Whitesburg KY
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How can small flowers bloom in the snow?

Southern Ohio

Hello again, you’all!

Are you thinking spring? I keep looking at my dwindling tank of propane gas and all I can say is, I may be on a street corner with a gallon bucket, not a little tin cup in my hand!

I have been turning my thermostat down during the day when I am not home, and turning it down at night a few degrees. Guess I am going have to go back to my theory that shouldn’t take a bath from October through May. I hope you know I am just joking! I have a bottle of vanilla flavoring in my kitchen; I could dab a little on and I would smell good.

I remember the feeling as you stepped out of that old washtub after bathing. I have seen an oval washtub hanging up occasionally at someone’s residence. How I wish we had something like this when I was a child.

We have been having such crazy weather. The wind was so strong here. My latch wasn’t catching on my storm door, the wind caught the door, ripped the top chain, and the plunger along with taking a large portion of the door trim with it. My precious porch swing wound up against the fence; it broke the end of my swing.

My son, Keith Ballard, came to my rescue and in a short time had the door fixed for me. Keith came to his sister, Angie’s, rescue, putting a water pump on her car. Keith is a very good mechanic, but while he is working you may want to put cotton in your ears.

I noticed there are small blue flowers blooming. They aren’t crocuses, I don’t know what they are, but it sure was a welcome sight. I have heard that roses don’t bloom in the snow, so how in the world are these small flowers blooming when the ground is frozen?

It seems the Cliff House Tavern is still stirring old memories in several of my readers. I appreciate all the information on this place that must have been famous during its time for bad things happening. I really enjoyed a call from Levine Jones; he is very knowledgeable on different things. I have decided not to print anything else about the Cliff House Tavern, as it could possible stir memories and cause heartache for someone.

My sympathy goes out to the family of Lovell Creech. Her daughter is Doris Combs. I don’t know how many children she had so I don’t mean to slight anyone. I do know that Doris is married to Les Combs, he had a twin named Little Combs. Our mother, Ora Adams Hall, knew these twins when she was young. Lovell Creech was Ann Calihan’s aunt. She will be greatly missed by all.

Ann Calihan has been very sick with the flu. She wasn’t able to go to Lovell’s funeral. Johnny and Ann were supposed to go to West Virginia to see her sister, Evadean, and Lafe Marcum, as Lafe is scheduled for surgery. With Ann being so ill they couldn’t make the trip.

The daughter-in-law of Bill and Jean Ison is very ill. She is in the hospital with complications from the flu. The doctors had to put her in an induced coma. Please keep her in your prayers.

I enjoyed a brief conversation with Polly Ann Ison Maucher. I forgot to put the date of Bill Ison’s birthday in my column; it was Feb. 27. Bill sure looks good to have reached the milestone of 80.

Polly is Jean’s sister, and Polly was going to do one of my tricks crashing a party. She was going to sneak in on them at Golden Corral however it was too late.

My brother, Robert Hall, is in Bristol Regional Hospital with pneumonia. He is very ill.

My brother, Richie Hall, had a doctor’s appointment at Lexington and I met Richie and Wanda at the doctor’s office. Leaving my house, I tried to open my car door and found it was frozen solid. I tried and tried to open it, finally I gave it a good solid bump with my hip. It finally decided to open for me.

As I was on my way I heard I-74 was a sheet of ice with accidents all over the place. I am glad it was behind me instead of ahead of me or I wouldn’t have ventured out.

I had planned on having lunch with Richie and Wanda. That didn’t work out as my daughter, Angie Weiderhold, was having car trouble so I did a quick trip to Lexington and back to get my little Bennie.

Richie goes back to have dye run through his legs, then they will decide what to do next. Please pray that his leg or legs can be saved.

I am sorry to hear of Willard Hall having breast cancer. I have heard of people making jokes when talking of a man getting breast cancer. This is no joking matter. It may not be a common thing however it can happen! Please keep the Hall family in your prayers.

I really enjoy Willard and Angie Hall on WMMT radio. They have freely given their time for several years.

To Little Debbie: it pleases me when I hear something played by Johnny Browning & Cornbread Express. I have known Johnny and his brother Joey since they were teenagers; their family comes from Kentucky. They come from a musical family, in fact Johnny and Joey performed at the first bluegrass festival I went to there in 1993.

Their cousin is Dwight McCall who plays mandolin and sings tenor and some lead for J.D. Crowe. Dwight’s wife, Paula, is a good musician. She is the daughter of Jim McCall who used to have a group called Jim McCall & The Walker Mountain Boys. Jim played a lot of Lester Flatt songs.

It is always a pleasure hearing someone’s music played when you know them.

I wish some of the DJ’s would round up a CD called “No Coal in Harlan” by a group called NUCUT Road. Clarence Kelly and Carlos Brock are two of the artists on it. Carlos Brock picked for Bill Monroe many years ago.

I know Elvis Presley was an idol for millions of people. For me it was just as big a thrill to see and listen to Carlos Brock! He also has a very sweet wife.

A special thanks to Bobby Joe Pass for sending me the clip of “Too Old for a Heartache” from a box set of CD’s dated 1959-63. Bobby Joe and his wife, Madonna, have a program on Bounce radio called “Bobby Joe’s Gospel Jubilee” on Saturdays from 8 to 11 a.m. This is a wonderful program to listen to on computer. I wish I had two computers so I could listen to Bobby Joe and Tony Burke on WMMT.

I listen to WMMT or bluegrass on aol.radio and watch Sponge Bob on television with Bennie.

My good friend, Betty Ison, is perking full speed now. She had some surgery but is getting back to her feisty self. Doyle tries to hold her down; that is an impossible thing to do.

I haven’t heard anything from Betty and Barefoot Bill Kelly. I hope all is well with their family.

Shirley Wells enjoyed going to a birthday party for her grandson, Tyler, who was 9 March 9. Tyler is the son of Kristie. Tyler received quite a bit of money for his birthday; he is saving for a laptop computer or an IPod. Shirley says Tyler is a very loving young man.

Hello to a special little guy, Devon Cornett on Ingrams Creek. I am looking forward to meeting Devon along with his parents, Monie and Colin Cornett.

Have you made up your mind who to vote for President? I wish Ralph Stanley was running for President. I would surely vote for him!

Gwen Huff Farmer’s sister, Grace, has been very ill. When she called Grace, Gwen realized something was definitely wrong so she called some of the family and they took Grace to the hospital. She is waiting for the doctor to send her to Lexington for tests.

I went to the Whitewater Senior Center on Dry Fork Road. It had been several months since I had been there. I enjoyed listening to the music and talking with the group. I also took Carl Crase several copies of The Mountain Eagle minus my column. Carl enjoys reading of the people back home and scattered throughout the country.

Thanks to my anonymous friends for the phone call asking about Richie. Friends are very precious, even when they don’t want their names mentioned.

A big howdy to Bruce Jones. Bruce, if the weather ever gets decent I am heading for the mountains so have a big pot of chicken and dumplings ready and waiting.

I guess I better get this heading towards its destination as that mean old clock is once again giving me the evil eye.

Until next time! Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, 513-367-4682.

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