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Blooms in the mountains resembled Easter basket



Hello everyone! How is everything in your little corner of the world?

The weather here has been beautiful the last week. We did have a little rain. I’ve heard the saying April showers brings May flowers, so we should have some beautiful flowers. I really don’t know how anything can compare to the beauty of the early April and my trip to the mountains. I hear the dogwoods are really showing the lovely white flowers for all to enjoy.

My thoughts travel back to the Easter before my mother passed away. I spent the weekend with her and started back to Ohio on Easter Sunday. As I looked at the beautiful mountains, the redbuds and dogwoods, occasionally you would pass a house with different colors of plants. It made me think of driving through an Easter basket.

As I was driving tears started falling softly down my face. Somehow, in my heart I knew this would be the last Easter I would spend with Mom, and sure enough that following August Mom took her final voyage.

My granddaughter Jodi Gray Davidson is in her fourth year of teaching at Orion Academy. Jodi teaches second grade. Jodi was offered to look into the position of being a dean. This would be an increase in pay. Jodi declined it as she loves her students, and is a very dedicated teacher.

When Jodi was about six years old she spent some time with my husband and me. While we were taking a ride, my husband asked Jodi about her friends in school. Jodi promptly told my husband that she didn’t go to school to be with her friends, that she went to school to learn, as she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up.

I am very proud of Jodi and all my grandchildren for what they have accomplished.

My granddaughters Sarah, Jessica and Katelyn have their plans made for their future. I hope nothing happens to change them.

Congratulations to Whitney Stamper, daughter of Shawn Stamper, both band members of Sunrise Ridge Band. Whitney is studying to become a doctor. I am so proud of this girl. Whitney will be getting married in the near future so she has a lot of irons in the fire.

There are a mother and daughter who live on Johnson Fork, Sonya West and her daughter, that have both done a great job in school.

Mark your calendars for Carcassonne Community Square dance May 11. Sunrise Ridge is the featured band. I’m sure Marcia Caudill will have a delicious meal. I really wish it was possible that I could be there. Mike and Marcia do such a wonderful job doing everything along with some faithful helpers for the community center.

Les and Pat Wagner have been feeling bad for the past week. I hope how quick they are on the mend. Les is mean, as he has been showing delicious ice cream that he is enjoying on the computer.

Last week I made the mistake of telling my son Keith Ballard that I would like a soft custard cone from the local Creamy Whip that is very close to the house. I should have known better as Keith came home with a huge cone for me. It was good, but not as good as Halcomb Dairy in Isom.

Johnny and Ann Calihan are doing all right at the present time. Their daughter Sue Wagner is back home in South Carolina, as Sue had to go for another iron infusion. I wish somehow she would receive a liver transplant so her health would improve.

My Internet has been down for a few days so I am at my daughter Kay’s using her laptop computer, which is very difficult for me to use, as I have a desktop.

My daughter Angie Wiederhold had surgery on her right hand, and she has been in a lot of pain.

Well, I’ll close before I make so many mistakes that Pam will never get this straightened out.

Until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Rd., Harrison, Ohio 45030, email Bluegrassmama4@aol.com.

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