Whitesburg KY

Time to think of warm weather

Southern Ohio

Happy spring everyone.

Did anyone get peas planted in the garden on Feb. 14? My mom would swear this had to be done each year, and she would try to get a bed of lettuce and onions in the ground too.

Although we are expecting another blast of snow, I have to change my attitude and think of warm weather. I am digging out some bright colors and my white shoes whether it is appropriate or not as I am tired of dark, grungy days of winter. I may be pushing it a little bit.

I am tired of sickness and death, of being stuck in a period that I don’t know what is wrong with me. It is time for me to bound back and feel life, just not exist.

I really hate to start this column with sad news. Many of you have heard me mention Clarence Halcomb in my column many times over the years of writing this column. It saddens my heart to say Clarence has lost his partner as his wife Arlyn Jean died rather suddenly.

I went to pay my respect to the family of Arlyn and Clarence, and the pictures displayed was so beautiful. Clarence and Arlyn did quite a bit of traveling through the years, which included going to a family reunion every year at Lake Cumberland. Arlyn would tell me about the lavish breakfasts and other meals that were prepared.

Clarence and Arlyn had a good long life together, sharing their love of family and friends. I am proud to say I was included several times in different family affairs.

Not only did Clarence lose the love of his life, he suffered the loss of a sister also, and from what I hear, a cousin in the mountains.

Clarence and Arlyn’s son Scott was always so gracious as to bring Clarence and Arlyn to Letcher County Picnic that is held the last of September each year.

Clarence is amazed at my ability to write and can’t believe I don’t have training in journalism. Oh how I wish I did have a college education in anything!

Johnny and Ann Calihan’s daughter-in-law Jean Calihan (Dale’s wife) had to spend a couple of days in the hospital. I wish her a speedy recovery.

Johnny is still a little sore from his fall, and Ann’s hand is still giving her a little trouble. I am really thankful these two didn’t have more serious injuries. My life has been so blessed to have these two wonderful people in my life.

Bill Ison and his lovely wife Jean are anxiously waiting for warmer weather so they can get outside to enjoy the spring and summer. They are tired of being cooped up.

My daughter Kay and her husband Clarence Gray are spending time in Florida. They went to their home in Destin then on to Ocala to visit the new grandbaby, then decided to drive to Key West for a few days. Kay said they are as far as they can go at Key West as you can get without going on into Cuba.

Thanks to the ones who responded to my column about Elsie Raleigh delivering babies. A special thank you to Perry Fowler, whose wife Nora is the daughter of Astor and Tildie Raleigh of Roxana.

Astor and Tildie were well known through Roxana and Mill Branch area when I was a young girl. Nora thinks Elsie delivered at least a hundred babies. I bet it was a lot more than that. Mother used to talk of how busy Elsie was and how far she traveled.

Old Time Fiddlers was held this past Sunday and we really had some good music and the crowd was a bit larger this time. Old Time Fiddlers is on the first Sunday of each month and is held in the basement of the Miamitown Fire Department at 1:30 p.m. This is an all-acoustic event. Snacks and refreshment are available.

Tuesday evening, Gwen Huff Farmer and I enjoyed listening to WDVX radio station via the Internet where Alex Leach is the DJ. WDVX has the best bluegrass music you can find anywhere in my opinion.

April 7 at FOE Post 509 Sports St Fairborn, 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., Art and Joann Peters along with Norma Ashcraft are having a benefit for me with several bands including Ma Crow & The Lady Slippers as host band.

Feb. 5 I had colon surgery. I found out about this in January, and after a day or so I confided in one friend as I knew I could trust them not to repeat as I didn’t know what I was facing.

I didn’t tell my own children. It was a very difficult decision as a benefit was being held for my cousin Beverly Adams and I wanted so much to attend that event, and then my brother Jerry Hall was in the hospital. I couldn’t go to be with him, and then my niece Sue Hall had surgery and I couldn’t go there either.

As time for my surgery grew closer, I knew I had to tell a few close friends as they would wonder where I was. I had a rare tumor removed from my colon, and after three weeks I was finally informed it is noncancerous. I did have some complications after surgery.

Having two surgeries in less than a year has finally taken a toll on this body of mine as it seems I can’t rebound back. You might say there’s just been too much going on in the past year and I am just not as strong as I really want to believe I am.

I am one that doesn’t know my own limits, as I push just a little a farther.

I try to think of all the people who are in so much worse health condition than I am and look on the bright side of things, but sometimes it is very difficult.

It was very hard to write this column and not reveal the trauma I was going through, but as I said I didn’t know what the outcome would be and there was no use of talking about it. When I finally told my friend Norma Ashcraft, without my knowledge the benefit was planned.

My sympathy goes out to Bernice Grubbs in the loss of her mother. As I have so often said we have walked that path and know how hard that is to go through.

My sister-in-law Wanda Hall and my niece Sue Hall spent a few days in Hamilton. I guess they were so busy they didn’t get around to stopping by or calling me. I am sure they had a good time as Wanda doesn’t get to be with her daughter Crystal very much.

I hope to be home in the mountains before too long as I can hear the mountains calling me. Shirley Wells, I wish it was possible we could be there at the same time.

A friend of mine has really had a streak of bad luck lately. Her house was broken into while she was asleep. The intruders must have realized she was in the house and asleep as they left without taking anything.

Then her husband had to have surgery, and as if that isn’t enough, Friday night she had an electrical fire in her attic. The firemen told them had they been asleep they would have died, had they not been home the house would have caught fire.

As it is there’s a hole cut in the living room ceiling as they had to trace the wires. Even with all the damage this family is very lucky.

As I said earlier, what have I got to complain about?

Please keep a very special young woman in your prayers, Melissa Shultz of Middletown. Missy has been living with cancer for a few years and thought she had won the battle, but it seems it has returned. Missy is such a strong person, but it seems sometimes cancer is stronger.

So along with Missy, please keep my cousin Bev Adams and everyone else that is suffering through health issues in your thoughts.

I guess I had better get this on its way.

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

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