Goff!  Takes one to know one.  The cousins are visiting on the couch in the picture below.


Tomorrow Marybelle Armstrong is to join us from Redbud Canyon.  I’ll include that in the December blog.

Other visitors (that we have pictures of) included Jim Stipp, Delbert and Penny Lewis, Robert and Linda Klepzig, and then Marie and Joyce.  Mike Callaway and Dave Larson are here visiting today.


There were about 30 here for Thanksgiving, most shown in the 2 pictures below.


Patrick Kelleher (our son-in-law who works here at PG) had a birthday.  His little son Dylan got a helmet to help straighten his misshapen head.


Here’s Naomi and Roger in the nursing home.  Naomi seems to be gradually improving… we see her up more, and her attitude is good.  Roger is basically completely deaf now… we have to write notes to him, but his spirits are good.  Teresa Goff is in bed more, but is in good spirits.  She’s aware her brother-in-law Clinton is here, but we haven’t been able to take him in to see her yet.


Kathy and I made our yearly trip to Aberdeen Scotland.  A few pictures of our friends there for those who may know them.


Ty has a longhorn cow and a young bull (not related) that will be a longhorn eventually.  The bull follows the cow around like it’s scared.  Bambi (who is growing horns, so is a he) is now sporting a red collar.  Hopefully that will be enough for hunters to notice, now that it’s deer hunting season.  He’s free to roam, but stays close.




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