Whitesburg KY

Looks like Christmas in March

Hello everyone! How is the weather in your area? It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in March. At the present time it is snowing, and the garage roof is covered. Yesterday was a beautiful day with 60 degrees.

Oh well, l may as well not complain as we have another month of winter, and then it can linger longer than that.

I hope the flooding has stopped as the pictures I’ve seen sure have been horrible. In 1964 my husband and I were in a flood. I had two small children, my baby was 6 months old, and she had the chickenpox. I had the mumps and was very sick.

For all of you who like pretty Jewelry, check out Libby Day Smith online at “PAPARAZZI” Jewelry on Facebook. It is on at different times.

You can get in touch with Libby at Bow& Barn Antiques on R#7, as Libby carries this line of jewelry at her shop. While you are on R#7 please check out all the other great shops from Isom to Blackey area

I really enjoy watching Libby online while she is doing her online show. The jewelry is rather stunning. I shared the site with my daughter Kay Gray, who was really impressed by it.

Belated happy birthday to my granddaughter Jennifer Gray Feb. 22, and my grandson Jamie Gray Feb. 28.

Happy birthday to my granddaughter Jessica Nottingham on March 1. Jessica is 17 years old.

March is a mixture of sadness and happiness as it is my parents’ and two of my children’s birthday. March 4, Mom would have been 100 years old. That is really hard for me to comprehend. March 13, Dad would been 94. Mom and Dad have been gone several years and I would love to just have one more day with them.

Sunday was Old Time Fiddlers. We had a good turnout even though the weather predictions were bad. We had exceptionally good music. I made vegetable soup and cornbread. One of our members stood up while eating said. “Thank you to Rose for bringing the soup” and it was the best vegetable soup he had ever eaten.

Now he could have just been hungry! There wasn’t a ladleful left in the crockpot. Everyone did say it was delicious. I thought my cornbread was a little crusty, as I let it bake just a tad bit too long. It disappeared also.

For those close in this area, Old Time Fiddlers meets at VFW Post 7570, 9160 Lawrenceburg Rd., Harrison, OH 45030, the first Sunday of each month, 1-4:30 p.m. Refreshments are furnished by the club.

Friday night Vicki Power and I ventured to Oxford Community Arts, 10 S.College St., Oxford, Oh for a square dance. It is held on the first Friday each month, 7:30-10 p.m.Warren and Judy Waldron host this event. They are members of Old Time Fiddlers.

Johnny and Ann Calihan are hanging in waiting for spring and looking forward to warmer weather. Ann’s finger is still giving her some problems, along with other joints due to arthritis. Ann is on a very strict diet due to gout in her ring finger. Ann will probably never be able to wear her wedding band. Now Johnny better keep his eyes on Ann, as she is very beautiful, and without a wedding ring on, some man may try to steal her. Now quit laughing and get back to reading!

Except for having hearing problems, Johnny seems to be doing well. Their daughter Sue Wagner returned to her home in South Carolina for a period of time. Remember Sue in your prayers as she awaits a donor as she is on the liver transplant list.

Sunday a week ago, Vicki Power and I took a day trip to New Tazewell, Tenn., to visit my cousin Gracie Lewis Widner. I drove over five hundred miles round trip that day. Needless to say I was exhausted when we arrived home.

It had been over 10 years since I had seen Gracie and her family. The trip was wonderful except the high wind that almost blew the car off the road several times.

George and Gracie have a houseboat on the lake that is within walking distance to their home. I have been invited several times to come to visit and never have gone. I may just take them up on their invitation this summer. It is about the same time and distance as from my house to Whitesburg.

Hello to Les and Pat Wagner. I hope this finds you and the Wagner family in the mountains and everywhere doing alright.

The time has finally arrived for an event that I waited for since November. Cacassonne Square Dances will resume for 2019, beginning on March 9, weather permitting. Music by Bluegrass Friends, caller Will Bowling. Doors open at 5:30, dancing 6-9 p.m. Soup bean dinner or snacks available, as well as souvenirs and playground for children. Enjoy the oldest continuous communitysponsored square dance in the Commonwealth at historic Carcassonne Community Center. March dance is presented by Double-Kwik. Facebook: Carcassonne Community Center Activities. Set your GPS for 225 Square Dance Rd, Carcassonne, Ky.

I made plans to attend this event, however with weather predicting rain and snow mixture, here locally and in Whitesburg on Friday, I may wait until April to try to resume my trips to the mountains that are home in my heart.

Thanks for the ones who told me they missed my column last week, something happened when I sent it.

The time has caught up with me.

Until next time.

Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Rd., Harrison, OH 45030, email Bluegrassmama4@aol.com.

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