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It's a cool sunny Sunday afternoon after a cold, windy, mostly-cloudy Saturday. Friday was very warm but it stormed late that afternoon and that night. I have to get my rain gauge back out; we put it up for the winter so it wouldn't freeze. I think we got about two inches of rain though.

James and I, along with Clint and Courtney, took the “Queen of Mt. Carmel,” Catherine McCalla, to eat barbeque in Mason on Tuesday. We had a big time talking and eating and I wish her many, many more birthdays!

I drove to Newbern on Wednesday to the funeral of my great-aunt Helen Porter Harrington. She is my 102-year-old grandmother's little sister and was 98. Granny was at the funeral, along with all the other Harringtons from Kentucky, and all the Harrington side from Jasper, where Aunt Helen lived. Granny just lost her daughter, Helen (Aunt Helen's namesake), in January. She remarked that she is the last Porter left. I grew up going to see Aunt Helen and have many, many fond memories of her and Uncle Wayne when they lived in Humboldt, where he ran the picture show.

We have a lot of Harringtons – Harrington brothers married Porter sisters!

Liz and I took Lyla to see the new Muppet movie Friday afternoon and then ate supper in Atoka. It was a fun night!

Bobbie Deen, Ruby Hopper, Carmen Starck, Jack Conner, Jennifer Wilkes, Wayne Kidd, Steve Walk, Lillie Mae Glass, Dr. Travis Bolton, Keith McCalla and so many more are in our prayers, along with all servicemen and women.

Sunday, April 6 is communication Sunday at Covington Church of Christ. Sunday school is at 9 a.m. and worship is at 10 a.m. That night, the wild game fellowship supper will follow evening services.

Happy birthday to Clay Johnson on March 12; Makayla Bishop on the 13th; Chip Gordon on the 20th; Ron Kellum on the 22nd; Casey Fletcher on the 30th; Linda Kimbrough on the 31st and Parker Speight on April 4!

Happy anniversary to Andrew and Whitney Conner and Ron and Gayle Sutton on March 21 and Shorty and Judy Dunaway on the 22nd!

Clopton United Methodist Church

Don't forget Clopton United Methodist Church's monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast is Saturday, April 5 from 7-9:30 a.m., with proceeds going to Three Star Fire Department!

A workday on the church grounds is planned for Saturday, the 12th, beginning at 8 a.m. Bring tools, rakes, gloves, clippers, etc.

The Easter egg hunt is Saturday, the 19th, at 10:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed, along with donations of individually wrapped candy.

The annual Blood Drive is Easter Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Easter Lillies can be ordered in honor or in memory of someone for $10 each, and will be placed in the sanctuary. The last day to order is April 13. See Marion Davis for details.

The "young at heart" group (open to youngsters more than 60 years old) meets the second Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. in the family life building. Some gatherings include guest speakers, field trips, entertainment or bingo. There is always a potluck lunch, unless a field trip for lunch. The next meeting is Wednesday, April 9.

Happy birthday to Charles Dugger and Logan Kirby on April 2 and Marcus Spradling on the 4th!

This week's Farmer's Almanac quote: "Robins arrive now with this advice: 'Cheer up, cheerily, cheer up!'" Listen to one if you get the chance!

Coming up soon: the garden expo at Brighton High School Saturday, April 5, and that night, the Tipton County Republican Party Reagan Day Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Balcony Reception Hall in Munford. Tickets for the dinner are $40. Guest speakers include U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander, U. S. Congressman Stephen Fincher, Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, Tennessee Representative Debra Moody and Conservative Talk Radio Host Steve Gill. For more information, call 615-481-2661.

Enjoy the forsythia, buttercups, jonquils and pear and plum trees that are all blooming! It's a beautiful spring! And light late – which I love!

Until next week.

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