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Sure happy that spring is here

Southern Ohio

Happy spring everyone!

Oh how wonderful it is to throw open my blinds and see the green hayfield across from my house. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the aroma of lilacs to come drifting through my windows. It seems as if I’ve gone to sleep and overnight and the glorious colors of spring, that I like to call God’s coloring book, is here.

There’s still a chill in the air. So what? At least there’s not that dreaded four-letter word called snow!

I finally got a new computer. A friend came to set it up for me since it was so different than the one I had. After he got everything done, it’s so much easier for me to use.

Would you believe somehow I did something, or it malfunctioned, and I had to exchange it?

I won’t go into details, I will just say, one salesman sure got to see a side of me that I thought had disappeared. I hope it stays hidden, as I don’t think I have been that angry or upset in 20 years.

With today’s technology we will have to go to school to learn how to turn a computer on.

Cell phones are about as bad. I know why they are called ‘smart phones,’ you have to be smart to use them, and I am not that smart.

Monday evening, Daphne Korner and I went to Hunter’s Pizzeria to listen to Ma Crow & the Lady Slippers. The Slippers do a fantastic show wherever they appear.

My only disappointment was not see seeing several people I always look forward to being with, none other than Les and Pat Wagner, along with Larry and Becky Hasty, Polly and sweet Kelly.

Larry I hope how quick you recover, and I am so sorry you are having such a rough time.

The reason Les and Pat weren’t around is they were in the mountains, sitting on the porch sipping. Well, Pat was enjoying Diet Coke, and I better say Les had coffee. He better not have found a supply of white lightning without sharing with me.

First, I am kidding. Les and Pat decided to get away for a few days as this family has been so through so much. I really don’t think they intended to work themselves half to death as they got the place ready for summer .

Hello James and John Ison. I bet John was sipping Diet Coke with Pat.

Tony Hale of Black Water Band came by Hunter’s to hear the Lady Slippers. It was great to see Tony. I really love their band too.

Sunday morning, I woke up not feeling my best. I had tentative plans to go to Fairborn, then decided I would stay home, once again feet took over and sent my brain on vacation. I was on my way to Fairborn before I could think of how bad I really was feeling. I must say I am glad.

My dancing partner Howard Moore was there. Howard had spent a few days in the hospital, and I am surprised we both didn’t end up there. You must remember Howard will be 90 years old May 17, and though it isn’t my age as much, my body is wearing down.

Howard and I slow danced a few times, then as he got a little energized we danced a few sort of fast, peppy ones.

Reading Ike Adams’s column about aprons brought back so many memories of my grandma Rosa Hall. There weren’t many times you would catch Granny not wearing an apron.

Granny’s apron had to come down almost halfway to the hem of her dress, and she always wanted a pocket on the apron too as Granny chewed tobacco. You would find a small cut of Brown Mule tobacco in the pocket.

After I was married, I would make Grandma aprons to send to her. Of course, I made sure they were the right length.

Grandma also had a small hidden white cloth bag on a string she’d made. She would wear this around her waist, underneath her dress. In this little bag she placed a small change purse that sometimes actually had a little dab of money in it, along with a small pocketknife.

I have often wondered what happened to her knife.

Thank you very much, Ike, for the trip down memory lane.

Doyle and Betty Ison are enjoying this change of weather I am sure as they can finally at least walk outside without being afraid of falling.

Happy birthday to Betty Ison on April 8.

Johnny and Ann Calihan are still kicking. Ann isn’t kicking as high as she did, but she is slowly able to do a few things. I bet Johnny will be in the garden before long.

Glenora Eldridge, I hope you are enjoying this nice but chilly weather, and the color of spring finally getting here

Hello to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall.

I hope my sister-in-law Wanda Hall had a very good birthday. The pictures of Wanda’s house are beautiful as she decorated for Easter.

Belated happy birthday to Glen Farmer on Feb. 5. Gwen Huff Farmer would have sent me a reminder. Oh how I miss Gwen.

Hello Oma Hatton, I hope you are doing great. I can relate to you not being able to get off the hill at your house. I love where you live as it is beautiful. I’m just glad it’s not me as I would be sliding down the hill on my little fat behind, or driving my car off the road.

It is getting late and I am rather tired, so until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, telephone: 513-367-4682.



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