Whitesburg KY

Some have Christmas decorations up

Hello again and happy fall to everyone!

It is the time of year when you get the fall decorations out. Oh what am I saying, as I saw that one person on Facebook on the computer who has Christmas decorations up. Now wait a minute the kids haven’t even gone trick-or-treating, and I think I remember that there is a holiday called Thanksgiving that always gets overlooked as Christmas items are on display in stores along with Halloween decorations.

As I am writing this column the strangest thing just happened. As my computer is in front of my window, I looked out and it was raining and then all of a sudden it quit. Through the dark, gray clouds a huge bunch of white showed through and a streak of sunshine, and then a sudden burst of rain again.

I walked into the bathroom, which is on the back side of my house, to put a load of laundry in the washer and so help me the sky is such a beautiful blue. All this within a few minutes

Last Monday evening I spent the most relaxing hour that I have in a long time. My friend Sue Courtney uses walnuts throughout the winter to put in fudge, etc., and for some reason her trees haven’t produced. I went to my daughter Angie Wiederhold’s, and as I pulled into the parking lot I saw there were lots of walnuts there. I told her as I was leaving I was going to pick them up, which I did. I glanced towards the walnut tree, and oh my gosh, walnuts were everywhere in the grassy area, so this hillbilly filled several Kroger bags. I just couldn’t seem to quit.

I heard a whistle and saw an older woman was standing at the end of the apartment complex. She had a bag in her hand and was asking if I need more bags. I laughed and told her she didn’t have to ask where I was from for me to be picking up walnuts. She replied that she didn’t blame me. She told me there was another tree out back if I needed more walnuts. Southern Ohio

As I was down on my knees in the soft grass, (oh I forgot to say this tree was so close to the highway, that a zillion cars were zipping by) I didn’t look up to see if someone passed who knew me and wondered why I was down on my knees, crawling around in the grass. I really didn’t care.

I was thinking I had made one huge mistake as my little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold, who is four years old, would have liked to help me. I wanted so bad to go in and get him, but I knew his mom would fuss because walnut stain would get on his hands.

Oh the memories that kept running through my head of my grandmother taking me this time of year to pick walnuts up and of putting them in a 25-pound paper flour sack.

How many can remember when flour was in these heavy duty paper sacks?

My grandmother Rosa Hall would take me each fall to pick up walnuts, hickory nuts, and go hunt pawpaws and persimmons. In the spring she picked wild greens, and whatever season that ginseng was in she would take me to do that too. Grandma would break off a leaf to help me identify what it looked like.

Oh yes it was a delightful hour for me, just breathing in the cool air. My hands were stained a little, and I had to do some cleaning with bleach.

How many remember a walnut that is oblong? I think it was called a butternut, and was also called a white walnut. I really don’t know if this is still in existence.

I did go back to Angie’s and pick up a few more walnuts for Sue. I did take my little sidekick Bennie out with me, and he was fine for a little while as he picked up the walnuts. Then of course there was a tiny bit of mud and Bennie just had to get in it with his shoes.

A little while later he said, “Mamaw, I am tired.” I coaxed him into staying a little while longer and then all of a sudden he said, “Mamaw, my legs are tired and I am not kidding. I want to go to my Mommy’s.”

So I walked him to the door, rang the buzzer and told Angie he was ready to come in.

I finally delivered the walnuts to Sue, and now she will be cracking walnuts all winter.

Sue and I went to Walmart at Carrollton and the drive there was so beautiful, but the drive back was horrible as a bad storm came through and we were caught in the most powerful wind.

Sue was driving my car as I don’t know the way to Carrollton, plus I always enjoy when she drives so I can look at the river. I really thought we were going to end up back where we had been as the wind whipped the car. When I got home the news said the wind had been 50 miles an hour.

Just as I opened the door the electricity went off, but thank goodness it was only for a few minutes.

Belated birthday wishes Sept. 29, to a very pretty nurse, Lea, who works at Letcher Manor Nursing Home. She has red hair and long legs, and moved my car several months ago. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Lea’s mother, Jennifer Collins.

Belated birthday wishes to my oldest daughter, Kay Gray, on Sept. 30. Her birthday made me think back that 48 years ago I was only 18 years old. I had three little ones before I was 20, and my last one at almost 28.

Gwen Huff Farmer’s daughter Letha “not Lisa” came to visit Gwen. I am sorry for the mistake.

Shirley Wells along with her sister Minnie and brother Frank finally spent several days in and around the Whitesburg area.

Shirley got to see two longtime friends, Oma Hatton and Annette Akers. Actually I think Annette may be a cousin to Shirley.

When Shirley found out that I wasn’t out and about anywhere Friday or Saturday she was very surprised. I haven’t felt up to par the last few days, but things will change and I will going like wildfire again

I neglected to call Betty and Doyle Ison, but I found out that Doyle spent several days in the hospital again. I hope how quick he gets back to feeling well.

Doyle has always been so active and it is very hard on him not to be able to do the things he has always done. I plan on going to see Betty and Doyle this week before they make me an ex-friend.

Johnny and Ann Calihan are looking forward to a visit from Ann’s brother, Hubert Caudill, and I may have to sneak out and say hello to him. Hubert is such a nice person and doesn’t get to see Ann and the family very much as he lives in North Carolina.

Hello, Hayward and Vivian Day, and Kim. Vivian, I hope you are feeling better. Thank you for coming to Letcher County Day as I could tell you weren’t feeling well, and for staying as I could tell you were chilling.

I am sure glad it wasn’t as cold as it has been this weekend or we would have to found a warmer place or sat in cars and ate.

I hope everyone is staying warm as we have are having a cold spell right now. Last night I had to bring two pots of my vines on the porch. One I have kept for several years and I just keep hanging on to it.

What are people going to do? There’s so many recalls on food that every time you blink your eye there’s another recall.

Hello to my brother Richie and Wanda Hall. They are going to be enjoying eating cake and ice cream at their little grandson Blakye’s birthday party.

Richie gets a kick out of Blakye calling him ‘Poppy,’ and to me that is rather ironic as that is what we grew up calling our grandpa Ben Adams, who none of us really knew as a grandpa, until I moved out here.

Distance sure can make a difference in some families, and then some are closer than if they lived right next to each other.

Hello to my sister in Letcher Manor Nursing Home, and to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall.

Well I’d better end this and get it to The Mountain Eagle. Until next time: Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4@aol.com., telephone: 513- 367-4682.

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