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Snow has made for beautiful winter

Southern Ohio

Hello once again!

I believe Dean and Nina Cornett of Blackey have been missing their home in Alaska so somehow they waved a magic spell to convert eastern Kentucky to resemble Alaska and somehow passed it on to us in the Harrison, and surrounding areas.

We are expecting more of this wonderful four-letter word that spells snow! I am only joking as I really wouldn’t trade the changing of the seasons to live in a warmer climate year-round, not even Hawaii if I could afford it.

My friend Donna Perry has taken so many beautiful photos of the birds and deer in her backyard in the snow. I finally got a few shots of some pine trees or blue spruce or whatever they are called, laden with snow and it looks like a picture postcard.

I think this has been one of the most beautiful winters I have seen in a long time. If I had a good camera I probably would get run over by stopping to take pictures of scenery along the roadways.

It may be time for me to call it quits as it seems I have made my share of mistakes lately. As I was writing about Merle Boggs I mentioned his grandfather Menico Halcomb and somehow shortened it to Hall. Not that I would mind being related to Merle Boggs since he is such a great musician.

Thanks to Merle’s niece Tammy Banks for the information. Tammy is a sweet person. She goes to church with Willamae and Carl Boggs.

Carl had a very happy birthday, Feb. 17. His son David and his wife Missy had planned on bringing a surprise birthday supper. Carl is diabetic so it was all Willamae could do to keep him from eating since his sugar drops if he doesn’t eat right on schedule. He really enjoyed having everyone there.

I waited until almost too late in the evening to call him. I have never met Carl, but if I don’t quit teasing him he won’t ever want to meet me!

Belated birthday wishes to Doyle Ison, Feb. 12. Betty and Doyle are ready for spring if it ever decides to get here.

My sympathy goes out to the family of Rodney Huff , who lost his battle with cancer. I met Rodney a couple of years ago, when I stopped to see my little sweetheart, Clarence Huff .

Gwen Huff Farmer, Rodney’s sister, isn’t able to make the trip, as she recently had knee replacement surgery, plus the snow. It is very hard on Gwen not to be able to make the trip from Illinois to Kentucky! Gwen hasn’t been able to drive long distance for some time.

We received another round of snow and now we have about 12 or 14 inches on the ground. For some reason I haven’t been interested in snow cream.

I stayed with my friend’s mother and driving home was a nightmare. What usually takes me about 25 minutes turned into an hour’s drive. I didn’t have to worry about someone hitting me or me hitting someone as there wasn’t a single car on the road.

Thanks for the phone calls about my incident. I am all right, just a bruised leg. I was sore for a couple of days and I am thankful there wasn’t anything more serious. My sister-in-law Mattie Hall wanted to know why I was pushing a car. I told her I was trying to get it off the ice!

Mattie thinks I was a little dingy for doing this, and maybe so. I would do it again, but next time I will make sure the person behind the wheel has the car in the right gear!

I received a couple of phone calls from two very sweet women from the mountains of eastern Kentucky. Vina Stamper Beck makes her home in Louisville. She is the daughter of Hayes Stamper of Kingscreek. She says she enjoys my column very much and knows lots of the people I write about. She asked about Polly Ann Maucher and the Ison girls from Taylor, Mich.

Laura Fields is married to A.J. Fields from the Big Cowan area and they now call Fairfield home. She tells me they celebrated their anniversary Dec. 25. They were married 62 short years. A.J. has a barbershop and is still working every day though he is the young age of 83.

Vina and Laura are both interested in my book ‘The Beauty of A Rose.’

I had a nice surprise from Jewel Calton, whom I haven’t seen nor talked to since I was 13 years old. She was in my freshman class at Kingdom Come High School. Genita Cornett Calihan and I stayed all night with Jewel. What was really ironic is I had run across the freshman class picture and was thinking of all the kids in it, including Jewel. Oh to be that young again.

Jewel wants a copy of my book, also.

I am still enjoying Facebook. It seems there’s someone new from the mountains of eastern Kentucky each time I check it.

The Kentucky Wildcats sure have created a lot of excitement and have a lot of faithful fans. Polly Maucher, along with her sons and grandson, are faithful viewers. Then there are Polly’s brothers Doug and Michael Ison ‘Frick and Frack’, who enjoy the games. Doug did get upset and went to bed when Mississippi and Kentucky played. I think he might have gotten a headache! I hear he missed a good game.

