Whitesburg KY

Ohio has been getting its share of rain

Hello again! I sure hope everyone is staying dry and safe from all the flooding ! We’ve had our share of rain in this area. When it gets July and August, we probably can’t get a drop of rain. The grass once more needs cutting, but it is much too wet to do anything about it.

The defroster in my car quit working so I took it to the garage. I didn’t mind paying for it until I looked at the bill, $300 for labor and $30 for the part. I had to get it fixed as I was afraid to drive without it.

I considered waiting until it got cold weather then I remembered the last time I headed for the mountains of eastern Kentucky, the road was blocked close to Jackson. The traffic was detoured around a mountainside. It was dark and traffic behind me was horrible, then all of a sudden my windshield became fogged up so badly nothing I did would clear it. My brother Richie decided to call at that time to see where I was. I asked him what could I do to clear my windshield? Richie said to turn the heat as high as it would go. I did and it cleared my windshield, so that is one reason I decided not to put it off. The only thing, this was an unexpected expense and now I need a lawnmower.

I wish I had waited as the mechanic somehow made a booboo. My odometer light somehow quit working. Of course the mechanic said he didn’t do anything to it. All I know is it was working fine and when I picked my car up, it wasn’t working. I will drive it until it quits running. I will never do business with this place again. I thought dealing locally would be cheaper, not this place.

If I didn’t have one thing to gripe about I guess I would find something else. I am glad I don’t smoke, I could not afford cigarettes. I don’t drink so I don’t have that to worry about. I don’t draw enough to live comfortably, yet I guess I get too much for food stamps. I am too old to have babies so there’s no help there, and I am in the same boat with millions of others.

I do have one thing to be thankful for, I don’t have credit cards and I don’t owe very much to anyone. I can get by on what I draw. I never worked when my children were small so that leaves me on a very fixed income. I don’t have a car payment which I am thankful for!

I have lots less than a lot of people, yet I have lots more too. I have a place to call home! I feel sorry for homeless people yet I do believe some can help themselves and choose to live this way! I heard someone say on television that he had been homeless for 22 years. That seems like a long time to me. Southern Ohio

When I was a very young girl, I baby-sat for people. It was more for home than wages! No, I didn’t run away from home, I chose to leave home for reasons I won’t discuss.

I have been guilty of lying about my age. When I was 14 I said I was 16. I fooled a doctor and his wife. I took care of a baby when I didn’t a bit more know what I was doing. Mommy breastfed her babies so I didn’t know how to make formula. I was a fast learner and I have always had more guts than brains!

I married and started a family before I should have. That was the thing when I was young. After all, who needed an education to change baby diapers?

I am still to this day envious for the children my age who had the opportunity to go on to school. I try to promote education, and it seems as if there are a lot of young ones who throw their lives away on drugs. I wish I could shake a few and say as my little grandson Bennie says to me, wake up!

When you get my age and you haven’t worked enough to pay into Social Security, it is tough to live on the small amount you get. Just ask anyone my age and they will tell you.

Gas prices are outrageous here in our area. I really don’t know what people are going to do. My daughter Anna Nottingham told me it cost her over $100 to fill up her van. With gas this high I put in what I can get by with.

For some time now I have wanted to share something with you, and as usual I forgot it. Polly Maucher is active with a senior citizens group. They go to nursing homes and sing for the people there. They have been doing this for some time. Polly is very active in the programs at the center as she plays volleyball and other things. Polly also has a couple of neighbors in New Trenton, Ind., who are from Letcher County. I believe Polly said they are related to the Boggs family.

Kevin Ison is getting things ready for the Ison family reunion, which is being held in July. Kevin is glad to be home after a long trip to Canada.

Gwen Huff Farmer and I enjoyed listening to a radio station together on the computer. This still amazes me for us to be able to listen to a station from Knoxville, Tenn., and she is in Illinois and I am in Ohio. I used to pick up WMMT on the computer. Lately it has been mixed up.

Gwen has been getting quite a bit of bad weather her way. My heart goes out to all the people who have lost loved ones in the tornado destruction. I still remember how this area was hit in 1990.

I haven’t talked to Shirley Wells this week. I hope all is well with her and all her family. I keep saying I am going to go visit Shirley. Not with the price of gas, I won’t be going very far at all.

Richie and Wanda are enjoying the nice weather they have been having lately. Richie says the tree in their yard is full of purple blooms. It always has flowers before the leaves come out.

My son Keith Ballard is working in my yard so I don’t have to worry this time around.

My daughter Anna Nottingham called so I could hear baby Kyle laughing on the phone.

I spent an afternoon with my little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold while my daughter Angie did some errands. Bennie is growing so much, he loves singing and you would be surprised that he knows the words to complete songs. He sings, “You’ve got a friend in me” to me. Just as I was going to take Bennie to the park, it began to rain so that wasn’t possible.

I finally called my sister Loretta Church. It was really good talking to her. Loretta said our brother Wallace Lee Hall is getting along well.

My brother Jerry Hall hasn’t been feeling very well. Wanda took Jerry and Mattie a mess of poke to fry. It has been a long time since I have fixed this.

I still haven’t gotten to visit Betty and Doyle Ison. It seems there’s always something that gets in the way.

Ann and Johnny Calihan say hello to all their family. Johnny will be getting a knee replacement before long. Ann had this procedure done a couple of years ago and did great, a lot of pain but she just kept on doing the exercises.

Hello, Carl Boggs, I hope all is well with you and your family.

Bruce Jones, were you out partying and got a few bruises? I hope you are feeling better. Having tooth problems is no fun!

Annalee Jones spent a few days in the mountains with her family. Annalee lives in Milan, Ind., but is originally from Linefork.

Well, I guess I had better get this on its way, I had some things I had to do today. Last night it was storming too bad for me to be on the computer.

Until next time: Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: bluegrassmama4@aol.com, telephone 513- 367-4682.

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