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Ripley Senior News: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Chipmunk

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

My riddle for you this week is: What did the big flower say to the little flower?

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.

Yeah! Teresa sent me a message saying they are preparing to open the senior centers again. They are working with the Bureau of Senior Services and the Health Department to come up with a plan to follow CDC guidelines. I heard on the local news on May 25 that they were thinking about opening them on June 21. So, keep listening to the news and info from the center to find out the latest.

Farmers Market Vouchers should be available after July according to the USDA. It will be announced when we receive them and are ready to distribute.

A little update on what’s been happening around here. I’ve seen the baby ducks a few times. But the momma duck and her ducklings seem to swim in the creek a lot and don’t venture up to dry land too often. But they are ducks, so I guess that is normal. The few times I have seen them on dry land has been very early in the morning.

I’m seeing the hummingbirds a little more often, but now in addition to the red-bellied woodpeckers drinking from the hummingbird feeders, the finches are also drinking the nectar. All last summer, not once did I see any type of bird but the hummers visit the feeders. I guess there’s a first time for everything.

We have chipmunks. I think they are the cutest critters, but they are also one of the orneriest. Like the cartoon characters, Chip and Dale, they are always getting into some sort of mischief. They make it a habit to visit all my flowerpots and see how deep a hole can be dug in each one. We put out corn for them to eat. They nibble on the cob until their chubby cheeks are stuffed, run toward the front porch and then disappear around the corner of our house. We wondered where they disappeared to, so one day my son sat out under the apple tree and waited and watched. It seems each time they scamper around the house and run under our back deck.

June has arrived. It is hard to believe that the year is almost half over. June is one of my favorite months. It is the month I celebrate my birthday; it is the month my grandmother was born, and it is the month West Virginia was born.

Today, June 1, is National Say Something Nice Day. What can you do? Say something nice to someone or about someone. In the movie "Bambi," the young rabbit character, Thumper, when first introduced to the new fawn, remarked that Bambi was “kinda wobbly.” Thumper is scolded by his mother, who makes him repeat what his father told him that morning, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” Unfortunately, we don’t always do that. As one of my high school teachers once said, “We turn on our mouth before we turn on our brain.”

I wish everyone a nice day today and a nice week.

I leave you with the following verses:

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 17:27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

Answer to riddle: Hey Bud!