I am not sports minded so I don’t watch the games, but I do like NASCAR very much.

Willamae Boggs is an avid fan of the Wildcats, as well as my sister-in-law Mattie Hall.

Hello to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall, and to their friends and neighbors. Hello to my brother Wallace Lee Hall, and the girls who take care of Wallace at Letcher Manor Nursing Home.

Junior Karucka and his wife spend a lot of time visiting at Letcher Manor

My brother Richie Hall was supposed to go to Lexington to have his eyes checked and the weather interrupted the trip so he had to reschedule it.

My sister-in-law Wanda hasn’t been feeling up to par lately. I hope she gets to perking at her usual speed very soon.

Shirley Wells is doing well. She enjoys spending time with her family and playing games on her computer during this cold weather since she can’t get out.

Johnny and Ann Calihan and their families are doing alright.

My running partner Vickie Power has been very sick this past week; she says she is improving.

I missed going to the Coon Hunter’s Club and I am told I really missed a good show. Marvin Davis showed up once again and played the fiddle in three different groups. When Marvin walks into a room where music is played, you know you are in for a treat. There’s something about a fiddle that makes bluegrass music complete.

Thanks for the beautiful Valentine cards. Can you believe February will soon be gone?

Happy birthday to my granddaughter Jennifer Proctor, Feb. 22, and to my grandson Jamie Gray, Feb. 28.

Emma Engle, I hope you and Red are feeling a little better. I enjoy your column very much.

My son Keith Ballard shoveled in front of my house and my driveway, and as he shoveled the snow he threw it across the fence back into the yard, covering up my solar lights in front of my fence. Two are fairly peeking out at night, and it is so pretty. He piled the snow beside the garage, and there are mounds of snow even with my shoulders. It will be here probably until July! At least we haven’t lost any power or been inconvenienced except snow removal.

My grandson C.J. Gray has a snow-removal business so I know this huge amount of snowfall is good for him financially.

C.J. and his wife Shannon have purchased a house in Ocala, Fla. Shannon has already made the transition as she had a job waiting for her. C.J. is finishing up with the snow removal, then he will be joining Shannon. They have been married a few years, but this is the first time any of Kay’s children has moved that far from home.

I want to say a big thanks to several who purchased my book ‘The Beauty of a Rose,’ and have taken the time to tell me how much they enjoy reading it. So many have told me as they read the Southern Ohio column in The Mountain Eagle it is like sitting down having a talk with me instead of just reading. They tell me it is the same with my book.

Willamae Boggs tells me some people write from their heart, but I write from my heart and soul. Everyone can write if they just let go and do it. Everyone has a story to tell!

I was reading of the tragic accident of three teenagers killed by a train in Melbourne, Fla., while walking across a trestle on the railroad tracks. A burst of memories came rushing back as I remember walking the railroad tracks close to Blackey when I was a mere child. I was always afraid a train would come before my little legs could carry me across, and then I also had a fear of falling through the cracks between the ties. Usually I would walk the roadway, though once in a while I would go the railroad tracks.

When I think back of walking across Mill Branch and down Pratt Fork, I believe there was a meatpacking business there someplace. I recall the name of Wardrups, and then on to Woodrock, where my grandmother, Betty Barton lived. I was between the age of eight to 12 years old. There is no way possible I would let my children go the distance I use to walk as a child.

I received a letter from Relon Hampton and enjoyed it very much. I remember Relon slightly and I knew his brother Lutrell Hampton, who were friends of my uncles Charles and Boyd Barton.

I really enjoy what Relon writes each week. I remember Callie Back having a ragsale place. I think I recall people talking of ragsales being held at Stuart Robinson School.

I enjoy WYMT news videos via the Internet so much. It gives the news from back home. I saw where a three-year-old saved a family by the name of Widner from Cumberland. I wonder if they are related to my cousin Gracie Widner. I haven’t heard from her in a few years. It seems I never hear from cousins any more.

I am sorry there wasn’t a column last week. Something happened between here and there, so I combined last week and this together. Thanks to Pam for being such a wonderful person at The Mountain Eagle.

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


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