Whitesburg KY
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Fire makes for expensive meal

Merry Christmas, everyone!

It sure is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Oh what am I saying? It has looked like Christmas for a long time around here as some couldn’t wait until Halloween was over before the Christmas decoration was in stores and some homes!

Please don’t get offended but it seems like most have lost the true meaning for this blessed season, and I am adding my name at the top of the list!

I wonder how many take the time to sit and tell younger one’s why we celebrate Christmas, about that long ago night a baby was born in a manager, and there was no room for Mary.

When our children were little we talked to our kids and of course there were the reading of the night before Christmas a ritual too.

Very special belated birthday wishes to the editor of The Mountain Eagle, Ben Gish, on Dec. 4. Ben, I hope it was a special day for you. Thanks for providing a great newspaper for everyone to enjoy.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and plenty of good food to eat.

Doyle and Betty Ison had their sons Mike and Randy Ison and families for dinner. Johnny and Ann Calihan had their usual family feast with family. Both Johnny and Ann are trying to adjust to their youngest daughter Sue and her husband Tom Wagner being uprooted to North Carolina due to Tom’s job. I keep hoping that my daughter Anna and her husband Scott will completely give up the idea of moving. Southern Ohio

Dec. 13, the Beechwood High School Marching Band of Crescent Springs, or Ft. Mitchell, will be performing in the Inaugural Governor’s Parade in Frankfort. The Marching Band has been chosen out of 120 counties in Kentucky to perform. My granddaughter Sarah Nottingham plays saxophone for the band. They have won the state championship for two consecutive years.

My brother Richie Hall is still having good and bad days, and this cold weather doesn’t help him much.

My sister-in-law Wanda Hall, Teresa Roark and Brandi along with the new addition, little Addison, decided to go shopping in Tennessee. Addison kept them on their toes, I am sure.

I went to the Coon Hunters Club. It had been several weeks since I had gone. The music was good and I enjoyed dancing with my friend Alphine Stacy and sitting with Shirley Godbey.

I met Mary Rose Colwell, who told me that she still has a book of stamps that was used during Depression for food rations. During a conversation with Betty Ison I was informed that Betty has a book of stamps also. Betty said the children were issued books of their own.

When I go to visit Doyle and Betty again I am going to get to look at these stamps as I have never seen anything like them.

While talking to Betty, we were discussing growing up in the mountains, having to carry water, and the ‘little shack out back’ known as an outhouse or just a plain old toilet.

How many remember the Sears and Roebuck catalog and how many uses it had besides just ordering from it? I bet that sparks some memories of some of the older generation and maybe in some not so old.

We are having some rain in our area. After pulling the car in the driveway and walking in the rain to the house, my thoughts drifted back to days of childhood as we walked to and from school at Mill Branch. We never knew what an umbrella was, nor any sort of protection from the weather, whether it was raining or snowing.

Now when I see young girls that stand waiting for a bus with naked legs and a jacket, I just have to shake my head and think to myself, if they walked like lots of us used to they would cover those legs up with something.

While thinking back to my childhood, I just realized that though things were hard for us, our mother’s generation must have been worse.

Actually there’s not very much I would change, even should I have that option. As I have mentioned several times before, that postage stamp sized place called Roxana, which I called home for the first 13 years of my life, will always be special to me.

Sunday was our Christmas party at Old Time Fiddlers. A small crowd was there and the music was great. It was some of the best I have heard.

There’s been a little controversy at Old Time Fiddlers. Old Time Fiddlers doesn’t have electrical instruments, it was founded over 30 years ago. In my opinion, I love the sound of the big upright bass.

My cousin Beverly Adams sent me a DVD of Front Porch Pickin’ at Big D’s at Hindman. The DVD is Shawn Stamper, his daughter Whitney Stamper, Taylyn Combs and Jack Adams. I have enjoyed so much in bluegrass music, Will Caudill and Route 7, East KY Tyme with Astor Taylor, 7 South with Libby Day Smith and my adopted son Jon Caudill. As I watched this DVD with this young girl Whitney singing with her dad Shawn, it was one of the sweetest sounds and sights I think I have seen in a long time. Then Taylyn belting out songs with such a beautiful smile, and Jack Adams. Though Jack doesn’t talk he is a good singer, though he won’t sing on his shows. Shawn doesn’t look old enough to have a daughter. He is such a good singer and musician.

Thank you, Beverly, for the DVD

The mountains of Letcher County have so many talented people to be proud of.

I almost forgot to share with you a very expensive meal. I decided I wanted some cornbread, fried potatoes and onions. I had the bread baking, turned my stove on, put oil in the skillet to preheat, decided to take the garbage outside. While outside, something got my attention. When I came back in I found a house full of dark thick smoke and a skillet aflame. I grabbed a dishtowel to get the skillet off the stove. The oil spilled on my right hand and I dropped the skillet and it burned into my linoleum. I tried picking it up, burned my hand and arm again. Meantime the skillet is still blazing. I finally got the fire put out.

A very simple home cooked meal cost me almost $300 as I have to replace my kitchen linoleum. I didn’t realize how serious this could have been until later when I discovered I had singed my hair on the right side along with my eyebrows.

So instead of crying while scrubbing the mess, I just thanked God because it could have been so much worse.

I must say that I have clean windows, blinds and curtains in my living room. Now if I get the energy to take the kitchen curtains and bathroom curtains down to wash them, and scrub some walls down.

Hello to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall and to my sister Loretta Church.

Gwen Huff Farmer, Shirley Wells and I listened to Larry Sparks on WMMT Thursday evening. The three of us listened to bluegrass music Tuesday night from WDVX from Knoxville, Tenn., with Alex Leach, who is one of the best bluegrass DJ’s you will ever hear.

Oma Hatton, I am sorry I didn’t get you a birthday card out. I am sure you had a great birthday.

Emma Engle, I hope you and Red are doing okay.

I think I better get this on its way before Freddie or Pam comes looking for me.

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

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