Whitesburg KY

Fall colors are beautiful despite dry weather

Southern Ohio

Happy Halloween, everyone!

I hope everyone is enjoying the pretty colors of the leaves. I know I sound like a broken record. I enjoy the fall colors so much, I guess I want to share with everyone.

It was predicted that the colors wouldn’t be very pretty with the dry weather. God must have known that I needed something to brighten up my life and let me know He is there with all the aggravation, as the hill across from my house is picture perfect. The hayfield is so green then across the road where the hill begins is covered in patches of golds, browns, a faint touch of red, and lots of green is still showing.

My daughter, Anna and, her husband, Scott Nottingham, spent the weekend at Pigeon Forge, Tenn., visiting Dollywood. Anna and Scott said the traffic was awful. They took the trolley into Gatlinburg, which was over an hour to get there. The trees haven’t started to change there yet!

I stayed at Anna and Scott’s with Sarah, age nine, Jessica five, and Katelyn, who is three. It really was a good time.

I had one drawback. I had a flu and pneumonia shot and ended up with a very sore arm, ran a fever and chilled. I couldn’t sleep on my left side. Of course I can’t sleep on my right side because my arm still bothers me, so needless to say I had a sleepless night. Don’t think I will take two shots in one arm again.

Clayton and I took them to the wedding of Jack and Gertrude Berry of Ludlow. Sarah, Jessica and Katelyn were very well behaved. They were amazed at the wedding. Of course they couldn’t understand why there wasn’t a long white bridal gown. Gertrude is in her late 70s and Jack is 80. It was a beautiful wedding. There was a reception in the basement of the church with finger sandwiches, punch and soft drinks, and a really pretty wedding cake, decorated in fall colors.

I had to smile to myself, Katelyn whispered and asked me did she have to eat the sandwich as it was nasty. It was chicken salad and she didn’t like it. Kids will keep you on your toes.

Anna and Scott have a huge television; it covers one wall. She has something called digital cable. I couldn’t get it to come on, so Sarah and I had some quality time together. She is really a very intelligent little girl. Jessica and Katelyn were in their parents’ room watching television. I will make it a priority to spend more time with Sarah; they grow up too fast.

Anna not only has a digital television, her stove is different from mine. I finally did figure out how to get the oven working. As Anna was showing me where everything was, I told her McDonald’s had everything.

I took them to Frisch’s for breakfast and spent the day with them. That is the first time I have spent the night at their house; it was different.

My granddaughter, Jennifer Proctor, called to ask me if there was any way I could take her to get Samantha from school. When I got there, Jennifer was dressing nine-month-old T.J. He tried to get away from her to get to me. He is trying to walk; this little boy has eight hands and feet, I believe. My daughter, Kay, says he is an octopus, he is so active.

Later that evening Angie was called to work unexpectedly. She asked if I could watch little Benjie. I laughed and said I was going to put the girls on a do-notcall list.

My brother, Richie Hall, has a camper in his yard. That may be my next address. I think I will get a laptop computer to carry with me. Oh I forgot, I can write it and hand deliver it to The Mountain Eagle from Linefork!

I got a phone call from someone I will refer to as an anonymous caller since she doesn’t like for her name to be in the paper, saying she and her husband had taken a trip to Letcher County and they had driven up Pacies Branch (I refer to it as Paradise Valley). I was informed she didn’t see what I thought was so special that I would call it Paradise Valley, that she wouldn’t live there! That really made me laugh; that’s exactly why I love that section of the world! Nothing but the bears and snakes.

By the time The Mountain Eagle is published I will have been in eastern Kentucky and back home, as Loretta Church will have her leg amputated.

Gwen Huff Farmer is finally able to rest for a while and enjoy the bountiful harvest she has put away. She has been busy shopping with her friends, Fay and Diane.

Gwen’s son, John, and his wife, Sonya, and their son, Grant, came to visit Gwen Friday night. They had to go back on Saturday evening as John is very active in church. He leads singing at church on Sunday.

I would like to go visit Gwen once more. It always seems something happens to stop me when I make plans. Gwen says she is still having quite a bit of greens in her garden since the rain finally came her way.

Gwen’s sister, Grace, attended the school reunion which is hosted by Bill Halcomb each year at Kingdom Come Park. I am sure everyone had a good time.

Leanna Dixon and her husband finally made it back home after their road trip. She says they plan to visit Bill and Mary Halcomb in the future.

Shirley Wells has been spending time with her family, except during the rainy days. We have been online a few times together. Her son, Buddy, is visiting her. I have never met Buddy; he sure is good to his mom.

I forgot to add something last week in my column. after the Calihan reunion, Johnny and Ann Calihan traveled on to West Virginia to see Ann’s sister, Evadean Marcum, and her husband. A good time is always had when Ann and her family get together.

Gene Caudill of Florida, has once again come out of hiding at his favorite fishing places. He is from the Jeremiah, area and his wife, Brenda, grew up here in Harrison, Ohio. Now they make their home in the Sunshine State! News from Gene Caudill of Florida:

“Hello. I have fished myself out so I have to find something to do.

“I talked to my sister, Irene. She said that she was in Letcher County recently and enjoyed herself a lot. Irene met someone in Jeremiah who gave her a 1949 school picture of us kids, Irene, Jr., and myself. I sure would like a copy of it. The person who has this picture can call me at (321) 631-9685. Once my caller ID picks up your number, I will call you back.

“Harrison Engle has moved back home in the hollow. That makes me homesick. I hope this finds all in Letcher County well. I want to thank Rose once again. bubcaudill@aol.com

Dean Roark of Kingscreek called to say how much she enjoys my column. A great big thanks, Dean.

Hello to the Jones Boys, Levine Jones of Bristol, Tenn., and Bruce Jones of Linefork.

Berma Matthews told me she really enjoyed the Letcher County Day held in Harrison, Ohio. She is sending Clarence Halcomb a picture she has from years ago. I know Clarence and Arlyn will enjoy that very much.

Old Time Fiddlers will hold their meeting Nov. 4 in the basement of the fire department at Miamitown, Ohio, on Route 128, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Come out for a few hours of music, snacks and entertainment. This event is held the first Sunday of the month.

Once again the old clock is starting to chase me as I have a very busy day ahead of me.

Until next time.

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

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