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Steamboat seen on Ohio River

Southern Ohio

Hello again everyone!

Once more I will start this column by saying the month is flying by! It seems the days are just a little bit shorter to me.

I finally have talked myself into getting into a walking mode. I have walked five times this week, a two-mile trek each time.

Although Sunday night as I tried to fall asleep, whether that was the reason or not, it seemed as my incision sure gave me heck as I laid in my bed trying to find a position to get comfortable enough to go to sleep. I may have to cut back a little as I am the type of person who doesn’t know what limits are for.

While I was within spitting distance of my house, my son Keith Ballard came down the road. I saw his truck leaving my house, and I started smiling to myself. When he got close enough, I just pulled my shorts leg up a little and stuck up my thumb and he stopped and was laughing and asked me if I was alright.

I laughed and said, sure, that I just wanted to know if I could get someone to stop if I did that. Keith very seldom laughs as he is usually so serious.

Keith stopped by later in the evening and told me he had a bad morning and everything was going wrong for him. Then when he saw me so happy out walking, the morning was much better

Friday night, I went to the Coon Hunters Association, and my friends Alphine Stacy and Shirley Godbey met me there. Alphine and I danced quite a bit, although it seemed I just couldn’t get in the dancing mood for some reason.

Saturday evening, I drove to New Richmond to see and listen to a special group of friends of mine. Ma Crow & The Lady Slippers were playing at a really nice place, the Front Street Cafe.

New Richmond is such a nice town. Front Street Cafe sits close to the Ohio River. Not only was it a delightful evening because the band played in the courtyard.

Just before the concert, Bob Lees, who works there, informed everyone that a steamboat would be passing in just a few minutes. This huge steamboat American Queen came floating down the mighty Ohio River with calliope music playing.

Oh I enjoyed this magical moment, seeing such an elegant piece of history right before my eyes.

When Tall Stacks used to come to the Cincinnati area, I was so thrilled for this event to take place. I couldn’t afford to actually take part and be on the boats, but my husband and I did go down to the festivities and I saw them up close and personal from the banks.

The first year Tall Stacks came to the Cincinnati area, I took my video camera and drove to the northern Kentucky side and videoed the Tall Stacks.

I have been fascinated by the big paddlewheel steamboats for a long time. When Delta Queen was around this area, I used to say I was going to save enough money to go on a trip, but I know that will never happen.

Lots of you have read about my writing of Rural Route bluegrass band. Gary Eldridge, who is a member, is so knowledgeable about ancestry and genealogy, and he can research anything. My point is, I sure envy someone like Gary as with my love for steamboats, I would have my house cluttered more than it is with pictures of huge boats.

I have my share of bluegrass music on CDs, albums and tapes, and cookbooks, plus other things I have hoarded down through the years so I better never get into that.

Some might not know that I wish I was born back in older times such as they are pictured on “Gunsmoke” and “Little House on the Prairie”. I love the long dresses and the way of life.

Now back to the evening at New Richmond. This is only a 50-mile trip for me. At first I couldn’t decide to go or not, then somehow I found myself dressed and in my car and on the road again! The trip was so nice after I got along the river. The mighty Ohio was dotted with pleasure boats.

After a delightful evening under the stars listening to Ma Crow & The Lady Slippers, I drove through the town of New Richmond, or at least by the river. The drive back was so peaceful as I put my window down to feel the coolness of the night air. Once again I could sense my mother’s presence and seemed to hear her asking me how did I know when to turn the wheel of my car.

As I got closer to Cincinnati, leaving I-471 to I-75 is sometime hectic. The loops are very complicated and you have to get the right one to get back on the road you need.

I have to be honest; sometimes I am rather proud that I can get in my car and go where I want to. Oh yes there are times I make a mistake and almost go to Timbuktu, but I always get my way out of a situation.

Readers, I have some sad news to report. My heartfelt sympathy goes to the family of Jewel Calihan of Hamilton.

Jewel was the widow of Claymon Calihan, and the Calihans are from the Kingscreek/ Roxana area. Our parents, Clayton and Ora Hall, knew all the Calihans back in their younger days.

I only met Jewel a couple of times, but we used to talk on the phone. Jewel was a loving, gentle woman who loved her family very much.

At this time I do not know any arrangements except there will be a viewing in Hamilton, and Jewel will be laid to rest high on the hillside in the Stamper Cemetery.

Claymon Calihan was a cousin to Johnny Calihan and Coolie Jr. Calihan, whom our parents knew also.

It seems that surprises never stop for me as I received a phone call from a woman named Nancy Sue of Mesa, Ariz., a cousin of Gwen Huff Farmer, who wanted Gwen’s telephone number, which I was able to give here to help connect the two long-lost cousins.

I really enjoyed talking to Susie, as she is called by family and friends.

I still haven’t got back to Doyle and Betty Ison so I guess I better be heading back that way and quit my philandering.

My brother Richie and Wanda Hall are trying to recuperate after their weekend trip to Hamilton to visit their daughter Crystal and her family.

Hello to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall, and to my sister Loretta Church in Letcher Manor.

Also hello to the nurses who take care of Loretta.

Hello Shirley Wells, I hope you are feeling better.

This is it for now as I have to get ready for a walk again, and I have a dozen things to do.

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



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