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Four generations meet for pizza

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Hello again, everyone!

I will try to get a column out, though once again my heart isn’t in it. I often joke and say I don’t drink, don’t do drugs, and don’t smoke, however there’s no time like the present to start all three. Yes, I am only joking about doing anything. I don’t really know how to do anything except face life head on and try to deal with it. I am not a crying person, however since the death of my son’s friend, Kelly Payne it seems like there’s a wall of tears just waiting to be released.

I know Emma Engle, Oma Hatton and others know exactly what I am talking about. I feel a few of the columnists and I share a bond.

I miss Gladys Smith from North Carolina writing in The Eagle. Actually I miss The Eagle since I failed to renew my subscription. My daughter Kay Gray is supposed to do that this week for me.

I had to go to Good Samaritan Hospital. As I was walking through the door, a man with silver hair met me at the door along with a dog; the man was blind. Tears filled my eyes as I thought to myself, yes my heart is aching but thank you God I can see, and I can walk.

A phone call from Doris Adams of Blackey, was very uplifting. Thanks, Doris, for caring and being the very sensitive person you are.

I am going to do something for myself, pack the van and head out for a camping trip at a bluegrass festival. I think I am going to stock the van with supplies so all I have to do is grab a bag of ice and head wherever I can afford the gas to go. I am still a little afraid of driving it as it is much bigger than my car.

I had the pleasure of meeting my daughter, Kay Gray, along with her daughter, Jennifer Proctor, and two children, Samantha Gray, 7, and 18-month-old T.J. Proctor, at LaRosa Pizza for supper. My 19-year-old granddaughter, Jodi Gray, works at LaRosa’s, in fact she was our waitress. There were four generations once again together.

Of course I had my little sidekick, 18-month-old Bennie Wiederhold, with me. It is one thing to watch little Bennie at home, it is a different story taking him out to eat. This is the first time I tried this task and it may just be the last, too. Bennie wanted down to explore things, would not let me feed him, would not take his bottle. Mom Ma was about ready to whack a bottom. Of course I know spanking is not allowed!

I do believe that is partially what is wrong with our world today. Parents have lost control of their children. This small child is a joy to watch at my house, however he needs some guidance on how to behave in public, as I see this. I asked my daughter, Angie Wiederhold, how he did when she takes him out to eat and she said he does the same thing for her.

I am very thankful I was young when I had my children, though here I am at 63 years old almost raising another one! At least I can send him home about 11:00 each night, yes I am ready to do just that at times. I must say one thing, it sure takes your mind off your own troubles to have a little one around.

Bennie will come to give me a hug and a kiss several times each evening that I have him, I really wouldn’t trade him for anything, and don’t want another one either!

I received a phone call from Eveda Ison, who is a sister-in-law to Polly Ann Ison Maucher, needing a phone number. Eveda has some relation who is ruining for an office and she is campaigning for him in Indiana.

Eveda said she really enjoys my column and always looks for it the first thing when she gets her Mountain Eagle. She also said she didn’t know how I could write such a good column all the time.

I am looking forward to seeing her at Letcher County Day at the Harrison Community shelter Sept. 20. It doesn’t seem possible a year has almost gone by. I do hope we have a good turnout again! The get-togethers are usually made up of friends and strangers, as so many people have moved from the mountains to make a better living.

Ann and Johnny Calihan and family are all doing well. Ann has been very busy with preparation for vacation Bible school.

I received a phone call from Charlena Fields of Beaver Dam. Charlena is from the Linefork, Kingscreek area, and was married to Slaney Fields. I remember our dad (Clayton Hall) talk of Slaney. She was a sister-in-law to Janelle Calihan Fields. It is always such a pleasure to hear from people from the mountains. Charlena says she feels as if she knows me, that each time she reads my column it is like a trip back home.

Don’t forget the Calihan reunion at Brookville, Ind., that is held by Coolie Jr. Calihan Sept. 14.

Belated happy birthday to Gwen Huff Farmer Aug. 16. I seem to always forget to mention birthdays until they are past!

Gwen is still putting green beans and lots of other good fresh garden produce away for the winter. She has worked very hard this summer, and her legs are giving her lots of pain.

I was at a local store and a man came in to ask if they sold pickling salt. Of course the woman said no. He said he was making kraut to be used at a festival, and then the man started laughing and said someone told him to let her know the night before the festival, that she would come to help him get it ready for the next day. We both shared a laugh and I said I would like to see what kind of sauerkraut she would make overnight! I think what the woman must have been calling sauerkraut is a German style hot slaw. I told him that I had always used regular

salt, so he told me that regular

pickling salt, or kosher salt made ~ it a lot better. Shirley Wells has taken a little vacation from baby-sitting for a while. Shirley enjoyed a trip to Dollywood a few weeks ago. She is hoping to get to come to Ohio for a visit with her cousin, Helen Caudill of Miamisburg, Ohio.

My daughter, Anna Nottingham, and the girls, Sarah, Jessica and Katelyn, are enjoying a week at Lake Erie. Anna doesn’t take long sleeve shirts nor pants for the family. This is one trip they could have used warmer clothing as the weather has turned a bit cooler.

Anna and Scott have bicycles for the whole family, then they walk a lot, play games with the kids, and from what the girls tell me they have a really good quality time with the family. This is the first time they have gotten to enjoy their fifth wheeler camper.

Scott’s sister, Sherrie Nottingham, and her friend, Claire, joined them. Sherrie has a huge pop-up camper. Claire had major surgery a few weeks ago, so they weren’t able to take the boat this time.

My daughter, Kay Gray, is enjoying a week of staying at her home in Destin, Fla. She is getting the house ready for sale, so she really isn’t enjoying this trip too much. Kay hasn’t had time to go there much this past year. It is a beautiful house that is empty most of the time.

Once again my brother, Richie Hall, is having lots of pain with his legs. I worry about him a lot. Richie and Wanda’s son, Dereck, works in the coal mines. This young man doesn’t have any trouble finding a job. I think Dereck is starting a chicken ranch on Ingrams Creek. I love to hear the roosters crowing.

Hello to Bruce Jones and all the gang on Ingrams Creek.

Jim Cornett, I finally found the phone number you wanted. Tell that brother of yours to come to Letcher County Day Sept. 20.

I did catch a few minutes of “Bobby Joe’s Gospel Jubilee” on bounceradio. I also listened to Tony Burke on WMMT. I listened to Chuck Johnson and I think her name was Mary Anne while I was putting the final touch on this column. I really enjoy the music of Chuck Johnson.

Well, folks, it is almost time to say good-bye for now. Please be good to yourselves and to your loved ones as you don’t know what the future holds.

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


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