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Ready for God’s coloring book to open

Southern Ohio

Hello again!

A blast of cold air is once again hitting our area. I noticed daffodils are just about ready to bloom, so I hope they don’t get frozen. It is hard to believe that winter is almost over and we haven’t really any bad weather to really complain about.

I am ready for the leaves to show their spring foliage and for all God’s coloring book to open once more.

The pictures of the snow of eastern Kentucky were really beautiful, but I hated to hear the news of the electricity being off for such a long time. My brother Richie Hall is still hooked up to a wound vac on his hip, but without electricity he had to unhook it.

Friday night I went to Coon Hunters to enjoy music, and I seemed to run out of energy so after the first dance I decided I better sit the rest out. I stayed for a while and decided to come home.

Saturday night I went to Northside Square Dance in Cincinnati. I have to admit I was a little apprehensive about going as I haven’t squared danced in almost 30 years. Warren and Judy Waldron were playing there with the band, but other than that I knew I would probably be in a room filled with strangers.

I decided not to go, but just about an hour before it was time to start, somehow my feet seemed to have a mind of their own as I was dressed and headed out the door.

When I first arrived, the square dance caller Russ Childress offered to find me a partner to dance with and I declined. I sat and listened to the music while I watched everyone dancing, which is very unusual for me to do. This square dance has young children, teenagers and people my age and older, and is a great event for everyone.

All of a sudden I was joined by a young woman named Susan, who recognized me from another music venue that I go to. Susan was kind enough to have her friend Jonathon dance with me.

You must remember that, as I said, it has been almost 30 years since I had coupled up in a square dance, but as we were being walked through a woman was giving me some instructions and I wouldn’t follow them as I knew she was very wrong.

When Russ, the caller, came to help, oh how I smiled inwardly, as I knew I was right. A couple of times I goofed, but not bad enough that I messed anything up.

Susan and several others said, that I did very well, and afterward I had to sit very quietly for a few minutes before I could speak.

Years ago I squared danced to modern and western style. I had the crinolines and square dance attire, and I am proud to say my husband and I were good dancers.

When the set was finally ended, I have to admit I was glad as I couldn’t get my breath.

Russ called several variations of square dance calls, one was called Rip and Snort. Mom called this Winding Up the Grapevine.

At the end they did something called Virginia reel. I could almost sense my mom sitting beside me, except Mommy called this an eight-hand reel.

For all you children of Thurston Davis, your dad would have been right there at Nora Calihan’s dancing with my mom.

The final dance was a slow dance. Once again Jonathan was kind enough to ask me to dance. I felt as if I goofed big time as I would get the hang of the step, then we would talk, and off step I would get. You have heard the old saying can’t chew gum and walk, well I can’t slow dance and talk.

Another square dance will be held March 24.

My friend Shirley Godbey and I went to Leo’s Coffee to listen to music. Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers were playing there.

The Lady Slippers are fantastic. Ma Crow (Elaine Doyle) is a wonderful singer and guitar player. Ma can attract and hold any audience captivated with her beautiful voice. Trina Emig is on the banjo and mandolin. This girl is awesome.

Margie Drees on the fiddle, and singing, and Vickie Abbot upright bass and sings, make the group.

Their harmony is wonderful. If you ever hear of this group, please go see them as you are in for a treat.

I am proud to call Ma and Trina my special friends. I have known Margie slightly for several years, and just met Vickie some time ago. Actually they are all friends. I am very glad to see an allgirl bluegrass band.

Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers will be doing a live show on Blue Light Special on WDVX, March 6, via the Internet, at 12 p.m.

Gwen Huff Farmer and Shirley Wells, please mark your calendars.

Sunday afternoon my daughter Anna Nottingham stopped by to deliver Girl Scout cookies. It was a very short visit as little Kyle was sick so she had to get him home to clean him up.

Sarah, Jessica and Katelyn were complaining, so I told them I had cleaned up a couple of messes made by their mom when we used to travel to Lexington to visit their great-grandpa at the VA Hospital as their mom would get car sick.

My grandchildren are growing up too fast.

Belated happy birthday wishes, Feb. 27, to Sue Wagner, who now calls South Carolina home. Sue is the daughter of Johnny and Ann Calihan.

Belated happy birthday to Bill Ison (Ann Calihan’s brother), who shares a birthday with Sue on Feb. 27.

Johnny and Ann Calihan are still trying to deal with the fact of Sue and her family being so far away.

I haven’t talked to Polly Maucher this week so I don’t know how Frick and Frack are doing.

Hello to Sis and Ralph Hogg in Michigan. I hope things are alright with you.

Linda Whitaker Day, with warmer weather, maybe you can peek out for a little while.

Doyle and Betty Ison are going to have company this week (me) as I have stayed away long enough. I want to stand on that beautiful deck and look across where I can almost see forever.

I better get this on its way. I am sure I have missed something I want to say.

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



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