Whitesburg KY

Old Man Winter is coming

Southern Ohio

Hello everyone!

We are having beautiful weather in the Ohio Valley area, though a little nippy early of the mornings. Old Man Winter is slipping up fast and I dread so bad to see it get here.

As I look across the hayfield in front of my house, the leaves on the hillside are starting to get a dull green. I was on my way home and there’s one tree that has started to change colors at the main top. It was so beautiful.

I have passed a few pawpaw trees for several years, each year I would stop to check, and nothing. Wednesday afternoon I stopped to take a peek, and was I ever surprised as there were a couple of small ones, and on another tree I found a couple more.

I was like a kid in a toy store. The only thing is the pawpaws were very high up in the tree, so this hillbilly got a long stick and proceeded to pull the branch down. I have them lying in my windowsill.

As traffic went zipping by, I wonder what they were thinking. Not that I really cared. I was so thrilled I found them.

Several years ago Ike Adams’s cousin sent me a shoebox full of pawpaws through the mail. They were delicious.

What’s the saying? “You can take the girl from the mountains but not the mountains out of the girl?” That certainly describes me.

This time of year my thoughts travel back to times spent with Grandma Rosa Hall. Every child needs a special relationship with a grandmother like I had with her, and I am such a poor excuse of a grandmother when it comes to my own grandchildren.

I tagged after Grandma through the hills around Roxana, Kingscreek, Mill Branch and Tolson scurrying for pawpaws, apples, and pears this time of year. I can remember traipsing along with her while she searched for ginseng too.

Grandma instilled the love of nature deep within my soul at such an early age. She will never be completely gone as long as there’s breath in my body as I am so much like her in so many ways.

Belated birthday wishes to my sister-in-law Mattie Hall. I haven’t talked to Mattie for a while and I hope she is doing all right.

My sister-in-law Wanda Hall enjoyed the Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival at Morehead along with several friends including Shawn Stamper and his daughter Whitney. I am sure everyone had a great time.

Les and Pat Wagner are planning on another trip to the mountains before the snow starts falling as Pat doesn’t want to get snowed in. I don’t think Les would mind at all.

Hello Larry and Becky Hasty. I hope things are going a little better for you.

Don’t forget, if you are close enough to come to Letcher County Picnic Sept 27 from 12-? at the Harrison Community Center, 300 George St., Harrison, Oh 45030 at the big shelter behind the community center. Bring a covered dish and a beverage.

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