Hello again, everyone!
I don’t know about everyone else, but I am ready for the first sign of spring. I’m waiting impatiently to see a small crocus peeking up, that is, if it can show its head through the snow.
I have always thought that snow covers the ugliness of the ground, even a pile of trash looks pretty when covered with the pretty, clean white stuff. It always makes me think of the pain someone feels inside that is concealed with a smile.
Our area was hit with another round of snow and the roads were so bad that I decided I was not getting out for anything.
I still have my Christmas tree up, and actually I have enjoyed it more after Christmas than before as there was so much going on around here at Christmas time.
Nothing has changed really. My brother Robert Hall is finally out of the hospital, but I don’t think he is doing very well. It seems like the only time I talk to Robert or his wife Ann is while he is in the hospital. This time I couldn’t drive to Huntington, W.Va., since my son Keith Ballard was in the hospital and my daughter Anna Nottingham is having some problems with her pregnancy.
Keith is out of the hospital now, and our sister Loretta Church spent a few days in the hospital at Whitesburg, but she was released. Now our brother Wallace Lee Hall is in the hospital at Whitesburg.
I don’t know of a mental hospital in the Cincinnati area or I would gladly commit myself!
I came home to a cold house as the furnace went out. Did I say I didn’t know where a mental hospital is? I think I am going to do some research and find one. Yep. I’ve decided I need to be locked up. I walked out on my front porch to spread salt on the steps, and my swing looked so inviting I sat down on it for a few minutes to just watch the snow falling. I think I am going to stretch the cord of the electric blanket and sit there for a while.
I wonder if Betty and Doyle Ison would let me sit on their deck for a while? Maybe they’d bring me a cup of hot chocolate!
I am not a coffee drinker very often, but since I discovered flavored coffee creamer I do enjoy a cup once in a while. I’ve been threatening to add something a little stronger and try it. Now I am just kidding about that.
I managed overnight without the furnace, thanks to having a couple of electric heaters, electric blanket, and of course my beautiful electric fireplace, that really puts out a lot of heat. I must say that getting this little electric fireplace is one of the best things I have ever done. Such a simple thing as watching the flames is so relaxing to me that it makes me wish for the real thing, but then I have no mess of ashes nor coal. I am still amazed watching the flames flicker. Southern Ohio
Ann and Johnny Calihan have an electric fireplace also that they really enjoy. I haven’t talked to Ann this week so I hope everyone is alright.
My friend Linda Hollan gave me the phone number of someone to come look at my furnace, David Dison. Would you believe that when David got here the next morning, the blasted furnace came on when he turned up the thermostat, which I had already shut it off? He turned it back on, and all it would do for me was let the blower run without kicking on.
Gwen Huff Farmer has installed a generator or something in case she has trouble with her electricity. She is a very resourceful person. Gwen is like so many of us as she is wanting this cold winter to somehow disappear and let spring get here.
I think of Gene ‘Bub’ and Brenda Caudill living in sunny Florida, and so many others, and sort of envy them, but then I wouldn’t want to live there all time.
I messed around and didn’t get the license plates changed on my car, and when I decided to do it, it was so cold that my fingers got numb. I managed to get the back plate on, now I have to do the other one too as Ohio has to have two license plates.
Shirley Wells in Clarksville, Tenn. is ready for warmer weather also, as she has to get out to drive her grandchildren to school.
Carl Boggs, I will get the book The Beauty of A Rose out to you, and Shelly Bockover, yours is on the way too in a few days. I am finally feeling a little better.
Well, I have a lot to do today so I guess I will get this on its way. Until next time: Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030 email: Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, telephone: 513-367-4682. To perform
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