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It’s hard to know what to give kids

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Merry Christmas, everyone!

I may as well say it and get it over with as it will be here and gone before we know it! Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

For the last few years I have found it much easier to give my youngest daughter money and let her shop for Sarah, Jessica and Katelyn! My granddaughter, Jennifer Proctor, has two children Samantha Jo Gray and T.J. Proctor, that I do the same with. It is too difficult to know what kids nowadays want. I still buy for my older grandchildren and their spouses, plus my daughters and their husbands.

I have thoroughly enjoyed WMMT as Larry Sparks was there at the time of this writing. Gwen Huff Farmer of Illinois, Shirley Wells of Tennessee, and I were on the computer at the same time.

Belated happy birthday to Shirley Wells’s son, Buddy Wells, on Nov. 26 when he turned 40. I have not had the pleasure to meet Buddy, since it has been abut 48 years since I have seen Shirley. I can tell I would like him by the few times I have corresponded with him on the computer. He really loves his mom and looks out for her.

Shirley baked Buddy a 7-Up cake, which is a favorite of his. Shirley is a little old fashioned and hates to ask her children for any help!

I was discussing with someone about growing up in the Belcraft and Marlowe area when we were young. My how things have changed, even living just a few miles from the city of Whitesburg, why you may as well have lived 40 miles away! Once in a while you might get a ride in a car if someone was lucky enough to have one.

There were a few families that had a refrigerator. There were lots who had ice boxes and you had to buy blocks of ice to put in them to keep things cold.

My Aunt Victoria and Kirby Whitaker lived at Belcraft when I a very small child. For those of you who may be reading this for the first time, Marlowe and Belcraft were located just a hop and jump from Whitesburg. Marlowe and Belcraft are both gone!

I was born at Roxana, and was never in Whitesburg until I was 12 or 13 years old.

Our dad, Clayton Hall, bought an old car and took Mommy (Ora Hall) and us children to Defeated Creek once, then some time later he bought a pretty nice Henry J. How many of you readers remember the little Henry J.?

How I wish things were as simple as they were back then! Everything except the little outhouse, and I think I might just keep my inside plumbing since it is winter. These old bones can’t take the cold!

I have made a joke several times that I was giving up bathing from October until May and said it is especially for small children who live in cold homes, like we grew up in. I think I have a volunteer who will join me, Betty Kelly of Franklin. We have been trying to figure out a way we can take a bath without chilling. Guess I could just use a lot of good smelly stuff to ward off the stink!

A friend stopped by to see Gwen Huff Farmer for a late deer hunt. It was Keith McClain of Cedar Lake, Ind., and I think he stops every so often to visit Gwen.

I have noticed two names that have appeared on my buddy list. I had such a strange feeling when I saw them. One day I clicked on and asked where they were from. They replied Florida, and that was about the extent of the conversation!

As I was writing my column, I saw the same two names appear, and I was feeling mischievous, so I said, “Hey, Florida, send us some warm weather in Ohio!” I received a reply asking if this was Kay, so of course I said no, and as the conversation progressed I found that it was Clarence Halcomb’s sister, Ruth, who lives in St. Cloud, Fla.

I have found that I am a multitasking person, as I can feed Bennie, change him, listen to Larry Sparks, and be on the computer and phone and never pull my hair out.

Bennie has learned a new trick. As he bends over and his behind is sticking out, he puts his hands on his knees and then he opens his legs and moves his knees from side to side. His mom, Angie Wiederhold, and I laughed so hard we just about cried. We couldn’t figure out where he had learned this. As I was listening to Larry Sparks I danced a little bit in the living room, and I realized I sometimes put my hand on my leg, and I think he’s imitating me.

My brother, Richie Hall, called so Bennie told him ‘I love you’!

My sister-in-law, Wanda, is busy getting her Christmas decorations out all the time. Wanda is such a neat housekeeper. Richie will try to make me believe he does all the work. I enjoy teasing Richie.

Wanda stopped by Letcher Manor to visit our brother, Wallace Lee Hall, and his wife, Georgia.

Barb and Rick Jones’s little granddaughter, Destiny, who isn’t three years old yet, sure keeps Richie going! First she tells him she loves him, then a little later she doesn’t like him. One time she told Barb that she wanted to stop so she could kiss Richie!

For some reason “Bobby Joe’s Gospel Jubilee” isn’t on Bounce Radio any more. I miss this show very much! Bobby and Madonna were very entertaining, and I hope they get back on air.

My brother, Jerry, and Mattie Hall had to miss Larry Sparks at the Appalshop, as Jerry isn’t able to be out on the road at night.

Johnny and Ann Calihan and family are doing all right. Ann is still trying to recuperate from Thanksgiving.

My friend, Vickie Power, and I had supper at McDonald’s in Harrison, then drove to Cincinnati. Then we stopped in Miamitown, for their annual Christmas Walk.

We enjoyed the music and the location where Old Time Fiddlers meet the first Sunday of each month in the basement of the fire department.

Rick Stapleton’s band played there. Thanks to Polly Ann Maucher for telling me about this event. I really had a good time.

I have a question I wish someone would answer for me. In this area after February you can not receive a signal, so you have to buy a box to get reception on your television, since there is an antenna is attached to your roof or you have a rabbit ears. How can someone rig something in the air to keep you from getting a signal?

Well, this old body says it’s time for a rest! Until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, (513) 367-4682.


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