Whitesburg KY

It looks like an early fall

Southern Ohio

Hello everyone! How is the weather in your area? I do believe we are having an early fall as the air has that feel to it.

I believe we are going to have a very short summer. As I have said a zillion times, I hate cold weather.

As I sit on my front porch enjoying the sounds of nature, the cool breeze caressing my face, watching and listening to the birds as they are eating from the feeder my son Keith put in a tree close to my porch, I think of what life would be like if I sell and go into an apartment!

I feel as if I may as well pick a cemetery plot out as I hate the idea of being cooped up in an apartment.

I have been one of the most fortunate people to have the privilege of living in a house. I have been even more fortunate to be able to do things for myself. Now I am beginning to have some health issues, and I wonder how long it will be until I have to give up some of independence.

There’s a little part of me that says go ahead and sell the house, move into a senior place, get a new car and travel to a few places I want to go while I am still able to drive. I will have to do a little more pondering on the subject before I make any decision.

While sitting outside enjoying the morning my thoughts returned of growing up at Roxana. I can never remember my mom taking just a few minutes of any morning to sit down and enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee. Mom never stopped. As quick as her eyes were open, her small feet hit the floor.

After she cooked breakfast and got Dad off to work she would start making beds, sweeping, mopping, dusting, then go out in the garden start working. On certain days Mom did the laundry, hung the clothes on the line, never stopping, and then it was time to fix supper and get Dad’s bath water ready so it was waiting when Daddy got home from work.

My brother Jerry Hall was more like Mom than any of us girls. As quick as Jerry would get up each morning, he would shower, then start the washing machine with not a handful of clothes, then grab a broom and start sweeping and mopping.

You didn’t dare set a glass or a coffee cup down as it was put in the sink and washed before you even got finished with it.

I will always regret I didn’t get to be there with Jerry before he took his final voyage.

I am still thinking how nice it was to meet Shirley Wells’s daughter Dotty Graff from Hopkinsville.

As I have mentioned so many times I really miss being able to pick the phone up just to call so many people that I will never be able to hear the sound of their voices again.

Saturday, Bill and Betty Kelly of Franklin, Oh., took a trip to Amish country in Adams County with some friends. A good time was had by all. I am sure there was a lot of laughter going on with this trip. It has been some time since I have been to an Amish place.

I haven’t talked to Doyle and Betty Ison this week. I hope they are alright.

Sunday was Old Time Fiddlers. I am the new president of the club. What am I am saying? I am also the secretary, and write the newsletter.

I am not a musician but I will do everything I can to support Old Time Fiddlers. I’ve been doing most of the work myself along with Vicki Power, who is always there to help. We had a good crowd and plenty of good music, along with food.

Don’t forget the festival at Roxana on Aug. 2. I wanted to be there, but as it looks I won’t be able to make it. I’ve looked forward to this ever since it was posted. I’ve missed so many events in the past couple of months.

Les and Pat Wagner are enjoying a few ripe tomatoes as well as a small mess of green beans from the garden.

I am glad they live a little too far, or they sure might be missing some. Now I may just have to slip into Johnny and Ann Calihan’s garden as they live close to me.

I believe the deer give Johnny competition in the garden as they seem to have the idea, me first.

Keith was throwing an old wheelbarrow in the garbage. I asked him not to, and he wanted to know what I wanted with that thing as we have a new one. Sometime I am going to place it on my back deck, get a large bag of potting soil, put in the wheelbarrow and sow some lettuce in it. If I can still find some onion sets, I am going to place them in it too.

If I plant things in the yard deer and rabbits get to it before I do.

Larry Hasty is improving very slowly with his hip replacement and in a couple of months he will be having more surgery. I know all this has been so hard on Larry and Becky. Their daughter Polly is a nurse so I know she is a lot of help.

James and John Ison, along with their parents went on a camping trip. I had to laugh when I heard that John had much rather go spend time in a motel as they were going tent camping. I really hope John didn’t get mad at me for teasing him. is

Th really brought back so many memories as my husband and children used to tent camp quite a bit. Then we got a cap for the truck and placed a mattress in it for our daughter while my husband and I slept in the tent.

I have camped in my car several times and my van when I go to bluegrass festivals.

As usual I have let time slip on me again.

Until next time.

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