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It’s time to retire summer clothes

Southern Ohio


Happy Halloween, everyone!

Grab that cup of coffee and sit down with me for a chat. As I prepare to write this column it is only four in the morning.

I have finally decided to retire shorts, capris and short sleeve shirts, as fall has arrived in full splendor. I really don’t like the transition as you don’t know how to dress, morning and evenings are downright chilly, late afternoon is too warm for a sweatshirt.

I have been sitting with my friend at the hospital. It is freezing me to death, then coming out in the late afternoon I am too warm. The next time I get depressed and discouraged over something I hope that I can recall this time of my life when I am able to get up and walk out of a hospital, and able to do the things I can.

Sunday was Old Time Fiddlers at Miamitown, Ohio. I was very pleased to see Betty and Doyle Ison walk through the door. They are still basking in the joy of having their son Randy Ison home safe. Betty and Doyle are very special people and I am really glad to call them close friends.

Thanks to Vickie Power for all the help she gives me with preparing for the meetings of this club.

It was sort of a sad day for me, as I had just learned that another Old Time Fiddler wasn’t expected to live through the day. Bill Hurrell died Monday night. Bill and his wife Carol had been members of Old Time Fiddlers for several years. We have lost several members in the last two years.

Bill Proffitt was talking about the times in childhood with the open fireplace, how you could throw potatoes under the grate in the hot ashes and bake them. If you were fortunate enough to afford a bag of marshmallows this was a delightful treat also.

I started laughing during our conversation, saying, “Oh I remember the fireplace, burning up in front and freezing your backside off.” How many remember having your legs spotted from the heat?

Sometimes I think of the times when you slept with your younger brothers and sisters and woke up soaked. You would stand in front of the fireplace and try to get dried off and your teeth would be chattering.

Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton got famous by telling of being raised in the mountains. They have nothing on me. I am no different than lots of other children raised the same way.

How many remember getting hungry in between meals? If there was a piece of biscuit left from breakfast and maybe your mom had cooked a little saltback bacon, you would sop that piece of bread in the grease. How good that would taste.

Well, once again you have walked down some old childhood memories with me. Thanks to Bill Proffitt. Bill is from the Isom area and it pleases me to meet someone from the area who can relate to things. That is why I also enjoy reading Relon Hampton’s, Emma Engle’s, Oma Hatton’s and Sara Ison’s columns along with others. We have all been there and done that.

I stopped to see Chris and Juanita Lanham in Ross, then I went to listen to music at Miami University. Jewell Calihan, her son Clay and his wife were there, and everyone is so proud of Marisa Calihan for her brief time on ‘Survivor’.

Marisa has a website on computer, she is really a beautiful young woman. Too bad she had such a bad encounter with a jerk on the show. Guess that is what life is all about, dealing with such people as this can actually make her a stronger person. I am sure in her short life this isn’t the first time she has dealt with creeps like this man.

The telephone service was out for several days in the Linefork area, leaving my brother Richie Hall and family and lots with no communication. This puts a hardship on everyone. I wonder if the telephone company reduces its rates due to no service. Wanda works for a hospice service and needs the phone for her job. Oh I know we all lived without one for many years, but it is still an inconvenience.

Hello to Carl and Willamae Boggs. Since I have been so busy I haven’t been able to talk to anyone. Willamae stays so busy, although Carl took her shopping at Hazard. Carl, make sure she doesn’t put her things away and forgets where she put them or else you will have to go shopping again!

Willamae and I were talking on the phone about snakes of all things. When I went out to get in my car later, there was dead snake lying by my gate where it had been hit.

There are not too many things that I am afraid off, but I am petrified of snakes. I don’t like the dark but have to deal with it. Now you know more about me than you need to know.

I watched my little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold. I gave him part of an ice cream sandwich and he said “that is delicious.” This little tike is growing by leaps and bounds and doesn’t seem to gain an ounce as he is never still long enough.

I bought him a pair of Lightning McQueen house shoes recently. This is a character from the movie, ‘Cars’. This stinker loves everything about the movie. He can tell you the names of the vehicles that are in the movie plus he knows most of the songs in it. He also loves Bob the Builder.

I haven’t got to spend much time with my granddaughters Sarah, Jessica and Katelyn Nottingham since I have been helping my friend in the hospital.

Shirley Wells and I communicate occasionally on the computer, but I don’t know how long this computer of mine is going to last as it is on its way out. Oh well, I will just have to go back typing and send my column in by regular mail.

Gwen Huff Farmer had a good visit with her grandson John Harding Farmer along with his wife and children. Gwen really enjoys it when they come to visit her.

Last week I forgot to mention a few things about Letcher County Day. Clarence and Arlyn Halcomb always go to Governor Bebbs Park to demonstrate grinding corn, and since I didn’t make it to the park, they brought me a small bag of cornmeal.

Belated happy birthday to Clarence Halcomb who celebrated his birthday Oct. 8. Clarence was 91 years old. Last year I was invited to a huge birthday party to celebrate his 90th. Gwen did say she talked to Clarence Halcomb on his birthday.

I have really been blessed in the six years that I have written for The Mountain Eagle to meet so many wonderful people. Sometimes I recall the time I met Clarence Huff and have to laugh even when I am alone. I will say once again, that when you don’t take the time to spend time with an older person, to talk, and more important to listen, to their life experiences you are missing out on walking history books.

I really enjoy the nice compliments from Clarence Halcomb, Gwen Huff Farmer, Willamae Boggs among others who read my column. It really does mean a lot to me.

Gwen’s computer is acting up at times too. Gwen called me and I really enjoyed talking to her.

Oma Hatton, my sympathy goes out to you in the loss of your husband. When my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall called me, I called Shirley Wells as I know she is a close friend of yours.

Hello to my brother Wallace Lee Hall, his wife Georgia and my sister Loretta Hall and all the people at Letcher Manor Nursing Home.

A special hello to a very sweet young girl, Kirsti Deaton, who is the granddaughter of Wanda and Richie Hall.

Well, I better get this on the way, and I will be looking forward to meeting each of you next week. Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, though it is usually skipped over between Halloween and Christmas.

I will leave you with these little ditties: ‘If at first you don’t succeed, do it the way your wife told you! Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share. Being friends with someone is not an opportunity but a sweet responsibility.’

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

EYE Care 367-4682.


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