Ripley Senior News: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Ripley Senior Center

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: Why did no one laugh at the gardener’s jokes?

As I said last week, the senior centers will reopen on June 22! The following are guidelines that they will go by:

  • Hours will be from 11a.m.-noon for lunch only on Tuesday-Thursday.
  • Starting Tuesday, July 6, the center will be open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-noon for lunch only.
  • Curbside meals will still be offered from 10-10:30 a.m. on the days the center is open.
  • You must enter through the front door. Before gaining entrance, a screening will be conducted. Wearing a mask is not required, but optional.
  • A reservation is required for indoor dining and for curbside meals. You may call the center a day ahead at 304-372-5151 to make your reservation.
  • If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID, please do not come to the center.
  • 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.

We hope to see everyone on the June 22.

There will be no other activities until further notice, only lunch. Hopefully, in the not-too-distant future, other activities will resume; until then, I’m sure you will enjoy being able to have lunch again inside the center.

Keep your eyes and ears open for further updates.

In the meantime, 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.

Lately we’ve been busy working around the house. We had what you might call a paint party over a week ago. Our building needed painting and some friends graciously loaned their helping hands. While painting, we played music, laughed and talked. The building now shines bright and white in the sun, and I hope we won’t need to paint it again for a long, long time. Carmen and I are thinking of painting a quilt block on the back of it.

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. Do you have a garden? Our garden is growing right along. As I type this, it is getting a heavy dose of much-needed rain. The peas have reached the top of the wire fence now and they are almost ready to pick.

When I was growing up, Grandma cooked creamed peas. I love them made with fresh peas. Here is how I cook them:

Creamed peas

2 cups of frozen or fresh peas

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons self-rising flour

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon of sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

Add peas to boiling water and cook 3-4 minutes. Melt butter in medium saucepan. Add flour and stir until blended. Gradually whisk in the cup of milk. Add sugar. Simmer until thickened. Stir drained peas into thickening. Season to taste.

I leave you with the following verses:

Genesis 2:8 — And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

Genesis 2:9 — And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 2:10 — And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

Answer to riddle: Because they were too corny.