Ripley Senior Center news and updates: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Maple tree

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: What kind of vest should you wear in the fall?

Effective Monday, Nov. 1, the center will be open for lunch and activities.

Here are the guidelines the center will follow:

  • Meals on Wheels clients are still being served and if you’re not comfortable eating inside, curbside meals will still be offered and served from 10-10:30 a.m. A reservation is required.
  • If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID, please do not come to the center.
  • It is encouraged for everyone to wear a mask. They will be provided at the centers if you don’t have one.
  • 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.

Hopefully staff and participants will stay healthy, and we won’t need to shut down again.

The schedule for inside activities will be 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.

Our birthday meal and drawing will be on Thursday, Nov. 4. Seniors celebrating their birthdays in the month of November are Kathy Backus and Cecil Dunbar. Teresa’s granddaughter Sophia is also celebrating her third birthday this month. Happy Birthday wishes go out to all of you!

The center will be closed on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The center will also be closed for Thanksgiving on Nov. 25 and 26. Our Thanksgiving meal will be served on Nov. 18. We will also have a special Thanksgiving bingo that day.

The weather continues to be cold. Fall has definitely arrived. We continue to gather walnuts. Some of them are the size of large oranges. We are trying to keep up with the hauling of the nuts and they are spread out in our pull-behind trailer to dry. There’s going to be no shortage of nuts for my baking needs. I hope some of you have been trying out my recipes.

I’ve noticed the leaves are starting to change, especially the maples. We like to travel the county roads as opposed to driving I-77. Along the road yesterday between Sissonville and Fairplain I observed the colorful trees lining the roads. It reminded me of the song, "Country Roads." We have two maple trees we planted a few years ago and they are showing off their red leaves. Our blueberry bushes are also ablaze with red.

This is a good time to take a drive and observe the beauty of fall before the snows and dreary days of winter arrive. No need to wear a mask in your car. Breathe deep and enjoy the crisp air of autumn.

I leave you with the following verses:

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

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

Answer to riddle: A har-vest!