Pecan Grove ( Pecan Orchard and Senior Residence

August 31, 2017

August 2017

Filed under: Pecan Farming — knewman @ 5:10 pm

August has been a very eventful month!

Friday the 25th Ken and Kathy left for Hong Kong/China and the same evening Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the coast in Rockport, TX and rains began falling in the Houston area.

Saturday we remember experiencing heavy rainfall all day.  Salena and Lety’s families moved to the farm to be close to the residents because of the streets flooding.

Sunday the heavy rain continued all day and night and many meetings were canceled.  Terry moved his meeting to the residence for those who were staying on the Pecan Grove grounds.  We were amazed at the increasingly high waters in the pond behind the residence as you can see in the first two photos.

These photos show the waters from the pond overflowing into the forest and horse pasture.

The waters rose to cover the pier area at the cabin and the pond waters began to go over the dam.  We were worried it would break under the pressure.

Marcos caught a few of the escaping carp and they were prepared for supper at the residence.

Monday the rains persisted night and day causing the soil to turn into quicksand.  One of our 4-wheelers became stuck and we tried to pull it out with a small tractor and then a bigger tractor, but they also became stuck!  The photo shows Marcos, Terry, Dominique, and Ty (not shown in picture) trying to rescue the machines.

Tuesday we lost power in the morning, but was back up and running in the afternoon.  The rain finally stopped that evening and the sun came out briefly.  The residents were overjoyed and many went out on their walks, they and the buildings are all doing well.  The farm sustained minor damages with a few fallen trees and lost pecans.  We are grateful to be located so far north, many of the areas south of us were evacuated and destroyed by the flood waters.


Earlier this month we had a big change in personnel at PG.  Samuel and Conchita, who have worked here since 2013, decided to take an opportunity in San Antonio.  Samuel had been working on the farm, and Conchita at the residence.  We are missing them.  It was a pleasure seeing Bambi again before they had to leave since we have not seen him in a while.


Fern turned 87 and Jack turned 84 in August.

Ken’s sister Ronda, who was the manager here at PG for a few years, and her son Travis Chandler and family, visited at the same time David Bolt was here with his son Travis.  Nathan and Allison Potter also visited.


The Jeanes came to visit John, and the Tasics visited the Milles.

Elton flew to Quakertown convention.  Here he’s pretending to fly (100 year olds get special treatment), and then shown in a 4 generation picture.


Thank you for your continued interest and all the care and concern that has been shown to us.

Ken, Dominique, Mimi, & Salena


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.


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.


May 31, 2017

May 2017

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 1:01 pm

PG still has 8 residents.  Alice has been in Washington for about a month.  She’s at convention this week and returns next week.  Marybelle’s brother took her to visit relatives in Austin and Kansas, and brought her back last week.  The others, Raymond, Jean, Elton, Fern, Ruth and John are doing reasonably well.

Clinton has been in a nursing home in Conroe, but he had a fall and some other issues last week, so was hospitialized in Tomball.  His brother, Norris, wife, Nancy, are here visiting him.  Hopefully he’ll be able to return to the nursing home in Conroe.

Herbie Barnett has been doing some doctoring in Houston, so he and Patty visited along with Gilbert and Linda Randall.

David, Jim and Beth Grainger from Kansas, came by for a visit, shown here with Ruth, Marybelle and Fern.  The second picture is of Elton and Clarence one Sunday morning at Clarence’s.

Lety’s sister and family, Benjamin, Orfa and Brisa visited from Mexico.  Juan, Maria, Martha and Lopita from Pearland visited Raymond.

Kathy, the twins (Maren and Maven) (5) and Katelyn (3) had birthdays in May.

The pecans are looking good!  We’ve had reasonable rain, and are being very careful to spray for scab (fungus) and casebears (bugs).  So we have hope!



April 30, 2017

April 2017

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Senior Residence — knewman @ 8:17 am

Doris Crawford passed away in Birmingham Alabama.  Doris had been here at PG almost 8 years.  Her sister Sandra moved her to Birmingham at the end of January.  We miss Doris’s quiet, contented, soft happy spirit.

Fern Ducan came to be at PG April 18th.  Barbara Ballentine and Sharon Martyn accompanied Fern from Boston and stayed a week to help her settle in.  Fern has settled in nicely… we’re glad to have her with us.  Here are the 3 of them when they arrived.  Then Fern with Clinton, Barbara and Fern with Naomi, all 3 with Cindy and Dub Johnson.

Later they visited the nursing home again, here is Barbara with Patty Maki and Alice with Naomi.  Also we had 5 sisters for gospel meeting when Jennifer got back.

Alice and I share the same birthday, 28 years apart.  My sister Ronda and Mike Rosamond, and brother Brent and Ann, were here.  Also Salena’s father, Jim and Kirsten Thorburn were here, shown here with Kenny and Salena.

Kathy and I were gone part of April, so we didn’t see all the visitors.  Glen and Gladys Goecke are on the first 2 pictures (not together), with the Hinkleys and residents.

LaNell, Darla and Julie came for brief visits.

Family and friends of Samuel and Conchita visited:

Clinton’s brother Norris, and wife Nancy came to visit Clinton and Teresa, and visited PG.  Ronda had a good visit with Jean.

We’ve seen some ex-employees of PG recently.  On our trip we had lunch with Cindy Erickson in WA, pictured with Kathy.  Destiny Minor came to visit while Ronda and Mike were here.  Here she’s with Karin.

We don’t see as much of Bambi, but he does come by sometimes for bread.  Some of the pecan grafts we showed last month worked, you can see the live buds on the branches that were grafted in.  3 sisters went with us to see the grafts.







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