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

June 30, 2018

June 2018

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 12:39 pm

Jean Hagemeier wasn’t doing well, and went down to her nephew’s home, Kent and Linda Opel’s, in May.  She improved somewhat but decided to stay there, reducing our resident count to 8 (see the list in the upper right corner).   The Opels did bring her back to visit in June… we were glad to see her.  Here’s Linda, Kent, their granddaughter Abigail Hoffman (who works at PG part-time) and Jean.

John came home from the rehab hospital (after a broken femur and hip replacement) June 3rd.  Here he’s with Mimi, Lois and Dominique.  John has continued to improve… he’s still using a walker but getting around well and is in good spirits.

Gilbert, who came home from the same rehab hospital in late May after a heart valve replacement, continues to improve.  He’s back to walking about 30 min per day, and his memory is improving.  He had visitors from Louisiana in June including Linda Fletcher, Jody and Verbie VanHouten, Charles and Bethel Arnold, Charlie Kerr and Richard Gasser.

There was a baptism at PG June 16th.  About 110 came for a meeting, the baptism and then a potluck.  It was a wonderful experience.

Dominique and Mimi Mille, Kathy and myself went up to Redbud Canyon for their 20th anniversary celebration June 23rd.  Over 100 were there.  Here Glenn Spunaugle is shown making a presentation about the 20 years Redbud has been open.  Some Spunaugle  grandchildren sang hymns for us.  It was wonderful to get to know more of the friends, workers and residents there.  It was a visit to Redbud Canyon in 2007 that gave us the idea, and with Glenns help and encouragement we started PG.  Next February PG will have been open 10 years… it’s hard to believe!

Most of the residents go to the Terry and Kim Hoffman home at PG for meeting on Sunday mornings.  They had a potluck after meeting one Sunday. Also Norris and Nancy Goff visited Clinton in the nursing home in Conroe, and came to visit us at PG.  Another staff member, Jennifer Maddoux, had a birthday in June.

Our grandkids, Katelyn and Dylan Kelleher spent a few days with us and were in the morning bible studies.  Dylan flipped off a swing a week before and broke his leg.  Katelyn tried to make Vince into a zebra with chalk, which Vince was fine with until he was told he had to eat grass.

Ken

May 31, 2018

May 2018

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 6:14 am

May has been a busy month, with as many as 3 in the hospital at one time.  Gilbert’s heart valve replacement went very well.  He was transferred to a rehab hospital for a few weeks, and then returned to PG.  He says his memory is worse, though it is surprising what he does remember sometimes.  He continues to improve as he settles back in to the routine at PG.  His nephews wife, Gloria Reese, came from Minneapolis and spent a few days with him in the hospital.  Here’s a picture of Gloria and the Damon and Rachel Olson family with Gilbert before his surgery.  My mom’s cousin, Audrey Fuller visited from PA, and is shown here with Gilbert in the rehab hospital.  She was in LA for several years when Gilbert was the overseer.

John Culver fell and broke his femur at his hip.  They ended up doing a hip replacement.  Then he was transferred to the same rehab hospital as Gilbert.  Here’s a picture of Jack, Gilbert, John and Kathy in the rehab hospital.  Also, more recently, Lois and John.  We’re hoping John will be able to come home from the hospital next week.

Jean also went to the hospital, twice, with an infection.  She’s currently recuperating at Kent and Linda Opels.  We hope she can return to PG next week also.

The other 6 residents are doing fine.  Dad is happy to be mowing again.  Elton has a new hearing aid.  Marybelle will travel to see her sister in Kansas in June.

Here’s another picture of Gloria Reese with the Nordic’s wolf Zeus and with 3 of our Furrow grandkids, Maren, Maven and Evren.  Yvonne Wilson from Trinidad visited, shown here with Fern.  Patty Maki brought Diane Hensley to visit.

Loren and Kenion visited, shown here with Audrey.  Also Elton visited Roger at the nursing home.  Kathy had a birthday in May.

We did have a few bluebonnets, and now the lily pads have started to bloom.

Kathy and I spent some wonderful days in Israel in May.  Some of you know some of these folks in Haifa and Jaffa (Joppa).

Ken

January 31, 2018

January 2018

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 6:10 pm

Teresa Goff continued to improve from her hip surgery, and then suddenly took a turn for the worse.  She was taken from the nursing home to the hospital and passed away quickly Jan 20.  She was 97.  She came to PG in May 2009 and went to the nursing home in January 2016.  There was a memorial service for her at PG and a grave side service in Birmingham,  Alabama.  The picture below was taken soon after she came.

Richard Gasser brought Gilbert Reese (94) to join the residents at PG January 26th.  Pictures of the welcoming committee below include Richard, Gilbert, Kenion, Loren, John and Ken.

We now have 7 residents shown below with Dad, who isn’t a resident but spends much of his time at the residence.  Back row: Gilbert Reese, John Culver, Elton Cleveland and Jack Newman.  Front row: Alice Oetken, Marybelle Armstrong, Fern Duncan and Jean Hagemeier.

Visitors included David and Lenore Olson, Roger and Marian Fryer, with the Overbys, residents and Salena.  Also Dub and Cindy Johnson from New York, shown here with Fern, Dad and Elton.

Also Caroline Simmons from the Boston area, and Larry and Jan Pierce from Georgetown.

Marybelle turned 92.  Here she’s with our twins, Maren and Maven Furrow, and her brother Charles who is visiting.

Roger Cleveland seems to have recovered from the pneumonia, but is still not doing well.  He sleeps most of the time, and is completely deaf.

Clinton Goff stays about the same.  His brother Norris visited him this month.

Raymond Reece fell and cut himself.  LeRoy Sanford came to visit Raymond, shown here with our daughter Karin Kelleher.  We cut the eagle off of the tree stump, and are trying to decide how to treat the rot.

Thank You,

Ken

 

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

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