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Richie Hall hospitalized in Tennessee



Happy New Year once again!

If this week is a premonition of what the rest of the year is going to be, I just wish it would roll by and I could write 2013! This has been one of the longest weeks that I have gone through in a long time!

Then when I turned on the computer and read of a mother who lost her son and was remembering his birthday, and another one who is watching a young son in so much pain, I feel sort of ashamed of myself being on a pity party because my life is in such turmoil.

My brother Richie Hall is in a hospital in Johnson City, Tenn., and is not doing well at all. It has caught me in a situation that I can’t travel very far.

I have kept busy doing my usual gadabout trying not to dwell on things and, believe, me it isn’t easy.

Johnny and Ann Calihan took a trip to visit their daughter Sue Wagner and her husband Tom and daughter Lauren. Johnny isn’t able to drive that long distance anymore so their son Gary Calihan drove them. I am sure everyone had a wonderful time. Ann and Johnny are very lucky to have their family be there for them. It has been very hard for Ann having Sue move so far away as this is the first one to move any distance.

When my son Keith Ballard was in the Navy, oh how hard it was seeing him leave on that big American Airlines airplane as I stood watching through the window at the airport. They would have had to pry me loose from the plane as my heart was breaking so bad seeing him leave.

For quite some time I would lie awake at night waiting for his car to pull in the driveway and hear his key slip into the lock on the door.

My youngest daughter Anna was very little and couldn’t understand why her brother wasn’t home. Even Keith’s collie dog grieved over him and would lie in the lane as if waiting as we had him for over 16 years. Southern Ohio

So I understand how it is with Ann having Sue so far away.

I enjoyed a phone call from Sue Wright, who lives close to Jenkins. I hope I got her last name right as right now I am having trouble concentrating.

I think I may go skinny dipping so maybe the cold water will clear my head as it is still dark outside.

Gwen Huff Farmer has enjoyed some of her family visiting, and she said the weather has been unusual there this winter although they did have a little snow.

Richie and Wanda’s little grandson Blayke Bates, who is 3 years old, was excited to see just a little snow since his mother Tina had told Blayke before Christmas that it would snow at Christmas when Santa Claus came. Blayke decided he wanted Santa Claus to come and he also wanted to build a snowman. Richie laughed and said there wasn’t half inch of snow on the ground.

So far we have been having good weather in our area as it hasn’t snowed much, just a dusting on the ground which caused wrecks all over the place, and we have had some bitter cold. You can’t expect anything else as it is winter.

Sunday was Old Time Fiddlers we had a very small crowd, but we had good music. Those in this area, if you want someplace to spend a few hours, please stop in. The music is good, and there are snacks and refreshments available. This time we had pizza, thanks to Wanda Vinson.

I went to Coon Hunters Club after some debating and actually had a good time. There’s always a good crowd there.

Saturday evening, I went to Richwood Opry to see Clarence Kelly & NuCut. I really like to hear this band. Clarence sticks to the old traditional way of singing, which I love very much.

My sympathy goes out to the family of Jimmie Suffrige. I knew Jimmy years ago, and his sister Marcella and mother Eula Combs.

I have often wondered about them since I haven’t heard anything from Marcella in many years. A name was spelled incorrectly in the obituary and I assume it was meaning her.

I have never forgotten some people from the mountains who were so good to me when I was young, and I must say I haven’t forgotten a few that weren’t nice. I just don’t dwell on that part.

Hello to my sister Loretta Church in Letcher Manor Nursing Home, and my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall.

I am very sorry for this column. As I said, this is a very difficult time for me and at the present I am not able to concentrate. I will try to do better next week.

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



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