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River cruise featured bluegrass music

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Grayson Holbrook recently donated baby books to the New Comets club at Letcher Elementary School. Pictured with her is Family Resource Center Coordinator Martha Watts. The books are given to the newborn brothers and sisters of Letcher Elementary students, and the babies’ pictures are posted in the library.

Grayson Holbrook recently donated baby books to the New Comets club at Letcher Elementary School. Pictured with her is Family Resource Center Coordinator Martha Watts. The books are given to the newborn brothers and sisters of Letcher Elementary students, and the babies’ pictures are posted in the library.

Hello everyone!

Whew, time sure is passing by fast and I almost forgot what day it is. I hope things are great in your little corner of the world wherever you are.

Have you started getting your quilts and blankets out of storage and freshened up? Your long johns too, as we will be needing them before long. I have never taken my electric blanket off my bed all summer long except to wash it.

Things have been sort of hectic around here. Oh well, things will get back in some order before long I guess.

Sunday, again a spur of the moment decision was made. I had walked outside and forgotten to turn my computer off, and as I started to shut it off I saw a post about New Rich- mond having a river cruise with the Rabbit Hash String Band playing music.

I called to find out if tickets were still available, and as I made my reservation it was in two hours. I told the woman I wanted one ticket, possibly two if I could get hold of my friend.

As I was dialing Vicki Power’s number, it was so ironic as she pulled in my driveway at that very instant.

So Vicki and I went to New Richmond. Of course I wasn’t sure about parking and so help me we found a parking spot right close to the ticket booth, directly behind the ticket booth they had steps that went to the loading dock.

There was music being played on a small stage, so as I got closer I saw it was East Fork Junction from the Eastgate area. A very good band. Vicki and I sat and listened to the band until time to go aboard the boat.

It was an hour-and-ahalf cruise up the Ohio River and was absolutely beautiful. Warren and Judy Waldron and Russ and Barb Childers make up Rabbit Hash String Band.

I was grounded for a few days from driving. Thursday, I had an angiogram and it showed blockage. One by-pass graft didn’t take and two were closing, so they put stents in.

I was in Christ Hospital overnight as I was on bed rest. All day I thought of people who couldn’t get out of bed, and when I wasn’t sleeping the nurses threatened to tie me down.

I was allowed to get up at 2 a.m., and oh how good it felt to stand on my own two feet though it was a brief time that I was allowed to move

Oh well, if it isn’t one thing it’s two with me. I guess I am going to have to live on water, fruits and vegetables.

I don’t drink coffee very much, and when I do I like flavored coffee creamer. I have noticed that when my coffee was left sitting, a ring will be on the cup and it is really greasy feeling. I wondered about that, if it will stick to your cup, what keeps it from sticking inside your body? Of course that doesn’t keep me from using it. My cholesterol stays high no matter what I do!

I still haven’t talked to Johnny and Ann Calihan and I feel really bad about this. I hope they are doing all right.

Gwen Huff Farmer is getting along a little better since she had some work done on her legs.

Doyle and Betty Ison are enjoying this nice weather we are having.

I called Emma Lou Engle and it was so wonderful to talk to her and Red. This woman is so alert and is a pleasure to know.

Glenora Eldridge it was great to talk to you. I am looking forward to see you at Letcher County picnic next month. Sept. 28 will be here before we can blink twice, as Mommy used to say.

While I was in Christ Hospital, a nurse and I were talking about quilting, and the nurse said she had a patient who had lost her mother. Instead of disposing of her mother’s clothes, she made quilt pieces and gave it to the grandkids as some of the clothing was bought by family members.

Another nurse came in and joined in the conversation, and she said she knew someone who took her dad’s shirts and did the same thing. I thought this was such a unique and thoughtful thing to do.

My mom made tack quilts from the legs of Dad’s and my brothers’ worn out overall pants, which are known as jeans nowadays.

Don’t forget the bluegrass show Sept.1 at Legion in Milan, Ind., which features RR2 Bluegrass band, Joe Mullins and Radio Ramblers, Wildwood Valley Boys, and the Grascals.

My granddaughters Sarah, Jessica and Katelyn will be starting school this week. It doesn’t seem possible that my little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold will be in first grade.

As I have said before, time is so quickly passing by.

I will probably get to see all of my extended family, Les and Pat Wagner along with Larry and Becky Hasty and their daughter Polly as Tony Hale will be playing at Hunters Pizzeria.

Hello to a couple of youngsters, James and John Ison, and their families in the mountains.

Henrietta Adams, thank you so much for the CD with the song I found in Mother’s Bible. As I played it all the words came back to me.

Belated happy birthday, Billy Hatton. You’d better be good or I will tell your mom. Hello Oma Hatton, I hope you are doing great.

Well folks, once again I am struggling to write this column. I may take a break for a while until things get straightened up in my world or I get a grip on my life.

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


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