OPINION

Ripley Senior News

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
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Hi, everyone. The Center is still closed and will remain closed until further notice.

My riddle this week is: Why did the gardener plant a seed in the pond?

The Jackson County Commission on Aging is still serving meals three days a week. Meals will be available at the senior centers and delivered for Meals on Wheels Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Frozen meals will be given out on Thursday for Friday and Monday.

I hope everyone had a nice Easter. My oldest son and his wife came down for dinner and I made one of their favorite side dishes. Here is my recipe:

Deviled eggs

8 eggs

5 teaspoons of sweet relish

3 tablespoons of mayo or miracle whip

Squirt of mustard

Boil the eggs for six minutes. Drain and add ice water to the pan of eggs. Peel eggs, cut in half lengthwise, take out the yolk, and put in a bowl. Mash the yolks of the eggs with a fork, add relish, mayo and mustard. Mix well. Fill the egg halves with the yolk mixture. Garnish with pepper.

Tip for getting the shells to come off easily: After boiling, put eggs in cold water and ice cubes. Let sit for a minute or so and then take out and hit both ends of the eggs on the counter and then roll the egg with the palm of your hand on the countertop. Shells will come off easily.

I would like to send out get well wishes to Carmen Falin and her husband Dale. They have both been under the weather and hopefully by the time you read this, they have recovered.

March is over and we have a lot of April birthday announcements to send out. I would like to send happy birthday wishes to the following people: Carmen Falin, Shireene Matheny, Arlene Sayre, Charlie White, Pat Shiflet, Geraldine Dewees, Marie Martin, Della McVay, Rhoda Hunt, Margaret Boggess, Evelyn Carpenter, Betty Grugin and Thomas Dubites. I hope you enjoy your special day.

If you were born in April, you were either born under the zodiac sign of Aries or Taurus. Aries loves to be number one. They are bold and ambitious and dive headfirst into even the most challenging situations. If you are a Taurus you are trustworthy, practical and reliable, patient and down-to-earth.

National Librarian Day is in April. Libraries date all the way back to ancient Rome and Egypt. We have a wonderful library here in Ripley. I love our library and the people who work there. I visited them last week; it is great to have it open again and be able to go inside. I picked up a few garden calendars and placed a couple of my books on the local author table. I autographed a couple copies each of "Where the Stars Grant Wishes" and "Hum, Hum, Hummingbirds," and they are available for purchase. Starting this month, our writer’s group will again be meeting at the library — Yeah! There are so many things you can do there. In addition to checking out books, reading magazines and using their computers to get on the internet, you can also research your family tree in their genealogy room.

I leave you with the following verses: Deuteronomy 31:6 — Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Isaiah 40:31 — But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Mark 9:23 — Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Answer to riddle: To grow a water-melon!