2017-11-08 / Families & Friends

Wind damage reported in Ohio Valley area


Hello everyone!

Rain, rain, go away, I need to mow the grass one more time, so next spring it won’t look like hay! Saturday was sort of nice, yet breezy. As usual I put off mowing as Sunday was predicted to be such a warm beautiful day.

Vicki Power and I did take an adventure up north for a couple of hours. It seems weather people don’t know what they are talking about as it rained almost all day in this area.

Oh well, I will sweep the porches and put the chairs away. The leaves and grass will just have to stay until spring, and if I don’t make it through, it will be someone else’s problem.

There seems to be some wind damage in parts of the Ohio Valley area. As of this writing, I haven’t looked out in my yard.

Les and Pat Wagner spent their anniversary in the Smoky Mountains. These two had a great time. This particular place is very special to Les and Pat as they have been going there since the early ‘60s to celebrate different events. Les and Pat aren’t your usual Gatlinburg shoppers as they love the mountains. They have hiked quite a bit down through the years exploring nature. Les said now they do their hiking in a car, since they aren’t able to walk as before.

Southern Ohio

After leaving Tennessee they made a detour through Virginia, and to their home in eastern Kentucky for a short period. Pat said the fall colors were so beautiful everywhere you looked. They really enjoyed spending a few hours with family and friends while stopping at their home close to Whitesburg.

Pat had been very ill for a few days before their anniversary, so she wasn’t sure they were going to be able to go.

It has been 12 years since I have been in the Smokies, and I may never get to go again. At least I have memories.

Please keep Ann Calihan’s brother Bill Ison in your prayers. Bill had a bad fall and is recovering but his heart is acting up, and he has other problems. At the time of this writing is in the hospital. Bill may have to go to a rehab nursing home for a short time.

Johnny and Ann’s daughter Sue Wagner was packed and ready to go back to South Carolina when Ann got the telephone call that Bill was injured. Sue stayed a few days extra to be here for her family.

I would like to kidnap Ann before the leaves are completely gone to take her for a drive in the country to see the beautiful fall foliage.

Thursday morning on my way to run an errand, for the first time in a long time I actually could feel the beauty that was before me. Yes, feel. Not just see, but feel God’s great gift in my soul.

My heart was so light that I could have stopped my car and danced a jig, had there not been traffic. It has been months since I have felt this magical feeling. No it didn’t last very long as heartaches and my illness scooped back in again.

Thanks to Walter Powers, a Facebook friend who lives in Virginia, for posting the magnificent pictures of the mountains for everyone to enjoy. Before very long the snow will be falling. I know there will be beautiful pictures of that too.

I will enjoy the snow as long as I am in the confinements of my warm house. I do not like the cold, nor do I like driving in the snow and ice.

I let my thoughts drift back to childhood years in the mountains. There wasn’t anyone out shoveling snow, or having snow removal equipment. At our house you just waded through it. It made the trip to the little outside go a little faster as you couldn’t take the cold too long on your little legs and feet since there was no such thing as boots.

There weren’t any snow days, or school being cancelled either. It is a miracle that some little child didn’t freeze to death as we walked to and from school.

Thinking of bygone days.

My sympathy goes out to the Mitchell and Gentry family in the passing of Willis Lee Mitchell, formerly of Roxana. Willie had made his home in Taylor, Mich., for years. Willie was one month older than me.

His sister Cuma Jean works at a restaurant in Isom. I see Cuma Jean when I stop in there and it is always a pleasure to see her.

Thanks for those inquiring about my children in the passing of their dad. They are in for a rough time, as we all know. It will be rough for them at the holidays as he always spent Thanksgiving and Christmas with them.

I was hoping to get back to Carcassonne Community Center for one more square dance before it got too bad. I guess that will have to wait until spring. It depends on how bad the longing for the mountains hits me.

Well, I have things I need to get done before my day begins, so I guess I better get started.

Until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Rd., Harrison, Ohio 45030.

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