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Hello once again!

I hope everyone is staying one step ahead of this flu that is going around. My 14-year-old granddaughter Sarah Nottingham is really bad sick with it. Anna had to take her to the doctor.

My son-in-law Scott Nottingham and Anna volunteered to work at something called Cavalcade of Customs, a car show in Cincinnati. Anna is a Girl Scout leader so it was connected to the Girl Scout organization. Anna was so thrilled that she was going to get to see the Batman car.

During a conversation on the phone with Anna, I could hear Kyle talking to his Mommy, so Anna asked Kyle where was Momma? Kyle replied, “I don’t know.” Then Anna said, “Oh, if you weren’t so cute, I would give you spankings!” Kyle replied, “I’m cute.” He is so right, he really is. Happy birthday to Kyle as he will be two years old Jan. 20.

Have you been enjoying mild weather your way? It has disappeared this morning as it turned several degrees colder in this area! I don’t know about everyone else, I am ready for summer, or at least spring. So far it hasn’t really been that bad this winter.

I find I just hate cold weather. I used to poke fun of people heading for Florida and warmer climates to live, now I wish I was one of them, at least for a while.

Hey Susie from Arizona, is that invitation still available? Just kidding.

Last week I said I needed a bluegrass fix to perk me up! That is exactly what I asked for and exactly what I got. I went to Connersville, Ind., which is approximately 40 miles from me, to hear music.

The house band called Briarhoppers features Coolie Jr. Calihan and is always good. This time they had an extra special addition, Marvin Davis played the mandolin. I really enjoyed this group. I would walk a country mile barefoot to listen to Marvin on his fiddle. Marvin is a great musician no matter what instrument he picks up, and a wonderful singer.

The featured band Blue Town is a really good band. Barkley Davis plays the fiddle. Barkely is the son of Marvin Davis.

I have heard the remark used, you are glowing, referred to myself. Now I know what it means as Marvin’s face was transformed as he talked of his son Barkley. Barkley has a magnetic personality, and keeps the crowd pleased.

I sort of cheated on my two favorite musicians, Gary Eldridge of RR 2 and Tony Hale of Special Delivery plus Bluegrass Favorites. Neither band was scheduled so I traded them in for a younger model, well just for the night.

If I could handpick a band, I would have Marvin Davis on the fiddle, and Gary Eldridge on the mandolin, and I have no idea who else. Marvin and Gary are both great singers too. They don’t know each other and if I would like for them to meet.

RR 2 will be having a CD released very soon. All you music lovers need to get a copy of this.

Saturday night I went to Front Street Cafe in New Richmond, Ohio, which is 50 miles from me, to see Ma Crow & the Lady Slippers. As usual it is was a pleasure to be in their midst.

After I got home I was still riding high on the cloud called happiness and couldn’t sleep. My friend Norma Ashcraft called from Englewood, Ohio. Norma and I talked until wee hours of the morning, and I mean 2 a.m.

Sunday my body was sort of tired, yet there was something I wanted to go to. Matt Glazer had gotten a bluegrass jam together. Oh, it really was great. There were pickers in several rooms. It is always a pleasure to see so many musicians in one building, although in different groups, enjoying playing music. I do wish a couple more could have been there. It would have been like icing on a cake.

I heard from Gwen Huff Farmer. I think winter hit Illinois again. Gwen is finally over whatever hit her and is feeling like getting out and doing things again.

My brother Jerry Hall spent almost a week in Whitesburg Hospital, and was finally released.

I haven’t talked to my sister Loretta Church, who is in Letcher Manor Nursing Home, in quite some time. I get in a rut and into my own world and don’t do what I should.

Betty Ison sure is making great progress with her knee replacement. I need to get back to visit her again soon. It was good to see Doyle and Betty Ison.

My little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold wants me to come pick him up and watch him so we can play on the computer. I think he is missing me.

Happy birthday to Bennie January 30. It is so hard to believe that Bennie will be six years old.

Happy birthday to my niece Sue Hall. I may be wrong but I think January 17. Sue is trying to stay 39 when the truth is she will be 40 because she is the same age as Anna.

Where have the years gone ? As the song says, time is winding down!

They are talking about food inflation on television! I really don’t see how people are going to live. I am really glad I don’t have a house full of children to try to take care of.

Congratulations to Letcher County Central High School Band and ROTC Color Guard, which have been selected to participate in the Presidential Inauguration Parade in Washington, D.C., on January 21.

Emma Engle, I will try to give you a call this week. I hope you and Red are doing alright.

Shirley Wells, it is getting close to SPIGMA in Nashville.

I believe someone is enjoying my copy of The Mountain Eagle as I haven’t received it in almost three weeks. I guess I am going to have to go visit Johnny and Ann Calihan so I can read the paper.

Pam, it was a pleasure talking to you.

Glenora Eldridge, I hope you and Kenneth are both doing well and staying warm.

My sympathy goes out to the Caudill family that have lost so many loved ones so close together.

Well, I need to get this on its way as I am slow as the U.S. mail.

Hey, I need help! Does anyone know where I might find a copy of the seventhgrade Kentucky history book that was used at Mill Branch in about 1956?

Until next week.

Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, telephone 513-367-367- 4682.



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