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

March 31, 2018

March 2018

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 9:15 am

Raymond Reece passed away March 2nd.  He had many visitors in his last few days and was able to recognize and understand them.  Rachel and Emma were with him when he died.  There was a funeral at PG March 10th, which about 175 attended.   More than half were Spanish speaking, so the funeral was in both English and Spanish.  Raymond spent 55 years in the work in Mexico. The pamphlet in the upper right corner of this page gives more details.  Here’s Raymond and the workers that spoke or prayed at the funeral, LeRoy, Loren, Alan and Lyle.

Dad (Jack Newman) has gone down hill recently.  He moved from his house on the farm into the residence in March.  We are in the process of getting his house ready to rent.  If anyone knows someone who might want to live in a house here at PG, please let us know!

There were 3 birthdays in March.  John turned 92, Salena 25, and Lety 30.  Marcos and Lety are expecting a son in April, so Lety won’t be working for a while.  We have hired 2 part-time employees at the residence, Abigail Hoffman (who lives on the farm) and Kashaunna Edwards.

Samuel and Conchita came to Raymond’s funeral.  It was wonderful to see them again.  Deanna Smith (NH) visited Fern.  June and Terry Stafford (LA) visited Gilbert.

Colin and Hannah Ruan and their children came for a visit.  Colin has worked with us in the past.  Melinda Yule and Stacy Seidlitz (LA) came to see Gilbert.  Lori Cortez and Andrea Harris (Round Rock, TX) and their children came to visit and fish.

Jananne, Kent and Sharon Chappell visited from NH.  Gail Townsend (Katy, TX), Kent and Addie Johnson (CO) visited.  Clyde and Murlene Corneille (LA) visited Gilbert and John.

Elton’s daughter Cheryl Hutchinson (WA) is here for a visit.  Ty’s parents, Gary and Sharon Nordic (CO), and daughter Shanaye, are here also for Easter weekend.

Marybelle loves to feed the Hoffman’s animals.  We didn’t have as many wild flowers this year, but there were some.  We had 5 1/2 inches of rain in one day this week causing some minor flooding.  We’ve had three 500 year storms in the last three years!

Ken

February 28, 2018

February 2018

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 3:07 pm

February has been a wonderful month!  The workers meeting was held here at special meeting time, making it possible for PG residents that had been in the work to be there.

Lots of pictures were taken that day… here are a few.  You can see the names by clicking on the picture.

Karen Cleveland came up from Columbia for a visit with Elton and Roger.  Her brother David came from PA also.  Here’s Karen with Elton and David, then with her uncle Roger in the nursing home.

Lois Culver arrived to be a resident.  Deborah Wentz came with her and stayed a few days.  Here she’s arriving with Deborah and then with her brother John.  This brings us up to 8 residents.  The residents page in the upper right corner has been updated to combine the current and past residents on 1 page.

Several workers came back after Houston special meeting.  Here are some photos taken then.  Marybelle enjoyed time with her old co-workers.

Other visitors this month included the Schmertmans and Pedigos.  The second picture… the Nelson’s visited the Overbys and Mai Hoa visited the Milles.  In the third picture the Hares visited Fern and Karen.

Raymond Reese has declined significantly.  He was in the hospital twice in February, and is now on hospice.  This morning he was very difficult to understand when he spoke, but his memory was working and he seemed happy and content.  Clinton stays about the same, some days better than others.  Here’s a picture of Karen and Fern first with Raymond and then with Clinton.

We had lots of rain in February.  The beavers have returned, and Dominique has been complaining about something attacking his bird feeders!  That’s a coon climbing the bird feeder pole… small pole, big coon!

Thanks,

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

 

December 31, 2017

December 2017

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 3:25 pm

Roger Cleveland was taken to the hospital with pneumonia.  He refused IV and nebulizer treatment, so was returned to the nursing home where they put him on oral antibiotics.  We can’t tell if he’s getting better or worse since then.  When we visit he’s usually asleep and since he’s completely deaf now, it’s hard to visit with him.  But the nurses tell us that he gets up, gets into his wheelchair, and they see him out in the halls sometimes.  So.. it’s hard to know how he is really doing.  Here’s Patty Maki trying to encourage him to take a nebulizer treatment… which he’ll take for less than a minute.  The second picture is of Clinton Goff and Kathy.  Clinton sleeps except for meals, has no idea about the present, but can discuss the past, and has a big appetite!

