Pecan Grove ( Pecan Grove and Senior Residence

June 30, 2013

June 2013

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 3:38 pm

Everyone at PG is doing fairly well.  Teresa uses a wheel chair most of the time now, not because she can’t walk, but because she’s afraid of falling again.  When she needs to walk she does.  Esther had some bad days in June, but seems to be back to normal now.

We’ve had more changes in staff in June.  Virginia McKnight resigned, and Salena Thorburn joined the staff.  Salena is our son Kenny’s girlfriend, and is a full-time Aggie (student at Texas A&M), during the school year.  A&M is about 70 miles from PG, so Salena stays in the bunk house when she’s working.  She won’t be able to work full-time once school starts, but she’s hoping to continue working weekends.  Brisy is also planning on going to school full-time starting this fall, so we’ll be losing two out of four of our full-time staff.  The following pictures are of Virginia when she was leaving, and of Salena and Kenny.

Virginia's leavingIMG_5555

Steve and Arlene Gates, And Aggie and Tom Borgeson visited from north central PA.  They know several of our residents.  Below they’re shown with Naomi.  Also, Don Reynolds spent a few days with us on his way from Korea back to Bolivia.  He knows Esther very well… told stories about her when he was a kid in north west Ohio… she cried at the good memories… sure hated to see him go!   He’s shown with Esther below.

Steve Arlene Naomi Angie DonEsther and Don

Doris turned 90 in June.  Now 6 of our 10 residents are 90 or over!  Kathy and I visited Kathy’s relatives in the Phoenix area including her aunt Marjorie Willumsen.  While with Marjorie we visited an assisted living home with 10 residents run by some of the friends.  One of the residents is Willis Propp, who was in our home in France in the early 90’s.  The following picture shows Kathy with Willis and Marjorie.

Doris turns 90Kathy Willis Marjorie

Walter and Arlis Craighton (Salena’s grandparents) and their son Les spent a few days at PG… we didn’t get their picture.

It’s exceptionally hot here, and we have about half of the average yearly precipitation, but so far the pecans are looking good.  Terry and Samuel have just begun irrigating the pecan trees from the lake.  Hopefully we won’t run out of water in the lake like we did in 2011!

No pictures of the twins… if you’re interested look at Brendan and Karla Furrow’s blog listed at the upper right.



June 1, 2013

May 2013

Filed under: Pecan Farming — knewman @ 10:18 am

Barbara finished her course in May.  Rita Miller came back down from Indiana and traveled with Barbara in a medical transport to a nursing home in Indiana.  Barbara was there less than a week when she died.  Rita told Barbara when they crossed the Texas line that they were leaving Texas, and Barbara clapped her hands!  She was glad to be going home in more ways than one.  If anyone would like notes from her funeral, contact me by email.  The following pictures show Rita, Leona, Virginia, Ken and Kathy at PG with a bouquet of flowers Rita made, and the medical transport which was used for Barbara.

Rita, Leona, Virginia, Ken, Kathy Medical Transport

The day after Barbara and Rita left, Teresa Goff fell and broke her hip.  They put in 3 screws, sent her to rehab, and then sent her home in just over 2 weeks.  She’s using a walker and wheel chair, but seems to be recovering fine.

Other visitors included Lorraine Pope and Betty Goss from San Antonio, and Jeffrey and Brigit Batson who visited Mary Jane.

Lorraine and Betty Jeffrey and Brigit Batson with Mary Jane Pike

Keith and Joyce Ann Freeman came to visit Barbara, but just missed her.  Here they are with our workers, Sara and Sharon.  Also, a picture of the turtles sunning themselves in the lake (Esther still calls it a river).

Sara, Sharon, Joyce Ann and Keith Turtles

Kathy and the twins had birthdays in May (the first for the twins).  The pictures show Karin  and Kathy with a beautiful Italian Cream cake Mom (Leona) had made, and the twins playing on our “beach” at our Lake Conroe home.  Normally the water should be 3 ft higher, so we wouldn’t have a beach, but our drought conditions continue.

Karin and Kathy Twins on beach

Union meeting followed by pot luck is always a big day for the residents.  Here’s they’re shown getting food (Patty Maki helping her Mom, Ann Newman helping Bea).  Also there’s a picture of Conchita and Samuel taken the same day.

Pot Luck Conchita and Samuel

Linda Ronharr (who was the manager at PG for the first few years) visited Frank Porter in the nursing home in Florida.  Also Ronda  (my sister who was the manager after Linda) and Mike were down from Arkansas (with their current “kids”).

Frank and Linda Ronda and Mike

Following up from last month on Mary Jane’s weeding… Dianne Barbour sent her the frog statue shown.  Unfortunately MJ keeps forgetting who sent it to her.  She started pulling up poison ivy recently!  The wild flowers finished up in May and now it’s hot!

Mary Jane with Frog Wild Flowers



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