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Family gathered for Christmas

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Happy New Year!

So hard to believe another year has come and gone. I sure hope 2015 is a lot better than this last year has been although I doubt it as it is a continuation with some things.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and all your hearts’ desires were met. Most of all, I hope it was spent with family.

Two of my daughters stopped by with their family.

Christmas Eve, my daughter Anna, Scott, and grandchildren Sarah, Jessica, Katelyn, along with boss man Kyle Nottingham, all came by for a couple of hours.

I can’t fix anything to eat as Anna and everyone goes to her dad’s for a complete meal on Christmas Eve.

Three-year-old Kyle decided he was hungry, so he opened my refrigerator, asked, “ Mamaw, do you have anything for me to eat?”

I went to the kitchen and asked if he wanted a ham and cheese sandwich, to which he replied, “Mamaw, I really like cheese.” So I fixed a cheese sandwich and a small bit of Coke, and Kyle ate the whole sandwich.

Then his next question made me laugh. Kyle asked if I was going to go to Papaw’s. I turned my head so he wouldn’t see me laughing and told him that Mamaw was sick.

That is the second time a grandchild can’t understand why I don’t go to their Papaw’s at Christmas.

My son Keith Ballard gave each of the kids money for Christmas. He wouldn’t open his gifts as Christmas is hard on him.

Anna told me to leave Keith alone as I don’t like to open gifts until Christmas morning, then my brat daughter told me she had her brother’s back.

So I told her she could have her brother’s whole body and take him home with her. Then we had a good laugh.

My daughter Angie Wiederhold and my little sidekick Bennie came a little later. Oh my goodness, Bennie is so cute and so bossy. He told Kyle when he stayed here he wasn’t allowed to make a mess and Kyle should clean up the paper.

Angie brought Skyline dip and a cheese ball, much to everyone’s delight. It was so good having the kids here.

For the first time in a long time my granddaughter Jennifer didn’t come by.

Mike and Marcia Caudill had a houseful of company for Christmas. Actually there was two Christmas dinners served at their home. Richard Caudill really enjoyed this, I am sure. Santa Claus was very good to Ricky this year. I am so glad that Ricky is finally feeling well enough to resume writing. Like so many others, I really enjoy reading whatever he writes.

It really amazes me that you can relate to someone that you’ve only seen in person a couple of times. One thing about it, what you see when you meet Ricky is just what he is. He enjoys the simplicity of life and doesn’t try to live beyond his means as so many seem to do. I only wish there were more people in this world like this special man.

When I saw the post this summer that Ricky was raising a garden, I had to laugh as I know a few guys that wouldn’t know a hoe handle from a two by four. Actually they would probably run from it, afraid of a little hard work.

I wish I could recall back to a few years ago when my health was better. Ricky would have company working in the garden, should I have been invited.

Les and Pat Wagner made it through Christmas along with Becky, Polly Hasty and little Kelly.

There wasn’t much joy to be found. My heart really aches for this family. I know the pain of losing someone, and Larry Hasty was such a wonderful man.

The Wagner and Hasty families have really gone through a lot in the past few years. This is a family that really know the definition of family love.

While reading through some posts on the computer on Facebook, oh the memories that came cascading through as someone posted a comment about animals praying on Christmas Eve!

As a child I remember Mommy and Grandma talking of Jan. 6 being Old Christmas and the cows bending their knees and praying at midnight.

There were several comments about this subject as some recalled this as being on Christmas Eve, while others remembered it being Jan. 6, like me.

I love several sites such as Appalachian Folklore and Appalachian History along with several others.

Doyle and Betty Ison sure had a wonderful time with their family as it is growing with grandkids getting married and a special little great-granddaughter that keeps everyone on their toes.

Belated birthday wishes to Barb Jones on Dec. 25. I know my brother Richie Hall would have reminded me to tell her happy birthday.

Belated birthday wishes also to Jack Adams on Dec. 18, and happy birthday to Jeff Adams on Dec. 31.

My brother Wallace Lee Hall would have been 67 years old Dec. 27.

Jan. 2, my sister Loretta Church would have been 65.

This is the first Christmas without my brother Jerry Allen, and it is so hard to know they are all gone forever.

I can hear Jerry laughing and saying, “Sissy, you are a sight!” when I would tease him about something. I still have his last phone call on my answering machine.

Hello Bruce Jones. I haven’t heard anything from you in such a long time, I hope you are doing alright.

Bill and Betty Kelly had a lot of family in during Christmas, and again that is what families are all about.

Well I have a lot to do, so until next time



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