Pecan Grove ( Pecan Grove and Senior Residence

June 30, 2023

June 2023

Filed under: Pecan Farming — knewman @ 5:08 pm

June is turning out to be the hottest month yet. We are really glad for the air conditioning around these parts. Thankfully when people come to visit they like to sit around inside and talk. We have had no shortage of visitors again this month.

Karen’s long time friends, Alicia Weaver and Barbara Ballentine, came for a few days visit. Barbara and Karen have known each other since they were girls. Barbara went in the work 2 years after Karen. Elton was extra glad to have them here together. Here they are in front of the piano.

Barbara thought it would be nice to take Alice to visit with Fern. Here they are around Fern for a visit, and again just Alice and Fern. Karen took this picture of Barbara and Bella, and labeled it “Bliss”. Unfortunately, on one of our 100 degree days, Bella did what she loved to do… swam and ran through the pecan orchard, and died, we think of over heating. So… unfortunately, this is the last picture of our dear Bella.

While our visitors were here we had another temporary resident arrive at Pecan Grove. A very small Kitten that we named Squeaks, who was quite the welcome distraction around here. Here are some photos of the happy residents wanting to meet him.

Shortly after Karen and Alicia left we had several more visitors. Franz and Sally Holzmann from New Braunfels came to visit Louis and Elsie who had been their next door neighbors. Here they are sitting together on the couch.

Marie had been invited to spend some time away with Tony and Donna Hottel who came for lunch to pick her up. They saw Squeaks and offered to take him off our hands which was much to Marie’s delight because she got to hold him the whole car ride. Here they are on the couch before lunch.

Hannah Bassham’s sister, Michelle, and her three girls Sadie, Willow, and Hazel came for a visit. Here they are in front of the fireplace with Marie, Marilynn, Joyce and Esther.

The Mille’s daughter, Elisa, and her family came for a nice visit. Elisa and Ian Herd with their three sons: Isaac, James and Eli and their cousin, Bryce. Here they all are in front of the fireplace Marilynn, Marie and Esther.

Marilynn’s good friend, Cynthia Abate, came for a visit. She went with Elton to see Gilbert and Fern also. Here they are with Gilbert, and again with Esther and Marilynn in front of the fire place.

Our Enhabit home health nurse was very kind to us this month and decided to put on a little dehydration seminar. Here are all the residents drinking it in.

We had two birthdays this month Joyce and Dominique (his birthday was in May but we celebrated it in June). Abigail has been splitting the cake-making duties with Salena and they are both masters of their craft. Here are the animated celebraters and their cakes. Lastly a third birthday, for Terry Hoffman, celebrated at Patty Maki’s after Wednesday evening meeting.

June has been hot but beautiful. Here are some photos of the verdant property and assorted creatures. Kenny finds them while mowing and puts them back in the woods.

Thank you for your consideration of us here at PG.


December 31, 2022

December 2022

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Pecan Grove — knewman @ 7:21 pm

We have come to the end of 2022, and what a year it has been! December was another wonderful month. We had a PG staff holiday lunch to thank the staff for their help and care.

Kim, Terry and Abigail Hoffman, Anita and Shawn Bass, Ken and Kathy Newman, Patty Maki, Kenny and Salena Newman

Larry and Jan Pierce visited from Georgetown.

There were 26 of us for Christmas dinner. The visitors included Ken’s brother Brent and Ann Newman, Glenda Pickering and her brother Ivan, Aislynn Stanton and Mona Reece, and Sue Meldazy, as well as Overbys and Hoffmans from the farm.

Don Schroeder visited his parents, and got in on exercises which Ty Nordic or Shawn Bass lead after the morning bible studies.

Birthdays included Slade Nordic and Ronald Elliott. Jeff and Patricia Oliver came to visit Ronald for his birthday.

Ken’s dad, Jack, continues to decline on hospice. They rarely get him up but did for a holiday dinner with Ken and Kathy. Several visited him including Della and Brent.

There is always something interesting on the farm. We had heavy rains with some minor flooding around the lake, a cold snap which caused ice to form from a sprinkler, and racoons to trap

Thank you for your interest in PG and Happy New Year!


April 30, 2022

April 2022

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 6:51 am

April is always a beautiful month here  in Texas. This year has been no exception! Here are some photos of the early morning sunrise here at PG.

The residents have been adding to the beauty also by growing a garden! Kenny and Ken made an elevated garden for those who are interested, and the reception has been great! Here is the transition of the garden to how it is now.


Happy gardeners! This has really been a group effort, with Elsie, Esther, Marie, Marilynn, and Della all taking part to give these herbs a happy home.


All of the residents are doing well this month, you will notice that Marilynn is pictured standing without her walker. We are glad she has made a full recovery! Gilbert is doing well also, he has been getting out to meetings regularly with the help of Gary and Susan Peter. Here he is posing with Clarence Mounce, Gary, and Ken at the Opel’s on Sunday!

Jack Newman has been having his good days and bad days. Here are a few pictures with him and the grandkids, as well as when Della and Salena went for a visit. The far right picture is of him with his hospice nurse recovering from one of his seizures.

April has many birthdays, and several of them are staff members! Kenny turned 30 on the 7th, while Shawn turned 48 on the 22nd. Here they are enjoying their cakes!


Alice turned 93 on the 24th! We had several visitors to commemorate the occasion, not to mention her family came into town a few days later and we celebrated all over again! Here she is on her birthday with a long table of well wishers!

Here she is again while her family came to visit. Second, is a group photo with all of our visitors: Lyle and Barbara Davies, she is Alice’s niece (on left), and Chris and Joellen Hertz (right).

