Revis' Ramblings by By REVIS BLAYLOCK en-us Life happens How many times have I heard, “life is what happens while we are busy making plans.” Again, it has happened. I was on my way to an organized Christmas 2017. I was even ahead of schedule. I had my two Christmas trees up and in place. We had our outside lights up for the season before the weather got cold. I had at least half of my Christmas presents bought, wrapped and under the tree all by Nov. 30. December is a busy time for all of us and I was excited to have a little head... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:42:29 -0600 The countdown December has arrived. Just in case you do not know, we now have only 20 days until Christmas. That is 20 short days (480 hours) to grocery shop, gift shop, wrap presents, decorate the tree, put up lights, bake a few cookies, make candy, sleep, work and be ready to welcome the family. We have to subtract the time we are in church, at work, at ballgames and sleeping. Taking those hours off maybe we have 10 days (240 hours) to get it all done. I have worked at the Town Crier for over 40 years... Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:45:51 -0600 Looking for the bargains I survived another Black Friday followed by more bargain hunting on Saturday. Actually Black Friday shopping starts on Thursday now days. As I have said before, I don't like change. I liked Black Friday better when it started in the early hours the Friday after Thanksgiving. Apparently, people do not agree with me so I have to go with the majority. I guess shopping all night helps us walk off the Thanksgiving turkey and dressing. I have observed shoppers seem to be in a better mood late on... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:13:24 -0600 Special days in November I know Veterans Day is over but I want to commend all who helped with Veterans Day ceremonies throughout the Buffalo Island area. I was privileged to be able to attend four different events and each one filled me with pride for our men and women who served. I was also proud to see the students from all of our schools, Manila, BIC and Riverside, show such respect and honor for our veterans and our flag. The recent lack of respect has really bothered me and when I see people protest using our... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Another tragedy Again, we have witnessed an act of disregard for human life – young and old alike. As more information is released about the recent shooting in the small church in Texas, it still doesn't make sense. It happened at a Sunday morning service in a town with less than 700 people. At least 26 people ranging from the ages of one to 77 were killed and over 20 more wounded. The church was located at Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. Through the years our church homes have been a place... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:45:51 -0600 Veterans deserve respect Saturday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day and there will be ceremonies, parades and special gatherings throughout our country to honor our service men and women who have served us well. I am a little partial when it comes to veterans. I have many family members who are veterans including my husband, son, son-in-law, brother, sister, brother-in-law, nephews, uncles and cousins. I am proud to say my family served our country through the years. I am always pleased to see veterans honored because they... Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:52:01 -0600 Winding down 2017 We are going into the month of November. It makes me realize 2017 is almost history. I always wonder what kind of weather we will have in November. Even though winter does not officially begin until Thursday, Dec. 21, sometimes fall weather seems to be in a hurry to leave us. Don't forget Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 5. If you like it or not, it is the day to change our clocks and get back the hour we lost in the spring. When I was younger I could never remember if I was supposed to go... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:37:01 -0500 Back at the desk I took a few days off for our annual fall trip to Virginia to celebrate with our grandson on his 16th birthday. We have only missed being with him a couple birthdays through the years. We spent a few of his birthdays in San Angelo, Texas, one in England and 10 in Virginia. We have made the trip to Virginia in the summer, the spring and the fall. The fall trip is my favorite time to travel. Even though we also went in February this year, I have to say we could not have asked for better... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:41:19 -0500 Why? Every time I hear of a senseless act of violence or major vandalism, I always wonder why. What would make anyone think killing innocent people could make any situation better? I am referring to last week's shooting in Las Vegas. It has been called “America's deadliest shooting in modern day times.” It is almost unbelievable one person could commit such an act of violence. The shooter left almost 60 dead and hundreds wounded, ending the horrific act by taking his own... Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:46:14 -0500 Celebrating October days October has arrived and hopefully we can all celebrate cooler temperatures. Most years October brings cooler weather for us to enjoy after the high temperatures of July and August. I decided it is time to go to my source (Google) and see what is ahead for us in the upcoming days. We think of October as just another month on the way to the special days like Thanksgiving or Christmas. I looked on my calendar of events for October and discovered every day has something we can celebrate. We... Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:01:43 -0500 Not always easy to hold on to optimism It seems to get more difficult to stay optimistic about the world around us when we hear of a school shooting, a terrorist attack in London, senior citizens abandoned in a nursing home during a hurricane, a freshman in college dying from possible hazing, and missiles threatening our country -- all within a few days of each other. I have been accused of having my head in the sand and I have about decided it is not such a bad place to be. I am not sure if the acts of evil are getting worse or... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:31:34 -0500 A new season about to begin Friday is the first official day of autumn. It begins Sept. 22 this year. Sept. 22 also happens to be my youngest granddaughter's birthday. She will be 11 years old. Autumn lasts until Thursday, Dec. 21, this year. Sometimes we get winter weather before winter actually begins but we will wait and see. It has been several years since we have had a really harsh winter in Northeast Arkansas. We have had some really cold days but we have not had a major freeze. I am always ready for the fall... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:16:00 -0500 Remembering grandparents Grandparents Day was Sunday, Sept. 10. Grandparents Day has not been around forever. It started when President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation in 1978 making Grandparents Day the Sunday after Labor Day each year. There is even a song, "Grandma and Grandpa," for the day and an official flower, forget-me-not. Grandparents Day always makes me look back and be thankful for the wonderful grandparents I had. I have shared this before, but I am so grateful to have been raised knowing... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:14:43 -0500 Remembering the hurricane victims My heart goes out to our Texas neighbors who have experienced the recent flooding and damages due to Hurricane Harvey. It is so sad to see families have to leave their homes and not know if they will have anything when they return. Last week we watched the live news videos of people on top of roofs waiting to be rescued, families being taken out by boats, elderly living in assisted living homes sitting in water, and one entire town washed away. We get some heavy rains in our area at times... Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:23:22 -0500 Labor Day weekend Labor Day weekend is just ahead and hopefully all of the hard-working people will have a day to rest or a weekend to enjoy a mini vacation. The holiday has been around since the late 1800s as a tribute to the hard working men and women. I know our “labor” can't compare to the work our great-grandparents and even what our grandparents had to endure to get us where we are today. It is difficult to imagine life in the early factories or plowing behind mules. I am sure it was not... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 11:43:00 -0500 Looking back Do you ever get tired of being a grown up? Do you remember when you could laugh and play all day long and never worry about things like insurance (or the lack of it); illness; utility bills; car payments; dirty dishes; forgetting to take your medicine; or piled up laundry. Somehow I don't think kids feel as carefree as we did in the 1950s, but I hope they still can enjoy their lives before having to take on life's responsibilities. In the 1950s our dads went to work, our moms stayed... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:39:15 -0500 The bells are ringing to a new school year The 2017-2018 school year is officially underway. As much as we would love to see summer vacations last forever it will never happen. Teachers started a week before the students who started on Monday, Aug. 14, but all are back in the classrooms ready for a new school year. I always enjoy meeting the new teachers as I go to take pictures and gather a little information to introduce them on the pages of the Town Crier. Time gone by hits home at the end of each year as I take teacher retirement... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:02:37 -0500 Golden anniversary Where has the last half century gone? My husband Dale and I will celebrate our golden wedding anniversary on Aug. 19. I am not sure why the 50th is called the golden anniversary or for that matter why the 25th is the silver anniversary. I am sure there is a reason somewhere back in history. I do feel very fortunate to have reached the silver and now so close to the golden anniversaries. It seems the last 25 years have gone by much faster than the first 25. With that in mind, the next 25 will... Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:38:30 -0500 Back to school shopping It is time for back to school shopping and the state of Arkansas will help families make their dollars go a little further. There will be a state sales tax holiday on Aug. 5 and 6. Every penny counts when parents are dressing and buying supplies to get their children ready for school. Kids have a way of growing fast so nothing fits from year to year. I always enjoyed shopping with my kids for their school clothes, pencils, paper, notebooks, and other needs. We didn't run to town several... Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:23:19 -0500 Mark Aug. 21 on the calendar Are you ready for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse? It is said to be the first to traverse coast to coast in the United States in nearly a century. I heard motels in the path of the total eclipse will be charging unbelievable prices per night giving guests the opportunity to experience the event first hand. I read where one farmer said he plans to do away with his hay harvest and provide RV parking in his field. If the prices I heard are anywhere close, I will have to watch it on the news. I... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:00:03 -0500