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Spring here only in dreams

Southern Ohio

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I wish I could say happy spring and the flowers are blooming, but that’s only in my dreams. I hope your house is warmer than mine as I sit bundled up in a warm, electric blanket.

I know this is just the beginning a brand new year, but there’s no use me writing a new date as it is just a continuing of the old one. Or I should say, if this is what it is going to be like for the rest of this year, I wish it could zap ahead to the end.

My car is still sitting on the back patio so it will be towed to a garage Saturday to be repaired if weather permits. As if that isn’t enough to worry me to death, my son had minor surgery to have a plate put in his cheekbone. Did I say something about worry and aggravations?

My furnace has been out since last Sunday, and my furnace guy should be back from vacation in a couple more days. Making do the best I can has really made my thoughts travel back to the days before furnaces, inside plumbing, and all the modern conveniences that I am used to and take so much for granted each day.

The small electric heater says the temperature is 57 degrees in my living room. There was nothing to say how cold a room was when I was a child.

I know this is temporary or at least I hope it is. I have a small heater in the bathroom so it is bearable. Somehow I will get through this mess.

My daughter Angie Weiderhold wants me to come stay with her and my little sidekick Bennie, but I had rather be home.

I just got a phone call from my youngest daughter Anna Nottingham giving me heck for not coming to their house. What everyone doesn’t seem to understand is that as long as I am home, I can use the electric heaters to keep the water lines from freezing in the bathroom.

Saturday evening the man came to try to fix the furnace. I wish I could say my nightmare is over as the guy did get the furnace working temporarily, but it is making such a sound that I am afraid it is going to explode.

Saturday a friend and I attended a jam session at Fairborn. Due to the weather it was a small crowd, but the music was very good. My special dancing partner Howard was there so we danced a couple of times. It is such a pleasure to be in this man’s presence for even just a short time. As we dance Howard will sing, and it just warms my heart.

Did I happen to mention Howard will be 90 years old May 17? He is a World War II veteran and I have the greatest respect and admiration for Howard and, yes, I love this man. I must say everyone loves this dear, gentle man.

Howard goes someplace every weekend to listen to music and to dance. I am fortunate that he dances with me at Fairborn. When we are at Xenia, I have lots of competition from several of other ladies.

Doyle and Betty Ison are sure getting tired of being cooped up, and want winter to end so they can get out and get some fresh air. Even though their car is in the garage it is so dangerous to go shopping someplace because parking lots are hazardous.

I do believe we will have snow until August as it is piled so high in places. I know it doesn’t do any good to complain as it is winter.

Les and Pat Wagner, Larry and Becky Hasty, Polly and Kelly, I hope one of these days I will join you at Hunters Pizzeria to see our favorite band, Tony Hale & Black Water.

While I was at SPIGMA in Nashville, I didn’t get to enjoy Tony, Bubba and beautiful Diana Ford perform.

Sunday was Old Time Fiddlers meeting and due to the weather a small crowd attended with plenty of food. We meet the second Sunday of each month at Whitewater Community Center, 6125 Dry Fork Road, Cleves, which is closer to Harrison than Cleves, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Polly Maucher, as quick as the weather gets warmer I hope you will join us.

Frick and Frack, it has been some time since I have heard anything from you two.

Hello to Virginia Gilley. I really enjoyed our conversation. I wish you did live closer; we would hit bluegrass music events together.

There’s going to be a festival again at Roxana in August. I really hope I am able to attend this event. Here is in the middle of February and I am making plans for August.

I may as well mention I am looking forward to heading back to the mountains to see all the great talent of Sunrise Ridge, 7 South, and Will Caudill & Route 7.

Then there’s Happy Valley Bluegrass Festival in June, which always features RR2 Bluegrass Band with Gary Eldridge.

Belated happy birthday to Gary Eldridge, Feb. 9, and a belated happy birthday to my sister-in-law Wanda Hall, Feb.5.

Belated happy birthday to John Ison, and hello to James Ison. Are you boys are staying warm?

Hello to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall, and maybe when things slow down around here I will get to call you. Jerry is improving, though he still has some difficulty walking.

My sympathy to the Adams family in the loss of two loved ones. What an unfortunate thing to go through.

Well before this computer goes crazy on me, I will say until next time.

Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmaa4@aol.com, telephone: 513-367-4682.

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