Whitesburg KY

Jodi Gray spoiling her grandmother

Southern Ohio

Happy Valentine’s Day

Just think, a few more weeks and we will be enjoying spring once more. I am counting the days although we really haven’t had too bad of a winter for this area. Last year was hardly any winter at all.

I can still see the daffodils that were in bloom in Nashville, Tenn., last weekend.

I am so sorry I didn’t get in touch with Shirley Wells this time around, When you travel with someone else it is hard to cram everything you want to do in one trip. One of these days I will be in my own car and look out, Nashville and Clarksville, here I come.

If all goes as planned I intend to have a room in the Sheraton Music City Hotel. That way I don’t have to leave. Yet I am such a light sleeper I don’t know if I could take that or not.

Time sure goes fast when you are having fun, and it was really a fun-filled weekend even with a few minor setbacks. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Many thanks to my granddaughter Jodi Gray and her boss Carl Davidson for making this trip a little fancier for me.

Jodi and her friend came to visit me this evening for a little while. I spoiled Jodi as a child. Now the table is turned as Jodi is spoiling her momma! You know something, it feels good to know she cares that much.

I have been wanting barbecued chicken wings from LaRosa’s so Jodi made a special trip to bring me some. I will let you know when the baby is due as I seem to be craving things!

I was in a grocery store and all of a sudden I wanted the taste of pure pickle juice so bad, it was all I could do not to buy a jar and take a sip.

When I’ve had a vitamin deficiency before things have gone out of whack with me.

Thanks to everyone who made the benefit for my cousin Beverly Adams such a huge success. From what a little bird told me this was a great success.

A special thanks goes to Lisa, Libby, Darlene for lots of planning and hard work, Jon Caudill 7South band, Will Caudill & Route 7 and all the bands for donating their time.

Please remember my niece Sue Hall in your prayers as Sue has recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Thanks to my newfound family members Les and Pat Wagner, I will be seeing you two before long and also Larry Hasty. I hope you are perking along. I think we have a dance on the agenda. Just kidding, Larry, I really do hope your hip is healing. Hello Becky and Polly, I hope Larry isn’t keeping you too busy. I miss all of you.

Gwen Huff Farmer, I will try to get in touch with you and Shirley Wells before too much longer.

Doyle and Betty Ison, give me a few more days and I will try to mosey down your way.

My brother Jerry Hall doesn’t need surgery after all. Jerry spent about 10 days all total in the hospital.

I know my sister Loretta Church is very upset with the news of her daughter Sue. Loretta, there are all kinds of cancer that have been put in remission, and that daughter of yours has more of me in her body than you, which means she is a tough cookie. So don’t think she is down for the count. Sue is a fighter and has fought hard before so she isn’t going to sit down and say here I am. So be strong for her.

While I was traveling to and from Nashville, Tenn., I let my thoughts travel back to times that I shared with Ann Calihan and the ladies from Nazarene Church where I used to go. We went to a place called Conner Prairie, close to Indianapolis, Ind. It was amazing as it was a working place with gardens. They had old-fashioned ways of reconstructing such as washing on a board, hanging clothes on a line. So many things that I have actually forgotten about.

I may just have to plan a day trip and take my granddaughters

Sarah, Jessica and Katelyn along with greatgranddaughter Samantha Jo Gray.

I do want to tell you something funny about Sami as we call her. My daughter Kay Gray and Sami were in the car so Sami started taking notes. As she tells her momma Kay, I am taking notes of which car I want in case something should happen to you. Now Momma, not saying I want anything to happen to you any ways soon. Sami is just barely 11 years old. Kay has a Cadillac Escalade plus a small sports Cadillac XR something. Sami was putting her dibs in long before it is time to fold.

Where do kids get their ideas?

Sami told Kay a year or so which necklace and rings were to be hers in case something happened to Kay. As a matter of fact, Sami told her she knew the combination of the safe so I think I have a smart 11-yearold great-granddaughter, too smart for her own good.

Johnny and Ann Calihan’s daughter Sue Wagner has started feeling a little better and is home in South Carolina with her daughter and husband.

Polly Maucher, I never hear anything from you any more so I hope all is well.

This week has been a rough week for me and news is very vague.

As quick as the weather permits or the first sign of green on the hillside, I will be heading for the mountains so, Gary Eldridge, should you get the hankering for the green, green grass of home before I go, just remember I will be at the forks of the road hitchhiking.

So I promise a more interesting column next week, or at least I hope it isn’t like this one.

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

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