Pecan Grove ( Pecan Orchard and Senior Residence

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.

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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!



April 30, 2017

April 2017

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Senior Residence — knewman @ 8:17 am

Doris Crawford passed away in Birmingham Alabama.  Doris had been here at PG almost 8 years.  Her sister Sandra moved her to Birmingham at the end of January.  We miss Doris’s quiet, contented, soft happy spirit.

Fern Ducan came to be at PG April 18th.  Barbara Ballentine and Sharon Martyn accompanied Fern from Boston and stayed a week to help her settle in.  Fern has settled in nicely… we’re glad to have her with us.  Here are the 3 of them when they arrived.  Then Fern with Clinton, Barbara and Fern with Naomi, all 3 with Cindy and Dub Johnson.

Later they visited the nursing home again, here is Barbara with Patty Maki and Alice with Naomi.  Also we had 5 sisters for gospel meeting when Jennifer got back.

Alice and I share the same birthday, 28 years apart.  My sister Ronda and Mike Rosamond, and brother Brent and Ann, were here.  Also Salena’s father, Jim and Kirsten Thorburn were here, shown here with Kenny and Salena.

Kathy and I were gone part of April, so we didn’t see all the visitors.  Glen and Gladys Goecke are on the first 2 pictures (not together), with the Hinkleys and residents.

LaNell, Darla and Julie came for brief visits.

Family and friends of Samuel and Conchita visited:

Clinton’s brother Norris, and wife Nancy came to visit Clinton and Teresa, and visited PG.  Ronda had a good visit with Jean.

We’ve seen some ex-employees of PG recently.  On our trip we had lunch with Cindy Erickson in WA, pictured with Kathy.  Destiny Minor came to visit while Ronda and Mike were here.  Here she’s with Karin.

We don’t see as much of Bambi, but he does come by sometimes for bread.  Some of the pecan grafts we showed last month worked, you can see the live buds on the branches that were grafted in.  3 sisters went with us to see the grafts.







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.


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