Whitesburg KY

Wish list: Fireplace, TV, recliner

Southern Ohio

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather we are having. Actually I wish it would stay like this year round. I like to see snow at Christmas time, but it seems the older I get the more I dread cold weather.

My friend Sue Courtney has an electric fireplace that puts a little heat off , and I love to watch the artifi cial flames flicker. I think I am going to do as the old phrase says, and keep up with the Joneses and buy me one. I might get me a larger television and a new recliner and not move from the confinements of my home for the next few months.

Now it doesn’t hurt to dream! With my little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold around, he would be smacking me on the face saying ‘wake up!’

Kevin Ison, you have a message from Frick or Frack who hopes you are feeling better. I found Kevin on Facebook, and what Polly Maucher and Frick, and Frack Ison don’t know, is that I already have an invitation for the family reunion July 4. It is being held in Letcher County this year.

I wish it had been an invitation for Christmas because maybe Santa would believe I had been a good girl and would have left me a present.

I talked to Ann Calihan and so far her tests have come back okay, after she survived the ordeal of trying to get a CT Scan done!

I wish I could say the same for myself as my blood work came back and things are out of whack. My iron is way too low, and so is vitamin D count, which I didn’t know existed. I still have to get another test done, and maybe the reason I am so short of breath will be found.

I received a letter from Lissa Bush of Linefork, telling me that she had recent visitors from Hamilton, Thelma Halcomb Brooks, her daughter Lavonne Brooks and Lavonne’s 16-year-old son, Ben, who is nicknamed Cornbread. I call him my future husband if he will quit chewing tobacco. Ben played the banjo for Lissa, which she said she enjoyed very much.

Lavonne Brooks is recuperating from foot surgery, and I hope she is doing alright. Everyone misses Lavonne at the Coon Hunters Club. Friday night the music was great as Marvin Davis played the fiddle with a group, and that is always the highlight of the evening for the audience.

A couple of friends of mine, Otis and Betty Ashcraft, came to the Coon Hunters Club. Otis is a fabulous dancer so I didn’t sit very much. Otis and Betty danced in a square dance group from Stone Valley back in the ‘80s when I used to square dance, then they switched to clogging. Betty has problems with her knees so she doesn’t dance any more except slow dances. When I slow dance I feel like I have worked all day, so I prefer fast moving.

I don’t have the energy to move like I used to, and I don’t think age has anything to do with it. Don’t you agree with me?

Sometimes I see people sitting and won’t get up to move their feet, and I want to get them by the arms and say, “Come on, loosen up a little, enjoy life.”

A few years ago when my friend Mary Key and I used to go to a music store called Famous Old Time Music in Elmwood or other places, we would threaten to get out at a traffi c light and start dancing. Those were fun times for us both. I don’t go to bars and I don’t need a drink to have fun, though I have been told I must be taking something to enjoy myself as much as I do when I hear music.

I am very grateful there are several places like the Coon Hunters Club that you can go to for good clean fun.

I would love to be able to go to the square dances they have at Carcassonne that I read about in The
Mountain Eagle.

When I last visited my brother Richie and Wanda Hall, though he is having heart trouble, while we riding in the car, Richie had a tape in the car and I could hear him singing. He didn’t know it, but it made me have such a special feeling to know how he enjoys music.

Richie and Wanda are having their usual good Thanksgiving dinner. I wish it were possible for me to be there.

This year will be a special one for me as I will spending part of it with a granddaughter that I haven’t seen in several years. I can personally say I know God answers


Gwen Huff Farmer, EYE Care I hope you have a good Thanksgiving, and the same with Shirley Wells. And don’t eat too much turkey and the trimmings.

Gwen enjoyed talking with her longtime friend from the mountains, Clarence Halcomb, and his wife Arlyn.

Shirley is busy helping transport grandchildren to and from school. I remember that feeling.

Emma Engle, I would like to be a little mouse and find my way to your kitchen for stack cake and fried apple pies. Special happy Thanksgiving wishes to you and Red!

Hello as usual to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall, and to their friends and neighbors.

Hello to my sister Loretta Church and my brother Wallace Lee Hall, and everyone at Letcher Manor Nursing home.

I hope Carl Boggs and family are doing all right, along with Jessie Frazier.

Bill Proffitt may get to spend Thanksgiving with some of his family in the mountains. I should have said I wanted to hitch hike a ride.

Well I have a busy day as usual, so I’d better get started. This has been a crazy but wonderful week for me and my family, so if this column is scattered and not my usual, please excuse me this time.

Please take time to say how grateful you are for your food. It doesn’t have to be a turkey, which we never had as children. It can be cornbread and beans. Just remember there are people who don’t have that to eat.

Kindness towards a human being will be long remembered, love shown to a child will long be remembered more than that expensive gift you will buy for them.

I still have a few copies of my book left, ‘The Beauty of A Rose.’ It would make a nice Christmas present for someone who likes to read.

Until next time: Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: , telephone, 513-367-4682.

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