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Gwen Farmer eager to begin gardening

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Hello again, everyone!

Here we are in the middle of April. Time is passing by so fast, yet winter weather is staying around to taunt and tease us.

A few flakes of snow or sleet hit my windshield the other day as I was driving home. It was chilly enough to keep me home for the evening.

The field across my house is so green and the trees on the hillside are starting to leaf out. This is one of my favorite times of the year; there’s something about spring that is so refreshing.

It makes me think that God has opened the windows of heaven and thrown gallons of paint in all hues of colors for all to see. Sometimes it makes me think of a huge Easter basket with the green grass and all the colors of Easter eggs.

Then of course I find the fall of year is beautiful also with the leaves starting to turn. Once again God sets the canvas of His artwork for everyone to see.

We are having a couple of nice day. If you don’t like the weather in the greater Cincinnati area, stick around and it will change for you.

My windows are so dirty I can’t see out of them. I guess that means no one can see in them.

My son, Keith Ballard, mowed the grass for me. Maybe, just maybe, I will get the energy to trim around the fence.

Keith repaired my porch swing for me. Actually, for what he paid to get four small rods made, I could have added a little more and bought a new swing! Now I can sit outside and look in at my dirty windows!

Johnny and Ann Calihan finally made their trip to West Virginia to visit Ann’s sister, Evadeen, and husband Lafe Marcum. Lafe is recovering from surgery and is doing very well. Evadeen and Lafe were glad to have Ann and Johnny. A good time was had by everyone.

Gwen Huff Farmer has been enjoying a visit with her grandson, Wayne Farmer, and his wife, Sharon, and their four beautiful children, Sarah, 9; Katherine Grace, 8; Timothy Michael “Bubby”, 6; and Levi Bryant, 3, from Arkansas. Wayne is the son of Forest Farmer.

Gwen hasn’t been able to get anything planted in the garden as it has been to wet. She is champing at the bit to start digging in the ground and getting things planted.

Shirley Wells has been spending time with her grandchildren so we haven’t been on the computer at the same time. I really miss the time we spend together.

My friend, Linda Hollan, and I went to the flea market at Brookville, Ind. It was a beautiful day to be outside.

I missed WMMT from the Appalshop and “Bobby Joe’s Gospel Jubilee”. You can catch this on bounceradio.net. I had something I had to do and didn’t get to listen. Bobby has a good show called “Bobby’s Jukebox” after the gospel show. I really enjoy that part also.

Has anyone been bothered with calls about buying extended warranties on your automobile? I finally told someone I had a horse and buggy! With the price of gas we may be going back to that, although you probably couldn’t afford to feed a horse.

My sister, Loretta Church, is doing well at Letcher Manor Nursing Home. My brother, Wallace Lee Hall, and his wife, Georgia, who are at Letcher Manor are both doing OK too. At times I think the three of them are in better shape than I am.

Then I remember how grateful I am that I can still get around, although this grandbaby I call little Bennie may get the best of me yet. Bennie is starting to walk a few steps now. I know one thing, I have walked enough steps across my kitchen floor with him holding on to one of my fingers.

My daughter, Angie, took him to the doctor for a checkup. They had to draw blood from his little arm. I think Angie was about ready to take the needle out of the person’s hand and do it herself. I told her you have to separate the mom from the nurse.

Hello to my little special guy Devon Cornett. It won’t be long before your school will be out. Get my brother, Richie Hall, to take you fishing.

Richie has been feeling a lot better since he had the stents in his legs. If he doesn’t quit teasing me about needing a booster seat I am going to step on his toes when I see him to make sure he has all the feeling in them.

Hello, Levine and Bruce Jones. Levine, if you are still in the Cincinnati area, come to the Old Time Fiddlers at Miamitown, Ohio in June. The meeting for Old Time Fiddlers scheduled for May 4 is canceled.

I bet Clarence Halcomb is out digging in the garden and checking his peach trees. Hello, Arlyn and Clarence.

I received the following paragraph from a friend of mine. It couldn’t be more truthful!

“As you may have heard, each of us will be getting a tax rebate check to stimulate the economy. If we spend that money at Wal- Mart, all the money will go to China. If we spend it on gasoline, it will go to the Arabs. If we purchase a computer, it will go to India. If we purchase fruits and vegetables, it will go to Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. If we purchase a good car, it will go to Japan. If we purchase useless stuff, it will go to Taiwan and none of it will help the American economy. We need to keep that money here in America. The only way to keep that money here at home is to spend it at yard sales, since those are the only businesses still in the U.S.”!

Well, folks, once again I will say I better get this on its way as that clock is watching every move I make, except this time it is saying go to bed.

Until next time. Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email:Bluerassmama4@aol.com, 513-367-4682.


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