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Ripley Senior News: Senior centers reopen, birthdays this month, encouragement to share

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Squirrel

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: Why don’t squirrels have any friends?

The senior centers have reopened. As a reminder, the following are guidelines that they will go by:

  • Hours will be from 11a.m.-noon for lunch only Monday-Friday.
  • 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.

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.

Unlike some years when the temperatures were in the 90s and thunderstorms exploded like fireworks, we experienced great weather for the holiday festivities. I enjoyed being Betsy Ross for a day. I can now make a five-point star with just one snip of the scissors, just like she demonstrated to General Washington.

It’s time to send out Happy Birthday wishes to our seniors who celebrate July birthdays. Happy Birthday to Loretta Murphy, Arthur Nichols, Theodore Cobb, Sandy Browder and Donna Skeen! I hope you enjoy your special day.

The month of July contains two very different zodiac signs. One that’s sensitive and one that’s bold and passionate. Which are you?

When not gardening or working in the yard, we’ve been observing the squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits. They love peanuts and corn. While eating, they often take a break and drink from our ditch where water accumulates. The chipmunks are cute, but ornery. Unlike the squirrels who eat the corn, they stuff their cheeks until full and then bury the seeds. I have corn growing in my flowerpots and flower gardens. I even have a peanut plant growing in one of my flowerpots. I think I’m gonna start calling him Farmer Freddy.

July is the time of year when my butterfly bushes and Rose of Sharon bloom. And the “naked ladies” will soon pop up out of the ground. The berries are also starting to ripen, and the clusters of concord grapes are hanging from the vine, but still green. My blackberries are mainly red now. A few are turning black, and I’ll pick one and plop it in my mouth when I pass by the vines.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my recipes. Since the blackberry season is upon us, I’ll put a blackberry recipe in next week’s column. When I was a child, we picked berries every summer up on the coal bank road on my grandma’s land. They grew in the hard-to-get-at places, but that didn’t keep us from picking. We all dressed for the occasion. Grandma wore a pair of pants over her dress, a long-sleeved shirt and boots. And she never forgot her hanky. She used it to wipe the sweat off her face and blood off her thorn-pricked hands and arms. It was worth all the blood, sweat and snakes when we came back off the hill with every coffee can and water bucket overflowing with sweet berries. Mom and Grandma made cobblers, pies, jams and jellies. I will never forget these childhood memories.

I leave you with the following verses:

Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

1 Thessalonians 5: 21-22 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Answer to riddle: Because they drive everyone nuts!