Ripley Senior Center information, recent activities, games and crafts

Janet F. Smart

Hi everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: why are waterbeds so bouncy?

The center is now open for lunch and activities.

Here are the guidelines they will follow:

  • Meals on Wheels clients are still being served. If you are not comfortable eating indoors, curbside dining will still be offered and served from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; reservation is required. Also, if you are having lunch at the centre, let Teresa know the day before.
  • If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID, please do not come to the center.

The schedule for indoor activities and lunch is as follows:

  • Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Crafts
  • Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Bingo
  • Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Exercise
  • Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Bingo
  • Friday: Exercise from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.; Bible study from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. (optional)

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to noon.

On exercise days, the seniors did gentle yoga for the golden oldies and walked a mile.

On Thursday, April 14, Carolyn Monday won the Easter Bingo Combination and on Tuesday, April 19, Jim Kay won the Bingo Combination.

We also had our Easter party on April 14th. We played an Eggciting Egg Spoon game, a Jumping Jellybean game, and an Eggtastic Egg Tower game. Donna’s table won the most points (eggs) and everyone at her table won $10 Walmart gift cards. In addition to fun games, we enjoyed pistachio salad, chocolate cake, no bake, peanut butter pie, macaroni salad, cherry pie, coleslaw, and sugar cookies covered in pink icing.

On Monday April 18, Carmen and I led a craft class. The elderly painted small wooden trays and attached matching hardware inside. They turned out very pretty.

We had our anniversary lunch at the center on April 21. On Thursday, May 19, the Volunteer RSVP Appreciation Luncheon will be held at the Cedar Lakes Dining Hall.

The Senior Club still sells Rada knives. Call the center at 304-372-5151 if you are interested in purchasing some.

I told you last week the latest news on all of our wildlife and plants in our yard. Well, so far my flowers (hostas, bleeding hearts, ferns and white flowers on my lilac bush) have survived the cold mornings we’ve had. Our peas have not yet emerged, so they are safe. An update on the robin’s nest in the newspaper box – she’s laid eggs. And I saw another mourning dove nest. This one is in one of our hollies.

Drum roll please. I saw our first hummingbird! As soon as I saw it, we pulled out two hummingbird feeders because there aren’t many flowers in our garden for them to feed on.

Here are some fun facts about these little birds. A hummingbird’s feet and legs are small and weak. They cannot walk or jump, but they can move sideways when perched. They lap up the nectar with their long tongues – thirteen licks per second. And they have a wonderful memory. They remember from year to year where each feeder is, both at home and along the flyways. Have you seen your first hummingbird yet?

I leave you with the following verses:

Song of Songs 2:11 For behold, the winter is past, the rain is ceased and gone;

Song of Songs 2:12 Flowers appear on the earth; the time for birdsong has come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our country;

Song of Songs 2:13 The fig tree produces its green figs, and the vines with tender grapes smell sweet. Get up, my love, my beauty, and come.

Answer to the riddle: They are filled with spring water!

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