Teresa Goff fell in the nursing home and broke her hip.  She had surgery, and seems to be recovering.  She claims that she can walk when they give her PT… we haven’t seen that yet.  Raymod Reece seems happy in the nursing home.  We had thought we would try to move him from this VA nursing facility to the same one in Conroe where Roger and Teresa are, but he seems settled, and has quite a few visitors, so maybe it’s better to leave him there (an hour away from PG).  He only walks during PT, but makes it clear he doesn’t really expect to be able to walk again on his own.  Here’s a picture of him with Kathy, Alice, Jack and John.  The second picture is of a new employee at PG, Penny, with Salena.

Roger and Marian Fryer are staying near here for about a month, trying to escape the Wisconson winter.  Marian is a niece of Alice.  Their son Vance came from California for a visit.  The first picture is of Vance, Marian and Roger.  The second is of Virginia and Tom Bradshaw from Alberta, who came to visit their fellow Canadian, Fern.  Tom’s relatives met the gospel in Ontario at the same time as Fern’s mother.

Other visitors include Kory, Teresa, Ryan and Lily Overby,  Wray Paul and Sue Sluder (to be married in January), and Britt and Eva Booth.

The Spunagle / Willhoite clan from Redbud Canyon came through on their yearly vacation.  They loaded Marybelle on the Redbud bus for a photo.  Marybelle came from Redbud to PG one year ago.  Kathy’s sister Pat Johnson visited from Iowa, shown here with our workers, Emma and Rachel.

Dawn Overby’s brother Kelly and family visited.  The first picture shows Dawn and Wayne Overby, Jodi and Cory Kelley and daughter Payton, Kelly and Marlene Olson with Alice.  The second is 3 of Ty and Amy Nordic’s kids who are here for the holidays, Slade, Shanaye and Stetson.  The third is Magaret and Gerry Gunderson with Elton and Fern.

We’ve already had a cold winter… compared to our normal.  It snowed!  Unusual for here.  Unfortunately the stump of our eagle is rotten… not sure how long we can save it.

It’s supposed to get down to 16 F tomorrow (New Years)!  When we moved to Texas in 1985 there were bumper stickers that said, “Drive a gas guzzler, freeze a yankee!”  We moved here from Massachusetts! 🙂

Y’all keep warm!

Ken

November 29, 2017

November 2017

Filed under: Pecan Farming — knewman @ 9:46 am

Raymond Reece had a bad fall November 1.  We took him to the VA hospital, after which he went to a nursing home in northwest Houston that takes VA residents.  He’s receiving PT and OT treatment, but it seems doutful he’ll return to PG.  He’s content, and has visitors fairly often.  Some tried to take him out of the nursing home for Thanksgiving dinner but he refused.  He likes his routine. The following picture is of Raymond in the nursing home, and Kathy.  The second picture is of the Milles and Elton visiting Elton’s brother, Roger Cleveland, in the nursing home.

I’ve updated the Current and Past Resident tables in the upper right corner of this blog.  Now with Raymond gone we only have 6 residents.  My father, Jack, lives in a house on the farm, and is at the residence a lot.   Here they are:

Back: John Cluver, Elton Cleveland, Jack Newman

Front: Jean Hagemeier, Fern Duncan, Alice Otken and Marybelle Armstrong

We have 4 staff working in the residence. The first picture is of Jennifer Maddox with her husband and daughter.  The second is of Lety Valdez with her parents who visited from Mexico.  The third picture is of Salena Newman (the manager) with Ashley Kipp who was visiting.  The forth picture is of Robbie Norman.

Wayne and Dawn Overby moved 17 miles to PG in November.  They are living in the house that Samuel and Conchita had been in.  We’re sure glad to have them here!  Wayne and Dawn are with Wayne’s bother Keith and family, and Alice in the first picture below.  The Overbys are on the right in the second picture taken at Clarence Roachells one Sunday morning.  The Colsons, Milles, Eubanks, Fern and Jack are also in the second picture with Clarence.

Ron and Ann Furrow were here to visit their son Brendan, who is married to our daughter Karla, and their 4 kids.  Also Mai Hoa from Vietnam visited the Milles and others of us who remember her.

Our workers this year are Rachel Potter and Emma Perez.  They were with us for Thanksgiving, also Kenion Bryant from the south Houston field.

Here are some Thanksgiving pictures:

Ken

 

 

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