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Ripley Senior Center update: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Happy fall from the senior center

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: What is the cutest season?

As I put in my column last week, the Ripley Senior Center is closed through Friday, Sept. 24, due to COVID. They will open back up on (Monday) Sept. 27. They will still be providing curbside meals and Meals on Wheels.

The Friday before the center was closed, they played a special Bingo. Barbara Godfrey won the coverall.

Seniors celebrating their birthdays in September are Linda Strickland, Barbara Godfrey, Rose Marie Dubites and Annabelle Carney. We send out Happy Birthday wishes to everyone. Congratulations to Barbara Godfrey for winning the birthday drawing.

We would like to send a thank you out to Ruth Henthorn for donating apples and potatoes from the Amish Country to our senior group.

When the seniors come back to the center on Sept. 27, they will be greeted with colorful fall decorations that Teresa put up on the bulletin boards, mantle and tables. Carmen and I got together and made a large fall wreath to hang on the wall above the fireplace.

Sept. 21 is World Gratitude Day. It is your opportunity to show your gratitude and appreciation. We are living through difficult times, but I am sure we can find something to be grateful for.

The weather has been so nice lately. You can feel fall in the air. Grasshoppers have taken over. The flying, jumping insects are everywhere. I read where they can jump 30 inches. If we could jump that many times our body length, we could leap an entire football field in a single bound. Grasshoppers may spit to defend themselves. My parents always said they spit tobacco juice.

Have you seen any signs that foretell what our winter is going to be like? Signs of a hard winter ahead are:

  • If hornets build their nest high off the ground, it will be a snowy winter.
  • If the wooly worm’s orange band is narrow, the winter will be snowy. A wide orange band means a mild winter, and fuzzier-than-normal woolly worms are said to mean the winter will be very cold.
  • If squirrels in your backyard are frantically gathering and collecting nuts, a hard winter may be in store.
  • If spiders are spinning larger-than-usual webs and entering the house in great numbers, it will be a hard winter.
  • According to folklore, when you split open a locally-grown persimmon seed the shape inside can forecast the winter ahead. A fork shape means the winter will be mild, a spoon shape means that you will be shoveling a lot of snow and a knife shape means winter will be bitingly cold and “cut like a blade.”

So, keep an eye out for these signs of nature and see if they are a better predictor than the local weathermen.

I leave you with the following verses:

1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Answer to riddle: Awwwtumn!