Hello everyone! I have some breaking news for you! I finally have a new computer. Do I like it? I really don’t know, it is so different than my other one.
This one is black and it has the flat, wide screen. They don’t make white computers anymore. It will take me a while to get used to it. I have often said I don’t like modernization, but I do realize there’s a word called ‘adapt,’ so I will just have to get used to it.
Shirley Wells, Gwen Huff Farmer and I could each be on the computer on Yahoo. I lost that recently, but Gwen helped me get that back. Facebook and MySpace weren’t affected. Just think, a short time ago I didn’t know diddly-squat about a computer.
My little sidekick Bennie Wierderhold is enjoying the wide screen. He watches Lightning McQueen (a character from the ‘Cars’ movie) on the wide screen. Bennie has become the Lightning McQueen kid, as he wants to wear everything with this red car on it. I bought him a shirt with the red car on the front. I think he slept in it, and every time his mother Angie started to take it off he cried so hard I bought another one just like it.
Shirley Wells used to tell me she had trouble seeing the letters on the keyboard, and now I know what she means. The glare from the screen is so bright that it bothers me while I am typing! I will just have to get used to it, get rid of it, or quit griping.
I lost a lot on my other computer and I apologize to Aline Halcomb for not being able to send the information for her concerning her friend and family so here it is:
Aline Halcomb Robinson is living in Cherokee, Ala. Some of her cousins who live around Whitesburg are Thula Ison, John and Billy Conn. She thinks Arnold Ray lives in Lexington. Susie Blair is her niece, and she lives at Premium. Evelyn Combs is her cousin on her mother’s side.
She said I mentioned Janice Caudill Cornett in my column. They were best friends growing up in Graveyard Hollow, and she would like to locate Janice and send her a note. She is married to Jim Cornett, who also lived in Graveyard Hollow.
Her parents were Joe and Verna Halcomb. The family moved to Michigan when she was in the eighth grade, but they moved back and she attended Whitesburg High School in the 10th grade.
If anyone can help her, please get in touch with her, or you can call or email me and I will pass the information to her.
My running partner Vickie Power and I went shopping at Walmart, then we stopped at a place called the Galorie. I was very good and didn’t buy a single piece of candy. On the way home we stopped at KFC for a bite to eat. Then I wonder why I have gained so much weight!
While shopping at Walmart I purchased an electric blanket. All I could think of was how warm it would be to snuggle under it while watching television. It didn’t work, so I had to return it. So there goes my blanky!
Christmas will be here before we know it, and actually it isn’t much pleasure for me anymore as I give the kids money. I don’t know what anyone likes, needs, or wants! I am going to bypass Bennie, as he gets something bought for him every week.
The weather in this area has been beautiful, and I personally wish it would stay like this all year long — except for a snow at Christmas.
Vickie and I will have to find something else to get into, as Flatland Bluegrass Barn is closed until April, and the Appalachian film series is over at Hamilton also. We want to try to go to Waynesville, and little Nashville, Ind., before it gets too cold. There’s a place called Christmas Ranch, and of course we are planning a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to see the Christmas displays.
I received a phone call from Evelyn Ison, ‘Lil’ and Judy Ison’s daughter from Michigan, telling me that her sister Sadie Ison Hayes and Bertha Whitaker aren’t doing very well. I hope they are all improving by this time. For several years Sadie has been so kind to send me a card for every occasion, and the same with Arlyn Halcomb. Now I guess I better get busy and send Sadie one back!
Sadie has sold her condo and moved in with her daughter. It was so good talking to both Sadie and Evelyn, and also being in touch with Evelyn’s daughter Betty Carol, who goes by the name of ‘Carol.’
I haven’t seen Evelyn, Sadie, nor Bertha since I was kid back at Roxana, and it’s the same way with Shirley Wells. I haven’t seen Shirley since I was 15 years old. Now that was just last week! Quit laughing!
All this has been made possible through my writing for The Mountain Eagle.
Evelyn sends a big hello out to Polly Maucher.
I just heard from Evelyn Ison’s daughter Betty Carol, who lives in North Carolina, and she tells me that she was having Thanksgiving dinner for 50 people. I am sure she wouldn’t have even noticed if I slipped in!
Gwen Huff Farmer is planning on having knee surgery in the near future, as she is still having a lot of pain. She has always been so active that it is really getting her down not being able to do the things she wants to do.
Gwen’s son John Farmer and his wife Sonya and Grant, along with several of John’s friends, all came for the weekend to deer hunt. Several hunters got their deer, included young Grant. I wish they were here so they could thin the deer population out.
Gwen’s grandson John Harding Farmer was going to come and get Gwen for Thanksgiving. John Harding is really good to Gwen.
Shirley Wells spent a few hours making cornbread dressing for her daughter Loretta’s work. Shirley said the dressing disappeared rather quickly.
Willamae Boggs likes to hear Bennie talking when we are on the phone. She likes to hear him count.
Willamae hasn’t been feeling too well, and Carl has a big rope that he is going to use to tie her down so she’ll be still.
Jesse Frazier has been very busy lately, but he has a mean dog to keep him in line!
Ann and Johnny Calihan had a feast at their house for Thanksgiving. I haven’t heard how Ann’s sister Evadean and her husband Lafe Marcum of West Virginia are doing. I hope they are both improving.
My car finally bit the dust, and my son Keith Ballard is working on it. Keith has been ill again, and I hate to see him fooling with it when it is chilly. Automobile problems can be so expensive, but Keith is a good mechanic so that saves me a little money.
It is supposed to snow in our area and I don’t like to drive the van when it is slick. I really don’t like to drive at all when it is bad.
Old Time Fiddlers will meet Dec. 6, in the basement of the fire department at Miamitown from 1 to 4 p.m.
This is going to be short again, as I need to get it on its way since this week is a holiday.
Until next time: Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4 @aol.com, telephone: (513) 367-4682.