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Many Christmas decorations are out early

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Eight-year-old Harlow Gray holds Chewy. Harlow is a granddaughter of Kay Gray, and great-granddaughter of Rose Ballard. Harlow spent the night with Kay. She slept with Kay, and when Kay turned over, Harlow touched Kay’s face and said, “Oh, Mamaw, you have a little wrinkle on your face.” Then she asked, “Mamaw, how old are you?” Kay answered 57. Harlow thought just a second then said, “Mamaw, you are almost 60.”

Eight-year-old Harlow Gray holds Chewy. Harlow is a granddaughter of Kay Gray, and great-granddaughter of Rose Ballard. Harlow spent the night with Kay. She slept with Kay, and when Kay turned over, Harlow touched Kay’s face and said, “Oh, Mamaw, you have a little wrinkle on your face.” Then she asked, “Mamaw, how old are you?” Kay answered 57. Harlow thought just a second then said, “Mamaw, you are almost 60.”

Merry Christmas everyone! I really hope all is staying safe and well with this coronavirus still running like a fast-moving freight train that is going nonstop.

While starting this column I can see the back of the five-foot Ole Santa that is about 45 years old. I’ve always placed a rope around its neck and feet to hold it in place.

This year my son Keith Ballard brought it upstairs from the basement for me, along with Frosty the Snowman.

This is the first time Frosty had been out of the basement in so many years I can’t remember for lack of an outlet.

Keith saw two small holes in the back of Santa, so he put a small rope then anchored it to the porch swing, and placed it to face forward for passing traffic to see. The only thing with Santa and Frosty, they are so bright the lights interfere with my beautiful solar lights.

My daughter Kay Gray made me a pretty wreath for my front door. It is a good thing the ornaments aren’t breakable as there’s not much room between the outside door and storm door.

“My mom is at it again. She loves this Christmas tree so she’s trying to steal my other wheelbarrow. I think she asked Kate to help her this time,” wrote Kay Gray, Rose Ballard’s daughter.

“My mom is at it again. She loves this Christmas tree so she’s trying to steal my other wheelbarrow. I think she asked Kate to help her this time,” wrote Kay Gray, Rose Ballard’s daughter.

The Christmas tree is finally finished. I must say it is so pretty I may just keep it another year instead of going to the expense of getting a new one next year.

Saturday, my daughter Anna Nottingham along with Katelyn and Kyle stopped by unexpectedly. Anna helped level the Christmas tree, as I couldn’t reach under to adjust the bolts.

Anna asked if I felt like riding to Dayton, to a store called Christmas Tree & That. Anna is employed part time at the store in Florence. I really didn’t feel like going, but I got dressed and away we went on an adventure.

Anna had two stops to make before we actually got on our way to Dayton. The first was at my daughter Kay’s to deliver candy that Kay had ordered from the Beechwood band, which was an adventure in itself. Anna delivered candy to her brother-in-law, Bob Nottingham.

We made a final stop at Fawn Candy Shop, as she wanted a special kind. Oh, I was wanting buckeyes so bad, yet I knew I couldn’t have them. Thank goodness Anna didn’t purchase any.

On the way towards Dayton, I asked Anna if she knew where she was going, she laughed and said no. While she stopped at a red light, she typed in the address of the Christmas Tree store, which wasn’t very far from where we were sitting. It isn’t in Dayton, it is close to Centerville.

I don’t like smart phones. I think I will get a GPS device to help when I want to go places as it verbally tells you which turn, that is, if I can program to use it.

It was a very enjoyable few hours with Anna and the kids. Kyle and Katie are both so protective to make sure I don’t fall.

All the beautiful Christmas lights seem to be more this year than last year. I think no wonder there are more decorations after our world as we have known it has been turned upside down since March, if not before.

At first, I couldn’t understand why so many were putting Christmas decoration up so early, then I realized there’s so much death on the television and computer, along with so much violence and destruction due to things we can’t do anything about.

What I can’t understand is what did all the destruction do, breaking windows, burning buildings, stealing, etc.? It sure didn’t bring the person who died back to life.

People are calling to defund the police. Oh wait a minute, I have met a couple of police that I would like to smack, if I could, however I have also met a few in a certain situation and I am glad to say the biggest part of policemen or women are decent human beings, only doing their job.

Please stop and ask what would we do without the police. Think of the danger they are in when they walk out the door. There are no guarantees they will be coming home to their loved ones.

I speak from experience as I know firsthand, as my son-in-law was a policeman for about 25 years and he has finally retired for good.

Hello Buddy and Bernice Grubb. Oh, I have been tempted to make a day trip or at least an overnight trip to see all the beautiful decorations.

Mike and Marcia Caudill, let’s hope that this pandemic monster will go away before March.

Weather permitting, if Carcassonne Community Center is open for square dancing, I will be camped in your driveway providing nothing is available.

Les and Pat Wagner, I hope you two are doing alright.

Once again, I will say keep Johnny and Ann Calihan and family in your prayers as they are traveling on a journey that’s difficult for them.

At this present time it is hard to concentrate as my brain tries to think, my stomach lets me know it isn’t going to cooperate.

Thanks for all the beautiful Christmas cards. For several years I’ve tried to send a special friend a card with horse and carriage or horse and wagon, anything as a reminder of a trip we went on to Metamora Christmas walk. I can’t find a car any more, but this year I have received three cards with horses on it.

I finally decided to print a picture and write a letter to send.

Until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Rd., Harrison, Ohio 45030 email: Bluegrassmama4@aol.com.

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