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We made it through another big windstorm on Monday the 14th, just as Courtney and I got back from Memphis shopping. Two trees, seen in last week's Leader, blew down in the Covington Church of Christ yard and Clint saw a tornado in the sky that didn't touch down; almost an inch and a half of rain fell very quickly! The temperatures afterward were in the high 60s and low 70s for a few days and were wonderful; we set a new "low high" from 1918!

This week's farm report: The pumpkins are really growing! Corn is making good-sized ears and I'm waiting to see some pretty cotton blooms; a cotton field in bloom is so pretty. Soybeans have "met in the middle" and look lush from all the rain but we're glad we didn't get the three to six inches that had been predicted over the weekend.

I had one of my "funnest" nights Thursday night when I got to go to the Orpheum and see the singing version of "The Wizard of Oz!" Going with me were Cammy Evans, their son Ben's girlfriend from Alabama, Samantha, Wanda Townsend, Deborah Cates, Bonita Rogers and Michelle Nowak. Everyone clapped when Toto jumped out of Miss Gulch's basket, as well as many times afterward, as if on cue. I was in movie heaven! Subs, soup, sandwiches or baked potatoes, as well as dessert, were enjoyed on the way back home. It was a great night! My thanks for Andy Burkeen, who grew up in Covington, for the tickets.

It was Elizabeth and Justin's 10th anniversary so they couldn't go, but I wish Lyla could have been there, in her Dorothy costume.

John Evans and Bennett Kinningham, who had outpatient surgery Friday, are on the prayer list, as well as so many other friends and relatives of our members, those taking treatments, and all service men and women. And please pray for voters; early voting goes until Aug. 2!

My sincere sympathy is extended to Linda Kimbrough in the death of her brother-in-law, Steve Taylor, and to Jim Edmonds and family in the death of his sister, Carline Myracle. They all have my prayers.

Happy birthday to Bill Gatlin and Jenni Langston on July 25 and Reagan Combs on the 26th!

Happy anniversary to Mike and Paula McLean on July 20 and Evan and Michelle Nowak on the 22nd!

We were glad to see all our missionaries back from Costa Rica safe and sound this morning, even though they looked a little sleepy!

At Clopton United Methodist Church, new officers have been installed: Jamie Stafford is nurture chairperson, Tim Harman is Sunday school superintendent and Cara Nelson is president of the youth council.

The youth will be in charge of the morning service on July 27. Please support them with your prayers and presence, says their bulletin!

Happy birthday to Amy Johnson on July 22, Debbie Owen and Jennifer Wilson on the 24th, Bubba Twisdale on the 26th and Leah Stafford on the 27th! A large group of elementary and junior high youth are at Lakeshore Camp this week.

This week's goat report: We've moved the goats, Billy and Bob, down to the home-place, where they are staying in the barn and have a big patch of weeds to mow down; they especially seem to favor the cockleburs! I've always heard a goat can eat a tin can, I guess cockleburs aren't quite that tough.

This week's Farmer's Almanac quote: (For Friday, July 25) "Eating oysters today ensures that you will never be in want." I personally don't guarantee that!

Stay cool - the heat is back!

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