Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Just a few short months and snow will be flying again. Then the song changes to, “Oh how cold it is!” Gee how time flies when you are having fun.
We had so much rain for a while that you couldn’t mow, and now it is so dry all my son is doing is stirring up a lot of dust!
My flowers are still beautiful. As I walk in my backyard I am greeted by a mimosa tree that I pulled up at the corner of someone’s yard in Blackey many years ago. This is the first time it has bloomed as full as it has. There are two mimosa trees down the road from me, and one that is next door to where my son Keith Ballard lives in Harrison is absolutely a magnificent pink in color.
Two of my granddaughters, Jessica and Katelyn Nottingham, spent some time with me. I took Jessie and Katie to Miami Whitewater. Afterward Jessie had to go back home as she is involved in extra things during summer. Katie wanted to come spend the night with me, which extended to three nights. I must say it was a very enjoyable time.
The first night Katie was here she slept on the couch, then the other two nights she slept with me. How one small girl can take up so much room is beyond me. We both turned over at the same time, and I am surprised I didn’t get a black eye as somehow her little fist went right into my right eye.
Katie and I went back to the waterpark and had to leave rather suddenly as a siren sounded a severe storm warning, which was just enough to mess the afternoon up.
Katie likes taco salad so we had it for supper. In the meantime my son Keith Ballard stopped by and had supper with us.
Something happened that I had to laugh about though I know it wasn’t funny to Katie. Since I live in the country, occasionally I will get a mouse. At three o’clock in the morning Katie had to go to the bathroom. As I waited for her to come back to bed, I thought she was gone a long time. Since Katie likes to read, I thought maybe she had gone into the living room so I got out of bed to check on her.
Katie was standing in the middle of the bathroom/ kitchen door petrified as a mouse was in the kitchen. After biting my lips to keep from laughing, I found a couple of traps and set them.
Eventually we went back to bed. The traps didn’t work so I set them again, but they still didn’t work. I told Katie all I was doing was feeding the mouse peanut butter for breakfast, lunch and supper, and a snack. I bought new traps, and I have never seen anything made so cheap and so hard to use.
I finally found one that works and I hope my problem is gone for a while. Oh the joys of country living. I’d rather put up with mice occasionally than have animals in my house.
Katie and Jessica are both avid readers. They will read a book while traveling in a car and that bothers me as I am afraid it can damage their eyes. Jessie knew I had some of the Nancy Drew mystery books that their mother read when she was young, so she took them home with her to read. Katie found the book, ‘Little Women,’ and asked if she could she take it home with her. Before I knew it Katie had read four chapters.
My VCR player is on the blink in the living room, so Katie laid on my bed watching Shirley Temple movies on a small 13-inch television for a while. While discussing movies I was informed that should they hear a bad word that is not appropriate, for children, which she called a ‘strong word,’ they weren’t allowed to repeat it.
When I was setting the mousetrap she almost heard me say some strong words.
Happy birthday to my granddaughter Sarah Nottingham, who will be 15 years old July 29. Sarah has been in band camp at Morehead this past week. It is so hard to believe Sarah will be driving next year. Did I say I feel very old?
My two-year-old grandson Kyle Nottingham has a walking cast on his right foot where he broke it. I wonder if they can make a cast out of cement to anchor this child down.
I will tell you one thing, you do not want to say something where this child can hear, because he will repeat it when you least expect it.
When I took Katie home, I was greeted at the door by Kyle who grabbed me to kiss me then said, “Bye,” as he darted out the door to join his dad and Jessie in the yard as Scott was teaching Jessie to use the lawn mower.
Saturday evening I found out there was bluegrass music at Hunter’s Pizzeria so I called my extended family members, Les and Pat Wagner, to see if they would like to go. Just a tad bit later I joined Les and Pat, along with Larry and Becky Hasty and their daughter Polly at Hunters for a fun-filled evening.
Wayne Haddix, Eric Haddix, Gil Benson, Matt Jones and Johnny Wax did a great show. When you have good musicians you know you will always hear good music no matter if it isn’t a group that doesn’t pick together all the time.
We missed our musician friend Tony Hale as his family was on vacation in Myrtle Beach, then spent some time in Gatlinburg.
Add good friends and it makes an evening complete.
Les and Pat were kind enough to share tomatoes with me. You can buy homegrown tomatoes from Tennessee or wherever, but there’s no comparison to tomatoes from a local garden. I even had green tomatoes to fry.
On my way to Hunter’s I almost got something I didn’t want as I was letting my foot get too heavy on the gas pedal. I haven’t gotten a speeding ticket in 14 years and luckily I received a warning. I wish I could gripe and complain saying it wasn’t my fault, but I am to blame. I am just thankful it was just a warning.
Sunday I went to Fairborn for a benefit. It was a very enjoyable day. My friend Norma Ashcraft’s Uncle Howard, who is 89 years old and a World War II veteran, was dancing so I joined him. Howard is so much fun to be around.
There’s a 93-year-old man who is a regular there also and a good dancer. I danced with him. As we were dancing he sang with the band then made up his own words saying how beautiful I was. I told him I didn’t think that was the way the song went.
Gwen Huff Farmer is still having some health problems as her legs keep bothering her. I hope Gwen gets to perking better before long.
Being busy this week, I haven’t checked on Johnny or Ann Calihan so maybe this week I will catch up with them. My sister-inlaw Wanda Hall spent a few days with her daughter Crystal and her family in West Chester. I was in the mountains while Wanda was here.
Mark your calendars for Letcher County Picnic/Kentucky Day at Harrison Community Center, 300 George St. Harrison, Sept. 28, 12-? Bring a covered dish and beverage. If you play music, please bring your musical instruments. I hope to have prizes for the oldest and youngest and who travels the longest distance.
Hello to Doyle and Betty Ison. I hope you two are alright. I hope you two can attend Letcher County Day this time.
Hello Oma Hatton, and Emma Engle, I hope things are better for you and Red.
My sympathy goes out to the family of Anita Madden Brewer, originally from the Blackey area. Her sister lived in the Leatherwood area.
It is time to get this on its way so until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, telephone: 513- 367-4682.