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It's so cold! Again, how cold is it? My car tires are frozen to the carport. The well froze up in the middle of the day. Liz asked me to come over tonight and I said it was too cold! Yep, we are in the deep freeze again! Tomorrow (Tuesday) school is out again, as it was today, because of the cold. By the end of the week we will have normal temperatures and rain. It’s a Tennessee winter!

Last Wednesday James and I, along with Clint, Courtney, Liz and Lyla, took Catherine McCalla, the “queen of Mt. Carmel,” to lunch in town. We had a big time and enjoyed watching her open her gifts, among them her annual calendar from us. I enjoy putting this together every year, and appreciate Doris Ann Land for providing pictures of her family from 2013 for this year's calendar. It was a nice lunch and we all get shelled pecans from her, which we look forward to!

This week's farm report: as cold and windy as it was last Thursday and Friday (in the teens and 20s), a crew put the irrigation up here at our house. Friday morning I looked out at 7 a.m. and they had a fire built, trying to stay warm. But they got it done. Next, dig the well! Winter wheat is suffering through this cold, but it will be fine. It is green, despite the circumstance.

Friday night was movie night and five of us ate supper together, then four of us went to see "Walter Mitty" with Ben Stiller, a great movie. I recommend it! It was a fun night.

Saturday, James and I drove over to Jackson to check on my dad, Kenneth "Pop" Weir, then we got back home in time for the funeral of our dear neighbor, landlady, and James' teacher at Holmes School, Frances Gatlin Slover. Tucker, Lisa and all the grandchildren, are in my prayers. She was so involved in church, teaching, retired teachers' group, bringing exchange students to the U.S. and so many other things. She was a wonderful woman and citizen and will be missed by so many.

Donna Sonwineski got good test results last week, as did Stephanie Scott. Prayers answered! On our list this week are Pam Tankersley, who was at church on Sunday with her broken humerus, Dale Laxton, Pat Armstrong, Joyce Waley, Judy Randolph, Bonnie Holbrook, Johnny Jones, Keith McCalla and so many relatives of our members, along with all servicemen and women. A special request for prayers for little four-year-old Lillie Glass, who is taking treatments. Prayers also for her parents and grandparents.

Happy birthday this week to Gale Sutton and Reese Cartwright on Jan. 11! Happy anniversary to Shawn and Sara Anderson and to Drew and Brandi Laxton on Jan. 8!

Two events are coming up. The Exchange Club of Covington's third annual fish fry is Friday, Jan. 17 at the First Baptist gym on Mason Highway. Carry-outs start at 5:30 p.m. and sit-downs begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $7 and you can contact a club member or Nicole Caldwell at the Carl Perkins Center at 476-1515.

On Feb. 8 (mark your calendars, girls!) the Chocolate Tour on the Square will return! Five dollars will buy your ticket and you can walk around the historic square tasting chocolate at 15 or more locations! After the tour, turn in your marked ticket to win a basket of chocolate treats. Hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

"Thanks for reading" this week goes to Shelby Whitehorn! Sa-lute! This week's Farmer's Almanac quote: "The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age" - Lucille Ball, 1911-89.

Stay warm and dry!

Until next week.

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