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2021 Newsletter - April

Ripley Housing Authority - April 2021

Hello Spring

Your Community Team

Justin Jones
Executive Director

Joyce Edwards
Finance Director

Jeffrey Conrad
Facilities Director

Bronca Caldwell
Leasing Coordinator

Kimberly Taylor
Executive Assistant

Aylissa Taylor
Administrative Assistant

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

101 Northcrest Street, Ripley, TN 38063

Contact Directory
Main Office

Office Fax

Emergency Contact

Sweet Facts About Jelly Beans

  • Jelly beans first became popular during the Civil War - over 160 years ago!
  • It can take up to three weeks to make a jelly bean! Many steps are required to create a thick outer shell.
  • In North America, the favorite jelly bean flavor is cherry.
  • Some of the weirdest, wackiest jelly bean flavors range from bacon, buttered popcorn, and hot sauce to toothpaste, dirt, and pencil shavings!
  • April 22 is National Jelly Bean Day.

Put an Egg on It!

Do you like fried eggs? Add a boost of protein and flavor by adding one to all kinds of dishes, from burgers to grain bowls to salads. You can even jazz up a slice of leftover pizza! For a perfect fried egg, first heat 1 tablespoon of butter or oil in a nonstick pan. Crack the egg into the pan, then cook for 3 minutes or until the egg white is set. At this point, remove for a sunny-side-up egg, or flip it and cook for another minute for over-easy, 2 to 3 minutes for over-medium, and 4 to 5 for overheard. Season with salt and pepper.

Color Your World

Coloring books for adults are available everywhere. But if you've yet to pick up a marker or colored pencil, this info may convince you to give coloring a try for stress relief. Medical experts say the act of coloring gives you something simple to focus on - the picture on the page -instead of a problem you're worried about. And because the task is in the moment, it can serve as mindful meditation, which relaxes your brain. Additionally, unplugging from your phone and coloring before bedtime may also help you sleep better.

Save Money On Groceries

To save money on groceries, eat anything that is perishable first, such as fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, and meats. Use canned and frozen foods last. This way, you will not have to waste money throwing out food that's gone bad.

Easy Picture Hanging

Make sure, when hanging pictures, that they are very lightweight so they don't damage the walls. We recommend using the picture hanging kits that are specifically designed for minimum damage to walls.

Survive Soggy Showers With These Rainy Day Hacks

Rain can be peaceful and refreshing, but that poetic image quickly fades when you're dealing with wet socks, drenched hair, and a dripping umbrella. Beat the rainy-day blues with these hacks that can help keep a sunny smile on your face.

Extra socks. Wet feet are the worst! Keep a spare pair of socks in your work bag, gym bag, car, or coat pocket. Your toes will be dry and comfortable after a wet walk or run-in with a puddle.

Plastic Bags. Time to break into your stash of plastic grocery bags. Store a couple in the same place you keep your extra socks. After coming in from the rain, use one of the bags to hold your wet umbrella or poncho. Plastic sacks can also carry damp clothing or act as a mat for soggy shoes.

Microfiber towel. Inexpensive and lightweight, this type of towel is super absorbent and can be used to quickly dry your hair, glasses, backpack, and even your phone screen. And if you forgot to restock your spare socks but have a microfiber towel with you, you can dry your wet socks by placing them flat on the towel, then rolling up the towel, with the socks inside, to squeeze out the moisture.

Newspaper. Save a soaked pair of shoes by stuffing them with some newspaper or paper towels. Resist the temptation to dry them with a heater or hairdryer, which can cause shrinking and cracking.

Make a habit of tuning in to the news or checking a weather app before you head out so that you'll know if you need to grab any extra gear.

Recipe: Crunchy, Healthy Granola

Granola is a hearty snack on its own or can be added to yogurt or cereal for a sweet crunch. Use this recipe to make custom granola with your favorite flavors.


  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups nuts (any kind) and/or seeds (sunflower seeds, pepitas)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup dried fruit (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts and/or seeds, salt, and cinnamon. Pour in the oil, maple syrup or honey, and vanilla. Mix well to coat.
  3. Spread the oat mixture onto the sheet pan in an even layer. Bake for 10 minutes. Stir the mixture, then press down with a spatula to help create firm clumps. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until granola is lightly golden.
  4. Remove pan from oven and let cool completely for about 1 hour.
  5. Break the granola into clusters, then add dried fruit and chocolate, if used. Stir to combine. Store granola in an airtight container.

Trivia: How Egg-citing!

  1. In what year was the Dr. Seuss book "Green Eggs and Ham· published?
  2. What giant bird lays large blue-green eggs, each weighing about 2 pounds?
  3. Elaborately decorated eggs called pysanky are a tradition of what country?
  4. What is the filling inside a Cadbury Creme Egg?
  5. Which funny film characters made their screen debut in the 1947 movie "The Egg and I"?

Think you know the answers?
Email your answers with "Trivia: How Egg-citing" in the subject line to Trivia Master for your chance to win cool stuff!  The deadline for entry is April 30, 2021. Five winners will be selected by May 15, 2021, and notified via email.

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