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It's a rainy weekend at Mt. Watkins; a quarter inch Friday, eighty-five hundredths of an inch on Saturday, then overnight and into Sunday morning, 1.85". We never turn down a rain in summer, but it's soggy out there.

James went to Somerville last Tuesday to buy me a goat or two (I’ve always wanted some) and the man wouldn't accept his bid; and I'd already checked on the price of goat feed! Maybe after the 4th, we’ll have better luck.

Wednesday, I had a good lunch in Atoka with Michelle Nowak and her daughter, Claudia Chandler Hodge, and Michelle’s teacher-friend from school, Tammy. They had been to a teachers' workshop. We had Japanese food at a new place and it was very good; it was a fun day!

My service air bag light has been coming on in my car for a week or so and Wednesday, on the way to Atoka to eat, a red symbol came on my dashboard with an airbag in the driver's lap. It made me nervous, but our mechanic friend, Andy Konesky, looked at it and assured me it wouldn't pop out and make me have a wreck. Rather, it wouldn't pop out if I did have a wreck. I got a letter in the mail that day saying there was a recall on my air bag. I already had a recall on the water pump, which I never got fixed.

I took the car to Dyersburg on Thursday, where Liz and Lyla picked me up and we shopped and ate while they were working on my car for seven hours! And I had 105 “very hungry caterpillar” cookies to decorate for the birthday party of Mary Kate Huffman's granddaughter.

Liz and Shelley came over after we got home and we all decorated cookies; it was fun! Then the cat laid on the box and broke some; lucky I had some extras. Mary Kate said they were the hit of the party, so I'm happy. And my car is fixed!

I enjoyed a cookout Saturday night at Brian and Shelley's for my grandson Cameron's 21st birthday! It has been 21 years since he was a preemie at three pounds, two ounces. Now he's well over six feet tall, expecting a baby with wife, Rachel, and will graduate from Harding University in December. I am so proud of him! After burgers, hot dogs and a Tennessee cake, we watched a terrific lightning storm; it was fun!

We had a big fellowship meal after morning services on this fifth Sunday. There was much good food and we were happy to see everyone home from last week’s camp. It was a wonderful day at church, especially because we had one service and everyone was there; we were able to see everyone!

On the prayer list are Neil Bringle, Dale Laxton, Percaya Langston and so many more relatives and friends of our members; and all servicemen and women.

My sincere sympathy is extended to Becky Todd and family in the death of her brother, Ricky Todd, from complications from a fall. I pray Becky had a safe trip back home after staying with her father and Ricky's family for a while. They have my prayers.

Happy birthday to Helen Goforth and Paulette Watkins on June 29, James Watkins on the 30th, Lauren Mosley on July 1, Nolan Combs on the 3rd and Elaine Shankle on the 5th!

Happy anniversary to Grant and Crystal Edmonds on July 4 and Rick and Patsy Moore on the 5th!

Happy birthday at Clopton United Methodist Church to Kaylee Walton on June 29 and Donna Briggs on the 30th!

Unfortunately, because of the rain, the Dependence on God celebration, slated for Sunday night, the 29th, has been moved to Saturday night, July 5. Please come for barbeque and sandwiches from 6- 7:30 p.m., patriotic music by Ronnie Twisdale from 8-8:45 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.!

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew and Laurie Hicks Jeffords, who were united in marriage Saturday night. We send you best wishes!

Children's ministry will not meet again until Wednesday, August 13. There is no monthly breakfast on July 5.

This week's Farmer's Almanac quote: "Dog Days (July 3 - August 11) bright and clear, indicate a happy year." Have a great Fourth of July!

Until next week.

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