Whitesburg KY

Discarded pumpkins make beautiful plants

Southern Ohio

Hello again everyone! I hope everyone had a happy Fourth of July. It sure doesn’t seem that over half of another year has slipped by so fast!

Thanks to a faithful reader Bill Proffitt for catching a big boo boo I made. Letcher County Day in Harrison will be Sept. 26 instead of the 25th Oh well, I just wanted to see everyone a day early.

I wish I could say it was not my fault. I guess I looked at a month before, who knows? Anyway it is on Saturday, Sept. 26. So make plans and come out for a good time. Bring a covered dish and a beverage. Fayette Halcomb, please come and bring your friend so he can play music for us.

If I am in a mental hospital or graveyard by September just have a good time and think of me!

My son, Keith Ballard, is in the hospital again. This time he has been there for several days. Worry must agree with me as I keep plugging onward!

I wish you readers could see my daughter, Kay Gray’s, pumpkin vines! Kay had two pumpkins for Halloween last year. Somehow they weren’t discarded, and they deteriorated in the ground. They came up this spring and they are beautiful and full of blooms. Kay’s flowers in her yard are so beautiful.

Gwen Huff Farmer sent me pictures of her garden. She had a rough time getting it started, but it sure is beautiful now. Gwen’s son and his wife were coming to spend Fourth of July with her.

Shirley Wells was to spend the weekend in the place she loves the most, as she and her sister, Minnie, were heading to the Whitesburg area.

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Eula Ison and family as her daughter, Janice, lost her battle to cancer last week. Eula and our mother, Ora Hall, were more like sisters than friends for several years. My ex-husband Jack would always tease Janice when she was very little. Janice would sneak and curse him when Lawrence and Eula couldn’t hear her. Eula lost another daughter, Carolyn, a few years ago.

I haven’t seen the family in several years, I still remember how good they were to everyone. Ray Ison remembers me as being mean as a snake. Who, me? I was never mean, I just didn’t take anything from anyone. I found out a long time ago, stand up for yourself!

I had a nice email from Clarence and Arlyn Halcomb. She said they enjoy me writing about Clarence Huff as he was a lifetime friend and Clarence Halcomb was named after him. Clarence and Arlyn have a beautiful garden and it is paying off quite well as they are enjoying eating onions, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and soon will have potatoes. Their beans are going up the poles and tomatoes are setting on, but not turning yet. The peach trees are loaded and the fruit is getting bigger every day.

Clarence and Arlyn have invited my little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold and me to come enjoy the peaches.

Hello to my dear friend, Willa Mae Boggs, and her husband, Carl. Hello to Carl’s brother, Lowell, and his wife, Rowenna.

My sister-in-law, Wanda Hall, is busy this time of year with another yard sale. My brother, Richie, is still feeling bad.

Hello to my brother, Jerry, and Mattie Hall. Your friend Jim Cornett says hello to you guys. Jerry talks to our sister, Loretta Church, every day on the phone.

Barefoot Bill and Betty Kelly’s daughter, Melissa, and her husband and young son moved somewhere around Premium. I hope they enjoy the mountains.

Hello Dean and Nina Cornett in Alaska. I wonder, does the grass grow as fast there as it does here?

I better get this on its way. I actually forgot what day it is. So until next time.

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

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