Whitesburg KY

Daffodils, hyacinths blooming

Southern Ohio

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a very good Easter! It was a rather quiet one for me. I stayed home and my son Keith Ballard worked so I fixed supper for him. At least it was a beautiful day for the kids to hide eggs.

The daffodils are starting to bloom and I have seen a few hyacinths that are showing their beautiful colors. I do believe this has been the longest winter that I have seen in a long time.

I was reading an older column of mine from a couple of years ago, and Easter was in late April and everything was a blaze of colors with warm weather.

Belated happy birthday to my son Keith, March 29.

Friday was sort of a busy day for me, then my friend Alphine Stacy called to ask me to meet her at Coon Hunter’s on the outskirts of Hamilton. Alphine kept asking so I finally gave in, and on the way there I discovered I had forgotten my cell phone. Usually that doesn’t bother me, but for some reason I was uneasy.

It was great to see Alphine and Shirley, but I just couldn’t get in a party mood, so I left early. I had been home just long enough to change my clothes when my phone rang.

My daughter Angie Wiederhold was crying, asking me if I could come there. I asked what was wrong as I was starting to get dressed again as I couldn’t go in my housecoat.

Angie said my little sidekick Bennie, who is six years old now, had fallen into something and hurt himself. She needed me to go with her to the hospital. Angie is a nurse and was a basket case. I was on my way in a heartbeat.

Bennie will be losing three teeth in a few days and will be sore as his teeth cut inside his mouth very badly. Bennie has a mild form of something that keeps his blood from clotting, so of course any time you hit your mouth you will bleed profusely. He will be fine in a few days.

We didn’t get home from Children’s Hospital until after one in the morning.

Les and Pat Wagner, along with Larry and Becky Hasty, spent a few days in the mountains of eastern Kentucky doing some repairs on their house. While there, they really enjoy being with their family.

A special hello to a couple of young guys, 16-yearold James and 12-year-old John Ison, who are cousins to Les. Thanks, boys, for reading my column.

Saturday evening, Tony Hale and Bluegrass Favorites were playing at Hunter’s Pizzeria. Even though I was tired, after I found out that Les and Pat had gotten home from a visit down home somehow I found energy to get dressed and head out.

While I was on my way to Hunter’s, I got tied up in a traffic jam for over 45 minutes. When we were finally allowed to go, I saw a motorcycle laying down. I hope I never go through that horrible ordeal again. My daughter called me to tell me the rider had hit a deer, and from what the news said the motorcycle rider survived.

Happy birthday to Betty Ison, April 8. I am so bad at sending cards that I waste my money buying them.

I know Doyle and Betty are really looking forward to warmer weather so they can get out and see what the world is about. Betty is almost completely healed from her knee replacement.

I know Gwen Huff Farmer is probably already planning just what she is going to plant in that garden. Gwen starts out with a few things and then it multiplies.

Johnny and Ann Calihan had their family for dinner for Easter. I am sure they all had a good time.

I received a delightful phone call from Glenora Eldridge on Easter, and it was so good to hear from her. Glenora and her husband Kenneth sure have lost enough family members in the last few months.

Libby Day Smith, I hope you are feeling better. I had to laugh when I heard you had surgery. I think you have been associating with me too much.

I didn’t say anything to anyone except one person since I didn’t know what I was facing. My colon surgery has sort of kept me down more than the fiveway by-pass. For some reason I can’t seem to bounce back and get the energy that I had before. I think I have just had more this past year than my body can handle.

My two-year-old grandson Kyle Nottingham isn’t letting a broken arm slow him down. The little stinker was going through the house repeating, “I love Mama,” so Anna called me and said, “I want you to listen to this!” When I spoke to Kyle I asked him, “Who do you love?” Kyle told me he loved Aunt Kay.

Sarah, Jessica and Katelyn are on spring break so I am going to go get them so I can spend some time with them this week.

I am so glad that Emma Engle is able once again to write her column. Emma is such a nice person.

I asked in a column if anyone knew any thing about Bob Ison who wrote for The Eagle and now you don’t hear anything at all.

Oma Hatton, maybe before long I may get to head for the mountains and we can go grab a bite at Pine Mountain Grill. Maybe if we are lucky, your son Billy can join us.

Hello as usual to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall and my sister Loretta Church.

I haven’t talked to my sister in-law Wanda Hall, and I hope she is doing okay.

Well, I have a lot to do so I am going get this on its way.

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

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