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Ripley Senior News: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Ripley Senior Center

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

My riddle for you this week is: What do you call a gasoline-powered cow?

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.

Charley and I stopped down at the Center. We stood outside and talked with Teresa for a while. It was nice to catch up on everything. We stopped by so we could water the rose bush out front. It is starting to bloom now and looks really nice.

It seems more like the month of March than May. The temperature was forecast to get down to 34 degrees last night. Thankfully, it only got down to 40 here. I feel sorry for my plants. I wish I could go out there and wrap them up in thick blankets, so they could stay comfy and cozy at night. For the first time since we planted them, our two peach trees are full of cute little peaches. Ahhhh — I can taste them now. Hopefully, the cold temperatures won’t kill them.

Many animals, like a lot of us, take it easy in the warm months. They sun themselves. They swim. They frolic in the warm weather. But some are great workers. While we are busy mowing grass and planting gardens, they are also getting up every morning ready to punch the clock and begin their day.

I’ve been watching very busy birds out my dining room window the past few days. Robins have been building a nest in our maple tree. They’ve been flying into the newly formed leaves, their beaks full of twigs, grass and mud. The leaves shake and shimmy and then they fly out for more nesting materials. In about two days, their home was finished and ready for a new family of baby birds to grow up in.

A female wood duck is sitting on eggs in the duck box we built down by the creek. I’d love to be able to see when the baby ducks jump from the box to the ground below, but I doubt if we’ll be lucky enough to catch them in the act of leaving their nest. I’m just happy that she is sitting on eggs this year. We put the box up about three years ago. Owls, squirrels and birds have tried it out, but this year is the first time that the ducks decided to take up residence in it and raise a family.

Our hummingbirds have arrived! We’ve seen only a few, but after warm weather decides to stay, I’m sure we will see them on a regular basis. Have they shown up at your house yet?

With a bit of luck, by the time this comes out in the paper on Tuesday, the warm weather will be here to stay. If it is, I hope you are able to get out and enjoy it. It’s been a long winter and we all deserve a little fresh air and sunshine.

I leave you with the following verses:

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Matthew 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, if ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing ye shall receive.

Answer to riddle: A lawn moower!