Whitesburg KY

Santa Claus will be here soon

Southern Ohio

Merry Christmas again!

Pour yourself a hot cup of coffee and while you are at it, pour one for me and add a little Bailey’s Irish Cream in mine.

I hope everyone is staying warm as I believe Santa has been checking to see if everyone is being good and left the door open after somehow forgetting to close it.

We have been having an early white Christmas also. I don’t know about anyone else, I am ready for 90-degree weather, and I won’t complain a bit.

Each time I go out the door I think about the homeless people and wonder how they survive sleeping on the streets and staying warm day in and day out!

There’s not enough cover that I could put over me to keep me warm enough to make it through a few hours, much less live there permanently.

I was reminded how Mommy would do the laundry and hang the clothes out on the line in weather like this. The clothes would start freezing before she got them on the line. Mommy’s fingers would crack and bleed, but somehow the clothes would freeze dry. With me having a washer and dryer I still don’t keep things caught up.

Once again we have snow in this area. Oh well, I am just going to start singing the song “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!” I may as well since there’s nothing I can do but grin and bear it.

Hey that is an idea! Does anyone want to join me? instead of running naked through the rain or skinnydipping, let’s all just shed these heavy layers of clothes and go make snow angels. Do I hear someone saying, “I am ready,” or “Hey that sounds like fun?” Now quit laughing so you can finish reading.

How is everything in your little corner of the world? Have you been good? Santa will be here in the blink of an eye.

My daughter Angie Wiederhold has been sick so we haven’t taken my little sidekick Bennie to get a picture taken with Santa.

My sincere heartfelt sympathy goes out to my son-inlaw Scott Nottingham and his family. His dad, Glenn Nottingham, died Dec 13. Glenn was such a wonderful person and was like a dad to Anna.

My daughter Kay Gray finally came back to Alaska, as she calls it, since she spent almost two months in their place in Destin, Fla. Kay spent most of the time there by herself as she decided to redecorate the entire house.

Billy Hatton wrote something about selling newspapers on the street in Whitesburg as a young boy, and now he owns a building. I really don’t know Billy that well, but I do know he and his wife have home on a lake somewhere.

It made me sort of go back in years, how many people have left the mountains with nothing but a can of Prince Albert in their pocket, if they smoked. What they have accomplished in their lives, and the beautiful homes they live in. I could name a dozen or several dozens of people that I know personally that have made such an improvement in their lives over what their parents and grandparents had.

I have only seen a couple of people that I consider has got above their raising and acting, as the old saying goes, “stuck up.”

I can speak from my own experience as I left the mountains with a paper poke that held a change of clothes. I married too young, had babies and didn’t have an opportunity for education. I stayed at home raising my children and as the years play forward, our children have a much better education than I ever had a chance to get.

My house isn’t as fancy as lots of others, but I have a home, and am not sleeping on the street. It is warm in the winter although I don’t have central air, and in the summer I am comfortable. I drive an older car, but it is reliable.

I am very proud of what I have accomplished as I have traveled through this journey called life that we all venture through. I also realize when I have reached the end of the road that I can’t take all this junk with me.

I attended visitation for Jean Ison, and if only Jean was able to speak she would have been smiling and enjoying all the people. I really didn’t know Bill and Jean that well, but she was always so wonderful to be with in a crowd.

It is sad when a funeral is the only time you get to see people you don’t usually have the time to get around to socializing with.

It was good to see the Whitaker clan together. For so many years they shared their beautiful mother Alma Whitaker with me and I referred to her as my little extra mountain mama.

Doug and Michael Ison, ‘Frick and Frack,’ sorry I didn’t get close enough to tell you how I enjoyed seeing your pictures as you spent time in New York with family. It was so crowded that I never tried to stand in line to even speak to Bill Ison.

I did stay long enough to spend a few minutes with Ann Calihan, and I got to talk to her brother Hubert. I’ve often said I would giggle at a funeral, and Hubert actually made me burst out laughing. I wish I had the time to really listen to Hubert as he is very interesting to talk to.

Polly Maucher, it was good to see you for a few minutes and to see Eveda’s daughters

Thursday evening my granddaughter Jodi Gray graduated from Mt. St. Joseph College with high honors. Jodi had been out of school for some time. She has a teaching degree in early childhood development.

My heart overflowed with pride as Jodi accepted her diploma. Kay reached for my hand as Jodi walked onstage and I could feel the love and admiration. Did I say something about coming from the mountains with nothing as a young girl?

Somehow over the years I did something right! Or I like to think I had a little something to instill the importance of education in my children, and it has been passed on to their children.

Jodi was a cheerleader at Oak Hills High School. Jodi has always been a special girl.

One time Jodi attended a school dance and there was a young student in a wheelchair. Jodi took the student by the hand and managed somehow to dance with him in his wheelchair.

Sunday afternoon OKI, which meets in Fairborn, held its Christmas party at Hunters Pizzeria. It was very nice. Evan Lanier & The Bluegrass Express Band, along with Tony Hale sitting in, then Showtime Bluegrass Band performed.

Vicki Power went with me. It was so cold that I was attempted to stay home, but I am glad I went. My dance partner Howard wasn’t there and I really missed dancing with him. I only danced a couple of times.

I was hoping Les and Pat Wagner, along with Larry and Becky Hasty would stop by.

Belated happy birthday to Larry Hasty, Dec. 11. Larry celebrated his 70th birthday this year. He has been having trouble with his hip for several months, but when he gets a hip replacement he may be able to dance a jig.

I called Anna and during our conversation Anna had two-year-old Kyle ask me what I wanted for Christmas. Kyle said, “Mamaw, do you want a doll baby? Want a motorcycle?” I could hear Anna laughing so hard in the background! Of course it was so precious to hear him ask that.

My grandchildren think I am little like them.

Happy birthday to a special young man, Jack Adams, Dec. 18. I believe Jack reaches the milestone age of being 16 years old. Hello to his parents, Jack and Bev Adams

My brother Jerry Hall is slowly improving a little. Hello to Jerry, Mattie and to all their neighbors.

Make sure you keep Jon Caudill of Caudill Construction busy. Maybe he will have a little extra to buy me a Christmas present.

Glenora Eldridge, I hope you and Kenneth stay warm.

Betty and Bill Kelly, please be careful if you have to be out and about.

I talked to Doyle and Betty Ison and they are doing pretty well and are marking the days off the calendar wishing for warmer weather.

I better get this on its way. Until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, telephone: 513- 367-4682.

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