Whitesburg KY
Partly sunny
Partly sunny

It’s getting close to lettuce planting time

Southern Ohio

Howdy everyone! We are still trying to endure the freezing temperature around here although we don’t have the snow that Emma Engle has. I hope she doesn’t want to share it as I have come to know Emma is a very caring and sharing person.

My water pipes are finally thawed out and there’s nothing better than to be able to shower in your own bathroom.

My brother, Richie Hall, called to let me listen to some real pretty music on a Hindman station. The station was featuring a young group which includes Kenny and Kathy Day’s grandson, Austin Johnson. This group is very talented. I believe Austin is Bruce Jones’s great grandson. I enjoyed hearing Austin singing.

Orbin Sloane played the fiddle, Shawn Stamper helped out and I don’t know who the banjo picker is. This is a good group to be so young. Orbin has been around the block a time or two and he is an excellent musician. I had the pleasure of meeting Orbin a few times when he played for Vince Combs and the Shade Tree Express.

I was very sorry to hear of Orbin and the family losing their mother a few weeks ago. Maybe sometime when I am visiting Richie and Wanda I will get to meet Austin and the gang.

Happy birthday to my sweet sister-in-law Wanda Hall on Feb. 5.

Belated happy birthday to Shirley Wells’a grandson, Donovan, Jan. 16, who is 13 now. He is Shirley’s daughter, Dotty’s, son.

Shirley is anxiously waiting for warm weather to arrive, as is my friend, Gwen Huff Farmer of Illinois. I bet Gwen is already planning what she is going to put out in her garden. Our mother (Ora Hall) would try to get her lettuce sowed and her peas planted on Feb. 14. I have seen Mommy put an old window over her lettuce bed so it would grow faster. When the lettuce would first start to get leaves, I have seen Mommy pinch off a bite as she couldn’t wait until it got very big. To this very day I’d rather have lettuce before it gets a full grown leaf. Of course I like it wilted with onions and hot bacon grease poured over it.

My brother, Jerry Hall, called to see how I was doing. I don’t have much time for the computer or telephone with my little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold around. He can find more things to get into when he thinks I am not looking.

Bennie was in the kitchen and I heard him sort of whimper, “I’m stuck.” He repeated, “I’m stuck,” so I went to the kitchen. Bennie had gotten my small cooler and climbed in it. His bottom was stuck in the cooler and his legs hanging over the side; he really was stuck! I wish I had taken the time to grab my camera for this one. It really was a cute sight and he wasn’t in danger. There’s not anything this child is afraid to try.

My son, Keith Ballard, has picked him up and brought him to the house several times for me. This child loves Keith so much. Of course he cries when Keith starts to go home.

Johnny Calihan stopped by with a care package for me; he brought a can of pickled corn. Oh, this is so delicious. Ann and Johnny are such good friends. They share their garden with me each summer, and they know I love pickled corn.

Lesa Turner, who is Genita Calihan’s daughter, thanks for the little fruitcake. Is it any wonder that I am pleasingly plump?

Wanda made some chow-chow and brought me two pints when she and Richie came out a few months ago. This is the first I’ve eaten in some time. I hope she has an extra jar hid back so I can have another one. Hello to all of Jerry and Mattie Hall’s friends who read my column in The Mountain Eagle.

Gwen Huff Farmer said she heard from Glen Ison, who was a schoolmate long ago. Glen said he keeps up with Gwen through my column. Each summer I say I am going to visit Gwen, and each summer comes and goes and I don’t get anywhere.

I hear from Betty and Barefoot Bill Kelly quite often, and enjoy that very much, and keep up with Gwen and Shirley via the Internet or phone.

Vickie Power and I took a ride and when the ride ended Vickie laughed and said we had ridden over 100 miles just gadding around. We ended up at Metamora, Ind., and there were two stores open. Of course one was a bookstore and I could spend hours in a bookstore. This one had several books by Jesse Stuart, a Kentucky author.

A woman, her husband and their three rambunctious young sons were in their car waiting at a traffic light. The woman glanced over at the car next to them, noticing a blissfully happy mother with her baby daughter. Looking at her husband, she said, “As soon as I lose my weight from the last baby, I want to try for a daughter.” The husband reached up to the dash, grabbed an open box of snacks and said, “Here, have another cookie.”

Until next time, stay warm.

Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison Ohio 45030, email Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, telephone 513-367-4682.

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