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Ripley Senior News: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Bird nest

Hi, everyone. The Center is still closed and will remain closed until further notice.

My riddle this week is: How do trees get on the internet?

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 is staying safe and healthy. The temperature lately has been like a yo-yo — going up and down from one day to the next. But this happens every year, so we may as well get used to it.

Charley drove by the center last week to check on our rose bush in the planter. A few years ago, Walmart donated it to the center, and it gets prettier every year. It blooms all summer long and greets everyone with its red blossoms. The bush has already leafed out and buds are forming. Unfortunately, he also found the bush to be covered with tiny green aphids. We both went down the next day and he sprayed the aphids and I cleaned out the dead greenery in the planter. The pretty vinca has purple flowers on it already. I never touched it, but I was surprised to find a bird’s nest nestled among the vinca. Be on the lookout; in the future when you come and pick up your noonday meal, the roses might be in bloom.

Thursday, April 22, is Earth Day. Earth Day 2021 will mark the 51st anniversary of this holiday. You can celebrate Earth Day by planting trees, planting wildflowers, conserving water and passing down the love of nature and plants to your kids and grandkids. Children enjoy playing in dirt when they are young, so use this fact to your advantage and let them help you plant your vegetables and flowers.

I bought flower seeds and scattered them in three large planters. I’m going to place them on our deck and hope that they attract the hummingbirds and butterflies this summer. We also have a large rain barrel that the gutter on our building drains into. It has a spigot at the bottom, and we use the water from it in the summer to water our garden.

I leave you with the following verses: Genesis 1:1 — In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. John 1:3 — All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

1 Corinthians 2:9 — But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Answer to riddle: They log in!