Ripley Senior News: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
The time for making jelly

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: Why did the teacher wear sunglasses?

The senior centers have reopened under new guidelines:

  • New hours will be from 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday.
  • You must enter through the front door. Before gaining entrance, a screening will be conducted and your temperature will be taken. Wearing a mask is not required, but optional.
  • A reservation is required for indoor dining and curbside meals. Curbside meals are still being served from 10-10:30 a.m.
  • 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.

Inside activities have resumed. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Crafts
  • Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Bingo
  • Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Exercise
  • Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Bingo
  • Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Exercise

We will be practicing social distancing during our activities. Bingo will be played with paper cards that can be thrown away.

Some of the recent cover all winners at Bingo are Barbara Godfrey and Theodore Cobb. Barb won a gift certificate to a beauty shop and a few days later she showed up at the center sporting a pretty hairdo.

We’ve been crafting every week. We decorated a small wall hanging and most recently a pretty yellow flower made from cupcake liners and a clay pot.

We would like to send out birthday wishes to our seniors born in August. Happy Birthday to Letha Thorne, Bill Ohse and Shirley Godfrey. Congratulations to Shirley for winning the birthday drawing!

August birth flowers are the gladiolus and the poppy. The primary birthstone is peridot, which is said to symbolize strength and healing power, protecting its wearer from nightmares and evil, ensuring harmony and happiness. The peridot is sometimes mistaken for an emerald.

Folklore for August: If the first week is unusually warm, the winter will be white and long, and for every fog in August, there will be a snowfall in winter. When August started, I began marking down on the calendar the days we had a morning fog. Unfortunately, I soon stopped marking them down, but we have had an unusual number of fogs this month.

August is known as the Sandwich Month. What are your favorite ingredients to put between two slices of bread? Like a child, I love peanut butter and jelly. Another good combination for this time of year is a cucumber, tomato and mayo sandwich — try it, you’ll like it. Tomatoes are also delicious on grilled cheese sandwiches.

Summer is so busy around our house. I welcome autumn and a chance for life to slow down a little. Our son cut down and put our corn stalks through the chipper, but our tomatoes are still hanging on, though I don’t know for how long. We’ve put tomatoes in the freezer and canned tomato juice. One of the things I will miss about summer are juicy tomatoes from our garden. Our concord grapes are getting ripe now and I am making jelly. We’ve had the vines for many years. Recently the original vines died but the renewal vines are doing a great job of producing grapes.

Our critters still entertain us with their antics. The squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits and hummingbirds still gather around our feeders. They say to leave your hummingbird feeder up for two weeks after you’ve seen your last hummingbird. Stragglers will be coming by, and they need all the energy they can get for their long trip down to the Gulf of Mexico.

I leave you with the following verses:

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Answer to riddle: Because her students were so bright!