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Katelyn Nottingham (left) and Jessica Nottingham (right) are the granddaughters of southern Ohio correspondent Rose Ballard.

Katelyn Nottingham (left) and Jessica Nottingham (right) are the granddaughters of southern Ohio correspondent Rose Ballard.

Hello again everyone! As I sit in front of my computer once again writing this column, I can see the luscious green color of the hayfield across the road from me.

The monitor of my computer breaks the view of the road as I am writing, so all I see is the beautiful green color as I glance up from my keyboard. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this same scenery for 46 years, and never get tired of seeing it.

Deer are very seldom seen any more. They used to be such a delight to watch, especially when the mama deer had twins, and occasional triplets.

With the trees still bare, I can see the outline of the house high on the hill across the hayfield and the road. It won’t be long before the two redbud trees will be showing their beautiful color for me. I was so tempted to get in my car to head for the mountains to see the redbud trees that should be blooming right about now or a few days.

Then the governor passed no traveling into Kentucky except essential like working. I wonder if I got caught and told authorities it was essential to my well-being that I go back, just for a day. When I read about being quarantined for 14 days, if I could be lucky enough to be at Cavalry Campus with enough drinks to survive on, that would be fine with me.

Mary Whitaker Halcomb, formerly of Kingscreek and Roxana, and her husband Bill Halcomb, who is a preacher, have made Hamilton, Ohio, their home for years. He is also from the mountains of eastern Kentucky. She is the daughter of the late Alma Whitaker of Roxana, who wrote for The Mountain Eagle for several years. Rose Ballard referred to Alma as “my little Mountain Mama”

Mary Whitaker Halcomb, formerly of Kingscreek and Roxana, and her husband Bill Halcomb, who is a preacher, have made Hamilton, Ohio, their home for years. He is also from the mountains of eastern Kentucky. She is the daughter of the late Alma Whitaker of Roxana, who wrote for The Mountain Eagle for several years. Rose Ballard referred to Alma as “my little Mountain Mama”

I wonder how everyone is dealing with this coronavirus epidemic? I think of all the elderly that maybe didn’t have enough money to stockpile extra groceries, and don’t have any way to get to the store. It bothers me about the homeless, and actually everyone that is need.

I am lucky as I have family that checks on me, and my son lives with me.

If the coronavirus doesn’t kill me, then I am going to eventually kill myself from falling. I went into my son’s bedroom to place his laundry on his bed, and I knew he had a small tear in the dust ruffle on the bottom of the bed. Well, he has a large rip now, as my house shoe got stuck someway. As I turned to move, it threw me like a feather. There’s a small curved glass china cabinet, and my hard head hit that curve glass solid. Readers, there is a God, as somehow the glass didn’t break. It stunned me for a few minutes and I have bruised knees, and that is all.

Belated happy birthday to Allen Lester Halcomb, originally from Gordon. He celebrated 84 years April 2. He makes his home in Indiana and loves writing and has written many articles.

Belated happy birthday to Allen Lester Halcomb, originally from Gordon. He celebrated 84 years April 2. He makes his home in Indiana and loves writing and has written many articles.

I’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis because I have very fragile, thinning bones. Well my knees are solid, and I am very sore but other than that I am alright.

Later that night I developed a headache in the back and side of my head. That did worry me about a brain bleed. I drifted off to sleep not being too concerned as there are so many things to worry too much about.

It has been difficult to depend on my granddaughter or some family member to do things that I need to do for myself. My granddaughter Jodi Gray told her mother Kay Gray, that she thought about stealing my car so I couldn’t go to the store or anywhere.

Kay and Jodi got a laugh over that statement, as they know that will never come to be. In fact, they would rather face the coronavirus than me when I get riled up.

Whoever thought you would have to stand in line to go to a grocery store, be limited to just a few items, can’t buy toilet paper no matter how much money you have?

The coronavirus hasn’t deterred people being thieves. Someone stole two wooden picnic tables from Campbell’s Branch Community Center on Linefork. I hope whoever was lowdown enough to do this has enough sense to read, and sees this in print. That is a disgrace to the mountains I love and call home.

Here locally not too far from where I live, this happened. Did one of your family members show up at home last night with a lot of pop, water, or Gatorade? Harrison Youth Football was broken into last night. They smashed out the window in the concession stand, smashed out the refrigerator, and broke the lock on the shed. Someone’s got a lot to be proud of! This organization has been here 35 years. Nice way to pay back this great organization that has mentored so many youth in our community. I feel it was young people but who knows? Whether it’s young or old, stealing is stealing.

Johnny and Ann Calihan are trying to do their best, as neither one has been out and about. Their family has been very attentive to make sure they have what they need.

Sue Wagner is still having setbacks, and then Sue will have a semi-good day.

I am so thankful I really enjoy being alone. Thanks to my daughters and grandchildren, I couldn’t feel lonely if I wanted to, as they call more now than they ever did.

I am thankful for Facebook friends that seem as close as family.

Get well wishes to Buddy Grubb, who is a patient at Whitesburg Hospital. Bernice isn’t allowed to visit him, as so many others are experiencing the same ordeal.

To Les and Pat Wagner and the Wagner extended family, I hope everyone is healthy and safe.

Hello to Linda Pennington in Letcher Manor Nursing Home.

Mike and Marcia Caudill, I hope you are staying safe. I really miss heading for Carcassonne Community Center for the square dance. Yes, I miss all the people too. Darlene Campbell and everyone at Campbell’s Branch Community Center, I miss you.

I am so proud of two of my granddaughters, Jessica and Katelyn Nottingham, in their efforts of distributing Girl Scout cookies to help others. Jessica works at Kroger’s in northern Kentucky, and she has been involved in Girl Scouts for 13 years. My daughter Anna Nottingham has been a Girl Scout leader for so many years, I can’t remember.

Ally Kraemer on WCPO Channel 9 Cincinnati said, “Girl Scouts usually have their cookie tables set up during this time of the year so you can stock up on your favorites, but sales have been shut down for the safety of the Scouts. That left a lot of troops with a boatload of extra cookies to sell. Jessica Nottingham has been selling Girl Scout cookies for 13 years. She averages about 300 boxes a year.

“She says the cookie booths are great because people are really friendly, but now they’re selling cookies in a new way — hitting up social media to get people to buy cookies not for themselves, but for front line workers like those in grocery stores and hospitals.

“’It makes me feel a little better because I feel like we’re helping them out a little more. I know nurses are having long hours right now. I work at Kroger and some of my managers were super grateful because we donated some of the boxes there,’” Nottingham said.

“Nottingham said they have plenty of cookies between local troops that can be purchased and donated.”

For those of you who wanted to know if I would ever have my book, “The Beauty of The Rose”, reprinted, I finally have reprinted a few if you are interested. The books are for sale at $15 and $6 for postage.

Until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Rd., Harrison, Ohio, 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4@aol.com.

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