Whitesburg KY

Southern Ohio

Calihans enjoy trip to Louisville

Happy Easter everyone!

Spring is finally here, but not too much warmth. That is okay. As I look across the hayfield in front of my house, oh, it is such a beautiful sight to see, green grass, then a strip of blacktop and I can see trees on the hillside that are beginning to show their leaves.

I will take the color of spring, even if I have to put a coat on. Somewhere in the future there’s got to be warmer weather waiting. I can hear the mountains of eastern Kentucky calling my name and saying come home!

Johnny and Ann Calihan really enjoyed a trip to Louisville. Their daughter Carol Diekman treated them to an outing to see an Easter pageant about Christ last week. I am sorry I didn’t write down the name nor the place. Ann said it was the most heartfelt thing she has ever seen.

Ann and Johnny are very fortunate as their kids live close enough and are very good about doing things for them. Their son Gary Calihan stopped by to work in the yard and to till the garden up for Johnny. I sure hope Johnny puts in a couple of extra onions and a small bunch of lettuce.

I understand there are millions of people who were really heartbroken as the Kentucky Wildcats’ season came to an end. You may not believe it as I am not a sports fan, but I found myself watching part of the game! The Wildcats have nothing to be ashamed of. The score was so close. I will say had they come out with the fire the first half as they had the second half, it would have been an entirely different score.

Frick or Frack (whoever lives in Columbus, Ind.) was so upset he lowered the flag in his yard to half mast. His neighbor wanted to know if the flag had slipped down the pole. Now that is what I call dedication!

My two special hillbilly friends, Polly Maucher and Betty Ison, took the Wildcats’ loss in stride, though both were very much sad to see Kentucky lose.

Polly was shopping at a local shopping center. When she was on the escalator, a couple had the opposing team’s shirts on. Polly was teasing them about it. Ordinarily I would make a joke, however someone brutally beat a man for wearing another team’s shirt at a game. It is so sad with everything going on in this world. There’s so much cruelness going on to have something like this happen!

Well, it seems as if everywhere I turn in the past few months there’s a bubble surrounding me and someone has died. In the past week there have been three people I knew that have taken their final journey from this earth, then Thursday, my friend’s mother that I have been helping for some time, slipped quietly away, very quietly with her husband and her two daughters by her side.

Three weeks ago Hospice was called in. It was too much for me to handle knowing she was slowly slipping away, so I told the family I couldn’t handle the stress with feeling so tired myself. I felt a burden on my shoulders and in my heart leaving the family in their time of need, yet I felt I couldn’t take watching her slowly fade away with my brother Robert being so ill, my son in and out of the hospital several times, plus the way I have been feeling lately.

I went to a specialist. Had my iron level been one point lower, I would have needed a blood transfusion. The doctor is going to try to let the iron work for a few weeks. If I don’t improve, then I will have to get iron through an IV. If that doesn’t work, I will have to get another extensive test done.

For the first time in my life I am taking vitamins as my Vitamin D was very low. I am one of those people who tries to take care of everyone else and don’t take care of myself. I have to get feeling better as there are things that have to be done, plus I want to enjoy a few things this spring and summer.

My son Keith Ballard spent a few days in the hospital again so Friday night I didn’t go to the Coon Hunters Club. I understand I missed a good show as my favorite fiddle player Marvin Davis along with John Muncy and the group did a good show.

My brother Richie Hall and his wife Wanda stopped by for a while Saturday. Richie is as thin as a fence rail. I didn’t realize he had lost that much weight.

Gwen Huff Farmer has been shopping with her neighbor and has been in her garden and flowerbeds since the weather is cooperating. I had been missing Gwen on the computer and her favorite toy has been down.

Gwen’s sister Allene has been very ill. I hope she is feeling better. I wish it was possible for me to go to Gwen’s then take her to the Kingdom Come reunion, and I know that is too far.

Larry Roark, right about now I would like some of your home- cooked food since I heated a frozen dinner. Bet I don’t make that mistake again. I was too tired to fool fixing something and tired with fast food carryout.

Belated happy birthday to Betty Ison April 8. May you have many, many more.

Hello Shirley Wells. I miss talking to you on the computer. I hope all is well with you and your family.

Emma and Red Engle, I hope you two are doing alright.

Hello to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall, and their neighbors, to Wallace Lee Hall and Loretta Church, and my uncle Charles Barton, who is in Letcher Manor Nursing Home.

I better get this on its way as I am running late again. I am sure as soon as I send it off, I will think of something I wish I had put in!

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

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