It’s a gloomy Monday afternoon as I write the column. We’ve received three-quarters of an inch of rain so far, and I think it’s moved out of our area. Two chances of snow are in the 10-day forecast as of now!

Not much going to write about, as we spent last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the hospital in Memphis. James had a procedure done and, of course, we didn’t go home the next day, as they always tell us we will. His blood pressure got high, as it always does after surgery, and we stayed two nights. Two nights on two beds that were terrible! We surely were glad to get home to ours Thursday night! That rascal drove himself to McDonald’s Friday morning!

Clint drove us down and we arrived at 5:50 a.m. Ugh! He stayed till James got a room, which was about 4 p.m. Courtney came and picked him up. They had to clean one up and everyone in recovery was waiting for hours for a room! Elizabeth and family showed up that night, then they brought us potato soup and went and got his prescriptions for us Thursday night. Great kids!

I also caught something while there, the regular sinus mess, runny nose, coughing. But no fever so it’s not the flu – we got our shots in October. I feel some better today, but we didn’t even go to church last night and that’s something for us!

On our prayer list at the Covington Church of Christ are Jack Burris, in the hospital; John Dickey, recovering from a fall; Charles Yoakum; Gary Bowie; Cindy Clark; Houston Hall; Tina Whaley and so many friends and relatives of our members, plus Jackson Hughey and all of our servicemen and women.

I’ve also heard that veterinarian Dr. Tim Montague, who lives near us, suffered a stroke and is at his daughter’s home in Nashville recuperating. We’re saying prayers for a complete recovery for him.

Lads to Leaders season is beginning and the first Bible Bowl competition will be on Jan. 15 at 12:45 p.m., covering I Corinthians 1-8.

Happy birthday this week goes to Reese Cartwright and Gale Sutton on Jan. 11.

Happy anniversary to Shawn and Sara Anderson on Jan. 8 and to Jerry and Betty Blevins on the 11th!

I don’t have the January birthdays for Clopton United Methodist Church yet, but Sunday, Jan. 14 will be the date for the next potluck meal after worship.

Donations for filling backpacks for Austin Peay students are still being taken.

Due to uncertainty of the weather the steak dinner usually held in February, will be in March, date announced later.

This week’s Farmer’s Almanac Quote: (to use soon, I hope) “Rub sled runners generously with soap for a slicker ride.”

Clint and Courtney will be here soon – with ultrasound pictures! Yep – we are going to be grandparents again in July! Caroline will be a big sister! Yay!

Hope everyone is having a good 2018 so far and it continues throughout the year!

Echo Day is The Leader's managing editor. To contact her, call 901-476-7116 or email eday@covingtonleader.com.

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