It's a cold Monday afternoon, and it's been a cold winter!
A week ago Saturday, it was near 70 degrees after a very cold week. We worked in the yard, Clint mowed and it was like a spring day.
On Sunday, it sleeted. That night, we stayed in from church and watched a pitiful Super Bowl.
The ice from that storm is finally melting and hitting the windows and roof today.
It destroyed my very, very tall Yaupon Holly that my dad, Kenneth Weir, planted and split my Crepe Myrtles that I bought from Clint when he was in fifth grade and 4-H.
We will be picking up limbs for days, as I'm sure many of you will. We also received a pretty fluffy inch of snow Friday night!
Our power was out last Monday and we spent the day at Clint and Courtney's house, where her brother and family, Justin, Amanda and little month-old Jasper Gurley, were also staying.
We went home that night and found an extension cord stretched across the yard, from the electric pole to our box. The power was on and Southwest Tennessee can come back and finish up when they have a chance. Thanks, Southwest Tennessee!
(Hence no column last week - no computer, electric typewriter, and they did not want me to bring it in written in longhand, believe me!)
After staying in so much while it was miserable outside, Debbie Otts and I walked around the square in Covington Saturday and enjoyed the Chocolate Tour.
It was our third annual time together! It wasn't as cold as we'd thought it would be and we had fun sampling all the goodies. It was a fun day!
Sunday, Courtney and I drove to Memphis for lunch and to see "Wicked" at the Orpheum.
It was just as good as last time, and I got a poster signed by all the cast members. I can't wait for it to come back so Lyla can go next time. It was another fun day with my new daughter-in-law.
Sympathy goes to the John Henderson family, whose house burned Friday night, Jan. 31. They lost all but a few things in the garage. Please keep them in your prayers.
Also in our prayers are Craig Clay, who is home recuperating from his wreck, Larry Whaley II, Dale Laxton, who is home now, Peggy Baskin, Dr. Travis Bolton, Anna Kiss, Keith McCalla, Lillie Glass, Otis Griffn and so many more, along with all servicemen and women.
Our former minister Phil Dunn passed away recently and Darlene and all their family have my sympathy and prayers.
The valentine banquet at the Church of Christ will be Saturday night. The birthday party at Covington Manor will be Saturday also, with the devotional at Covington Care at 4 p.m. Sunday. CYC in Gatlinburg is the weekend of the 21-23rd.
Happy birthday (for the last two weeks) to Jennifer Phillips, Feb. 4, Matt Sallee on the 6th; Karen Wall on the 8th; John Dickey (his 90th!) and Rusty Cartwright on the 9th; Gordon Cartwright, David Kidd and Aaron Stewart on the 10th; Brandy Brown on the 12th; and Jeni Chaney and Drew Kellow on the 14th!
Happy anniversary to Kim and Craig Clay on Valentine's Day!
Happy birthday at Clopton United Methodist Church to Neelie Stafford on Feb.7, Cade Carpenter and George Stimpson on the 10th, Gena Twisdale and Stella Twisdale on the 12th and Meghan Richard on the 13th!
This Saturday, the 15th, you can see Nashville recording artist David Bradley in a benefit concert for the Carl Perkins Center at 7 p.m. at the Ruffin Theater. Tickets are $10.
The Covington Lions Club 59th annual pancake breakfast is on Saturday, March 1, at the CIAA Cafeteria. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 11 and under. This is the 59th year -wow!
Mark your calendars for Friday, March 7, for the annual tree giveaway at the Tipton County Soil Conservation District in the USDA Building, 2043 Highway 51 South. They will have Pecan, Willow Oak and Pin Oak. It is first-come, first-served until they are out!
This week's Farmer's Almanac quote: "Thunder in February frightens the maple syrup back into the ground." We had some thunder last week!
"Thanks for reading" this week goes to Judy Weir, Emily Turner and Al Chaney. Sa-lute!
It is supposed to be back in the 40s by the end of the week. Enjoy!
Until next week.