Ripley Senior News: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: Why did the donut go to the dentist?

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 coverall winners at bingo were Gene Harpold and Janet Smart (yeah!).

Our craft class recently had fun painting rocks. I’d like to thank Carmen’s husband, Dale, for all his help with this craft. They had to do a little traveling to collect the rocks and he cleaned and washed them all for us. I think you’ll agree that they turned out nice.

Painted rocks by seniors

We’d like to send out get well wishes to Janet Stocksdale. I miss seeing her at the center. Get well soon, Janet.

September has arrived. Fall is just around the corner. Some people would like to have summer last all year — not me. Fall is my favorite season. Temperatures are cooler and the workload is lighter.

September has many special days. Among them are Read a Book Day (Sept. 6) and National Cream-Filled Donut Day (Sept. 14). Both of these sound like good days to celebrate. I love books (reading and writing them). E-books are popular now, but I love the look and feel of the real thing and I have many filled bookcases to prove it. I especially love children’s books. Give me a good middle-grade book any day and I’ll read it. There are many places to find good books to read — the library, the Little Free Libraries (there are many of these in Jackson County), thrift stores and of course, Amazon. I have quite a few books autographed by the author. I especially like them.

And here is a recipe for whop donuts for you to enjoy. They aren’t cream-filled but are quite tasty. Mom made these when I was a child and I still make them.

Whop donuts

1 10-count package of refrigerator biscuits

Heavy pan or skillet filled with 1-2 inches of cooking oil

Heat oil 350 degrees or until it bubbles when the doughnuts and their holes are lowered into it.

Give the package of biscuits a ‘whop’ against the corner of the kitchen table to open. Press biscuits lightly with hands or rolling pin. Cut out center with a small round cookie cutter or the removable center of a biscuit cutter.

Place them into the oil. Lightly brown on one side and then turn and brown the other side. Remove with slotted spoon onto paper towels. You can shake powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar or sprinkles on them, or make a drizzle icing.

I leave you with the following verses:

Matthew 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

Matthew 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Answer to riddle: To get a filling!