We had several surprise visits as well. On the left is Della with her nephew and his wife Charles and Angela Strong; the middle is Salena’s family that came to visit after a cruise: Les, Janice, Doris, and Diane. We had a few workers stop in and say hello: Stacey Seidlitz, Thelma Galbraith, Richard Gasser, and Joanna Bishop.


Below is a photo of two close friends of Marilynn’s who came for a visit and the bible study on Wednesday: Cindy Muller and Iris Schraw.

Lastly, Kenny and Salena have been dog sitting while Ken and Kathy are away; and Bella has not always been a good dog! She ran off on the second night of them being away, and was not returned until the next day; after many hours of searching and worry! We are glad to have her back. Here she is not knowing how much of a fright she caused!

Thank you all for your interest and love for Pecan Grove, we appreciate it so much.






March 31, 2022

March 2022

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 6:57 pm

As many of you may know, Lois Culver passed away this month. She suffered a head injury a few weeks ago from a bad fall, which was the beginning of the end. She was very dear to all of us and we will miss her, but we are glad she is finally at rest. Here’s a picture of her on valentines day.

If you’ll recall, Marilynn had a fall last month and fractured her kneecap.  She is quite the trooper and has been doing her physical therapy along with a lot of walking to get back to her old self. Here she is riding high on the walker!

We had a few special birthdays this month. Salena turned 29 in the beginning of the month! Here she is with a scrumptious crepe cake made for her by Abigail.

Also, Esther Duncan turned 88 this month. Here she is with her shamrock cake. We just have to love the Irish! On the right is her new walking get up. She looks like Iron Man now!


She likes to celebrate her heritage; here she is with her Saint Patrick’s day spirited socks! On the right is Elton getting in on the action by showing off his favorite green towel.


We had many special visitors this month. Fern had a nice visit with Lynden and Nadine Laird along with his brother Earl. Here they are with Fern in her room.

Gerry and Margaret Gunderson came to see their life long friend, Elton. He even got them to pose for a few pictures! Here they are lounging in his room, and laughing in the kitchen.

Marie’s niece came to visit with her husband and daughter Melissa, Shay, and Lacey Bassett. Everyone always enjoys it when family comes to town!

Ronald had several friends visit at different times. On the left is the Skilbred family: Scott, Marylynn, Braydon, Kyle, Connor, and Devon. He also enjoyed another visit from Jeff and Patricia Oliver, shown right.

We are over joyed to permanently welcome Louis and Elsie Schroeder to Pecan Grove! Here they are with their daughter, Carol Aarestad, and her two daughters, Sarah and Amelia. This is one of the few times someone needed a U-Haul to move here!  Here’s their grand-daughter Candice Sandon with her daughter, Brynna.  Their son Don and Becky have been here twice but we don’t have a picture.

As always, thank you for your interest in us here at Pecan Grove.

Kenny and Ken

October 31, 2020

October 2020

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 9:15 am

October has been an amazing month.  A short summary:

  • John Culver’s funeral on October 1  Funeral of John Culver in Willis Texas – Notes
  • Elton Cleveland’s 103rd birthday, October 10
  • Abigail Hoffman’s birthday, October 13
  • PG Special meeting, October 15
  • Anita Bass’s birthday, October 25
  • Georgetown and Mountain Peak special meetings
  • Marilynn Frye came to PG Oct 26th as the 32nd resident (since opening in 2009), 10th current resident
  • Pecan harvest

Karen Cleveland and Alicia Weaver came for Elton’s birthday.  All 3 like to take pictures, so we have lots!  Here are several… I won’t try to describe them all!  Sorry, some of these pictures aren’t working right.  Click on the picture if you want to see it correctly.

Birthdays for Abigail Hoffman (22) and Anita (53) (with husband Shawn):

We told Lyle we didn’t think it possible to transport the residents to the 1 day special meeting at Georgetown.   He suggested we have 1 day at PG between Georgetown and Mountain Peak, which we had on October 15th.  The 3rd meeting was tested and Shawn Bass (shown above with his wife Anita) professed.  Again, a group of pictures… the workers that day, the room set up for social distancing, Titus and Domenic, Betty and Jack Poage with Domenic, Alice and Ruth, Tom Davis with Gilbert, Titus helping with crows (the day before).

Marilynn came after Mountain Peak.  Ruth and Emma brought her.  We’re so glad for her influence at the residence.

Other visitors in this difficult time included Jim and Sue Roachell visited his father Clarence, Marlee Freesmann and her mother Mavis Morgan, visiting with Gilbert, and Dan and Bev Oaks with Marilynn, Ronald and Alice.

We farmed less than half of the pecans this year.  At the end, the crows and squirrels got more than we did.  But we have enough to be satisfied.  Here are a few pictures from the outdoor process, Wayne shaking the tree, Dominique picking up the pecans (plus leaves, sticks, stones…) with the harvester, then Wayne, Dawn, Dominique and Kathy using the cleaner to separate pecans from the rest.

The indoor process is long, starting with drying tables.  Once dry the pecans are run through a cracker, separator (which separates shell from meat), air separator (which blows the shell away, similar to winnowing, with Ronald’s cane), and then to the hopper of the vibration table.

After that the process becomes fairly manual, sorting out bad pecans, stones, shell… on the vibration table, then running through the sizing table to separate out small pieces (which are discarded because of small shell bits), larger pieces and “halves”.   Finally the pecans are weighed and put in bags.  Here are pictures of Kathy, Dawn, Wayne, Ronald and Joyce working at the vibration table (the slowest and most labor intensive part of the process), then Dawn and Kathy at the sizing table.

Thanks for your interest in us here!


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