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Coon Hunter’s Club has good bluegrass music

Southern Ohio


Howdy, everyone! Are you enjoying this unseasonal weather? I wish it would stay this nice for another month or two. So far I haven’t ordered propane gas, and I am about scared to. I may die of shock when they tell me how much it is going to cost!

I have been busy for the past few days helping my daughter, Anna, and her husband, Scott Nottingham, paint their rental house. It seems every few years the tenants move out, then Anna and Scott have to go clean and renovate the house. I am as slow as molasses in the winter when I paint, though I am very thorough.

Since I didn’t have to babysit my little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold, I went to listen to bluegrass music at the Coon Hunters Club on the outskirts of Hamilton, Ohio. I have decided something, if I can drive that van on this up-and-down road, I can drive it clear down to my brother, Richie, and Wanda Hall’s on Ingrams Creek.

Those of you who live close enough and have never been to the Coon Hunters Club, you are missing out on some good music. I really had a very good time. While I was dancing I kicked my shoes off and danced in my nylons. One of the singers said that he didn’t know me, but he could tell I was fresh out of Kentucky, I didn’t wear shoes. If 47 years is fresh out of Kentucky then I guess I am.

I picked up Bennie and went to visit my oldest daughter, Kay Gray, for a while. After Bennie and I made our way home, we went to church with my friend, Linda Hollan. Bennie was very good in church.

Thanks once again to Linda for the use of her computer as my computer man hasn’t brought mine back to me yet!

There are some things that I want to write about, then when I sit down at this computer which is different than mine, and I completely forget what it is I wanted to do. This has nothing to do with me getting old!

Sunday was Old Time Fiddlers at Miamitown, Ohio. I was up at 4:30 cooking soup beans seasoned with ham hocks along with a pone of cornbread. Barbara and Dan Hall brought a pot of beans also, along with some onions that were mighty powerful. The music was really good at the meeting.

I took my friend, Vickie Power, home, then headed across the river to help Anna and Scott. I didn’t get home until 12:00 that night, then back up again and headed again to paint by myself. Little Bennie was sick so I didn’t have him, however I had three girls to come home with me for the night, Sarah, Jessica and Katelyn Nottingham.

After I picked up little Bennie the next day, I took the kids to the park at Rising Sun, Ind., as the girls love the play area.

Was I tired that night! Yes, it was a good tired, as the girls love it at my house. I love having the kids with me.

A friend of mine had back surgery so I helped her with her laundry. Some pieces had stains on them. She asked me to hang them on the line, I thought to myself that she should throw them away! When I took them off the line all the stains were gone. The memories of Mommy (Ora Hall) washing on the washboard then hanging the clothes on the line to dry came tumbling through my thoughts once again. I have seen Mom lay pieces that were stained flat on the grass to dry. She said the grass and sun would take out the stains. How many of you that read my column have seen your mom or grandma do the same thing?

I came home to a pleasant surprise. Louise Cornett Ison had called several times trying to get hold of me. I believe Louise and my son, Keith Ballard, thought I had disappeared since neither one could get hold of me.

When I finally returned Louise’s call, I really enjoyed talking to her. She is just another good mountain woman that hasn’t forgot her roots. Louise went to school under Gladys Hogg and she went to school with Larry Roark.

Richie and Wanda are planning a big Thanksgiving dinner. I have been thinking about going out on a street corner with a cup and seeing if I can beg enough money to get gas to get home on, and maybe someone will get tired of me and give me the money to get back on.

I talked to my brother, Jerry, and Mattie Hall. Jerry took another fall and skinned his face up. Our sister, Loretta Church, came to Whitesburg so she could see her daughter, granddaughter and families.

Clarence Halcomb called to say how much he enjoyed my column about his birthday party. It seems like Clarence and Arlyn Halcomb are still celebrating as they went out to eat at a real nice restaurant with a group of friends. I think Clarence said they ate at Ryan’s.

I have really been missing corresponding with Gwen Huff Farmer and Shirley Wells on the computer. I have been missing “Gospel Jubilee” with Bobby Joe and Madonna Pass on bounce radio, also WMMT.

Well, folks, I don’t want to take much more of Linda’s time on this computer so until next time.

Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, (513) 367-4682.


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