It’s a rainy Sunday afternoon. So far since sometime Saturday morning we’ve gotten 1.64 inches – 3.78 for the month of September so far. And it’s almost gone!

This week’s Farm Report:  Everyone hustled to get their corn out till it started raining. But it will dry out – always does! I remember a year when farmers picked cotton in January! Don’t want to do that again!

Lyla’s fall ball team won 19-0 Monday night. She did really well – yay!

Fall is officially here so I changed the two bedspreads I usually do – Elizabeth’s old room that is the playroom now, and our bedroom. That’s a job, especially changing dust ruffles! But I like it!

I didn’t even get to Heritage Day yesterday, it was so gloomy and messy. I just fixed lunch for the “boys” and got a birthday surprise early – we got the railings from the North porch of the church building when they were fixing to start tearing it down, and Clint and Jeff Hayden finally installed one of them on the back steps to the new room! They are steep, dangerous steps and have always made me nervous. Now I have a hand rail!

On our prayer list at the Covington Church of Christ are Joyce Whaley, Tess Mosley, Jimmy Weir, Houston Hall and so many friends and relatives and all of our servicemen and women.

I didn’t mention Jackson Hughey because he got clean scans Wednesday and all his lines out later in the week! Prayers answered!

My sincere sympathy goes to the family and many friends of John Dickey. His funeral was Saturday and they are in my prayers. I will miss his emails and fist bumps at church.

Sunday, Sept. 30, will be a fifth Sunday, so Sunday School at 9 and Worship Service at 10.

Happy birthday this week goes to Luke McMahan on Sept. 23, to Kathy McMahan and Robin Higgins on the 24th, to Neil Stanley on the 25th, to Rhett Benjamin on the 26th and to me on the 28th!

Happy anniversary to Jimmy and Shirley Weir on Sept. 29!

Happy birthday at Clopton United Methodist Church to Anne-Ashton Moore on Sept. 23, to Lily Lyles on the 25th and to Savannah Stafford on the 27th!

They are taking up contributions for the victims of Hurricane Florence.

This week’s Farmer’s Almanac quote: “When raking the yard, leave leaf litter (say that three times) under shrubs and trees. It attracts insects, which serve as food for birds such as thrushes and thrashers.”

Fine with me – I hate to rake!

“Thanks for Reading” this week goes to Jerry Ward! Sa-lute!

I’m excited it’s officially fall and that October is almost here! I have fall decorations out but then I can decorate for Halloween! And make soups and chili. I love fall!

I’ve learned the proper wording for sending my book in is “uploading” not “downloading.” Working on that now! And I have a book signing all lined up!

Until next week . . .

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