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Icy road conditions led to overnight guest

Southern Ohio


Hello from the deep freeze of Harrison, Ohio. I am still thinking more and more about heading south for a few weeks, months and maybe years! These old bones aren’t going to take much more of this cold weather.

Folks, don’t mind me teasing. Actually I wouldn’t move away from the changing of the seasons even if I could afford it. However I am ready for springtime to arrive, as I am sure a lot of you are.

The other night I had the utmost pleasure of having an overnight guest in my home, my little year-old grandson, Bennie Wiederhold. When I picked him up in the afternoon it had started just a drizzle. By the time I reached I-74 the trees beside the highway had begun to have ice all over them; it looked like a picture postcard.

I was supposed to stop by the Harrison Fire Department to have them check Bennie’s carseat for me, but I headed straight home as it was more important getting him home safely. When I arrived home I called my daughter, Angie, and told her to call me before she started to pick up Bennie that night.

The later it got the worse the condition of the road, so I told her if she could make it to her place I would be all right with him. (Actually I was looking for an excuse to keep him). Bennie and I get along just fine. Angie did finally pick him up the next day.

The trees were covered with ice, the scenery was beautiful from inside a warm house. Driving during this time, I rather not! Especially with one of my grandchildren with me!

I have lived in my house for 35 years. There’s always been a big red barn back the lane from me. The Hamilton County Park District purchased the land sometime ago. Recently they burned big red down! Looking out my back window really seems strange now. This was an amazing sight to watch. Our local fire department is to be praised as it burned this structure down. They also picked a day when not even a breath of air was stirring.

I could actually feel the warmth from the location of this fire to my house. There was a fire truck parked at the end of the lane close to my house at all time.

I did one of Clayton’s trick’s. I used my camcorder to record this episode. For years Clayton enjoyed a camcorder for different activities.

Gwen Huff Farmer’s son, Forest Farmer, is going to go to Mexico to evangelize for 10 days. Forest and his wife, who live in Arkansas, slipped in for a surprise visit to Gwen. Forest had called to say due to the weather they weren’t coming. When he arrived, Gwen was really surprised and thrilled. Forest’s wife had to hang on to the porch post as everything was so slippery.

Gwen is so proud of both Forest and John for their faithfulness in church. She is proud of all her children.

Gwen sent me a site for her church. Somehow I haven’t figured that out yet!

Saturday I cheated on Tony Burke as I slipped over to bounce radio to catch Bobby Joe Pass’s “Gospel Jubilee’. While listening to the wonderful music Bobby Joe plays, I joined in with some of the listeners chatting. A lot of them are subscribers to The Mountain Eagle.

One listener was Joe Bates from the Millstone area. His family left Kentucky in 1964 and moved to Wellington, Ohio His parents are buried there. Joe is related to Andy Bates, who lived on Mill Branch. When I was a child, Andy Bates was an Old Regular Baptist preacher. Joe said Andy and his family moved to Roxana from Thornton; his wife was Zetta Johnson Bates. Joe says after Andy and his wife moved to Roxana he never saw any of them again as he went into the military and served 24 years. When he retired he made Louisiana his home. He has lived there since 1974.

Joe sent me some information of the Bates family. If any of Andy Bates’s children would like to have it, please get in touch with me. If you would like to get in touch with Joe, I will give you his address. Joe remembers a couple of the older Bates boys.

When I was a child and attended school at Mill Branch, Andy Bates’s family lived not far from the schoolhouse. Here are the children’s names: Cornelieus, Greely, Kermit, Owen. There was a boy they called Kack; it might have been one of the boys I mentioned. I remember some of the girls, Norma Jean, Molene and Margie. Margie and I started first grade together. When I was in the second, Jessie Wright passed me to the third so I was a grade ahead of my little friends, still in the same classroom just the next grade.

Belated happy birthday to Ann and Johnny Calihan’s daughter, Sue Wagner, Feb. 27. It was the same as her uncle, Bill Ison. Sue, I am very sorry I forgot this information until I had already sent the column on its way. Ann has a niece who shares Feb. 27 also.

Belated happy Birthday to Joyce Larkin’s brother who was born Feb. 29. Joyce lives in Morristown, Tenn.

Belated happy birthday to my grandson, Jamie Gray, who was 15 on Feb. 28. Jamie spent a few days in Florida with his parents, Clarence and Kay Gray. His brother C.J. Gray and his wife, Shannon, joined them for a short stay. Kay called to tell me that the temperature had dropped to mid 50s. I wonder if she thought I felt sorry for her! It had been in the upper 80s there.

Belated happy birthday to my granddaughter, Jennifer Gray Proctor, Feb. 22.

Happy birthday to my granddaughter, Jessica Nottingham, who was six March 1.

Hello to my special guy Devon Cornett, son of Monie and Colin.

My sister, Loretta Church, who is in Letcher Manor Nursing Home, was sent to a doctor in Lexington. I was planning on meeting her there. The weather changed my mind for me. Loretta has to go for surgery sometime in March.

My brother ,Richie Hall, will have stents put in his leg March 5. Thanks to everyone who keeps an eye out for this brother of mine. Family and friends are very important to me.

I talked to my friend, Betty Ison. All is well with their family. Betty and Doyle are like so many of us, ready for warmer weather.

Shirley Wells of Clarksville, Tenn., is right in the group also. Hello to Shirley’s grandson, Tyler.

I read where Dry Fork Market will be closed on Sundays since it has changed owners. I hope this is a temporary change as I plan on stopping when I head back for the mountains.

Hello to my two anonymous friends. I bet they were pleased with the headlines of the column about the Cliff House tavern.

Hello to Levine and Bruce Jones. Bruce, you better keep an eye on that pea patch!

A nice, calm and respectable lady went into the pharmacy, walked up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said, ‘I would like to buy some cyanide.’ The pharmacist asked, ‘Why in the world do you need cyanide?’ The lady replied, ‘I need it to poison my husband.’ The pharmacist’s eyes got big and he exclaimed, ‘Lord have mercy! I can’t give you cyanide to kill your husband. That’s against the law! I’ll lose my license! They’ll throw both of us in jail! All kinds of bad things will happen. Absolutely not! You cannot have any cyanide!’ The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist’s wife. The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, ‘Well now, that’s different. You didn’t tell me you had a prescription.

I must be on my way as that mean looking clock on the wall is giving me that evil look. Until next time. Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, telephone (513) 367-4682.


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