2018-04-11 / Families & Friends

AC in the day and a coat at night

By ROSE BALLARD

Hello everyone!

Oh where, oh where did spring go? Where else except the Ohio Valley area can you have coolness in the morning, so much warmth in the afternoon that you need air conditioning, and then a coat at night?

The Ohio Valley area is once again covered with snow.

Earlier this week we had really bad flooding in this area. The water was high when I went to bed, and I was concerned, but when I woke up it was a nightmare for me as the water was too close for comfort, creeping close to the bank of the driveway that separates my property from the VFW Post.

Th e water was within a sparse few feet of getting into the back doors of the VFW Post. I called there and a member told me that he had been there for hours, watching the water.

That is a horrible feeling to watch the water rising, knowing you can’t hold back the water or do anything as you may be watching everything you have worked so hard all your life being gone with one swift current.

Keith had been outside during the night so he knew how high the water was and how close to the house. He knew I was sick and wouldn’t wake me up in the middle of the night.

At least it didn’t seep into the basement like it did in 1997 when I was alone. It got into the basement above my knees, almost getting into the hot water tank before my son-in-law sent someone to pump the basement for me.

I have never felt more alone than I did that night as I was by myself and could hear things floating in the basement. I was afraid to go in the basement at night although I have lights.

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Later I found out a woman who lived about five miles from me had gone to her basement to check on he water instead of waking her family who lived with her. No doubt she was like me determined to do things herself. The next morning her family missed her, and when they checked the basement they found that she had drowned somehow in the floodwater that had gotten in.

Friday was a beautiful day and I had an errand to do. The beautiful yellow forsythia bushes are finally in bloom, and the daffodils are absolutely wonderful to see as they have some how survived frost, freezing temperatures and snow.

Saturday morning, the ground was covered with snow and the roads were such a mess there were wrecks everywhere.

I have been very sick again for the past two weeks and haven’t been able to get out to enjoy the beauty that God shows each of us this time of year.

My son Keith Ballard has been with me the past week, and has been very busy in the yard. Keith has used the weed eater around the fence that I couldn’t do when I cut the yard. I did tell him a couple of places not to trim as it looked like my shasta daisies were trying to come up.

I forgot to tell him where I set out two lilies. When I went to look, sure enough they had come up and he had nipped them. Instead of getting upset I showed him where they are. It seems that every year something I love gets whacked down. I think my lilies will be all right.

Keith had been working non-stop as he mowed the grass, and it looks beautiful. To me it is too cold to worry about cutting grass although I have seen several people cutting their yards also.

I finally got the segment of my washer and dryer settled. The dryer wouldn’t fit to the space my older one fit in as the new ones come with about an inch of metal on the back. After much confusion and aggravation, I found I needed a side vented exhaust for the dryer, which is hard to find. I made several trips to Best Buy, and Keith finally solved the problem by remodeling the door track, and everything worked out fine. It is good to have Keith home, which I know he will be getting his own place sometime in the future.

My poppies are so green and I think they will try to bloom before long. The iris that is around my fence line has multiplied, so if anyone in my area would like a few bulbs, I will gladly share.

Ann Calihan loves flowers from my yard, but she may get tired of getting bouquets this summer.

Johnny and Ann Calihan’s daughter Sue Wagner returned to her home in South Carolina after spending some time with her parents. The entire family was together at Easter time and a delightful time was had by everyone.

Les and Pat Wagner fi- nally got to head for the mountains of eastern Kentucky for a few days. This is the first time they have been able to go in several months. Becky Hasty and her daughter Polly joined them. Now I know everyone enjoyed this trip very much, being with family and friends.

Maybe some evening I will feel like going to Haddix Hall to see Tony Hale and Blackwater Band, get to see Les, Pat, Becky and Polly once again as it sure has been a long time since I have been anywhere.

My daughter Anna, Scott, Sarah, and Kyle spent several days at Disneyland in Florida, Jessica and Katelyn are in Beechwood Marching Band. Congratulations to Beechwood Marching Band Color Guard. They took first place in their competition. Katelyn is in the Color Guard. Anna posted pictures on Facebook, and the band was great as usual.

Kyle enjoyed going swimming in a heated pool, though the temperature was only 66 degrees. Anna was bundled up in towels while Kyle was swimming, and the lifeguard had a coat on.

I want to head for the hills I love so much for Hillbilly Days at Pikeville. I had plans to go last year and it rained so much it prevented me from going. This year I may have to miss it due to health reasons.

Sunday was Old Time Fiddlers, and we had really good music. I made potato soup that was enjoyed by everyone as the pot was full when I left home and empty when I brought it back.

For all those in this area, Old Time Fiddlers meet the second Sunday of each month at the VFW Post #7570, at 9160 Lawrenceburg Rd., in Harrison, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Refreshments are furnished by the club.

Carcassonne Community Square Dance will be April 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunrise Ridge will be the featured band. For more information, contact Mike or Marcia Caudill.

If the weather wasn’t so unpredictable and I didn’t have health issues, I would be there.

If anyone knows anything about Linda Hall please let me know.

Well folks, once again I am pressed for time and the old clock is catching up with me.

Until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Rd., Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4@aol.com.

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