Whitesburg KY

Grandmother taught how to fish

Hello again everyone! My how time passes when you are having fun!

The only thing I would like to know, is it fun yet? It seems I am stuck in a rut for the past week or so.

I let the tragedy of the young boys and their soccer coach that were trapped in the cave in Thailand take over my heart for the days they were in the cave, even though it was happening in another country. I could only imagine what the parents were going through. My heart ached for the trained Navy Seal who gave his life trying to help free them.

Then a friend of mine has been having some serious health issues.

My son Keith Ballard tells me that I am not God, and quit worrying over things that I have no control over. Which is easier said than done.

Now to a much brighter side, I forgot a portion of my column last week when I sent it in to The Mountain Eagle.

There was a great turnout at Carcassonne for the Fourth of July events. Plenty of food and exciting activity things to do.

Someone posted videos of the dunking booth, and I believe Mike Caudill needs to be on a baseball team. It seems Mike can really throw a ball as Mike hit the target and dunked several of the people who were more than willing to participate as it was such a hot day.

Marcia Caudill was a sneaky Pete, as she slopped up to the booth and pushed the button, and dunked someone. Thanks to whoever posted the videos, it was almost like I was there.

It was a very quiet day for me, as Keith worked and I wasn’t feeling very well. I fixed Keith’s supper and it was just an ordinary supper, as I didn’t know what time he would be home so I didn’t bother to grill out.

I plan to have the kids come for a cookout and dig out my electric ice cream maker before summer is over.

Thoughts have once again returned to my childhood days and Grandma Rosa Hall has been in my heart. Grandma Rosa Hall taught me to fish with a cane pole and a sinker made from lead. She taught me to dig worms and put them in a Prince Albert tobacco can, how to bait a hook, and how to get a forked branch to put the fish on, if you were lucky enough to catch one. You run the long part of the tree fork under the gills and through the mouth of the fish, then anchor it in the water so it couldn’t get away.

I wish I was half the grandmother that my Grandma Hall was to me. No matter how tired Grandma was or if she felt bad, she never let anyone know anything about it.

The same way with my Grandma Betty Barton. I loved her too and spent lots of time with her by walking to Woodrock and spending lots of weekends with her.

Grandma Hall lived within spitting distance to us, so I was with her almost all the time. Grandma taught me so many things in my childhood, and helped me be the strong, independent person that I am today and to make do with what you have. To not let anyone know your financial situation, that is, my kids never know if I have a dollar or more. That is why I was so proud that I bought a car without asking for help, even though I still don’t like it and probably never will.

I keep hearing the car say to me, “the mountains are calling and I want to go.” My feet are also wanting to head eastern Kentucky way, as my heart is longing to hear Sunrise Ridge and even my feet want to try to dance.

Johnny and Ann Calihan are still enjoying having their daughter Sue Wagner with them for an extended visit. Sue is finally on the liver transplant list, though she is having a few problems and she has to get them taken care of.

Sue is spending time with her daughter Ashley and helping her with the twin preemies Claire and Olivia. They are finally both home and are doing well. You talk about some spoiled girls, just wait and see.

Southern Ohio

My daughter Kay along with her husband Clarence Gray spent several days at their home in Destin, Fla., and their daughter Jodi and Carl joined them for a couple of days.

With the hot weather we are having, I will stay at home and enjoy it, and don’t want any part of Florida at the present time.

Les and Pat Wagner are doing alright, though Pat is still having some health issues.

Can you believe school will be starting in a few weeks in some places?

Today is a busy day for me so I guess I better get this on its way.

Until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Rd., Harrison, Ohio 45030, email Bluegrassmama4@aol.com.

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