It’s a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon. We ended up with 6.2 inches of rain for the month of September. Pray we don’t get any this week! It was cloudy all last week till the sun finally came out at 2 p.m. I wrote it down on the calendar, it was so newsworthy!

This week’s Farm Report:  Yep, we need to get through with this corn before soybeans are ready. We don’t need any rain this week! A lot of cotton has been defoliated and it just beautiful – love cotton fields!

I took advantage of the cool weather last week and made a half batch of chicken tortilla soup, that James and I took care of in two meals; it’s my favorite soup! I celebrated my birthday Friday with Clint and family and Elizabeth and family and Jeff Hayden. We had pizza, cheesy bread, wings and strawberry cake! Great party – Elizabeth made all my gifts from them and I got a very appropriate door mat from Courtney that says, “Please Hide Packages From My Husband”! Love it – it’s in the carport!

Lyla and the Covington Flames played in the Atoka Tournament yesterday to benefit Coach Bobby Owen, who has cancer. They won all five games and the championship! I saw two of the games, one with James! Please keep Bobby in your prayers.

On our prayer list this week at the Covington Church of Christ are Joyce Whaley, Tess Mosley, Jimmy Weir, Paula McLean, LaVerne Baxter, Jimmy Coats, Houston Hall and so many friends and relatives of our members and all of our servicemen and women.

The annual clothing giveaway will be on Oct. 13 – free clothes! And items for West Tennessee Children’s Home are due by the 16th – list in the foyer.

Happy birthday this week goes to Russ Cates on Sept. 30, to Matt Higgins and Carmen Starck on Oct. 2, to Becky Todd on the 3rd, to Ryan Hodge and Russ Hodge on the 4th, to Dianne Nutt on the 5th and to Clint Watkins on the 6th!

Happy birthday at Clopton United Methodist Church to Dolly Gray on Sept. 29, to Lee Carver on the 30th, to Josephine Waits on Oct. 3, to Becky Delashmit on the 4th, to Cara Nelson on the 5th and to Ryan Bailey and Sharon Hardy on the 6th!

They will start their monthly community breakfast again in October this Saturday, 7 – 9 a.m. It’s all you can eat for a donation. Everyone’s welcome!

You can still contribute to the Hurricane Florence offering and Young at Heart will be meeting on Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. for lunch and bingo. Bring holiday items for prizes.

This week’s Farmer’s Almanac Quote: “For a sore throat, drink warm water with a tablespoon each of apple cider vinegar and honey stirred in.”

Tomorrow is October! Yay!

Until next week . . .

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email jireland@covingtonleader.com.​