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

March 28, 2021

March 2021

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 2:37 pm

Marybelle’s pain in her leg and hip has gotten worse.  We were finally able to get hospice for her while she still stays at PG.  Hospice should help with pain management.  We’re trying to keep her from having to go to a nursing home as long as possible.  Lois continues to improve at The Wellington, and we still have hope she will improve enough be able to return to PG.  Lois has been out for meeting 3 Sundays and dad 2 Sundays in March.  Dominique and Salena are designated “essential care givers” for Lois which means they can go to her room.  Anyone else can visit her on the porch.

Marilynn finished her bladder treatments and hopes there is no more tumors to deal with.  Della got hearing aids and is doing well with them.  The other 7 residents are about their usual.

Visitors this month included Della’s daughter Chris and my sister Ronda, shown here with Della.  Also the Walker family from TN visited Esther.  Lyle came by for a visit, shown here with Gilbert.

Nohemi and Anahli Lopez visited, shown here with Alice, Marilynn and Ronald.  Pat and Linda Bly visited, shown here with Marybelle.  Del and Kari Campbell and children visited Kari’s parents, Wayne and Dawn Overby who live here on the farm.  This picture is of Kari and daughter Kate with Della, Dawn and Marilynn.

Eric Jackman and two grandsons Michaias and Erik (who live in Arkansas) visited Fern. Howard and Maryann Colson knew the Jackman’s in Guam.  At the same time Roger Paul, his son William (also from Arkansas), his daughter and son-in-law the Joe and Julie Trapp (who live near Houston), visited.  We failed to get a picture of them.

Birthdays this month included Esther 87 and Salena 28.

Marybelle likes to collect food for the chickens.  Abigail takes her over to feed them about once a week.  Shawn took a picture of these wild hogs down by the cabin.

Thanks,

Ken

March 14, 2021

March 14 Update

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 1:37 pm

Several have contacted us asking how Lois and Marilynn are doing, so here’s an update.

Marilynn had problems with shortness of breath.  They did a chest x-ray and thought she had a small amount of pneumonia, so they started antibiotics.  Sunday the 7th she felt worse, so we took her to the hospital.  Another x-ray didn’t show pneumonia, but they thought she had congestive heart failure and increased the Lasix.  Then they did an angiogram and decided the problem is PHT (pulmonary hyper tension).  The Lasix continued to help and she was released Friday.  We picked her up and asked if she wanted lunch, which she did, so we took her for Vietnamese Pho soup!

After going down for a few weeks, Lois began to improve Tuesday, March 2, while still in the Encompass rehab hospital.  Wednesday, March 10, we moved her to the Wellington in Conroe where my dad is.  Thursday her sister, Sue Culver, and nephew, Tim Bradley, came to see her.  She is continuing to improve, and hoping to get well enough to come back here to PG.  This morning Kenny and Salena brought both Dad and Lois from the Wellington to meeting and lunch here.  There were 22 of us for lunch, so we took some pictures.  Everyone has been vaccinated, so we could be close.

Here’s Lois with Sue and Tim.  Then the residents, front row, Fern Duncan, Lois Culver, Marybelle Armstrong, Della Bolt, Marilynn Frye, Jack Newman and Clarence Roachell.  Back row, Gilbert Reese, Esther Duncan, Ronald Elliott, Alice Otken, and Elton Cleveland.

It also happens to be Dominique and Mimi’s 40th wedding anniversary.  Tim took this picture of the group that was together.

A wonderful day!

Ken

February 28, 2021

February 2021

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 9:26 pm

The Winter Freeze post from Feb 17 showed what was happening here due to the freeze.  Several friends jumped in to help replace hot water heaters and fix broken pipes.  Almost everything is repaired now and back to normal.  The Goldners were able to move back to their home.  We sure appreciate the help!  The temperatures are reaching the 70’s and even the low 80’s now.  It’s hard to believe that all happened in the last 2 weeks.

Lois Culver continued down and was admitted to a rehab hospital Tuesday.  When I visited her this afternoon her mind was fairly clear and she had the same sweet spirit, but she doesn’t seem to have improved physically.  Here’s a picture of her taken today.  Also a picture taken with dad today… he continues to do much better than he had been.

Marilynn has some weakness and shortness of breath (not covid), but she was able to get to the meeting today.  The other residents are about their usual.

We had 3 birthdays in February, Patty Maki, Mimi Mille and Pecan Grove!  Bea came to be our first resident 12 years ago today.

Richard and Rosa Smith who knew Ronald and Alice from time in Mexico.  Clarence had several visits with his family, inside and outside.

Kathy and I took a week off last week and relaxed in Mexico.  Dominique and Mimi are taking this week off, visiting friends and family.  Thanks to the vaccinations, we feel safe to travel some, still wearing masks and distancing.

