Whitesburg KY
Mostly cloudy
Mostly cloudy

Ever wondered how icicles freeze so perfectly round?

Southern Ohio

It doesn’t seem possible the month of January has slipped away. There are still a few Christmas light displays around, a few diehards like myself as my Christmas tree is still up at the present time!

With my son Keith Ballard being sick during the holidays I couldn’t enjoy it, and I decided I would leave it up as long as I want. I guess that would classify me as a redneck! I pay my electric bill so who is it hurting?

My running partner Vickie Power and I went on an adventure. Vickie doesn’t drive interstates, she travels back roads. I drive interstates as I don’t know many back roads out of the Harrison area. We left my house with no definite plans and ended up at Waynesville, which is an antique town. It rained the livelong day, but we didn’t let it stop us. We walked in the rain in between shops.

Of course we neither one had an umbrella as we didn’t know where we were going. Vickie’s coat did have a hood to it, but I had nothing to shelter me so I got my hair soaked. I still had fun. As we walked I sang tidbits of several rain songs like, ‘Just Walking in the Rain,’ or ‘Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.’ In one of the shops was an old spinning wheel, so I sang a couple of lines of the song called ‘There’s An Old Spinning Wheel In The Parlor.’ Keep a song in your heart and the sun will always shine!

After our trip to Waynesville, we stopped at Applebee’s in Hamilton, for supper. The manager stopped by our table and started a conversation with us. We had him laughing before he left.

This was the first Sunday in quite a while that we had gotten away for a whole day. I did buy six crystal clear acrylic icicles for my Christmas tree. At first I didn’t want to pay the price for them, then the saleslady said they were half price so I bought the last six she had.

They are so clear it makes you want to take a lick, and it is such a remainder of the trip to and from Mill Branch School and how the icicles were on the small rocks along the road. I have folded my coat sleeve many a time and held the crystal clear icicles in my protected hand and eaten them.

Then there are times I held that cold, hard icicle in my bare fingers. Every once in a while I have broken an icicle off the branches of a tree next to the house and eaten it. Have you ever wondered how icicles will freeze so perfectly round?

Congratulations to my longtime friend Shirley Wells, who is the proud great-grandmother of a baby girl, Aubrie Breiann Laxton, weighing eight pounds, seven ounces, and 20 inches long. Both mother Kayla and baby are doing great.

Shirley said the baby is a beauty. It does not seem possible that Shirley and I are great-grandparents. Why it seems like just yesterday we were both teenagers!

I have a question for you readers that have reached the grand age of 65. How did you handle all the junk mail, telephone calls, mail, computer, etc., about Medicare supplemental insurance?

I will be 65 in May, and so help me, since Jan. 1 I have received so much garbage. This is continuous and aggravating. I am thinking about shutting off my computer and the phone and becoming a hermit. I think everyone in the U.S. must know when you reach this particular age!

It burns me up that we have to take and pay for Medicare whether we want it or not. After the price is deducted that doesn’t leave much SS to exist on!

I am very lucky I do not have credit cards. What I can’t pay for I do without! My biggest expense is gas for my car that seems to say, come on it’s time to take a ride! Rain sunshine or whatever!

Thanks to those who have asked me to send them a copy of my book ‘The Beauty of A Rose.’ If it were up to my friend Willamae Boggs, ‘The Beauty of A Rose’ would be on the bestseller list! When I pick this book up to glance through it, I find it is amazing what passes through one’s heart, soul and brain. Some of the contents of my book are fiction, but most of it is true. I do stress the importance of education. Writing is a way to release feelings when you can’t or don’t want to talk to someone!

I haven’t talked to Ann or Johnny Calihan so I hope everything is all right in their family. Hello to all their family.

I am planning on heading down to Doyle and Betty Ison’s just as soon as our next snowfall comes so Betty and I can go sled riding!

The website of Facebook sure seems to connect a lot of people who are either from, or who still live in the mountains of eastern Kentucky! I really enjoy this every time I log on. I especially like Larry Roark’s input on Facebook, as he mentions diff erent topics.

My little sidekick Bennie Weiderhold is so tired of this cold weather as he wants to play in the yard. Bennie isn’t gaining a lot of weight as he won’t eat very much.

My brother Richie Hall is still in a lot of pain with his broken ankle, and my sister-in-law Wanda had a few days of not feeling well. I hope she is better by now.

Happy birthday to Wanda, Feb. 5, and to little Destiny Jones Feb. 10.

Hello to Frick and Frack. I hope everything is going all right in your world and you are staying warm.

Michael Ison, my hands are staying warm so far so I don’t guess I have to ask your wife if it is okay for you to hold them.

Polly Ann Maucher sends her love to all her family in the mountains and in the flatlands too.

Gwen Huff Farmer is still improving after her knee surgery. She will soon be back to her everyday chores. She really misses not being able to use her computer.

Emma Engle, I hope you and Red are doing better at this time.

Hello to Bill Profitt and his sister Mavis.

Carl and Willamae Boggs aren’t feeling their best. Those two will be glad when the weather breaks.

Jessie Frazier, stay warm and be careful on that fourwheeler. I know you and all the gang who rides are champing at the bit to get out and explore the hills and hollows.

Well, the old clock is once again giving me an evil eye so I’d better get this heading on its way.

Until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030 email: Bluegrassmama4@ aol.com, 513-367-4682.

Leave a Reply