Whitesburg KY

Snow will be flying before we know it

Hello everyone!

Once again we are feeling the blunt of summer in this area. Why should I complain? Before you turn around the snow will be flying again.

The mimosa trees are in full bloom, however they don’t seem to have the same vibrant colors as they did last year. I have actually seen a few that are very pretty.

I had two in my yard that I pulled up beside a fence in Blackey many, many years ago. They have frozen out several times then somehow came up again from sprouts. One has bitten the dust again, the other one has about a dozen blooms on it. When they have gone down, my son Keith has tried several times to cut them down. I made a fuss so he left them alone. It looks as if this time it has served its purpose.

Keith is good about mowing my grass and trimming. When I have young flowers I have to stake around them or they are gone, then it is too late to say anything.

A musician friend of mine, Matt Glazer, and his wife have wisteria vines growing overhead on their porch. You talk about something beautiful. This spring it looked like purple pods of grapes hanging down. They were kind enough to share two sprouts with me, now if only they will live.

I haven’t fooled with flowers very much this year, but my iris, lilies and roses were beautiful. At the present time my hibiscus are really pretty. What I would like to know is where is the rain? Iam glad I don’t have to pay for water as I have a well.

There’s something I have been meaning to mention. Robert Halcomb, I was in your neck of the woods during my brother Wallace Lee Hall’s funeral and on the way back to my home I stopped at Holcomb’s Custard Stand so now you don’t have to send me one! I am always teasing Robert on Facebook.

I had lost touch with Shirley Young Hall until a couple of days ago. Shirley is from Hemphill. I thought I was full of mischief, well she has me beat by a country mile. Shirley lives just across the river in northern Kentucky, but it wouldn’t be safe for the two of us to go out to eat. We would be laughing so hard we would be thrown out.

Shirley has a small garden and is growing something called Hungarian peppers. Shirley says the peppers are so hot the Hungarians couldn’t eat them so they sent them this way! Shirley also said if these peppers had been fed to Osama Bin Laden, he would have blasted into outer space instead of being buried at sea.

As if that isn’t enough, Shirley wants to try to convert the peppers into gas as she said we probably could motor on down to Letcher County and back on a couple of the peppers.

Now Shirley is not stingy as she offered to share with me, but I declined the offer. Oh, I just thought of someone that likes hot peppers. I have a son-in-law that I may get some for.

I finally went to visit my daughter Anna, Scott and the kids, Jessica, Katelyn and baby Kyle. Sarah has been in band camp all week at Morehead. Kyle came to me and let me hold him the biggest part of the time I was there. He is so cute. When Anna would take him from me, Kyle would reach back toward me.

Jessica and Katelyn wanted me to spend the night. Jessica offered to loan me her pajamas, and Katelyn said I could sleep with her in her twin bed. I have slept with four girls in a double bed when they have stayed overnight with me. I better rephrase that statement as I shared the bed with four girls and I didn’t sleep very much with feet and legs everyplace.

While I was at Scott and Anna’s, Scott turned the television channel to a show called ‘Coal’. This is the first time I have seen this. It was about miners from Harlan County, and I really enjoyed watching it. I really didn’t know so many women were involved during the strikes of the miners .

This extreme heat makes me think back to growing up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. I am sure several can relate that we didn’t know anything such as air conditioner existed. We never had a fan either. Mommy would open the windows and doors. We didn’t have screens either. The children played under shade trees. Mom had a coal and wood stove that she used to cook, which meant the kitchen and other rooms were heated.

When I think back to childhood, so many things start coming back. It seems we weren’t bothered by flies like we are now, though sometimes Mom would put something called a fly strip that she hung from the ceiling and it would catch a fly or whatever bugs got close. In fact I saw one of these strips in someone’s basement not long ago so they are still in existence.

I talked to Johnny and Ann Calihan, and Johnny said his knee replacement really hasn’t given him a lot of pain. He hasn’t been able to get out very much because the heat is so bad. Both Johnny and Ann are having trouble with all the loss of their family members. This time I can say I know exactly how they are feeling in this situation. Ann talked with her sister Evadean Marcum on the phone almost every day.

My brother Richie Hall and Wanda had a scare as Wanda’s grandson J.T. Deaton was in the hospital a few days. I am glad he has improved.

Betty Jones, your kind email was so touching, thank you so much. It seems every Friday and Saturday are getting really hard to look forward to as I start looking at the clock knowing where I was.

Jessie Frazier, I had a call from your sister that lives in Fostoria, and she tells me that you have been going through some health issues. I hope you are better.

Carl Boggs, I am sorry about your brother, Jr., and I hope he is doing better.

Gwen Huff Farmer is really reaping what she has planted as her garden is doing great. Gwen has been having lots of vegetables and she has been freezing quite a bit for winter. I bet she still has lots from last year as she puts enough up to feed an army.

Shirley Wells is doing all right, though she still has bad days. She has been worried about her uncle Charles Morrow who lives in Dayton. Shirley did find out he is in a nursing home.

I haven’t talked my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall, nor my sister Loretta Church. It seems that either time goes by so fast or I just don’t feel well enough.

I have listened to a lot of musicians and I do believe Marvin Davis is the best I have ever heard play a fiddle. He is excellent on the mandolin and guitar also, plus he is a great singer. Marvin has picked with several well known bands, plus playing locally. What I admire is that Marvin will tell you he is really not that good.

I talked to Betty Ison for a little while and she and Doyle are doing alright.

Hello, Sis and Ralph Hogg in Michigan. I wonder if it is as hot there as everywhere else.

Hello to Linda Whitaker Day, Cenia Faye and all the Whitaker bunch.

Frick and Frack, stay out of this heat, find a watering hole and take a dip. Don’t go skinny-dipping, leave that to your sister Polly Maucher and me.

Hayward and Vivian Day, I hear that you took a trip to the mountains a few weeks ago. Hello to Kim.

Don’t forget Letcher County Day, Sept. 24, 12 p.m. at Harrison Community Center, 300 George St., in the big shelter behind the community center. Bring a covered dish and your beverage.

Well I guess I had better get this on its way. I am still having a hard time concentrating.

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

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