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Friends plan to meet again after 47 years

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Hello once again! Did everyone have a safe and fun-filled treat-and-tricking good time at Halloween? I think we are slipping more toward winter in the Harrison, Ohio area. I know there’s no reason for me to complain, however I hate cold weather as much as some of you hate hot weather! If I didn’t like the changing of the seasons I would move to Florida where it is warm all time.

My daughter, Kay Gray, is selling her beautiful place in Destin, Fla. Kay didn’t go there very much anyway. It was a beautiful place to be in. Kay is really good at decorating, landscaping and anything she sets her mind to.

We have had a couple of nights where the ground has been covered with frost. Needless to say the beautiful foliage has fallen by the wayside. God has done His majestic work for this year. Pretty soon the snow will cover all the dirt and litter. A new fallen snow is so pretty it is like a smile on your face when your heart is breaking. Snow covers up all the ugliness for a while.

It really doesn’t seem possible that Christmas is fast approaching. There are a few houses displaying Christmas lights and there’s a house in Addyston, Ohio that had Christmas lights turned on a couple of times during summer, not just a few but the whole house!

Oops! I made a mistake in my column last week. It was that good looking man on Ingrams Creek, Rick Jones, who had a birthday; Mark Roark’s birthday is May 26, same as my brother, Richie Hall. Please forgive me, Rick!

On Nov. 6 our parents, Clayton and Ora Hall, would have been married 63 years. You never seem to forget important dates though someone is no longer here. Our grandma, Rosa Hall’s, birthday was Nov. 7.

Happy birthday to my son-inlaw Scott Nottingham Nov. 7, and least and last, Clayton and I have been married 10 years Nov. 7. A special happy birthday to my little granddaughter, Katelyn Nottingham, who was four Nov. 10.

While I was talking to Anna on the telephone, Katelyn wouldn’t get her coat on so they could leave. Anna asked Katelyn if that was the way a four-yearold should act. Katelyn reminded her mom that she was only three!

Belated birthday wishes go out to Shirley Wells’s daughter, Loretta Baggett, Nov. 3. She shares the same birthday with my youngest daughter, Anna. They are both the same age, 35. Anna is a few hours older than Loretta.

The similarities don’t stop there. Shirley has a daughter who shares the same birthday as my son, Keith Ballard, March 29.

I plan on going to visit Shirley in Clarksville, Tenn., before Christmas. Life is too short to keep putting off what you want to do! There’s no promise of tomorrow as we all know. Shirley and I haven’t seen each other in almost 47 years. We were both very young, I was 15 and she was 16.

A recipe for a stack cake I mentioned in my column brought us back together. Of course that stack cake put about four pounds on my beautiful hourglass figure! Now quit laughing. I can wish, can’t I?

My sister, Loretta, has lost quite a bit of weight since she has been in Letcher Manor. She is doing fine since her legs were amputated. Her daughter, Sue Hall, spent the night with her at the nursing home.

My brother, Wallace Lee Hall, just lies flat of his back with his eyes closed not taking interest in anything. It breaks my heart to see my brother and sister in this condition. Wallace Lee’s wife, Georgia Dixon Hall, is in the nursing home, too

My little nine-month-old grandbaby, Bennie, has been very ill. My daughter, Angie Wiederhold, is a nurse, however she is a new mother and doctors are forever changing the ways from some of the old that mothers have used for years. Sometimes I wish they would go back to castor oil days. I have never heard of so many infants having digestive problems. Angie has to give little Bennie Zantac to help him.

Angie called to ask if I could stay with little Ben while she got some rest. The whole time I was there, he took his bottle and didn’t get sick. He loves to look out the window.

Little Bennie did think I needed a shower with my sweat pants on as he turned the internal faucet on my leg. I had to borrow a pair of pants from Angie. It made me laugh.

My three little granddaughters, Sarah, Jessica and Katelyn Nottingham, are all sick with something that is going around. My daughter Anna said she wondered what Angie would do if she had three sick at the same time. Anna and Kay are like me in lots of ways; they are good at what is called multi-tasking.

Thanks to Ann and Johnny Calihan’s daughter, Sue Wagner, who is an RN and a good friend of Angie for all her help and advice.

Sue and her husband, Tom Wagner, celebrated their wedding anniversary recently. My mother was visiting us at the time, so Mom went to their wedding. Angie was a bridesmaid. It is strange how one remark can take you back in time.

My brother, Jerry Hall, has to go to Pikeville to have some tests done.

Betty and Doyle Ison are doing alright; they stay busy with their families. Betty is enjoying watching two of their grandsons become young adults; they both have girlfriends now. Betty and I both wonder where time has gone. I look in my bathroom mirror, I can see time has sure left its road map as it traveled on its way.

Gwen Huff Farmer is proud of her son, John Farmer, as he has been deer hunting. John has his limit; he got two deer, a ninepoint and a 10-point! Gwen and her whole family are avid hunters; Gwen used to be very active herself.

Someone could come and visit in this area and get a few. Deer are beautiful to observe across the field, however it is really dangerous to drive around here, especially at night! Turkeys are plentiful also, and I have seen one huge lizard, or it might just have been an oversized snake!

I hope the Jones boys, Levine and Bruce, are all ready for the cold weather. I know Delbert has plenty of firewood set aside.

Richie has been enjoying piddling with his camper. Wanda may just send him out there since he is spending so much time there. It really is a nice camper!

Wanda stays so busy she doesn’t get to go out there much. They may end up putting it on a lake in Tennessee. I hope not, before I spend a night in it.

I haven’t heard anything from the Whitaker bunch so I hope all is well with you.

Clarence and Arlyn Halcomb, may you both stay in good health.

To all the girls at Letcher Manor, you have enough of my family there to keep you on your toes. Thanks for all you do!

I stayed with little Bennie for a couple of hours. As Angie was listening to his stomach, I asked her if she had a blood pressure cuff. That was mistake as she became very concerned, seemed like my blood pressure decided to do some climbing. Angie asked if I was dizzy, short of breath or felt any symptoms. Don’t know if it pays to have a nurse in the family, just kidding.

While I was at Angie’s, I turned on her computer. I pulled the site up of The Mountain Eagle and read the paper on the Internet. This is really a neat thing for me to share with her as usually the kids don’t see my column.

It pleases me taking care of little Bennie. As I sing to him he will hum along with me; he loves music so much to be so little. Angie doesn’t have cable, so KET was fuzzy but we could still hear the music. As I danced around the living room, he would kick his feet and wave his little hands to the music. He is a copycat. I stretched my legs as I exercised a little, and I’ll be darned he raised his legs too!

Have you got your Thanksgiving dinner planned? This is one year I am not planning anything except some peace and quiet. I have decided no one is control of my weight except me, the more I cook, the more I eat. So if I don’t cook then no one else is going to eat either.

As usual I waited to the last minute to get this on its way, and all these clocks are saying, ‘I am watching you,’ so until next time.

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


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