Happy spring everyone!
As I sit at this computer I can see across the road from my house and I swear it looks like I have an extended yard. The hayfield across the way from our house is so pretty and green, except being separated by a very busy road.
We take so much for granted in our lives. I am thankful that God gave me the vision of sight and the ability to be able to get around by myself without assistance.
Although I may get down and out sometimes when life’s highway gets filled with potholes and detours, when I able to take the time to refl ect on my personal journey then I really do take the time to be thankful for all I have. Though not much earthly wealth, I still have so much to be thankful for!
While walking out to my car the crisp chilly air seeped into my bones since my jacket was in the car. I thought of the homeless people sleeping in this all the time. I really don’t know how anyone can do this, especially children.
Eveda Ison is at Mercy Franciscan Terrace, 100 Compton Road, Cincinnati, Oh. 45215. I know she would appreciate a card. Eveda still has a long way to go for complete recovery after her fall.
I talked to Ann and Johnny Calihan; all their family is doing alright.
Bill and Jean Ison took at trip to West Virginia to visit Evadean and Lafe Marcum, Evadean is a sister to Ann Calihan and Bill Ison.
I talked to Polly Ann Maucher who has been sick for a week or so with a cold. I do hope she is feeling better by now.
Polly tells me the annual family and friends gettogether will be July 3 at the New Trenton Fire Department. Mark your calendar for this event, I will have more details later.
Guess this means I will get to hold hands with Michael Ison again, though I survived the winter without my hands getting too cold!
I really do think it is wonderful when families can get together like this event.
My little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold has been sick so I stopped by to see him. I had no intentions of bringing him home with me, but as I started to leave Bennie took me by the hand said “Momma, are you ready to rock and roll?” Meaning he was ready to come home with me. Of course I brought him to our house and he did play in the yard for a while.
I forgot I didn’t have any Oreo cookies, and I was in trouble for a little while. Bennie doesn’t have the dreadful terrible twos, he has the screaming meanies at age three.
My brother Richie Hall and Wanda are really enjoying this springlike weather as they are able to get out without worrying about all the freezing on the those treacherous mountain roads. Richie still has a lot of trouble with his legs bothering him. Diabetes is such an awful disease. I am the only one of six that doesn’t have diabetes. I know if I don’t get a few pounds off that it can catch up with me.
My sister Loretta Church and my brother Wallace Lee Hall both have their legs removed from diabetes.
I finally got a statement from Social Security stating what it will be taking out for Medicare! I wonder how the government thinks people can survive? I may be going on a diet without wanting to.
Oh well, before long Johnny Calihan will have a garden and I won’t be hungry for long!
Thanks to everyone who has bought my book ‘The Beauty of a Rose’, and for the nice compliments.
Willamae Boggs would take a full page ad out to promote my book since she likes it so much.
I hope to see Willamae and Carl and my brothers and families before long.
Jessie Frazier, I bet you are getting that little camper all polished up to go camping.
Belated happy birthday to my son Keith Ballard. I did something on his birthday I have never done in my entire life. I had a 14-hour day and I hadn’t gotten Keith a birthday card, so I called my friend Vickie Power and asked her if she would pick a card out for Keith for me plus put some money in it. Vickie even bought Keith a small cake also. I really appreciated Vickie doing this for me.
Keith has been busy getting the riding lawnmower ready for summer. I have to sneak to mow before he knows I have done it. I guess he thinks I am getting too old for that stuff .
I do really appreciate everything Keith does for me, especially keeping my car in running condition. I do his laundry and he works on my car so that is a fair exchange, don’t you think so?
When I hang laundry outside I can see Mommy’s white articles so sparkling white as sometimes she would use something called bluing in her rinse water. A little bit of bluing was good. I remember one time when I didn’t let a little be good enough, and the water was such a pretty color I poured more bluing in and made whites blue for Mommy!
Happy birthday to Betty Ison on April 8. This is a date that will always stay in my brain.
Gwen Huff Farmer hasn’t been able to do anything in her garden except sit on a stool and let her neighbor plant a few things for her. I know this is bothering Gwen.
Shirley Wells is staying busy with her grandchildren and loving every bit of this beautiful weather.
Shirley informed me of the explosion at the school at Whitesburg which injured two men. I called a news station in Cincinnati, it seems they weren’t interested so another television station did pick it up.
Emma Engle, I am really glad you and Red are on the road to recovery. It looks like I am not going to be in the mountains for Decoration Day. Please be care careful on your trip.
Hello to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall. Watch what that brother of ours says as he likes to stretch things at times.
I am going to finally get my three granddaughters, the Nottingham girls, Sarah, Jessica, Katelyn, and my great-granddaughter Samantha Jo next week as they will be on spring break.
Well folks, this column has been a chore to write this time as this week has been rather long and difficult one for me. I think I am brain tired or dead, so maybe next week I will be more rested.
I hope Thelma Brooks is feeling better as her grandson, whom everyone calls ‘Cornbread’ (my dance partner at Coon Hunters Club), says his grandma hasn’t been feeling well. This young man is all of 15 years old and is loved by everyone. I believe his name is Benjamin. You will find him in a pair of bib overalls, and he loves to dance. The only thing, I don’t want his big feet stepping on my small ones so I keep out of his way. He is so respectful to everyone.
If I am not too tired I will be heading to the Coon Hunters Club again.
Until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4@ aol.com, telephone: 513- 367-4682.