Ripley Senior Center activities and updates: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Ripley Senior News

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: Why do you need a jeweler on New Year’s Eve?

The center is now open for lunch and activities.

Here are the guidelines they will follow:

  • Meals on Wheels clients are still being served. If you’re not comfortable eating inside, curbside meals will still be offered and served from 10-10:30 a.m.; a reservation is required. Also, if you are eating lunch at the center, inform Teresa the day before.
  • If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID, please do not come to the center.
  • It is encouraged for everyone to wear a mask; one will be provided if you don’t have one.
  • We will be observing CDC guidelines for social distancing. If you have any concerns or questions, you may call the center at 304-372-5151.

The schedule for inside activities and lunch is as follows:

  • Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Crafts
  • Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Bingo
  • Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Exercise
  • Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Bingo
  • Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Exercise

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-noon.

We will be practicing social distancing during our activities. Bingo will be played with paper cards that can be thrown away.

The center would like to send get well wishes to Cecil Dunbar.

We had Christmas bingo on Dec. 21 and Arlene Sayre won coverall. On Dec. 22, we had a small Christmas celebration observing COVID guidelines. Pat Shiflet won for most colorful, Sandy Browder won for drawing the best snowman, and Thomas Giannunzio won the Colors of Christmas word game. We all had a fun time, and everyone went home with nice prizes. Several seniors recited Christmas poems. A special thank you goes out to Dave Henthorne for donating fruit for our fruit baskets.

The center will close early on Thursday, Dec. 30, and a late breakfast will be served. We will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31.

Carmen and I conducted craft class on Dec. 20. The seniors decorated ivy bowls to be used as candy dishes or candle holders. They also had time to make an ornament with feathers and tiny embroidery hoops sprinkled with white glitter. I also made an angel ornament from yarn and gave one to each of them to put on their tree.

The seniors have been doing gentle yoga to the oldies during their exercise classes.

Since cold weather is here, I want to remind you of the Jackson County centers' inclement weather policy. When Jackson County Schools are closed due to bad weather, the senior centers are closed. If school is on a two-hour delay due to bad weather, the senior centers will be open but vans will not run. When Jackson County Schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather, meals will not be delivered.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.

The New Year is almost here. In my family we always have cabbage on New Year’s Day. Mom would put silver (such as a silver dime) in the bowl of cabbage. The person who scooped out the dime with their cabbage would be prosperous in the coming new year. My husband makes the cabbage in our house. Here is the simple way he makes it:

The ingredients are cabbage, a little sugar, a little water to keep it from scorching as it heats, a little oil and a package of Lit'l Smokies. If you want to, you can use smoked ham hocks for the meat; that's the old-fashion way. Cut up as much cabbage as you want. We usually cut up a huge pot full, add a little water to it, add the oil, and add the Smokies and the sugar. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook — but not too long; Charley says most people cook their cabbage too long. Stir often. Enjoy and be prosperous!

There are many superstitions concerning New Year’s Day. I’ll tell you a few. My grandma believed in the ‘first footer’ superstition. As far as she went, you had to be a male, or you weren't entering her house first on New Year's Day.

Another superstition is to wear new clothes and you would receive new garments throughout the coming year. Avoid crying if you don't want to continue the pattern throughout the new year. Be nice and refrain from using foul language. Don't let money leave the house. Don't pay bills or loan money on New Year's Day. Or for that matter don't even take out the garbage or shake out a rug! This will ensure that nothing goes out of the home during the new year. Some soften this rule by saying it is okay to remove things if something is brought in first.

At midnight, all the doors must be opened to let the old year escape. Make sure your wallets, purses and cupboards are well-stocked on New Year's Day and it will bring prosperity.

Do not do laundry on New Year's Day. It will 'wash away' or lead to a death in the family. Make as much noise as possible at midnight — you are scaring away evil spirits. Babies born on this day will have luck on their side.

And be sure to kiss at midnight! This will ensure those affections will continue throughout the following year.

So, there you have it. Be sure and pay all your bills before New Year’s Day, go shopping and stock up on groceries, do your laundry, put money in everyone's wallet or purse, kiss the one you love at midnight, and then proceed to make a lot of noise! Then on New Year's Day wear new clothing you received for Christmas, be nice and polite, make sure a man comes into your house first, then proceed to make a big pot of cabbage for dinner.

Happy New Year everyone.

I leave you with the following verses:

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Isaiah 43:18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Answer to riddle: To ring in the new year!