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Music was outdoors at Old Time Fiddlers

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Hello again everyone! I hope all had a great Mother’s Day, since I completely forgot to wish you a special Mother’s Day! I know Mother’s Day is a sad day for those who have lost their mother, such as myself. Time dulls the pain, not the memories!

I had a call from my little extra mountain mama Alma Whitaker’s daughter, Cenia Faye Graves, I believe Cenia lives in the Laurel or Connersville, Ind., area. Cenia and her family go quite often to the old homeplace. I know they all miss Alma so much. I told Cenia they were so lucky to have their mother for all those years, plus Alma was still in control of her thinking and could do so much for herself. No matter how long you have your mother you are still not ready to give her up!

We have been getting enough rain in our area, and I hear eastern Kentucky is getting its share of rain too. Just wait a few months and we won’t see a drop of rain!

Linda Holan and I went to the flea market which is located at White’s Farm near Brookville, Ind. They have about anything you would want or need. I have wanted a start of a flower called cock’s comb and don’t seem to ever remember to plant the seeds, so I bought some plants.

At Old Time Fiddlers at Miamitown, the music was on the gazebo next to the fire department. The rain held off and the crowd was treated with sunshine. The music was great. It seems as if it is always better outside, their voices are clearer and the music sounds so much better. I wish they would do this more often than once a year.

We had some special guest in the audience, two were Chris and Juanita Lanham who have been members of the club for 30 years. Chris is a past president of the club, the two are now in their 80s. Juanita isn’t able to walk much, Chris did dance a few steps with me.

Bill Proffitt brought his sister, Mavis Kaiser. This was Mavis’s first time to Old Time Fiddler’s and the first time that I met her. She seemed to enjoy the show.

Two of my very special friends were there, Betty and Doyle Ison who are from the Whitesburg area and now live in Aurora, Ind. Bob Stansbury from Tennessee, if you had been traveling this way you could have stopped!

A very special thank you to Vickie Power for all the help that she has given me in the past few months setting up and getting ready for the Old Time Fiddlers event! My great-granddaughter, Samantha Jo, thinks I own the building because I have a key to the door.

Two of my granddaughters, Jessica and Katelyn Nottingham, spent the night with me so they could go to Old Time Fiddlers. Vickie’s granddaughter, Katie Ledford, spent the night with her so she could go with us. On Space Day at Scarlet Oaks Campus, Vickie Power and Katie, along with Samantha and I met my daughter, Anna Nottingham, and the girls, Jessica and Katelyn. It was really interesting as they showed so much that pertained to the space program. You should have seen five-year-old Katelyn getting into a space suit. She is tiny, but they stuffed her in it anyway.

I want to wish a belated happy birthday to a sweet lady, Emma Engle, who had a delightful birthday. I believe Emma was a very young 82. I admire this woman very much. She is as nice as she is beautiful. I enjoyed meeting her a couple of years ago, and her husband, Red, too.

Happy birthday to two of Shirley Wells’s grandsons. Sheldon Fuller celebrated his birthday May 7 at the Roller Dome in Hopkinsville, though his birthday wa on May 6, and Tyler became a teenager on May 4.

My care packages have begun arriving in the form of lettuce and onions from Johnny and Ann Calihan. I am having wilted lettuce and onions with hot bacon grease and cornbread, along with green beans that have been shipped in from Florida.

I hope Angie Hall is feeling better with her health problems. I miss her on WMMT. The Hall family have given freely of their time for years on the radio. It is enjoyable, yet it is time consuming. I have been a volunteer DJ.

A few weeks ago on the Beatyville station, there was a gospel group from Liberty in Casey County, and there is a Letcher countian in this group. Gene Cornett is from Gordon or Linefork. I had the pleasure of meeting Gene a few years ago as he came to Cincinnati to pick in the Bluegrass Addition Band. Gene picked on an album along with Carl Sallee and several others years ago. Gene is a super nice person. It always gives my heart pleasure to hear and see someone from the mountains. Hello to his sister, Christina Shepherd, who was a patient in Whitesburg Hospital. I hope she is home by now.

My brother, Jerry Hall, called to tell me that our sister, Loretta Church, is in Whitesburg Hospital and may be going back to Letcher Manor Nursing Home again.

May 1 as I was in the shower I started laughing as I thought of all the joking I have done in my column saying I wasn’t taking a bath until May. I bet Betty Kelly was scrubbing the rust off too!

Hello to my brother, Richie, and Wanda Hall, to my brother, Jerry, and Mattie Hall and all the ones who read my column.

Gwen Huff has finally got in the garden to put a few things out. I know she is really pleased to be able to once again be digging in the soil.

Hello, Willa Mae Boggs, it was good to hear from you and to laugh about your escapades while you were visiting your sister. Carl, put a leash on her and tie her up when she starts to leave again, or hide her jeans so she can’t leave you!

Hey, Clarence and Arlyn Halcomb, I bet you are out in the garden.

Well, it is time for me to get this on its way. So until next time: Rose Ballard Durham, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, 513-367-4682.


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