Whitesburg KY

Thanks go to all the veterans

Southern Ohio

Hello again!

I hope everyone had a safe Memorial weekend with their travels, and didn’t get too overheated with the rising temperatures.

Sometimes we forget the reason why there’s a holiday such as Memorial Day! Thanks to all the veterans who have so freely given their time and their lives for a country that we can have the freedom we have.

It is a shame that we are living under some bad conditions that we having.

I read in The Mountain Eagle the places that were having the services for soldiers. I didn’t see the cemetery on Big Branch listed. Our dad Clayton Hall is buried there, along with others.

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Wanda Lene Watts Whitehead in the loss of a grandchild. I can only imagine what that family is going through.

The same with the family of the little eight-year-old boy, who lived close to my brother Richie and his wife Wanda Hall on Ingrams creek.

When it comes to children, death is such a hard thing to go through. We expect this as we get older. When it comes to children I always wonder why.

I want to take the time to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone for the lovely birthday cards, and phone calls. It was a very quiet birthday as I didn’t feel like going out and doing much

My brother Richie and Wanda spent the weekend in West Virginia visiting their son Tracy Deaton and his family. Saturday was Richie’s birthday so Tracy took the whole kit and kaboodle out to a Mexican restaurant to eat, which was enjoyed by all.

I couldn’t find Richie’s cell phone number and felt really disappointed as this was the first time in years I couldn’t wish him a happy birthday. Richie called me Sunday to tell me happy birthday. Actually I never sent him a card either.

I wanted to go to Ralph Stanley’s Bluegrass Festival with my cousin Bev, her husband Jeff, and son Jack Adams, but I decided I better not try the trip as I am still not as strong as I want to be. You might say I push myself too far at times.

Gwen Huff Farmer called me Sunday and we had a good long chat. In my last column I forgot to mention Gwen’s name until I had sent the column flying on its way. Then it was too late.

Belated happy birthday wishes to Gwen’s cousin Onedia who shares a birthday with me. I hope Onedia had a wonderful day.

I went to Coon Hunter’s Club and it was a little late when I got there and so crowded. I sat at a table with some people I didn’t know, and as I was talking to a woman named Sandy across the table from me, it was ironic to find out we both had a birthday May 27 except she is the same age as my brother Richie.

Thanks, Shirley Wells and Gwen, for the beautiful birthday cards.

Saturday I spent most of the day at my granddaughter Katelyn Nottingham’s soccer game. It is a beautiful place for the games although I really don’t know anything about the rules of the game. It is very interesting watching the girls.

Anna keeps Jessica and Katelyn busy during the summer with activities through the library, which I think is so wonderful. Of course Sarah is so busy with band that she doesn’t ever have any let up.

I overheard Anna talking to a friend about moving to Florida, but I don’t bring this subject up as it is so painful. I don’t see Anna and her family every day or every week, but to even think of them moving that far away, well I hope it never happens.

I have thought about selling my house and using part of the money to remodel the basement in Anna and Scott’s house as I am not able to do the things at my own house that I want to.

I am afraid I wouldn’t be satisfied either. I may sell my house before the end of summer, and that idea seems more realistic all the time.

Again, I don’t know about being that far away from the grandchildren.

For those of you in this area or who don’t mind driving, don’t forget the Happy Valley Bluegrass Festival June 1 and June 2 close to Oldenburg, Ind. A band from Rising Sun, Ind., Rural Route 2, will be performing there two different times on Saturday. Gary Eldridge, who is Robert Bryant’s nephew, plays mandolin for Rural Route 2. Gary is a very singer and a good guitar player too Gary is involved with genealogy and is really into history.

As I have mentioned several times before, I became acquainted with Robert Bryant over 40 years ago. Of course at that time I called him Mr. Bryant as he was principal where my kids went to school. When I found out he was from Johnson Fork, that was just icing on the cake.

A few years later I worked as assistant teacher for the Head Start program and Robert Bryant wasn’t really my boss, but he was the principal so I always felt he was my boss and have respected him all through the years. Bob is a good musician himself and a fine person. He used to tease me because it was very difficult to call him Bob.

I received a very nice phone call from someone who reads my column, Jim Haynes of Bull Creek. Jim, I hope I spelled your last name correctly. Jim makes lye soap, and it was so interesting talking to him.

My sister Loretta Church was scheduled to have surgery Tuesday morning at Central Baptist.

My brother Jerry Hall and his wife Mattie have been going to church at Hot Spot.

Now I have to leave you with a smile. Saturday while I was in the car with Anna and Katie, Anna asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I told her I didn’t want anything since I have collected so much over the years, I just wanted all the kids to be healthy and happy.

Katie piped up from the back seat and said, “Mom, Mamaw needs a walker, you know she has trouble walking.”

Good thing I didn’t have a drink of water in my mouth or I would have gotten choked. I had some trouble climbing about 30 steps up from the soccer field so Katie thought a walker would help me.

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

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