Whitesburg KY

Sickness slows down our Christmas spirit

Southern Ohio

Happy New Year!

Please tell me it won’t be long until spring will be here. Oh I know that is wishful thinking! It is a good thing that Susie from Arizona doesn’t extended her invitation to come to visit her as I just might take her up on it except for one thing, I don’t want to fly. There’s a country song that says “Is anyone going to San Antoine, or Phoenix Ariz.?” I might carry a sign that says “Anyone going to Mesa, Ariz.?”

I wanted so bad to head for the mountains for Christmas. We’ve had such cold weather and snow that I a really afraid to travel when it is winter.

Was everyone good so Santa brought everything on your list? I was very naughty this year so Santa sort of by passed me.

My daughter Anna and her husband Scott Nottingham along with Sarah, Jessica, Katelyn and boss man two-year-old Kyle came for a while. I always give Anna money to buy the kids gifts. Kyle is at the age where he likes Toy Story with Woody and Buzz Light year. Anna got Kyle a Woody hat and accessories from me. When Kyle put the hat on the little dickens raised it in the air, and said “ Yeeehaw”. He is something else.

Katelyn submitted a drawing to be used in a calendar called America the Beautiful at Beechwood School. Her drawing was picked to be on the November page and Katelyn’s birthday is in November.

My granddaughter Jennifer Gray brought my six-yearold great grandson T.J. Proctor to see me Christmas Eve. T.J. decided he had stayed long enough and was ready to go see his Papaw. Jennifer explained she wanted to spend some time with me, and T.J. told her that I could go to with them too. He said “Mom- ma can go to Pappa’s too.”

I had to turn my head to keep him from seeing me laughing. Jennifer said “Oh, that is so funny.”

T.J. and my little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold are three weeks different in age. T.J., Bennie and Kyle think because I am sort of little that I am their age.

Angie fixed Christmas dinner and I was too sick to go. She offered to bring me food and all I wanted to do was wrap up in my electric blanket and go to sleep. I was so cold.

Friday afternoon I came home from a difficult day, the mailman was just pulling away after dropping a package on my porch. Someone was so kind to send me shucky beans. As I opened my door there were two bags hanging on my door from Barb, Terry Carolyn, and Daphne, the girls I have lunch with. Santa came early.

This is one Christmas that I wished I could have skipped. I finally did get a small tree up. Actually I did drag my big one down the steps along with the Christmas ornaments which never did get assembled.

I managed to put a couple of my lighted houses out, and that was about it. This is the first time in 52 years I’ve not had a big tree in my living room, which is always beautiful, I never did get the five-foot Santa out of the basement to put on the front porch.

It seems this Christmas has been rather hard for lots of people.

I usually love to go see the Christmas lights and decorations. I am planning on going Saturday night if I feel better. The decorations through Lawrenceburg, Aurora and Rising Sun, Ind., are always beautiful. I love to walk through the huge hoops along the river at Rising Sun and at Lawrenceburg too.

Anna wanted me to go with her and the girls to Festival of the Lights at the zoo. I wish I had gone. Anna said it was chilly but not uncomfortable as they were dressed warm. She said it began to snow as they were just about ready to leave.

Sunday my daughter Angie Wiederhold and I attended a memorial service for my son-in-law Scott Nottingham’s dad Glen Nottingham.

I teased Anna and told her I was going to Fairborn to listen to bluegrass music. I have to be honest, part of me wasn’t teasing.

Monday night Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers will be at Hunters Pizzeria. I hope I will get to see my extended family, Les and Pat Wagner along with Larry and Becky Hasty and their daughter Polly and my little special Kelly.

Johnny and Ann Calihan had all their family home for Christmas except their daughter Sue Wagner who lives so far and had been coming in so frequently.

Friday afternoon I had to almost glue my feet to the floor to make them stay home. Sunrise Ridge was playing at Hemphill Community Center. I helped a friend get ready for company and I was just too tired to go anywhere it was such a beautiful day.

I am going to try to find a little time to go see Doyle and Betty Ison. Maybe Betty and I can go for a ride.

Hello to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall.

Hello to my two special young readers James and John Ison. When it gets warm weather and I am in the mountains, maybe I might let them buy me a Coke at McDonald’s. Just kidding, boys. James and John are loved very much by Les and Pat, so we have something in common.

Shirley Wells along with three of her daughters went to Opryland to see the Christmas lights. I would have loved to been there with them.

I am tired, so until next time: Rose Ballard 9110 Lawrenceburg Road Harrison, Ohio 45030 email Bluegrassmama4@aol.com telephone 513-367-4682.

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