Hello again everyone!
Would you believe spring will be here on Wednesday? I really don’t think Mother Nature knows as it sure doesn’t seem like spring. Old Man Winter has his clutches still on the weather, or so it seems.
I should start singing ‘Let it snow! Let it snow!’ as it is really coming down at the present time.
This morning we had about two inches of fresh fallen snow on the ground and it was very dangerous on the roads with wrecks all over the highways. The weather is so strange today as. First there will be a ray of sun and it is gone then another burst of snow.
Belated happy birthday to Carolyn Caudill of Du- Pont, Ind., March 9. Carolyn is a cousin to Mildred Rogers of Jackson, and I am sure of Ann Calihan of Harrison,.
Mildred is married to Austin Rogers, who I believe was in law enforcement then worked as a counselor for alcohol and drugs for sometime. Mildred was a beautician and would fly all over the States. I have never met Mildred, however I have talked to her on the telephone and she is a wonderful person. Mildred has quite a few health issues from the chemicals she used as a beauticians.
The snow is finally gone as I try to finish this column. Oh no, it is being forecast that we may get a little more.
Saturday morning, I received an early morning phone call from a friend of mine, Sue Courtney, who lives a few miles from Rising Sun, Ind., to inform me that her mobile home had been destroyed by fire. Sue wanted to let me know before someone else called me. She is a very lucky girl to get out alive as the curtains were engulfed in flame when she woke up.
Last week a friend of mine had an electrical fire. It was ready to ignite when the fire department got there.
Saturday afternoon, I picked up my little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold. We spent a couple of hours at the park, then went to Kroger’s and of course to McDonald’s for supper. Bennie was going to spend the night with me. About nine o’clock he changed his mind and wanted his mommy to come pick him up.
Bennie is learning to spell and to print words. You should see a note he printed for me. He would ask how to spell such words as another! While sitting at the computer, Bennie would ask how to spell things and I would tell him to look at the keys as I told him how to spell and he would type it.
My grandson C.J. Gray and his wife Shannon along with their month-old daughter Harlo McKenzie is visiting my daughter Kay Gray for a few days. I stopped by to see my new great-grand-daughter.
Harlo has a head full of black hair and holding her it was such a reminder of my daughter Kay as an infant. Kay had such a full head of black hair, the nurse put a pink hair bow in her hair when she brought her in to me. As I held the baby, I told Kay that just as you think your heart is frozen along comes something to let love flow once more.
Gwen Huff Farmer and I listened once again to our little buddy Alex Leach on the Internet from WDVX in Knoxville, Tenn.
Just think, in another month or so people will be in their gardens trying to get everything planted, then the fun begins for another season.
I will be glad when it starts to warm up as I checked my propane gas tank and it is starting to get rather low. Once again I start thinking of selling, wondering if it isn’t time to go into a more convenient way of living. Then I think of how much I love the open space and wonder if I can learn to adjust to apartment living. To me, that is almost like living in a box. If I had an apartment with a balcony I guess someone would probably call the police on me as I would probably be sleeping on it and just living there as I hate to be shut in.
When I go to eat I usually ask for a window seat as I like to be able to see out. I sure wouldn’t survive locked up someplace.
Johnny and Ann Calihan’s daughter Sue Wagner spend a few days with them. I stopped by for a few minutes to visit with Johnny and Ann, and it was such a pleasure to see Sue.
It seems I never get tired of thinking back how life has really came a full circle with the Calihan family and connection to mine.
Doyle and Betty Ison are doing pretty well. Betty is still recuperating from her knee replacement and she has to take it easy for a while. I knew that Betty wouldn’t stay down for long as she has a lot of spunk. I always enjoy going to visit them. I am looking forward to be able to go sit on that huge boat dock of a deck of theirs.
My sympathy goes out to the family of Jon Caudill of Jeremiah, in the loss of an uncle this past week. Jon is a member of 7 South Band and has a construction business, and most of all I feel like he is like family to me.
There’s been so much sadness the past couple of weeks that at the present time I can’t recall if I mentioned something in my column last week or not.
My sympathy goes out to the family of Glenora Eldridge and Bob Bryant in the loss of a sister, Pelma Dixon of Jenkins.
This family sure has had their share of sadness the past several months.
Monday night, Special Delivery Bluegrass Band will be playing at Hunter’s Pizzeria, so I need a bluegrass fix with my friends Les and Pat Wagner along with Larry and Becky Hasty and their daughter Polly and sweet little Kelly. Now all I need is for RR2 band with Gary Eldridge to get a show together and I will get out of this rut that I am in.
Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers did a show at the Alpine Inn in North Carolina, and that was too far to go.
I haven’t been to the Coon Hunters in such a long time that I need to get back there.
I haven’t heard anything from my cousin Beverly Adams in quite some time. I hope she is doing a little better.
I guess my sister-in-law Wanda Hall and my niece Sue made it back home alright as I haven’t heard from either of them.
Well friends, I have a lot to do today so I better get this on its way.
Maybe next week I can think of something interesting to write about.
Until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, telephone: 513- 367-4682.