Ken

February 17, 2021

February 17, 2021 Winter Freeze

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 7:11 pm

Several have asked how it’s going here with the snow, ice and cold.  We received 3 to 4 inches of snow while the temperature dropped to 6 deg F (-21 deg C) Monday night.  We’ve been in this area all but 3 years since 1985 and certainly never saw anything like this!  Here’s the residence, ice on the lake by the cabin and our stairs on Tuesday.

The power was off from about 3:00 PM on Monday till 1:00 on Tuesday… 22 hours.  Fortunately we have generators at the residence and at our home, so they remained warm.  But even with the generator, 4 external hot water heaters at the residence froze and busted.  So now, the residents are doing fine, but without hot water.  That doesn’t seem to bother them much… they’ve all lived without hot water before!  3 of the women did go over to Milles for a hot shower today.  We don’t know when we’ll be able to get replacement water heaters.  Almost everything here is closed.  Of course there is no road clearing equipment here, so the roads are treacherous.

The other homes got cold!  Mille’s, Overby’s, Goldner’s and Bass’s.  Milles and Overbys had portable generators for part of the time.  The only damage was to Goldners (the home my parents used to live in).  The water froze, pipes broke and when the water thawed this afternoon water came out of the ceiling.  The Goldners had moved into the residence yesterday… not sure how long before they will be able to go home.  Here’s a picture of Jerry and Betty Goldner in the residence this afternoon.  Also a picture of Overbys peach tree that is in bloom, and our old buggy Monday evening with the first snow.

We’re very fortunate compared to many in this area!  So no complaints.

A different subject, we have a replacement for Vince.  Meet Bella, a silver lab, 10 weeks old.  She’s very popular at the residence, we take her to the morning bible studies.  Soon she’ll be too big to be a lap dog.  Here she is being held by Maven Furrow.  Also a picture of dad… he’s doing better!

Ken

 

 

January 31, 2021

January 2021

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 5:59 pm

January has been a wonderful month for us at PG.  Many privileges to enjoy, good fellowship, mostly good weather, and no one got sick!  A CVS team came out and vaccinated 27 of us (including all 11 residents) 3 weeks ago, and tomorrow (Feb 1) they’re coming to give the 2nd shot.  3 additional people will be added tomorrow, for a total of 30.  We are hoping we can relax some restrictions soon, once the vaccinations are complete.

The residents are all about about their usual.  Fern fell (slid off the edge of her bed) a few days ago, and has some soreness from that, but is up and around.  Gilbert had a cyst removed from his back, and will have another removed in February.  He never mentions any pain.  Marilynn had a scan that was clear.  She will have 6 weekly treatments for bladder cancer starting this week, but it isn’t chemo, and hopefully won’t be difficult or painful.

Important news first!  Esther made Pavlova for us today.  She says at home in Ireland they had it most every Sunday!  We have a volunteer outdoor cat which sure makes Alice happy.  I asked for a picture and they brought it indoors for the picture!  Elton (103) gets his 1st vaccine shot.

Kenny and Salena put on a fireworks show down by the lake at New Years.  We roasted marshmallows, drank hot chocolate, had an outdoor fire and enjoyed the show.  Several, including Fern in the picture below, shot Roman candles.

Three residents had birthdays in January, Marybelle (95) (though she’s certain she’s 94), Della (88) and Gilbert (97).

We haven’t had a lot of visitors in January because of covid restrictions.  Lyle (shown with Katelyn and Dylan Kelleher) did come for a few days with Brian Jagielski and Rich Raschke who are new to this field.  Tony and Becky Gary (KY) and their daughter Allison Potter had a porch visit with Esther and Lois.  Clarence’s family came for a porch visit, but we didn’t get a picture.

Della’s family came for a visit at our place (Esther visited them also), Mille’s family visited at their place (Esther and Marilynn are with them in this picture), and Shawn’s 2 daughters, Hailey and Eden visited Shawn and Anita at our place.

Our weather varies a lot in the winter.  We’ve had a little snow (very little), several frosts, and a storm that took down part of a tree by our gate.  On Jan 16th the grandchildren swam in our pool short periods, between long periods in the hot tub.

But many days have been warm and sunny, confusing the plants.  Here’s blooms on our lemon tree.  One frosty morning Kathy took this picture of wild hogs from our bedroom window! (I was scrambling to find a gun!).  Usually we only see the hogs (as many as 12) in the game camera pictures (you can see the game camera and a green light box on the left side of the middle tree in the middle picture).

Last Friday morning a game camera alerted me at 2:30 AM and I was able to shoot a 60 lb hog.  I put it in the back of the orchard near the woods, with a game camera watching it.  I hoped to get some pictures of coyotes (which are plentiful here).  What a surprise the next morning!  Dominique says they see these 2 eagles all the time… I hadn’t seen them.  The camera takes lots of pictures… I never realized how much an eagle would use it’s wings while eating to help pull the skin off the pig.

Then, just today, I got pictures of 3 more birds types!  I asked Dawn Overby to help identify them.  She thinks the first may be a juvenile bald eagle, the second a red tailed hawk and the third picture shows 6 turkey vultures.

Ken

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