Hello again to each and every one!
Spring is finally here but the cold weather is still hanging on. Today has been a gloomy day in this area. I finally had to turn the furnace on to take the chill out of the house. Of course I am still enjoying the electric fireplace, plus I keep my electric blanket where I can wrap it around me while I am watching television or using the computer.
It seems as if my energy has just left me, maybe it will return. I find I still am very tired and want to drift off to sleep no matter how much sleep I get at night.
It is hard to believe that April is almost gone already. I hope everyone had a nice Easter.
There’s a benefit being held for Dwight Frazier, who is Libby Day Smith’s brother. Libby is a member of 7 South Bluegrass band. It will be a benefit concert with soup bean lunch and supper available, Sunday, May 1, at Campbell’s Branch Community Center, Linefork. There is good lineup of bands to play at this benefit. I wish it were possible that I could attend this event. As things stand, I won’t be able to.
I think I will adopt Libby and William Caudill, who has a band, R#7. William has a beautiful voice and writes his songs from his heart. Wandalene Watts has put some of the most gorgeous scenery with Will’s music on the computer. I hope sometime she puts this on a DVD as I sure would love to have a copy.
Belated happy birthday to Eula Tolliver and Helen Caudill, who share a birthday April 16 .
I have mentioned before how I found the link for eastern Kentucky news on the computer. The Lexington Herald changed its format so I lost it for sometime, then I was going through some things I had saved and found the site again. As I was reading, I was filled with so many feelings as I read the article of a young teenager, Travis Morton of Jeremiah. This kid got cancer at 15 years old, and he has struggled so much for the past year. Travis is active in Relay For Life. I really admire this young kid who is old far beyond his years.
Travis plays the guitar and due to his cancer he had to learn to walk, and everything else and he had to learn the guitar all over again. The next time I gripe I hope I can remember this young boy and his family.
There was a small segment on the computer with Travis and his mom Melody Morton. I have chatted with Travis a little on Facebook and it broke my heart, however nothing can compare to listening to him. It really makes you feel that your own personal problems are small compared to a young kid fighting for his life.
I guess I should apologize to you readers. Sometimes I let personal feelings show through in my column. I am very softhearted, plus hardheaded sometimes. Southern Ohio
Once again I found a web site that plays bluegrass music on Tuesday nights, www.WDVX. com! Alex Leach is the D.J.; he plays with the Larry Gillis band. Alex played some of the best bluegrass music that I have heard in a long time. I am really glad that Larry Efaw, who has a band called Bluegrass Mountaineers, shared this website.
I received a bluegrass music CD from Paul Morris, Webster, Fla. Paul has been a D.J. for 35 years. He has been affiliated with WTCW/WXKQ of Whitesburg, and does 2 1/2 hour show on Thursday evenings starting at 7 p.m. then a gospel show at 8 p.m. on Sundays on the Internet type in 1039the bulldog.com. Paul plays mandolin and has played with several bands through the years. Paul reads my column in The Mountain Eagle and knows how much bluegrass music means to me.
While I was listening to him via the Internet, it was strange to hear him do advertisements for different places around Whitesburg like Mayking and Isom. My brother Jerry Hall knows Paul.
Did I mention I am homesick for the mountains? Actually I was thinking about heading to my brother Richie and Wanda Hall’s for Easter, then my defrost is messed up on my car and I am afraid to drive that far without it working. I thought I could get by without the defrost working since it isn’t cold weather, but I found out real fast this morning it doesn’t have to be cold to need your windshield defrosted. My arms are too short to try to wipe the windshield off. If it isn’t one thing with me, I find it will be two.
It seems I am slipping since I let another birthday slide by. Belated happy birthday to Glen Farmer Jr. April 5. Happy birthday to John Farmer April 28. Glen and John are Gwen Huff Farmer’s sons.
Gwen had sort of a bad week as she bought a new computer and it has been difficult for her to figure it out. About the time she has it all straightened out something else goes wrong. When I got this one I hated it as the keyboard is black. That is all they make now. So I put a desk lamp next to the computer and it helps a lot.
Happy birthday to my oldest grandson C.J. Gray of Ocala, Fla., April 29.
Polly Maucher and two of her sons drove to Columbus, Ind., to visit Doug Ison, “Frick or Frack”. Notice I put both names since I don’t know which is which!
Polly really had a delightful time. I hear Doug cooks a good pot of green beans. Polly and I got to comparing cooking green beans. I cook green beans down dry as I don’t like watery beans, plus I use a chunk of bacon in my beans. I don’t care for ham. I cook them so dry they are almost fried, served with a pone of cornbread. Are you hungry yet? Tuesday afternoon I cooked a pot of chicken and dumplings. This is the first time that I had made this in almost a year. It was cold and rainy out and I wanted something warm.
I forgot to mention I hear Doug is a very good babysitter too.
My daughter Anna Nottingham has asked me to take care of my newest grandson Kyle for a weekend in May as she has to go out of town. I am looking forward to this very much.
Last Wednesday night was a scary time in this area as the weather was really bad. Tornado warnings were out for several hours. Harrison escaped most of it, we had lots of thunder and lightning and lot’s of high winds.
My daughter Angie Wiederhold called me at one in the morning wanting to know if I was watching the weather report on television. My little sidekick Bennie got on the telephone to tell me he loved me and the weather is bad. Now we are in danger of flooding as the river is really rising and we are supposed to get more rain.
I finally got all the yard mowed and I am proud to say I did it all by myself with a self-propelled lawnmower. It only took me two days to do it. Now it will be ready to mow again before long.
When it is time to mow again I am having a lawnmowing party, and requesting bring your own mower. Ann Calihan is already on the guest list as Johnny can’t do it. He is going to have knee replacement surgery. I had to cross my son-in-law Scott Nottingham off too as he has three slipped discs in his neck and that is giving him a lot of pain. Scott was kind enough to tell me that he had a pair of scissors that I could use to snip the grass with!
Barb and Rick Jones are enjoying lettuce and onions already from their garden. I bet that means Bruce Jones is too.
I put two pots of my houseplants outside and I am afraid they are going to freeze. The weather here hasn’t been warm enough to get anything in the ground yet! I am thinking about putting a few tomato plants out. I did this one year and something ate the plants as quick s they got big.
Gwen Farmer is really enjoying her garden already. Gwen keeps enough food in her freezer to supply half the county.
Hello to Linda Whitaker Day. I hope you are feeling better, and a big howdy to Sis in Michigan.
Betty and Doyle Ison, get those cushions on your swing. I will try to get there to see you one day next week. That is, if this water doesn’t wash me away. The river is beginning to look mighty threatening in this area.
Emma and Red Engle, please be careful, don’t fall and get hurt. I know that feeling when your feet won’t hold you in the right position.
Well, the clock is giving me the evil eye once again. I am trying to get this finished before the storms hit again.
So until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email Bluegrassmam4@aol.com, telephone 513-367- 4682.