Happy Halloween once again!
How is everything in your corner of the world? Are you enjoying this beautiful weather we are having?
As I was starting on a journey, I found I had a heavy frost on my windshield. It is so dark of the mornings and seems as if it is dark much too early at night. I wonder why I am complaining as there’s nothing I can do about it.
Once again I find myself at my son Keith Ballard’s place, using his computer to get my column out. My computer guy is back from vacation, but he is on a diff erent work schedule so it will be next week before my computer will be fixed. Keith wants me to take his computer home with me to use, but that is too much trouble.
A few years ago I never thought I would ever fool with a computer, much less be writing a column for the paper.
I would like to say one thing. I read something in Speak Your Piece that someone doesn’t like the Ohio columns in The Mountain
I really don’t know Emma Engle, but I enjoy her column very much. I did have the pleasure of meeting Emma and her husband Red, and they are both very sweet people.
As far as my column, please turn the page, I am sure you will find something you like somewhere else.
It was stated they would like more local columns. I have a suggestion, why don’t you send something in each week?
When I started this a few years back, I never dreamed that readers would enjoy my writing as much as they do.
I try not to off end anyone, and I make fun of my own self sometimes. I find if you can laugh at yourself then you don’t have to wonder if someone else is making fun of you.
Through my column I have met so many wonderful people, such as my dear departed friend Willamae Boggs who thought I was the greatest thing that came down the pike. I really miss her and so does her family.
I am sorry to hear Carl Boggs’s brother, Junior Boggs, has been in the hospital in Lexington. I do hope he is doing better by now.
Vivian Day is home from the hospital and doing fairly well. I know Hayward and Kim and the family are glad to have her home.
Polly Maucher had her four sons, Michael, Keith, Roger and Donald, all home at the same time, which doesn’t happen very often. In the little town called New Trenton, Ind., where Polly has lived for many years, the New Trenton Fire Department celebrated 40 years of service. Polly’s husband, Pete Maucher, was fire chief at one time, and so was one of her sons. I think they all have been active at one time or another at the fire department.
Polly cooked breakfast for her sons and their families, which consisted of biscuits and gravy, sausage and eggs, and other things. There was one complaint; Polly’s granddaughter wants her to use ‘Grands’ biscuits next time as they are much bigger.
Everyone really had a good time. Polly’s son, Roger lives, in St. Louis.
Polly had to miss the Kingdom Come High School reunion since it was on the same weekend.
Eveda Ison’s grandson, Jud McMillan, is running for office in Indiana, and there has been a commercial on television and it has two of Eveda’s grandsons in it. If only she had lived to see this, she would be so proud.
I haven’t heard anything about Linda Whitaker Day. I hope she is doing alright.
I baby-sat for my daughter Anna Nottingham for a couple of hours while Anna had to go to her doctor; both mom and baby are doing all right so far. Anna gets diabetes when she is pregnant and she really has to be careful.
My six-year-old granddaughter Katelyn Nottingham is far advanced for her age. Katelyn is in the first grade and is reading third grade books. Katelyn’s teacher is sending advanced math problems home on Monday, and Katelyn turns them back in on Friday. The teacher wants Katelyn to attend an extended school program at N K.U., however it is too difficult for Anna to get her there.
When Anna was telling me this, I couldn’t keep the tears back as I could see my teacher Jessie Wright passing me from the second to the third grade, then teaching me fourth grade math.
My granddaughter Sarah Nottingham is in the seventh grade and is in band this year and plays saxophone. Anna says Sarah does and awesome job.
My granddaughter Jessica Nottingham is doing great in school also. The girls only have to walk up the street from their house to go to school. Beechwood School has kindergarten through high school.
Gwen Huff Farmer finally caught up with me, and we really had a good talk. I will be glad when I get my computer back, so I can keep up with everyone.
Shirley Wells, I hope everything is alright with you and your family.
Friday night I went to my usual hang out, the Coon Hunters Club. I missed my friend ‘Cornbread,’ Thelma Halcomb Brooks’s grandson, as he and his mother Lavonne weren’t there.
My little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold is doing alright for a change. I bought a television for him, and as his mother Angie Wiederhold was putting the base on it, Bennie walked over and got the screwdriver and said, “Let me twist it!”
My brother Richie Hall is doing some better. Wanda is never still long enough to know how she is doing.
Hello to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall, my sister Loretta Church, and my brother Wallace Lee Hall.
Hello to Betty and Doyle Ison, I hope to see you before long.
I still have a few copies of my book, ‘The Beauty of A Rose.’
Well, it is almost time for Keith to get home from work.
Until next time: Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4@ aol.com 513-367-4682.