Pecan Grove ( Pecan Grove and Senior Residence

May 31, 2012

May 2012

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 8:42 am

We had several special privileges at PG in May.  Philip Farris came to spend some time with Frank.  Here’s a self portrait Philip took of himself and the “Francolator”.  Also Philip speaking to a group around the table.  We really appreciated his visit and help!


You may have heard that Della Bolt’s house in Pasadena burned down while she was at special meeting.  A 14 year old homeless girl had been watching her house and knew she left on Sunday mornings.  She broke in to steal, but when she saw all the pictures of family, friends and workers, she got jealous and decided to burn the house down.  Mary Sitton arranged to have a shower for Della at PG.  There were about 70 of us there.  Mary arranged for several to play music, sing, read poetry, etc.  The following photos show Della with two daughters and families, mom (Leona Newman) and Della, group pictures, Danny McSpadden playing the violin and Mary Sitton playing and singing.  Della now has a new mobile home on Kent and Linda Opel’s property in Pearland.

The 3 Turner boys from San Antonio visited and played for us.  The first picture shows Dustin, Colin and Blake Turner playing.  The next is the group listening and then the lunch we had together.

Since Lounell and Marianna left in January we’ve been looking for two full-time staff members.  In May two new full-time joined us, Virginia McKnight and Kathleen Stancliff.  The following pictures show Virginia and then Kathleen with her 2 girls, Shannon and Rebekah.  We’re glad to get back to full staffing, and thankful for the part-time staff that have helped in the mean time.

Corey Stephens was one of the part-time staff.  This picture taken on his last day shows Karin, Virginia, Corey, Cindy, Kathy, Ken, Leona, and Jack.  We’ll miss Corey’s cooking and help in the bible studies!  The second picture is of Ruthie Topinka and Joyce Lawrence who visit regularly from their south Houston field.  Joyce’s mom, Betty, is one of our residents.

I sent a message earlier in the month about the identical twin girls, Maren and Maven, being born to our daughter, Karla and Brendan Furrow.  The first picture below shows Karla and Jenny Waldo comparing stomachs before the twins were born.  Don and Jenny are still awaiting their daughter.  The second picture is of Maren and Maven, then the new grandparents and the great-grandparents.  If you’re interested in further pictures see the link in the upper right to the blog of Brendan and Karla Furrow.  Maren and Maven haven’t visited PG yet, but hope to do so in June.

Birthdays in May included Mike Rosamond, married to my sister Ronda, (Mike does pecan farming during the day and coon hunting at night) and Kathy.

So far the pecans are doing well, but we’re concerned about another draught this year.  The following shows a fertilizer truck fertilizing the pecans and some young pecans.  Harvest is in October.  Last year we had no pecans because of the draught.

No snake pictures this month! 🙂




















May 2, 2012

April 2012

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 7:39 pm

April was a beautiful month at PG.  All of the residents are doing well.  Barbara got new hearing aids, and now thinks PG is a noisy place!  She had become discouraged, thinking she would have to accept being deaf and blind.  Now she hears everything!  Unfortunately there isn’t any help available for her vision.  Bea struggles with a bad tooth that, so far, the dentists can’t fix and refuse to pull.  Jean has been released from the very strict diet she was on… now can eat anything, and she is sure enjoying food!

Fe Gatan, Louise Martin, Lynn & Vernell LaPrarie came to visit.  Fe and Louise had been companions with Barbara, Doris and Evelyn, so all were glad for the visit.

Linda Ronhaar came for a visit.  She was the manager at PG for the first 2 years… retired in January 2011.  We were really glad for her visit.  Here she is down by the lake with Doris, and then on a 4 wheeler with Brandon.

Wayne and Dawn Overby came one day and washed the windows in the residence!  They visit sometimes and play games with the residents.

Other visitors included Jacob and Deland Bragg pictured with Evelyn below, and Don (my cousin’s son), Jenny and Ava Waldo with David Lund (Jenny’s dad).  Don and Jenny are moving here from Oregon.

Geoff Murray visited from New Zealand.  He and his family lived here for 3 years in the late 90’s.  Also Dominique and Mireille Mille who currently live in New Calidonia which is a set of French islands north of New Zealand.  Dominique and Mireille now have 4 grandchildren in Texas, so we hope to see them more often!

Other visitors included Ruth Gooding (with mom and Ronda), and Shirley Waters and her big son (with Bea).

The wild flowers were amazing this spring.  We’ve had good rain so far this year, unlike last year, so maybe the draught from last year caused them to be special this year?

My birthday was one of many beautiful days in April.  I decided to take some time off and take Doris fishing (she loves to fish).  So I called Cindy at the residence and asked to her tell Doris, so she would be ready when I arrived (she often isn’t dressed till noon).  When I arrived… there were 5 residents waiting to go fishing!  They can’t fish for bass because of the effort and strength required, so small perch it was. I recruited Brandon and Mike.  We baited hooks and used bobbers.  They caught perch much faster than we could take them off the hook and put on fresh bait.  While waiting on us to remove fish and bait hooks, they kidded me about spending my birthday helping old ladies fish!  It was a hoot!

Here’s my birthday picture, with Karin, Kathy and Karla.  Karla is expecting identical twin girls in May, so Kathy and I will be grandparents!  Corey Stephens, who works part time at PG, had a birthday in April also.

We do have bass in the lakes, as Mike shows below.  From his grimace, you’d think it was a big bass, like the ones we catch in Lake Conroe!

The pecan trees are sure looking good this year.  We have nearly 1,000 pecan trees, and didn’t get 1 good pecan last year due to the draught.  Hopefully this year will be better.  The second picture is the small pond beside the cabin reflecting the trees on the other side.

For some reason we’ve seen a bunch of snakes recently.  A chicken snake strangled (first picture) and then ate (second picture) a squirrel in Mike and Ronda’s yard at PG.  Mike killed it and held it up to show its length.

A cotton mouth was swimming in one of the streams, and a coral snake swam across the pond at the cabin.  A coral snake (venemous) looks a lot like a scarlet king snake (non-venemous).  There’s a saying to help tell the difference: “Red on black…friend of Jack…Red on yellow, kill a fellow.”  As the picture shows, this one is red on yellow… so it is a coral snake.  Fortunately, they are easily frightened and so are seldom seen.




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