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Thanksgiving brings families together

Southern Ohio

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope you had a good Thanksgiving! I stopped at Kroger’s to get a small turkey, but bought a chicken instead and would have been perfectly satisfied with it.

My oldest daughter, Kay Gray, thought she was doing me a favor. She went to the store and bought a turkey, along with everything she thought I needed for a complete meal, including making a homemade pumpkin pie and a delicious sweet potato casserole and cranberry salad.

That meant I had duplicates of things such as broth, celery and other staples I always keep. The only thing she didn’t get was aluminum foil and a tray to cook the turkey in.

While in the kitchen preparing some things, I had my little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold trying to help me. Did that ever bring back memories. This child can wreck a freight train he is so messy! I do not remember my children just throwing things I baked the turkey and fixed the stuffing. Now would someone like to come for leftovers? I am not fixing Christmas dinner as there’s no use wasting food.

I stopped by Kay’s house Thanksgiving evening. I believe she had the most beautiful turkey I have ever seen. It was so golden brown Kay baked her turkey open, while I cover mine with foil. I tasted her stuffing, and if you had placed hers and mine side by side, you wouldn’t have noticed the difference. That made me laugh.

Kay had all her family for dinner. Jennifer and her children, Samantha, T.J, along with Jodi and her boyfriend Sam, my grandson C.J. and his wife, Shannon were there also. Kay’s house is beautiful. I believe she is my mother’s daughter instead of mine.

My heart goes out to the family of Hazel Lee, who died. Hazel was married to Johnny Lee, who was a brother to our uncle Charles Barton’s wife, Madeline “Maudie” Combs from McRoberts, who used to write for The Mountain Eagle several years ago. I met Hazel about 29 years ago, and we became friends instantly. Hazel never complained no matter what was wrong with her

I lost another friend a little over a year ago whom I had known over 30 years, Margie Kelly. Hazel and Margie both were like my own sisters instead of friends.

I went to Hazel’s funeral, and she looked like she was asleep. I told her daughter Terry, that it was the only time I had ever seen her quiet, as we both talked to each other so much.

Johnny and Hazel had two children, Gary and Terry, and she was a devoted wife and mother.

I took enough time to go visit a couple of older friends of mine that I love dearly, Chris and Juanita Lanham. I stopped by Wendy’s and picked up some chili, hoping they hadn’t eaten supper. They were both pleased. This couple are in the 80s, and I have know them about 13 years. I love these two like they were family.

Johnny and Ann Calihan had a good Thanksgiving with all their family present. Ann finally got to celebrate her birthday that was on Oct. 7, along with her granddaughter.

Ann told me that she had baked a ham and with so much food, she forgot to sit it out for dinner. That sounds like Kay. She made deviled eggs, put them in the refrigerator in the cottage next door to her house, and forgot them.

Polly Ann (Ison) Maucher surprised Sadie (Ison) Hayes of Taylor, Mich. with a phone call, which pleased Sadie very much. I understand these two hillbillies had a lot of catching up to do. These girls knew each other way back when. How long, I really don’t know, they went to high school together at Kingdom Come. I bet you there was a lot of laughter going on during their conversation.

I remember them both when I was very young. I am so thankful I passed Sadie’s phone number on to Polly, I also told Polly not to wait too long to call Sadie again.

Jim Cornett, I owe you a huge apology, and thank you for your book called ‘Frog Farm.’ I really enjoyed reading it, though it is fiction, you can put yourself in the book while reading it. Thank you very much for sharing it with me. There are a couple more that you have listed I would like to read.

I won’t be having my little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold as Angie is going to try letting someone else keep him. I will miss him, yet he needs to be around children more than he is with me. I have taking care of him for over two years and I feel lost!

Willamae and Carl Boggs might get a house guest, and they can take care of me! Just kidding, Willamae!

Willamae has really had a lot of extensive tests done lately. She is an amazing person as she just keeps ticking.

I am really fortunate to have friends like the Boggses. I actually have never met Carl in person. Willamae feels like family to me.

I haven’t heard anything from Clarence and Arlyn Halcomb for a while. I hope all is well with you and your family. I did get a beautiful Thanksgiving card from them.

My brother Richie Hall and I were talking about Roxana recently. Richie asked me if I remembered the big weeping willow tree. I believe it was in the front yard of the house that Ray and Faye Gentry lived in.

I also remember on the way to Mill Branch School, the house where Manuel and Laura Amburgey lived. There were cactuses growing with big needles. It really is strange how one thing can bring a lot of memories cascading through!

Gwen Huff Farmer, Shirley Wells and I listened to WMMT via the Internet. Larry Sparks was there during the break, and I’m sorry to say I took a break also and fell asleep. So I slept through the last half of the show!

It really is fun to be on the computer, and be able to correspond with Gwen and Shirley and listen to a radio station from home at the same time.

Gwen has finally finished putting turnips, greens and garden produce in the freezer, and now she is going to enjoy the abundance of her good harvest.

Gwen’s leg is still giving her lots of problems. Gwen said Hillard Halcomb is able to ride his four-wheeler since having a knee replacement. Hillard is my sister-in-law Wanda Hall’s uncle, and lives on Ingrams Creek.

Shirley Wells is really anxious to see her granddaughter, who will be home from the service in a couple of weeks.

I am going to try to find time to spend a few hours with my granddaughters Sarah, Jessica and Katelyn Nottingham this weekend. I haven’t kept them overnight hardly at all this past summer.

It really is beginning to look like Christmas around here, as houses and business are decorated. I haven’t decided if I will put a Christmas tree up or not this year! I can’t seem to get into the Christmas spirit!

Hello to my newfound friend Jesse Frazier, who is a brother-in-law to Willamae Boggs.

I talked to Betty Ison and all the family are doing all right. I hope to see Betty and Doyle at Old Time Fiddlers, along with Bill Profit. Maybe Fayette Halcomb and his brother-in-law, Larry Smith will make it to the Christmas dinner.

I hope this finds Sadie Ison Hayes, Evelyn Ison and Bertha Whitaker of Taylor, Mich., all doing better.

Hello to Evelyn’s daughter, Betty Carol, who lives in North Carolina.

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

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