Whitesburg KY

Storm brings down tree in Durhams’ yard

Southern Ohio


Howdy, everyone! Are you staying cool in this heat? Oops! did I say that word? It has been dangerously hot in our area. It is a different heat than we are used to, that is, for a long time. Some friends of mine have their air conditioner on the blink. I hope it doesn’t reach as hot as it has been for the past few weeks.

I still think back to the days when there was no air conditioning in homes, cars nor school. I don’t mind living without a lot of modern-day things like a phone, computer, or running water, and I am not crazy about air conditioning, however I do find it is a lot easier to breathe when it’s cool, not cold just cool!

I can see Mommy (Ora Hall) building a fire on hot days to cook our food. We had no fans, just a piece of cardboard box if you wanted something to cool yourself off. For years there wasn’t a refrigerator. I do remember the big ice blocks that were delivered if you had an ice box, which we didn’t.

I bet Keith Frazier of Milford, Ohio, along with several who grew up in Roxana, remember those days of trying to get a few chips of ice when the big blocks were unloaded by the post office. I also remember something called hot ice that some of the rotten boys would tell us little dumb kids to put our tongues to. Yes, Ken, you and your brother, Charles Kingdon, and the Mitchell boys were among those!

I still wouldn’t give the memories of growing up in the mountains for all this riches that I see young ones having today!

Sometimes I wonder if a young woman had no electricity and she was given a wood and coal stove, a box of wood or a bucket of coal, and a box of matches. I would like to be somewhere hidden to watch this.

I still have Mom’s last coal stove in my garage. One more thing for the kids to get rid of when I am gone!

Evidently I upset someone. Since I wrote my opinion about mountaintop mining she is boycotting my column. She said she and her friends won’t read it. She went so far as to say her husband worked and paid taxes to keep my brother and sister in a nursing home along with some other things.

I am very saddened to hear of the death of Starvin’ Marvin, a very nice DJ on WMMT Appalshop radio. I met Marvin a couple of years ago. He played Clayton Durham & The Bluegrass Addition CD on his show, and it wasn’t even a bluegrass show. Starvin’ Marvin will be missed.

I have been so busy I haven’t been on the computer much. I helped a lady clean her yard and at the same time, I had told my granddaughter, Jennifer Proctor, I would baby-sit for sevenmonth old T.J. I put him in his stroller and did the yard work while I baby-sat.

I have been baby sitting for my daughter, Angie Weiderhold. Little Benjie is so cute. Benjie and T.J. are three weeks apart in age.

We had a bad storm in our area and my son, Keith Ballard, discovered a tree had fallen across the fence in the backyard, barely missing my daughter, Anna, and Scott’s camper. Luckily the van wasn’t parked where I have been parking it.

As my friend, Ann Calihan, started to turn in her driveway, she found their beautiful Bradford pear tree had fallen across her driveway, covering Ann and Johnny’s second car. If Ann had been a few minutes earlier it would have fallen on the car she was driving. The car wasn’t hurt, just a lot of aggravation getting the tree cut and disposed of.

My sister, Loretta Church, who is at Letcher Manor Nursing Home, is doing well. She is so thankful for the cards from everyone. My brother, Wallace Lee Hall, is there also, just across the hall from Loretta, but they are neither one able to get to each other. The address is Loretta Church, Room 123, Letcher Manor Nursing Home, 73 Piedmont Drive, Box 747, Whitesburg, KY 41858. I do not know what Wallace Lee’s room number is; if you address it to Wallace Lee Hall, he would get it.

Green “Jr.” Calihan is also at Letcher Manor, I don’t have his room number either. Cards are appreciated by anyone who is confined.

I want to thank Jr. and Lorraine Kuracka, whom I have called Crockett since I first knew them. Jr. and Lorraine go to the nursing home and visit with everyone. I think this is wonderful.

Jr. stops to pick up my brother, Jerry Hall, when Jerry is able to go. Jerry has trouble walking and loses his balance. Now I stay off balance all the time!

My brother, Richie, and Wanda are still doing alright. Wanda is still looking forward to cooler weather. Richie tells me the leaves are starting to fall off already.

Hello to Bruce and Levine Jones. Bruce, watch your corn patch. I hear you raise Hickory Cane corn. Our grandmother, Rosa Hall, used to raise this and it was so good fried.

Gwen Huff Farmer is so hard at work in her garden. She has sowed turnip greens and other things.

Hello, little mountain mama Alma Whitaker and the Whitaker family.

I bet Doyle and Betty Ison haven’t been able to enjoy that boat dock they have for a deck because it has been so hot this summer.

I miss my friend, Shirley Wells, as I haven’t been online. Maybe next week will be better for me.

I have to get busy for Letcher County Day at The Community Center, 300 George Street, Harrison, Ohio, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m.. Call (513) 367-4682 for information.

I see I better get this on its way. As usual that old clock on the wall keeps trying to get ahead of me.

Until next time. Rose Ballard Durham, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email Bluegrassmama4@aol.com.

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