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Winter storm hits Ohio with snow, ice and freezing rain

Southern Ohio

Hello again, everyone! Cincinnati and surrounding areas, including Harrison, are being pelted with snow, ice, freezing rain, and then more snow. Tree limbs were breaking throughout the area. It has been several years since I have seen it this bad here. We ended up with about 10 inches of snow in between a layer of ice.

My son, Keith Ballard, came to rescue us. He shoveled snow from the porch and in front of the house. He cleaned the car off and now it is all back again. He made a delicious meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, spinach and of course he brought it my way.

I was supposed to pick up my daughter, Kay Gray, at the airport. It was a late flight so Keith didn’t want me out on the road. He was going to go with me, then he said he rather go by himself because I would be telling him how to drive. As soon as he picked up Kay he called me and said he thought he left me at home. Evidently she was telling him what to do.

I have kept in touch with my friend Shirley Wells of Clarksville, Tenn. Shirley hasn’t received as much bad weather as we have.

Gwen Huff Farmer in Illinois is in the same boat I am. She has her share of snow and ice. She sent me some beautiful pictures of the snow in her yard. It looks like a picture postcard.

Gwen told me Paducah is out of gas due to the power outage. A family was traveling to Florida from Michigan and only had enough gas to go one more mile and couldn’t find a gas station open or get a room anyplace. They were asking for help. They had a little baby and little dog in the auto and were asking for anyone to take them in for the night. It reminds me of no room at the inn for Mary and Joseph when baby Jesus was born.

Johnny Calihan has been trying to keep the snow and ice off their carport. I tried to get Ann to join me in making snow angels in the yard. I would have no problem lying down in the snow, it is getting back up that would be my trouble.

Ann and I discussed how as children we would walk to school and we can’t remember the schools ever being closed due to snow. The teachers were always there. Anna Stewart would sometimes ride a horse from Tolson Creek to Mill Branch School. I can still visualize the crystal clear icicles hanging off the cliffs and tree branches along the road.

I never had gloves to wear so I would use my coat sleeves while enjoying the coolness of the icicle in my mouth. In the summertime after a hard rain you would find the same crystal clear water flowing down. As kids we never stopped to think there could be a dead animal or whatever in the water.

I called my youngest daughter, Anna Nottingham, and asked her how much she loved me. In return she asked me why. All I wanted her to do was drive about 30 miles to bring me a can of Carnation cream. She said she loved me, but that wasn’t a necessity. I even tried to get her husband, Scott Nottingham, to make a police run to the Ohio side, but to no avail.

He did tell me how good the hillbilly ice cream was that they had just finished eating. It pleases me that each of my children is doing the things that my mother did for me and all the mothers before.

Happy birthday to my sister-in-law, Wanda Hall, Feb. 5. I think my brother, Richie, is planning to take her out for dinner at a nice restaurant. I know they both will enjoy that.

I could not believe the temperature when Richie told me how warm it was there. I wish I was there. I am just thankful that our area isn’t hasn’t gotten any power failure.

I didn’t have my little sidekick Bennie for several days. Bennie turned two years old Jan. 30. I guess Mom-ma will have to get him another Bob The Builder DVD.

I received a phone call from Clarence and Arlyn Halcomb inviting little Bennie and me for a fish fry. Clarence and Arlyn are both doing well and they stay active all the time.

Betty and Barefoot Bill Kelly and the family are doing all right though Barefoot Bill has been under the weather. They both enjoy the computer

I have been in touch with Betty’s cousin, Martha Caudill Breeding, on the computer. It is amazing how you can connect to someone so many miles away with a computer. I never thought I would be doing this. Hello to my friend, Bruce Jones. Sometimes I forget to mention his name.

Hello to Fayette Halcomb of Middletown, who reads my column every week, and a special hello to Bill Proffit. I hope to see you guys at Old Time Fiddlers sometime. Let me know when you are coming and I will bring a pot of soup beans and cornbread.

How come only two people run for president and 50 people run for Miss America?

Tomorrow is a busy day so I better get this in the mail. Until next time, keep warm and be careful. Please check on your neighbors.

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

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