Pecan Grove ( Pecan Grove and Senior Residence

December 31, 2012

December 2012

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

It’s hard to believe 2012 is finished!  We have much to be thankful for, and look forward to 2013!  The residents did well in December.  Esther recovered her strength, and now walks with Bea down to the “river” every evening again.  (It’s a 7 acre lake but Esther, who is nearly blind, insists it’s a river.)   Jean was sick some… had a flu shot and then thought she had the flu.  It turned out to be gall stones.  She’s still somewhat weak, but is feeling much better.

Naomi “died” again at bible study.  I believe this is the 4th time, though it has been several months since the last time. They noticed she was passing out so Samuel and dad loaded her on a walker and as they walked her back the hall to her room she passed all the way out.  They lifted her into her bed and that woke her up.  She looked up at Samuel and said, “Samuel, have you hung up my calendar yet like I asked you to?”.  Fortunately (for Samuel) he had!  The first time this happened (see the middle of the January 2012 blog posting), we had her taken (by ambulance) to the hospital.  Now she warns us repeatedly, DO NOT take me to the hospital… let me die!  Destiny asked her what we should do if she fell and broke her arm… she said, “let it be broke – no hospital!”  It’s interesting, because when she came back from the hospital in January she talked a lot about how wonderful the hospital was.  She said she was in a room “filled with equipment” (it was actually the emergency room).  “There was so much equipment in that room, it must have cost a thousand dollars!”

Here’s a picture of the current 11 residents, from left to right, Naomi, Doris, Bea, Teresa, Jean, Roger, Esther, Frances, Barbara, Betty and Mary Jane.


We had lots of visitors in December… didn’t get pictures of all of them.  Here are Randy and Esther Wyatt with Esther Potts.  Mark, Julia, Elisa and Jeffery Hilligoss visited Barbara.


Ron, Pam and Russ Lacock visited their daughter Sara who is in this field.  Here they’re shown with dad and mom, Kathy, Betty, Samuel and Conchita in Samuel and Conchita’s house.  The second picture is of Sara with Sharon.


Kenny’s girl friend, Salena Thorburn and her dad Jim Thorburn are shown with Kenny.   Travis, Jamie and Aliyah Bolt visited.  Travis works for Cormorant Engineering here on the farm.


John Wilbur visited with his brother Dan and family who live about 50 miles from PG.  The first picture shows them with the residents.  The second shows John with Esther Potts.

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Dennis and Jen Benjamin visited with Don, Jenny, Ava and Jaina Waldo.  Don works with me, sometimes at PG.  A gecko latched onto Dennis’s finger (they don’t really bite, have no teeth!)

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Jack and Mae Nelson, and Dan and Elaine Parsons (and 3 kids) were here to visit.  Jack helped with the building of PG.  Dan is my sister-in-law, Ann Newman’s brother.  Their daughter, Danelle and Ann are starting a business together in Houston.

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David and Lois Evans from PA were here while visiting Howard and Mary Ann Colson (who live about 20 miles from PG).  Jeff and Julie Evans, and Julie’s son David Accola visited from Minnesota.


Virginia had foot surgery and has been working with her knee on a rolling support.  Her birthday was in December and she has had some of her family in to help out when working at PG.   The pictures below are of her birthday, and then with her sister Mary Jane Barr and her daughter and family Jenny, Juan, Ethan and Eleana Salazar


Juan cleaning and Ethan playing the piano with Teresa.


Samuel and Conchita have 2 new puppies, Milley and Pilley,  Here’s Samuel, Conchita, the Salazars and the dogs.  The second picture is of the dogs and the kids.

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Mom’s 81st birthday was today (Dec 31st).  Here’s she’s shown with dad, and then with Joyce and Emma who are visiting for a few days.

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We have plenty of pecans to sell.  Don and Jenny Waldo and our 3 kids have all helped man booths at farmers markets locally, selling pecans.  Here’s a picture of Kathy at a booth in The Woodlands.  At this rate, we’ll be at a lot more farmers markets!


We’ve had a deer feeder running at the back side of the orchard, with a motion sensitive camera near by.  There are lots of deer, mainly does, at least 1 small buck and raccoon!  Here are a few pictures.

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Finally, the requisite picture of the twins… as snow angels.  We’re currently in Minneapolis visiting Kathy’s family.  Also, a picture of the twins with our good friends, Lee and Sharon (Wahlin) Clark.



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