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Ohio weather ranging from dandelions to snow

Southern Ohio

Hello, everyone! Are you ready for spring? It sure is nasty weather here; one day the dandelions are blooming and the next day snow.

I am serious about the dandelions blooming. As I was out in the yard there were three little yellow blooms, then when I was at my son, Keith Ballard’s, place, there was one blooming there, too.

There’s a business here in Harrison, Ohio, that has window boxes and the pansies are in bloom. My poppies are up about two inches real close to my porch!

My friend, Shirley Wells, went out for supper with her granddaughter, Kayla. Before Kayla and Shirley were to leave, several of Shirley’s kids stopped by for a visit, Loretta, Kristie Alice and her family then Buddy came home. Shirley said her house was crammed full, and there was so much laughter and noise, she wondered what the neighbors thought. Now to me, that is what families are all about!

Of course I am accused of doing too much for my children. When I look at little Bennie and my other grandchildren, I can never understand how anyone can mistreat a child that is so helpless.

Bennie was born five weeks premature. He will be a year old January 31. He isn’t walking yet, however he will try to mimic anything you say. I was listening to WMMT and when he heard the music he claps his hands and says. “Yeah!”

I wasn’t feeling well and this baby was so good. All I had to do was feed him and change him, and he was content in his pack and play pen.

When my friend, Betty Ison, calls, she can’t get over how good he is. I don’t know if it is a good thing or not, but this baby loves television, cartoons and music.

My brother, Richie, called me with some sad news. He said a young girl who lives close to him and Wanda was in a bad car accident. Monty Cornett is married to Colin Cornett. Monty is my sister-in-law, Wanda, and Barb Jones’s cousin, Marlene Cornett’s, daughter. These girls may be cousins, however they were raised like sisters. Actually, Monty is like another daughter to Richie and Wanda, and Barb and Rick. Monty and Colin have a little boy who is eight years old.

Monty is in the hospital in Tennessee. She is very lucky to be alive. Please keep this family in your prayers!

Colin Cornett is some distant relation. I have heard mommy (Ora Hall) talk about his grandpa, Tilden Cornett.

Boyd Coots, I am sorry I haven’t returned your phone call about the pictures of the Cliff House Tavern that was located on the outskirts of Cumberland. Like I said, I haven’t been feeling well and taking care of the baby is all I am getting done!

Richie and Wanda stopped by a store in Cumberland owned by Jim Bullock. It seems Jim is a walking library, as he has a lot of pictures and information about different things in Cumberland, plus he has a unique store you wouldn’t usually find in a small place. Jim gave Richie a copy of a picture of the Cliff House Tavern, so Richie and Wanda made me a couple of copies.

I called my anonymous friends and told them what I had in my possession. I also told them I would get a copy to them soon. I received a phone call asking if they could come by and pick the picture up. I was in my pretty pink nightgown, and I wasn’t about to get dressed again, so I said if you don’t mind seeing me in my gown. These two drove about 50 miles to get the picture.

I should have switched pictures. Just kidding, I never seen anyone as pleased to get a picture from the past as this person was.

I would like to find information on who was the owner of the Cliff House Tavern. I think Richie said Hugh Jones owned it.

I miss being able to ask my little friend, Clarence Huff, (Gwen Huff Farmer’s brother) things I want to know.

From what I have heard, the Cliff House Tavern was a wicked place during the ’40s and ’50s. I can remember tales of Bloody Harlan and Bloody Breathitt counties!

Polly Ann Ison Maucher made a trip to Columbus, Ind., to attend a funeral of someone from the mountains of eastern Kentucky, the daughter of Lloyd and Nora Day, Sandra, who was nicknamed “Shanky”. Polly said it was a fitting funeral, that it was well attended by the people from Roxana and the Kingscreek area.

I am afraid to start mentioning names as I can’t seem to recall all the names that Polly told me. I do know Polly’s brother, Doug Ison, was there, along with Herbert Stamper, Ida Mae Stamper, Vinna Faye and Doug Day. I just hope I haven’t put in names that Polly and I were talking about. If I make any mistakes, please know it isn’t meant to be.

Polly said there were such beautiful flowers. You hate to say you enjoyed a funeral, but sometimes this is the only way you get to see people, relations and friends, when there’s a loss.

It is always a pleasure to talk to Polly Ann, as I remember her when I was a young girl at Roxana. That’s the same way I remember some of the Whitaker Bunch.

I talked to Ann Calihan. Somehow Ann and Johnny didn’t know anything about the funeral. Johnny and Ann and their families are doing all right.

A friend sent me this little joke: The local news station was interviewing an 80-year-old lady because she had just gotten married – for the fourth time. The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband’s occupation.

“He’s a funeral director,” she answered. “Interesting,” the newsman thought. He then asked her if she wouldn’t mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living. She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years. After a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explaining that she’d first married a banker when she was in her early 20’s, then a circus ringmaster when in her 40’s, later on a preacher when in her 60’s, and now in her 80’s, a funeral director. The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers. She smiled and explained, “I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.”

Hello to a couple of my faithful readers, Levine and Bruce Jones. Bruce, get your chicken and dumplings ready. I may be heading for Ingrams Creek when the weather breaks.

Now I think I better skeedaddle before that old clock catches me.

Until next time. Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, phone 513-367-4682.

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